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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,707
Reviews:
1,465
Ratings:
2,657
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Ratings: 2,657 |  Reviews: 1,465
Photo of TheJudge
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The distributor was in my favorite bar, and the bartender sent him to me to sample this latest offering from Sam Adams. A Black Lager. Not normally my personal favorite, I was of course willing to give him my opinion.

it pours a nice dark color, like a thin porter. Darker than other black lagers I have had. Pretty nice. The chocolate malts hit you in the nose hard. a coffee bitterness comes through as well. Again, stronger than other BL's.

Tastes good. The smell still gets to you. Tries to be a porter, but doesn't have the smoothness needed to pull it off. It is better and tastier than a normal lager. A decent hop finish. I don't think the style quite suits this. It is trying too hard.

I would certainly drink this again. Perhaps before their flagship brand, but after the Boston Ale. Its worth a shot, but if it is a porter you are looking for, get a porter. This will disappoint on that count. But definatly worth a try. Once again Sam Adams gives a good, solid if not spectacular effort.

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Photo of OatherS
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normal SA label but it is black.

A: Great black color, with only a hint of amber on the edges through light. One finger head pretty good for a big brewery beer.

S: Maly, chocolate, coffee aromas.

T: Same flavors as the aroma, but they are sudbued and not overwhelming like a stout for example. Very good example of a schwarz.

M: Smooth.

D: Really good beer, especially for a relatively large brewery.

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Photo of boblog
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- black, medium head leaves small amount of lacing.
Smell- Malty, Carmel, and hints of hop bitterness.
Taste- Light Carmel flavor sweet bread flavor, light hop taste, slightly dry finish.
Mouthfeel-Light bodied.
Drinkablity- I could drink a gallon of this if i was so predisposed.
Overall- A damn tasty offering from Sam Adams. Very refreshing very tasty I would definitely recommend this brew to anyone.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a Hot fudge color, with a sort of viscus like thickness to it. Has a nice finger length head that leaves great lacing and retention.
Smells very malty with a nice roasted caramel and chocolate backbone to it. Smells slighlty bitter and tangy.
Taste is a very smooth chocolaty goodness. The bavarian hops kick you right on the back of the palate. Which compliments the caramel roastedness. slightly bitter, but nothing to complain about.
This beer lacks some carbonation. i think if it had a little more it wouldn't have that chalky like feel to it.

Overall i feel this beer is very deserving of praise. Black lagers are unique in flavor, and this one is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GRE680
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SammyD
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of cbleary
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer today in a pint glass out of a 12oz. bottle from the Brewmaster's Collection Mix Pack. It looked delicious and dark with a robust white head. The malts were apparent in the nose and there was a hint of rich fruit as well. The taste is the star of the show is this brew. The people I tried it with all recognized the uncommonly long, blooming finish that this beer has. The beer is extraordinarily well-balanced and enjoyable to drink. I'm usually not quite this enthusiastic about Sam Adams brews but the people at the Boston Beer Co. have a real winner with this lager.

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Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was hestitant because the store I got it at has it on sale (4.99/6) as it'd been notched for consumption before June 2009, but very good despite that.

As far as the beer: Lots of flavor (if you've had
Sam Adams you expect that), good drinkability (plan on getting more), easy to drink. Went well with a burger, probably goes well with ethnic food too.

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Photo of tomgossert
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

This is quite possibly my favorite in the Samuel Adams canon, a very solid dark brew that escapes the traditional "Sam Adams flavor" and strives for something more complex.

The beer pours a dark black with a decent head retention. The smells don't come through too strongly, but what does come through is a cream and coffee aroma courtesy of some strong maltiness.

The beer comes on a little light on the front end but grows as you hold on to it. The coffee and chocolate flavors hit the back of the palate, however the carbonation keeps it from getting to heavy. The beer is well balanced and unique to the Sam Adams family.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jlh8643
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, with a drink before 9/08 date, into a pint glass. The pour is moderate that resulted in a 1/2" beige head that fades kinda fast. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aromas dominate the nose. Coffee and chocolate are the initial tastes. Finishes a bit sweet. Could use more bittering and a drier finish. Good tastes but sweetness lowers the drinkability but still good enough for a couple.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with a slight red tint. Nice tan head light lacing

S- Clean roasted malty smell

T/M- dark dry roast flavor, slightly over carbonated. Somewhat heavy on the back end

D- Not bad, I would not turn it down if offered to me, and may buy again in a variety pack. I would not go out and search for a six pack of it.

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Photo of Moxley
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by Hyland24 to try. Thanks pal.

A - I love to compare these dark beers to flat cola. If you've ever seen flat cola in a glass then you've seen this beer. Very little (maybe ¼ inch) head to speak of. Surprisingly, the lacing was like a sheet down the sides of the glass. I was impressed with that.

S - The nose was a strong malt with a faint dark chocolate and bitter coffee smell.

T - Sweet creaminess up front with a malty, bitter finish. I detected a slight coffee aftertaste and the flavors and smells really came alive as the beer warmed up a bit.

M&D - A little more carbonated than I'd like for a beer this creamy - but not a deal breaker. Medium-to-heavy bodied.

This beer is a Guinness wanna-be. I think it's a good beer, and I'd drink it again, but if I were in the mood for a Guinness I would probably just drink a Guinness and leave this one for the less sagacious of beer drinkers i.e. those who are not attending the TAP festival at Hunter Mountain this weekend.

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Photo of speracado
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schwarzbiers, at least good ones, are very difficult to find but this is one of them!

A: Pours a very dark blackish with a two-finger lasting tan head.

S: of roasted hops and mocha.

T: Nice, but citrusy, burst of hops starts the taste, notes of mocha and coffey and sweet malt. Finishes with a touch of hops and that malt.

M: Smooth, some alcohol, and subtle, but bitter, hop finish.

One of my two favorite Black Beers, the other being the *retired* Orilo organic black lager. One of the top five beers from Sam Adams. Nicely done!

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Photo of herring556
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JHurley
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like your typical schwarzbier and tastes like your typical schwarzbier. No schwarzbier isn't really typical in itself, but this is as close as I've seen to a run of the mill example of the style. Very clean yet full of rich burnt flavors and relatively light in the stomach. Not very complex, maybe some of you find it to be, but I think it could have been alot more interesting. It is what could be considered a session brew, but I keep such wide variety, that I rarely drink two of the same type in a row. Recommended.

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Photo of jimj21
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle with best by date of July 2009. Poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown and red highlights. Big, fluffy, three finger mocha head with moderate retention. Leaves a bunch of lace all over the glass.

The smell is very malty. Aromas of caramel and roasted barley. A little smoky even. Very sweet smelling. Not much in the way of hop aroma. Maybe a little floral if anything.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. Sweet upfront. Caramel or molasses, some chocolate, a little coffee. There is a roasted flavor hovering in the background but it's slight. There is a touch of smoke in there as well. Hops present with a bit of tea-like flavor. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Good balance, but leaning more to the sweet side.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation. A bit crisp. Not dry at all. Pretty smooth. Good overall.

This was one of my first craft beers on my path to enlightenment. It's great that Boston Beer Company has made this, being a rarer style. This also tends to be considered one of the better beers that BBC makes, and I agree with that. It is great when you want some chocolate or roasted flavors without the heaviness of a stout or porter. It's not my favorite Sam Adams offering, but it is another good offering from them.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, since I am not usually a fan of lagers. It pours a smooth, very dark brown, with a smallish white head. Has a malty aroma, like a porter. The taste is nice, has a good balance between hops and sweet malt flavor. Goes down smooth, isn't as thick as a stout or porter. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams beers, would make a good session beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jokulhaps
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sbjeff
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,657 ratings
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