Samuel Adams Black Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.7/5
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2,662 Ratings
Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,873
Reviews:
1,467
Ratings:
2,662
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
213
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,662 |  Reviews: 1,467
Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 Fall Variety Pack
12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark reddish brown with quite a nice head of foam, good lacing on the glass. Looks similar to a stout.
Smell - molasses, caramel, pumpernickel bread, a hint of cocoa, and maybe some licorice
Taste - it's very sweet but not in a bad way. Some bitterness from the roasted malt. Has notes of coffee bean, dark chocolate, caramel, very minor hop profile but it is there. Low-medium carbonation. It does taste somewhat like a Guinness but it's best not to try and compare them.
Overall, a fairly rich tasting brew that is very enjoyable so i will give this beer a B+

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Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chilmer
1.57/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of spectru
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very dark, translucent, almost black, with a creamy head; a crisp sparkly mouthfeel; my sniffer isn't working - no comment on aroma; nice flavor, not too different from Boston Lager, perhaps slightly milder; I like this beer

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Photo of Foxman27
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adusso415
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickFry9
2.29/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DonBowman
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a complex beer, very dark in color, roasted taste, with some hints of chocolate. Very decent but not awesome.

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Photo of Lepercan
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours deep chestnut brown under a lacy 1.5" very dense light tan cap with a very fine bead and good retention

S: aromas hint at cocoa, grains, some dried fruit and coffee.

T: flavors start with a mild sweet cocoa with a very light coffee roast backed by dark dried fruit. There are also some grain and nut flavors

F: creamy with medium body and carbonation

O: a flavorful, easy to drink schwartzbier with moderate alcohol

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Photo of barnzy78
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, with updated labeling. Date notched Enjoy Before Feb
Drank from the bottle, but I assume it is black or near black. Chocolatey aroma with dark and roasted grain. Nice blend of flavors and very stout-like with roasted barley, plenty of dark cocoa, a bit of anise and char with some black tea-like earthy hops. Feel is fuller, creamy, and smooth with a fairly clean finish. Overall, a little better than I remember, but it's been a long time since I had this last. Nice to come back to it. It's very approachable with some nice dark cocoa flavors.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm putting this in the top 5 of the 25 Boston Beers I've Had. This is a simple, clean, well-made, malty lager. The roasted malt is a nice variation suitable for winter. The roast sits nicely on the tongue. Not trying to do just much... just sort of wanting to be appreciated. The subtlety worked. I will have this Black Lager again.

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Photo of porterman66
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Motofish
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BearBrewing
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samlover55
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into PP glass
BB 2/2018
L-pours a dark black w/ tints of brown, with an inch thick cream colored head
S- clean lager yeast, w/ a subtle hint of coffee
T- initial taste is clean and crisp with not much going on, however there is a nice bitter coffee flavor on the finish
F- medium-bodied, slightly creamy, mostly crisp
Overall this is an ok beer, with a nice crispness to it w/o too much going on.....a session dark beer if you will

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,662 ratings