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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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know what the hell a Schwarzbier is but this was the darkest lager I've ever seen. Hold up to the light for a deep, deep ruby hue. Decent head but lager heads just can't hang. They probably turn into a pumpkin at midnight.

This actually has a fine smell. Some roasted malts. Possibly even some dark chocolate.

Tastes amazingly like a porter. Like a porter light. Like a lager porter. Fairly tasty.

Tries to be creamy but the carbonation is a little intrusive.

Overall: do it

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours very dark brown, and a little light makes it through and I get some reddish highlights. Light brown airy head fades into decent lace - better than I thought. Nose is also a surprise at medium in strength, featuring a bit of charred malts and a general sweet chocolate aroma, maybe a bit of caramel.
Liking the burnt bitter edge to the flavors. Otherwise it is better than decent, but not spectacular. Coffee I didn't note in the aroma, and more sweet chocolate - in fact it is probably a bit too sweet to be as drinkable as it could be. Thankful for the bitter from the char, otherwise the hop bitterness would be insufficient.
Medium bodied and featuring a pretty high carbonation level - I repeatedly swirled much of this out until the beer was more satisfactory. I'd have it again - quite refreshing.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, nearly black, reddish brown body with laser-beam red highlights. Up top, two fingers of creamy -cream-colored head that endure almost to the end of the glass, leaving excellent sheets of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Earthy hops and a dash of something lactic over a husky burnt sugar malt body.

Flavor: Mild earthy and herbal hops over a solid roasty and husky black malt backbone. There's just a twang of something metallic, but it doesn't spoil the party. Lots of roasty and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Just as drinkable as you'd expect from a Sam Adams brew with this alcohol content.

Verdict: Still a solid beer by my count, the faith I placed in Sam Adams Black Lager as a beer newbie seems to have been well placed. It's nicely roasty, deep enough to hold your attention, and easily quaffable.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez

Note: Poured from 12 oz into Sam Adams/Pepe's Pizza pint glass! Thanks Spike!

A- Very black body that requires direct light to even penetrate the sides and top. 1 finger head that dissapered quickly.
S- Roasted malt, chocolate, prunes, woody
T- Very roasty taste, almost of burnt wood. Dark fruit.
M- Even though the head was small and quickly faded, the body felt a bit overcarbonated. Almost foamy in the mouth.
D- The carbonation was really the only off putting part of this beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, light beige head.

Smell: Gentle aroma of roasted chocolate malts with a sprinkling of spent coffee grounds.

Taste: Soft, roasty character with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains. Only the very slightest touch of hops on the crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: About as rousing and stirring as a light lager can get!!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a creamy
brown tinted head.

S: Smells of coffee, malty.

T: Good macro, hints of coffee and toasted nuts.
Malty with a defined hop presence.

M: Great heartiness to this porter, definately
not a mislabeled stout.

D: Very drinkable both in terms of price and
quality of tbrew. Goes down smooth and the
finish is nice as well with a slight bitter
aftertaste that lingers a little long for my

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan colored, two-finger head

S - Has a good smell with hints of chocolate malts, coffee scents and some caramel

T - The coffee and chocolate tastes are present throughout but stand out more towards the end. Overall a good taste

M - Decent amount of carbonation, and not too full-bodied

D - Decent drinkability, not too much at once and something I could sit and have a few at a time.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from mixed pack, poured into chimay goblet.

A - Deep black from afar, rich deep redish/brown in reality. Decent head, and trails of lacing line the goblet.

S - Malt/Wheat.

T&M - Taste is dark roasted malt, hint of coffee/caramel undertones, and Noble Bavarian hops balance the flavors out. Works well together. Medium bodied. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and light on the palate.

D - Crisp and smooth, you can drink these all night.

One of Sam's best brews, and definitely one I can recommend.

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 2,559 ratings.
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