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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

332 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,013
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.1%
Wants: 42
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Photo of Kooz
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice quarter-inch thick, chocolaty head floating on pitch black beer. Looks beautiful--exactly what a stout should look like. Head dissipates a little too quickly otherwise would have been a 5.

Smells a bit sweet (like sweetened condensed milk); the coffee scent comes through here too, but isn't overpowering.

Tastes good, but a bit too acidic. If it were a bit creamier in the taste to balance things out, it would be nicer, but that isn't to say this isn't nice--it's just too sharp to have more than one.

The lingering acidity is a detriment, but it's countered by the full body. This swishes to a tightly packed foam (almost a whipped cream consistency) which is great.

Overall, this beer showed a lot of promise, but didn't fully deliver. Still, it is a very good stout, and for coffee stouts, it's one of the best I've had. The acidity that the coffee brings isn't the most pleasant addition to the beer, but the flavor is nice, the body is good, and the look is magnificent. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance pours a very dark brown having a easily dissipating head leaving nil lace. Smell of roasted malt/coffee, chocolate and creamer. Taste of the coffee, maybe more of chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt with light caramel and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It has a nice flavor of coffee thats enjoyable for coffee lovers that has a little alchohol involved. (399 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a mild light brown head. Scent is mostly of robust malts and cocoa. Not too much of a coffee scent. Taste is rather mild for a stout. Starts off with a bold cocoa/coffee flavor but finishes rather clean with not much of an after taste. Rather smooth and filling making for a great sipping stout. (459 characters)

Photo of intensify
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a porter glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Varnish black with a tall full finger off brown head.

S: Coffee bean, smoke, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of smooth coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and light sugar, with brief hop to balance. It does come off a bit watery.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A drinkable brew that is smooth has light mellow flavor and some balance. It does not knock socks off, but it is drinkable. (439 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An opaque brown-black colored stout with a decent light tan head that clears to more of filmy ring with good signs of lacing. The nose picks up a firm coffee scent, somewhat Kaluha I think. Cocoa as well. The flavor says lots more coffee, bitter grounds and a touch of charcoal softened by mild chocolate wash. I pick up the usual bit of prune darkness with peppery edges. Body is medium-plus with a smooth but somewhat chalky feel. Carbonation is quite modest but adequate, making for an overall good coffee beer. (514 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (346 characters)

Photo of bayougutter
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass. Beer poured the darkest of browns, almost black, with ruby highlights when held against light. Nice dark tan one inch head that left good lacing.

Smell is coffee and chocolate at first and kinda strong. Then I get roasted malts and caramel.

Taste was a little let down as the smell was so good. Not bad just not as good as the smell. Coffee more dominant, then chocolate, some maple syrup. Finishes with a strange coffee bitterness.

Mouthfell is nice and creamy without being thick.

Overall pretty good, a coffee forward stout that looks and smells really good and taste so so. A good addition to the Holiday sampler. (658 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/23/11:
Best by: May 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of khaki, creamy head; Very dark brown - next to black; Nice web of lacing left around the glass

S - Notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa nibs, caramel, and dark chocolate; Coffee aroma is fairly strong

T - Plenty of roasted coffee beans, but not of the fresh variety; Also coming through is rich, dark chocolate, some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of vanilla

M - Slightly above medium bodied; A little bit of carbonation; Rich, smooth, creamy mouthfeel; Very faint and bitter aftertaste

O - This is a solid coffee-dominated brew from Sam Adams. I thought the taste was pretty good, but the aroma and mouthfeel is what stands out for me. This beer is definitely a worthy addition to the Winter Classics variety pack and one that I would enjoy having again. (846 characters)

Photo of aranheaney
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a winter sampler 12 pack picked up for $9.99 (What a bargain....) Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Great black with good caramel head that hangs on and leaves nice lacing

S-very subtle, but coffee, roast and more coffee

T-kind of disappointing, it doesn't have that much to it

M-pretty decent carbonation, but again, not much there

O-it's ok, but I really don't think I'd search it out again... (424 characters)

Photo of cousineddy
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle from the Samuel Adams Winter Pack into a short tulip glass.

Appearance: Black opaque appearence two fingers of tan head, ok lacing.

Smell: Great if you love good coffee, a slight malty sweet smell goes nicely with roasty coffee aroma.

Taste: Once again, as you would expect, more coffee. The roasted malt gives it a slight sweetness. Almost like having a coffee with some sweet cream with it.

Mouthfeel: A little to thin and fizzy for my taste with a stout.

Overall: A nice change of pace, im just starting to learn to enjoy a stout now and then, a decent attempt by Sam Adams at a coffee stout. (621 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE as part of the Sam Adams' winter pack.
Best by April 2012 on the bottle's label.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The Samuel Adams Black & Brew is a solid coffee stout with respectable coffee and roasted malt flavors. The aroma and taste are very palatable and choice, and with a few small tweaks to please my sensibilities more, this would be a welcome winter beer for years to come.

Ah, a coffee stout with my breakfast. Somehow, this seems unacceptable, but I'm moving and need to clear out what I have, so thus now reasonable.

Pours a 1cm tall head of fairly small, burnt tan bubbles. Head dissipates within a minute to a ring of foam around the glass' perimeter and a small island in the middle. Leaves some minimal lacing, but it's there. Body is essentially black in and out of the light, I can't pick up any extra hues. Totally opaque, not noticing any activity in the body itself.

Aroma is primarily of roasted coffee beans, actually still somewhat fresh smelling, a bit of roasted malt, and slight sweetness that sort of makes me think "coffee with cream." Generally a good aroma, the coffee doesn't completely drown out the other aspects, though I would have appreciated those other aspects to still be a bit more amplified or noticeable.

Taste is more dominated by the coffee flavors than the aroma is. The coffee features mild, but noticeable bitterness and acidity, slight chocolate and black cherry. Other flavors include a bit of roasted, blackened malt and a higher amount of generic malt sweetness, which becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. I would have preferred some stronger roasted malt or chocolate malt notes to go along with the coffee. The sweetness in the finish was a bit unwanted, a lingering bitterness would have been preferred.

The beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with brisk enough carbonation that this feels pleasurable, yet still smooth and mildly creamy on the palate. The finish is dry, though a bit too sticky and sweet around the periphery. (2,038 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is in one of those mixed twelvers for the winter season. I was excited to see some really new beers and I was most excited about this one. I love coffee beers so my interests were piqued immediately.

Pours perfectly. Nearly opaque with some dark chocolate highlights visible in the bright Carolina sun. The head is picture perfect: One finger in size continuosly, creamy, foamy, rocky and very firm. I dont give 5's often in appearance but this one deserves it.

Aroma has coffee immediately up front. Expected and welcomed. Slightly sweet and metallic as well, also expected. Perhaps a touch more fresh coffee would make this one a 5 in the smell category. The coffee aroma was more extract or coffee malts than actual coffee grounds.

Flavor was lacking a lot of the coffee I was looking for, given the aroma. Slight coffee but with more dark fruit coffee. I guess its not really that bad but I prefer dark roast, espresso coffee to the more fruity blends. Not SA's fault I suppose.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very creamy. This is one of my top 3-5 SA beers of all time. I was really pleased with this one. I suspect this would be a great "coffee gateway" beer as the coffee isnt in your face but more subdued and milder. A great beer indeed! (1,264 characters)

Photo of shand
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Great looking black pour with a large off-white head. Good roasty coffee and malt notes on the nose, with a touch of chocolate. The taste is also quite good, with a fairly complex journey of the bitter coffee and roast notes coming through first, then some of the sweeter chocolate malts come through with a bit of a creamy taste as well. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and has a satisfying amount of body, and the drinkabilty is very good. Overall, a great coffee stout. Too bad that the odds are pretty high that it's a one-off. (588 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost black color with a thick, bubbly tan head and good lacing.

S - Smells of roasted coffee beans and roasted malts. Not too sweet, I'm picking up toffee notes as well.

T - Coffee flavors dominate. Some chocolate flavors as well. A tiny bit of bitterness as well.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation, quite drinkable, smooth with a little bit of a bitter finish.

O - Black and Brew is a solid coffee stout. A great addition to the Winter mix pack, the Black and Brew is quite enjoyable. (508 characters)

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug. Extremely dark with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Vaguely chocolate with a deeper roasted coffee smell.
T: Malty with a definite roasted coffee taste, slightly bitter.
M: Fairly smooth, slightly oily feel.
O: I like this and would get it again, but I really like stouts and I like coffee so its right up my alley. (336 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours totally black with a lovely off-white foamy head.

It smells of coffee, cream and molassas. Very nice.

The taste is all about the coffee (with hints of cream and vanilla) but not overwhelmingly so. I can definitely taste lots of malt flavor. Mild tannin notes.

Lovely body is quite creamy.

Overall this is a very nice beer and a must-try for coffee fans. (365 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark beer pours black with a light tan head. Burnt malts and sugars are present in the smell and taste. A vague sweetness with some dark fruit notes also present in the aroma. The taste includes a pleasing chocolate bitterness, finishing with an interesting sugary/dry sweetness.

Overall, a very good stout. Not too light, not too heavy. The coffee aspect isn't overbearing. Well-balanced and tasty... (407 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (382 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours a dark black with brownish edges and a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing. Sweet and rich aromas of coffee beans, chocolate, cream and sugar. Really coffee-forward, but not insanely intense. Taste is spot-on with the nose, sweet flavors of chocolate and cream with a pleasantly bitter fresh-ground coffee character. Nicely balanced, and quite drinkable for a coffee Stout. Smooth and creamy, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a solid coffee Stout, that is insanely drinkable. (585 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a super deep brown with very good clarity. Thin mocha colored head.

Bitter black coffee on the nose with some underlying phenolic scents. Some alcohol presence there as well and minute amounts of grape.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel with lots of bitter coffe flavor. Tasting notes printed on the side of the bottle are pretty accurate. Flavors blend well together but the coffee is very overpowering at first. Some dark fruit comes forward as the beer warms which actually takes away from the beer a bit. Starts to fall apart a little bit.

Could be decent as a dessert beer I guess If you wanted a dessert beer with a very low abv (but who does?) (652 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours an impenetrable deep brown that looks like coffee and pours with two fingers of creamy and frothy light mocha head that lingers nicely and has large bubbles, leaves nice lacing
S: pretty deep chocolate malts with a pretty distinct roasted scent and something underlying that is kind of reminiscent of an alcohol tinge but may not be, not sure
T: well, its not a bad taste but the roasted malts i saw in the scent have kind of deepened over to what appears to be burnt malts, really smokey and deep, begins with a slight dark chocolate sweetness then kicks over to the burnt character which linger a bit on the palate
M: smooth and creamy, not much in the way of carbonation tingle here, leaves the mouth feeling kind of thick, saliva is thick
O: not a bad brew, just too smokey in the middle for what i had expected and hoped for, still drinkable and decent (884 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, but not quite. While pouring, it appears to be more translucent than it is. A decent sized, three-finger head that retains well with great lacing.

S- An interesting mix of coffee and beer smells here. There is definitely some coffee scent right off the bat, but not as much as I expected. Underneath there is somewhat of a generic "beer" smell. Sort of an AAL scent, with light malts coming through a little.

T- Tons of dark roasted coffee in the taste profile. It masks the other flavors a little, but towards the end, a little bit of dark chocolate shines through, but there was no hint of the caramel malt mentioned on the neck label.

M- Fairly light on the palate. Heavy roasted taste profile helps to make it seem heavier. Ironically, drinks like coffee; fairly slow for a lover ABV stout. Slight over-carbonation for the style.

Overall, I like this one, almost a lot. This is the first Sam Adams I've had where I think they've got most of it right. Most of their other offerings have just been ok, but this one gets a lot right. (1,075 characters)

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.