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

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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
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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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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Josiah2729
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Good retention with fairly thick lacing.

S: Real nice true notes of espresso, light dark chocolate.

T: Coffee is heavy, but well integrated with the base beer. Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of hops in the finish, but overall a malt dominated brew.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy and smooth, moderate aftertaste.

O: This is a really good coffee stout. Not up there with Peche Mortel, but the balance is fantastic and makes for an easy drinking beer. A great addition to the winter mix pack.

Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby highlights. 2 fingers of khaki-colored head dissipates slowly leaving behind creamy lacing and a wispy head.

N: Espresso, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted barley, toffee and caramel.

T: Roasted barley, cold black coffee, milk chocolate and toffee upfront. Caramel, coffee grounds and hints of vanilla follow. Finishes with espresso and dark chocolate.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth, a little sticky and mildly dry.

O: A nicely balanced Stout. Very easy drinking with a good amount of coffee flavors including some rich espresso. There's also some subtle chocolate aromas and a good deal of roastiness. Excellent for a lower ABV Stout. I'm very surprised with this Sam Adam's offering.

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 DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and nearly opaque with faint reddish highlights. A short brown cap of fine bubbles appeared during the pour, lingered for quite some time, and left some sticky, streaky lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee, malted milk, mild molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness, roast, nutty, coffee grounds, caramel and chocolate notes were very faint compared to the aroma. Slight cherry or currant flavour in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild astringency from the dark grains. Overall, a solid and drinkable coffee stout.

Photo of beerme411
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with nice brown foam head, looks almost pitch black. Didn't seem like there was much of a smell got some hints of coffee and slight chocolate, but not much. The taste is where the coffee starts to come out more, it has a good amount of coffee flavor, but I would like some more. No alcohol flavor present except some pleasant warming near the end.

Overall I would get a sixer of this very tasty. It was one of the main reason for getting the winter 12pk and I'm happy I got to try it.

Photo of PintOHops
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A near pitch black brew with a 2-3 finger tan head. The head stuck around decently, and the beer left some nice lacing on my glass.

S - Dark chocolate with a touch of raisin is what I notice first. It's got a very softy roasted character to it as well. I can't really pick up much coffee in there. Mild leafy hop characteristics are noticeable.

T - I pick up allot more coffee than I got in the smell. Moderately sweet with a noticeable milky twang throughout. I pick up a good amount of coffee with mild roasted notes. It finishes clean with no linger flavors, mild leafy hop notes and a bitterness that almost isn't noticeable.

M - Smooth and somewhat chewy feel with moderate crispness and a medium body.

O - Hmm, I like it but it's kinda sorta an intro to the Stout style brew to me. I really like the flavor profile but I would have liked more of a roasted character, especially on the finish when it just sorta goes flat and leaves you wanting more. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't buy it again. Definitely worth a try though. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

black colored body, 3 finger mocha head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, mocha, grape, apple, raisin and cherry. Taste is tart and bright initially then falls into a coffee, chocolate flavor. Slightest bit of bitterness. Kinda twangy.. Body is light-medium surprisingly, it's very session-able. Decent easy-drinking stout, a step up from Guinness.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: solid black, nice head
S: sweet smell of caramel, roasted grains
T: ok, first of all, this beer is for me an argument that coffee and beer shouldn't be mixed together. But if they were, would you want it like this? The coffee tastes like a Dunkin Donuts brand (which is not a compliment); the stout is well spiced, slightly hoppy

I'll pass, overall, but someone who likes the genre better won't mind.

Photo of Gehrig
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I swung by the grocery store and was very pleased both to see the Winter Classics 12-pack out, and that the Black and Brew Coffee Stout was a new addition. I still miss the Cranberry Lambic, but this addition rounds out Sam Adams's styles and shows their willingness to veer into styles that other breweries have been mastering for some time (IPA notably).

Two fingers of mocha froth atop a deep black body; nice lacing and decent duration. Decent coffee bean and espresso aromas, with a hint of dark chocolate. Good, solid coffee taste, rich and robust with smooth chocolate in the finish. It begins effervescent but I find it a bit flat after a short period of time.

Overall, a pretty good beer and, again, I like that Sam Adams is moving into other styles to round out its selections. I'd like Black and Brew to be a bit bolder, and the mouthfeel to be livelier. Worthy, and part of a terrific sampler pack.

Photo of gregb13
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the winter seasonal 12-er tonight. Cracking the first one now...

Black & Brew pours an espresso color with a thin, sticky beige head. Smells of roasted coffee beans; very nice. Taste is dominated by rich, strong coffee, with some underlying malty chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium; slighty viscous with a very pleasant aftertaste. Finishes similar to a fresh cup of black coffee, with a little stickiness on the lips as if from a sweet espresso. Excellent.

I am impressed. Can't wait to try the other seasonal offerings from this pack!

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head that slowly resides.

A - Spent Maxwell House grinds... smotheing stuck in the toaster... that dark fruit consummate of English Old Ales.

T - cocoa puffs, coffee syrup, medium crystal malts, pleasantly slight ash that lingers.

M - really smooth and drinkable.

O - There's an artificiality in the flavors. It's a coffee stout, and as such hits the mark. Otherwiseit's uneventful. Fun to drink, but a kitsch marketing ploy not fit for competiting with the finest stouts. It's flavorful enough to exceed most beers, but I just can't get into it.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Black, pours 1 inch of thich tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Tons of coffee, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, smells like folgers in a beer bottle.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, toffee, a bit astringent, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, astringent.

Overall: Not my favorite coffee beer. Not very complex. The coffee is overpowering and very astringent. The chocolate is very subdued. Tastes like cold diner coffee in a bottle.

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

12 ounce brown bottle with freshness date.

Black with a 1/2 inch tan head.

As expected it smells of ground coffee though not ovewhelmingly so.

Slight roasted coffee flavor with undertones of chocolate. I found it to be a little lighter than many coffee infused beers which is more to my liking.

Not something I'd search out, but certainly good enough to drink as part of the Winter Classics 12 pack.

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 DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a large, light-tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is light coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is a lovely balanced coffee flavor with sweet vanilla and raw sugar. Finishes with sweet, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome offering from Sam Adams that I wish was in sixers.

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Keithstone44
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a dark brown, nearly back color with a creamy 1-finger head that recedes to reveal excellent lacing.

S: not the most pungent of noses; i pick up some toffee, roasted barley, and fruit

T: Espresso comes through first, followed by notes of chocolate and roasted barley. There is also a hint of fruity sweetness at the tail-end

M: on the light side for a stout, however, the body is elegant and appreciable.

O: solid offering from sam adams

Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, tight sticky tan lace.

SMELL: Used coffee grounds, cocoa powder, burnt toast, faint black currants.

TASTE: Old coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, figgy, creamy medium body, modest hopping, roasted grain, kiss of alcohol.

Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked used grounds character. There is a lingering bite that the palate just can't shake. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these to try. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of frothy tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of thick lacework sticking all over the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges.

The smell of this brew is strong with roasty character smelling of a mixture of dark kilned grains and fresh coffee. A bit of a chocolate scent comes through mixed with a little bit of a mineral component and citrus that seemingly comes from a combination of both the hops and some acidic coffee quality. As it warms up, the chocolate aspect comes forward a little more with some sweetness almost lactose character about it.

The taste is roasty with dark grains providing a pleasant bitterness that couples with coffee flavoring quite well. There is a bit of a citrus hop component also included which mixes with a bit of mineral character just like the aroma displayed. There is a bit of a tangy element that seemingly comes from a combination of the alcohol and acidic coffee inclusion. It finishes with a bit of day old coffee character and more chocolate malt focus that gets lightly sweet almost like a milk stout lactose character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad offering, it started off enjoyable and started to fall apart but towards the end of the glass when it got warmer I started to enjoy it more. This is worth checking out. The alcohol is well integrated for nearly 6%.

Photo of Tilley4
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Winter Sampler pack...

Roasted chocolate malt aromas are big in the nose as well as a touch of hops with a little of the Sumatran coffee mentioned on the bottle... The coffee isn't as prevalent as I might have hoped. This smells very similar to the Chocolate Bock I had last night... Nothing special here.

A blend of dark malts and stale coffee roll over the palate with a hint of some malted milk balls and a little hop finish... I can say that I wanted to like this one more than what I do... This may be the weakest of the brews in the Sampler...

I was hoping for a little more pop with this one and it just sort of fell short. When I first heard this was going to be a part of the collection, I was excited to get to try it and I feel a little let down by this... I'm not ripping the beer but I just feel like it could have been a lot better...

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with mahogany edges where light comes through. Nice frothy 1cm tan head with very nice retention and lacing.

Nice nose. Rich, robust coffee up front with a slightly bitter dark chocolate and malt backbone.

Flavor is pretty good. Pretty strong and robust coffee up front here as well. And again a subtle dark, bitter chocolate and malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium-high foamy carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice coffee beer, especially for a mass produced and widely spread beer. It really isn't quite a stout though IMO. It should be called a coffee porter due to how thin it is. But it's a great addition to the best mixed seasonal pack on the market.

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

pint glass.

a - pours an opaque dark brown with faint red highlights around the edges. gave me a finger's worth of rocky, light brown foam that calmed slowly to a thin cap. leaves big rings of lacing in the glass.

s - espresso, faint raisin notes, faint cola.

t - rich roasted malt and espresso right up front. notes of chocolate and maybe black cherry pop up before a light, bittersweet finish. well done.

m - medium in body with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a bit coarse though.

o - pretty damn good, but i'm a sucker for coffee stouts. i really wish sam adams would sell this in 6 packs so i could drink it all the time.

Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the winter mixed 12 pack. Poured into my Perfect Pint Glass

A: Black pour with a big light brown head. Retention and lacing are great.

S: Tons of coffee on the smell. Roasted malts and some molasses hide underneath. The amount of coffee in the smell is really impressive.

T: The taste is like chocolate roastiness of a nice American Stout, mixed with a cup of coffee. The taste is a bit watered down, but extremely tasty nonetheless.

MF: A bit light, dry finish.

O: Great drinkable American Stout. My favorite in the winter pack, really happy to see it new this year!

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