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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Photo of osi
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very very dark brown. Decent head but faded quickly

S - Smells wonderful.Immediately coffee and chocolate with hints of alcohol.

T - Burnt coffee, dark malts, toffee and subtle hops to add a slightly bitter finish. Woody aftertaste.

M - More than average carbonation with a light a fluid mouth feel. Had effects of tannins in it as well.

D - I love this beer. It is very complex for a lager. Highly recommend this and is relatively easy to find now a days.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep black with a touch of amber color. Good sized fluffy head, leaves a bit of lace on the glass. I'm intrigued.

S: Wonderful scent of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and hints of nuts.

T: Excellent distinctive flavors of toffee and caramel as well as chocolate. Very easy to taste the roasted malt.

M: Smooth and creamy. Pretty light bodied, with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes very smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. This isn't the kind of beer that's meant to be thrown back, but it will definitely leave you wanting another.

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

Intriguing black with placid head. Notes of caramel with some subdued smoke, dark chocolate. All of these flavors on a crisp smooth lager canvas lead to more delicate flavors, but flavors and complexity still quite notable. Lacks much hop presence at all, the end notes get a little sweet and could use a little IBU power to subdue them. A good non-offensive Schwarzbier that I wish would be a little more assertive.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure of this beer at first, this was a new style for me, and I was ambitious to try.
A: Poured a dark black translucent color with 1” frothy head that dissipates to a thin bead around the glass.
S: A rich/ strong malt character is bold in the nose almost of molasses.
T: There is almost a burnt, roasted wood taste that was very smooth. The bare essence of ETOH held up for a nice finish into that S.A. touch of caramel.
M: Not thin in any regards but a smooth balance to make this your “winter warmer” substitute.
D: If you find a six-pack of this, I wouldn’t hesitate. West coasters typically need to look harder for this one, but it’s worth it.

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Photo of songoose
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of schanker21
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was actually the first Sam Adams of any sort that I ever had (about a year ago), and I never turn down a chance to try it again. It being my first Sam Adams, I also decided to make it my first Beer Advocate post.

It pours very dark, black if you don't hold it up to light, with a decent-sized tan head that hangs out almost until it's gone. Leaves a decent lace. I like the look of this beer; some of my light beer-drinking friends think I'm crazy for drinking such a dark beer.

Smells of chocolate with some subtle hops, though I don't really smell a whole lot.

I love the taste of this beer. Definitely notice the malts. Roasted, chocolatey taste, which finishes with a bit of bitterness that becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and not too heavy.

Overall, I really love this beer. Probably my favorite from Sam Adams.

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Photo of jaredtuk
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JimmyP
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nycsportster
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

porued into my yuengling beer glass barely had any head which quickly disapated. first tastes were what i was expecting hints of a burnt chocolate taste and somewhat nutty flavor. very enjoyable. mostly into stouts, and this was a pretty good alternative as it's lighter on the stomach. definately would drink again

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Photo of wages
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5/5 - Pours with a small off-white head. Black but not "pitch black".

Smell - 4.5/5 - Huge roasted sweet aroma.

Taste - 4.5/5 - Wonderful slightly bitter roasted flavor. I can barely tell that it is a lager behind the big roasted character!

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - Just the right level of carbonation. Leaves a light coating in the mouth.

Overall - 4.5/5 - A very tasty schwarzbier that hits you with roasted-ness from all sides. It could possibly have more depth, for a 4.9% ABV brew, this one hits the mark.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with freshness notched at October.

A - Black with brownish-red highlights. One finger head fades relatively quickly to a halo around the top.

S - Hops are a blend of fruity and floral. Expecting more maltiness to come through in this dark brew, but clear evidence this is no stout. Perhaps the faintest hint of caramel... And with more warming: here comes the maltiness. More caramelly with a whiff of chocolate and breadiness.

T - Pleasing mild malt sweetness, with chocolate at the outset. Hops are equally mild at the back. A coffee effect around the edges - like a burnt, singed bitterness... but not overwhelming.

M - Light and lingering. Very easy on the palate. Crisp with dry finish.

D - High. Could drink several but will enjoy the one...

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Photo of FakeDeniro
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark black/brown color! Small off white head. An amazing smell of dark breads and roasted grains The taste is much the same with a brilliant light body to balance out the heavy smell and taste. A great beer the lets your drink a dark or bigger bold tasting beer when you want a light body beer.

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Photo of remyleboux
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mnesporov
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date clearly on the side.

Appearance: A dark black liquid with a brownish cherry red tone surrounding it. The head lasted pretty well and it also laced well.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolaty caramel and malt zest with a grainy almost burnt smell as well.

Taste: An extremely nice tasting brew here. A nice rounded taste with caramel and malt overtures. It is a little to sweet though.

Mouth-Feel: A crisp full bodied mouth which finished smooth.

Drink-Ability: I really enjoyed this brew and I would recommend it to someone looking for something new.

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Photo of TheDarkestYouveGot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrunkIrishman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mgernert
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of 2bet
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WI_Boiler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of andrewmartin
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in the brewmasters collection mixed sixer-nice to see a fairly obscure style brewed by Sam Adams.

A: Pours a deep carmel, nearly black, with a huge head that sticks around.

S: Roasted malts with faint hints of chocolate

T: Starts off very sweet and roasty, finishes with a mld hoppiness.

M: Clean and very smooth.

D: A bit sweet without enough bitterness to balance things out, but note a bad beer at all, and a nice change of pace.

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

I found this beer in the brewmaster's collection at my local Kroger. Poured into a chilled lager mug. The first thing you will notice is how dark it is. When they said "black" lager they mean't it! It has a nice creamy head. It drinks VERY smooth! That should be expected for a lager. Really, this brew reminded me of a dunkel I brewed in my basement. This is certainly worth picking up again. Give it a shot before beers prices go through the roof!

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Photo of Seru1
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- A rich dark black color with chocolate brown hews when held to the light. Creamy tan head with rich lacing.

S- Strong aroma of coffee and hints of dark chocolate.

T- The malts definatly lead the way Creamy and the coffee aromas come through in the flavor adding a pleasent bitterness tying it all togather.

M- Lingering tase is pleasen't but nothing to special

D- I can nurse about four a day no problem. Very good but not something I'd just pound.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Flimsy one finger head, kind of thin and off-white.

Smell: Sweet and spicy notes with roasted malts and alcohol. Smells great!

Taste: Strong and full bodied yet surprisingly smooth. Rich taste of roasted malts with some hoppy notes.

Mouth feel: A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but its not enough to ruin the experience.

Drinkability: Though it packs a mean punch, its still pretty drinkable.

Sam Adam's has done it again, making mass-produced brew yet still keeping a close eye on quality.


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