Beer Review: Samuel Adams Black Harbor Stout


Beer: Black Harbor Stout
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  **** (8.3  of 10)
Comments:

Poured in a brandy glass, this beer is the color of black velvet.  The scent is candied cherries or raisins, while the flavor is kind of a mulled wine crossed with coffee (in a good way).  A delicious alternative to the same old.

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Beer Review: Tasty Ale


Beer: Tasty Ale
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ( of 10)
Comments: Served in a frosty mug at Tasty Burger, this golden beer holds a thin foamy head with a mild grassy aroma.  The flavor is grainy with malt sweetness, but I think much of the flavor is deadened by the iced glass.  It is a light mouth feel and leaves a thin layer of lace on the glass.  It’s a palatable swill, good for washing down burgers and rings.

 

Photopost: Samuel Adams Brewery Tour


I’ve lived in metro-Boston for close to 17 years, 8 of those in Jamaica Plain, and I’d never taken the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour. I decided to address this omission on a recent Friday when I’d taken a day off from work. I don’t know what the brewery is like in the high season, but on a random Friday afternoon in snow-encrusted Boston, there were still more than 30 people in my tour group.

Those in the know that while Samuel Adams is advertised as a Boston beer, the majority of the beer is brewed at contract breweries out-of-state. The Jamaica Plain facility is primarily a research and development facility with small batches brewed for local clients (such as Doyle’s Cafe). Thus the brewery is pretty small and the tour rather short in distance. Our guide offered a wealth of knowledge on the brewing process, passing around hops to rub into our hands and samples of malts to chew on. We also saw the big tanks that the beer goes through in the brewing process.

Not much happening there, so we went to a tasting room to sample some fresh Samuel Adams beers. The beers on tap included the flagship Boston Lager, Cold Snap white ale, and Chocolate Bock. After generous samples, we were invited to visit the gift shop where more beer was on sale, including unique brews not available elsewhere. I will have to not wait so long for my next visit, or at least swing by the gift shop when looking for a special beer.

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams Boston 375 Colonial Ale


Beer: Boston 375 Colonial Ale
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Growler
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: On my recent tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery, I picked up a growler of this beer not widely available elsewhere.  It is a cloudy, dark brown beer with a big, bubbly head.  It has a sweet yeasty aroma with maybe a hint of orange.  The flavor is of sweet cream and a nutty smoked taste with a medium mouthful.  The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing.  This is a tasty beer and one that does Boston proud.

 

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA


BeerSamuel Adams Rebel IPA 
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Rebel IPA is amber-colored with a good-looking head, but not much visible carbonation.  The aroma is piney, and the flavor offers spicy grapefruit with an apricot aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel.  The beer leaves lovely lacing on the glass.  I’m not a fan of overly hoppy beers, and there seems to be an arms race to make the most bitter beer these days, but Samuel Adams has done a great job of extracting the best from the hops in this nicely balanced beer.

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk


Beer: Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source:
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)
Comments:  Sampled on tap at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain, probably the best location to try fresh, new Samuel Adams’ beers.  There was a thin head on the beer which had a copper tone.  The aroma is very mild, maybe some yeast and banana scents.  The flavor is a balance of hops and malts, but not consistent.  I like it better at first when I could taste the hops, but they weren’t overpowering in their bitterness.  The finish is bready with a mouth feel that is too thick and sticky for my tastes.  I couldn’t figure out what this beer wanted to be, but it was all right for a change of pace.

 

 

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Merry Maker


Beer: Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: In a small tulip-glass, this beer pours out inky black with a tan finger-width head.  The aroma is suitably Christmas-y with bread, ginger, and cinnamon.  The flavor is full of spice and rich sweetness.  The alcohol content is high so it left me buzzing.  An interesting treat for the holidays but not an everyday beer.

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock


Beer:  Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments:  The image of the goat on the label is wholly apropos as this beer has a kick.  “It smells and tastes like bacon!” I exclaimed to my friend Craig.  As a vegetarian, I’m not all that impressed by bacon, but I did enjoy the smokey flavor for a change of pace.  The beer mellows in the glass and there is a sweeter caramel toffee flavor as it goes down.  It also packs a wallop with a high ABV.  Definitely something a beer adventurer should experience at least once.