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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6234) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
bottle 3/16/05. Pours a dark black color and looks like coca-cola when first poured. Thin tan head and very nice lacing. Smoky kind of taste, slightly bitter. Very malty , hops are very faint if at all. Strong aftertaste that satays with you for a couple of seconds. Good all around brew by Sam Adams.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2005
bottle. rich dark color, not much head. Roasted barley flavor with a little smokeyness. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2010 Pours a lovely black/reddish color. Aroma consista of chocolate and malt. A little roasted coffee as well. Pretty nice. Fine bitter roasted coffee flavor that really lingers. A tad thin, but still a quality brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 11, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Freshness date of July 2005 on label. Poured out a dark chocolate brown color, with a thin mocha colored head. Aromas are of roasted malts, along with a sweet aroma of caramel. Medium mouthfeel, slightly thin. Flavors are of roasted malts, some espresso notes as well. Finished bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2005
BOTTLE:Light lacing. Scents of caramel, coffee beans, roasted malt. Light on the palate with slight hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Inky brown tinged with ruby; the frothy camel head subsides to an attractive foamcap. Average lacing. Mild aromas of toffee, milk chocolate, lagery malt tinged with sulfur, Crisco, metallic and spicy/herbaceous European hop notes. The malt flavor is there, but is overpowered by a buttermilk tang. Vague roasty and even more elusive caramel elements. Mouthfeel is slick and oddly greasy. Overall, gross flavors of tin can and sour milk made this an utterly shitty beer. **RERATE June 2006 ** Recently had it again at an unavoidable "party" populated by ugly yuppies, where the alternative beverage was one of the big three diet beers. Almost oversweet with very faint chocolate and roasty character. Ugly metallic flavor was still present, and almost overpowered the dark-kilned malts. Very, very strong diacetyl in taste and aroma made the beer nearly undrinkable. It was a struggle not to publicly vomit in front of the conservative nerds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (965) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Picked up a six pack of this Brewmaster’s Collection release the moment I saw it. Brown longneck bottle with a notched in freshness date of Aug 2005, so no worries about freshness here. Clear body with a dark reddish brown color that was not quite black, but was much darker than any other style of lager. The head was small and fleeting, and lacing was sparse. The smell was roasted coffee with spicy hop notes. The taste was dry and bittersweet, with clean caramelized and chocolate malt providing a creamy palette. Quite thin in the mouth, this did not have the robust stickiness of a porter. Very refreshing however, and would not be too difficult to down a couple at a sitting. My first Schwarzbier, so I was not quite sure what to expect. Looking through the BJCP guidelines, I think Boston Beer Company’s product meets all the requirements.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2005
12 oz bottle: Deep chestnut brown w/ a light beige, thin, but lasting head. Sporadic lacing. Roasty, chocolate, and toffee (mostly consisting of light caramel and heavy diacetyl). Light spicy hop aroma as well before it warms. Also a lightly nutty malt. Well balanced, but to the malty side. Roasty malt and chocolate dominate in even balance. No hop bitterness or flavor. Finish is to the malt sweet side w/ a chocolate malt flaovor and a roasty aftertaste. Medium body as promised on the bottle, lower carbonation for a bottled lager, and smooth. Overall, if it weren’t for the diacetyl, it would be a highly enjoyable beer! If they changed the yeast and fermentation temp a little bit, it might make a highly enjoyable brown porter! Unfortunately as it is, it’s not really like any Schwarz that I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2518) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours almost black, minimal beige head. Scents of caramel, coffee beans, roasted malt... it’s aroma is its best feature. Tastes about like you would expect, nothing earth shattering. Malty, roasty, blah, blah, blah. Nice beer.

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