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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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990 Ratings

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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011)
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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.

airforbes1, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Kinsman, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Brad007, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

rangerred, Nov 06, 2011
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 06, 2011
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.

CheezyBlaster, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GregBlatz, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Pounderoftheweek
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Pounderoftheweek, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of sneakybird
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

sneakybird, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OStrungT, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JayS2629, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gtermi, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of UncleAddie
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

UncleAddie, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

CaptJackHarkness, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

MrOH, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

homebrew311, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 .

SawDog505, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of RossCain
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

RossCain, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

elNopalero, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of beerman21
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beerman21, Nov 01, 2011
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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