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

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

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%

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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Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 18:14:26 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with moderate cap of tan froth, moderate lacing. Scent brings heavy roasted and fresh brewed drip coffee with hints of cocoa powder, sweet cream and sugar.
Taste follows suit, maybe a touch sweeter than expected. Moderate quality coffee, more drip than press or espresso, healthy dose of cream and sugar, dry cocoa powder and a touch of dark fruit. Not overly complex, but easy drinking. Medium bodied, a touch thin for the style, would have liked a little more heft or coating. A nice approachable coffee stout for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:34:54 | More by rfgetz
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy A has done it again! SOB this is a good beer. The Black & Brew pours a nearly opaque deep rich amber with ecru head that is lacing. The smell is espresso with hints of semi sweet choclate. The taste is like a mochacinno delight...espresso with chocolate...I luv when a brewer hits his mark. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer....that really hit the mark.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:54:08 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of sweemzander


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- Mild roasted and raisin bits. Small hints of cocoa.

(T)- Nice parts of mild roasted grains, coffee ground, raisin and cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and rich but balanced and subdued.

(D)- A nice little brew for a brisk night outside. Solid for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 17:08:32 | More by sweemzander
Photo of garymuchow


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is suppose to be the hot beer from this winter pack, so I look forward for this.
Aroma holds straight up coffee with and inter-twisting chocolate. The coffee has a newly ground quality rather roasty and is kinda' nice.
Nice full head, rich and frothy. Dark body with reddish highlights. Good looking beer.
Taste has more creamy chocolate than the aroma. Coffee and roast is still there but more blended with other flavors. Mild shot of hops. Not a lot of stout going on.
Lighter body is consistent with the very drinkable lower abv.
This is more coffee flavor than a stout with coffee taste. I prefer the latter. But all in all an enjoyable and highly drinkable beer and a fun addition to this years package.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:58:16 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured about as black as a cloudy night in Seattle, with about 1/3 finger head that died down into a cobweb-like lacing that clung to the glass in spades.

S: Nice, but not in-your-face smell of fresh coffee grounds infused with a lactose-esque stout.

T: Despite the coffee flavor, there was not one iota of bitterness to this. This is sort of the coffee equivalent of a Starbucks gourmet foo-foo drink that they make for us non-coffee drinkers... with heavy whipped cream and all!

M: Very creamy and delightful, perfectly carbonated, and the VERY subtle coffee notes were perfectly realized for my tastes.

O: Different Strokes for different folks I would say about this one. If you are a hard-core coffee-a-holic and like lots of bitter coffee notes digging into your palate, you may not care for this one. But, if you're like me and like for the coffee to be candy-ized, you'll probably dig it! I think this in one of the best brews that Sam Adams makes.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:05:12 | More by Chaney
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam that quickly recedes.

Aromas begin with coffee and roasted malts, chocolate powder and a splash of lactose sweeteness. Really not much else.

The tastes begin with lightly roasted barley flavor with light cocoa, caramelized sugar, toasted bread and, of course, the coffee. There is a hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Small touch of bitterness but mainly roasty with a slightly sweetish creamy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel but a little thin to be honest.

Overall I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack. Nothing too exciting or memorable but quite drinkable and much better than past Winter Pack beer... Cranberry lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:22:03 | More by claspada
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: pure pitch dark black colored body with a creamy light brown head that disappeared fairly quickly, quick sliding lacing

S: dark roasted malts, smokey coffee and just a hint of chocolate

T: roasty coffee flavoring that lingers for a while, chocolate comes out as it warms a bit

M: medium, fairly sessionable, mild watery sweet aftertaste and finish

O: thinking Sam Adams did what they wanted to do with this one, chocolate and coffee, as for me, yeah, I'd have it again

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:19:27 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a dense tan head on top. Nice amount of pleasant coffee beans in the aroma and a trailing dark chocolaty sweetness. Roasty, creamy coffee flavor...obviously quite malty with a pinch of fruit in the finish. Straightforward, but satisfying. Creamy, oily medium body. I'm a sucker for coffee stouts and this suits me just fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 21:46:20 | More by wedge
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:36:39 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of EgadBananas


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pitch black color, with a nice brown head. Laces well, with good head retention. Aroma is mild coffee grounds, with some toasted malts and hints of dry cocoa powder. The coffee kicks a bit more in the taste, and is accompanied by a nice subtle cocoa note and pleasant toasted malts. It's got a nice full body and creaminess to it, and finishes a little dry. Overall, I think I've enjoyed this the most out of the mixed 12 this year. I'd drink this year round...I'm talking to you Koch.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:59:30 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of armock

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wegmans in Penfield, NY

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with strong coffee scents with a touch of vanilla

T - Follows the nose with the roasted malt with a pretty good coffee punch

M - This beer is a little thin for the style with medium carbonation to it

O - Yet again this is another beer from the BBC that is a good gateway beer for the style its not overly done or exciting but its an overall good beer worth picking up the mix pack for this beer and the other winter brews in it

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:08:21 | More by armock
Photo of JamesS


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark brown (near black) with some very nice initial head and a bit of lacing as it went down. Nice scent, some good roasted grains and a very nice coffee hit in the nose. Good flavors, well balanced with roasted grains, bitter-sweet coffee flavors, the tiniest hints of chocolate, and a nice coffee and slightly earthy bitter finish. Went down well, this is a good coffee stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 14:39:14 | More by JamesS
Photo of rlee1390


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clearish black around the edges, two finger tan head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Coffee and roasted malt.

T-Rich coffee and roasted malt, the two blend together nicely.

M-Lighter, a little thin and the finish seems flat as well.

O-A nice beer, good to see SA make a stout as well. Worth a try, to bad I think it is limited to the Winter Mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:29:03 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body appears black with a small light-tan head that's gone quickly. When backlit there are orangey-mahogany hues on the edges.

S: Mainly coffee, with a touch of roasted barley malt.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste: it's thin, watery and a bit too fizzy. Getting past that and into the flavors and I get . . . no surprise here. . . coffee. Some dark fruits on the mid-to-back of the tongue, and it finishes with a decent bitterness that provides both balance and a palate-cleansing dryness.

M: See above. Bottle calls this full-bodied, but I disagree completely. Call it light-to-medium (closer to light) and again, I will note the watery feel and over-active fizzy carbonation.

O: OK. Too thin in feel and too one-dimensional in taste. Could use a much bigger malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:26:09 | More by Kendo
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some foam at onset to a small layer. Strong espresso and coffee bean smell. Really roasted coffee taste and a strong coffee finish. Smooth chocolate malt in between. More coffee than beer. Bitter finish. Nice new stout. Like.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:45:59 | More by KTCamm
Photo of far333


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:29:08 | More by far333
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a very dark brown with some slight black hints and some ruby red edges. There is a nice 1 inch head that is light tan with some nice dense bubbles. Pretty creamy. It slowly recedes and it leaves some sticky lacing on the glass like a cappuccino.

S - Smooth roasty malt notes, with some chocolate and some nice coffee grounds. Very smooth and appealing. Seems light as well. Easy to drink and approachable. Nose is lacking a bit.

T & M - Starts off with some roasty coffee ground notes. Very delicious coffee notes. There is some slight smokey and burnt malt notes. There is also some slight nut to the beer. Maybe some hazelnut. Very good chocolate notes as well. This is quite delicious and approachable. There is some slight coca powder sweetenss and chocolate notes that blend really well with the roasted notes. This is a solid stout and a solid effort by BBC. Mouthfeel is light-medium with nice carbonation.

O - Great solid effort by Koch. It is very delicious and drinkable and has some well crafted flavors that play well with each other.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:06:54 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of soju6


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown/ black with a tan head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted coffee and malt with a trace of chocolate.

T: Flavor of coffee with some dark chocolate has a nice dark chocolate bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Reminds me of an iced coffee for some reason. Nice stout but nothing overpowering. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 11:05:53 | More by soju6
Photo of HalfFull


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass, Sam's Black & Brew is a deep brown and almost black in color with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Half an inch of mocha foam offers decent retention after a firm pour.

Aroma of coffee beans and a touch of carob/chocolate. Bit faint overall and leaning more towards shaved chocolate with warming, along with a bit of smoke.

Taste of milk chocolate initially and somewhat thin in body in the middle. Improves with a bit of agitation however and yields a light fruity character at that time along with some brown sugar notes. Offers a generally pleasant roast character, becoming a bit dry in the end..

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 05:53:12 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Rayek


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black & Brew pours a deep mahogany that's a few shades short of black. A small tan cap is slow to form and quickly recedes to thin islands of foam. A little bit of lace is left behind.

The coffee is very prevalent, but not to the crazy amounts I've experienced some other beers. Instead, it adds a roasted espresso goodness that compliments the traditional roasted grains and burnt bitterness of dry stouts. There's a hint of vanilla at work too. The beer get a touch astringent late. The medium-light body is chalky in a good way, but has too much tingle for my tastes.

I usually shy away from coffee beers, because they rarely do much for me. However, two of my fave SA beers only show up in their "Winter Classics" mixer, so I bit the bullet. I came away pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:44:27 | More by Rayek
Photo of budgood1


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black...crimson hues are detectable...huge two inch creamy, frothy light tan head. does not recede and leaves huge chunks of lace. looks about as perfect as a stout of this sort can look. espresso nose with strong notes of toffee, caramel and dark roasted malts. maybe some lactic notes? the taste is a very malty mix of nougat and cocoa notes with a dark roast coffee kick. i imagine having a milky way candy bar for breakfast and a dark roast cup of coffee...but in beer form. yummy stuff here. it has a sweetness to it that counteracts any perceived bitterness from the coffee used. this is damn good. this stout has a soft, round, ample body...the texture is amazing and in fact supercedes the slight watery notes in the mouthfeel....regardless...it's silky smooth and luxurious in nature. good drinkability...i never drink in the morning but i could see having one of these upon awakening and on vacation.

overall, the only drawback i can come up with is the misplaced, slightly cloying sweetness. the java notes are not heavy handed which could be perceived as a plus. i would definitley buy this by the six or twelve pack if it were available. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 22:45:53 | More by budgood1
Photo of elNopalero


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coffee stout—should I have it for breakfast or as a nightcap? Either way it’s a dangerous combination. Either I’m drinking beer early in the morning, or I’m having caffeine too late in the day. The real question is—are the sacrifices worth the risk?

This pours a solid flat black, with a generous topping of tan foam. There’s a sharp, delicious aroma of dark chocolates and dark-roasted coffee that comes through. The coffee definitely dominates the flavor. It’s as if I dumped my favorite French roast into a stout recipe. (Stout or porter, I’m not going to enter that debate right now.) This is smartly balanced, with a lingering coffee finish that coats the palate. All around solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:13:29 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Fatehunter


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass stein. Black with a finger of tan head. Looks nice.
Smells like coffee, nutty and malty.
Sweet tasting, burnt malt at the beginning with bitter coffee beans at the end. The flavors hit "one, two, three" without any blending or balance.
Moderate to high carbonation, too much for me. Light body for a stout.
An okay drink. It has a robust coffee profile, but it was not balanced with the rest of the stout. Smelled and looked great though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:04:55 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of yemenmocha


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with nice, thick creamy head. Nose has a nice espresso/milk aroma to it, for real. Palate brings forward some nice coffee flavors as well, roasty malty flavors, and some cocoa. balanced nicely with hops. Finishes semi-sweet cocoa/coffee and is quite drinkable.

Nice addition to the winter pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:25:48 | More by yemenmocha
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