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RATINGS: 1856   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle. Deep reddish-brown with a small light tan head that lingered for a while and left some lacing. The smell of this beer reminded me very much of a porter, with raisons, hazelnuts, chocolate and pipe tobacco the dominant aromas. The flavor is smooth and a little subdued, and tastes of chocolate, coffee, walnuts and nutmeg. The aftertaste reminded me of slightly overdone wheat toast with butter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
Dark reddish brown lager with a nice compact moka head. Light roasted malt aroma, with chocolate note. Sweet chocolate taste with some roasted notes, not very hopped but very pleasing. Decent medium bodied black lager. From a SA selection pack bought in upstate NY.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. Ah, a schwarzbier. Yum. Can’t see the kitchen light through the glass. Perfect. Smells roasty. Kind of tastes like a watery porter, which would be bad if this were a porter, but good here. I hope that makes sense. Loads better than Anheuser World Select, but isn’t everything?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. Dark, ruby color with medium off-white head. Burnt caramel and chocolate malt in aroma. Flavor is immediatley sugary sweet, with a malty taste. Not as dry as the aroma would suggest. Not bad, but there are much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Dark brown and fast diminishing tan head. Flavor is more chocolate and then a light roasted coffee flavor. Finishes slightly bitter. Not a bad brew from Sam Adams.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee and some chocolate. Flavor is malty, nutty with a slight roastyness. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Dark red-brown with a medium-sized light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Chocolate malts most prevalent in the aroma, with a touch of orange peel and coffee grounds. Brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and roasted pecans in the flavor. Finish has some sour grain flavors (wet wheat). Moderately carbonated, giving a nice tingle as you swallow. A tad thin on the palate, but this is a pretty tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle (HWC): Black in color (actually ruby when held up to bright light) with a small mocha head. Aroma is nutty with a little cocoa. Flavor is malty with a little smoke and a light bitterness. Smooth, but thin palate. Kinda tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
First schwarzbier. Moderately dark, little head, aroma. Roasty, with coffee, and nutty. Somewhat thin, but isn’t that to style? Surprisingly sitcky. Damn good Sam Adams, and a tasty style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Deep rich brown (not black) hue with a small but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of dusty yeast esters, carmelized smoky malts, walnut, coffee and light lactic sourness. The taste is malty, lightly smoky and nutty with a hint of fruity background. Not a lot of depth but flavorful enough. As far as Sam Adams brews go, this is above average and worthy of a taste.


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