Buzzards Bay Black Lager | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Buzzards Bay Black LagerBuzzards Bay Black Lager

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MuddyFeet on 11-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by EPICAC:
Photo of EPICAC
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with brown tints at the edges. Topped by a thin, sudsy, beige head that fades to a bubbly film. The aroma is roasted malts, coffee and a bit of breadiness.

Lightly sweet, chocolate notes upfront over a dark roasty backbone with a bit of roasted and hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium- bodied. Roasted grains give the beer a bit of husky dryness.

Decently flavorful. Nice, but not terribly complex.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is special.
Pours a decent black with a full two fingers of off white head that slowly melts to very sticky lacing leaving a nice mapping down the side of the glass.

Aromas are toasted malts with a hint of coffee and a little peat.

Flavor is charcoal toasted dark malt, a little smokiness, and again just a hint of coffee and some definite peat/earthiness.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Aftertaste is clean with a slight smokey rememberence.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of hreb
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into US pint glass. Unreadable bottled-on date stamped on the label. Beer is a deep, dark brown, nearly black, with a huge brownish tan head. Very faint aromas of hops and smokey malt.

Up front the beer tastes of chocolate. It's creamy with very light carbonation. Slightly more bitter on the back of the tongue with a burnt toast taste.

Very drinkable. Not entirely unlike a cold, thinner, more watery stout. My favorite from Buzzard's Bay so far.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, chocolatey black beer here. Very smooth drinking and very tasty, it's a touch dry as it should be. The armoa and flavor are centered on a nice cocoa powder taste with a slight lager tang and hint of hops. Drink it if you can find it, I know I'd like to find more for a head-to-head with the classics of the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a VERY dark clear amber, topped with a finger of rich mocha froth. This sticks around with a thin but still robust looking retention, which leaves some heavy spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. I'm honestly not getting a whole lot out of the aroma but I would say that the hops mostly control thing with a floral, earthy, and citric character. I am getting some sweetness and roast from the chocolate malts but it's not nearly enough to leave me satisfied with this nose.

The taste fairs much better, with dry roasted chocolate malt and some lighter coffee flavors showing themselves the most. The hops are also fairly bold in this, giving this some leafy and green tasting bitterness. Finishes with lingering notes of earth and dry burnt malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall with some crispness up front that then smoothes out towards the back of the palate. This is maybe a little light in spots and I'm also getting a touch of a chalky feel as well, which mostly clings to the chocolate flavors.

This was a bit ho-hum for a Schwarzbier, with the aroma in particular not really providing anything to get excited about. The flavor brought just enough to the table to help keep this mostly drinkable.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the BOTM Club

Appearance - Pours a very dark, chocolate color that shows through a bit of light when held up toward the sun streaming through the window. About a finger of head that quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Bready, malty, coffee, chocolate, and molasses is what I smell. Nothing overpowering but a nice lingering smell of...honestly...the more I smell it seems like a iced coffee with chocolate. Not bad at all.

Taste - Immediately I can taste the bitter roasted coffee. This is followed by a dark chocolate taste that is not too sweet, and a maltieness. After the sip there is a lingering burnt bitterness taste which is not unpleasant by any means.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Easy to drink though I do not think I would have a few of these in a row. Interesting style and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Dark brown, nearly opaque. Pours with a active and tight head. Lacing is sticky and tight.
S) Bready. Light notes of chocolate and coffee.
T) Mild coffee taste. Grainy. Some smokiness. Light malty sweetness. Light hoppy bitterness in the end.
M) Medium bodied - although feels a bit thin. Gritty.
D) A nice schwarzbier. Not a stand out, but true to form.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, clear maroon color with a creamy, smooth head that leaves intermittent lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted caramel and molasses. Solid, rich malty flavor - more caramel, bitter in the middle with a dry, sweet finish. A hint of floral hops accompanies the sweetness as it warms. Medium bodied and really smooth - a satisfying cold weather lager.

I'm glad they decided to make more of this. The best brew I've had yet from Buzzards Bay.

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Photo of tzieser
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one many times but never wrote a review for it...

pours a dark black color thats transparent when held up to the light. decent head that simmers into a very small lacing. pretty typical schwarzbier look

smells good. lots of bready malts, maybe some chocolate malt in the back. very slight roasted smell with some hop backbone

tastes great. the malts come up first, with some very subtle chocolate flavors. decent hop character in the back to keep things together. very good black lager.

drinkability is great. who said dark beers aren't drinkable?

overall- a great black lager. one of my favorites.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque black with a thick creamy head. Head thined quickly, and left some lacings. Appeared very much like a stout. Aroma was sweet milk chocolate with some coffee undertones. Taste was slightly bitter, yet sweet, with a little bit of cream. Felt good in the mouth, coated well, not overly carbonated. Felt a bit bigger than the ABV is, went down well, but one to savor.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Black color, with a nice head, and it left some lace on the glass too. .

smell - Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

taste - Nice smokey malts taste, but not a burnt roasted taste, just right. Little bit of bittterness too.

mouthfeel - Medium body/

drinkability - Went to the brewery the other day, and i had 2 short glass's of this on tap. It was my favorite out of the 4 they were serving.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. curl into my Bristol Motor Speedway mug while listening to the tail end of the Richmond race and the start of the Sox game outside...

Nice, thick bready head with a little staying power, some muffin tunnels and decent lacing. Body is deep, dark root beer/iced coffee color. Formidable.

Hard core roasted malt with mild boiled chocolate sweetness and a little smoke in there too. Still, quite clean.

There's grass and earth from hop presence and a fair amount of stewy malt. Very hearty with mild BBQ smoke and char and strong depth. Maybe a little disjointed - some Beautfiul Chemistry is required for putting it together but it is enjoyable.

More hop bitterness on the mouth than expected - this provides a little pucker but overall there's a slight velvety feel to this without the clamminess that often contrasts the smokiness of the style. Finish is short and tight but not unpleasant.

Now this could be a great camping or tailgating beer. Rustic and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love black lagers. Let's give it a whirl. Smells lager-like not much standing out just some malts. Pours to a jet black with a tremendous head. Just traces of light get through the murky blackness. Taste is roasted malts in a clean lager-like setting. Has some sweetness as well combined with a sharp twang of bitterness that isn't dull but hits and moves on. Hopping seems to be centennials. Aftertaste is sweet and sour, lingers a bit then disappears finishing semi-clean. A tasty beer. A great job of taking a lager up a notch. Very good.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer came by way of a beer of the month club. Poured into a pils glass.

The beer is truly black and thick looking. Small head that has some staying power.

The smell is roasted and herbal hop aroma. I do catch a hint of sulfur.

Taste is very pleasing. roasted and somewhat hoppy and surprisingly light. Not at all heavy. Very satisfying flavor.

I could see my self drinking this all night and not get tired of it.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich chocolate, roasted malt and creamy coffee. There's a little bit of hops in the background as well.

T: The taste is smoky, malty and rich. It contains flavors of dark chocolate, toasted coffee beans and a little vanilla. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a little bit of dark chocolate & coffee bitterness (as opposed to hops bitterness).

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, excellent representation of the style. I liked this beer quite a bit. I could knock back several in an evening before I got too full. It's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this one.

Pours black with a thin tan head that descends to a fine layer. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of a touch of molasses with sour notes - in a prune/fig way. Ashy, and a bit soapy, something is "off". Interesting, but I have a feeling that this wasn't quite intended to be this way. No freshness date - but, it seems more of a slight "infection" problem, anyway - can't be sure. It has a "black" character, but something "odd" underneath.

The taste, fortunately, is better than the aroma. While some sour notes are there, and some burny ashiness, there's also a dark maltiness. A slight touch of metallic bitterness mixes in with the sweetness. There's a smoky touch in the finish.

The feel is on the light side of medium.

The nose threw this off for me, impacting things down the line, including the drinkability. Something not quite right, here. Hopefully, I'll have this again in the future, to see if this batch was just a bit off or not.

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Photo of jdg204
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the boss again for the Autumn beer of the season selection. Second of my 4 reviews from that selection is an another great Black Lager, a style I'm becoming a big fan of.

Appearance - Nice opaque black color with a head that was perhaps a bit too prominent.

Smell - Dark roasted, chocolate, malty smell consumes the glass and comes through very nicely.

Taste - Extremely tasty and very clean. The dark roasted malt is very good and the hops really even things out.

Mouthfeel - Like my last beer, it's a bit mouthdrying and thick, but all in all not a bad mouthfeel with the hops and roast.

Drinkability - Another great Schwarzbier, if you haven't had this style, you need to get on the bandwagon. Always nice to get another good lager and this one definetly fit the bill. If you can get your hands on a Buzzards Bay, I definetly recommend it.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown with a light khaki head that fades to a film.
the aroma has got dark malt, with fome darkyly fruity notes. a little like a porter for reference.
the taste has got more defined dark maltiness, bitter coffee, hints of malted chocolate. malty, but not too sweet. there is a balancing bitterness at the end slightly herbal and floral. there is also a touch of spiced anise. very remeniscent of an american porter.
the mouthfeel is appropriately medium with a moderately active, but delicate carbonation.
the drinkability is good, it's well balanced with some dark malty flavor that stays mellow. beer doesn't always have to be over the top, this beer is a reminder why.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown where light shines through; Very nice head that lowers softly.

Dark malt aroma; not quite sweet; slight chalkiness; muted hops

Think thin-bodied stout. Great coffee and bitter chocolate flavor. The hop shows up better here, even with the strong dark malt flavors. No creaminess. Dry.

Pretty what I expect from a good schwarzbier.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice chocolatey brown color with a reddish tint to it. A foamy head with little lacing and average retention.

S: Has a sweet caramel composition with a subdued malt scent, smelled very enticing.

T: Toasted malt flavors up front with an easygoing chocolate and caramel body, interesting balance with a slightly hoppy middle.

M: Very smooth on the palate. Flavors don't stick too long, but they're enjoyable going down.

D: This beer has an interesting character to it that brings sweetness to the forefront and toasted malts as the backing element. Would definitely order another.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish/maroon hues and a one finger cream colored frothy head. No lace.

S: Aromas of caramel malts hit the nose first. Very fresh smelling.

T: Tastes of molasses and caramel malts--sweet aftertaste, possibly due to the malts. Nice and refreshing taste. Also hints of chocolate. Not overly powerful, but a nice well balanced taste.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good as this is a refreshing smooth drinking beer that leaves a nice sweet tast ein your mouth. Good carbonation level. Very slick going down. Nice slight malt aftertaste. Good one from Buzzard's bay.

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Photo of albern
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very inky dark mahogany color with a rich creamy off white head with billowing laces and a nice retention. The nose is a bit musty, maybe some butter notes coming through, maybe some dried out florals, something not quite right in the nose.

The taste is not a pleaser for me. The beer has roasted and almost charred notes of dark malt, but there is no character or sweetness evident. There is too much coffee grind flavors, some burnt molasses in there as well, some bitter chocolate. The muted florals in the nose are just not present in the taste. There maybe a touch of smokiness, but it seems a bit artificial, almost like some smoked flavors were added after the fact. The beer is more creamy than crisp, but this isn't one I'm fond of. The mouthfeel is a bit drying, the aftertaste has that charred molasses lingering taste. I earlier reviewed this beer on-tap, and my impressions are equally uninspired from this brew.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes out dark brown from the glass, which turns to black in the glass with brown at the bottom. The head has a great formation with a creamy texture.

There is a slight roasty, burnt aroma along with some chocolate. Not distinctively ale or lager like. There is a slight dark malt aroma to it, probably crystal. You really have to swirl and stick your nose in the glass to detect most of this, aroma is pretty absent just from sipping.

The flavor has a very slight, burnt, roast to it but its not biting at all. Good, sweet malts that aren't too robust. Also has good earthy, hop bitterness on the finish that makes it a nice, simple schwarzbier.

The body is light as it should be, with moderate carbonation. The finish lingers a bit more than I like in a shwarzbier, it could be a tad dryer. The beer scores good for drinkability, it's light and simple, and something I would have again.

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Buzzards Bay Black Lager from Buzzards Bay Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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