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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 1,018
Photo of MerryTapster
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, Opaque, Nice Thick Heavy Hed, Two Fingers thick.

S: Smoky and Roasty, Hints of Coffee Bean and Dark Chocolate.

T: Slightly Hoppy with good malt characted. Coffee and Dark chocolate stand out, mild dried fruits, toast.

M: Smooth, like a typical American stout.

O: I have to say, out of all the Samuel Adam's brew's I've had throughout the years, this is by far one of the best. This takes the exceptional cream stout taste and adds a certain edge to it, thats the only way I can explain it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - good clarity to this dark, ruby brew. Two fingers of solid mocha foam. Lots of lacy patterning on the glass.

Aroma - plenty of coffee and roasty malt aroma. Good resilience too.

Taste - Hershey's syrup and espresso. Intense and tasty. Exactly what the label says, and I'm digging it. Lengthy finish, plenty of roast and coffee flavor here. Some nutty and ashy notes as it warms.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body, maybe a bit more. Good element of smoothness.

Drinkability - one of the best Sam Adams one-offs I've had. Worth it's one carton in my opinion.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner in the long line of Samuel Adams great beers. Coffee Stout, I allways wonder if there is really any coffee used in this or not? It is a mystery sometimes with Chocholate and coffee flavors, which both csan be derived from malted barley alone.

Coffee, malt, slight caramel notes

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Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly, leaving a pretty thick lace.

This beer smells of mild roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate aroma is present as well. Some toffee and a slight caramel aroma is also slightly noticable.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly coffee, but mildly. Some chocolate. Almost like chocolate covered espresso beans.

This beer is smooth. It leaves a toffee like and coffee aftertaste. It is a little higher in carbonation than I would expect.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is the entire reason I choce to buy the Holiday pack. I hope they telease it sometime in a six pack. This beer is great. One of the best I have ever had from BBC.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly deep brown to black, with some nice scarlet edges when held to some light. An initial finger's worth of black head fades to a bit of a film rather quickly. Not problem, it looks great!

Hey a really nice sweet and roasty aroma. More creamy and chocolatey than coffee. Maybe a chilled coffee that had some mocha or even Swiss chocolate added. Taste on the other hand is big on coffee flavor, but is somehow balanced in that the sweetness of malts and/or something else really take any bitterness out of the beer. Great coffee flavor, but again almost like it's been diluted with something sweet and wonderful.

I've had some coffee beers...and this one ranks up there with the best. Hand down, no contest.

Great smooth mouthfeel, creamy and almost soothing. How do they do that? Great substance to this beer. An extremely quaff-able stout!!

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Photo of Pounderoftheweek
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an average head size coming in at about 2 inches and had a 33.5 degree temperature in the bottle. The head is foamy and medium brown and has excellent lacing. The body is even darker than the vanilla stout I had a couple days ago I put it up to the light I couldn't see through it at all. It has a coffee aroma and a coffee taste with hints of caramel and chocolate. It has a moderate flavor and an average finish length that hits the middle of the tongue.

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Photo of rangerred
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance is almost solid black with a very slight ruby when held up to light. Tan head is solid and lacing is good.

Smells strongly of coffee along with some chocolate Almost like a mocha. Delicious.

The taste is very coffee forward along with a subtle chocolate. There is some bitterness in the finish I'm going to assume from the hops although there is no hop taste. This is also a fairly sweet beer though not to the point of being cloying.

I really enjoy this beer. I am a fan of coffee stouts and while the mouthfeel might be a tad bit thin here, the abv is lower than most other coffee stouts so it's to be expected. I will definitely be drinking a lot of these this winter.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of socon67
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is black with a hearty brown foam that rises like rootbeer, and then disappates.

S - Scents of roasted coffe beans and chocolate malt. As it warms a note of dry sherry is present.

T - Just really liked the coffee flavor on this one. Very robust cocoa powder sweetness that gives quickly to a coffee bitterness. Far too many coffee flavored beers either overstate the coffee or you barely can taste it. I found htis just one step below some of the more noteworthy (and expensive) rare coffee stouts.

M - Syrupy thick, feels heavier than its ABV, and coats the tongue.

O - I can say for the first time that the Fezziwig's were not my favorite pair in the Sam's Holiday pack. This guy stole the show and I really hope they bring it back next year. If you enjoy coffee stouts this is worht getting.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got in the winter seasonal variety pack for Sam Adams. Unfortunately, I think this is the only way to get this beer. However, this is a new brew for them, so if it gains popularity, maybe it will be sold in six packs, year-round.

The beer pours a dark black color, remaining black even up to light. Nice mocha brown head. Just what you expect from a stout.

The beer has a nice coffee aroma, with a little malt as well. I am excited to try this one, as not often do stouts or porters have this much coffee in the smell.

The beer has as much coffee in the taste as it does in the smell. However, it is not a sweet coffee taste like some coffee beers I have tried. This one reminds me more of black coffee, or just plain coffee beans. It is definitely a unique taste. This is a good stout with good coffee and malt flavor.

This beer is nothing like any beer I have had before, especially at the affordability of a Sam Adams variety pack, which can often be found on sale at a Total Wine or local grocery store. Sam Adams may have taken a while to put out a coffee beer, but it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like coffee beers. They did a great job of getting the coffee flavor in the beer, which I have had trouble finding previously (though I think this is two in a row that I have liked).

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint.

Color: Brown with a milk chocolate brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, low coarse and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the best Samuel Adams I've had. Well balanced and reminded me a little of FBS. Good work Mr. Adams. Cheers.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love when Stouts have the really dark tan head with the very thick mixture of tan and black syrup forming within the dense head. I get similar smells to their Cream Stout and Black Lager with the dark roasted malts and lactic smell but with a really nice bitter coffee and some dark fruit smells. It starts off with a nice bite I'm guessing from the coffee and hops and then I get the sweet stout caramel dark chocolate malts mixed with the bitter top quality sumatran coffee. It then ends with a bit of bitterness from the hops and coffee.

This is an excellent beer. Its like if they added coffee to their already delicious cream stout. Samuel Adams is expert at mixing their malts for a delicious sweet full bodied beer. Their stouts and darker beers are always excellent as well. This one being no exception. This is actually my first coffee beer and while I know theres probably stronger tasting ones out there this one is really a perfect combination of coffee and beer. Not too much coffee where its weird to drink but not too little where you dont taste it. Excellent offering from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of MrMegaton09
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as part of a Christmas gift from a lifelong friend at a party. Served in a Pint glass this beer is a beauty to the eye. Everything you would expect from a stout, nice dark color clean an crisp.

As a devout stout fanatic this beer really took the cake for me. The aroma was very appealing, a nice malty aroma with a dash of sweet roast coffee. Neither overpowering the other.

First thoughts on taste, started out as a very well balanced stout, not overpowering, quick malty taste to start, about halfway through the coffee starts to make its presence known. Extremely well balanced, coffee notes were very tasteful and pleasing.

Overall a very good choice for anyone with a different outlook on what they want from their beer. Definately an A plus for any stout fan. One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to try. This is a definite must try during the holiday season.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, ruby highlights, and a big softball of dark tan rocky foam. Light highly stretched lace.

Big inviting roast coffee aroma.

Taste kicks off with fresh coffee, and a hint of chocolate down in the mix. Mild bitterness without an actual bite. Very smooth taste overall.

Smooth rich mouthfeel without being oily or syrupy.

Overall a solid coffee stout, one that could be overlooked if one only looks at imperials, but should be appreciated on its own level.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of the Winter Classics pack. Standard pint glass.

Appearance: Near black and completely opaque. Two-finger khaki head, solid lacing.

Smell: It's like a macchiato from your corner shop. Soft cocoa, vanilla, and milk on the coffee base.

Taste: Just like the nose -- a very delightful flavor distinct from other coffee stouts I've tried. No real hops to speak of. Sweet but balanced by the roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel: Less superb, with a distracting carbonation. A bit "crisp" for an ale, medium-bodied and not very distinguishable.

Overall: Other readers don't seem to think this ranks well among stouts, but I think the flavor is great. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of bnewall3
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was highly impressed by this beer especially after having there Chocolate Bock, which was terrible in my opinion. This beer had a very creamy head along with a very creamy taste. The roasted malt characteristics were on point as well as the smooth finish. It could have had a little more hop taste(coming from someone who isn't high on hops) but overall i still give this beer an 8.5 out of 10

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Photo of engagechad
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with no highlights peeking through. Nice fat, tan head with great lacing. Stellar looking brew.

Smells of freshly pulverized coffee beans.. very fresh on the nose.. Just like sticking your face into a bag of coffee beans. Very impressive.

Taste follows very very well. Bitter from the coffee, no sweetness there really which is up my alley. Really a spot on COFFEE beer. There are faint chocolate notes there as well which remind me of chocolate covered coffee beans.

Feels moderately thin, in a good way like a good cup of joe. Very pleasant on the tongue and feels great all around.

Overall this is a step up from the other SA brews in the mix case that i got including the chocolate bock, holiday porter etc..


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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Black as night with a two finger tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Subtle aroma of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste- Roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is nicely done not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was a little apprehensive about this beer, but I really like it. My wife tried it and loves it and she hates dark beers. I wished Sam Adams sold this in 6-packs.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a little bit of brownish amber on the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid four fingers of tan head which retain well. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Nice dark roasty aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with a good amount of coffee. Also some chocolate and hints of dark fruit plums and raisins. The aromas of coffee, malts, chocolate, and dark fruit are very noticeable but balanced.

Taste: Roasty and sweet upfront with a nice blend of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with coffee beans. Chocolate follows with some hints of dark fruits including raisins and plums. Also some light hints of earthy hops towards the finish. Taste is somewhat sweet but a nice bitterness from the coffee adds balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very roasty and creamy. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very solid stout from Sam Adams. Nicely roasty and robust.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Sam Adams holiday samplers offers up this new brew from Jim Koch and company. Appears pitch black no light makes it through when held toward the light. Deep thick mocha tan head forms a dense foam cap with speckled even coated lacing left on the sides of my glass. Aroma is great pure ice brewed coffe roasts, with creamy sweet lactose sugar notes and a caramelized malt presence really makes for a pleasant smell. Creamy dark chocolate/roasted coffee accents works wonderfully together, semi acidic nautre about it from the coffee roasts. Robust coffee flavor in each sip really a well rounded sipping stout, easy to drink but intense with layers of flavor. Caramelized creamy malt sugars and robust Sumatran coffee even has layers of vine ripened fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied never thick or hard to bear on the palate, quite the oppposite with velvet texture and smooth carbonation. Overall an excellent source of mainstream coffee beer the way it should be brewed every time, one that highlights the nature of how awesome both coffee and beer can be. Especially as in the symbiotic relationship that Black and Brew provides, just try this one this holiday season.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this coffee stout in a nonic pint.

Appearance- This beer is completely black, a half-finger of mocha colored head. The foam dies pretty quickly and leaves a slight ring. The body is very impressive.

Smell- There is tons of coffee flavor in the nose. The mocha is kind of sweet and a little earthy. That sweet aspect really makes the smell delightful.

Taste- The front of the drink is mostly roasted malt, pretty standard for a coffee stout. The middle of the drink is packed with coffee and coffee creamer.

The finish has just a hint of chocolate and earthiness.

Mouth feel- This beer is a decent medium body with okay coating. It could be much creamier, and it feels a little too carbonated.

Overall- This coffee stout has great flavors and really surprised me! The mouth feel is a little lacking, but other than that, this is a very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark pour with a small tan head. Bubbles are visible on the glass.

S/T: Roasted coffee dominates the scent. Same with the taste, with coffee coming forward first, some mild chocolate notes, a touch of nuttiness, and a good malt presence. It’s that almost mocha-like taste that makes it truly delicious, though.

M: Surprisingly crisp and lighter than expected, putting it solidly medium bodied with a good carbonation presence. Goes down very smoothly.

I’ve had beers where it simply tastes like coffee watered down or added as an afterthought. This is not one of those beers. This one is balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a thin brown head. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, Coffee, some chocolate. Not overpowering, but great smell to it.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to full bodied. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts that were well balanced.

Overall: Great take on a coffee type stout, one of the better stouts I have had lately.

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