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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee StoutSamuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

987 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 30
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011)
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Reviews by SaCkErZ9:
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Got this is in one of those mixed twelvers for the winter season. I was excited to see some really new beers and I was most excited about this one. I love coffee beers so my interests were piqued immediately.

Pours perfectly. Nearly opaque with some dark chocolate highlights visible in the bright Carolina sun. The head is picture perfect: One finger in size continuosly, creamy, foamy, rocky and very firm. I dont give 5's often in appearance but this one deserves it.

Aroma has coffee immediately up front. Expected and welcomed. Slightly sweet and metallic as well, also expected. Perhaps a touch more fresh coffee would make this one a 5 in the smell category. The coffee aroma was more extract or coffee malts than actual coffee grounds.

Flavor was lacking a lot of the coffee I was looking for, given the aroma. Slight coffee but with more dark fruit coffee. I guess its not really that bad but I prefer dark roast, espresso coffee to the more fruity blends. Not SA's fault I suppose.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very creamy. This is one of my top 3-5 SA beers of all time. I was really pleased with this one. I suspect this would be a great "coffee gateway" beer as the coffee isnt in your face but more subdued and milder. A great beer indeed!

01-25-2012 20:05:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 02:17:59 | More by Mac19872
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npala86

Florida

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09-12-2012 00:25:51 | More by tohe9384
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Wow!
I really enjoyed this beer. Part of the winter 12 pack. In a mug the beer was a very dark brown color. It had a head that was the color of coffee with cream, and it was sticky.

Coffee and milk chocolate aroma, both very distinct. Aroma led off with the coffee, followed by the chocolate.

Espresso taste, milk chocolate. Dark fruit snuck in. Very expressive.

Rich, full-bodied, and smooth. A joy to drink.
Now if I can just keep my wife from finding the other bottle.

11-01-2011 16:34:17 | More by lordofthewiens
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Missouri

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-16-2012 02:22:42 | More by Todd
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40451

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-19-2012 01:02:10 | More by 40451
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Maine

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a wine glass.

The beer is black with a creamy tanish white head. It leaves little bits of lace on the side as I drink

The aroma is sweet malty. I get almost a cramel aroma smells like a cappuccino.

The taste is a little different then the aroma. The carbonation starts the flavors off filling the mouth and subsiding quickly. The initial flavor is sweet malt. It turns to stout with roasted flavors the coffee and roasted malt meld to form a roasted finish almost hints of smoke. This would be a good brew to make burgers will

11-24-2011 22:59:03 | More by bishopdc0
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Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-05-2013 03:12:21 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bnewall3

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

I was highly impressed by this beer especially after having there Chocolate Bock, which was terrible in my opinion. This beer had a very creamy head along with a very creamy taste. The roasted malt characteristics were on point as well as the smooth finish. It could have had a little more hop taste(coming from someone who isn't high on hops) but overall i still give this beer an 8.5 out of 10

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Jason

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, tight sticky tan lace.

SMELL: Used coffee grounds, cocoa powder, burnt toast, faint black currants.

TASTE: Old coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, figgy, creamy medium body, modest hopping, roasted grain, kiss of alcohol.

Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked used grounds character. There is a lingering bite that the palate just can't shake. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

11-11-2011 02:31:26 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours black under a dark mocha head. Leaves respectable light bands of fine lacing as well as low sheeting.

Dark malts and black chocolate nose.

Nose follows through onto the palate, more dark malts, chocolate and understated black coffee. Medium bodied, quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Worth a try for stout fans

Let some pork tenderloin have a bath in a marinade with this as a base. Then enjoy with another glass

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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with some chocolate mixed in. The coffee smells like straight black coffee with no sissy sugar or cream added. The flavor is also very heavy on the coffee. There are also some roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as a little bit of cream. The beer is a little thinner in body than I expected and the carbonation is medium to high. A very nice coffee stout and one that I hope goes into regular production.

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-21-2011 04:02:45 | More by Skye1024
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a thin brown head. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, Coffee, some chocolate. Not overpowering, but great smell to it.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to full bodied. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts that were well balanced.

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02-25-2013 00:42:26 | More by Cavanaghty
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Pouring a near-opaque black, with just a hint of translucency at the edges, Black & Brew opens with a rich, malty nose that is immediately reminiscent of yeasty wheat bread dough and brown sugar. Added to this is a warming counter of roasted coffee beans, much like a lighter version of the aromas that drift from a freshly-opened can of, say, Folgers. The aromas mingle well, the nose filling in a bit of half & half cream, so that, to the nose, the beer strongly resembles a good cup of sugary coffee in a bakery.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy shot of espresso coffee beans and black malt, with a good bit of char and ash providing a robust base, and anyone who has bitten into a whole roasted coffee bean will find these flavors quite familiar. Sugars kick in after a second, adding cream, chocolate, and brown sugar flavors to the mix to help temper the espresso. The powerful coffee flavors do begin to fade after a while, and a set of more stout-like flavors (chocolate malt, ash, caramel) slide in. Held on the tongue for ten seconds or so, most of these flavors begin to fade fairly rapidly, so that the end flavors are more like weak coffee with sugar and cream. Subsequent sips still bear the espresso-heavy upfront flavor profile. The aftertaste is weak (but still high-quality) coffee and cream, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a little bit of brownish amber on the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid four fingers of tan head which retain well. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Nice dark roasty aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with a good amount of coffee. Also some chocolate and hints of dark fruit plums and raisins. The aromas of coffee, malts, chocolate, and dark fruit are very noticeable but balanced.

Taste: Roasty and sweet upfront with a nice blend of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with coffee beans. Chocolate follows with some hints of dark fruits including raisins and plums. Also some light hints of earthy hops towards the finish. Taste is somewhat sweet but a nice bitterness from the coffee adds balance.

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Deep mahogany with ruddy highlights and a big frothy head of light brown foam that lingers long and leaves thick sheets of lacing up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of raisin and light cocoa, some coffee notes, some sharp espresso and some faint hops. Rich flavor of coffee and cocoa upfront, moving quickly to floral hops, good balance of flavors. Good offsetting bitterness, but not too harsh. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, I wouldn't mind it being a bit more viscous.

12-15-2011 01:29:08 | More by far333
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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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