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RATINGS: 1847   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Very dark color. Pours a thin head but it lasts and holds plenty of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly "lager-like" in the sense of being similar to a traditional light-colored American lager, with extra milk chocolate undertones. Flavor is dominated by chocolate-malt and hops, and caramel shows through in the finish. The body of this beer is quite smooth, perhaps because itís fully carbonated like a light lager; many other Schwarzbiers will diminish the carbonation in their process. Overall this is a very well-balanced beer so "micro" in nature itís easy to forget itís Boston Brewing.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2145) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Beautiful black with tan head. Mild aroma faintly smelling of coffee. Caramal in the palate, very smooth and rich with a little hops + roasted malt. Not quite flavorful enough but a nice beer. #2 - definitely taste the chocolate malt plus is very (overly) sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
I was pleasantly surprised by Samís Black Lager. It has a nice light smokey flavor, and a medium-light body. A good beer to tweak the tastebuds every once in a while.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Bottle. Poured a deep black with medium tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor was rich with malt hops and sweet smooth finish. Good drinkable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2005
I havenít had anything Iíve really enjoyed in from the Lager department in quite a long time. This stuff really packs the flavor in though. Itís definitely milder than the ales Iíve been drinking, but heavier also. Dark reddish-black with a small, quickly receding, light brown head. A bit fizzy on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Very heady pour. Coffee ice cream colored head. Nice lacing. Dark brown-red color.Tastes of roasted barley, fresh grain, and a bit of fruityness. Smokey finish. Coffee-like aroma. Smooth finish, similar to any other Sam Adams brew. Overall a tasty beer. Maybe Iíd pair this one with read meat, but not a hamburger.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 28, 2005
I think this is the first schwarzbier Iíve rated. Aroma is reminiscent of a fishy smoked porter - like the Alaskan. Pours like a fine stout. First taste is all smokiness but there isnít too much afterwards. Good but not outstanding.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Very dark brown; initially a nice, brown, frothy head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma is heavy with tons of caramel and malt; perhaps a little chocolate and licorice. Flavor is a bit thin--mostly caramel and malts; slightly buttery. Medium body; a little thin. Not bad; certainly unusual.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1473) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2005
A thick malty nose with a waft of caramel winds it way up from this dark chestnut brew. Graced with a rocky tan head, this beer delivers a mostly malty flavor profile. Bittersweet dark chocolate prescence has a slightly tangly finish. A soft bitterness lingers at the very tail end of the swallow. A nice burly mouthfeel rounds out this excellent Shwarzbier. Pour me another!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick, but short-lived frothy tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet and malty with a touch of candy corn and lager yeast. Body starts with a nice caramel malty sweetness, turning slightly more dry before the crisp, authentic, lager yeasty finish. Palate has a strange, almost artificial thickness to it and, I donít say this often, but would probably be better and more authentic if it were a little thinner. Overall, a fairly decent schwarzbier though.


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