If only to prove to a certain commenter on this site (ahem, Rob, ahem) that I still enjoy Boston Beer Company products, today is the first of what will likely be many reviews of their beer. Schwarzbier (black beer) was completely foreign to me before I tried Sam Adams’ version. It made a good enough impression for me to try another (Xingu) shortly thereafter. It was definitely a beer where the appearance made me expect something different than what the flavor turned out to be.
It was one of my early evaluations and isn’t as thorough as future ones turned out to be, but it does get the point across.
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Boston, Massachusetts)
Name: Black Lager
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass.
Aroma: Roasted malt aroma that is somewhat sweet. Very low amount of hops.
Appearance: Dark brown with red/ruby undertones. Incredible café au lait head that quickly dissipates to half and leaves a heavy trail. Clear with many bubbles on perimeter of glass.
Flavor: Clean, smooth, slightly sweet malt flavor. Slight bit of hops noticeable. Roasted coffee-like flavor at finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some noticeable carbonation. Very smooth.
Overall Impressions: Well balanced flavors overall. Not as heavy as expected from appearance (looking like a porter or stout). Very enjoyable (drinks like a good lager) and I would certainly enjoy multiple.