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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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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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Photo of Luigi
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Great head retention. Sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee come out in the aroma. The taste was sweeter than I would prefere, but either way is was fine with me. Chocolate, carmel, and some hop flavor. Mabey the hops could have been stronger, but the bottle did say "lightly hopped". Had a medium kind of silky mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer, and I would buy it agian.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see SA continue to produce quality seasonals to go with their popular standards. Poured a dark brown, tinged with a bit of garnet, that looks nearly black when the glass is full. The head and lace were adequate. The taste was excellent, with an underlying sweetness balancing the dark malt flavors of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. A slight bitterness in the finish, which is covered well by this beer's distinctive feature, which is the pleasing length of the dark blend of roasted flavors.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager has a nice dark cola color with a pretty decent tan head. The head collapses fairly quickly but laces the glass well. The smell is very inviting. The main scent is chocolate. The taste is also full of chocolate. Its not too sweet and not hoppy at all. The mouthfeel is very good. When I first poured it mouthfeel is where I was afraid it would disappoint but it did not. Drinkability is very good. This is a great beer to share with those people who are afraid of anything darker than MGD. It might open their eyes.

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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A copper shade immediate adjacent to black. It's clear and sports a sturdy sandy cap.
Burnt odors of grain and baker's chocolate, sweetened with whiffs of caramel.
Begins with a drenching caramel nougat sweetness, then washes with milk chocolate. All sweet and candybar-esque. It also hints strongly at a much more modest version of their Chocolate Bock. Turns grainier towards the middle, as ember of ash and char fly around, and the chocolate grows darker. Still, though, images of Caramello linger. It ends with a pinprick of woody hops, and almost no associated bitterness.
Semi-thick in the mouth, with very slight carbonation, this seems too fat for it's pants.
As a style that I love for it's character as well as it's drinkability, this come up partially short. It has some flair and up-side, but it's limited by a heavyhanded, undying sweetness, and thus is a chore to drink in succession.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Brownish red tone around the black liquid, decent lace around the side of the glass.

Smell: Fresh chocolaty and caramel malt aroma, a little grainy and semi-burnt in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Crisp and full bodied, mild burnt notes with a rounded caramel malty backing. Nice balance between the burnt flavor and malt sweetness though the spicy floral hops barely can balance the rest of the sweetness..

Drinkability & Notes: I wish there was a bit more hop bitterness to this I tad too sweet for my liking, either way it’s a delicious beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brand new six-pack, just arrived at store days ago.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost black color. Slight but steady head of tan foam.

Aroma: Sweet cappuccino aroma. Quite nice.

Flavor: Malt is less sweet than the aroma suggests, more of a roasted chocolate flavor. Rich and slightly bready also. Hop bitterness is quite low, lending to a long, sweet finish.

Body: Somewhat thin body, medium carbonation.

Very decent schwarz! Sam Adams recent offerings (this, their Vienna Lager, and Holiday Porter, etc) have almost all very good, and excellent examples of their styles. The Boston Beer Company can certainly make a good beer when they try.

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Photo of scottum
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep dark brown with a nice full tan headskie. Full roasty flavor with thin mouthfeel. Hop balance is there, but not perfect. This is a very decent lager worth checking out. It is so good to see Boston Beer Company checking out new styles.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" series in the winter 12 pk sampler. Pours an opaque brown/black with a thick and firm espresso colored head. Smell is mildly chocolate with a big wiff of coffee mixed in. Tastes quite malty a rich. Lots of roasted malt meets you in the front. Coffee switches to a slightly sweet caramel, that is shortly lived. Almost a little milk creaminess for a second, and then a long moderately bitter/dry finish. Carbonation is well felt and mouthfeel is medium like a porter. Decent brew. I could have two, but to be honest, if you told me it was a porter, I'd never know otherwise.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The distributor was in my favorite bar, and the bartender sent him to me to sample this latest offering from Sam Adams. A Black Lager. Not normally my personal favorite, I was of course willing to give him my opinion.

it pours a nice dark color, like a thin porter. Darker than other black lagers I have had. Pretty nice. The chocolate malts hit you in the nose hard. a coffee bitterness comes through as well. Again, stronger than other BL's.

Tastes good. The smell still gets to you. Tries to be a porter, but doesn't have the smoothness needed to pull it off. It is better and tastier than a normal lager. A decent hop finish. I don't think the style quite suits this. It is trying too hard.

I would certainly drink this again. Perhaps before their flagship brand, but after the Boston Ale. Its worth a shot, but if it is a porter you are looking for, get a porter. This will disappoint on that count. But definatly worth a try. Once again Sam Adams gives a good, solid if not spectacular effort.

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