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

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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 36 | 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 jcartamdg
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a one finger head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts and coffee. Taste follows the nose but the coffee is off, tastes like cheap coffee, follows with sweet chocolate. Mouth feel is a bit thin but that makes it easier to drink. Not too bad but not fantastic

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

A - Pours black with ruby edging. Thick tan head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee (as expected). Rich toasted malts.

T - Sweet roasted malts; chocolate and coffee. A rich mix that blends with the other malts, i.e. caramel. Not syrupy but the chocolate isn't cocoa powder either. No discernible hops presence. A real dessert beer.

M - Medium, lush.

O - If you like Sam's stouts then you will love this. Perfect for after a meal.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

A finger of light brown head from a high pour. Body is opaque brown. Some surface memory, decent lace.

Nose is black coffee and some bitter cocoa.

Body is full of roasty coffee and some bitter chocolate, quite well balanced. Perhaps lacking in complexity, but it's pretty darn good for what it is.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, as it should be. Almost nitro-smooth.

I wasn't expecting to be impressed, and it may not be outstanding, but this is as good a coffee stout as you might ask for, apart from the very best. If this came in four-packs, I'd buy one.

Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep black body with a small, brown head...the head fell quickly to a bead of bubbles...some lacing was left behind

S - Fresh coffee jumps out first and is the most dominate...milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and dark fruits follow the coffee presence

T - Again, coffee is the main character throughout...it comes across as freshly brewed with a touch of vanilla creme...the roasted presence is an underlying addition that compliments everything on the palate...the caramel plays with the vanilla flavor to add some more sweetness...the dark fruits from the nose, again, are adding some depth to the flavor

M - Medium bodied...not quite full, but very smooth and a touch of creaminess...lasting roasted flavor

O - I was quite surprised with this beer from Sam Adams...I feel they did a very nice job making a coffee stout...this is a very welcomed addition to the Winter Collection

Photo of Acforster2
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Black, yes, or at least such a very dark brown that I can only tell it's not ink or oil by the look of it because some color shines through in the light. The head is brown and just over a finger tall. It sticks around all the way and leaves a good amount of evidence in some decently thick rings and spidery legs.
Malts are roasty and lay a solid foundation, bringing out some chocolate with the coffee grounds. It's also toasty and the creamy leaning gives a bit of a caramel note.
The taste offers a creamy light chocolate and caramel sweetness under roasted malts with plenty of coffee goodness. Toast, a gentle undertone of fig and/or raisin, and just a tinge of hops for light balance top it off. There is a wisp of some astringency to which otherwise great coffee-based beers can be prone; it's just enough to be a very minor mar and not terribly distracting.
The body is medium with a nice, creamy feel. It's not heavily carbonated but maybe a hint much for a stout.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Gushed a little bit.
Almost opaque black with a brown tint. Nice creamy mocha head, leaves a nice ring of lacing. Head retains at about 1/8" for a while.
Smells rich, some nice bright coffee, bitter chocolate, subtle dark fruit, I wanna say prunes and some black currant. A little bit of creamy caramel.
Similar on the taste, starts off with bitter cocoa and leads into rich acidic coffee, nice roastiness. The fruit is present but less than the smell, comes out in the aftertaste with a moderately long bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste. And I want to say there's a hint of tobacco in the finish too. A little touch of sweetness in the middle. Overall well balanced.
The texture is a bit lacking, kind of thin for a stout and a little overcarbonated (what a friend of mine would call "belchy").
A good effort overall, pretty complex for a coffee stout with some unique notes to it and not overrun by the coffee. The texture is its biggest let down, but still quite good.

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TommyW
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a two-finger off-white head.

S- Light roasted character with notes of espresso.

T- Really prominent espresso flavor mixed with the standard roasted and chocolate malts of a stout.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this coffee stout more than most that a try; a nice surprise.

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a two-and-a-half-finger brown-tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Moderate lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramels, chocolate, coffee, maybe a bit of toasted bread.

Taste: This is a delicious coffee stout. In the forefront you can really taste the chocolate and coffee, with the backbone being that of malty caramels and buttery nuts. Overall it has a really roasty coffee taste to it, with a bit of a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down rather easy.

Overall: An extremely nice coffee stout, and one that I'd surely have again. Although I think it'd be better named "Chocolate Coffee Stout" rather than just "Coffee Stout."

Photo of therica
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= totally black, with a modest tan head which fades away quickly. Modest lacing during consumption.

S= roasted malts up-front, slightly grassy, then balanced coffee and light chocolate.

T= rather dry, coffee and hints of chocolate with adequate hops contributing. Occasional fruity notes. Definitely bold in flavor.

M= here I occasionally find the caramel mentioned on the bottleneck's label, very nice, a slight thickness to it and oddly I find the dark fruits more on my breath than in my mouth. Slightly thick on the tongue, yet dry.

O= definitely a nice contribution by the Sam people. I'm seeing that I'm far up on the ratings compared to most others but I'm not comparing this to other stouts-- it seems in its own and very intentional style of a decent schwarzbier infused with Sumatran coffee. I tend to think it's mis-categorized as an "American Stout" and that it might be better described as a Coffee Schwarzbier.

Photo of shwhat
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JimboHD2005
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of MarkIntihar
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the winter collection, 12oz bottle to tulip.
Pours a pretty solid black with not much light entering, has a big tan soapy head that laces the glass. The nose is dominated by roasted malts and coffee. The taste follows with coffee and toasted malts, burnt brown sugar, and caramel. Has a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's a good beer that I could easily drink more of.

Photo of tsauce2
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Light tan head, 1 in, puffy, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Medium/dark roast coffee, roasted chocolate malt.

T: Coffee is initial flavor, followed by malt and a touch of hops. The common flavor that I usually pick up in almost all SA beers is not present. After taste is roasted coffee.

M: Carbonation along with balance of coffee and malt gives a medium viscosity and chewy texture. Medium body.

O: This, along with the Rauchbier from the Harvest Pack, are fantastic beers. SA really hit the mark here. Would like a bit more coffee, but I am a coffee lover so there's never too much coffee in anything. Quite surprised that this is a SA beer; wish it were available in a 6 pack.

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Yuengling draft glass

Black body with a frothy khaki-colored two-finger head.

Nice nose on this one. Dark coffee, espresso, roasted malts, and chocolate all jockeying for position.

Taste is dark coffee, some espresso, and a roasted malt and chocolate finish. Its ok, but I guess the Founders Breakfast Stout spoiled this one somewhat for me.

Mouthfeel is a little more watered-down than I prefer, but I may be nitpicking since I like the imperials. About what I expected though for a single stout by a more mainstream brewer.

This is a good, but not great stout. If you like coffee and/or are just getting into stouts, this would be a nice introduction to the style. Sam Adams makes solid beers for the most part, and this one is no different.

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