Samuel Adams Black Lager

Today was decently productive. I started packing for my road trip tomorrow, although I still have some packing to do. I’m totally stoked because I’m hitting Troegs Brewery on the way AND they just released their Wet Hop Ale. So, it should be on tap by the time I get there tomorrow. Expect some tasting notes and pictures on Monday or Tuesday. So, I’ll probably be offline for most of the weekend, but it should be a fun beer drinking weekend. I also managed to find a brewpub a mile from where I’m staying too. Totally excited.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The roots of the Schwarzbier lie in Thuringia and Saxony; the oldest known Schwarzbier is Braunschweiger Mumme (‘Brunswick Mum’) brewed since the Middle Ages (the first documented mention is from 1390) in Braunschweig. The earliest documented mention in Thuringia is of Köstritzer from 1543, a popular Schwarzbier still produced today. Present-day Eastern Germany has many unique varieties of this style from regional breweries. It is often served with dark, chunky breads with cream cheese. It also pairs well with marinated meats like brisket and is an excellent companion to German Sauerbraten.”

Random: I haven’t had German food in forever. I think I need to fix that and have a good German beer.

This poured with a three finger tan head with significant lacing. The head is super fluffy. The body is a dark brown (almost black, no surprise there). Again, no visible carbonation due the color. On the nose, lots of toasty malts. I think they used chocolate malts because when I went to brew my own beer, I took a sniff of them and this smells exactly like that. On the taste, it’s a lot of chocolate hints with some caramel. The finish lingers like crazy with malty goodness. There is also decent carbonation on the taste. The only complaint is that it’s not a really well-balanced beer. The Avery 17 was a better balanced beer. But, I would have this again if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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