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: 1,006
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as part of the Sam Adams winter mixed 12 pack. A solid addition, definitely an improvement over the god awful Cranberry Lambic. While the overall flavors are a bit subdue and it's a bit boring in it's overall taste, it's a nice all-around beer that makes for a nice drinker. The coffee taste is definitely present but not overly strong by any means, a good session beer and good mix up compared to the rest of the pack.

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I quite fancy stouts.

A: Pours a two finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Coffee, nuts, light chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: A nice balance of dominant coffee, light chocolate, very light nuts, and caramel. Fairly simple compared to my expectations. Where is the cream? I like it but it's uninspired. I wish it were built with more ambition.

Mf: Smooth and wet, not suiting the style or the beer. A proper stout should be coarse and dry. Again, where's the cream? This needs work.

Dr: A drinkable beer that is in need of some work, but nonetheless a good one. This approach might work better as a porter rather than a stout. I'd try it on draught, but overall it really isn't special. Pricing is average.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Good retention with fairly thick lacing.

S: Real nice true notes of espresso, light dark chocolate.

T: Coffee is heavy, but well integrated with the base beer. Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of hops in the finish, but overall a malt dominated brew.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy and smooth, moderate aftertaste.

O: This is a really good coffee stout. Not up there with Peche Mortel, but the balance is fantastic and makes for an easy drinking beer. A great addition to the winter mix pack.

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" tan colored head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: coffee tones are all that you can detect here.

Taste: roasted malts, moderate coffee flavors, a hint of bitter chocolate, and a mild bitterness are most notable flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but a bit thin. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: for me this was an average coffee stout but I can't say it wasn't enjoyable. As part of the Winter pack, I prefer this style on a cold night.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these to try. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of frothy tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of thick lacework sticking all over the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges.

The smell of this brew is strong with roasty character smelling of a mixture of dark kilned grains and fresh coffee. A bit of a chocolate scent comes through mixed with a little bit of a mineral component and citrus that seemingly comes from a combination of both the hops and some acidic coffee quality. As it warms up, the chocolate aspect comes forward a little more with some sweetness almost lactose character about it.

The taste is roasty with dark grains providing a pleasant bitterness that couples with coffee flavoring quite well. There is a bit of a citrus hop component also included which mixes with a bit of mineral character just like the aroma displayed. There is a bit of a tangy element that seemingly comes from a combination of the alcohol and acidic coffee inclusion. It finishes with a bit of day old coffee character and more chocolate malt focus that gets lightly sweet almost like a milk stout lactose character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad offering, it started off enjoyable and started to fall apart but towards the end of the glass when it got warmer I started to enjoy it more. This is worth checking out. The alcohol is well integrated for nearly 6%.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours black under a dark mocha head. Leaves respectable light bands of fine lacing as well as low sheeting.

Dark malts and black chocolate nose.

Nose follows through onto the palate, more dark malts, chocolate and understated black coffee. Medium bodied, quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Worth a try for stout fans

Let some pork tenderloin have a bath in a marinade with this as a base. Then enjoy with another glass

Photo of LXIXME
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head on top that recedes quickly, leaving behind spotty lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt and coffee. There is a very faint chocolate aroma as well.

T: Some roasted malt and burnt toast up front with some coffee and coffee grounds afterwards.

M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy feel to it.

O: Liked it more than I expected I would. Typically not a fan of coffee beers, but this one was ok.

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again from the winter brew case.

A: A black stout, no surprise there, but no residual reds or browns to be seen - all black all the time. Another white head, not quite a trend but two-thirds of the way there. Nice lacing around the inside of my glass.

S: A great deal of espresso in the nose, sweetly bitter. The bite of the corffee makes me think of a cold addition. Lactic sweetness is amongst the bitterness, as are chocolate aromas. The coffee, though, is the break-out star, earning a pass to Hollywood.

T: Caramel and coffee, chocolate and lactose, the stout brings a well-rounded sweetness to the table. The coffee is bitter, cut by the lactose and chocolate. Caramel follows, picking up when the coffee slacks off. The end of the sip loses both coffee and caramel a little too quickly. A good start, full of coffee bite and roasted graons, that slowly trails off to middling. I do like that coffee and creme beginning.

M: Good coffee that trails off into caramel and mild roast. Decent and the coffee kick-off, as I've stated above, is worth it.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong coffee aroma ans a vanilla scent. Little bit of caramel and that is about it, not the most complex smelling beer. The caramel and vanilla do give this a Crème Brûlée smell though.

Starts out semi sweet with a moderate coffee flavor and a fair amount of patent malt. This gets sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is medium and from both coffee and hop. Vanilla and chocolate are in here but it pretty much is a coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The Sam Adams Holiday pack crushing is now complete!

A nice small foamy cap colored a nice tan chocolate, slightly two fingers tall, slowly falling but with some good retention. Body color is a dark brown walnut.

Nose has a good coffee smell. Roasting and just ground beans, powdery and very aromatic. Not much else, but solid and quite enjoyable.

Taste is palate quenching, even a little velvety, but noticeably prickly carbonated and not really creamy. Roast coffee in the mid palate but also kind of fleeting. Malt action seems a little buried, this beer is also a little alcohol hot tasting or at least being amplified by the large coffee palate.

Overall though still enjoyable to drink, and quite easy and with a very good coffee presence.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with deep brown edges. Thin, short-lived, tan head.

Sweet, fresh ground coffee over well-roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate. Near 4.5.

Taste: Nicely balanced dark malt and coffee flavors. There's a hint of spicy hops, particularly in the finish. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Fine and long-lasting coffee/roasted grain/hops aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy; perhaps more lively (carbonation) than usual for a coffee stout, but works well for this beer.

O: Another very good coffee stout; these seem to have gone from rarities to nearly commonplace (e.g., Kona) in a short time.

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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one today... bought a single... pours deep and black... short lasting brown head... no lacing...

Nose is pretty rich roasty stout and coffee stout profile... nice roasted malts... and good espresso qualities that are pushed up front by a decent sweetness in the aroma.

Flavor mirrors the nose but seems to have a vanilla component... or even marshmallow note that doesn't belong... the above mentioned negatives are magnified with warmth... some caramel maltiness really becomes too much.

Given the sweetness, this brew only provides a light/medium body... the carbonation helps though... sorta creamy and coating.


Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and nearly opaque with faint reddish highlights. A short brown cap of fine bubbles appeared during the pour, lingered for quite some time, and left some sticky, streaky lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee, malted milk, mild molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness, roast, nutty, coffee grounds, caramel and chocolate notes were very faint compared to the aroma. Slight cherry or currant flavour in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild astringency from the dark grains. Overall, a solid and drinkable coffee stout.

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