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

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 50
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sleestak
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a Sam Adams fall mixed 12 pack. A tasty, roasted malty brew. It is a lager so it's not too heavy like some stouts and porters, seems just right to me. Sam Adams makes some quality beers and this one has always been a personal favorite of mine.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, cola-like brown with a finger of off-white head; average retention, some lacing.

nose is strongly lead by roasted malts, followed by lesser notes of chocolate and hops.

roasted malts is also at the forefront of the flavor. a bit of bitter chocolate and hops are evident behind the malt; approaching a stout but not quite. not a bad tasting beer at all.

mouthfeel is OK but there is significant room for improvement; light bodied and a bit - a bit - watery. but definitely drinkable. all in all, not a bad beer, definitely something you would consider sessioning.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sa black lager

a 4-4.5 cola dark, 2 finger head is pretty tight looking, pretty serious cap and lace remain.

s 3-3.5 a little bit of roast malt and naked alcohol, nothing else while the beer is cold. warming adds some strength to the malts' odiferousness.

t 3.5 this one seems a little rough around the edges compared to my favorite schwarzbier, you know the one in the flip top bottles, monscholtz or something. this one is more burnt and one-dimensional. but it's still pretty palatable. mostly unsweetened cocoa and a touch of coffee. the finish is crisp and clean.

m 4.5 as the looks indicate, this one excels in fine, quality carbonation. the body is light-med.

d 4 maybe it's not my favorite style, but the look and feel are first rate. that alone manages to make this one pretty drinkable.

Photo of mjurney
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish-red color, clear (see through). Some bubbles. Head looks thin, lacing looks pretty fair.

Malty, slight roasted, some hint of coffee and dark chocolate.

Malty up front, slight roasted, hint of burnt toast, touch of dark chocolate. Grassy hop is very mild, almost unnoticeable. I could detect some nutty in the middle. Smooth finish, yet kinda crisp with mild roasted coffee aftertaste. Body is medium-light. Carbonation feels pretty nice.


Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazelnut brown, almost black color with about a finger of quickly dissipating tan head that leaves little lacing.

Smell - Toasted grains and malt, chocolate, nuttiness. Honestly, a very nice aroma and I can't wait to enjoy this on a cooler fall night here in Southern California (currently

Taste - A nice nuttiness in the front, followed by slight chocolate maltiness and toasted grains. Slight caramel, some spices, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so. There is enough bitterness to offset the sweetness which lends itself to be a damn drinkable beer. I could imagine myself enjoying some of these on a cold fall day, sitting in the sun on my porch back home in Illinois. A great addition to the SA Harvest Pack.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty dark and becomes opaque when held to light. Started off with about a finger of tan head, but that quickly dissipated.

S: Strong hints of roasted malt and coffee, along with sweet notes of caramel and candied sugar. Smells a bit like Guinness now that I tihnk about it.

T: This brew really delivers in this department. Some nice roasted flavor up front mixes with strong suggestions of coffee and chocolate. The finish is somewhat smoky with just a hint of hops. Very nice.

M: Fairly light bodied - goes down creamy and smooth.

D: A rare dark beer that boarders on the sessionable. Another style well executed by the boys at Boston Beer Company.

Photo of goldbot
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep rubyish brown in color with tan head. Good head retention with nice lacing throughout. Very light aroma of slightly roasted malt, bread, caramel. Good malty flavor, more bread and a touch of caramel with a nice balance of floral hops. Medium body but with a light, airy mouthfeel.

Photo of samie85
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pitch black color with a mocha colored, two finger head.

S-Smells slightly of roasty malts and a little of smoked malt with some earthy hop notes.

T-A bit of roasted malt with some smoked malt hints and an earthy spicy, slightly dry hop finish.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy prickly carbonation with a slightly coating and slick mouthfeel.

D-Not a bad beer at all and I'd rather have this in some of the sampler packs than some of the beers that make it in. I have had much better schwarzbiers though.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black walnut with dark ruby hues on the edge. A smaller, compact, creamy, frothy, sticky toasted marshmallow colored head. Decent retention that leaves behind a great, creamy lace.

S - Some dark roasted malt but not really burnt or overly roasted. Has some chocolate aroma. Dark slightly burnt brown sugar. A fair amount of earthiness and some hop aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a good amount of dark malt with some roasted flavors, but not too roasty nor much roasted bitterness. Good amount of caramel, earthy, and nutty flavors. Also a nice amount of earthy and grassy hops provide a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Quite creamy and smooth feel.

D - Quite drinkable with a good amount of dark and slightly roasted malt but not a lot of roasted bitterness. Creamy and goes down easy.

Notes: Best before Nov. 2010. A very enjoyable beer that is a good example of the style. Creamy and smooth with a lot of the typical dark, roasted type of flavors but with less of the bitterness that comes with that. Enjoyable to drink beer, although it won't blow you away, it is a solid offering.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Dec 2010

A - Pours a red and ruby tinted black with a good inch and a half of toasted marshmallow colored head that stops at the very rim of my glass. Excellent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is earthy and roasted malts; a hint of sweetness and a bit of graininess.

T&M - Roasted and caramelized malts with a bit of medium roasted coffee bean. Medium to lighter bodied and feels a bit thin...almost watery really. Hops hit mostly in the semi-dry finish and have a bit of a spicy quality.

D - Certainly easy to drink and not a style one sees too often. I think I prefer Kostritzer, but I'm okay with biggest complaint is that for me, it was a bit too thin.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle onto a tulip glass.

This is beer #5 in Sam Adams mixed pack.

Pours a very dark, but not opaque black brown color with a nice fluffy head and nice retention. Best appearance out of the series so far. The aroma is burnt chocolate, coffee and some roasted nits. The flavor is very roasty with nice background malts. Creamy finish and medium bodied. Bordering on a stout. The mouthfeel is very smooth and really easy to drink. Has too much carbonation for me for this style bit Its drinkable. Drinkability is very high on this as it's got a once low abv and really has a good flavor for such a light beer.

Photo of jazer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Sam yet. Looks can be decieving, but not with this lager. The darkness would scare off most lite beer drinkers, but this dark one is surprising flavorful. Almost like a piece of dark chocolate in appearance and almost as flavorful. The only thing holding it back is the lack of aroma givin off. I love this beer and it is...

HIGHLY recommended. Really.

Photo of PintOHops
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - Dark brown/mahogany color, like a cola soda basically. It produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated rather fast and left a thin ring atop my beer but not lacing.

S - Soft roasted malt character with muted caramel and nutty notes. Very soft nose here with a bit of brown sugar.

T - I get allot more roasted flavors than the aroma led on. Upfront it's got allot of sweet brown sugary like flavor with nutty notes quickly following. A soft porter like roasted character is there middle to end, and it finishes just a touch dry with very mild bitterness.

M - Moderately crisp with a semi creamy feel and around a medium body but on the lite side.

D - Very drinkable, I remember having this one from Sam Adams awhile ago and it still doesn't fail me, one of the best Sam offerings to me. I could quaff a sixer of this one for sure and I'd definitely buy this one again, great price for a good brew. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Samuel Adams Signature Glass

a: Very dark brown body, a little red on the sides. 1-finger tan head, kinda fizzy but looks like it will stick around for a little.

s: Typical lager smell but with light cocoa and syrupy caramel sweetness. Faint plumb.

t: This is cocoa and caramel added to what would normally be a regular lager. It has a nice rounded flavor profile. I also get roasted / slightly burnt barley with cashews on the back-end.

m: About medium in body, medium carbonation as well.

d: Nice, drinkable black lager. 2-3 would be my max.

Photo of ramseye4
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Very dark appearance, almost black, minimal head that disappeared after a short time.

Smells of roasted malts, with a slight smoked smell to it

Tastes of roasted malts, with a definite hint of chocolate at the end, with a light smokey aftertaste. Contains a fair amount of carbonation.

Pretty heavy mouthfeel, with the carbonation rolling across the tongue.

Definitely heavy in the drinkability apartment, I could sip on a few of these but I wouldn't want to have an extended session with it.

Overall a pretty tasty dark lager, definitely sits heavy in the stomach, but the taste is worth it.

Photo of chumba526
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The carbonation is quite low and it helps create smoothness to the beer.

This is a rich yet smooth beer. It's not that typical of a porter but it is still a very nice beer.

Appears almost black with a tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smells slightly smoky , chocolaty, nutty and a bit yeasty: like cloves.

Tastes of roasted nuts, and creamy mildly bitter chocolate. There is a noticeable but mild lager yeasty taste present. The beer has a very nice balance to it. The sweetness is matched with a mild smoky and a mild bitter flavor.

The one flaw I see with this beer is that is too carbonated. The high carbonation kills the creamy potential for this beer.

This is fairly drinkable I could drink a few of these though the smokiness of the beer might limit how many I would want to drink.

Photo of rcwhiteky
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black as the name would suggest with a fair amount of creamy white head.
S-Roasted malt with hops playing hide and seek.
T-Mocha Coffee with sugar and spice taste is more complex then the smell

M-Just the right amount of bubbles but kinda thin for the style

D could down three or four in quick order

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge

The Sam Adam's Black Lager pours a dark molasses-like brown in the glass with a small off-white froth that dissipates quickly. On the nose are aromas of BBQ smoke, ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, & roasted hazelnuts that follow through on the palate. The beer is light bodied, crisp, smooth, & full of flavor with a pretty aggressive carbonation (kind of like Coke). The lingering flavors on the lasting finish leaves me with an overall good impression. This beer is very sessionable & I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for my next BBQ. Even though I wish the carbonation was less aggressive, the head retained a little longer, & the mouthfeel was creamier, I sill Recommend this beer.

Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored brew, the lower half shines amber when held to the light. Small khaki colored head, pretty good lacing. Chocalte lagered malt scent. Pretty big chocolate malt taste, a fair amount of roast. Almost creamy mouth but also fairly wet. Not a bad beer overall.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice blackish brown color with a smaller head that doesn't really stick very well.
S: Nice notes of coffee and sweet caramel with the very smokey dark malt.
T: Very strong crisp malt flavor with some notes of coffee.
D/M: Very clean and not too heavy. Not overly carbonated. Very good balanced flavor.

Photo of uhhhaaron
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed 02-19-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours an almost black color with ruby tones on the edges. managed to get about an 1/8 inch head.. minimal lacing.

smell: roasted malts, mild nutty aroma & slight hop presence.

taste: roasted malts & hints of caramel & cocoa. has a bit of a spicy note to it & a clean/grassy but very light hop note.

mouthfeel: light bodied with light carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker and good session beer. but i'd choose others over this.

Photo of sleazo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a very dark brown, almost black colour with a tight tan head which dissipates quickly. Nice look to it but poor head retention.

S_Toasted grains, chocolate. Rather nice aroma.

T_Straight forward with the toasted to burnt grains, chocolate maltiness and a finish that is slightly spicy. There is a slight metallic taste here which prevents it from being better but it really does not distract too much.

M_Medium body with an effervescent carbonation. Good for the style.

D_One of Sam Adams better beers. This is an easy drinker yet with a full flavour. A very good American Swartzbier

Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio last week for $1.50 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Enjoy Before" May 2010 notched on the left side of the label so this one is past its prime according to that, but only by a few months.

A Nice light brown creamy head over a dark molasses body that lets some light through in front of direct light but it is pretty dark indeed. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass upon repeated sips. I am seriously impressed with the look of this beer. 4.5

S Nice chocolately and nutty aromas arise from the top of the beer in a pleasant, inviting set of smells. This style is quickly becoming one of my favorite. 4.0

T Nice nutty, slightly chocolate lager taste of a well made Schwarzbier. 4.0

M More smooth than the handful of other schwarzbiers that I have tasted and rated and I really like that. It has a feel that reminds me very much of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (a classic beer). 4.0

D I finished this one in about 5 minutes and wished that I had more. To me, that makes the drinkability at least good. The very manageable ABV makes it even better than good. 4.5

Notes: I sincerely like this offering in the "Brewmasters Collection" from Sam Adams. Bravo!

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, a rather light beige head, leaving some lacing.

The smell is rather faint, sweet, some burnt notes, cocoa beans.

The taste is rather sweet, dried raisins and brown sugar, toast and coffee beans.

Low carbonation, smooth and nice, a bit dry.

A nice dark lager, sweet but not too. easy to drink.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears as black as night, no light comes through even when held up to the sun; it has a caramel head, frothing with goodness.
Smells of sweet barley, with some slight fruity esthers coming through.
Taste seems bland at first as there is a slight sweet/bitter contrast, but once this gives way the flavors pop in your mouth - caramel, cantalope, still accompanied by bitter & sour characteristics, making it complex and full.
The mouthfeel is nice - balanced and lingering with subtleties.
A very drinkable beer that grows on you.

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