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Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,470 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 50
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheJudge on 12-27-2004)
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a shiny oil-black like a stout or porter, with a creamy inch-thick light tan head that doesn't last very long. Some lace was left along the sides of the glass.

Smells like a mild stout or porter, with roasted characteristics present but timid. Same with the hops and chocolately elements, which lay even further back. But it all feels more subtle to me than weak, as I enjoyed poking my sniffer in there throughout the drink.

Flavors are well done, with a comfy roasted/toasted maltiness at the fore, followed by a fluffy chocolate lightness, a rich molasses element, and well-balanced bittering from the hops. Mouthfeel is at once thin, sticky and tingly.

Overall a successful treat from Sam Adams, not one of their best but certainly worth picking up for its better attributes. Just a few steps over from a porter or stout, but less heavy in terms of body and ABV.

Metalmonk, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.6/5  rDev -3%

I liked the appearance of this beer, deep brown almost black in color, with some burgundy around the sides, and a deep caramel colored head. I found the smell and taste quite similar, coffee and dark roasted malts with a bit of a nutty flavor. This is a smooth and semi-sweet beer, the finish has a nice slightly hoppy flavor as well. There is nothing inherently bad about the drinkability of this beer, but I think I would get bored with it after a few.

dfried, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle notched best-before October 2006.

Pours black with mahogany edges. Three-quarter's inch of thick tan foam and nice lace. Smells rich and syrupy, thick with sweet grainy chocolate and coffee malts. Extremely sweet and very clean (if simple) toasted malt flavors. Finishes slightly dry with little after-taste. Well integrated medium creamy and carbonated body.

Refreshing, though overly sweet and thin in flavor compared to aroma.

dgallina, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of Sosh
4.08/5  rDev +10%

Appearance - Dark brown when pouring, but appears black as the glass fills. When held to light brown and red are seen.

Smell - Like a lager! Also has kind of a burnt smell.

Taste - The best part. Chocolate/Coffee/Lager Beer.

Drinkability - Fantastic, a great session beer!

Sosh, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a very deep chestnut color, almost black. A few ruby edges around the sides of the glass. A rich off-white frothy head forms, and remains intact throughout the life of the beer. Aroma of caramel, and chocolate. Nice flavor of sweet charred caramel, followed up by hints of chocolate. Hints of toasty flavors. Finishes with enough noble hops to balance things out. I have had some of this style that finish so sweet and cloying, however this one does not. A very nice effort, highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of skybluewater
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Pours a dark rust color. Smells slightly of chocolate. Tastes of shaved chocolate and a little bit of banana (maybe I'm imagining this?). Mouthfeel is average. Despite the fact that this beer's fairly average, I could still down a few in one sitting.

This is a beer I've only had a few times before. Overall, it isn't a bad beer. It's not something I'd drink often, but it's still heads and shoulders above the usual macro stuff.

skybluewater, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours very dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights. Creamy tan head leaves slight lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is sweetly malty with strong dark grain. Earthy mustiness. Hints of chocolate and a nice smokiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of dark coffee notes and earthy hop that add bitterness that dominates the residual sweetness and allows a very dry finish. Charred smokiness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This beer is decently complex and easy to drink. A well crafted session beer.

Blakaeris, May 29, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
3/5  rDev -19.1%

This poured a very dark brown with a light head that didn't last very long. Virtually no lacing. The smell is kinda nice, mostly caramel and malt. The taste is not nearly as good as saranac Black Forest but it is good. Caramelly and malty as fuck. There are soem coffee hints also. Flavor is nice but doesn't really grab you. Kinda leaves a yucky porter like aftertaste. The mouthfeel isn't bad but kinda watery. It is pretty slick to the tounge. Kinda drinkable but it leaves such a blah taste in your mouth. Try a black forest instead.

kbnooshay, May 28, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -3%

A nice black in color with some dark brown highlights and a good thick head.

Smell has a nice bit of chocolate and caramel notes.

Taste has a bit of chocolate malt flavor on a solid caramel malt backbone, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light yet creamy.

Overall a nice easy drinking beer.

bashiba, May 27, 2006
Photo of nriech
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%

First impression was a very malty dark beer making my mouth water. Heavy on the carbonation but hardly any head. Lacing lingered though. Good aroma of malt.

The flavors I picked up were molasses, chocolate, maybe a weak coffee. In fact I would use weak for the body also. There was alot missing from this beer but I think it would be over the top for a traditional american beer drinker. I let it warm a bit more and it was more drinkable but still wasnt quite the beer that I would expect from the "Brewmasters Collection."

Good option for those establishments where the best they serve is Sam Adams and you want something a little different.

nriech, May 25, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

poured into beer mug.
deep brown color (not black, but darkly shaded); gray-tan head with underwhelming retention.
roasty chocolate sugary smell.
taste starts middle of the road malt, roasted hazelnut w/some sweetness, and then bittering toward from milk chocolate notes toward darker chocolate w/a burnt quality. sufficient hoppiness - strong with continuing graininess from malt in long finish.
light-medium body (thin, syrupy) with an astringent character to the feel.

light for such a dark, malty beer (it is a lager...). I could have a few without complaint.

villainchiwwin, May 24, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

Into a pint glass, pours a brownish black, with pretty good long lasting off-white head, and thin lacing. Aroma isn't that strong, chocolate and roasted malt, some caramel in there, pretty pleasant, just a little weak. Taste is really nice, one of my more favorite lagers i've had. A nice chocolate malt and molasses is matched with a almost thickish, creamy smooth body, and a slightly ever-so-present floral hop that balances it out perfectly. Very nice to have before, after, or with a steak, btw.

objectivemonkey, May 24, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a brownish black with ruby highlights, a little lighter than expected, and a thin tan head.
The smell was on the thin side, but had hints of roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel.
The taste was of malty chocolate, caramel, and a touch of dark coffee with a hop presence in the background.
The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but refreshing while holding most of the flavors. It did have a sweet kick to it, especially in the aftertaste.
Not a bad example of this style, though I've had several better. It's certainly not one to turn down, and worth buying if better ones are not available (which is often the case with this style, unfortunately.)

jwc215, May 20, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

This nice little black beer pours out a deep brown with only the lightest hints of red at the edges... The light, one finger head died off in no time leaving no ring and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite nice with an aroma of molasses and caramel - no burnt notes at all. The flavor is pretty similar with a clean malty base with no residual sweetness to make things cloying. Only a hint of coffee-like roasted flavors at the finish with no perceptable hop flavors or bitterness. The biggest complaint is the beer tastes a bit watered-down - as if all the flavors are only half the strength they ought to be. It does make a light refreshing drink but there's not much personality there.

Mouthfeel is good - it's a light bodied beer with no sweetness or sticky malt residues on the palate. The carbonation is a bit light but fine for the amount of sugars in the beer. No real hop bittering at the end but a bit of burnt malt to dry it out a bit.

Overall drinkable and pleasant enough but there's not much personality here. It's almost as if Sam Adams brewed a 9% beer and then cut it in half with water. It's quite light and refreshing for a malty brew but probably not a great 'lawnmower' beer.

RedwoodGeorge, May 19, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a little thick with a creamy, deep tan head. The head diminishes after about a minute or so. The color is notably black (as expected) but not quite as black as I would expect. There were plenty of hints of red.

Immediately malty on the nose with hints of chocolate and a small wiff of black licorice.

Texture is somewhat creamy with plenty of roasted malt flavors. Lots of chocolate, modest to no alcohol presence and an inkling of hops that increases as the brew warms.

A smooth-drinking, solid black lager. The only downfall is a lack of depth. There isn't much else to say. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

Budlum, May 16, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Highs: Appearance, flavor, mouthfeel
Lows: None

Into the pilsner, pours a dark brown, almost opaque, capped by a one-finger dark tan head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing behind. A good looking beer. Nose is somewhat disappointing, being vaguely of malt. It might improve with warming, but at fridge temperature, there’s not much there. Flavor, however, is solid, starting off with elements of caramelized hops, chocolate, and coffee with moderate bitterness—everything I’d expected in a “dark lager.” Mouth is similarly pleasing, semi-creamy and substantial. Finishes lightly bitter. Drinkability is good; it goes down easy and it tasty, thought it’s still a heavier and somewhat bitter beer.

Overall: A good dark lager, definitely worth a try.

jettjon, May 16, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

A - Black? check!
S - Roasty, slight chocolate-sweet aroma
T - oh baby, definitly taste the chocolate on the palate with a delicious roasted coffee aftertaste
M - smooth, just the right amount of carbonation
D - wish I had more

Not much of a lager fan but this one was recommended to me by a friend. I enjoy roasted flavors so this one hits the spot. It gets an A in my book.

AlesRTasty, May 15, 2006
Photo of Mechphisto
2.03/5  rDev -45.3%

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It's very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn't choose this beer again.

Mechphisto, May 10, 2006
Photo of MistaC
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured into a pint glass beeradvocate style

The color is a black, with dark amber tones when held to light. Pour results in a healthily textured, tan head.

The smell pervades with roasted malt. Caramel aromas prevail over chocholate ones.

The roasted malt and chocolate tastes are tied together by caramel. There are hints of coffee flavors in the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium thickness feel very consistent with what I expected from the appearance, taste and smell

It lives up to the smoothness of a traditional lager.

This beer is one of the more consistent ones I have tried. Appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel all flow smoothly across the board. There are no strange aftertastes.

MistaC, May 09, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

eyes...
deep ruby color, some light does penetrate, half finger of loose off white to tan head that dissapates rapidly into an oring. pretty good looking schwarzbier.

nose...
sweet, almost like a dopplebock except with a nice subtle smokiness that balances it out beautifully, some coffee and some toffee

taste etc...
medium to full in the mouth as the carbonation is spot on (the actual body is kind of light, not detrimental though), just a hair of prickly nature to it which makes it refreshing for a "darker" beer, like the nose the flavor is very balanced..with the same elements. maybe it won't titilate of the hardcore hophead but this isn't about that.. it is a nice malty sweet beer with a tinge of bitterness and smoke to carry it out.

verdict?
damn testy and sessionable, a really good one from a macro company, worth checking out.

Ego, May 06, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a very dark maroon-brown, almost black with just a hint of a short-lived head and not very much lacing.

Smell is strong of caramel, chocolate and toffee. I could keep my nose in this stuff all day.

Smooth but surprisingly thin on the palate. Like many Schwarzbiers, much lighter than one would expect by color alone. Carbonation seems just right.

Taste reflects aroma. Strong caramel and chocolate tones with a light sweetness and fruity middle (figs). Surprisingly clean finish with very little in the way of hop bitterness.

A very drinkable beer - and surprisingly light. An excellent Schwarzbier.

mghotbi, May 05, 2006
Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance- Pours pretty dark, but definitely not black. Has dark mohogany highlights and a healthy head.

Smells- A bit weak on this front. Requires some heavy sniffing to reveal a very slightly fruity alcohol, caramel, and chocolate malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel- A light/medium to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Malt dominates the flavor with chocolate being the top dog while caramel malt plays a back-up role. A slight nuttiness comes in play at the end of the sip. Very very subtle hints of fruityness. Quite drinkable as the flavors are delicious and many.

lpayette, May 04, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass this beer is looking good, very dark and a creamy head. Nice, Some red hues shine through the glass.

Smell is of pure dark roasted malt goodness. Nothing extra, nothing less. Thats a good thing!

Taist is very well defined. This is a black beer the way it is ment to be, very nice deep roasty taste. Dark roasted malt, hints of carmel and toffee. Well done gentlemen. The hops top it off to perfection. Dry, not sweet and not too bitter. Would go well will full meal, steak, chicken, pasta.

Mouthfeel is a little too light and carbonated.

Drinkability it right there folks. Open up and pour it down. You could drink this all day. Enjoy MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 03, 2006
Photo of frosty
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

I love this stuff. Very dark dark brown when poured this stuff is nice. The smell of coffee and chocolate fill my nose. As it goes down the same flavors are there with maltiness making this beer great. Very easy to drink and pleasing. I got to give it to the Boston Beer Co. on this one.

frosty, May 03, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

Purchased at HyVee as part of a make your own six pack, great way to get some variety on a budget.

A- poured into an Imperial Pint glass. It is dark coffee brown to black in color. When held to the light only a ruby red point of light comes through. Head was a finger high and left a tight lace.

S- Bitter roasted malts and hops. Almost smells like a stout.

T- It's all malt, which is not a bad thing. It's bitter like black coffee and a bit of cereal flavor.

M- Pretty creamy mouthfeel with a crisp bitterness.

D- I liked the SA Black Lager quite a bit more than the Brown Ale I had in the same session. They were pretty similar, but I thought the Black Lager had more to offer.

bort11, May 01, 2006
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.