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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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2,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 60 | 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 John1985


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an opaque black with a > average head. Spicy aroma with dark malts evident. Roasted flavor upfront that gives in to the sweet malts. Smooth aftertaste that is a bit watery. Overall effect is a very pleasant mild beer. Very sessionable and would be a good introduction for someone just getting into craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:13:14 | More by John1985
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark black with a creamy one finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace that hangs on the side if the glass.

S - caramel, maple syrup, smoke.

T - burnt Smokey malts. Coffee and liquorice flavors.

M - good carbonation, slightly watery and thin.

O - A good dark lager, if you are in for smokey flavored beers. Something is missing from it being truly outstanding, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:23:26 | More by Apellonious
Photo of karait95


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark reddish color, against light you can see very little going through, two finger head that dissipates a little fast with a nice dark beige color.

S: Very toasted aroma with some sweet aroma.

T: Toasted taste, a good toasted combination with a very faint sweetness there is something else natural flavor not identify.

M: Full of flavor, but not to complex.

D: Nice at the beginning but rather fast becomes bitter, with a medium lasting and bitter ending.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:08:50 | More by karait95
Photo of Johnnyv310

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-30-2013 05:02:28 | More by Johnnyv310
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours solid black with a big, tan head that just screams "drink me!"

Smell: Has a strong roasted malt aroma with very little hop presence.

Taste: Has a very nice malty flavor that reminds me of a mix of coffee and chocolate. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild body. Nothing too special here one way or the other.

Drinkability: By the time I got to the end of the glass, it was getting a little tough to finish. Having one would be good from time to time, but I couldn't drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 20:18:01 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of DiscGolfRobot


4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-01-2012 19:21:28 | More by DiscGolfRobot
Photo of Pjev11

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-17-2011 03:58:05 | More by Pjev11
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never poured, straight from the bottle.

Got this with the Sam mixed 6-pack. Smells of roasted malts. Great taste, full creamy flavor, malts, and smooth all the way through. No bite or bad aftertaste. Not a very thick beer, but holds itself nicely.
Good beer, try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 04:21:58 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of kirbmeist


4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-21-2012 05:52:35 | More by kirbmeist
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - 1 finger dirty white head. Body is deep brown in color, when held to a bright light deep reds come through along the edges, clear.

s - Light roasted malts. Like a small stout or porter. Smells like chocolate and crystal malts but not burnt. Little hop aroma. Smells really inviting on a night when it is warm but I still want to taste something.

t - Chocolate early on. Well balanced, taste lingers briefly but not in a bad way. You could easily drink this with a meal and not have it overshadow the food. Some hop flavor in the end.

m/d - Drys up a bit towards the end but not too much, refreshing. Highly drinkable, lowish ABV and complex taste make for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 02:16:19 | More by magnj
Photo of swinyeju

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-13-2012 14:39:21 | More by swinyeju
Photo of jsboates

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-11-2012 13:45:12 | More by jsboates
Photo of LeftyBWS


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark brown color with a bubbly white head on top that fizzes down, leaving some slippery lacing on the glass.
S: Chocolaty malts, buttery, slight hop nip.
T: Smooth malts with an underlying hoppiness, both on the light side.
M: Soft, malty and at times buttery. Can't really feel the hops, though.
D: Pretty good. Goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 06:42:21 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, tan head about two fingers width. Dark colored (thus the name), almost like a coke. Some carbonation evident.

Smells faintly of chocolate malts, a bit roasty or woody I'd say.

Malty, with hints of chocolate, maybe coffee? A slightly bitter finish.

Smooth, a little carbonation. Not as heavy as I thought, but again very smooth.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Great taste, smooth, and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it. Will buy again; kudos, Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:22:39 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of jt31914


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

A: Dark black with 1/4 to 1/2 fingers of head, very good head retention; not very carbonated.

S: Smells of chocolate and faint coffee.

T: Creamy with faint chocolate in finish; not the strongest of beers. It was pretty good tasting but not overdone or complex. The beer is smooth and pleasant. Faint coffee as well.

M/D: Very drinkable, doesn't taste like a typical dark malt beer, very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:16:58 | More by jt31914
Photo of Homebrew35


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger tan creamy head. Mostly black filtered clear body. Smells yeasty, sweet, some dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes sweet and toffee, coffee, roasty malts, some earthy hops. Medium/thin body, medium carbonation. Some lingering hop and roasty bitterness. Overall this doesn't sit too well for me. The roasted/sweet/thin body combination doesn't work well. This needs more body and Carmel malts for me. I barely finished the bottle. $8.50 a sixer, oh well it'll sit around for some friends to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:42:44 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of EricClayton

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-15-2013 01:00:55 | More by EricClayton
Photo of Lucoli

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

05-21-2013 01:09:37 | More by Lucoli
Photo of Rainintheface


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z bottle, May '08. Poured into SA glass.

A: dark brown with red highlights, two plus finger foamy, light tan head which lingers long. nice lacing

S: smells sweet. caramel and faint chocolate. nothing special.

T: roasted malts. caramel and again, faint chocolate.

M: medium body, maybe even a bit full bodied. rich and a little creamy

D: very drinkable. a tasty Black Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:45:44 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice color, nice head. Head dissipates quickly, but not completely. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Bitter smell. No thanks.

Tastes okay, but not special. Spicy. To me, this was a bit unexpected from a dark beer. Not unpleasant, but nothing too special either.

Pretty decent mouthfeel. Sam Adams usually gets this right. It's creamy and good. It's just a little too sharp for my tastes though.

This is a fairly drinkable darker beer, but it also has nothing much in common with dark beers except the color. I'm not huge on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:05:24 | More by Kooz
Photo of orsulacp


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the black color in the glass, with the tan 1" head, very inviting. The pour showed a deep ruby color that you couldn't see in the glass. Sweet caramel, with a bit of coffee and some roasted almond smokiness in the smell. The taste started like a bitter chocolate, then some molasses, and ending with the bitter chocolate with a very clean finish, nothing left behind. There was low carbonation and a medium body making the beer very easy to drink. I really liked this. I only tried two other black or dark lagers (Victory and Weeping Radish) and this beat both of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 19:03:32 | More by orsulacp
Photo of pjwilson


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought at local corner store in a mixed 6 pack containing: black lager, hefe, and the brown ale. cool idea. i like to try alot of beers, but i am most anticipating the black lager i have never seen any of these beers in california before. best before june 2006, so you know it's fresh.

appearance: dark black color, yet held to the light it turns a deep amber color. the two finger head is awsome, but then settles down to a half inch or so.

smell: more lagery yeasty smell, no hint of the roasted malts. after you've had death and taxes....well you except some ommffff.

taste: an improvment for sure. reminisant of an irish dry stout, but with some more coffee and chocolate tones. frankly, there is little lager like about this beer, i would buy it is as a stout. very little in the way of what i would except in a swarzbeer. (not that the beer claimed it was)

mouthfeel: a nice and thick fullness, greater than excepted. i guess creamy is the word. i'm giving it lower points because this a lager, it should have lighter mouthfeel. if they called it a stout it might be a 4.

drinkability: this is a disapointment. i'm still waiting to find the perfect shwarz, but am still looking. this is not it. still, this is decent, but i certainly wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:03:46 | More by pjwilson
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one of these into a glass from the mix winter pack.

Man, this beer is black, I mean, jet black! You simply can't see through it. It has a very strong toffee smell with some choclate scent as well. The taste has the BBC's trademark smooth maltiness of a nice blend of toffee and choclate, leaving a coffee after taste. The mouthfeel is good, as it's right in the middle with kind of a milky feel to it.

I really enjoyed this beer as it goes down fairly easy but seems to be very flavorful as well. I have only tried one of other beer of the style, but this is by far the best of the two.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 03:18:06 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the sam adams black lager is a rich a hearty beer. The coloris a deep black with crimson low lights and a nice tan head. The smell is of rich chocolate barley. Taste like chocolate and lightly smoked malt. The finish is surprisingly mild and that makes it more drinkable that some dark lagers. People that are scared of dark beers should give this one a try it's much less harsh than some out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:43:45 | More by mattkoon
Photo of cheers2beers


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beeer pours a thick almond colored head that decipates within a few minutes.Dark liquid with redish outerband and laceing all over my glass.The nose is of old style malts and sour fruits.The palate detects a hint of cafe latte,moca,malts,and maybe even a hint of raisin in the finish.This lager goes down smooth,fizzy on my tongue,and coats my mouth with film of caramel malts.
This is definitly a great session brew.I would purchase this one again over boston lager.


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 05:32:24 | More by cheers2beers
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