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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
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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

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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Ratings: 2,643 |  Reviews: 1,461
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black beer with a one finger head from the pour. Head is light brown in color, thick foam that evaporated in less than a minute. Tight lace that has little cling. Color is a 40 on the SRM beer color chart, can't get any darker than that, although with a strong light shining through the brew, it is actually a very dark reddish brown. Smells of a hint of caramel, coffee, chocolate, sweet burnt malt, and roasted wheat. Flavor is bold but not overpowering. Sort of a sweet coffee taste with caramel and chocolate. The malt flavor seems to have some cinnamon hints. A little wimpy in my mouth, some sense of fullness, but just not quite the zip I was hoping to feel. The flavor grows on me as I work the level in my glass south. Might have to have another to fully appreciate the flavors.

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Photo of mscott1975
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle from holiday sampler.

Appears a near black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is malty and roasty. The taste is a smooth balance of sweetness and roasted malts and a touch of coffee with just a nice hint of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good and this beer is very drinkable, especially at only 4.90% ABV.

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Photo of John1985
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an opaque black with a > average head. Spicy aroma with dark malts evident. Roasted flavor upfront that gives in to the sweet malts. Smooth aftertaste that is a bit watery. Overall effect is a very pleasant mild beer. Very sessionable and would be a good introduction for someone just getting into craft beers.

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Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #54
Served On: 9/3/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint Glass

Got this one from the 2011 Harvest mixed pack.

Look: Deep deep ruby red color with a small 1 finger tan head. Good carbonation. Lacing already started as the head receded to a thin film.

Smell: Typical lager smell. Strong Sam Adams malty twang. I really can pick up on much else. Maybe some brown sugar. The nose wasn’t real interesting on this one.

Taste: Sweet malts start out and move directly into dark fruits and typical lager notes of breddy yeast and sweet malts. There was also some spice in the finish - similar to the Boston Lager. The mouth feel is definitely a little heavier than a standard lager. I just can’t pick up on anything special with this brew.

Overall this is an OK beer with nothing standing out. The Saranac Black Forest I reviewed yesterday was definitely a step above this one.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich chocolate brown with a reasonable light khaki head. Aroma is of toffee and chocolate. Smells rich and creamy. Taste follows aroma. Nice rich toffee notes. Kinda like a subtle Heath Bar with chocolate and toffee notes. A little sweet and perhaps a little lacking in hops to balance, but seems to be on for the style. Mouthfeel is good with a decent amount of carbonation to balance out the sweetness. Drinkability is good, but I dont think I could do more than a couple due to the suiteness. A good solid brew from Sam Adams. I really wish they would but this in a 6 pack instead of the mixed six with the weak Hefe. My friend seems to think that SA got the idea for this when they were contract brewed at FX MATT and ripped off from Black Forest. This is much richer than that. Overall one of the better offerings from SA.

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Photo of Hunter
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Beer pours dark but not quite black, more akin to cola than a stout. Head of tan foam evaporates on the instant.
smell: Smoke, coffee, and dark chocolate. There's an acrid undertone that's not pleasant but it doesn't detract too harshly.
taste: Complex combination that confirms the aroma. Chocolate smoke and coffee predominate. Aftertaste brings back that acrid aftertaste, much more noticeable.
mouthfeel: Thinner than you would expect.
drinkability: I'm unimpressed. This is something interesting to try occasionally, probably best when paired with strong meats or cheese. By itself it is not particularly refreshing or alluring.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice two finger head, very pillowy and creamy looking. Smell is very malty, I might detect hints of chocolate notes, but it is very distant. In the taste you get a lot of malts, in the back end you get a slight taste of coffee, which is nice. The mouthfeel is very plain, it almost feels like I'm drinking carbonated water. This beer feels a little too carbonated for the style. The flavor would taste like I'm drinking carbonated water as well, except for the malts and other notes I get. Very average beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ronniebruner
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the better black lager beers Ive had in some time. Sam Adams almost always produces a great beer. This beer is smoooth. Not a high ABV for a darker beer, the perfect amont of head, a sweet aroma, and leaves a nice taste on your tongue, but not a bitter aftertaste. Id definitely recommend it, and will check it out again at a later date.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by 06/08
Pours a gorgeous nearly opaque dark brown with red ruby highlights. A huge head is formed, very off-white near tan color and great tracing. Lots of caramel, sweet malt, slight bitter chocolate, and some floral hops; coffee in the finish. A medium-thin mouthfeel, with flavors of light chocolate, slight roastiness, but not bitter. Overall it is very smooth, a light drinker with lots of flavor, and extremely clean. A moderate amount of Hallertau hops without any bitterness, but a balanced finish. There's also an interesting cola like flavor in the middle. A very enjoyable beer and a nice style, will try again.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby tones at the bottom of the glass and dark brown throughout. Not as black as I thought it would be. Ha!
1/2" off-white head, slightly creamy with some big bubbles. Settles out slow.
Nose is malty and hoppier than expected. I wasn't really expecting any hops, but they are there. Decent roasted aromas and a gentle sweetness. Nice touch of chocolate and even a bit of raspberry.
Smooth mouthfeel, kind of creamy or oily. Mostly grainy flavor. A very good beer and I'm glad it was included in the holiday pack.

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Photo of BanditoJunkie
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of markasparov
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the Brewmaster's Collection sampler case. Expiration dates clearly marked on the case and notched on the bottle! This is the way it should be done!!!

This looks like root beer with a nice, lingering head. Nice deep mahogany with ruby tints. A 2 finger head of tan foam forms after the pour. The head eventually drops to a ring and islands, but lacing is evident the whole way down.

Aroma is really nice chocolatey malts coupled with a faint spicy hop smell. Roastiness is not really present. It smells like a Hershey's bar with hops!

Flavor is a very smooth slightly sweet chocolate covered fruitiness, like cherries, with an appropriate level of bitterness. Spicy/floral hop flavor is there as well. There is no roasted barley presence that I can detect. The aftertaste is smooth milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice tingle from carbonation. A little grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness finishes this very good beer.

Another very good beer from Sam Adams. They don't get every style right, sometimes not even close, but this one is a keeper.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EOC
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of doppelmeup
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed in this beer.

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very dark color, about 3/8 inch head. Very dark, tan color. Not really any hints of red or garnet.

Smell was good. A bit chocolatey, a bit malty.

Taste was alright. Sort of like a watered down stout. Slightly sweet and slightly malty. Not much bitterness.

I didn't care for the mouthfeel. It stayed around long after drinking the beer. Not a clean feeling.

It wasn't a bad beer, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pokal.

Appearance is a dark, translucent reddish brown that lets only bits of light through. Quite a few lines of bubbles trailing up to the top can be seen. There is a dusky quarter inch-thick head that recedes slowly, leaving a lot of sticky, stringy lacing. Definitely lives up to its moniker. Smell is full of malts with subdued notes of chocolate and sweetness. Some grains and just a slight hint of hops are also detectable.

Malts up front that transition into a bready smoothness, with a definite smoky quality that is both very distinct, but well-balanced with the rest of the beer. There's some fruitiness as well, hints of berries and dates. Hops are just barely there to provide a light touch of bitterness towards the end that doesn't really linger at all. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but very smooth and easy. Just the right amount of carbonation as well.

Before I knew it, my glass was down to nothing. This is quite the drinkable brew. Definitely a pleasant experience for my first Schwarzbier. Different, distinct and wholly pleasing, the brewers at Samuel Adams continue to impress and do the American beer industry proud.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sethmeister
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent black; light shines ruby through it. Cream colored fluffy head.

Chocolate, caramel, roasty and floral hop scents.

Taste is caramel, a hint of molasses, chocolate, and a crisp lightly citrus (lemon, lime) hop note in the end. The sweetness and citrus / bitter qualities seem to trade off throughout the finish. The sweetness is, however, dominant.

Mouth is a crisp medium.

Drinkability is good.

A good solid Schwarzbier.

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,643 ratings
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