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

Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.7/5
2,616 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,195
Reviews:
1,451
Ratings:
2,616
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
199
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Ratings: 2,616 |  Reviews: 1,451
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

The Samuel Adams Black Lager is a solid dark lager. The appearance as poured into my pint glass was quite good. The color was a dark, nearly opaque, with rich red/amber hue. The head was thin and off-white...some lacing. The smell includes roast and sweet malt...like molassis. The taste had an interesting mixture of roast, malt, caramel, and hops. The combination lent to a spiciness. The mouthfeel is good. A nice beer for the cooler nights. Overall another decent creation by Sammy A!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Back in the day, I used to enjoy this one more when it was warm than cold, but I'm gonna start off on the latter end of the spectrum this time. Shits and giggles, y'see. It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of slightly dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises toasted toffee, plenty o' cocoa, and a touch of light coffee. The taste doesn't deviate too far from this, though the cocoa is definitely dominant here (especially as it warms, making a sort of light version of a milk stout after a while). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice schwarz, one of the best regulars Sam Adams puts out.

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

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. The glass is filled with bubbles, initially creating an appearance similar to a highly carbonated cola. The bubbles and head recede after a few moments, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is considerably weaker than the taste. Sweet malts at first, with a subtle hint of roast.

T: This beer is a pleasant surprise, and certainly more enjoyable than I had hoped for or expected. There are nice flavors of cocoa, black coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness, which helps to round out the overall flavor presentation. Well done.

M: Medium bodied and thicker feeling than I expected from a >5% beer.

D: A good representation of the style. I would drink it again.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review copied from notes taken last week.

Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Has a sweet nose with a hint of yeasty chocolate. Quite a bit of lacing to be found and the head does not retain long. More smell of malt sweetness. Taste has a medium to light body with slight bitter crisp finish. Can taste notes of both chocolate and coffee. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel welcomes a second beer. As it warms it takes on some toffee taste as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby brown tone only when held up to the light, forms a fluffy tan two fingered head leaves behind evenly dispersed fine chunky lace. Aroma: Dark roasted malts mild chocolate with an herbal German noble hop tone going on, standard for a schwarzbier. Taste: Easy drinking caramel flowing malt backbone blended nicely with the cocoa slightly burnt flavor, herbal German hop character is subtle but dances nicely in the whole mix. Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied black lager goes down very smooth carbonation does tickle the gullet just a bit, overall easy drinking. Drinkability: Great representation of a schwarzbier Sam Adams does a nice job brewing this German specialty, the only other version I have had that blows this away was Heavyweight's Black Ocean which was a small beer version of Perkuno's Hammer not mindblowing but solid.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells of deep roasted malts with just a hint of coffee notes. Taste is similar to the smell; roasted malts, just a hint of coffee flavor, and in the finish there is just a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

Not a bad schwarzbier. Drinkable and flavorful. Sam Adams actually puts together something nice and true to style here.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. More Samuel Adams festing continues I guess...

A good solid large three finger head off the pour and an off tan color, but with some light foamy consistency and not much retention. Body is at first appearance extremely black walnut but to the light is a very dark red, even clear.

Bouquet, is a mild ripped grain and light roast. Small coffee sense typical of a schwarzbier. Small but quite decent.

Taste overall is a little lacking but still manages to deliver flavor. Palate hits in the finish with a little milky malt almost milk stout. Dry roof top dry mouth on the finish for feel. Leaves also some dry mildly burnt coffee almost on the swallow which I actually kind of like.

Overall fairly decent and surprising, tastes like a schwarzbeir to me and not too bad for one either.

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Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treated as a schwarzbier, this was poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a slight dark brown color close to black with a finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a fair pace. Some messy lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some German yeasty/breadiness with a touch of dark chocolate and a whiff of a blended earthy to grassy contour.
The flavor was a bit rugged as it had a super dried dark cocoa powder flowing into some dark bread and bringing in a fair dark bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was pretty rugged and dry.
Overall, not sure what to truly make of this one - a dry Schwarzbier or one of those Euro Dark Lagers. Maybe some sort of transitional beer from Summer to Autumn.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the bee pours a ruby-highlighted, very dark brown with a chuny, dense, foamy biege head that starts at a robust two and a half inches but eventually settles into a quarter inch. Aromas are rich and robust, with a heavy sour malt and toasted oats balance. The beer has some interesting flavors, with rich and darkly sweet malt profiles of chocolate and molasses, and a bitter coffee character that balances, along with some roasted highlights. The beer leaves a decent, light lacing along the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, with a slight linger to the dry-roast taste, and the beer has a tangy, mid-lingering finish. Decent beer.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish black with ruby highlights, a little lighter than expected, and a thin tan head.
The smell was on the thin side, but had hints of roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel.
The taste was of malty chocolate, caramel, and a touch of dark coffee with a hop presence in the background.
The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but refreshing while holding most of the flavors. It did have a sweet kick to it, especially in the aftertaste.
Not a bad example of this style, though I've had several better. It's certainly not one to turn down, and worth buying if better ones are not available (which is often the case with this style, unfortunately.)

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal, slight hop, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, oatmeal, slight coffee, and hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,616 ratings
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