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: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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1/5  rDev -73%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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1.43/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a black color with a tan head, nice retention, no real lacing. Smells of decent malts and some hops. Tastes really smooth with some nice tasty malts -- a bit boozy (may have a bad batch). Mouthfeel medium, but pretty nice. Overall a fairly bad beer.

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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

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1.53/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Let me just preface this review by saying that this beer nearly ruined my night.

Here's the lowdown:

Standard 12oz bottle into a properly-sized mug. Pours a deep black with a lovely tan head. Stays pretty well. Absolutely no complaints here.

Smell: Let's start with the good. Some good coffee notes here. Now the bad: overall smells like dog food.

Taste: Unfortunately, like the second part of the smell. Coffee aftertaste, but mostly dog food. And it doesn't go away. Oh no. 1/4 of a glass -- all I could stomach drinking -- and I could taste nothing but that horrible, horrible flavour for an hour. It took me an hour and much water and bread to lose that flavour. Oh lord. It hurts. Finish is rather sweet with some hints of molasses as well. If it were only dry. If only.

From here, I'll stop. The beer is terrible. I highly suggest you avoid it.

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

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1.85/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Asphalt coloration with a small half hearted white head. Lasts only for about ten seconds and bam its gone...

Smells of faint black licorice and roasted malts

Tastes of well an afterthought of flavors; used Yerba maté tea bag, spent malts really nothing else... water maybe

Watery in the mouth, thin and diluted, even keeled medium carbonation makes it soda like

Well I hugely disagree with the B+ rating given by most on here. This is a weak flavored, weak nosed, weak textured, weak beer. I did not expect to have my mind blown but hot damn this was boring

This is not something to recommend to anybody without wasting their money

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1.89/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best Before: March 2012

Pours black with a frothy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The nose is of faint roasted malts. Smells nice, but the aromas are very muted.

It's the same story in the taste, decent roasted malt notes, but still quite faint overall. Has a quite unpleasant after taste of smokey charcoal, though it only comes through occasionally.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Nothing particularly enjoyable about this, and the overly roasted, char notes are fairly unpleasant.

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2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the descriptions I should have loved this beer but it just didn't do it for me.

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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