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RATINGS: 1879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
This traditional lager is medium in body with a deep roasted character. Its dark color and rich malty flavor come from specially roasted caramel and chocolate malts. This brew is lightly hopped with Noble Bavarian hops for a soft spiciness and a smooth clean finish. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11585) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a tan creamy head. Color is a clear black with tint of red. Aroma-light licorice. Flavor threw me a curve, I expected a licorice, dark flavor and it tastes like a standard lager with a nice blend of malt and light hops. OK, as I get futher through, it’s taste of chocolate is becoming more pronounced. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown - almost black - with a moderate tannish head that lingers fairly well. Aroma is pretty typically lagerish, with sweet malts and soap plus a little roastiness, coffee and some bold floral hops. Flavor is sweetish, roasty malts with a bit of rice syrup, soy and clover. Light to medium body and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 16, 2005
Very little aroma to the beer but there was a small hint of malt after the initial pour. The beer has a dark color with a hint of red. Nice flavor with a touch of roasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Interesting. Dark and malty just like the description says. I don’t have much to go on for this style, it may be my first. I like the fact that it wows me and it is labled a lager. Great dark colour, nice spice on the malt, perfect hop touch. I feel like it is lacking something, but I’m not sure what...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Very dark color. Nice malty aroma. Very strong flavor with a slightly different finish. A quite good beer. Better than their regular lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours a dark, almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a thin, off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of hops. Flavor is fairly rich and smooth: sweet, roasted malt with a slight nuttiness and a crisp finish. An interesting sour smokiness. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5025) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Surprisingly good for a Sam Adams. Almost black with ruby coloring. Lacing, and a fairly large head that never quite disappears. Coffee and raspberry aroma. Flavor is complex, coffee and chocolate, and lying underneath is smoke and light fruit. Heavy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (630) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red with a good tan head. Caramel nose with some hops present in the aroma as well. Creamy medium body with flavors of caramel, roasted malt and bread dough. Slight spicy bitterness at the finish. A real ace from Sam Adams this time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours to a small/medium head, very dark, very lacy. Roasty with hint of chocolate and coffee. NIce malty long aftertaste, just the way I like it. Another good Sam Adams beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Deep opaque brown in the glass with hints of ruby around the edges. A frothy cappuccino colored head, Man is this beer lacy. Lots of fine lace. Sweet roasted malt in the nose. Lightly bitter. Like cappuccino, milky and lightly bitter. Taste is alternately sweet and bitter. Milky with a light coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Lightly nutty. Very creamy in the mouth with a long sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable. Not all their beers are mindblowing but Sam Adams beer are always extremely well crafted. It is appreciated.

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