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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83
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1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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 Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

3.5/3.5/3/3/3

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy A has done it again! SOB this is a good beer. The Black & Brew pours a nearly opaque deep rich amber with ecru head that is lacing. The smell is espresso with hints of semi sweet choclate. The taste is like a mochacinno delight...espresso with chocolate...I luv when a brewer hits his mark. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer....that really hit the mark.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black beer with a tan head about 3/4" in height. Aroma delivered a good coffee aroma, simple, straight forward.

Nice taste, dry, roasty, plenty of coffee, no astringent bitterness, creamy without feeling like there was a lactose addition or other type of adjunct thrown in. Really tastes artisan in the sense that it is craftfully done in a simple and minimalistic way. Chocolate malt, roasted two row, coffee press and done and easy to drink. Very enjoyable when you're getting it for $1 a bottle.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Winter 12 pack, April is notched.

A pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

It smells nice; lots of coffee notes with some chocolate and sweet malt.

The taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate in that order. I don't get any of the dark fruit mentioned on the upper label but it's tasting fine as is. I like.

It does have a fullness of body, also per label, and the carbonation is medium; as a result, it's a very creamy mouthfeel. Yes. I like again and I'm glad there's more of this in the box. Well done.

Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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

Pours a black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam that quickly recedes.

Aromas begin with coffee and roasted malts, chocolate powder and a splash of lactose sweeteness. Really not much else.

The tastes begin with lightly roasted barley flavor with light cocoa, caramelized sugar, toasted bread and, of course, the coffee. There is a hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Small touch of bitterness but mainly roasty with a slightly sweetish creamy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel but a little thin to be honest.

Overall I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack. Nothing too exciting or memorable but quite drinkable and much better than past Winter Pack beer... Cranberry lambic.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks pretty sweet for a stout deep dark black with a mocha head of at least an inch and a half.

S - Smells pretty light for a coffee stout, maybe a slight bit of coffee or chocolate.

T - Not quite bad it delivers a good coffee taste and is moderately creamy. Light chocolate and a nice bit of roast as well.

M - Pretty good it is a bit light but a very full bodied stout.

Overall I liked it and am glad I have one more but consider me spoiled since I would rather have a Breakfast stout. Nice beer overall.

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

An opaque brown-black colored stout with a decent light tan head that clears to more of filmy ring with good signs of lacing. The nose picks up a firm coffee scent, somewhat Kaluha I think. Cocoa as well. The flavor says lots more coffee, bitter grounds and a touch of charcoal softened by mild chocolate wash. I pick up the usual bit of prune darkness with peppery edges. Body is medium-plus with a smooth but somewhat chalky feel. Carbonation is quite modest but adequate, making for an overall good coffee beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pretty much black color with a very creamy tan head. Dense foam fades slow and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent looking brew.

Nose is fresh coffee grounds and mild notes of chocolate and caramel. Coffee is pretty strong on this one. Smells good.

While the taste is not as good as the smell, it is still a pretty tasty offering from the BBC. Coffee is still big, but gets a bit acrid and too roasty...does not have enough malt heft and sweetness behind it to back it up. That all leads to a fairly thin mouthfeel and a bitter finish, but not really from the hops. The coffee is fresh tasting though, and the beer still goes down smooth despite the heavy roast. While I probably wouldnt buy a stand-alone sixer of Black & Brew, I think this is a fine addition to the Winter Mixed Pack and would like to see it included again sometime.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, yes, or at least such a very dark brown that I can only tell it's not ink or oil by the look of it because some color shines through in the light. The head is brown and just over a finger tall. It sticks around all the way and leaves a good amount of evidence in some decently thick rings and spidery legs.
Malts are roasty and lay a solid foundation, bringing out some chocolate with the coffee grounds. It's also toasty and the creamy leaning gives a bit of a caramel note.
The taste offers a creamy light chocolate and caramel sweetness under roasted malts with plenty of coffee goodness. Toast, a gentle undertone of fig and/or raisin, and just a tinge of hops for light balance top it off. There is a wisp of some astringency to which otherwise great coffee-based beers can be prone; it's just enough to be a very minor mar and not terribly distracting.
The body is medium with a nice, creamy feel. It's not heavily carbonated but maybe a hint much for a stout.

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, dry roast coffee. In the taste, dry coffee, with notes of roast and lactose. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small sweet lactose in the aftertaste. A nice coffee balance with a nice roasty malt.

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- Mild roasted and raisin bits. Small hints of cocoa.

(T)- Nice parts of mild roasted grains, coffee ground, raisin and cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and rich but balanced and subdued.

(D)- A nice little brew for a brisk night outside. Solid for the style.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a creamy, compact tan head.

S: Aromas of coffee, roasted grain, and dark fruits fill the nose.

T: Opens with notes of coffee, minerals, cream, vanilla bean, bitter chocolate, black currants, and roasted grain. The finish is bitter and toasty with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean notes.

M: Dry and oddly thin for the style. Carbonation is way too forceful. To me, this beer comes off as being completely off-kilter.

O: I tend to be a defender of the Boston Beer Company's efforts, but this one does not do a thing for me. The best part of it is the smell. If the body were a bit thicker and the carbonation less forceful, I might be inclined to give this beer a better review.

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

Snagged in the holiday mixpack.

Pours dark ruby, 90-odd percent opaque, with a nice, retentive brown head.

Smells nice, but a little weak. Dry stout nodes mixed with straight black coffee. Nothing surprising, but nice.

Tastes like it smells--it's hard to come up with a neat way to describe something so un-neat. Starts off with raw, nicely rough barley that's more like a porter than a stout. This mellows out into sweeter malt near the middle and then ending on bitter coffee. The body's nice and thick, and the balance is wonderful.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by April notched on label.

black, with 1/2" cream colored head that fades into a thin covering that remains for a while. smells exactly like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

taste is very roasty - coffee, toasted marshmellow. a nice balance of sweetness and bitter. lingering aftertaste. medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - a decent dessert beer

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