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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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2,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 52
Gots: 83 | 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 thebrood1987
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going by memory on this one but I remember it pretty well. It looked like a porter and smelled of one too. The only thing that separated this and a porter was that this had a thinner mouthfeel and wasn't as thick in body and flavor. It's like in between a brown ale and a porter really. Very nice almost coffee like roasted malt smell and taste. It ends with a tiny bit of Noble hops to match up with the subtle bitterness coming from the roasted dark coffee like malt. Its a very smooth beer that goes down too easily. If you want a dark beer that you can actually have a session with this is your beer most definitely.

thebrood1987, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Yep its black and it comes with an off white head that's about a finger width thick and gone in a minute.

S: Smells like caramel malts with some spicy hops. It gets the mouth watering for the sip.

T: Slight spice and alcohol taste with caramel and brown sugar with what tastes like grains of wheat.

M/D: Slightly bitter leaves a slimy film in the mouth but is drinkable like a good Sam Adams brew.

Kemmerlin, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to expect from this beer - grabbed it as an aside, but was overall pleased with the experience. Poured into an Orval chalice.

Pours a coffee black into the glass - just a little brown, not pitch black. Brownish head, doesn't really linger very long, with some small patching. Nose is strongly burnt malt, but definitely a lot of chocolate in there - a common theme for the drink.

Taste is burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, and some significant maltiness. Not a whole lot going on here, but enjoyable for what it has. Smooth mouthfeel, medium heavy body. A litter bitter on the tailend, making this a little less enticing for a long run of drinks.

Jesstyr, May 26, 2010
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The appearance was dark brown, with a slight creamy head. Very good appearance; slight lacing to the pint glass.

Smell was of chocolate mixed with a slight coffee/espresso aroma. Very nice. Taste was also of a chocolately coffee; not very bitter, not sweet -- just right! Really enjoyable aftertaste brings out the coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: very good body & creamy. Drinkability was also excellent. Could definitely drink a few of these on a nice cold winter night.

Overall--a great Sam Adams dark beer to drink in the winter. Glad I picked it up!

oldirtycaffrey, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of jda007
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jda007, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice coal black into my Samuel Adams beer glass. The head is caramel colored and filled the glass perfectly. Nicely carbonated, the head holds on for a bit and provides a good amount of lacing.

The smell is of malts and maybe some coffee. The scent is relatively subdued.

Very good taste with the malty beginning and a creamy malty finish.

This brew has a typical Samuel Adams mouth feel. It's great!

On a cool evening or sitting indoors I could drink a few of these. Good Stuff!

AgingWarrior, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

markallmon, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of psinderson
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, but not black. When held up to the light, a deep ruby color shines through. Huge tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer on top. Great sticky lacing to the glass.

Smell: Initially, I thought I detected a bit of light smoke, but it faded quickly. After that, there wasn't much there. Perhaps some extremely light malts in the background. Was hoping for some additional roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Somewhat bland considering the description on the neck of the bottle. There are some dark fruit flavors in the middle with a mild roastiness in the finish. That quickly fades, however, to reveal a rather smooth and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with just a tad of hop oils on the tongue. Despite the huge head, there doesn't seem to be much carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer. Mostly clean and light alcoho.

psinderson, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff!! Sam Adams may be a huge company now but they still put out some good product and this black lager is one of my new favorites. So far I've only gotten it in the mix packs, so mix packs I'll have to buy. Dark ruby/black color, nice smell, taste is a mix of dried fruit, caramel, roasted malt done very well. This is the first black lager I've tried, now I'm looking foward to finding more of this style.

Manosbeeroffate, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Richardberg
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - bottle to pint glass. Opaque, dark, fizzy, but no lacing and head doesn't last. Red fringing.

S - some sweet roasty malts, but not much else...seems weak

T - surprisingly tasty after a disappointing smell. Bit of sweetness up front; banana bread; remains balanced throughout.

M - light to moderate body. Not much carbonation for a lager.

D - goes down easily. Not too fizzy -- helps here more than it hurts the mouthfeel. Tasty, with character, but never heavy. Totally sessionable if youre into the style.

Richardberg, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark black color, with one finger head

Smelled smokey and I could also smell chocolate malts. The smokey was a little overwhelming.

Tasted ok, it was more bitter than expected and also a smoked taste. Felt thicker in the mouth and I didn't care for the mouthfeel. It was too thick for this beer.

Drinkability wise I just don't see myself ever drinking this beer again. It has low abv so you could drink a few if you liked it. Only redeeming factor there.

tykees88, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark brown to very, very dark ruby red. Some slight orange highlights around the edges. Fairly clear with a tan colored head that didn't produce much or have much retention.

Smell - Dark, roasted, chocolate malt. Picked up hints of buttermilk (not my favorite fragrance). It has caramel listed on the label, but I'm not really picking it up. I'm even picking up "cream" hints. Doesn't seem as well balanced as I thought it should be.

Taste - Has a deep roasted, earthy, burnt malt to the taste. Some chocolate in there. Again, no caramel. The taste was more balanced than the smell and was just Ok in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Mostly dry, creamy and smooth. Coats the palate honorably.

Drinkability - This is not one of my favorite Sam Adams brews, nor is it one of my favorite styles. This is a beer I can finish, but would probably not go for round two. Every time I took a drink, I continually got the "buttermilk" scent. I didn't care for that. Others may enjoy this beer, however I don't think I will try this again.

Shrews629, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of jaybags
3/5  rDev -19.1%

jaybags, Jun 27, 2012
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.

John1985, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

kmwilson76, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of roddwolff
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This time i drank my friend Sam Adams in a cold december afternoon. Once served in my glass "Pilsener Victoria":

A: A deep black color, like beer of coke, some amber flashes at the bottom, without bubbles, the foamy head is thin and long lasting, good lacing;

S: Dominates malt with scents of roasted coffee and biscuits;

T: Roated coffee, chocolate and cookie;

M: Clean and crisp, high bitterness with a sweet finish, medium body and carbonation;

D: Excellent beer from Samuel Adams.

roddwolff, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of beerguy36
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

beerguy36, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of RedWeizen83
3/5  rDev -19.1%

RedWeizen83, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4/5  rDev +7.8%

DiscGolfRobot, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of HisBoyElroy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

HisBoyElroy, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of macster
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear dark brown color with subtle burgundy hues. Faint, subdued aromas of toasted wheat bread and malt, dark caramels, molasses and chocolate. Maintains a beautiful thick and dense tan head with intricate lacing patterns throughout the glass. Palate is pleasantly thick, full and creamy. Flavor profile much more satisfying and assertive as comapered to the aromas. Nice notes of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel candies, cocoa, with a faint hint of molasses-like sweetness and Noble hop spiciness in the finish. Very drinkable as a session beer and a solid rendition of the style.

macster, May 27, 2007
Photo of dudecandle
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Black with ruby highlights, half-finger dark head which dissipated quickly, left no lacing.

S: Butterscotch off the bat. Smells like a nice, dark red wine because of the dark fruit overload here. A sweet burnt-caramel smell develops, as well. Very subtle hop twang.

T: Tart. Smoked malt flavor goes to the forefront while the dark fruit take a back seat. Subtle bittersweetness from the combination of hops and caramel

M: Like a thin porter with high carbonation.

D: It's good, not amazing. Not sure if I'd shell out for a full sixer, but a worthy variety-pack member.

dudecandle, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of aval89
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I'm going to say that I dont think this 6pack I purchased was very fresh, the date marked on the bottles was March.

It poured a black ruby red color. I had about a 1/4 inch head, if that with minimal lacing. So I'm guessing it wasn't very fresh. I tried to get a decent head on the whole 6 but couldnt get one.

Smelled of roasted malts with hints of hops and nuts.

The taste was of roasted malts and hints of caramel and also chocolate. Followed by a hoppy(very slight taste) smooth finish, with a tad bit of spicyness.
The mouthfeel had a little more carbonation than I expected.

Overall a good beer that I wouldnt mind drinking again.
The label was correct when they said it was between a stout and a porter.


aval89, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of JJFordick
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of randysandals
3/5  rDev -19.1%

randysandals, Sep 18, 2013
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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