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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
Black Lager from Sam Adams. One of the better Sam Adams out there. Nice amount of smokiness with some caramel and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6147) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2516) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2005
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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
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....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
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.

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