Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-06-2011 00:28:01 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-05-2011 22:43:27 | More by CheezyBlaster
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
A - Pours a deep dark black that reveals barely a subtle red held to the light. The head is 1/2" khaki and fades pretty quickly. Laces the glass nicely.
S - Sweet and roasty. Notes of alcohol heat. Not getting much coffee yet. Estery.
T - Not as bold of a stout as I thought it would be. The coffee really is put up front. Behind the coffee is the roastiness of the malt. Pretty sweet, and I'm guessing maybe some lactose? I think it has more of an English stout character than of an American or Irish. Diacetyl is very present and appreciated.
M - Pretty thin bodied. Medium carbonation with a solid bite. No real alcohol warmth. I'm not sure of the starting gravity but I suggest this is around 1.050 - 1.055?
O - A very nice beer. It becomes more appreciable as it warms and you get near the bottom of the glass. Well done.
11-05-2011 21:29:56 | More by GregBlatz
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours a deep black with 1/4" of thick, foamy, brown head that has good retention. The nose is almost pure coffee, roasted malts, and faint chocolate. The taste is also almost pure coffee with notes of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth and rich.
This is a solid, easy drinking, delicious stout. Nicely done SA.
11-05-2011 17:27:45 | More by tdm168
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
ark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.
Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the bac
11-05-2011 16:36:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
It has an average head size coming in at about 2 inches and had a 33.5 degree temperature in the bottle. The head is foamy and medium brown and has excellent lacing. The body is even darker than the vanilla stout I had a couple days ago I put it up to the light I couldn't see through it at all. It has a coffee aroma and a coffee taste with hints of caramel and chocolate. It has a moderate flavor and an average finish length that hits the middle of the tongue.
11-05-2011 13:15:07 | More by Pounderoftheweek
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a deep, dark brown (like so many others, not quite black). Seems totally opaque, but the edges of the glass betray an ever so faint ruby highlighting. A quarter inch of tan colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a then, persistent film with decent lacing for the style. Bitter, dark roasted coffee aroma, fainter than expected. Maybe a little of that green pepper that accompanies coffee sometimes.
Coffee flavor is much more intense than the nose. A good, dark roast. A mild astringency comes off as a quenching acidity. The body is very smooth and creamy, but a tad thin. The body and the 5.8% ABV make this a very (in my book, anyway) sessionable beer, something you don't often see in a good coffee stout. A pity there's only two per case.
11-05-2011 02:51:53 | More by sneakybird
4.68/5 rDev +27.2%
This beer pours an inky black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly, leaving a pretty thick lace.
This beer smells of mild roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate aroma is present as well. Some toffee and a slight caramel aroma is also slightly noticable.
This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly coffee, but mildly. Some chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered espresso beans.
This beer is smooth. It leaves a toffee like and coffee aftertaste. It is a little higher in carbonation than I would expect.
This beer would probably make a good session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is great.
Overall: This beer is the entire reason I choce to buy the Holiday pack. I hope they telease it sometime in a six pack. This beer is great. One of the best I have ever had from BBC.
11-05-2011 02:03:44 | More by OStrungT
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
It pours straight up solid black with a two finger, pillowy tan head that fades rather quickly into a nice, creamy whirl.
Chocolate covered esspresso beans describes the aroma nicely. Rich cocoa, robust coffee, and earthy, bready tones in the back. Faint hints of vanilla.
Very well balanced. Cocoa, milk chocolate with a bold coffee middle and finish with some grassy and earthy notes.
Medium bodied, on the creamy side. Very nice and smooth.
Smooth, bold and delicious. Nothing complex here, but super nice balance of roasted, sweet, and bitterness levels. Very nice.
11-04-2011 21:49:07 | More by JayS2629
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Samuel Adams Black and Brew
(part of the winter sampler case)
Pours an expected black color with a large pillowy mocha cream head. Aroma of fresh ground coffee beans and a touch of confectioner’s chocolate. In the taste, a well balanced mix of espresso, roasted malts, cocoa and milk chocolate. Even balance with a nice bitterness from hop and coffee. Drying and roasty, with notes of malted milk balls and chocolate covered coffee bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with adequate carbonation. Overall, though a little late to the party, Boston Beer Co. has brewed a fine coffee beer. Very nice.
11-04-2011 18:32:27 | More by Stinkypuss
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
A: The beer is a very nice black color with a thin light brown head.
S: Wow, one of the greatest smells I have ever experienced with a beer. It seems like chocolate covered coffee beans. Thats the best way to describe it.
T: This beer has some nice roastedness, some slight dark chocolate and a decent amount of coffee
M: The beer has a nice amount of crispness and carbonation. I like the tingle on the tongue.
O: I bought the 24 pack just to try this beer. I couldnt wait to try it and it didnt disappoint. I just cant get over the smell. Its just so good.
11-04-2011 03:43:43 | More by gtermi
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a burnt tan head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing is left on the class. Has a sweet hop-like chocolaty aroma. Mouth feel is smooth. Tastes sweet at the beginning with a sour aftertaste. The coffee is a little hard to detect until the very end. Great tasting beer to try once or twice.
11-03-2011 03:07:54 | More by UncleAddie
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for April 2012.
Poured dark brown with short, deep tan head. Head does not last , very little lacing of the glass. Aroma is chocolaty. Taste is a bit too sweet, the coffee flavour overpowers any other ingredient! Luckily, it's a decent coffee in the beer! A bit sour in the aftertaste. Worth trying once!
11-03-2011 00:28:27 | More by CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5 rDev -9%
Pours black with some very dark brown around the edges with a thin tan head. No lacing.
Mild, roasty coffee aroma. Slight green pepper vegetal smell.
Good dark roast coffee flavor, green pepper vegetals, slight caramel sweetness.
A little thin bodied for my tastes, low carbonation works in its favor.
Coffee beers aren't really my cup of tea, but this one isn't too bad. Wouldn't buy it if it wasn't in the winter variety pack, though.
11-02-2011 15:19:47 | More by MrOH
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured into Samuel Adams pint glass.
A: pours dark brown/black, opaque appearance, 1 finger of cocoa colored head, great retention, lots of lacing
S: nose features medium roast coffee, mellow cocoa, hints at cream and vanilla, roasted barley is present as well
T: things starts off sweet with some molasses and mlats, it quickly is taken over by dry coffee and roasted notes, finish is slightly bitter
MF: medium body, medium to high carbonation
O: nice surprise in the winter SA 12 pack... this is a drinkable and well balanced coffee stout...wouldn't mind seeing this packaged by itself as 6 packs or 12 packs.
11-02-2011 07:33:15 | More by homebrew311
4/5 rDev +8.7%
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with some chocolate mixed in. The coffee smells like straight black coffee with no sissy sugar or cream added. The flavor is also very heavy on the coffee. There are also some roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as a little bit of cream. The beer is a little thinner in body than I expected and the carbonation is medium to high. A very nice coffee stout and one that I hope goes into regular production.
11-02-2011 04:55:29 | More by Mora2000
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
A-Pours black of course. Almost no light shines through. Only at the very top of the beer can you see any color other than black. Light layer of tan colored head. Head leaves minute amount of lacing.
S-Rich aromas of both roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Like chocolate covered coffee beans. Smells pretty tasty actually. Am excited to try this.
T-The coffee flavor is very, very authentic. Lasting light coffee flavors. Not a very bitter coffee taste. More like a coffee with cream and sugar. Chocolate dances around the flavor but the coffee is the big ticket here.
M-The flavor is bigger than the ABV but the feel matches the ABV which is nice because this would be a great session stout. Tons of carbonation. Medium body. Slightly creamy.
O/D-Overall, one of the best Sam Adams beers I have had. Way better than expected. Really hits the coffee flavor well. This needs to be at very least a seasonal six pack. I really liked it.
11-02-2011 02:46:46 | More by VelvetExtract
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours an amazing beautiful black with a two and a half inch sticky mocha head, lot's of lacing. Very impressed with the retention. Smell is expresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is all of that with coffee & chocolate to start, with some roasted malts and hints of smoke and vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is great, especially considerin the reasonable abv. Heavy for it's size with plenty of carbonation. A great addition to the winter mix pack, might be the stand out now. Nothing I don't want to drink in this 12 any more, nice work .
11-02-2011 00:56:44 | More by SawDog505
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a bottled dated best by April 2012 into a pint glass:
A: Pours from the bottle with a look very akin to a cup of dark roast coffee, capping off with a semi-billowing cream colored head which slowly fades into a subtle cap of foamy goodness. Tight laces of bubbles hug the sides of the glass in neat form.
S: A bold roast of coffee dominates the nose with some earthy malts delicately propping the aroma up as a backbone. Light hints of sweet milk chocolate make a gentle wave to the nose as the stout's bold scent tapers off.
T: Great, robust notes of the roasted Sumatran coffee bean are present up front with a pleasant blend of roasty, sweet malt goodness carrying the flavor through. As the brew sits on the palate, notes of dark chocolate come to life and finish the taste profile with a gentle bittersweet touch.
M: Full-bodied and smooth with a rather attractive mouthfeel. Has a very similar mouthfeel to a cup of coffee which was brewed as thick of mud with just a touch of carbonation. The aftertaste is noticeably pleasant and much less aggressive than some other coffee stouts.
O: Definitely a winner in the line up of Samuel Adams' seasonal 12 pack. I thought that this was a remarkably well blended coffee stout that plain and simple got it right, not frills attached. I would buy a sixer of this were it available
11-02-2011 00:19:31 | More by RossCain
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
A coffee stout—should I have it for breakfast or as a nightcap? Either way it’s a dangerous combination. Either I’m drinking beer early in the morning, or I’m having caffeine too late in the day. The real question is—are the sacrifices worth the risk?
This pours a solid flat black, with a generous topping of tan foam. There’s a sharp, delicious aroma of dark chocolates and dark-roasted coffee that comes through. The coffee definitely dominates the flavor. It’s as if I dumped my favorite French roast into a stout recipe. (Stout or porter, I’m not going to enter that debate right now.) This is smartly balanced, with a lingering coffee finish that coats the palate. All around solid brew.
11-02-2011 00:13:29 | More by elNopalero
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
Nice new surprise addition to the Sam Adams winter collection.
A-black in color, whispy cinnamon brown head the dissipates rather quicky. Bottle itself makes this brew inviting, half coffee cup and half a pint of porter nice visual.
S- wow, there is know doubt about what this brew is going for. Loads of coffee aroma, bitter dark chocolate, some vanilla extract.
T- again more coffee, nice bitter snap of settle hints of licorice and vanilla. The sweetness balances out the bitter flavor that to me tastes of freshly shaved dark chocolate.
M/O-has a real nice body, impressive lacing, down side of this beer is your taste buds get fatigue rather quickly. One is good enough for me in one setting. after that I'm looking for somthing else. Somthing new is always nice. I know alot of us buy the mix pack for the old fezzy wig alone. Nothing wrong with that though! Anyways it's a good beer not great.
11-01-2011 22:10:54 | More by beerman21
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
I really enjoyed this beer. Part of the winter 12 pack. In a mug the beer was a very dark brown color. It had a head that was the color of coffee with cream, and it was sticky.
Coffee and milk chocolate aroma, both very distinct. Aroma led off with the coffee, followed by the chocolate.
Espresso taste, milk chocolate. Dark fruit snuck in. Very expressive.
Rich, full-bodied, and smooth. A joy to drink.
Now if I can just keep my wife from finding the other bottle.
11-01-2011 16:34:17 | More by lordofthewiens
4.38/5 rDev +19%
To be enjoyed by April
A - Black body with a light and fluffy moderate tan head.
S - Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate. Nice roasty aroma. Really great smell!
T - nice deep dark flavor, Nice coffee, roast, some dark fruitiness. This is a really good coffee stout.
M - Smooth, full-bodied. Nice.
O - Pretty damned good beer, and I must say I am surprised. I think this is a fine coffee stout.
11-01-2011 03:58:42 | More by ColdPoncho
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours dark brown to black with nice, thick creamy head. Nose has a nice espresso/milk aroma to it, for real. Palate brings forward some nice coffee flavors as well, roasty malty flavors, and some cocoa. balanced nicely with hops. Finishes semi-sweet cocoa/coffee and is quite drinkable.
Nice addition to the winter pack.
11-01-2011 03:25:48 | More by yemenmocha
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
A: Pours a near pitch black with ruby edges and a fluffy 2 fingers worth of brown head that settles down into a nice pillow for the beer. Leaves great lacing until it's gone
S: Coffee is the stand-out, along with dark chocolate, burnt malts, and maybe even some dark fruity notes in there as well
T: Same as the smell, the coffee is the first out of the gate followed quickly by the dark chocolate and roasty malts. Dark fruits slightly more prevalent than in the nose, but still fairly subtle behind the big coffee and malts
M: Medium-full bodied, slightly more body than regular SA brews, but slightly less than creamier stouts. Moderate carbonation, definitely more than I'm used to in a stout
O: A definite winner from BBC. Fits the season perfectly and isn't so extreme that it will push non-craft drinkers away. Haven't particularly enjoyed some of their new "seasonal" beers (their saison and kolsch in the summer pack tasted too similar and were just decent overall), but this one is a nice exception
10-31-2011 22:03:50 | More by BEERMILER12
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