Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
11-07-2011 15:00:00 | More by ShanePB
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
12-05-2011 23:25:14 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-04-2012 03:54:08 | More by WoodBrew
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-08-2011 04:33:29 | More by DrDemento456
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-01-2012 19:35:04 | More by OWSLEY069
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-02-2012 19:11:34 | More by twiggamortis420
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-17-2011 21:22:03 | More by claspada
3.55/5 rDev -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.
02-05-2012 03:44:45 | More by Durge
2.95/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
12-13-2011 15:32:59 | More by mrfrancis
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-17-2011 04:38:36 | More by Brenden
3.38/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
05-06-2012 17:08:32 | More by sweemzander
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-27-2012 16:34:54 | More by rfgetz
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
12-21-2011 04:20:38 | More by mynie
4/5 rDev +8.7%
This beer pours a black color with brown hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid quarter inch cap of light tan foam. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste has more roasted malt and less coffee and chocolate than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee stout that I would certainly drink again.
11-13-2011 23:16:45 | More by KarlHungus
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a nice pitch black color, with a nice brown head. Laces well, with good head retention. Aroma is mild coffee grounds, with some toasted malts and hints of dry cocoa powder. The coffee kicks a bit more in the taste, and is accompanied by a nice subtle cocoa note and pleasant toasted malts. It's got a nice full body and creaminess to it, and finishes a little dry. Overall, I think I've enjoyed this the most out of the mixed 12 this year. I'd drink this year round...I'm talking to you Koch.
12-02-2011 23:59:30 | More by EgadBananas
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-30-2011 05:37:50 | More by Gmann
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
11-01-2011 16:34:17 | More by lordofthewiens
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
11-02-2011 02:46:46 | More by VelvetExtract
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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