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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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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,015
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 27.54%
Wants: 44
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a dark body with little light passing through which produces a reddish hue. Standard roasted malt and hint of coffee aroma you would expect, nothing great or special. Flavor is much better with sweet milk chocolate throughout. The coffee and roasted malts add a lot of flavor without being too bitter. Excellent lacing with medium to thick body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I like coffee heavy beers but there is enough coffee to satisfy coffee lovers but not too much to turn off those who aren't coffee fans.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with virtually no head except for some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, there are light aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; the flavors take time to develop and require for the beer to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, thin and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t very flavorful.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep black color with a brown creamy looking head on top. The lacing is minimal, the rentention is decent. The smell of the beer has a really nice coffee aroma with some malt in there too. The taste of the beer was full of creamy coffee flavors with a healthy amount of sweet dark malts. The finish has a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little thin, could have been a little thicker. Overall this beer was still pretty good and I would enjoy having this one again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part beer and part coffee, both worlds of brewing weave together in this velvety smooth and richly malted, coffee-infussed Stout.

Pouring an onyx black and with a glossy sheen, the beer displays brilliant clarity without any hint of haze, yet opaque due to the jet black hue alone. A dainty but stubborn creme forms on the beer and coats the surface evenly and confidently; singing the praises of both beery tan foam and oily espresso. Light lace allows for sparse islands of foam here and there around the glass.

Both roasty malts, espresso, cocoa, burnt caramel, and vanilla beans paint both the picture of coffee house meets brew house. The combination of aromas remind me of chocolate dipped espresso beans and chocolate covered cherries- all leading to a seductively rich and robust scent.

Flavors provide a consistent carryover from aroma: rich roasted malts of heavy roasted coffee beans, cold press coffees, walnuts, burnt woods, and lightly scorched toffee make it hard to tell where Stout ends and coffee begins. Light vanilla and heavy whipping cream gives a very creamy and malty undertow that carries the beer and provides more structure than coffee alone. Burnt currants, raspberries, and cherries are slight but add a layer of complexity in very English-like fashion.

Medium-full to start, the carbonation proves somewhat fleeting heading into mid palate and carries with it the velvety fell and creamy texture overall. All this allows for the beer to finish medium-light for a robust Stout, getting into Porter-ish territory and exposes a slight grainy astringency in aftertaste/texture.

A very good coffee infussed Stout that rejects the temptation to forge into Imperial Stout catagories and remains lighter and more drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, tan chocolate tinged foam that billows up and takes a few minutes to settle. Plenty of lace, retention is good, lasting well over twenty minutes.

Roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas, dark chocolate and dark roast.

Smooth, mellow feel, a bit like a milk stout. Dark chocolate, roast malt aftertaste, light coffee notes. Some tobacco leaf and banana sweetness. Fairly light bodied but smooth and flavorful. Mild coffee bitterness, dry finish. Overall it's pretty good, not especially bold but plenty of coffee and mellow roastiness, perfect for fall weather.

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, head of light brown foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled a little weak for a coffee brew. Neither the coffee or any stout-like aromas jumped out. It was all a little faint.

T - Tasted way more expresso flavor than I could smell. Strong roastiness with a touch of chocolate malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice coffee stout. A good effort from Sam Adams.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the bac

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics pack - $12.99 at Publix in Canton, Georgia. Best Before Month Notched: APR.

Appearance: Pours a humble-looking, black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam.

Smell: A nice tranquil coffee-infused aroma with roasty malts, chocolate powder, a splash of half-n-half, and a discarded, tell-tale whisper of dark fruits.

Taste: Smooth roasted barley flavor with ready inclusions of cocoa, charred caramel, toasted bread, and, of course, the coffee. Restrained sweetness throughout. Hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Vague fruitiness in the background. Small touch of hops and accompanying bitterness. Malty, roasty, but still a bit sweetish as the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel.

Overall: I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack (I hate to break it to ya, Cranberry Lambic, but...).

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy head fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, dark molasses color ruby light.

Nose chocolate pudding, creamy chocolate milk, some freshly brewed coffee, caramel, crystal malts, light roast.

Taste starts a little smoked actually like light smoked meats, then light bitter and briny almost roast but doesn't get really unpleasant at all, creamy chocolate milk and fresh brewed coffee, caramel, crystal malts, lactose creamy but dry.

Mouth is med bodied, quite creamy, dec carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too milky and creamy, almost like it has nitro but not quite, decent coffee and milk chocolate, light and drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gotta admit, I was pretty excited to try this when I heard of its inclusion in this year's winter variety pack. It pours a brown-tinged obsidian topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild chocolate, and a subtle twinge of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger coffee contingent, one that comes across nice and smooth, rather than overly bitter or roasted too darkly. Very nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a surprisingly very tasty and easy-going coffee stout. 'Nuff said. Get some!

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really creamy mouthfeel even after a short pour has been standing a while. Looks quite lovely in the big tulip glass with big swirls of tan suds. Subdued aroma of chocolate and a hint of hazelnuts. Flavor is mellow with a buttery touch. Malty with some sweetness and lots of roasted flavors. No real evidence of the typical stout taste of burnt barley. You tend to forget about the coffee, which all too often adds another burnt dregs taste.

I don't think I've had a tastier coffee flavored beer. It's a little rich and sweet for quaffing, but a nice nip. From the 13 oz bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I quite fancy stouts.

A: Pours a two finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Coffee, nuts, light chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: A nice balance of dominant coffee, light chocolate, very light nuts, and caramel. Fairly simple compared to my expectations. Where is the cream? I like it but it's uninspired. I wish it were built with more ambition.

Mf: Smooth and wet, not suiting the style or the beer. A proper stout should be coarse and dry. Again, where's the cream? This needs work.

Dr: A drinkable beer that is in need of some work, but nonetheless a good one. This approach might work better as a porter rather than a stout. I'd try it on draught, but overall it really isn't special. Pricing is average.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as part of the Sam Adams winter mixed 12 pack. A solid addition, definitely an improvement over the god awful Cranberry Lambic. While the overall flavors are a bit subdue and it's a bit boring in it's overall taste, it's a nice all-around beer that makes for a nice drinker. The coffee taste is definitely present but not overly strong by any means, a good session beer and good mix up compared to the rest of the pack.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of of April 2012

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, carob

T: Follows the nose, a touch of carob up front, plus a touch of caramel. Caramel latte flavors abound as this warms with just a smidge of roasted grain. Finishes sweetish, roasty & slightly dry

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation

This is not a bad little coffee stout. I like it better than many I've tried> I'd get this again if no Founders Breakfast Stout was available

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass just because.

Beer is dark brown approaching black with a decent tan head with low retention, some spotty lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mild but definitely coffee, mild sweetness too.

Beer is medium in body, mildly bitter at the end with some mild chocolate malt and some coffee. Beer is fine for a little coffee stout and I'd have it again but it's not special in anyway. Medium bodied, mildly sweet stout with coffee.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 bottle from the Samuel Adams variety case "Winter Classics." Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark brown, truly borderline black in body with some evident mahogany hues in direct light around the top edges. A tan creamy, bubbly head sits atop with minor lacing, but a pretty nice retention cap.

S: Whole dark roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, chocolate and caramel malts, pressed ground coffee into the back end of the aroma. All the qualities are present in a ridiculously well balanced fashion that doesn't have an overboard amount of coffee, nor too little.

T: Initially, flavors of a wonderfully balanced and proportioned amount of fresh brewed coffee touches the palate. Blended with sweet dark malts and cacao nibs mid-palate gives this a great flavor. Semi-sweet bakers dark chocolate finishes off at the end of the taste.

M: A bit lighter in body but not watery or thin. Perhaps this should be sort of expected with a sub 6% ABV stout. Very clean on the finish with lingers of roasted coffee beans. The body itself though is the weakest part of the drink.

Talk about being taken by surprise and having a really well made coffee stout by Sam Adams. It's beers like this that rejuvenate my appreciation for the Boston Beer Company and remind me they still brew their beers as a craft. Not all are winners, but when they have the portfolio to brew essentially every style, that's amazing while tasting great too.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these to try. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of frothy tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of thick lacework sticking all over the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges.

The smell of this brew is strong with roasty character smelling of a mixture of dark kilned grains and fresh coffee. A bit of a chocolate scent comes through mixed with a little bit of a mineral component and citrus that seemingly comes from a combination of both the hops and some acidic coffee quality. As it warms up, the chocolate aspect comes forward a little more with some sweetness almost lactose character about it.

The taste is roasty with dark grains providing a pleasant bitterness that couples with coffee flavoring quite well. There is a bit of a citrus hop component also included which mixes with a bit of mineral character just like the aroma displayed. There is a bit of a tangy element that seemingly comes from a combination of the alcohol and acidic coffee inclusion. It finishes with a bit of day old coffee character and more chocolate malt focus that gets lightly sweet almost like a milk stout lactose character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad offering, it started off enjoyable and started to fall apart but towards the end of the glass when it got warmer I started to enjoy it more. This is worth checking out. The alcohol is well integrated for nearly 6%.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The Sam Adams Holiday pack crushing is now complete!

A nice small foamy cap colored a nice tan chocolate, slightly two fingers tall, slowly falling but with some good retention. Body color is a dark brown walnut.

Nose has a good coffee smell. Roasting and just ground beans, powdery and very aromatic. Not much else, but solid and quite enjoyable.

Taste is palate quenching, even a little velvety, but noticeably prickly carbonated and not really creamy. Roast coffee in the mid palate but also kind of fleeting. Malt action seems a little buried, this beer is also a little alcohol hot tasting or at least being amplified by the large coffee palate.

Overall though still enjoyable to drink, and quite easy and with a very good coffee presence.

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