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

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3.7/5
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2,657 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,591
Reviews:
1,465
Ratings:
2,657
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
210
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,657 |  Reviews: 1,465
Photo of MisledTitan
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffyboy65
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmartin75
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dear BBC- Please put this in a six or twelve pack format. It may not be a top seller, but it would please me to no end. It's the perfect sessionable dark ale!

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Photo of Beach-Cruiser
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbrando33
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schwartbier is not my particular thing, so I don't have a lot of experience to compare it to. However, I will say I'm happy this beer was placed in this year's Sam Adams' Fall Pack, instead of the hideous campfire beer of last year. It's got a strong chocolate flavor with a hint of black licorice to go with it. It's rich and full of flavor.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This schwartzbier pours a black color with a reddish tint and a fairly small white frothy head. The smell is mostly of roasted grains, but there is also a slight chocolate aroma as well. The taste is much the same, bold roasted grains, with undertones of cocoa and a bit of molasses as well. The body is medium, appropriate for a schwartzbier. There is just a bit of bitterness in the finish. This is a pretty solid schwartzbier with an emphasis on roasted malt notes. It's pretty basic, but schwartzbiers aren't really known for their complexity. Pretty solid addition to the fall variety pack.

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

Not a bad schwarzbier but not quite up to par with what I have come to expect of Sam Adams lagers. There is a slight fruitiness that doesn't quite belong with the dark roasty/chocolate flavors.

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Photo of cdub70085
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deonreds
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,657 ratings
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