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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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Reviews by mnrider:
Photo of mnrider
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched on label

A: Pours a pitch black with a nice forming light brown
head. Lacing is good and tinted tan.

S: Not that fresh of a coffee aroma. Some chocolate
and toasty malts are mixed in.

T/M: Smooth and creamy with a strong coffee taste.
Still not very fresh tasting with the coffee. Full bodied
with toasted grains and a small hop bite. Hints of
caramel come through with a small but noticeable
alcohol feel.

O: A pretty good coffee stout. I've had much better
but also much worse. The coffee used in the brew is
off tasting and their is an overall weird aftertaste. Don't
think I'd buy more than what I get in the 12 pack mix


More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bnewall3
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Overall: Great take on a coffee type stout, one of the better stouts I have had lately.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Overall, the initial flavors present in a single sip of this beer are excellent, the coffee flavors being strongly present, and joined by decent stout flavors soon after. But the beer does fade in its potency fairly quickly on the tongue, and I found myself wanting the espresso profile to last for much longer over the course of a mouthful. As well, many of the stout flavors seem to be light, as if a medium-grade stout had been amped up with heavy aging. The mouthfeel is also strangely watery for the potency of these initial flavors, creating a distracting contrast. Still, the beer does deliver delicious coffee flavors, and is quite drinkable. Worth a try.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very roasty and creamy. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very solid stout from Sam Adams. Nicely roasty and robust.

Photo of far333
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black beer with a tan head about 3/4" in height. Aroma delivered a good coffee aroma, simple, straight forward.

Nice taste, dry, roasty, plenty of coffee, no astringent bitterness, creamy without feeling like there was a lactose addition or other type of adjunct thrown in. Really tastes artisan in the sense that it is craftfully done in a simple and minimalistic way. Chocolate malt, roasted two row, coffee press and done and easy to drink. Very enjoyable when you're getting it for $1 a bottle.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Sam Adams holiday samplers offers up this new brew from Jim Koch and company. Appears pitch black no light makes it through when held toward the light. Deep thick mocha tan head forms a dense foam cap with speckled even coated lacing left on the sides of my glass. Aroma is great pure ice brewed coffe roasts, with creamy sweet lactose sugar notes and a caramelized malt presence really makes for a pleasant smell. Creamy dark chocolate/roasted coffee accents works wonderfully together, semi acidic nautre about it from the coffee roasts. Robust coffee flavor in each sip really a well rounded sipping stout, easy to drink but intense with layers of flavor. Caramelized creamy malt sugars and robust Sumatran coffee even has layers of vine ripened fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied never thick or hard to bear on the palate, quite the oppposite with velvet texture and smooth carbonation. Overall an excellent source of mainstream coffee beer the way it should be brewed every time, one that highlights the nature of how awesome both coffee and beer can be. Especially as in the symbiotic relationship that Black and Brew provides, just try this one this holiday season.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with deep brown edges. Thin, short-lived, tan head.

Sweet, fresh ground coffee over well-roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste: Nicely balanced dark malt and coffee flavors. There's a hint of spicy hops, particularly in the finish. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Fine and long-lasting coffee/roasted grain/hops aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy; perhaps more lively (carbonation) than usual for a coffee stout, but works well for this beer.

O: Another very good coffee stout; these seem to have gone from rarities to nearly commonplace (e.g., Kona) in a short time.

Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly, leaving a pretty thick lace.

This beer smells of mild roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate aroma is present as well. Some toffee and a slight caramel aroma is also slightly noticable.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly coffee, but mildly. Some chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered espresso beans.

This beer is smooth. It leaves a toffee like and coffee aftertaste. It is a little higher in carbonation than I would expect.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is the entire reason I choce to buy the Holiday pack. I hope they telease it sometime in a six pack. This beer is great. One of the best I have ever had from BBC.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a porter glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Varnish black with a tall full finger off brown head.

S: Coffee bean, smoke, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of smooth coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and light sugar, with brief hop to balance. It does come off a bit watery.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A drinkable brew that is smooth has light mellow flavor and some balance. It does not knock socks off, but it is drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass giving my beer a big light brown head that rests above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Initial rich roasted coffee malt aroma settle down as the head settles leaving an aroma that is still coffee with some lighter hints of chocolate and maybe caramel coming through.

The taste is roasted coffee beans but not overbearing but rather they have a subdued yet richness to them.

The aftertaste is quite dry with some roasted coffee tastes to it.

A pretty darn good coffee stout, I usually lean towards stout that lean to the chocolate side of things but this beer is quite well done and I'd have no problem drinking these all winter.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, yes, or at least such a very dark brown that I can only tell it's not ink or oil by the look of it because some color shines through in the light. The head is brown and just over a finger tall. It sticks around all the way and leaves a good amount of evidence in some decently thick rings and spidery legs.
Malts are roasty and lay a solid foundation, bringing out some chocolate with the coffee grounds. It's also toasty and the creamy leaning gives a bit of a caramel note.
The taste offers a creamy light chocolate and caramel sweetness under roasted malts with plenty of coffee goodness. Toast, a gentle undertone of fig and/or raisin, and just a tinge of hops for light balance top it off. There is a wisp of some astringency to which otherwise great coffee-based beers can be prone; it's just enough to be a very minor mar and not terribly distracting.
The body is medium with a nice, creamy feel. It's not heavily carbonated but maybe a hint much for a stout.

Photo of gregb13
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the winter seasonal 12-er tonight. Cracking the first one now...

Black & Brew pours an espresso color with a thin, sticky beige head. Smells of roasted coffee beans; very nice. Taste is dominated by rich, strong coffee, with some underlying malty chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium; slighty viscous with a very pleasant aftertaste. Finishes similar to a fresh cup of black coffee, with a little stickiness on the lips as if from a sweet espresso. Excellent.

I am impressed. Can't wait to try the other seasonal offerings from this pack!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head on top that recedes quickly, leaving behind spotty lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt and coffee. There is a very faint chocolate aroma as well.

T: Some roasted malt and burnt toast up front with some coffee and coffee grounds afterwards.

M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy feel to it.

O: Liked it more than I expected I would. Typically not a fan of coffee beers, but this one was ok.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug. Extremely dark with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Vaguely chocolate with a deeper roasted coffee smell.
T: Malty with a definite roasted coffee taste, slightly bitter.
M: Fairly smooth, slightly oily feel.
O: I like this and would get it again, but I really like stouts and I like coffee so its right up my alley.

Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice looking beverage. Deep brown, basically opaque, and nice frothy head. Head is about an inch at first and fades to an 1/8" reasonably quickly. Just a wee bit of lace remains behind. Aroma is good and malty with chocolaty dark coffee, slight honey, faint purple grapes, tobacco, and also something that mysteriously reminds me of salty peanuts. Hmm... I like the way this tastes. A non-confrontational stout with the right amount of malt, coffee, and hops. A good mix. Flavors include roasty, not burnt, coffee beans, yummy barley grains, some caramel, milk & bittersweet chocolate, and perhaps some subtle earthy hops. A touch of hoppy bitterness through the finish compliments the coffee aspect. Medium body, slightly on the heavy side, and slick, slightly resinous texture. The fine, even carbonation is at just at the right level for this.

I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. For me it is possibly in the realm of a session-able stout.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with mahogany edges where light comes through. Nice frothy 1cm tan head with very nice retention and lacing.

Nice nose. Rich, robust coffee up front with a slightly bitter dark chocolate and malt backbone.

Flavor is pretty good. Pretty strong and robust coffee up front here as well. And again a subtle dark, bitter chocolate and malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium-high foamy carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice coffee beer, especially for a mass produced and widely spread beer. It really isn't quite a stout though IMO. It should be called a coffee porter due to how thin it is. But it's a great addition to the best mixed seasonal pack on the market.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with 1/4" of thick, foamy, brown head that has good retention. The nose is almost pure coffee, roasted malts, and faint chocolate. The taste is also almost pure coffee with notes of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth and rich.

This is a solid, easy drinking, delicious stout. Nicely done SA.

Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of light brown head from a high pour. Body is opaque brown. Some surface memory, decent lace.

Nose is black coffee and some bitter cocoa.

Body is full of roasty coffee and some bitter chocolate, quite well balanced. Perhaps lacking in complexity, but it's pretty darn good for what it is.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, as it should be. Almost nitro-smooth.

I wasn't expecting to be impressed, and it may not be outstanding, but this is as good a coffee stout as you might ask for, apart from the very best. If this came in four-packs, I'd buy one.

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