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 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%

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black , clear yet almost opaque with darkness. The head was a half inch , tannish , and dissipated to a ring. The aroma is roasty malt , some chocolate , faint coffee, and a bit of bready quality. Mmmm , a refreshing , light-dark beer! By light i mean in body/ overall impression. Pleasant deep roasted character , darker chocolate flavors , some light sweetness in the form of caramel , very lightly spicy hops keep things clean and fresh near the finish , ends with a bit of dry , bittersweet chocolate. This is one of my favorite beers from the BBC. Great to grab when you want something fairly light , but full of roast and flavor. A refreshing black tonic!

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Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of goldenM13
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hopinista
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with red hints, light head.

S - Not much to speak of.

T - Light with rich flavor, caramel and coffee make their way through.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great cheap beer to share with friends. This is one of my everyday beers when i'm not trying something new. It's good for any occasion. It's not special just good.

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Photo of Nofear048
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Dreizhen
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with about a finger of off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: A very grainy and malt-tinged aroma, with the clean profile of a lager.

T: Roasted malt flavor combines with a chocolatey sweetness, very much like a watered-down stout. However, the bit of hop twist toward the back makes for a strange, sugary bitterness that blends awkwardly. Smooth outro that coats the back with remnants of malt and hop.

M: Carbonation is at a good level though, making for a creamy texture that adds to the flavor.

D: This black lager has its better qualities, however there's something about this beer that feels like it's holding back. For the style, it's not a bad representation, but it doesn't deserve an excellent rating.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a "Brewmasters Collection" pack. Pours a deep dark choclatey(sp?) color w/about 3/4" inch head into my globe glass. Smells lightly toasted, tastes faintly sour, not bitter at all. Very easy to drink. Finishes nicely. Very highly reccomended. DEFFINETLY wouldnt mind having this again.

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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