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

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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Photo of JordanHageman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thebrood1987
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going by memory on this one but I remember it pretty well. It looked like a porter and smelled of one too. The only thing that separated this and a porter was that this had a thinner mouthfeel and wasn't as thick in body and flavor. It's like in between a brown ale and a porter really. Very nice almost coffee like roasted malt smell and taste. It ends with a tiny bit of Noble hops to match up with the subtle bitterness coming from the roasted dark coffee like malt. Its a very smooth beer that goes down too easily. If you want a dark beer that you can actually have a session with this is your beer most definitely.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great for cooking when poured over ribs, okay for drinking when poured into your mouth. Unknown for use in pouring into a toilet to clean the pipes, though probably not great for that.

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Photo of techdiver
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear very dark brown with a two-finger head that dissipates moderately. Visible carbonation leaving delicate lacing. Nice malty aroma. Taste is well balanced and very tasty and clean. Surprisingly light and very drinkable. One of the better offerings from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of HugoGrim
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint.

Black body with ruby light peeking through on the edges. Average head exits quickly, leaving a foamy ring and sparce bubbles. Some lace.

Quite malty armoa. Some hints of chocolate.

Flavor is primiarly full roasted malts with edges of caramel. Floral hop accent. Flavor is excellent, but could be more robust. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fall variety pack, best before January 2012.

As the name suggests, this pours fairly black, complemented by some amber red highlights and a khaki colored head. Spotty lacing and decent retention, which eventually is reduced to a thin film.

Some nice aromas on this one: cocoa powder, caramel, some dark fruit and a mild smokiness with just a tad bit of earthiness from the hopping as well.

The beer has some rather curious transitions on the palate. Starts off with milk chocolate, some bitter coffee notes and hints of smoke, making its way to a surprising twang like finish, almost like lime? Kind of off-setting at first, but I'm starting to like it the more I drink.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy and crisp with a dry finish.

Easily my favorite out of the fall pack thus far, showcasing a solid take on a rather rare beer style. Cheers!

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Photo of Freshie
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark colour, almost balck. Good one finger head.

Smells of dark roasted malt, some fruit, licorice, and also a faint smokey character.

The taste is rich in flavour but also light in character and finishes rather clean. Some hop bitterness blends well with carmel malt. I had a pretty overwhleming feeling in my palate of smokiness.

The clean finish makes this very drinkable. I believe this is my first schwarzbier, and I look forward to a few more.

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Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ajcormier
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of gunnerman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a pitch black with a fluffy foamy head that leaves sick lace. Smell is pretty sweet with hints of bitter. Taste is smooth and refreshing very malt and roasted like some warm nuts on a fire, a good offering from Sam Adams. It was included in the winter sam pack.

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Photo of BierBliss
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of murf1087
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It looks great in a glass - almost black. Slight head, but good color-light brown.
Malty smell with a bit of sweetness. Smell and color are inviting.
Taste of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee with hints of sweetness.
Mouthfeel was good. Not to heavy, not watery.
Definitely a drinkable beer. Great taste without high ABV.
One of Sam's best.

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Photo of nmeiborg
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of rodrot
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color, almost black, with a 1 finger tan head that left a good layer of lace on the glass. Aroma was very malty with strong hints of roasted malts and coffee in the nose. Some spicy hops were also noted in the aroma. Taste was very roasty and coffeeish. Lots of flavors of chocolate and coffee with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was fairly light for a such a tasty beer. Drinkability was good and the relatively low abv makes this highly sessionable. I'm not too familiar with the schwarzbier style, but this one is pretty damn good. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

This beer is black but not opaque. It's got a tan head that quickly turns into a layer of lace.

It smells roasted. Not very malty or hoppy.

This beer has a very good roasted character that it pretty subtle. It's not dominant or punishing.

It's got a medium to light body with decent carbonation.

This beer is one of my favorite regular beer from Sam Adams. It's not earth shattering, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in pilsner glass...

A: Black with ruby red tones when held to the light. cream coloured head that is about 2 fingers tall and thick, that slowly disappears. leaves small arches of lacing

S: roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a crisp and toasty noble hop aroma.

T: sweet, dark roasted flavors of cocoa and roasted nuts. finishes with milk chocolate, coffee, and a peppery noble hop spiciness as the bottle implies.

M: light-medium bodied. very crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a very drinkable, flavorful beer packed full of roasted flavor!

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Photo of nimrod979
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a deep deep brown with small ruby highlights on the edges. Small white head.
Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts. Smoky.
Same goes for the taste along with some toffee sweetness and a very mellow hop flavor. It's hard to detect through ll the roasted malts. A little on the sweet side.
Medium bodied and a little watery. Oily texture and smooth carbonation.

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Photo of BTFU
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of RedWeizen83
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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