Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Black Lager

Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Black Lager

Had to go with a taste of Bavaria tonight. This is one of the most drinkable styles of beer I have yet to encounter. Don't be intimidated by the color. I could even drink a schwarzbier on a warm summer day. Pours a very dark amber color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is of malty sweetness with a little bit of cream.

Flavor is wonderful. This beer is extremely rich in dark roasted caramel flavor with a lot of nuttiness coming through. This would definitely pair well with some sort of nutty chocolate cake. The hopping is also very nice. The bitterness is there but very muted. Just enough to balance out the beer while still allowing the roasted sweetness through.

This is one of the very best offerings from Boston beer. Other beers of the schwarzbier style can be thin on flavor and one-dimensional but this really evolves as it travels around your palette. This is that rare combination of complexity and drinkability that beer lovers strive for. I can't come up with any flaws. You will like this.

Final Score: 90% (Deep Roasted and Very Drinkable. Great Brew!)

No comments: