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Monday, February 8, 2010

A taste of… Samuel Adams Black Lager

Boston Beer Company
30 Germania Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA‎
(617) 983-9036‎

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Black Lager was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was a “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked MAR 2010.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: The deep, deep dark cherry red garnet color of this brew is in contrast to the rather frothy light tan brown café au lait head of large and medium sized bubbles that leaves a well tatted Belgian lace.

Aroma: The first impression is of prune plumb. The next visit reveals leather and bitter chocolate. The third visit brings out some tobacco and more prune plumb.

Mouth feel: Full bodied but not buxom.

Flavor: The first impression is liquorish and tobacco that blends into a prune flavor. The second visit finds chocolate and a slight dusty finish on the pallet. Third sip finds the various flavors, now familiar to the taste receptors, smoothing out and enjoying each other’s company.

Finish: There is a fairly quick exit here but the trace of cocoa last longest.

Comments: The range of the Boston Beer folks is remarkable. This is no stout, not a porter and yet is recognizable.

Food & Beer: Here is a fine desert drink to enjoy after a grilled dinner of fish, foul, or red meat. I am about to see what taste sensation it will become when tasted with Brisling sardines, slightly smoked and packaged in spring water. Wish me luck eh?

The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/21300

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/samuel-adams-black-lager/41887/

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