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

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3.7/5
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2,642 Ratings
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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:
#28,827
Reviews:
1,461
Ratings:
2,642
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
204
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,642 |  Reviews: 1,461
Photo of rypkr
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best beer in the 2017 fall pack. True to style but just a little thin.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of socon67
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsener glass. January freshness date.

L: Not actually black, dark brown, finger width beige head has very good retention.

S: Sweet grain, molasses, slightly burnt.

T: Faint burnt grainy sweet malt, wish there was a bit more hop bitterness, a little too sweet.

F: Full body, crisp, dry.

O: Not a bad Swarzbier, a style I am fond of very much.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz.bottle with an expiration date notch of Feb 2018. Sampled on August 25, 2017. I have not had this in about ten years when it was first released.

Deep dark mahogany-brown pour with a soft, delicate mocha head laying comfortably on top and leaving lacing as it fades.

The aroma is a rich and bold dark crusty bread and burnt toast character with a sweet malt presence. Resiny hops float around the background. Maybe raisin too.

The body is medium to full and smooth through and through.

Rich sweet caramel malt flavor with a mild to moderate smoky bitterness to finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.

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Photo of ZombPumpkin
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2017 Fall Variety Pack. The side label has a notch over "JAN"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown color with a deep ruby red color as the light strikes it. Althought the beer is very dark it is still very apparent that the beer has nice clarity. It has a nice fluffy, creamy textured light khaki head that has good retention. It looks great.

Aroma: There is a light aroma of burnt wood, a very light touch of pine, and a burnt caramel aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet caramel flavor with some toasted toffee. This flavor carries all the way to the back of the palate. There is a light bready flavor towards the end. It finishes very light with a bit of caramel at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a light mouthfeel with just a touch of a bitter carbon character to balance out the malty sweetness. It is a very easy drinking beer.

Overall: This is a very impressive Schwarzbier. It is clean, well balanced, easy to drink, and very well made. It's the kind of beer you could enjoy multiples of. I would highly recommend it and I would buy it again.

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Photo of golf4collet
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of matcris
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black, with a finger of tan foam, mild lacing left down the glass, very ruby up to the light. The aroma is roasted malts, bread crust, and a mild, but, pleasant cocoa. Same for the flavor, the beer is pretty balanced; I'd say it leans toward the sweeter side, overall. Full carbonation, medium thin body, and dry. Nice pleasant brew, here. The first one I had in the Fall pack tasted very sour/infected. This beer was nothing like that.

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Photo of mltobin
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours opaque black, revealing a reddish hue only when held close to a light source. Taste is of sweet (at first) maltiness, leading to a slight bitter aftertaste. Nice and creamy. Delicious.

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

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nihilistic
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dreizhen
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Aoyoc
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown color with tan cap and lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt with toffeeish undertones. A dark bread malty richness with just a whif of hop coating.

Taste is rich dark malt with a sense of liquid toffee touched with a hint of licorice. These rich flavors on entry mellow out mid palate while hops play some light notes in the background. I was expecting some sweetness to show up and was pleasantly surprised when it didn't. Flavors fade in the aftertaste ending with a touch of cocoa bitterness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

They managed to make this one rich while keeping it dry. Not a complex brew but well crafted.

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Photo of Laplander
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good black lager. Another SA fav.

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,642 ratings
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