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RATINGS: 1885   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11512) - 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 (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2005
Copper in color with a large tan head. Aroma of roasted malt,sweet malt and hoppy. Flavors of toasted malt,chocolate,roasted malt and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2005
Poured nice and black. Kind of coffee flavoured - overall not a bad beer but it seemed to lack either texture or feel that I like in a darker beer. Perhaps if I let it sit it might develop some complexity - as it is the flavors seemd not to mingle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Savannah, Ga. Coffee colored pour with a light mocha head. Aroma has some chocolate and bittersweet coffee - quite nice. Flavor has bit of chicory, bittersweet chocolate and a wee bit of creamy caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent for a lager. Goes down smoothly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
Deep brown-black clear liquid wiht a thin tan head. Nose is of a dry roasted malty flavor. Almost reminiscent of a good beer batter. Taste is a light but very pleasing roasted flavor. Light texture, fluid and clean. Aftertaste is pleasant and lightly roasty grain. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pkbites (867) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
Like hot cocoa with alcohol added! VERY chocolaty! Nice deep color. Thick, but smooth. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
Bottle, best before JUL 05 drank APR 05: Deep chestnut, with a nice off-white small-bubbled head, light sweet grasses in the aroma, mild carbonation, dry ending, one of the better beers that I’ve had from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (253) - North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2005
Black beer with small tan head. Roasty aroma. Chocolate and coffee present. Very flavorful beer. Give this one a try.

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