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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

12 oz bottle

pours very dark brown, and a little light makes it through and I get some reddish highlights. Light brown airy head fades into decent lace - better than I thought. Nose is also a surprise at medium in strength, featuring a bit of charred malts and a general sweet chocolate aroma, maybe a bit of caramel.
Liking the burnt bitter edge to the flavors. Otherwise it is better than decent, but not spectacular. Coffee I didn't note in the aroma, and more sweet chocolate - in fact it is probably a bit too sweet to be as drinkable as it could be. Thankful for the bitter from the char, otherwise the hop bitterness would be insufficient.
Medium bodied and featuring a pretty high carbonation level - I repeatedly swirled much of this out until the beer was more satisfactory. I'd have it again - quite refreshing.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeanBone
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, nearly black, reddish brown body with laser-beam red highlights. Up top, two fingers of creamy -cream-colored head that endure almost to the end of the glass, leaving excellent sheets of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Earthy hops and a dash of something lactic over a husky burnt sugar malt body.

Flavor: Mild earthy and herbal hops over a solid roasty and husky black malt backbone. There's just a twang of something metallic, but it doesn't spoil the party. Lots of roasty and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Just as drinkable as you'd expect from a Sam Adams brew with this alcohol content.

Verdict: Still a solid beer by my count, the faith I placed in Sam Adams Black Lager as a beer newbie seems to have been well placed. It's nicely roasty, deep enough to hold your attention, and easily quaffable.

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Photo of opwog
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez

Note: Poured from 12 oz into Sam Adams/Pepe's Pizza pint glass! Thanks Spike!

A- Very black body that requires direct light to even penetrate the sides and top. 1 finger head that dissapered quickly.
S- Roasted malt, chocolate, prunes, woody
T- Very roasty taste, almost of burnt wood. Dark fruit.
M- Even though the head was small and quickly faded, the body felt a bit overcarbonated. Almost foamy in the mouth.
D- The carbonation was really the only off putting part of this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, light beige head.

Smell: Gentle aroma of roasted chocolate malts with a sprinkling of spent coffee grounds.

Taste: Soft, roasty character with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains. Only the very slightest touch of hops on the crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: About as rousing and stirring as a light lager can get!!

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a creamy
brown tinted head.

S: Smells of coffee, malty.

T: Good macro, hints of coffee and toasted nuts.
Malty with a defined hop presence.

M: Great heartiness to this porter, definately
not a mislabeled stout.

D: Very drinkable both in terms of price and
quality of tbrew. Goes down smooth and the
finish is nice as well with a slight bitter
aftertaste that lingers a little long for my

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Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan colored, two-finger head

S - Has a good smell with hints of chocolate malts, coffee scents and some caramel

T - The coffee and chocolate tastes are present throughout but stand out more towards the end. Overall a good taste

M - Decent amount of carbonation, and not too full-bodied

D - Decent drinkability, not too much at once and something I could sit and have a few at a time.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from mixed pack, poured into chimay goblet.

A - Deep black from afar, rich deep redish/brown in reality. Decent head, and trails of lacing line the goblet.

S - Malt/Wheat.

T&M - Taste is dark roasted malt, hint of coffee/caramel undertones, and Noble Bavarian hops balance the flavors out. Works well together. Medium bodied. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and light on the palate.

D - Crisp and smooth, you can drink these all night.

One of Sam's best brews, and definitely one I can recommend.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black color with a reddish hue. The head was thick and retention was good – as was the lacing. The smell is a bit sour. The taste is malty with a hint of roasted coffee type flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not heavy. This beer is smooth and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice head , some lacing. A dark beer obviously.

Smell is faintly sweet malt, almost undetectable.

Slight sweet maltiness , with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and thin.

Overall and easy drinking beer that is very sessionable .

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Photo of Buggies
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely black, but shows some red when held to a light. The smell is malty caramel. Taste is the same malty caramel with nice carbonation. A very mild hops bitterness at the end. This beer was pretty sweet to me which I liked.

All together a nice brew that goes down real smooth. I think I might start being a Sam Adams fan.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, but reveales some dark brown, slightly red translucent. Big tan head, retention is not the best, but fades to leave a small creamy head with lots of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Smell is very rich with toasted malt and strong chocolate and medium hops presence. Taste is very roasted and slightly carmel. No flavors are overwhelming and the sweetness stops just short of cloying. Maybe a little too much for a schwarzbier, but still not bad.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark, silk black body with a small, white head. Slows to a small lacing with some lacing on the glass.

S: A very malty smell. Hints of slightly sweet malts that reminded me a little bit of a bock.

T: Slightly bitter, roasted taste up front. In the aftertaste, and it was noted more towards the end of the beer, there was a burnt caramel taste that was very smooth and nice on the palette.

M: A decent, smooth full-bodied mouthfeel that was welcoming.

D: Nice, sweet taste with roasted notes makes in an overall good beer and easy to drink. Silky smooth body makes it easy to go down.

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Photo of BigAl723
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer covered in dust underneath a bunch of stuff in my pantry. I figured I would give it a go.

A: Very dark red. Honestly this is a really good looking beer. The head is what grabbed my attention. A fairly hard pour produced a three inch head. I had to let it settle down a little bit.

S: Molasses, prune, and fruit. It smells a little like a fresh apple. Quite inviting If I do say so myself.

T: Smokiness, carmel, and bread. I think it has a nice smokey/fruity taste that makes me want more.

M: Light to medium carbonation. More of a light mouthfeel.

D: This is one drinkable lager. I could seriously take out a six pack of this in no time. With the low ABV, it sure is a great beer to session.

Overall, not a bad beer. I have had it many of times but I took about a three year break from Sam Adams. I just happen to find this today and really seemed to enjoy it.

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Photo of Laplander
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hylton44
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edting this for a re-review a year after the original. My, how my taste buds have evolved.

Pours very dark, even looking up to light behind it. Solid, medium head, dissipated fairly rapidly. Burnt chocolate; roasted malt smell.

Smooth & malty beverage with a slight bitterness on the back end. Also quite a presence of thick, chocolate malts that add a degree of sweetness. A very hearty mouthfeel and a very tummy-warming experience, overall.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown in color. Slight tan head and some good lacing. Very low aroma-some caramel notes. Slightly sweet. Good malty flavor-low roasted bitterness. Hop flavor only slightly discernable. Nice mouthfeel. Full yet somewhat crisp. A good beer from Sam Adams. Hats off to them for doing a style that not a lot of breweries try. Well worth having.

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Photo of tbern007
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I am not sure what this style is supposed to be. So I'm rating this based more on personal preferences most likely.
A - dark nut brown. Ruby when lit from behind. Tan head, does not last a long time. Medium lacing.
S - malty, some hops, grainy. Roasty is the overall impression.
T - coffee, bitter chocolate, slight smoke, slightly sweet aftertaste. I think I'd call this a light porter if I had to characterize it based on what I've had thus far. Tasty.
M- dry, roast, finishes s little sweet. Different than what I've had. Not sure if it's spot on for style but interesting.
Overall I think it's drinkable but I think I'd rather just get a good porter.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at 3sons dogs and suds in Wexford, PA.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with some hints of red when held to the proper light. Had a thick off white head. A decent amount of lacing.

S: Good hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Some molasses as well.

T: An aray of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and other spices. Very interesting combination and balanced combination.

M: Left a smooth, clean finish, very light.

D: A good drinkabale beer, I prefer only 1 or 2 of these, but worth a try.

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Photo of cracgor
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black to caramel. Tan creamy head. Laces well. Good retention.

Smell: earthy sweet roasted malt smell. A hoppiness stands in the background.

Taste: A chocolate, nutty and strangely sweet taste. Hops add a bit of bite. Not particularly strong on the roasted flavors. It ends up more sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light body. an acidic carbonated feel.

Drinkability: Light enough in body and not bad at all. It could be a bit more interesting.

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Photo of droomyster
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/barely black body with one finger of tan foam. Aromas are good but a bit subdued. Primary aroma is roastiness, with a light smokiness and a hint of coffee. Taste is a bit strange, in that it initially strikes me (on the front palate) as a rather character deficient, generic British pub ale, before a complex set of roasty, espressoish, extremely dark chocolatey notes suddenly sprout out. The flavor intensity is mellow. The finish lingers briefly on a coffee note. Like most Sam Adams, the body could hardly be better. Not my favorite schwarziber, but hardly the worst. It's a beer I welcome in one of Samuel Adams' mixed cases, but wouldn't buy as a six pack of its own.

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