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Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee StoutSamuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
DARKLY ENTICING – smooth, velvety cream cascades into a jet black brew revealing a rich, robust character. The dark roasted malts create notes of bittersweet chocolate with hints of dark fruit while the Sumatran & Indian Monsoon Malabar coffees develop a deep roasty dimension.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee stouts seem to be the rage in the past few years. Unlike traditional Irish style, coffee is added to provide the rich coffee taste. Sam Adams has created this interesting hybrid, a nitrogenated coffee stout, the first I have seen in the can anywhere. Exceptionally smooth and not overly sweet with low alcohol content, but rich with coffee flavor and subtle chocolate notes. Reasonably priced and readily available, this one is a winner.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can and into the Samuel Adams nitro glass, pretty cool
Look - fantastic looking nitro stout out of a can. Super dark with a big lasting tan head. Looks creamy
Smell - smokey dark black coffee with a little milk creamer, maybe a little cocoa
Taste - mollaces dark chocolate and milky
Feel - medium light body and creamy
Overall - pretty good, with it taste a little better but it's still pretty darn good

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Twisted Timber, Meridian ID.

Pours a nearly opaque brown/black with a nitro-induced tan head...aromas are initially muted, with underlying notes of espresso, roast, and some cream...more roast and coffee on the palate but it isn't overwhelming...hints of dark bittersweet chocolate and some more of that creamy, almost lacto character. The coffee isn't buried, but it isn't as upfront as I would like. Lighter bodied, creamy from the nitro.

Might need a larger sampling size (16oz can) before I make too harsh of a judgement, but it didn't live up to my hopes. My preference would be for more robust coffee and roast flavors.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 15 oz can invert poured into a Guinness gravity glass.

Look: Nearly black in coloration with a one finger tan head of thick foam almost the consistency of cream. Incredible head retention consistent with most nitro beers.

Smell: Roasted notes of coffee and some slightly sour roast malts.

Taste: Bitter black coffee and slightly sour malt alcohol.

Feel: Nitro smoothness and little to no carbonation lend to an almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: The addition of the coffee makes for a pretty drinkable nitro stout although I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Applebee's in East Hanover. Pours a jet black, ebony hue with a tan finish and moderate frothing. Enticing, espresso laden aroma with hints of chocolate. Not bad.

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Photo of Dakin
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with a persistent silky smooth cream colored head.

Smell: Straight high quality black coffee, tabacco, and hints of spices. Very smoky and pleasant.

Taste: Coffee up front, tabacco aftertaste. Super smooth and sessionable. Not bitter.
Very impressed by this macro-ish stout.

Feel: Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: Great coffee stout. The nitro really makes this beer. Hopefully I can find it on the shelves. 8/10.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter glass. 5.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Velvety retention of the head to the glass indicative of a nitrogen charge. Opaque, nearly black in the glass.

Smell- Caramel, molasses, coffee beans.

Taste- Semi sweet grainy malt. Nutty flavor. Coffee flavor builds. Becomes a more roasted, bitter coffee bean later in the flavor profile. Dark roast finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with low carbonation.

Overall- A solid coffee beer. Definitive coffee notes with a good malt base.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). This stout pours a deep brown color, with a super light brown head. A good amount of lacing to this one. Nitro Coffee Stout has an ABV of 5.80% This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Nitro Coffee Stout , is coffee, roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on some nice hops in the smell of this brew. There is a lot going on in Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout . I really like the look and smell of this stout. Now for the taste, it is Bold, with roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on the coffee and hops in the taste. This is one rich but bold Samuel Adams brew. I can't get over how smooth this stout goes down, hard to pick up on the 5.80% ABV in this brew. If you are not a fan of coffee say away from this brew, however if you like coffee look this brew up. The mouth feel of Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout is coffee, smooth, bold, rich, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I will buy this brew again. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) did a real nice job with this coffee stout

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan head. Plenty of lacing and nice retention. Aroma was light and just a bit roasty. Flavor of coffee, cocoa and roasted malt. Light, nitrogenated mouthfeel but more body than a many other nitro beers. Overall, it's a serviceable coffee stout on nitro, flavors hold up pretty well.

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Photo of ricke49
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I think my widget must have died - because this is the thinnest, flattest stout (either nitro or non nitro) I've ever had. Head was tiny, feel was thin. Horrible, in short. I've had the nitro IPA and it was appropriately creamy for a nitro (though for other reasons it wasn't my 'thing'). This one though becomes my first drain pour in about a year. UPDATE: following the drain pour - actually a side yard pour - i discovered there was NO WIDGET! That explains everything. I purchase my beer at a great bottle shop, so I have no doubt they'll do right by me on this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the can into a Spiegelau stout glass, this beer has a three finger thick tan head, with nearly-impenetrable lacing, and a profoundly dark brown body.

Smells like desirably roasted malts, slightly bitter black coffee, and a slight tinge of hops near the end.

I taste a delightful mix of the coffee and malts with a tad more sweetness and not as much hop bitterness that I expected with the scent. Which is fine by me, to be honest.

The mouthfeel is medium and appropriately creamy, with fair carbonation as with all nitro's.

Overall, I'll give Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a 4.5 It said on the box "enjoy by October '16", but this being a stout I really didn't pay it any mind. I'm wondering if the tastes would be just a liiiiittle more pronounced if I would've had a fresher batch. Nonetheless, this is a very well-brewed example of a coffee stout that actually benefits from the inclusion of nitro. Can't say this about the other styles in ol' Sam's Nitro Series, so give this a whirl if you don't want to blind buy and be disappointed. I'll more than likely grab this again during the colder months.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the 16 oz. can into a pint glass, this beer pours a solid, dark brown color with an off-white/tan head that while only about 1/4 of an inch thick even when first poured, has some of the most excellent retention I've ever seen for such a tiny head. This little guy of foam just doesn't quit. Eventually it settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass, and without much lacing. Aromas of very roasted caramel and chocolate, somewhat mineral-esque malt sweetness along with roasted coffee that gives way to some earthy hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with nicely roasted caramel and chocolate malt sweetness that gives way to some roasted coffee bitterness, hints of vanilla, and an earthy and slightly piney hop bitterness to round out the flavor profile. Quite a well balanced and overall very enjoyable flavor profile. Has an smooth, creamy, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Very drinkable indeed! I really quite enjoyed this.


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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a single can from Don Quiojte $2.89
Dark black color
Light carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Creamy, smooth light coffee taste
Overall just ok. It basically is like drinking a Guinness Draught. Nothing to set it apart. In a blind taste test people wouldn't even know its a Sam Adams.

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Photo of DerekP
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, almost black body with a nougat colored head that sticks to the glass with a slickness. Fresh coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with some tannin bitterness. Feel is creamy, smooth and dry at the end.

Enjoying this for the second time. I can grab a pint can of this at the local bottle shop for $2.25. Tough to pass up after a hard night.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15 oz. can

Pours maroon tinted black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate melded together with some nutty caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, malty grain, dark fruit, and mild earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark chocolate and roasted coffee, nutty caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, malty grain, dark fruit, with some earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a nice nitro coffee stout.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark clear cola-colored body, silky cream-colored head, fine webs of lace. The surprising first aspect of the nose is mineral and stone, and only after that comes a bit of coffee, lactose, and roasted malt. The body retains a bit of this earthy aspect but does shift its focus to the namesake, coffee. It's a creamed, sugary coffee, almost like a marshmallow, which completely negates the bitterness and acidity, and it seems that nitro detracts from the flavor of any beer, this one included, wow what a run-on sentence this is, yeah? A touch of smoke, milk chocolate, and roasty malt follow on the finish. Body is medium, smooth and creamy.
I enjoyed the sweetness and warmth it provided combined with the smoothness of the nitro, but I'm not sure I like the nitro muting the flavors on the whole. The stone/minerality on the nose would have been great as a nuance, but as the main aroma it was confusing. All in all an enjoyable, but underdeveloped, milkshake-like beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can it displayed its best attribute; its look. A three layer cascade of colors; a creamy and silky large white head up top, an undulating mocha colored middle layer that eventually settles, much like a Guiness. Finally a dark brown nearly jet black layer on the bottom.
Light coffee roast and sweet cocoa like aroma. A mild zesty dark fruit aroma also becomes evident as it warms.
In the mouth it is silky, creamy velvety and smooth. Sweet overall, with milk chocolate like flavors and little complexity. However, as the drink warms, some of the coffee attributes come out. The body is light for a stout, perhaps a bit thin for my tastes.
Not a bad sweet stout. It is simple, and basically a more refined version of Guiness.

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Photo of delta490
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out a very deep brown with about a finger of thick creamy light tan head. The aroma is milder, but offers primarily coffee with just a hint of chocolate malt and earthy hops. The taste is much the same but even less robust than the aroma. The body is between medium and heavy, and smooth throughout.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nitrogen infused beer cans are a concept that I find in the section of British and Irish beers. Boston Beer looks into that niche with a coffee stout. Coming from a 15 ounce can, on to the beer:

It cascades quickly and forms a milky creamy tanned head above an obsidian colored stout. With the nitrogen gas, this head is going nowhere, and the creamy lace fits the stereotype. The coffee aroma is pleasing, modest, also a little smoky in the form of cured meat. It also has a gassy aroma that I find in many other nitro-canned ales.

Nitro Coffee Stout is not bitter at all, and in fact lends a little sweetness. Like chocolate covered coffee beans without the astringency. Quite the pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and is easy to drink.

Nitrogen is the curveball thrown into this coffee stout. It makes for a different experience.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Super silk smooth, sweet chocolate malt, creamy coffee toffee notes. milk cream coffee nose.
Black, opaque with a tall foamy head and ring lattice on glass. Medium lite body for a stout. A smooth mouth-feel of a latte.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a dark brown, almost black, with a lovely light brown full head. Coffee and malt in the nose. The mouth is lovingly assaulted by the coffee and roasted malt and loves it! Creamy mouthfeel! My favorite Sam Adams Nitro!

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks oily and dusty
Smells of metal, roasted malts, some cocoa, coffee
Tastes of coffee, roasted cocoa. Very metal aftertaste
Silky smooth and light
Don't get this beer

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout"
15 fl. oz. can, no freshness dating but coded "AUG 2016"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

This is my 3rd venture into the Sam Adams nitro beers category, and perhaps my favorite, but let's look at the basic beer before we get into the whole nitrogen controversy.

Decent enough stout. Decent enough coffee blend - not too much, not too little. To boot, the coffee has a very nice roasty quality and a bit of fruitiness. Overall I find it fantastic. I ask myself "Could it have been better?" and then answer "Perhaps, but it's pretty damned good as it is." It's a stout, it's got coffee, and it's balanced across the board with just a little bit of acidity that you actually want from both the dark malts and the coffee itself. I would not turn this beer down.

So, does the nitro-pour enhance this beer? I'd say yes. It smooths that acidity, and the rest of the beer, leaving it sooooo creamy. I even have to question, "Is it too soft?".

I was not impressed by their Nitro White Ale, and the Nitro IPA didn't do much for me either, but I think the nitro really works for this one, and the beer itself is hard to fault as well. Nicely done!

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Photo of colts9016
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint at 47 degrees. A: A two finger creamy light tan head with good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown and is opaque.

N: A rich coffee aroma, with chocolate, dark roasted malt, bread, yeast, caramel, and toffee.

T: A mid coffee flavor, with milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, bready, yeasty, caramel, and toffee.

M: Creamy, not carbonated, and medium to full body.

O: This beer is just decent at best. The coffee flavor is not as strong as I would have imagined. The nitro is just too much. the carbonation is gone and it taste flat.

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open the can and it poured pitch black color with a very small creamy tan head that settled and looked just like a Guinness. The head did not fade and lasted forever, leaving excellent lacing coating the sides.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, fresh ground coffee, mineral water, dark chocolate, charred wood and sweet cream. Nose is a lot like a coffee infused milk stout, quite roasty and enjoyable.

Tastes very chocolatey up front with the cocoa and dark chocolate coming off like a chocolate milk, then shifting to roasted malt, char, burnt wood, burnt coffee grinds, brown sugar, lactose sugar and cream like half and half. Very sweet and like the nose seems like a milk stout with coffee grinds added.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and very creamy smooth with little to no carbonation, a medium body and a bitter finish that trails off with a lot of coffee, cocoa and smoked grains. Very easy to drink, I found it quite enjoyable overall.

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