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

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3.74/5
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Samuel Adams Coffee Black LagerSamuel Adams Coffee Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 09-29-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,582
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
121
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Haildelsol
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NickFry9
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

8/4/18...some brown below but more black. Fluffed but patchy off white foam. Coffee grit nose but soft. thin open, switches to a darker malt with hints of coffee. Fades fast and doesn't hold. Lager like ending. Low voltage. Coffee is not used effectively.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Tis the occasion of New Samuel Adams Beer Sunday, It's Gonna Be a Long Trail (Week 706) & now it is time for some coffee! I have been reading a LOT of beer books this summer & Jim Koch is mentioned prominently in the history of the past 30 years or so. He not only managed to get under the skin of August Busch III, but also Charlie Papazian & Philip Van Munching of Heineken. Tony Forder of "Ale Street News" proclaimed me as "The Beer Pest" during Mondial de la Biere in 2002, but I have only ever really pissed off John Frantz (formerly) of LNCBC who told somebody who suggested that he fire me, "Yeah, but in order to do so, I'd have to hire him first!" & Dick Cantwell, who grossly misunderstood my hero worship. 8=( Jim Koch, I salute you!

From the Bottle: "Bold & Smooth Coffee Flavor"; "Proud to be Independent. American. Craft."; "19 IBUs".

The label seems to indicate that this will awaken a hibernating bear from his slumber, but as a retired salty Navy sailor, I reserve the right to be judgmental as our coffee could be substituted for jet fuel. Once, we even put black powder in with the grounds as the water filtered through. It was like being on speed! We Field Dayed gun Mount 52 from top to bottom, fore to aft & port to starboard so that it gleamed. We then attacked the passageway & had it shipshape & Bristol-fashion. Never again!

I Pop!ped the cap & began a C-line pour that allowed the glass' stippling to unleash massive nucleation & soon I had two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention that left moderate lacing in its wake. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. 8=O Nose had a definite roastiness, but was it coffee or chocolate? I just could not quite default to coffee. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was unequivocally coffee! No chocolate, just coffee. It was not overly bitter, but it was definitely black coffee. Finish was roasty, dry, bordering on semi-dry, with a lingering coffee flavor. Now, back to the revamped Style Guide - Another winner, based on reviewing/rating to style! Again, no cocoa or licorice, but lots of coffee.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up as part of a seasonal 12-pack for $14.99 at TW Arrowhead in March. Best by May 2018.

Beer poured cola brown with a smallish tan head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is coffee forward with a light touch of cocoa.

Taste is coffee and cocoa over a light roasted malt body. Finish is a touch sweet but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth but a tab bit thin.

Overall this is a really nice brew, glad i got to try it. Definitely enjoyable on another 106 degree day.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving o good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee. Dry finish. Part of a $9.99 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH.

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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with red highlights and a beige thick head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, grains amd mild caramel.
Flavor with notes of roasted coffee beans, creamy and dark chocolate, cinnamon, cola and noble hops. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Coffee addition was just enough to be able to clearly sense it, but still conserving the nature of a Schwarzbier.

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Photo of BeerInspector
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown, fairly clear with a tan head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has roasted and coffee aromas. There is a very faint whiff of smoke.

Taste: It has coffee flavors with some roast. There is a low herbal background quality to it.

Feel: It has a moderately light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a fairly straight forward and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fine mahogany red body; head is decent, a bit fizzy yet sticky. Diluted coffee aroma. Good flavor, emphasizing a muted roasted grain base with a respectable coffee presence; a bit of vanilla sweetness; subtle bittnerss. Medium body; rather watery but not entirely flat; nice balance between dryness and sweetness at the finish.

A tasty dark lager yet rather so-so. A bit more mouthfeel, something to reduce the flatness would be nice.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Rich coffee beans, dry roasted notes, some sweet, smooth finish. Same with the nose. Dark reddish brown hue., mostly clear, tan foamy head with nice lace. Medium body, Some coffee bitter character. 19 IBUs

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Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a black color with a small brown head. The aroma is malt, coffe and cocoa. The taste is roasted malt and coffee.

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Photo of Z-man
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyEd
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Definitely Black. Good head, and smell. Very strong coffee taste, and finishes sweet - too sweet for me.

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

A nice coffee brew. Notable coffee/roasted character, but not overpowering.

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Photo of Ionestar
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep, nearly black-ruby with a fair head of tan suds. A wee bit of lace.

Aroma: Coffee and sweet mocha or cocoa. Pleasing.

Taste: Roasty sweet coffee, certainly dominating the palate here. I liked this one.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 121 ratings