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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Very dark color. Nice malty aroma. Very strong flavor with a slightly different finish. A quite good beer. Better than their regular lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours a dark, almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a thin, off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of hops. Flavor is fairly rich and smooth: sweet, roasted malt with a slight nuttiness and a crisp finish. An interesting sour smokiness. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5975) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Surprisingly good for a Sam Adams. Almost black with ruby coloring. Lacing, and a fairly large head that never quite disappears. Coffee and raspberry aroma. Flavor is complex, coffee and chocolate, and lying underneath is smoke and light fruit. Heavy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (691) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red with a good tan head. Caramel nose with some hops present in the aroma as well. Creamy medium body with flavors of caramel, roasted malt and bread dough. Slight spicy bitterness at the finish. A real ace from Sam Adams this time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours to a small/medium head, very dark, very lacy. Roasty with hint of chocolate and coffee. NIce malty long aftertaste, just the way I like it. Another good Sam Adams beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Deep opaque brown in the glass with hints of ruby around the edges. A frothy cappuccino colored head, Man is this beer lacy. Lots of fine lace. Sweet roasted malt in the nose. Lightly bitter. Like cappuccino, milky and lightly bitter. Taste is alternately sweet and bitter. Milky with a light coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Lightly nutty. Very creamy in the mouth with a long sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable. Not all their beers are mindblowing but Sam Adams beer are always extremely well crafted. It is appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Pours a deep red/bown with a creamy tan head leaving thick lines of lacing. The aroma is of malt and chocolate malt, with a faint hop presence. The mouthfeel is full and finishes relatively dry. I have had 3 or 4 examples of this style, so I am not all that experienced with it, but this is a good beer. The chocolate range of roastiness is stronger than in other examples and the finish is relatively full and dry. Similar to a stout, but not as rich or as fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djones27 (5) - USA - JUN 1, 2005 does not count
Deep Malt Flavor, yet not overly complex. Deliciously clean drink. Enjoyed thoroughly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Surprisingly light bodied. I expected a robust impact from the dark ruby pour with the thick, light tan head. Lightly hopped, it lacked the anticipated roasted grain anddeep malt flavor. Pleasantly bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6130) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Opaque blackness residing underneath mocha colored foam. Nose is chocolaty with roasted malts, light coffee, caramel, sugary sweetness and light bittersweet notes. Taste is sweeter than expected. Big chocolate, caramel, light roasty notes, sweet malts, light bittersweet notes and traces of sweetened coffee. Body is light-medium with mild carbonation feel and at times is extremely creamy. Finish is dark chocolate, chocolate milk, creamy malts, light roastiness, sweetened coffee and caramel. More a sweet stout than schwarbier, I think, but still very drinkable.

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