desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Body is, well, black, with a foamy beige head. Aroma is initially smoky, with some roastiness coming through. Flavor is pretty lame; too sweet, with an unpleasant bitterness back in the throat. Very thin-bodied. Eh.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Lager from Sam Adams. One of the better Sam Adams out there. Nice amount of smokiness with some caramel and chocolate notes.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, light chocolate aroma. Roasty and chocolate taste, some caramel, and light hops in the finish.
Pailhead (5330) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Roasty, nutty, can coffee aromas are evenly balanced. Pours a dark, somewhat transparent reddish-brown with an off-white head. Very roasty and nutty flavors. Light chocolate in the background. Light coffee in the finish.
jimhilt (2443) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Color is opaque and black. Medium bodied. Nose is roasted chocolate. Medium carbonation. Starts with a sweet roasted chocolate flavor, finish has just a hint of hops. One of the better offerings from Sam Adams. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. The ABV is 4.9%
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly good schwarzbier from sam adams. Nice deep brown almost black color with a good sized head which fades. Good sweet robust and full malt aroma with hints of chocolate, and burnt malts. Flavor is on the light side, but not too light- with good slightly sweet malt, caramel, munich, and some chocolate. Balanced nicely almost so no hop flavor or aroma is there but enough to balance it in the finish and to prevent it from being cloying. Good smooth finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brownish black, light tan creamy head. Really nice nose on this with notes of roasted caramel, milk chocolate, and toasted dark sweet bread, with light tones of marshmallow creme enveloping it all. The flavor is very similar with roasty, toasty, milk chocolate flavors up front, followed by light coffee tones, and a decent hop bitterness that pulls this all together. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, toasted, bittersweet finish. Really enjoyed this brew. Very drinkable....
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shadowy dark tarnished brown with a big billowing light cocoa hued head of foam; lightly fluffing and spongyness ensues as it grows up fast from a heavy pour. Fades off moderately to a good solid skimming and lacing of all kinds lightly grab the glass.
Nice aroma of dry black malts with a mild touch of chocolate sweetness and vanilla cookies. Very aromatic and appetizing to wiff in.
Flavors are just as nice, a bit more sweetness intersedes the front end with some black and chocolate malt, middle is seemingly like Oreo cookies, finishes with a nice leveling of moderate dry bite of slight roast, chocolate powder, and light Noble-like hopping. Very nice finish, did I just eat an Oreo?
Feel is fluffy, carrying a sweet front, drying most ways across from there, slight crispness to its body as well. Body is about medium to medium/light with a favorably low carbonation making for some kicked-back, sliding-down-the-Ol’-gullet, easy goin’ drinkability. A big time session beer that actually has a different taste then most other session types. A nice version of a hard to pin down style. This may be close to rivaling Black Bavarian.
Way to go BBC! Nice brew.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark mahogany with a medium brown head. Aroma of caramel and cocoa, with a slight sourness. Flavor is sweet roastiness and caramel with a sourness in the middle, leaving a lasting cocoa flavor in the finish. Very drinkable and smooth.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear black color that looks red when held up to the light. Very decent and creamy looking tan head. Slightly fruity and sweet smell with hints of roasted caramel and malts throughout. Very rich taste of sweetness, probably from the roasted caramel malt, and a nice roasted and smoky finish. I think I’m a pretty big fan of this one.