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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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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 41
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 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
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black brew with creamy butterscotch colored head. Good retention and some stick to the glass.

Dark roasted aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted almonds.

Bold roasted flavor. Lots of smooth, rich coffee provides a satisfying level of bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Molasses notes sweeten things out. Mild hop flavor hinting at pine cones. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of lingering flavor.

Medium to full bodied. Luscious and smooth. Feels like melted dark chocolate and really brings the whole experience together. Mild carbonation but just enough to keep it interesting.

This is some good stuff. I am really impressed. Lots of flavor, well blended and highly drinkable. Well done.

Photo of budgood1
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black...crimson hues are detectable...huge two inch creamy, frothy light tan head. does not recede and leaves huge chunks of lace. looks about as perfect as a stout of this sort can look. espresso nose with strong notes of toffee, caramel and dark roasted malts. maybe some lactic notes? the taste is a very malty mix of nougat and cocoa notes with a dark roast coffee kick. i imagine having a milky way candy bar for breakfast and a dark roast cup of coffee...but in beer form. yummy stuff here. it has a sweetness to it that counteracts any perceived bitterness from the coffee used. this is damn good. this stout has a soft, round, ample body...the texture is amazing and in fact supercedes the slight watery notes in the mouthfeel....regardless...it's silky smooth and luxurious in nature. good drinkability...i never drink in the morning but i could see having one of these upon awakening and on vacation.

overall, the only drawback i can come up with is the misplaced, slightly cloying sweetness. the java notes are not heavy handed which could be perceived as a plus. i would definitley buy this by the six or twelve pack if it were available. highly recommended.

Photo of calcio360jrd
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my favorite pack that sam adams does every year, the winter classics. This year i figured i would start with the newest addition, and the one i was looking forward to the most, black and brew.

Poured this into my duvel tulip, nice head retention and a nice coffee stout smell to it. Taste was nice, not a RIS by any means, just a nice lite coffee stout, the espresso really came through to me. My real only gripe with this one was that it just felt very thin on the pallete, it needed some more body on it. I believe this is the first year for this one, so all in all a nice coffee brew to enjoy after work while the temp is starting to dip a bit!

Photo of JChristopher
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily, this is one of the better coffee stouts I have ever had. It's not the easiest style to work with oftentimes. Oftentimes coffee and malt flavors can become disjointed and awkward. This isn't the case with the Black and Brew. The appearance is a nice black with pleasant but fleeting tan head. It smells like coffee, but not just coffee, but with added cream and perhaps a little chocolate too. It's creamy, which is great. It's got a good, sticky mouthfeel that lingers for quite a while (the taste does too). Overall, I'd say this would be the celebrated beer out of the Sam Adams Winter assortment, but that's just me. Cheers.

Photo of zhanson88
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with about 1" of tan head. Deep mahogany highlights can be seen throughout. Head retention is decent, as is the lacing.

Smell: A few roasted malts are detected, and a bit of char. By and large though, the smell is dominated by a nice coffee scent that isn't too much.

Taste: Some roast and char is apparent, but again the taste is mostly dominated by coffee. Finish has a few hops and coffee bitterness. Pretty solid overall, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking, but would be nice if it had a bit more body. Overall, a nice easy drinking coffee stout. It's no FBS or Central Waters Coffee Stout in terms of quality, but nice. Would love to be able to pick this up year round. Perfect for cold winter nights.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Willimantic Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Black with a rich, creamy one and a half finger head of brown foam that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of chunky lacing.

S: Strong, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, figs and raisins. A hint of herbal and earthy hops leaps up with the fresh coffee grounds.

T: Bittersweet and roasted black malts up front give off a lot of robust coffee, espresso and baking chocolate flavors. Herbal, slick and brewed coffee flavors fill up mid-palate with some creaminess before washing down with some dark, fruity acidity and bitter coffee notes. Did I mention the coffee flavor? Wow.

M: Smooth, slick, slightly acidic and a little creamy upon its initial sip. Leaves a hop and pressed espresso resin on the palate.

O: A nice American stout with the added complexity and allure of Sumatra coffee. At 5.8% ABV, Black & Brew is poised as a nice replacement for your after dinner coffee or morning accompaniment for the more brazen. I'd really like to see this stout added to Sam's line-up as a sixer next winter.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love when Stouts have the really dark tan head with the very thick mixture of tan and black syrup forming within the dense head. I get similar smells to their Cream Stout and Black Lager with the dark roasted malts and lactic smell but with a really nice bitter coffee and some dark fruit smells. It starts off with a nice bite I'm guessing from the coffee and hops and then I get the sweet stout caramel dark chocolate malts mixed with the bitter top quality sumatran coffee. It then ends with a bit of bitterness from the hops and coffee.

This is an excellent beer. Its like if they added coffee to their already delicious cream stout. Samuel Adams is expert at mixing their malts for a delicious sweet full bodied beer. Their stouts and darker beers are always excellent as well. This one being no exception. This is actually my first coffee beer and while I know theres probably stronger tasting ones out there this one is really a perfect combination of coffee and beer. Not too much coffee where its weird to drink but not too little where you dont taste it. Excellent offering from Samuel Adams.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gotta admit, I was pretty excited to try this when I heard of its inclusion in this year's winter variety pack. It pours a brown-tinged obsidian topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild chocolate, and a subtle twinge of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger coffee contingent, one that comes across nice and smooth, rather than overly bitter or roasted too darkly. Very nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a surprisingly very tasty and easy-going coffee stout. 'Nuff said. Get some!

Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Winter Sampler gets stronger each year. I was wondering if they would try another stout in this spot. I generally enjoy coffee stouts, and stout in general seems like a logical choice in a seasonal mixed twelve.

Solid jet black body, with a sticky. lacy tan head. Nose is rich in coffee bean flavors, with hints of vanilla and wood smoke. This is one of the best opening statements I can ever remember for an SA beer.

Rich and creamy in texture. Thinner than many stouts but you lose very little as far as I can tell. The flavor is understated at first but builds through the aftertaste. There is slightly more sweetness in the flavor than the nose but only by degrees. The roasted and smoked undertones to the basic coffee backbone give this one a lighter tone that matches the thinner mouthfeel.

This is a real nice effort by Boston Beer. It's a lighter but very drinkable stout with an unusual mix of flavor notes. Not sure if they need to tinker with that Winter Sampler much more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks pretty sweet for a stout deep dark black with a mocha head of at least an inch and a half.

S - Smells pretty light for a coffee stout, maybe a slight bit of coffee or chocolate.

T - Not quite bad it delivers a good coffee taste and is moderately creamy. Light chocolate and a nice bit of roast as well.

M - Pretty good it is a bit light but a very full bodied stout.

Overall I liked it and am glad I have one more but consider me spoiled since I would rather have a Breakfast stout. Nice beer overall.

Photo of wahhmaster
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black color. Has a large, foamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some moderate lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Smells a lot more strongly than most Sam Adams beers.

Taste: Starts mildly hoppy with significant coffee and chocolate notes. Finishes malty with a nice, bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout. Standard Sam Adams territory.

Overall: A better-than-average outing by Sam Adams. A great addition to the already great winter mixed pack.

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 BeerNoobNC
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got in the winter seasonal variety pack for Sam Adams. Unfortunately, I think this is the only way to get this beer. However, this is a new brew for them, so if it gains popularity, maybe it will be sold in six packs, year-round.

The beer pours a dark black color, remaining black even up to light. Nice mocha brown head. Just what you expect from a stout.

The beer has a nice coffee aroma, with a little malt as well. I am excited to try this one, as not often do stouts or porters have this much coffee in the smell.

The beer has as much coffee in the taste as it does in the smell. However, it is not a sweet coffee taste like some coffee beers I have tried. This one reminds me more of black coffee, or just plain coffee beans. It is definitely a unique taste. This is a good stout with good coffee and malt flavor.

This beer is nothing like any beer I have had before, especially at the affordability of a Sam Adams variety pack, which can often be found on sale at a Total Wine or local grocery store. Sam Adams may have taken a while to put out a coffee beer, but it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like coffee beers. They did a great job of getting the coffee flavor in the beer, which I have had trouble finding previously (though I think this is two in a row that I have liked).

Photo of scottyg354
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, Opaque, Nice Thick Heavy Hed, Two Fingers thick.

S: Smoky and Roasty, Hints of Coffee Bean and Dark Chocolate.

T: Slightly Hoppy with good malt characted. Coffee and Dark chocolate stand out, mild dried fruits, toast.

M: Smooth, like a typical American stout.

O: I have to say, out of all the Samuel Adam's brew's I've had throughout the years, this is by far one of the best. This takes the exceptional cream stout taste and adds a certain edge to it, thats the only way I can explain it.

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass giving my beer a big light brown head that rests above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Initial rich roasted coffee malt aroma settle down as the head settles leaving an aroma that is still coffee with some lighter hints of chocolate and maybe caramel coming through.

The taste is roasted coffee beans but not overbearing but rather they have a subdued yet richness to them.

The aftertaste is quite dry with some roasted coffee tastes to it.

A pretty darn good coffee stout, I usually lean towards stout that lean to the chocolate side of things but this beer is quite well done and I'd have no problem drinking these all winter.

Photo of ShanePB
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 bottle from the Samuel Adams variety case "Winter Classics." Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark brown, truly borderline black in body with some evident mahogany hues in direct light around the top edges. A tan creamy, bubbly head sits atop with minor lacing, but a pretty nice retention cap.

S: Whole dark roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, chocolate and caramel malts, pressed ground coffee into the back end of the aroma. All the qualities are present in a ridiculously well balanced fashion that doesn't have an overboard amount of coffee, nor too little.

T: Initially, flavors of a wonderfully balanced and proportioned amount of fresh brewed coffee touches the palate. Blended with sweet dark malts and cacao nibs mid-palate gives this a great flavor. Semi-sweet bakers dark chocolate finishes off at the end of the taste.

M: A bit lighter in body but not watery or thin. Perhaps this should be sort of expected with a sub 6% ABV stout. Very clean on the finish with lingers of roasted coffee beans. The body itself though is the weakest part of the drink.

Talk about being taken by surprise and having a really well made coffee stout by Sam Adams. It's beers like this that rejuvenate my appreciation for the Boston Beer Company and remind me they still brew their beers as a craft. Not all are winners, but when they have the portfolio to brew essentially every style, that's amazing while tasting great too.

Photo of airforbes1
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer from the 2011 winter seasonal pack I've drank besides the Boston Lager. As a stout fan who doesn't drink coffee and hasn't tried a coffee stout before, I'm simultaneously reluctant and excited to try this beer.

Pours nearly black with a frothy head that's a little less thick than my pinky before it thins out considerably. The aroma, expected, smells like coffee. I don't detect any chocolate or hop aromas.

The taste reminds me of a milk stout with heavily roasted malts. I'm not loving the taste profile, but I do find this beer to be well crafted and exceptionally smooth. The bitter coffee flavor is most apparent on the finish.

Even though I'd rather drink a different kind of stout, I can appreciate this beer. It certainly won't prevent me from buying another variety pack in my attempt to procure more of the Holiday Porter and Old Fezziwig.

Photo of Kinsman
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a nice pitch black stout body and is crowned with 2 solid inches of dense and sticky tan head.

Coffee with a side of coffee welcomes you in with the first whiff. Sweet creamy aspect as well with hints of milk chocolate and a touch of fruitiness.

Nice bold coffee flavors do most of the work on the palate but rooms is left for some of the base stout to come through. A bit of a roasted character and a lingering fruitiness make for a pleasant drink.

Mouthfeel smooth and creamy with a medium-body feel. Overall, Black and Brew is an impressive addition to the Sam Adams lineup. Seems to get the coffee vs. stout balance just right.

Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch fucking black (ok, so you don't like profanity, eh? Don't get all Black and Brew. Beer reviewing: Serious Business) with a nice brown head into my glass.

Creamy, roasted malt greets my nose. Luscious with a cocoa finish in the nose.

I'm thinking dark roast with a dollop of cream. Overall texture is a mix of lactic/acidic.

I can't get over the texture in this beer! Did they feed it through a nitro tap before bottling it? It's just that good!

I like this coffee stout. Easily one of my favorites from Samuel Adams. I want a 12 pack because I'd replace my morning coffee with this.

Photo of rangerred
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance is almost solid black with a very slight ruby when held up to light. Tan head is solid and lacing is good.

Smells strongly of coffee along with some chocolate Almost like a mocha. Delicious.

The taste is very coffee forward along with a subtle chocolate. There is some bitterness in the finish I'm going to assume from the hops although there is no hop taste. This is also a fairly sweet beer though not to the point of being cloying.

I really enjoy this beer. I am a fan of coffee stouts and while the mouthfeel might be a tad bit thin here, the abv is lower than most other coffee stouts so it's to be expected. I will definitely be drinking a lot of these this winter.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of this years newly-released winter mixed-pack. Pours a virtually opaque black body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Roasty espresso dominates the aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Espresso blasts the palate with dark chocolate, caramel, just the slightest hint of date. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. A solid coffee stout. Nothing more, nothing less.

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

Nose: Vanilla extract, eggnog, and powdery rolled oats. Only mildly hints of coffee/coffee-milk --at least much less-so than some of the stouts that smell of freshly ground dark roast. Pleasant nose, but I'm worried that the following taste may be gaudy or over-the-top non-beer ingredient dominated.

Body and taste: First thoughts are 1) Again, heavy handed on the vanilla extract and 2) body is very nice; medium but clean and low viscosity. Fluffy in the middle and easy drinking, not bad. Malts really come through as malt candy -enjoyable. Freshly brewed coffee flavors emerge as it warms a bit more. Balance is key to this, and key to distinguishing it from other more beastly coffee based porters -which I love just the same.

Wow, not bad at all, Samuel Adams. Definitely a holiday feel to this brew too.

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