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RATINGS: 1856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle poured black with thick off white head and heavy lacing. Very light aroma of malt and roast. Flavor is is light roasted malts, chocolate. Good easy drinking beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 11, 2005
Ok now this is a good beer from sam adams. I got this bottle in a pack with the boston ale and hefe. The black lager is so far the best sam adams beer Iíve had and the first black beer Iíve had. Iíve gotta try some more black beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2005
A very nice deep dark nut brown pour, topped with an incredibly creamy light tan head. Lucious aroma of wheat, caramel, light soy sauce and fresh vegetables. A little bit of toffee in the nose as well. Flavor is strong sweet caramelized malt, backed with pipe tobacco and nuts. Lots of roasted flavors, but not quite to the point of coffee or chocolate, stays more reserved with nuts and light fruit. Palate is average and a little cloyingly sweet and clingy. Yet alcohol makes for a warm and smooth finish. Nothing impressive on the back end, the flavor presents itself fully on the front end.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Did not for a second pick out that this was a schwarzbier, but now that I know it, it makes more sense. Rich, sweet roasted malt aroma. Dark brown in color; nearly opaque. Small, off white head. Excellent lace. Tastes like it smells. A good beer. A little overly sweet. I keep expecting this to be thin and itís just not. A pretty decent little beer. Once again, appears that the anti-Sam Adams bias is holding down the ratings on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours brownish-red. Malty aroma with caramel notes. Flavor of chocolate and toffee. Nice balance. This beer breaks away from the "averageness" of the other beers from this brewer, and I like it quite a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark Brown Coloring with a Cola Bubbly Head. Burnt Caramel and Chocolate Aroma. Dry Roasted Caramel Taste...Creamy Mouthfeel. Malt and Chocolate Hints. Sweet, Dry Roasts and Chocolate Aftertaste. A Surprisingly Enjoyable Schwarz from Samís.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours a deep brown with ruby accents. Has about a 1/2 inch of head that seems to linger. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. The flavor was mostly chocolate. It was pretty sweet in taste. The palate was smooth but not thick like a porter or stout. It was more watery as a schwarzbier should be. A good beer for this brewer. I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Newbie (23) - Denver, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2005
This beer tastes like a sweet stout. It has a nice mouthfeel with a clean finish. It tastes like Xingu.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a two-finger head that stays remarkably well. Aroma consists of sweet chocolate, with hints of caramel and smoke. Flavor follows the nose, and is a little sweeter than I am accustomed to, but I rather enjoyed it. This beer is well-carbonated, and pleasantly coats the mouth. Overall, this was a good specimen from Boston Beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Surprisingly good as an overall package. I like my schwarzes a little less sweet (thatís my problem with Xingu) and more bitter and roasty and this fits the bill. Incredible head retention; a huge, billowy, pockmarked ecru head rises easily. The palate aviods some watery carbordiness that I sometimes find. Not refined (too grainy/husky for that) but still a fine example and a easy quaffing beer for a buck a six under what I usually buy. There is more of this in my future.


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