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

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3.7/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,356
Reviews:
1,480
Ratings:
2,704
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
226
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,704 |  Reviews: 1,480
Photo of sbruno1025
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured it into a frozen pilsner. I very small beige head that dissipated soon after. It had some nice cocoa notes. However, very smooth for its appearance. I was hoping for a little more happy flavor. This is good though ,and I will drink again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a simple black with a smallish head. The aroma is somewhat muted, with a clean bready note accompanied by dark chocolate and black coffee. The flavor is fuller, with a load of dark chocolate, as well as roast walnut, cream, and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is quite light, with effusive, bold carbonation. Overall this is a super tasty beer, a little shy on the nose, but utterly pleasant and gripping in flavor

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Photo of Michelleroo
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imanidiot777
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nvrmind16
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not there, not really a lager, more a coffee porter that tries to hard to be sweet. The cocoa hints are there and it might be good for cooking but not drinking.

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Photo of Dakin
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinB
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with rich tan head and good lacing.
N: Malt, nuts, molasses. caramel, and smoke.
T: Very nice malt with a slight bite of dark chocolate. Some nuttiness, caramel, and coffee.
M: Medium
O: Outstanding beer, these would be a great in a standalone pack. Well worth trying.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I sampled this from the 2018 fall sampler pack. This dark beer is ruby red when held to the light. I enjoyed the cocoa notes and slight sweet roasted character of this beer. It is a very easy drinking (no lingering hop bitterness) and would enjoy it more if a straight six pack was offered. Definitely worth a try and one of SA's better sample pack only beers.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of singletary
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark souls black with a tan head that stays with a nice ring on the glass. The smell is of cocoa , the taste is a sweet caramel and cocoa blend, very smooth. The feel is medium and easy to drink. Overall it was very enjoyable. Alto to me it is more like a milk stout.

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

Photo of LucMcD17
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 Fall Variety Pack
12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark reddish brown with quite a nice head of foam, good lacing on the glass. Looks similar to a stout.
Smell - molasses, caramel, pumpernickel bread, a hint of cocoa, and maybe some licorice
Taste - it's very sweet but not in a bad way. Some bitterness from the roasted malt. Has notes of coffee bean, dark chocolate, caramel, very minor hop profile but it is there. Low-medium carbonation. It does taste somewhat like a Guinness but it's best not to try and compare them.
Overall, a fairly rich tasting brew that is very enjoyable so i will give this beer a B+

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Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chilmer
1.57/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of spectru
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very dark, translucent, almost black, with a creamy head; a crisp sparkly mouthfeel; The aroma is rich and deep with hints of mocha; full-bodied flavor, its roots in Boston Lager seem apparent; I like this beer.

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Photo of Foxman27
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adusso415
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,704 ratings