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

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2,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 51
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

1Sundown2C, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Std73, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2014. Pours crystal clear deep brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, plum, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, plum, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, chocolate, roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

what a fantastic black lager. the best of both worlds here, almost as much a baltic porter as a schwarzbier really, robust malt profile, earthy and heavily roasted, with a nutty middle and a lot of body for such a quick finish. dark in color too, pushing black, with a matte finish, well carbonated, and thin on the head. it smells nutty and toasty like good roasted barley, but not bitter or super dense like some can be, this stays light while holding onto that extremely deep dark grain element. really a great success here. lager yeast has a lot of flavor this time around, and with the dark malt, its like the burnt flakes on the crust of a properly cooked wood fired pizza, it has that char and dough thing working well for it. hoppy too for an almost macro brew, biting in the finish, more than balancing to the flavoring level, but its all in excellent proportion. lively carbonation makes it feel rather light for its color, and it ends up being a sessionable and quenching drink. sam adams has some really solid basic beers in their lineup, and this is a prime example that beer doesnt have to be complex to be delicious.

StonedTrippin, May 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

AMCimpi, May 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Twpsyn, May 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

davidwhatshisnam, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

dwwnole1, May 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

WOSean, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

GonzoHomebrewer, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jbeaulieu59, Apr 28, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer was pretty good. I like that interesting twist of this dark beer. Very interesting flavor, not very easy to describe. Complex, yet smooth. It has the malty flavor you expect from a dark beer, but different from a porter or stout. I would definitely drink this brew again. It reminded me a lot of Xingu.

robruiz, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

littledreamer87, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jburris64, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JOldewurtel, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Lgarciaosuna, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

spazx, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Oxymoron, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

weazle1334, Apr 06, 2014
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.