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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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1,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 35 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of imasloth
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with tan head. Head started about an inch tall but has gone down to about a quarter inch. In a snifter.

S- All I get is a very light whiff of dark malt. No hop, no coffee.

T- Immediately a light coffee flavor, followed by a strong dark malt. The finish is all coffee with a similar aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied for such a dark beer, with good mouthfeel and just the bitterness of coffee really.

O- I like it. It's two-noted which I appreciate and I really like coffee.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brown2cu
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a jet black, and is topped by a chocolatey head; excellent retention, and excellent lacing.

S: Smells like chocolate covered espresso beans.

T: Lacks bitterness and the coffee seems a bit under developed. It is similar to the smell; however, it is taken down a notch.

M: Watery and a little thin.

O: I like this beer; however, it could do with some simple recipe revisions that would make it stellar.

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chickenflea
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep black with a dense medium to thick tan head. Loads of roast, deep coffee, very roasty. Soft vanilla sugar note, caramel. Medium bodied, roast, coffee, chocolate flavors. Sour finish with a touch of hop bitterness to balance the experience. Tastes more like an Irish dry stout. The beer is drinkable, but you should drink it slow to savor the flavor profile. Some might say the beer is "unfocused." It tasted like a porter at first before morphing into a stout and then a black lager. But I think the progression of flavors in intriguing. Not a single-dimensional brew. But do all the dimensions converge? Not sure it works for everyone.

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/blackish brown. Nice 3 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, nut, dark fruits like rasin and plum, a little cocoa and some hops to round the aroma out.

Taste - Coffee bite mixed with classic american stout nut mildness starts this brew off. Very smooth, mild and not overly sweet or biter. Coffee is smooth and works nice with the malts. Chocolate isnt a factor really to the flavor. Dark fruits come out near the end after the coffee bite and add some sweetness. Alcohol is masked, and theres really not much of a hop flavor.

Mouthfell - MEdium thickness, but easy to drink. Theres plenty of coffee that coats tounge. Malts add a nice bold nut flavor. Palette gets some coffee and malts, and some dark fruits. Aftertaste is slighty bitter and cocoa adds a chocolate like flavor.

Overall - Good, easy to drink, and a must for coffee fans just starting out with stouts. If russian stouts or double americans are too much, this is a good brew to try. Its a little watery but theres enough going on to enjoy, and the lower alcohol makes it easy to enjoy a few at a time.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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...).

Photo of stxSS07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of blackcompg
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler...

A - Poured a finger of mocha colored head, color of the stout is translucent (just) black coffee.

S - Nose was roasted coffee with notes of dark fruit and cherries.

T - Starts slightly sweetened black coffee, then roasted flavors come through, slight nuttiness, then slight drying black coffee at the back - I also get pockets of dark fruit and cherries in the corners of the mouth - faint, but its there.

Mouthfeel - Fairly medium mouthfeel, medium carb adds some nice tingle, but keeps this from beeing a smoother, mouthcoating beer. Finishes with slight dryness in the back of the throat.

Overall - I really do like this beer, actually very good for the price. If you like this beer and want a real treat, get a 4-pak of FBS.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ctfixer
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: Pitch black, tight tan head with lacing.

S: Coffee,coffee grounds, cocoa, burnt toast, currant.

T: Coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, fig, no hops, roasted grain, slight alcohol.

M: Creamy medium body, but slightly less than expected.

O: Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked grounds character. There is a slight bite on the palate. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.