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

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3.7/5
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2,660 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:
#31,700
Reviews:
1,466
Ratings:
2,660
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
212
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,660 |  Reviews: 1,466
Photo of rsuarez1982
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Safeway
Smell of chocolate
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Roasted malts, slight hint of chocolate
Overall an ok beer. Not something I would buy again, but nice to try.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jmv0009
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of williahd
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 Brolo75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a tan colored head, no retention or lacing.

A: Dark roasted malts, cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, roasted malts, touch of light char and smoke.

T: Dark notes up front, roasted malts, dark coffee, cocoa nibs, moderate amount of coffee like bitterness in the middle, finish has notes of toasted bread, lots going on, well done.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Another solid beer from the Beers of Fall variety pack, hits lots of notes I like in a dark beer, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, slight nutty note, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of puck1225
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown with good head and lacing. The smell is slightly of dark toast and grass. This follows into the taste. Nicely malty.

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Photo of DanielEgusquiza
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottyB515
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Craft Beer Club tasting glass. Deep blackish brown color, with a dark tan head. Lots of complexity in the aroma and flavor profiles: notes of caramel, dark bread, prunes, roasted espresso bean, pepper, and floral hops. Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel, with a nice hit of roasty bitterness up front and a pleasantly dry finish. This was a pleasant surprise. Will definitely keep this one on the radar.

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Photo of yaksurf
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of detgfrsh
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Rich, roasted malt and cocoa flavor. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a hint of smoke. A very nice Schwarzbier.

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Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Donobot
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fusion7777
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,660 ratings