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

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee StoutSamuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout

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957 Ratings

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%

Brewed by:
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 whatthehull


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A - Deep brown, light tan one finger head and some head lacing

S - HUGE coffee, note, lots of acidity, dark chocolate, a huge roasted note, a weird but nice funk note, slight hop, foliage and some charred wood

T - charred wood, very acidic diner like huge coffee note, an earthy hop, soil, greens, a hint of sweet malts, very dark chocolate and an all around roastiness

M - Medium minus body, low balance, low complexity, medium plus acidity and a very long coffee and chocolate finish

D/O - Note the most drinkable beer. Very nice with a sweet desert and a roaring fire. This screams the Christmas season. Better than most of the holiday pack, but not amazing

Final thought - below %6 abv and nothing amazing, this one is kept for the Christmas season

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 04:42:53 | More by whatthehull
Photo of MaximalC


3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark chestnut bordering on ebony. A decent sized mocha head was achieved with a vigorous pour and left appreciable lacing. The aroma is primarily coffee with perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor matches the smell, though I find it to be very one-dimensional. The coffee flavor is closer to your generic cup of joe as opposed to any fancy artisinal brew. This lends an ascerbic element to the coffee that I don't particularly enjoy, yet appears all too common in coffee themed beers. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if there were stronger supporting flavors to shoulder the load, but unfortunately bitter black coffee is the only prominent taste. Maybe if you look hard you can find some milk chocolate in there, and a meager dose of hops, but on the whole there is a surprising lack of substance for the style. This isn't a terrible brew in that it is technically drinkable, but there's not much to relish in a thin, bitter, one-dimensional stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:35:52 | More by MaximalC
Photo of syrupjoe


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12Oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying it in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy mocha tan head.

Nose: coffee, roast, cocoa, caramel.

Taste: coffee, acidity, roast, peat, molasses.

Overall a decent coffee beer. No overwhelmingly strong flavors, but fairly well balenced. Wish it was sweeter and had a more solid beer base.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:56:01 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of magine


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black color with some ruby edges. Has a thick tan head with lots of bubbles. Big chunky head with lots of lace at the onset, and it settles nicely to a dense layer. Good patchy lace rims the glass. Great looks on this brew.

Brew smells of sweet roasted coffee and chocolate, maybe even chicory and some dark fruits. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and peppery upfront. Surprising carbonation, not bad though. Has almost a hop feel as well. Good Coffee and dark fruits here. The dark fruits have a nice flavor that switches this style up. Good drinkability here. Finishes a tad dry. An interesting brew for sure. Good flavors, could use more thickness here though. Good taste, mouthfeel average.

Brew is good and sessionable and has some different things going on other than what you would you would expect from a straight up coffee stout. Good solid brew, wish it was a bit more chewy and thick though. Good though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:43:23 | More by magine
Photo of wspscott


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass
best by: June 2012

A: Pours completely black with a thin tan head, looks like a standard stout.
S: Some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate and some coffee
T: Tastes like a light version of a sweet stout with a little bit of coffee added. The roasted malts are very much in the background and the coffee is mostly on the back of the tongue. Everything is well integrated, so no ingredient dominates.
M: Not light, not heavy, definitely not in the style of a RIS. Right on the nose for carbonation, i.e. not too much or too little.
O: I like this beer quite a bit, it is nice to have a solid stout with the coffee addition vs. a RIS with coffee (I like those also). This makes me want to brew a sweet stout with coffee, something I would not have thought of before having this beer. I would not reach for this all the time, but I have enjoyed the couple out of the mixed pack. I would definitely pick up a sixer next fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:23:10 | More by wspscott
Photo of Ruger


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost a complete black with a tan three finger head with great retention and lacing.

S - Strong chocolate and milk, I'm not getting any coffee at all in the smell.

T - Right up front raw coffee beans and then roasted malt/chocolate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Solid medium body with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 01:47:58 | More by Ruger
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This coffee stout does not disappoint if you're craving a brew that tastes like coffee. Pours a dark black with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head, leaving a good amount of lacing along the glass. The smell is bitter, chocolatey, sweet; the taste is also bitter, with hints of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Towards the end, the flavors dissipate a bit and you're left with basically just the bitterness. Although most like to pair a coffee or oatmeal stout with dessert, I'm more along the lines of pairing these types of stouts (and imperial stouts) with a good burger. I'd have this one again if I was eating a burger, or maybe as an after-dinner brew, but it's definitely a novelty beer imo as opposed to a truly great stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:02:41 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - An OK but generic looking label. I expect better for Sam Adams.

Appearance - Pours out a dark brown black color with a 1 1/2 finger airy tan head that sticks around a great while. Head retention is superb on this offering which lead to very nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of strong fresh black coffee. Huge black coffee smell over powers any other aroma from hitting the nose.

Taste - Tastes of slight dark chocolate sweetness that blends well with the huge fresh black coffee flavor. Not much else going on here but coffee. Has a nice coffee bitterness bite on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin bodied. Definitely on the thin end of medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability - As far as actual flavor, aroma, and mouth feel this is very drinkable but only in limited quantities because of the intensity of the coffee flavor.

An intense coffee experience that I would classify as an after dinner / dessert beer. Probably wont agree with everyone but I thought it was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:04:20 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of ouser31


3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this around the holiday season and it was a decent sipping beer... it tasted and finished really good... i wana try it on tap and see if there is a difference then the bottle... i enjoy most of Sam Adams beer this one i'll enjoy again im sure...!!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 22:37:49 | More by ouser31
Photo of DirtyPenny


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. Opaque with mahogany highlights around the edges. 1.5f deep tan head. Thin loops of lacing.

S: Not much coffee on nose. More caramel-like. Sweet.

T: Coffee comes through strong. Very sweet. More like coffee with cream and sugar than a strong black coffee. Pleasant aftertaste on the tongue.

M: Creamy and frothy. Medium but can see thick from where it lives.

O: Another nice offering in the Sam Adams Winter pack. There are richer and more flavorful coffee stouts out there and I wouldn't be thrilled or disappointed if this was around next year. Nice change of space, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 20:02:51 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a black pour with a two finger rocky light brown head and sticky lace.

S- a great rush of coffee and some chocolate. Not a ton of complexity but it really smells amazing.

T- roasty coffee, dark chocolate, toasty grain, some hopping, metallic twang, light to medium mouthfeel.

O- the flavor can't live up to the nose, but it is still a tasty coffee stout. Bottle says the finish has notes of dark fruit too, that would have been nice, oh well.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:08:46 | More by Tschnab
Photo of Cylinsier


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, half inch coffee-and-cream head retains very well, never totally goes away.

Smells of hershey chocolate and mild roasted coffee beans.

Tastes of roasted milk chocolate and mild coffee acidity with some brown sugar and toasty bready notes.

Body is medium to slightly thick with a soft airy tingle of carbonation.

A pretty decent but not great stout, but enjoyable enough and worth having. Not going to win any awards, but I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:24:16 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of samie85


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red edged black color with two fingers of light brown head.

Smells of primarily coffee with some hint of dark chocolate and an earthy hop note.

Big coffee notes with some dark chocolate and a caramel backing.

A decent and rich feel with a decent richness and a dry finish.

Incredibly drinkable but this one is a little one dimensional; the coffee dominates the stage front and center without much to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:24:48 | More by samie85
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with moderate cap of tan froth, moderate lacing. Scent brings heavy roasted and fresh brewed drip coffee with hints of cocoa powder, sweet cream and sugar.
Taste follows suit, maybe a touch sweeter than expected. Moderate quality coffee, more drip than press or espresso, healthy dose of cream and sugar, dry cocoa powder and a touch of dark fruit. Not overly complex, but easy drinking. Medium bodied, a touch thin for the style, would have liked a little more heft or coating. A nice approachable coffee stout for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:34:54 | More by rfgetz
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is dark brown, but pretty close to black. Can't see through it but it gets a slight lighter brown around th eedges. Light Tan colored head that stickcs around for quite a bit; good lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Much like the bottle indicates, there are strong coffee aromas. Not like brewed coffee, more like the beans or grinds though.

Taste is good. Again there are strong flavors of black coffee throughout. I personally love the flavor of coffee and this hits it pretty good. It's not life changing, but certainly above average.

Mouthfeel is good. Balanced carbonation level and pretty smooth. Body is a little lighter than I expected, but it makes sense, black coffee usually isn't full bodied.

Overall this is actually a pretty tasty cofee stout. I remember the 1st time I tried it was back during the tasters choice in 08 or 09. This lost out to the Blackberry Wheat, I don't know why, I think this is a much better beer. It's an excellent addition to the Winter Classic pack in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:35:36 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Head sticks around for awhile, Standard

S- nice coffee aroma with hints of chocolate in there. Pretty damn good IMO

T- there isn't a lot of coffee flavor that I'm getting...and what I am getting is more of a chocolate flavor that coffee

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- pretty much what I expected from a Sam Adams stout: drinkable, but not otherworldly

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:56:17 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of NardiByNature


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown. Opaque. Short tan head fades soon enough to leave a spotty covering that clings to the glass. Circular lacing clings to the glass briefly for a minute.

S: Roasted java. Kahlua. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

T: Coffee ice cream and burnt toast. More robust sweetness as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied stout that’s dry and well carbonated. Bitter.

O: Drinkable if you like black coffee – which is OK in moderation. Make sure to serve this at the proper temp.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:30:05 | More by NardiByNature
Photo of MrMegaton09


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as part of a Christmas gift from a lifelong friend at a party. Served in a Pint glass this beer is a beauty to the eye. Everything you would expect from a stout, nice dark color clean an crisp.

As a devout stout fanatic this beer really took the cake for me. The aroma was very appealing, a nice malty aroma with a dash of sweet roast coffee. Neither overpowering the other.

First thoughts on taste, started out as a very well balanced stout, not overpowering, quick malty taste to start, about halfway through the coffee starts to make its presence known. Extremely well balanced, coffee notes were very tasteful and pleasing.

Overall a very good choice for anyone with a different outlook on what they want from their beer. Definately an A plus for any stout fan. One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to try. This is a definite must try during the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:55:38 | More by MrMegaton09
Photo of matt062286


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, a translucent mahogany color appears when held to light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Excellent head retention and heavy lacing. Very imperial stout looking, quite pleasing.

S - Semi-sweet dark chocolate baking chips, vanilla, dark roast coffee, faint hops. Pretty solid overall.

T - Strong coffee presence, roasted, smoky malts. Notes of dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and alcohol astringency. Slight lingering of hop bitterness. Tastes to me like a lightweight version of an IS or RIS.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - Pretty typical for a Sam Adams, nothing too ambitious (not necessarily a bad thing) but unique in its own right. Wish it would have had a bigger body and more alcohol, but overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:01:03 | More by matt062286
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown so deep in color it passes for black until you hold it up to the light. Tan colored head with some decent retention but only mediocre lacing levels. Nice bitter chocolate presence but the real show stealer is the amazingly fresh coffee flavor and aroma that upstages everything. Texture is perhaps a wee bit thinner than it ought to be for such bold and aggressive flavoring, but the carbonation is alright. Memorable for having an extremely fresh and delicious coffee flavor emphasis that outshines the weaker roasted malts in the background.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 22:15:54 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of JohnnyMc


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the most part this is a very traditional stout (which isn't a bad thing), but there are two things that separate it.
One, it's a tad lighter than most stouts, but this does make it easier to drink and two, the coffee taste is huge. Yes, most stouts have the taste of coffee, but this almost tastes like someone added beer to coffee.

It's very strong and tasty and would go great with some eggs and bacon after a long night of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:45:56 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, ruby highlights, and a big softball of dark tan rocky foam. Light highly stretched lace.

Big inviting roast coffee aroma.

Taste kicks off with fresh coffee, and a hint of chocolate down in the mix. Mild bitterness without an actual bite. Very smooth taste overall.

Smooth rich mouthfeel without being oily or syrupy.

Overall a solid coffee stout, one that could be overlooked if one only looks at imperials, but should be appreciated on its own level.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:36:39 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice quarter-inch thick, chocolaty head floating on pitch black beer. Looks beautiful--exactly what a stout should look like. Head dissipates a little too quickly otherwise would have been a 5.

Smells a bit sweet (like sweetened condensed milk); the coffee scent comes through here too, but isn't overpowering.

Tastes good, but a bit too acidic. If it were a bit creamier in the taste to balance things out, it would be nicer, but that isn't to say this isn't nice--it's just too sharp to have more than one.

The lingering acidity is a detriment, but it's countered by the full body. This swishes to a tightly packed foam (almost a whipped cream consistency) which is great.

Overall, this beer showed a lot of promise, but didn't fully deliver. Still, it is a very good stout, and for coffee stouts, it's one of the best I've had. The acidity that the coffee brings isn't the most pleasant addition to the beer, but the flavor is nice, the body is good, and the look is magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:27:43 | More by Kooz
Photo of Bookseeb


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance pours a very dark brown having a easily dissipating head leaving nil lace. Smell of roasted malt/coffee, chocolate and creamer. Taste of the coffee, maybe more of chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt with light caramel and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It has a nice flavor of coffee thats enjoyable for coffee lovers that has a little alchohol involved.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:40:06 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Lemke10


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a mild light brown head. Scent is mostly of robust malts and cocoa. Not too much of a coffee scent. Taste is rather mild for a stout. Starts off with a bold cocoa/coffee flavor but finishes rather clean with not much of an after taste. Rather smooth and filling making for a great sipping stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:24:51 | More by Lemke10
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