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RATINGS: 1872   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2005
I really like this offering from Sammy A. Probably one of their better common beers, if not the best. Distinct roast chocolate and coffee caramel taste. Has a nice enough nose, but lacks a good head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Sweet, yeasty cocoa nut aroma. Sweetish, hazelnutty, grassy, roasty. Quite good and drinkable. Medium-light body. Medium cola and chocolate finish. Rerate Hmm. Not sure what I loved about this orignially. It is drinkable, but it’s a little simpler than I originally thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05. Finally, a schwarzbier that reminds me why I don’t like the style. Black pour, medium head. Chocolate notes (dark) and old coffee. Grassy, German hops. Cardboard. Watery body that just doesn’t match the color OR aromas. Abrupt finish except for a lingering oxidation. Blech.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2005
This is a promising beer. It pours a dark dark ruby and smells like cocoa and roasted barley. There is a light Tettnang or Hallertau nose. No head remains even after an aggessive pour. Tastes like a sweet malt, caramel, and slight hops, however, these give out to the watery taste of a beer that should be higher in strength. Overall, this is a good beer, but where can you find it other than in a sampler box??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3891) - - APR 16, 2005
black and opaque. tan head. roasted aroma. i really enjoyed the medium body with such a full flavored beer. very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured black with a creamy off-whtie head, very attractive. Fanit aroma of chocolate notes. Tastes of roasted chocolate, but feels somewhat watered down, typical Samuel Adams mediocrity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
Tanned medium sized head with black color beer resting in the glass( reddish/ brown against light) Roasted malt aroma along with a chocolate olfaction. Flavor is mild and has traces of milk and chocolate with the roast malt over dominating the two. A mighty fine dark lager to sit at home and watch some baseball with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a brownish-black color with a medium thin light tan head and thin lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee as well as a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied with a sweet malt and chocolate flavor. Trace amounts of coffee and hops are present too. The finish is smooth and dry but not too flavorful. As with many of Sam Adams’ one-offs, this is above average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2005
12 oz bottle. Smooth creamy tan head tops a lustrous black caramel body...licorice and tobacco make inroads into the huge malty nose, offering complexity and fun...cry cola-esque nose, tarry and chocolaty, with late sweet herbs and lasting dry cocoa, strong bitter long finish. Near the top from this brewer, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2005
Bottle, Starts with a roasted, chocolate malt taste and finishes with a crisp hop kick to keep the palate clean. Another solid beer from SA.

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