Black Rider Lager | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Ken_P
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the Lowell Beer Works, the beer was served in a 22oz glass. Very dark coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, off-white head of a good inch and a half. Great head retention, too. Aromas of toasted grains and a touch of coffee, subtle and balanced, with a smoky overtone. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a strong coffee background dominating the palate. Some light sweet cream highlights lighten the bitterness a bit, and there is a touch of campfire/charcoal at the end of the palate, too. Dry, bitter aftertaste, with a coffee edge to it once again. There is a great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Dry, clean finish. Very well put together beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Saturday afternoon at BBW Fenway. Served in a 16oz glass. Charcoal black body, with an off-white head. Looks like a Guinness, frankly speaking. Smell had nice traits of chocolate and espresso. Taste was surprisingly good. Loved all the porter flavors they packed into this beer: cocoa, black licorice, roasted malt. The mouthfeel really stood out as a winning aspect here too. So rich and creamy; almost like it was on nitro. Other people have reviewed this beer as a schwarzbier, but my receipt said "Black Rider Stout". Maybe they decided to turn this dark lager into a delicious and creamy stout for 2012, but I'll keep drinking this one all day long.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source. Pours a solid black with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of milk chocolate mostly with maybe a hint of caramel or toffee. Simple pleasant aroma but lacking any kind of complexity. Taste is smooth and similarly one dimensional. Rich milk chocolate and toffee taste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Smooth easy drinker, but nothing complex going on here.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone." - Grateful Dead

Dark brown with a thin white head. A sliver of frothy retention still manages to put up some nice lacey webbing.

Smells like chocolate and iced coffee. Faint aroma but it's not exactly a style know for its robust olfactories.

Upon first sip I was surprised to find Black Rider slick on the tongue. This contrasts with the generally effervescent carbonation. Tastes like chocolate syrup, chicory, and iced coffee with an acrid bitter in back. At times I got a English hop tea in back which disrupted the beer. I even had a few hoppy belches which isn't indicative of the style. Fruity esters became more apparent as the beer warmed.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could someone please tell the waitress at the Beer Works what the hell a Schwarzbier is?! Into a pint glass...

Deep dark espresso with ginger head to match about a full finger's worth. Lacing and retention are fairly decent.

Creamy as hell with roasted tannins and slight hop grass - a little smoke on the uber-roasted malt. Nicely done.

Tasted better at first but roast dissipates. Patent malt tannins are representing. Husky malt with just a slight hint of hop grass. Not earth-shattering but not bad, either.

Palate on this is a little tight from the husky malt tannins, methinks.

Good to start but fades away pretty quickly with warmth into the ordinary. Drink it reasonably cold.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap from BBW/Fenway last night. The beer was presented in their 16oz. nonic type pint glass. It was near black/very dark brown with some slight ruby highlights. About a half-finger of white head sat atop the beer and this quickly reduced down to a sliver and left very little lacing. No other outright signs of carbonation.

A roasted smell in the nose of malt and grain with softer notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste has a slight roasted character but a little weaker than what I would expect from the style. A slightly sweet pronounced malty-ness to the beer with slight flavors of caramel and black coffee. Very slight dark chocolate bitterness to each sip.

A medium body that taste a little towards the weak side. Very minimal carbonation but an even coat of the palate.

An okay beer, but nothing superb. Easily sessionable if so desired but not one of my favorite offerings from beer works. I find there darker beers in general to be a little weak for my taste, this one being no exception.

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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is almost inky black in color. It has a bit of a tan head. The aroma is full of roastiness. There is a similar taste to it. Also there is hints of coffee to the taste. It is very smooth. This beer really tastes as if they made a porter and used lager yeast instead. Good, but I don't know that it was a true Schwarzbier.

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Black Rider Lager from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 9 ratings