Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark color with a medium off white head. Aroma was of toasted malts and a bit of hops. Flavor followed suit with a toasty character and some toffee sweetness and a bit of bittering hops. Medium to thin mouthfeel with good carbonation and little aftertaste.
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly translucent black with a tan head that laces well. Nose is faint allspice and hops. Flavor is roasted malt with a nice hops balance towards the end, more spice, mildly bitter. Fairly dry, very little aftertaste.
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Pours with a nice dark color and typical SA large thick white head that hangs in there and leaves a nice lace. Roasted nutty choclate aroma and simialr tastes with a slight hoppiness to the finish. Got this as part of a variety 12 pack from Sams Club at only $10.95. Well worth it.
desurfer (1279) - 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 (6071) - 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 (6386) - Plymouth, 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 (2552) - 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 (5074) - 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....