Double Black Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Double Black LagerDouble Black Lager

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HattedClassic on 06-19-2014

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by KG710:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Another beer I got in the Adventures In Lager series this one a higher gravity Schwarz

A - OMG so Dark! Almost pitch with little ruby hue at the base it has a 2+ inch of mocha head that mounts the top and sticks around for a while making for some excellent lace.
S - Ow yeah! It's smoky! With mild hints of roast and some semi sweet chocolate this beer smells rather sweet with little hop aroma. The sip
T - Ashy roast and some dark fruit highlight this beer is dry with a mild smokey finish that lingers on the tounge. decent.
M - Light to medium it goes down smooth.

Overall I like the smoke its not too intense and folks will be happy its not overly sweet. Its easy to drink and still remains high octane. I will enjoy the other 3 I have.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another addition to the new "Adventures in Lager" pack is this sorta "imperial Schwarzbier" style brew. Apparently this is a direct rebrew of the original (same ABV and name, and the 2016 one even features much the same art on the label... a cool old wizard-looking dude like the previous, this time rendered in a blue-white duotone). Most schwarzes seem to end up on the high-end of 4% or the low-end of 5% (SA's own Black Lager, which fits in the schwarzbier category, is 4.9%), so this clocking in at 7% has got to bring out some unique character... or so I hope!

The pour is an intensely deep, dark brew approaching utter, infinite blackness. Topped with a few fingers of khaki head and featuring solid lace as those few fingers dissipate to a small quarter-finger ring, this is certainly an intense and intimidating looking beer. Very, veeeery slight ruby-red highlights show up very dimly only when my glass is brought up to close light, meaning this is just that much closer to 40 SRM. In other words... "blacker than the blackest black, times infinity"!

Nose is full of dark fruit (cherry and plum, mainly) atop a dense blanket of roasty malts. Belgian/German chocolate/chocolate cake and black coffee are, of course, the most apparent scents. Slight notes of raw turbinado sugar and molasses. Some reviews mention smoke and I guess I can pick up vestiges of that, but they seems to be very ephemeral.

Taste has the slickness of a traditional schwarzbier but the lingering roasty flavors that an American robust porter would have. Bitterness is low and leans heavily on Noble hops for balance. Therefore, there are lots of subtle, slight floral and herbal touches that hit particularly in the back of each sip right before the swallow. This is a delicate style and, thankfully, the increased alcohol percentage doesn't topple it all over. Doesn't taste like a stronger beer per se but the nominally-thicker body and showing of a slightly more-complex-than-usual residual sugar profile could speak to a bigger malt bill, for sure. Finish has a lot more fruit than normal for the style. Getting some more plum and even red apple here and there. Very nice.

Feel is snappy, smooth and crisp with an interestingly bright swallow that seems akin to many German-style dark beers I've consumed. Pretty full-bodied with moderate carbonation, but the finish really kicks. As the style description dictates, these beers typically drink a little easier than their American/British stout/porter cousins due to the yeast and hop profiles, and that works out in this beer's favor. The way it goes down is satisfying and approachable, yet it's complex in a way very few others in the schwarzbier style are. Nice stuff. I wouldn't mind drinking more of these.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MrUse
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours deep dark black patent malt, which eats up all visible light spectrum shades just pitch black body with dark khaki mocha head forming thick, even fine speckled lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Aroma has hints of cocoa with dark chocolate a note of tobacco leaf burning gives it an air of smokiness that’s about it.

Flavor cocoa notes and dark fruit combine to make an excellently brewed double black lager think of you’re favorite schwarzbier with more flavor…goes down easy very smooth and mellow with a clean lagered finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy textured light flowing carbonation nothing too much for the senses, it has dark chocolate bitterness that dries it out just enough amongst the dark ripened fruit notes I’m getting to make it more drinkable definitely a medium to full bodied lager that Sam Adams drinkers have been craving!

Overall, deep luscious malt layers go along with everything described above.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB date of Feb. 2015.

Pours opaque and black with brownish edges. Small head has decent retention.

Excellent aroma is followed by a somewhat disappointing flavor. The flavor is a bit above average but not as stellar as the aroma suggests. Lightly smokey. Nice lingering flavor of medium and dark roasted malts with hints of spicy hops, burnt sugar and coffee.

Feel: near creamy smooth, medium body with good carbonation.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 7, 2016... OCCASION: A Game of Thrones Thursday, still catching up on Season Five... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager... an oil-black body upholds its namesake, while the brownish head sits as two thick fingers that forms its creaminess and resilience... chocolate, creamy coffee, peat and caramel meld for an alluring invitation, a stoutish one, at that... toasted, warming mouthfeel rich with creaminess and strength... for a beer at 7%, quite agreeable, with its body cloaked in smooth sippability... sweet, lactic milkiness that holds enough malt to maintain its lager status... a fantastic flavor profile, brimming with peat, fire and cereal malts--oats and earth... a surprisingly authentic schwarzbier whose strength is palpable... a winner in this mix of six...

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big dark malts and are smooth and creamy with cocoa — almost like a darker chocolate milk — up front then a mild roast, a hint of smoke, and a balancing bitter finish.

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Photo of Cgraham
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by June 2016

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy off-white head that reduced to a full on top, leaving some lacing behind

S- dark roasted malt, chocolate, Caramel, cereal grains, light char

T- nice mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness up front, followed by cereal grains, a hint of dark fruit, and a toasty finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns velvety into a crisp dry finish

O- easy drinking and goes down way too easy, well done

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Nostradrunkus
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This was a 12 ounce bottle that was part of a limited release sampler offered from Samuel Adams brewery, and I will say I am particularly impressed with this variety. The dark brown pour prepares you for a complex flavor experience, and the tan head provides sufficient eye candy for any beer connoisseur. The roasted malt of the beer really lends a unique smoky flavor that sets this beer apart from others that I have tried. There are dominant notes of caramel with chocolate in the background in the flavor profile that pair well with the smoky malt, and there is a satisfying mouthfeel accompanying the brew that straddles the line perfectly between chewy and thin. Of all the varieties in the limited release pack, I hope that Sam Adams finds a way to put this in a six pack the most.

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Photo of jsh420
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SithLantern
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nightkota
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Dmod81
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The toasted notes of caramel and chocolate seem more like a stout than a lager. Spiced hops balance an otherwise potent malt bill, and force you to expand your expectations of what lager can taste like.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Available at the R&D brewery as of June 2014.
The beer pours a very nice and vigorous brownish tan head that does not dissipate quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown that is opaque. No other colors appear. The beer smell is stronger than the regular Black Lager. The strongest notes are caramel with roasted notes and a bit of almond. Some roasted malts with a hint of coffee show up as well. The beer taste is similar to the smell. The beer has a roasted nut flavor with caramel and a slight hoppy bitterness to it. The beer taste is very good because of the way the flavors blend together to create a sweet desert like coffee flavor. the mouthfeel is heavy bodied and fairly thick with biting carbonation. However, the feel is a bit uneven and slightly more chunky than the regular Black Lager. Overall, a great beer and worth getting again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mpalestino
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

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Double Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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