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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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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 31
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:
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(Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

psuhusker, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

fresham, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

StoutGT, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

VaTarheel, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

mcphish22, Dec 12, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +21.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got in the winter seasonal variety pack for Sam Adams. Unfortunately, I think this is the only way to get this beer. However, this is a new brew for them, so if it gains popularity, maybe it will be sold in six packs, year-round.

The beer pours a dark black color, remaining black even up to light. Nice mocha brown head. Just what you expect from a stout.

The beer has a nice coffee aroma, with a little malt as well. I am excited to try this one, as not often do stouts or porters have this much coffee in the smell.

The beer has as much coffee in the taste as it does in the smell. However, it is not a sweet coffee taste like some coffee beers I have tried. This one reminds me more of black coffee, or just plain coffee beans. It is definitely a unique taste. This is a good stout with good coffee and malt flavor.

This beer is nothing like any beer I have had before, especially at the affordability of a Sam Adams variety pack, which can often be found on sale at a Total Wine or local grocery store. Sam Adams may have taken a while to put out a coffee beer, but it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like coffee beers. They did a great job of getting the coffee flavor in the beer, which I have had trouble finding previously (though I think this is two in a row that I have liked).

BeerNoobNC, Nov 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint.

Color: Brown with a milk chocolate brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, low coarse and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the best Samuel Adams I've had. Well balanced and reminded me a little of FBS. Good work Mr. Adams. Cheers.

Heatwave33, Feb 04, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

I love when Stouts have the really dark tan head with the very thick mixture of tan and black syrup forming within the dense head. I get similar smells to their Cream Stout and Black Lager with the dark roasted malts and lactic smell but with a really nice bitter coffee and some dark fruit smells. It starts off with a nice bite I'm guessing from the coffee and hops and then I get the sweet stout caramel dark chocolate malts mixed with the bitter top quality sumatran coffee. It then ends with a bit of bitterness from the hops and coffee.

This is an excellent beer. Its like if they added coffee to their already delicious cream stout. Samuel Adams is expert at mixing their malts for a delicious sweet full bodied beer. Their stouts and darker beers are always excellent as well. This one being no exception. This is actually my first coffee beer and while I know theres probably stronger tasting ones out there this one is really a perfect combination of coffee and beer. Not too much coffee where its weird to drink but not too little where you dont taste it. Excellent offering from Samuel Adams.

thebrood1987, Nov 09, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Received this beer as part of a Christmas gift from a lifelong friend at a party. Served in a Pint glass this beer is a beauty to the eye. Everything you would expect from a stout, nice dark color clean an crisp.

As a devout stout fanatic this beer really took the cake for me. The aroma was very appealing, a nice malty aroma with a dash of sweet roast coffee. Neither overpowering the other.

First thoughts on taste, started out as a very well balanced stout, not overpowering, quick malty taste to start, about halfway through the coffee starts to make its presence known. Extremely well balanced, coffee notes were very tasteful and pleasing.

Overall a very good choice for anyone with a different outlook on what they want from their beer. Definately an A plus for any stout fan. One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to try. This is a definite must try during the holiday season.

MrMegaton09, Feb 18, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Dark brown body, ruby highlights, and a big softball of dark tan rocky foam. Light highly stretched lace.

Big inviting roast coffee aroma.

Taste kicks off with fresh coffee, and a hint of chocolate down in the mix. Mild bitterness without an actual bite. Very smooth taste overall.

Smooth rich mouthfeel without being oily or syrupy.

Overall a solid coffee stout, one that could be overlooked if one only looks at imperials, but should be appreciated on its own level.

RonfromJersey, Feb 15, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

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

bnewall3, Oct 29, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

Purchased as part of the Winter Classics pack. Standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black and completely opaque. Two-finger khaki head, solid lacing.

Smell: It's like a macchiato from your corner shop. Soft cocoa, vanilla, and milk on the coffee base.

Taste: Just like the nose -- a very delightful flavor distinct from other coffee stouts I've tried. No real hops to speak of. Sweet but balanced by the roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Less superb, with a distracting carbonation. A bit "crisp" for an ale, medium-bodied and not very distinguishable.

Overall: Other readers don't seem to think this ranks well among stouts, but I think the flavor is great. I highly recommend it.

fountainofyouth, Dec 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Black as night with a two finger tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Subtle aroma of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste- Roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is nicely done not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was a little apprehensive about this beer, but I really like it. My wife tried it and loves it and she hates dark beers. I wished Sam Adams sold this in 6-packs.

scratch69, Nov 19, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours a deep dark black with no highlights peeking through. Nice fat, tan head with great lacing. Stellar looking brew.

Smells of freshly pulverized coffee beans.. very fresh on the nose.. Just like sticking your face into a bag of coffee beans. Very impressive.

Taste follows very very well. Bitter from the coffee, no sweetness there really which is up my alley. Really a spot on COFFEE beer. There are faint chocolate notes there as well which remind me of chocolate covered coffee beans.

Feels moderately thin, in a good way like a good cup of joe. Very pleasant on the tongue and feels great all around.

Overall this is a step up from the other SA brews in the mix case that i got including the chocolate bock, holiday porter etc..


engagechad, Nov 27, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

To be enjoyed by April

A - Black body with a light and fluffy moderate tan head.

S - Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate. Nice roasty aroma. Really great smell!

T - nice deep dark flavor, Nice coffee, roast, some dark fruitiness. This is a really good coffee stout.

M - Smooth, full-bodied. Nice.

O - Pretty damned good beer, and I must say I am surprised. I think this is a fine coffee stout.

ColdPoncho, Nov 01, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

MattyG85, Dec 22, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

LXIXME, Nov 07, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +18%

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.

Cavanaghty, Feb 25, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +18%

Pours a deep, dark brown (like so many others, not quite black). Seems totally opaque, but the edges of the glass betray an ever so faint ruby highlighting. A quarter inch of tan colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a then, persistent film with decent lacing for the style. Bitter, dark roasted coffee aroma, fainter than expected. Maybe a little of that green pepper that accompanies coffee sometimes.

Coffee flavor is much more intense than the nose. A good, dark roast. A mild astringency comes off as a quenching acidity. The body is very smooth and creamy, but a tad thin. The body and the 5.8% ABV make this a very (in my book, anyway) sessionable beer, something you don't often see in a good coffee stout. A pity there's only two per case.

sneakybird, Nov 05, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +18%

A: Typical stout. Black as night. Just a hint of brown on the edges when held up to a light. A tan 1 finger head with decent lacing.

S: Nice. Sweet malt...coffee...a bit of chocolate...and a hint of astringency.

T: Wow.Very nice. A perfectly balanced blend of flavors. While the coffee is strong and dominates....it does not overpower. Just enough chocolate/malt sweetness to keep you coming back. Nice roasted flavors are noticeable. Hops provide just enough bitterness to balance things. Awesome lingering flavors of coffee and chocolate. A Starbucks Cafe mocha in a beer!

M: Creamy...smooth...full bodied.

O: I REALLY like this new offering. Most coffee stouts I have had are higher ABV beers. This is perfect. Balance is the key. Nothing overpowers and this is highly drinkable. A great alternative to the imperial stouts with coffee. A great beer IMHO. I'll certainly stock up on this if it goes to sixers!

Brunite, Oct 29, 2011
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