BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color; nearly opaque. Small, off white head. Nose is actually roasty...caramelish with a note of hop bitterness. Flavor is similar...roasted malts, some light choco-toffees. Iím mildly impressed. Light to medium bodied, decent balance toward the end...medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Hmmm...not too shabby...beats the hell out of a triple bock.
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 This is a wonderful beer. The aroma is toasty and chocolate. The is actually very dark and close to black. Nice head and nice lacing. Taste is also very good. It is reminiscent of chocolate and caramel just like it says on the bottle. Hops are subtle but perfectly balanced with the toasty malts. Sweet chocolate aftertaste. Yummy.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Looks and smells like a great beer. However, the taste is a profound letdown. Sickly sweet watery chocolate with a good dose of sour bread.
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brownish color with little tan colored head. Smells like chocolate, malty too, with a coffee smell. Flavor is really enjoyable. This is the first time Iíve tried this beer and would buy it again in a heart beat.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
so this will be my first "black lager".the brew pours a deep,dark crimson red with a creamy/lumpy head.aromas of chocolate,malts,and earth.the flavor was much better than expected.coffee,malts,chocolate all form a medium/light body.this is very tastey.much like a smoked porter or light stout.
BeerandBlues2 (10538) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep mahagoney, almost black, with a small tan foamy head that dissipates to a thin rocky film. Roasted and caramel malt aroma with a dark coffee, chocolate finish. Faint hop notes rise into the air as well. Initially smooth sweet dark chocolate flavor. It finishes lightly hoppy and spicy. Medium body and fizzy, a bit butpy, and crisp finish.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ElGaucho (2282) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.