BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fine brew! Unlike some, I like Sam Adams brews generally, and this one is damned good. A lovely dark ruby color with a nice, lacy tan head. Mouthfeel is good, and while it does remind one of a porter, itís not nearly as heavy in the drinkability department. Personally, I canít stand drinking Porters and Stouts in the summertime, but I am enjoying this on a very hot September day.
Try it, itís good stuff!
r464 (2117) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, roasty malt with a bit of cocoa, char, and dark fruit. Fairly balanced overall.
GarrettB (1278) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sam Adamís Black Lager, is well, black. The color is self-explanatory, I think. Things get interesting with the aroma, where I get a heavy pepper scent, conjuring images of teriyaki jerky. But on second examination thereís an even nicer, subtler and more complex touch of peat, adding a low, deep earthiness, thickening the aroma. The flavor is much maltier and simpler - more like your standard winter warmer. The aroma is where the interesting dimensions are, so linger here with your nose. The flavor, while fine, doesnít live up to the aromaís nuance.
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally rated on 1/18/08. This is one of the better black lagers out there. It is a tiny bit spicey but sweet with hints of choclate and coffee.Has a nice finish to it. probably the best sam adams brew i have yet sampled.
DerGantzel (135) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes of caramel, chocolate, and licorice. Perfect appearance and foam for the style.
Delicious taste, creamy and not over carbonated. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness.
PlinyDad1952 (111) - - JUL 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
LAGERS ARE HEVY TO DRINK AND EVEN HEAVYER THEN PLINY )ITS THE BEST) AND SPECHIAL OCCASHION BEERSAM ADAMS MAKES A GOOD LAGER. ITS LIKE COPORATE FACTORYS IN CHINA NOT RELLY. SOME FLAVERS OF FRUIT AND SPICE LIKE LAGERS. REMBER TO HAVE A EMPTY STOMACHE FOR THIS BIG BEERS.
TorbenJensen (1394) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This lager (although it is black and looks like a stout, it is therefore a lager!) Has a very nice, but brief, light brown foam. It smells very pleasant and sweet of hard roasted malt which does not allow much room for the subtle hop aroma. Furthermore, it smells a bit of English liquorice. It has a deep and protracted flavor of malt tones. Both the sweet caramel malt, but also the more savory malts which together provide a large richness in taste. Mouth feeling is creamy to bold and in the finale comes a gentle, yet sufficiently rich, hop bitterness. This beer lives completely up to its German roots and I really had also expected when it comes from one of the best microbreweries (in my opinion) in the US.
DuchessOfIowa (99) - Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
poured from a bottle. Very dark opaque hazelnut brown, thin an head with minimal lacing. Sweet roast and toffee in the nose with some earthy and grass also. Body has moderate carbonation and is slightly thin. A mild roasted malt flavor, slightly nutty and a faint pepper at the end.
erling1000 (340) - - JUN 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A coffee colored black lager with low head. Aroma is caramel, malt, bisquit?, coffee. Taste is bitter.
Japalo (1543) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @home. Black. One finger foam. Roasted toffee notes. Smooth milk like mouthfeel. Slight sharp malty bitterness. Fine brew. Feels filling.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark beer that is smooth and has a real roast flavor to it. It is pretty malty and dark.