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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) | Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Brewed by:
Sociedade Central de Cervejas
Portugal | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 09-22-2002

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 72
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a rich off-white head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark malt with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of darkish malts with a caramel/toffee character - sweet with balancing roastiness and a subtle Continental-type hop bitterness in the middle. LIght touch of smokiness leads to a dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a nice, easy-drinking EDL that goes towards a schwartzbier (though a bit more caramelish). Pairs very well with shell-fish, especially mussels.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

After being in Portugal for several days without any hints of anything other than basic golden lagers, I was pleasantly surprised to find this at a local grocer. Still somewhat nervous from my experience thus far, I only bought one. When I opened it, I was happy to catch a big roasty smell with some caramel undertones. I poured it in my glass and enjoyed the deep, dark amber almost-brown color, with a nice light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Upon drinking, I was blown away to taste rich, roasted malt and toffee, with hints of coffee! I had been just about ready to give up on my beer tasting while in Portugal until I found this gem. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing in that it was slightly overcarbonated and left a slightly slick feeling on the tongue. But after having this beer, I got it everywhere I went, very drinkable. Thank you Sagres!

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Photo of jeffboo
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer from Portugal that could easily have come out of Bavaria.

Bubbly tan foam tops this nice black beer with red highlights. The flavors are traditional Dunkel with chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma profiles. The finish is enjoyablly acidic and dry in a light/medium bodied brew that hits the spot on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and creamy dark malt aroma that boasts of crystal, roasted, and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It has a weak and watery malt feel that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It's easy going, but quite dry and earthy on the finish. It has some metallic aftertastes. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. I was hoping for a thicker, creamier body. This is a good drinking dark lager, but it could be so much better.

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Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown/black hue. The head was amazing - five fingers. The retention was not good but the thick head left very nice lacing.

The smell was of toasted barley and espresso, cut with a nice hop aroma.

The taste was rich and full. A deep toasted flavor. A nice flavorful coffee/espresso accent which lasted long after the sip. The beer finished remarkable dry, thanks to a nice bit of hops.

The mouthfeel was full as well, and finished extremely dry. Very nice.

This was an incredibly drinkable dark lager. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of Nickls
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown that closes in on black in color. Thinnish, slightly tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks fairly substantial...

S - Sweet maltiness, nearing in lactose in the nose. Pruney/raisiny aroma that's fairly mild. Just a slight touch of roastiness

T - Very much mirrors the aroma. The pruney sweetness is the dominant flavor, and it's actually not bad. A bit of an "off" flavor with the papery (perhaps oxidation) flavor.

M - Pretty thin MF given the color, with subdued carbonation.

D - I would say this ranks as pretty drinkable for me and the general pleasant flavors. Certainly not difficult to take down, but I've seen both better and worse takes on the style.

Overall, not a bad brew, but nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Photo of endovelico
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes, reviewed on 07/02/2009. Best before date: 06/2009. Reviewed under medium low artificial light. Poured into Pokal.

Appearance: Pours a one thinger creamy beje head. Color is dark Mahogany. Medium perceived effervescence. Cristaline brew. Head immediately collapses into moderate sized cap.

Aroma: Medium Strenghth and bold. Chocolate and Coffee mostly with other perceivable caramalts.

Taste: Balanced and of medium strength. chocolate malt, Roasted malt and some caramel on the background. Pleasant. Grainy. Some black malt smokiness. No noticeable hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Medium light bodied. Medium light Black malt bitterness. Medium carbonation. Crisp finish. Leaves a smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Alcohol balanced with the rest of the beer profile. Its a really easy and refreshing beer and rich and bold at the same time.

On a final note: One of the best brews from Portugal, although thats not saying much. The beer itself is closer to a Dunkel than a Euro Dark Lager. Will have again.

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Photo of pezoids
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep mahogany brown color. Very clear and was topped with a creamy lacy head. Pleasant and subtle aroma of small bits of chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. The taste is dry and bittersweet. Has some chocolate nutty texture. The body is light and flavorful. I enjoyed this easy drinking dark beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boy, the new beers just keep coming tonight...third and final new (and exciting!) brew...a first from Portugal. 33 cl bottle, listing a slightly lowered 4.1% abv. Also shows 'Dez.09' on the label - uncertain if that's a 'brewed on' or 'best by' date, but we'll take our chances. A pour to the '2008 Fresh Hop Festival' shaker pint glass...one can hope.

A: Attractive pour, a deep/dark mahogany with a fluffy 1-finger+ pillow of almond cream. Held to light, a vibrant inverted cascade of bubbles rise and refurbish a dwindling head. A good-looking lacing, too - clinging in broken cobwebs.

S: A dark 'grainy' scent that entices, yet ultimately smells of both a musty ashtray and an acrid, day-old coffee. That's kinda the style, so I'll go with it - and the strength is promising.

T: Malted grains are so dark, yet balance between ashy dryness and a more treacle-sweet blackness. Tea-like spice dances around...it's got some complexity behind a fairly simple exterior. Caramel and a nutty roast, hints at cocoa and a cola-leaning roast.

M: The (slight) downfall of this beer (and perhaps the style); thin and a little slick. Sure there's lasting bitter char and a sticking darkness of mildly sweetened grain...just nothing too memorable. Light-medium body with a lively carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink and of a completely sessionable strength. No complaints; while I won't necessarily seek this out again, it definitely is a tasty/well-done selection for its style. Worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Very dark brown, although not opaque. The fluffy tan head holds fairly well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma displays a sweet, toffee-like maltiness. The body is light-medium with a standard carbonation and a gently crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is lighter than the aroma suggests, but fairly nice with a smooth, chocolatey, and gently molasses-tinged maltiness. The bitterness is in balance but display a little roughness in the dry finish, which lingers with some light roastiness. This beer has some character to it, but is overall a bit light, leaving it just a bit better than your average beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Dark as the night, brown tint to brew with little tan head maybe 1/8"

Smell: Light malty scent, that's really it.

Taste: much better than the scent, malty, and light sourness that reminds you of rye. Hops are there but not too strong just enough to offset it with the right bitterness.

Mouth: medium and smooth. Light bitter after taste but still sticky and feels toasty.

Overall: Complimented with a medium-rare steak this beer is even better. Straight and simple. Salud

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Photo of titvs
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 3438650766. AROMA: roasted notes with a coffe and dark chocolate character and a mild sweet background. clean lager profile and no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark brown color with some ruby highlights. translucent. medium tanned head with average retention. TASTE: light malt flavour with a neutral character. moderate roasted notes of coffe and dark bitter chocolate lasting into the finish. low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no noble hop flavours discernible and clean lager profile. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. no astringency. OVERALL: a nice portuguese schwarzbier.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin and bubbly white head on top that has some light tan tinges through it. It starts about half a centimetre think before reducing to about half of that and staying the same after that, managing to leave some light lacing on the sides of the glass too.

Slightly darker, rich malts and a little bit of chocolate that is well-balanced and not too overpowering. There is some roasted barley and a little burnt sugar along with some light coffee notes.

Barley and darker malts along with a little chocolate and coffee. There is some cocoa and sugar in there too and overall the taste is a rich but sweet one.

Smooth for the most part with only a tiny bit of grain present. There is a dark and rich feel to the beer but also a sweetness throughout. There is a good balance also and whilst nice, nothing is out of the ordinary.

An okay beer and a welcome change for the scores of pale lager Portugal has to offer. This one is by no stretch a fantastic beer but it is a pleasant enough one and definitely worth a try if you're in the country.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Pours black, but not quite opaque. Reasonably sized head, some lace. Smell is predominantly of roast. Wasn't sure what to expect - definitely not a doppelbock, a schwarzbier maybe? Roast at the front of the palate, but little else to back it up. Finishes dry. Reminiscent of Xingu - must be a Portugese speaking thing. Mouthfeel lighter than expected from a beer this color, carbonation fine. Drinkability is reasonable - goes down easy, but not much to commend itself flavor-wise.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces three-fingers of lightly browned, tan colored foam. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color (not quite black) that does have some burnt amber notes to it; when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep, ruby / plum color. The aroma smells of toasted bread crust and perhaps a touch of dark chocolate up front, but then picks up a tinny, cheap lager like note towards the finish. Some caramel notes are here as well as just a touch of diacetyl that supplies a hint of butterscotch that also boosts the caramel aromas. I like the light roast influence in the nose, but the mix of diacetyl (that most will miss as I am a bit sensitive to it and it is subtle here) as well as the metallic finish just make this a touch off-putting to smell.

A fizzy carbonation couples with a dry'ish, but dark malt sweetened flavor up front. The beer finishes with a solid toasted grain note that is reminiscent of biscuits and crackers that have been well browned in the oven. A touch of berry-like fruitiness is here as is a faint coffee note that reminds me of a pale-roasted coffee. The malt provides a slightly earthy undertone that is mixed in with the toasted grain character; toasted whole grain character actually, as there is a touch of complexity to this note.

The beer isn't all that bad in the flavor, it is well within the style of a schwarzbier, but the aroma is not quite as clean as it needs to be. Not bad, but I can't see myself giving another one of these a go.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When first poured, this beer showed some promise. Dark brown and shadowy, with crimson undertones. The head is an attractive tan color, and the aroma is of roasted and somewhat smoky malts. Somewhere after the first impression, though, this one dropped the ball. The taste is one-dimensional and very restrained. It’s dry and a little metallic. The nice smoky, roasted character of the aroma is lost on the tongue. There’s some chocolate malt flavor, but it doesn’t come out in the taste. Very light body, and a willowy finish. It sort of left me wanting more. Good effort, but it’s not what it could be.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%

Popping the top yields a nice roasted malt aroma. Pours to a dark brown barely translucent color with a foamy tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt with only a hint of bitterness. Finish is clean and sweet. This is an easy drinking very flavorful brew. A sessioner without a doubt. Simple and refreshing but not monotonous.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful off-white head. Extends over the rim of the glass. Very nice lace on glass. Mahogany color.

Smells of spent grains and adjuncts. No malty sweetness.

Lots of burnt black patent malts. There's also some gentle chocolate and coffee flavors. No notable hop. Very thin body with high carbonation--similar to Coca Cola. Very short aftertaste.

This may be the best of the Porteguese beers, although that is not saying much. Definitely below US/UK beer standards.

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Photo of sfprint
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exp: 12/2012
A: Jet black, but with a huge 4 finger head and lots of little streams of rising carbonation.
S: Toasty, wall plaster, acidic.
T: Toasty with a bit of sour fruit. Or perhaps just sour, implied lemon. But quite ok. Very plain, but easy to drink. Chocolate.
M: Not exactly dry, but alters the inside of your mouth in a funny way.
O: Decent, unexciting but very drinkable.

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Photo of Foxman
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a surprisingly deep-hued dark brown, murky and opaque. There are lighter chocolate tones at the edges where light passes through. A mottled moderate tannish head comes and goes quickly, leaving a very thin frothy legacy.

There's a dark, toasted malt aroma, mingling with a milder cocoa tone. An ephemeral caramel tease flits about the malt sweetness.

The first sip brings a very flat malt character, much dryer than expected. A fleeting toffee taste quickly morphs to an ashy, earthy muskiness. The ashy dryness lingers to the finish, along with a distant doughy sourness. Overall, the flavor fails to cash the check that's written by the aroma.

It's a bit lighter than medium bodied, coating to some small extent. A dull dry bitterness remains on the tongue at the finish.

It was $1.00, and from Portugal, the first beer I'd seen from that country. It's a shame the flavor doesn't deliver on the aroma's promise, because if it did, this beer would actually be quite good. As it is, however, it's simply so-so, even disappointing after that initial build-up. If I ever find myself in Portugal, I'll drink this and not feel at all put-upon. At home, though, it's not something I'll buy again, in spite if it being rather drinkable in its way. It comes across a tad boring. I guess I just don't like a tease.

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Photo of FLima
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep black color with one finger beige head with short retention.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Refreshing flavor of toasted and roasted malt, coffee, charred wood and a hint of lemon. Quite dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness likely from its roasted notes.
Light body with good carbonation.
A refreshing Dunkel, not overly sweet or cloying, resulting in high drinkability but very low complexity. Nevertheless, I would prefer having this to any Adjunct Lager. But that is it.

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Photo of ARoman
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is very mellow with notes of dark fruit (raisin), roasted notes, and a light nuts and/or bread crust hint. The beer is a rich, dark caramel brown hue with a tan, dense head that disappears quickly leaving only a light retention and lace. The taste is a dry, medium sweet and medium light bitter. The carbonation is soft and fuzzy for the lightly chewy, and sticky beer. The medium light body is flavored much like it smells with a zippy finish that has light root beer and licorice notes to it and light chocolate and caramel creeping in late. the aftertaste is light with notes of root beer, a touch of chocolate, and a light burnt note which mellows quickly and turns to fig.

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Photo of Gusler
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a deep brown in color with an average sized head and tolerable lace, both a light beige in color. Nose is light malt, with a slight hint of coffee or caramel. Start is clean malt, the top skinny, the finish is bitingly acidic, scarcely hopped, aftertaste dry.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark syrupy looking with carbonation rushing to the top yielding a large head that dissapates very quickly.

Smell: smells like caramel and dark malts. A little bit one dimensional but nice.

Taste: syrupy with dark flavors of cherrys and brandy. A little bit boozy tasting with leads me to find a very fake malty component.

Mouthfeel: thin for a dark beer but syrupy to the point where it sticks to your cheeks. Not my cup of tea.

Drinkability: Average beer, nothing memorable. I'd rather drink this over budweiser any day and its the same price at the liquor store... 4.99 a six pack.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a Lisbon supermarket. 4.10% ABV.

Has a malted milk ball/Whoppers taste with some black bread and dark fruit in there too. Simple and shallow, but balanced and approachable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and unrefreshing. Overcarbonated.

A nice dark beer from Sagres, but nothing special. Drinkable, enjoyable, and fairly priced.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

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