1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee StoutSamuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

979 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 979
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 27
Gots: 30 | 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)
View: Beers (128) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 979 | Reviews: 330 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AllHailBeercules


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

08-27-2012 21:44:33 | More by AllHailBeercules
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

03-19-2012 01:20:10 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Photo of MumboJumbo


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

04-04-2012 19:40:07 | More by MumboJumbo
Photo of cjbeckman


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

04-04-2012 23:55:48 | More by cjbeckman
Photo of nickdank

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

02-20-2014 15:46:25 | More by nickdank
Photo of Rozyravens


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

04-15-2012 20:38:00 | More by Rozyravens
Photo of Mortarforker


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

09-08-2012 20:24:11 | More by Mortarforker
Photo of alpinebryant


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a coffee dark brown with a large light brown head. strong and sticky lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate with coffee , toffee, roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

T: Espresso roast, a stale cardboard coffee flavor with roasted malts and a milk stout like lactose sweetness on the finish. A bit of chocolate flavor, but under the pin of the coffee, it barely peeks its head out.

M: Mouthfeel is exceptionally thin for the style. I have noticed coffee stouts to be thinner, but this is watery. The carbonation is very high

O: Its a nice tasting beer in the mixed winter pack. Better than the Cranberry Lambic and slightly better than the winter lager , but not as drinkable. Everything else in the mixer is better IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:50:02 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Bendurgin


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice retention here here, this leaves a solid cap for the majority of the drink.

Pretty standard aroma. This one has a bit of a sweet artificial chocolate aroma with a heavy coffee aroma. A little too much on the coffee a little bit overpowering. Really lame on the pallet. Weak coffee flavors with a little bit of artificial sweetness rounding this out. Weak and unimpressive here.

The body is light with lots of carbonation. This one is drinkable, but it's underwhelming. Weak flavors with that are just a bit off. Clearly not the star of the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 22:58:09 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black pour with a 2-finger tan head, leaving a thick ring and dense lacing. Nose is coffee- old and oily coffee at that- pretty one dimensional with some hints of roasted malt and maybe some dark-fruit esters. Palate's mouthfeel is pretty decent- nice weight with a roasty sweetness and moderate bitterness, but has an odd twang and again with the one-dimensional coffee vibe. Overall, I sought out the 2011 Sam Adams Winter Classics pack because I read a thread here saying how good it was. Guess it was the limited availability that people were hyped about cuz the Porter and Winter Lager are the only ones worth a damn.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:08:12 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of intensify


2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark black color with a one finger caramel colored head which disappeared quickly. Smell of dark coffee roasted malts and a kiss of vanilla. Medium carbonation which fizzles in the palate. The body is a bit thin for this style of beer. Tastes of strong coffee grains and light chocolates. Sweet and bitter which balances out okay.. but leaves the palate feeling a bit slimey. Overall this is not bad.. but it is not great. Probably wont buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 06:03:59 | More by intensify
Photo of mrfrancis


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a creamy, compact tan head.

S: Aromas of coffee, roasted grain, and dark fruits fill the nose.

T: Opens with notes of coffee, minerals, cream, vanilla bean, bitter chocolate, black currants, and roasted grain. The finish is bitter and toasty with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean notes.

M: Dry and oddly thin for the style. Carbonation is way too forceful. To me, this beer comes off as being completely off-kilter.

O: I tend to be a defender of the Boston Beer Company's efforts, but this one does not do a thing for me. The best part of it is the smell. If the body were a bit thicker and the carbonation less forceful, I might be inclined to give this beer a better review.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 15:32:59 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of thebfg


2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Winter Classics variety pack.
Poured from bottle into glass.

Very dark, coffee-like color. Looks thick with little head.

The smell is the best part of this beer. Chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla.

Tastes like it smells. Malty with a dry coffee taste.

Syrupy and thick. Too syrupy, really.

Overall, a decent beer in this variety pack. I wouldn't buy a six pack of it, but two of them are fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 03:24:36 | More by thebfg
Photo of olfolxholme


2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - Not much head, retention, or lacing - but some. Beer is a very dark brown/ruby with bits of khaki foam.

S - Slighty burnt coffee grind character, bits of sweet dark malt. Nothing that offensive, really, but not much to write about.

T - The coffee flavor is dominant, but it has that same kind of wet coffee grind character. Tastes a lot like carbonated coffee, but not particularly good coffee.

M - Not as oily as I'd like, but not bad. Carbonation is a little off - closer to a cola than an American Stout. It's ok.

O - Drinkable but not impressive. Concept is ok, but they need a better coffee component if they do it again. As is... Next, please!


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 02:26:33 | More by olfolxholme
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-05-2013 03:12:21 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of wo87810


3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-16-2011 22:29:33 | More by wo87810
Photo of richkrull


3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-02-2012 02:52:07 | More by richkrull
Photo of anirishunion


3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-22-2011 17:52:55 | More by anirishunion
Photo of jheberle


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-10-2012 18:49:05 | More by jheberle
Photo of Robeerto89


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-08-2012 13:23:54 | More by Robeerto89
Photo of hiphopj5


3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-21-2012 15:39:37 | More by hiphopj5
Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull


3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-15-2013 15:50:08 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
Photo of Sailracer

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-24-2012 13:42:48 | More by Sailracer
Photo of FortSmithHops


3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-02-2011 16:41:38 | More by FortSmithHops
Photo of jaydoc


3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-02-2013 01:13:06 | More by jaydoc
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.