ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Not bad for Sam Adams. Reddish brown, some lacing and retention. Chocolate, caramel, moderate to low hops, light coffee and roast. Medium to light body. Not a schwarz.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable beer. Pours a very dark almost black body. Looks almost like a Guinness draught with a thick creamy, light tan head that lasted forever with good lacing. Smokey, nicely roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. A unique, tasty flavor. Roasted malts. Smooth, but a slightly thin finish. Good beer.
JFGrind (1895) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another new offering from Sam Adams, Brewmaster’s collection. Black Lager lived up to its name in the initial pour with a this head. Chocolate malts dominate the bock-like flavor. I agree the finish tastes a bit watered down. Sam Adams is a crossover beer for many of my macro friends. I predict I’ll be finding Black lager in their fridges soon.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An intersting brew as chocolate comes through more than I thought it would. Nifty little head that never went away and left some decent lacing. Would like ot try again.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a light brown head. Has a roasted chocolate coffee aroma. Hops up front followed by light chocolate malts and a slightly bitter coffee/caramel finish. Finish is quite dry and the body is a little watery. Flavors are faint leaving more to be desired.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours a bit dark with lively carbonation. Malty with a hint of chocolate.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice roasted malt/smoky aroma and slight chocolatey flavor. Minimal lacing, atop the deep cherry color.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 it’s 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 it’s easy to forget it’s Boston Brewing.
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was pleasantly surprised by Sam’s 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.