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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(Beer added by: Vixie on 10-22-2011)
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Photo of jneiswender
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass. Served cool. Pours an ink black body and a nice dark tan head. Smells like old coffee (agree with Alstrom). Some chocolate. Creamy, some bite at the end and a little boozy. full and dry on the palate. Overall I kind of like this beer despite not having a refined coffee flavor. I would drink this again and think this is a very nice winter breakfast beer.

Photo of huntermop
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Pouring a near-opaque black, with just a hint of translucency at the edges, Black & Brew opens with a rich, malty nose that is immediately reminiscent of yeasty wheat bread dough and brown sugar. Added to this is a warming counter of roasted coffee beans, much like a lighter version of the aromas that drift from a freshly-opened can of, say, Folgers. The aromas mingle well, the nose filling in a bit of half & half cream, so that, to the nose, the beer strongly resembles a good cup of sugary coffee in a bakery.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy shot of espresso coffee beans and black malt, with a good bit of char and ash providing a robust base, and anyone who has bitten into a whole roasted coffee bean will find these flavors quite familiar. Sugars kick in after a second, adding cream, chocolate, and brown sugar flavors to the mix to help temper the espresso. The powerful coffee flavors do begin to fade after a while, and a set of more stout-like flavors (chocolate malt, ash, caramel) slide in. Held on the tongue for ten seconds or so, most of these flavors begin to fade fairly rapidly, so that the end flavors are more like weak coffee with sugar and cream. Subsequent sips still bear the espresso-heavy upfront flavor profile. The aftertaste is weak (but still high-quality) coffee and cream, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the initial flavors present in a single sip of this beer are excellent, the coffee flavors being strongly present, and joined by decent stout flavors soon after. But the beer does fade in its potency fairly quickly on the tongue, and I found myself wanting the espresso profile to last for much longer over the course of a mouthful. As well, many of the stout flavors seem to be light, as if a medium-grade stout had been amped up with heavy aging. The mouthfeel is also strangely watery for the potency of these initial flavors, creating a distracting contrast. Still, the beer does deliver delicious coffee flavors, and is quite drinkable. Worth a try.

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of scxcrunner
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the holiday mix pack.

Appearance: Looks dirty brown as it pours, but its nice and black with reddish highlights as it sits. Good looking light brown head and some pretty lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet with cocoa powder and coffee. A little roast. Not bad, not great.

Taste: Stale coffee with a bit of sweet chocolate. Roasted bitterness and a little astringency.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin. The old coffee feel on the tongue at the finish is not nice.

Overall: I don't like it very much. Its not bad or off, but not pleasing.

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours heavy brown, almost black with a caramel kissed lathery head of foam.

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and toffee.

Much more coffee in the mouthful, some chocolate, ton of roasted character, not too shabby!

Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start, bitter in the middle, dry finish.

Overall, I was rather surprised with this one, very good.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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!

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tsauce2
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Light tan head, 1 in, puffy, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Medium/dark roast coffee, roasted chocolate malt.

T: Coffee is initial flavor, followed by malt and a touch of hops. The common flavor that I usually pick up in almost all SA beers is not present. After taste is roasted coffee.

M: Carbonation along with balance of coffee and malt gives a medium viscosity and chewy texture. Medium body.

O: This, along with the Rauchbier from the Harvest Pack, are fantastic beers. SA really hit the mark here. Would like a bit more coffee, but I am a coffee lover so there's never too much coffee in anything. Quite surprised that this is a SA beer; wish it were available in a 6 pack.

Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of misternebbie
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +9%

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