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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: 1,001
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 35
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 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
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColdPoncho, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yemenmocha, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

BEERMILER12, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Sam Adams holiday samplers offers up this new brew from Jim Koch and company. Appears pitch black no light makes it through when held toward the light. Deep thick mocha tan head forms a dense foam cap with speckled even coated lacing left on the sides of my glass. Aroma is great pure ice brewed coffe roasts, with creamy sweet lactose sugar notes and a caramelized malt presence really makes for a pleasant smell. Creamy dark chocolate/roasted coffee accents works wonderfully together, semi acidic nautre about it from the coffee roasts. Robust coffee flavor in each sip really a well rounded sipping stout, easy to drink but intense with layers of flavor. Caramelized creamy malt sugars and robust Sumatran coffee even has layers of vine ripened fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied never thick or hard to bear on the palate, quite the oppposite with velvet texture and smooth carbonation. Overall an excellent source of mainstream coffee beer the way it should be brewed every time, one that highlights the nature of how awesome both coffee and beer can be. Especially as in the symbiotic relationship that Black and Brew provides, just try this one this holiday season.

WVbeergeek, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a small yet tight toasted khaki colored head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There is some very light roasted notes but the coffee takes the show. Not very strong but its good.

The flavor is of light roast, kind of like a dry irish stout. More roast flavors come up towards the end. There is a bit of a sour like berry note. The coffee doesn't bang you over the head but serves more as an undercurrent. It adds more of a coffee bitterness to the brew.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. A bit light and fizzy for a stout. Nice and roasty throughout the palate.

A nice stout. Not big but it is flavorful. A good keeper for Sam Adams.

Gmann, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from last night: pours very dark brown and looks like coffee with red at the top and bottom where the light hits it; it had a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and a creamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.

Smells of burnt coffee, vanilla, roasted grains and toffee; basically this smells like a Starbucks latte poured into a stout, and while it’s basically a coffee treat, to me this smells delicious.

Tastes like coffee, vanilla, roasted grains, burnt malt, caramel, molasses, toffee, herbs, tea, citrus hops and some bitter flavor like charcoal; this is very tasty, flavorful and goes down smooth and easy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with almost no carbonation, a lighter body and a watery overall feel like it's a cold coffee left out for a few hours.

A new winner from Sam Adams, this was smooth, tasty and very enjoyable. This brew hid the 5.8% ABV very well, and at first it seemed like a gimmick beer until I got the cap off and then inhaled that wonderful coffee aroma. This beer was a very pleasant surprise and a beer I definitely recommend checking out.

CHickman, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of whiplash3825
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black with a huge brown head with great retention. Tons of lacing. Beautiful!

Coffee and chocolate in the nose, some dark fruit and alcohol phenols.

Taste follows the smell... an equal amount of coffee and dark fruit, initially sweet followed by some hoppy bitterness; strong roasted malts throughout. Really nice!

Mouthfeel is okay. I wouldn't mind some additional thickness and chewiness with a brew this robust.

Overall a great beer for a cool day... solid all the way around! I've been increasingly impressed with what BBC is doing with what is pretty much mass-produced beer.

whiplash3825, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of bnewall3
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was highly impressed by this beer especially after having there Chocolate Bock, which was terrible in my opinion. This beer had a very creamy head along with a very creamy taste. The roasted malt characteristics were on point as well as the smooth finish. It could have had a little more hop taste(coming from someone who isn't high on hops) but overall i still give this beer an 8.5 out of 10

bnewall3, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical stout. Black as night. Just a hint of brown on the edges when held up to a light. A tan 1 finger head with decent lacing.

S: Nice. Sweet malt...coffee...a bit of chocolate...and a hint of astringency.

T: Wow.Very nice. A perfectly balanced blend of flavors. While the coffee is strong and dominates....it does not overpower. Just enough chocolate/malt sweetness to keep you coming back. Nice roasted flavors are noticeable. Hops provide just enough bitterness to balance things. Awesome lingering flavors of coffee and chocolate. A Starbucks Cafe mocha in a beer!

M: Creamy...smooth...full bodied.

O: I REALLY like this new offering. Most coffee stouts I have had are higher ABV beers. This is perfect. Balance is the key. Nothing overpowers and this is highly drinkable. A great alternative to the imperial stouts with coffee. A great beer IMHO. I'll certainly stock up on this if it goes to sixers!

Brunite, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of aorloski
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a true to the style very dark black. White head, was hoping more khaki in it and it disappears very quickly, lacing seems to be pretty good though. Pretty standard

Smell - WOW, honestly smells like any good craft coffee stout. Big coffee in your face, roasted malts, i am pretty blown away by it.

Taste - Follows the nose. It kind of tastes like a waters down breakfast stout but in a good way. I am pretty damn impressed to be honest, nice roast, chocolate and coffee notes in this one.

Mouthfeel - Pretty standard, nothing good nothing great, fizzy yet smooth and milky.

Overall - I must say i bought the 12 pack winter variety just to try this beer and i am really glad i did, i was really kind of surprised at the quality of this one. Very coffee forward but does not dismiss the great qualities of a stout, chocolates and roasted malts. Very nice, i am impressed!

aorloski, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this out so early! (oct 26)...too early in my opinion

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head that stays well. some lacing.

S-smells like coffee beans, like a fist full of coffee beans. just a hint of that samuel adams backbone to it. decent strength

T-comes in with an impressively full flavored taste of coffee beans. definitely has that bean taste to it more so than the actually beverage. its a good dark taste that continues as a great after-taste. this is a really good full flavored stout! has just a hint of sour milk to it.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a really creamy finish

O-i'm fairly impressed with this stout. Its one of the most full flavored American stouts that i've had. it shows how good and fairly intense flavor can come from a lower ABV. it does seems to lose some of its luster as the drink goes on.

AdamBear, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New for the 2011 Winter Holiday Variety Pack. Best by: Feb 28, 2012. Poured at 60 degrees F into Chimay chalice.

A: Black with dark brown highlights with a thick tan head that quickly recedes into nothingness.

S: Smells heavily of coffee, cream, and roasted malts. Interesting.

T: Really bizarre. It literally tastes like coffee. There's is a bit of a roasted malt backbone and a smidge of hops. There is also a nice chocolate undertone.

M: Medium-thick bodied. Moderate carbonation. As expected for a stout.

O: Definitely a nice winter-type drink. There's a lot more coffee character than any stout I've ever had before. It's not really a bad thing at all...it's just...strange. I guess you don't how much it tastes like coffee unless you try it. If you're not a fan of coffee, avoid this one; you won't like it. Otherwise, it's a quality, albeit interesting, stout. Definitely worth picking up, especially since it comes packaged with some other great brews.

TTAmod, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich brown body with a robust coffee colored head.
S: Roasty, smokey, and cocoa notes with a hint of charcoal.
T: The flavor starts with some nice roasted malt flavor and melds into a great subtle bitter coffee taste. Not too overpowering or overly sweet. Nice simple coffee stout.
M/O: This beer is a good representation of the style. Not too overpowering and not too sweet.

pzrhsau, Oct 24, 2011
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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