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

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1,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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 gtermi
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very nice black color with a thin light brown head.

S: Wow, one of the greatest smells I have ever experienced with a beer. It seems like chocolate covered coffee beans. Thats the best way to describe it.

T: This beer has some nice roastedness, some slight dark chocolate and a decent amount of coffee

M: The beer has a nice amount of crispness and carbonation. I like the tingle on the tongue.

O: I bought the 24 pack just to try this beer. I couldnt wait to try it and it didnt disappoint. I just cant get over the smell. Its just so good.

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

This beer pours a black color with brown hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid quarter inch cap of light tan foam. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste has more roasted malt and less coffee and chocolate than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee stout that I would certainly drink again.

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a small yet tight toasted khaki colored head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There is some very light roasted notes but the coffee takes the show. Not very strong but its good.

The flavor is of light roast, kind of like a dry irish stout. More roast flavors come up towards the end. There is a bit of a sour like berry note. The coffee doesn't bang you over the head but serves more as an undercurrent. It adds more of a coffee bitterness to the brew.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. A bit light and fizzy for a stout. Nice and roasty throughout the palate.

A nice stout. Not big but it is flavorful. A good keeper for Sam Adams.

Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee and beer...two of my favorite things. I especially love strong, black coffee, so I assumed that this would be great. It's color is absolutely pitch-black, with a thin chocolate colored head. The aroma is less intense than I expected. Although it has some coffee scents (roasted beans) and some chocolate and grain character, it seems one-dimensional. It's a muted, unassuming smell. It doesn't exactly wake you up. The taste is a bit more redeeming...bitter, highly roasted, nearly burnt flavors. It's a bit astringent, but it is also flavorful. The intense deep roast is good, but could use some balance. The body is less full and rich than expected, and isn't helped with the astringent character. Overall, this is an okay brew, but not stellar.

Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black with a one inch tan head that leaves almost no lacing but a ring on the glass.

S: coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate come out.

T: tastes the same as the smell, but the ingredients seem of poor quality or not fresh.

M: smooth, slightly heavier than medium body, and low carbonation that explodes in your mouth. Maybe it's medium carbonation covered up by the thicker beer.

O: got it in the Sam Adams winter pack. Good buy, great selection in the pack. This is a good stout, but for a coffee infused stout it's just decent.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate colored with two fingers of head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Has a good coffee aroma. Hints of roasted nuts and roasted malt but the coffee is the primary scent.

The flavor was just a little bit of a letdown. The stout itself is not that big so this beer relies on the coffee. Good coffee flavor upfront but it quickly falls off and the rest of the beer does not bring much.

A little too thin and watery for a stout. Carbonation is moderate.

Easy drinking stout but not the heartiest stout out there. Would of liked more body and stout flavor.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. This beer is completely opaque. There is about 1/2 finger of mocha head that settles quickly.

S: The smells is roasted malt, burnt toast, and coffee. I'm really digging the nose on this beer. The burnt toast is bold, but not overwhelming. Very nice.

T: Starts off with a hit of the burnt toast, but there is a nice roasted malt sweetness that comes in next. The coffee notes are perfect for this brew.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer envelops the palate with all of it's flavors. It finishes nice and creamy without too much stickiness.

O: Color me impressed with this Boston Beer Company brew. It has a nice look, great flavor, and a great mouthfeel. This is a solid brew.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got Samuel Adams Black & Brew in their holiday mixed twelve pack last week for $12.99 at Meijers. I have always thought that Samuel Adams Holiday pack was pretty solid so I was excited to hear that they added a coffee stout, I wish they would have swapped out the Boston Lager instead of the Irish Red, but you can't win them all, so lets see how this new coffee stout is. It was notched best by April. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good and is pretty straight forward, half coffee, half beer, I can dig it. It poured a pretty nice black color that let just a little bit of light through on the edges and it had three fingers of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing. This is a proper looking American Stout.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty straight forward. It starts of with lots of rich roasted malts that impart a nice dark chocolate aroma. Then comes the coffee which is the most dominating aroma and smells just like a cup of black coffee should, when mixed with the roasted malts and dark chocolate it has an aroma similar to a good espresso. Just going by smell it might be easy to mistake this for actual coffee.

T- The taste starts off with a good amount of rich slightly sweet roasted malts that have just the right amount of roast to them. There is a nice amount of dark chocolate in there that is quickly followed by a large amount of black coffee that really shows up towards the end and into the aftertaste. I don't pick up any hops and the finish is very smooth with hardly any bitterness.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had just the right amount of medium carbonation. It had a pretty good mouthfeel but I think it would be perfect if it was slightly thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good Coffee Stout and a good American Stout. I find that most coffee stouts tend to be bigger and more on the imperial side of the spectrum so I liked the fact that Sam Adams chose to use an American Stout as the base of this beer, there are enough Imperial Coffee Stouts, it nice to have one that is a little lighter with better drinkability. This beer has really good drinkability, some of those coffee stouts are so rich and robust that you really can't have more then one, but with this beer I feel like I could have two or three without being overwhelmed by the flavor. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and the look, this beer looked damn good and the flavor had just enough roast and coffee flavor to it. The only thing I would change would be to make it just a little thicker, but other then that it is pretty spot on. I will for sure be getting the Holiday pack again, with beers like this, chocolate bock, and holiday porter make this the most solid Holiday pack around, I only wish that they would put this in six packs. I recommend this beer to anyone that is a fan of coffee flavors in their beer, this beer should do the trick. I really like this beer, I like to refer to this beer as Breakfast Stout Light, the flavors are pretty similar ir is just in a lighter and more drinkable beer. This is one solid coffee stout and this beer fits in nicely in their holiday pack, good job Sam Adams, I going to miss this beer when the season is over.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a beige head that thinned to a ring while leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - coffee tatse upfront with a bit of smoke before finishing with some espresso coffee-like bitterness.

F - medium bodied, borderlines on being a bit thin but it works for a coffee beer.

O - not a beer I'd buy on it's own but a welcome addition to the seasonal mix pack.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear Shaker pint glass. Best by Apr notched on label. Purchased as part of Samuel Adams Holiday 12-pack Sampler at Food Lion (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with soft, light-beige, 1-finger head with decent retention and copious lacing.

S: The aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel with a light black coffee ground aroma. There is a mild herbal and citrus note as well.

T: The nuttier chocolatey character is most inviting in the flavor, and the coffee character is not as strong, mainly accenting the nice stout flavor features. There are nice roasted dark grain contributions with have very little bitterness but instead lend some more roundness.

M: Very smooth with solid medium body and light-medium carbonation. Very caressing feel overall.

O: This is a great addition to the Holiday Sampler. Good riddance Cranberry Lambic. Make way for Black & Brew -- terrible name but good beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - good clarity to this dark, ruby brew. Two fingers of solid mocha foam. Lots of lacy patterning on the glass.

Aroma - plenty of coffee and roasty malt aroma. Good resilience too.

Taste - Hershey's syrup and espresso. Intense and tasty. Exactly what the label says, and I'm digging it. Lengthy finish, plenty of roast and coffee flavor here. Some nutty and ashy notes as it warms.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body, maybe a bit more. Good element of smoothness.

Drinkability - one of the best Sam Adams one-offs I've had. Worth it's one carton in my opinion.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Bottle part of winter sampler.
Cant see through this one bit. Dark typical stout. Light brown head.
Strong coffee aroma, malt and vanilla.
Very strong coffee flavor, actually quite good. Smooth and easy.
My only gripe is mouthfeel. Its actually too carbonated for this type of brew. I bet it would be superb on cask. Very good offering by sam.

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

12oz bottle with April notched on the left hand side of the label. No year marked or notched, but this is a new beer, so it's obviously 2011.

Pours black in color, and it's topped by a towering 2 and a half fingers of light brown head. Some reddish-brown hues can be seen around the top and bottom of the beer when you hold it to the light. The head has now settled to a thin layer after about 10 minutes or so, but there is lacing all over the glass!

The coffee comes through nicely in the aroma. Roasted tones and a hint of a cola smell are also be detected.

Roasted malt flavor up front. The coffee flavor starts to show itself towards the middle and lingers on through the finish. Very little in the way of hop bitterness. I find it a bit surprising that the coffee isn't a bit more showcased for this reason. It's there, but I could use a bit more personally.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation coming in on the low side.

A nice coffee stout by Sam Adams overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is a bit thinner than FBS and WnB, but in all fairness to SA's, this is a Stout, not an Imperial Stout. This is really pretty well done, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's one I've been really looking forward to. Hell, what do you think I bought the Sam Adams Winter Classics pack for, the Boston Lager? Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a almost-but-not-quite pitch black body (put up to a strong light, there are hints of a ruby red color near the edges) with a 2.5-finger mocha-colored head that retains itself fairly nicely. There are tons of lacing clumps on the glass as well.

S: Coffee, with a background of roasted malts, chocolate, and vinous notes. Not the strongest smell, but a damn nice one.

T: As you'd expect, coffee opens up the body, with a malty, slightly chocolatey middle, and a vinous finish. Reminds me of a weaker Samuel Smith Imperial Stout. I like the taste, but I wish it was a bit bolder in flavor.

M: Quite creamy, but rather thin bodied (kind of like Guinness, really), with a slightly dry and underwhelming finish. Carbonation is medium.

O: I won't call it mind-blowingly amazing, but I will call it a very good, borderline great session stout that would make a great alternative to Guinness Draught. The only thing holding it back is its slightly suspect mouthfeel...oh who cares, it's still a must try. Are you listening, Boston Beer Company? GIVE US A SIX PACK OF THIS STUFF NOW KTHX.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-black with a light beige head. Some lacing. 3.5

Lactose, black coffee, and kilned malts. Mild sweetness. 4.0

Coffee grounds, some milk stout qualities, charred grain, cocoa, and a dried berry character similar to Craisins. Mostly malt bitterness in the middle, finishes semi-sweet. Astringent tang at the end. 3.5

Medium body, medium carbonation. Fine bubbles. 3.5

Nothing worth seeking out, a very average coffee stout. 3.5

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: pours dark brown/black, opaque appearance, 1 finger of cocoa colored head, great retention, lots of lacing

S: nose features medium roast coffee, mellow cocoa, hints at cream and vanilla, roasted barley is present as well

T: things starts off sweet with some molasses and mlats, it quickly is taken over by dry coffee and roasted notes, finish is slightly bitter

MF: medium body, medium to high carbonation

O: nice surprise in the winter SA 12 pack... this is a drinkable and well balanced coffee stout...wouldn't mind seeing this packaged by itself as 6 packs or 12 packs.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a damn near black with a nice finger of caramel head decent lacing, ok retention.

S - Robust roasty bitter aromas, some chocolaty and caramel sweet undertones. Maybe some dark fruit too. Really roasty, like straight coffee beans

T - Sweet and chocolaty into strong roasty bitterness, dark fruits at the finish for sure.

M - Medium bodied, little but appropriate carbonation, fairly drinkable for what it is.

O - Definitely a roasty coffee blast, a little sweetness and dark fruit balance it out nicely. Not over the top as the smell might suggest. Overall not too shabby, a very welcome addition to the winter classics mix (which has always been my favors Sam Adams variety)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a bit of black licorice and some light lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate and other dark malts with a hint of dark fruit sweetness and a bit of licorice. Through the middle, some more bitter coffee beans come through with some light lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate and coffee with some light dark fruit and licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good coffee stout. Nice balance of roasted coffee flavors with a stout base.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with red traces floating around the glass. 1/3 inch tan head and above average retention

Smell: Very light roasted coffee on the nose. It definitely smells like coffee was added as apposed to creating a coffee note with the malt

Taste: Expresso notes upfront and throughout the whole beer though it is subtle you do pick up signs of chocolate in the middle of the beer

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: I actually quite enjoy this beer and I am glad Sam Adams switched out the stupid white ale in place of this

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.