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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with nice, thick creamy head. Nose has a nice espresso/milk aroma to it, for real. Palate brings forward some nice coffee flavors as well, roasty malty flavors, and some cocoa. balanced nicely with hops. Finishes semi-sweet cocoa/coffee and is quite drinkable.

Nice addition to the winter pack.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby highlights. 2 fingers of khaki-colored head dissipates slowly leaving behind creamy lacing and a wispy head.

N: Espresso, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted barley, toffee and caramel.

T: Roasted barley, cold black coffee, milk chocolate and toffee upfront. Caramel, coffee grounds and hints of vanilla follow. Finishes with espresso and dark chocolate.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth, a little sticky and mildly dry.

O: A nicely balanced Stout. Very easy drinking with a good amount of coffee flavors including some rich espresso. There's also some subtle chocolate aromas and a good deal of roastiness. Excellent for a lower ABV Stout. I'm very surprised with this Sam Adam's offering.

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black brew with creamy butterscotch colored head. Good retention and some stick to the glass.

Dark roasted aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted almonds.

Bold roasted flavor. Lots of smooth, rich coffee provides a satisfying level of bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Molasses notes sweeten things out. Mild hop flavor hinting at pine cones. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of lingering flavor.

Medium to full bodied. Luscious and smooth. Feels like melted dark chocolate and really brings the whole experience together. Mild carbonation but just enough to keep it interesting.

This is some good stuff. I am really impressed. Lots of flavor, well blended and highly drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a one finger head. Some lacing.

Nice coffee aroma. It smells like when you walk by the coffee shop at the mall

An overall dark roasted flavor. Coffee, but not overpowering.

Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

A great coffee beer with an upfront yet not overpowering coffee character.

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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched: May
Served in a pint glass

Near pitch black in appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger cap of creamy, bubbly, tan colored foam. The head faded to a persistent ring of froth. Streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was powdery and dry initially with subtle notes of coffee grounds. After a few minutes, the coffee really came forth. It reminded me of rich, freshly ground coffee beans. Roasted malts were also noticeable. Some vanilla and sweet cream. Hints of powdered cocoa appeared as well.

The flavor profile was dominated by deep roasted malts and black coffee. The coffee seemed a bit milder here than in the nose, yet it was also more bitter. Some sweet malts and rich, bright coffee flavor appeared up front, but these soon gave way to roasty bitterness and cold, black coffee. A bit of vanilla came through in the center. The finish was slightly astringent. Dry, bitter and a touch ashy.

The beer was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the palate.

I find that many of the beers made by Sam Adams have very similar characteristics but the Black & Brew Coffee Stout seemed to distinguish itself from the rest. This may not be one of the most exciting coffee stouts on the market but it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this out so early! (oct 26)...too early in my opinion

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head that stays well. some lacing.

S-smells like coffee beans, like a fist full of coffee beans. just a hint of that samuel adams backbone to it. decent strength

T-comes in with an impressively full flavored taste of coffee beans. definitely has that bean taste to it more so than the actually beverage. its a good dark taste that continues as a great after-taste. this is a really good full flavored stout! has just a hint of sour milk to it.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a really creamy finish

O-i'm fairly impressed with this stout. Its one of the most full flavored American stouts that i've had. it shows how good and fairly intense flavor can come from a lower ABV. it does seems to lose some of its luster as the drink goes on.

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Photo of budgood1
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black...crimson hues are detectable...huge two inch creamy, frothy light tan head. does not recede and leaves huge chunks of lace. looks about as perfect as a stout of this sort can look. espresso nose with strong notes of toffee, caramel and dark roasted malts. maybe some lactic notes? the taste is a very malty mix of nougat and cocoa notes with a dark roast coffee kick. i imagine having a milky way candy bar for breakfast and a dark roast cup of coffee...but in beer form. yummy stuff here. it has a sweetness to it that counteracts any perceived bitterness from the coffee used. this is damn good. this stout has a soft, round, ample body...the texture is amazing and in fact supercedes the slight watery notes in the's silky smooth and luxurious in nature. good drinkability...i never drink in the morning but i could see having one of these upon awakening and on vacation.

overall, the only drawback i can come up with is the misplaced, slightly cloying sweetness. the java notes are not heavy handed which could be perceived as a plus. i would definitley buy this by the six or twelve pack if it were available. highly recommended.

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Photo of matt062286
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, a translucent mahogany color appears when held to light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Excellent head retention and heavy lacing. Very imperial stout looking, quite pleasing.

S - Semi-sweet dark chocolate baking chips, vanilla, dark roast coffee, faint hops. Pretty solid overall.

T - Strong coffee presence, roasted, smoky malts. Notes of dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and alcohol astringency. Slight lingering of hop bitterness. Tastes to me like a lightweight version of an IS or RIS.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - Pretty typical for a Sam Adams, nothing too ambitious (not necessarily a bad thing) but unique in its own right. Wish it would have had a bigger body and more alcohol, but overall not bad.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking black color. THere is good carbonation with a medium sized tan head that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is so great. A very strong coffee smell is so genuine. There are undernotes of chocolate, caramel, and good dark fruits also.
Taste is not as great as the smell. However it has a very nice coffee bean taste. A bit of the chocolate comes in to, but really dominated by the coffee taste.
Mouthfeel is a litte thin for what I like in a coffee state. A good bit of chewiness though which is good.
Drinkability is very good. I am not a really big coffee guy, but this beer is really good. It has nice coffee notes without being overpowering. One of the most balanced and drinkable coffee stouts I have ever had and would recommend anyone to try this brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black with ruby edges and a fluffy 2 fingers worth of brown head that settles down into a nice pillow for the beer. Leaves great lacing until it's gone

S: Coffee is the stand-out, along with dark chocolate, burnt malts, and maybe even some dark fruity notes in there as well

T: Same as the smell, the coffee is the first out of the gate followed quickly by the dark chocolate and roasty malts. Dark fruits slightly more prevalent than in the nose, but still fairly subtle behind the big coffee and malts

M: Medium-full bodied, slightly more body than regular SA brews, but slightly less than creamier stouts. Moderate carbonation, definitely more than I'm used to in a stout

O: A definite winner from BBC. Fits the season perfectly and isn't so extreme that it will push non-craft drinkers away. Haven't particularly enjoyed some of their new "seasonal" beers (their saison and kolsch in the summer pack tasted too similar and were just decent overall), but this one is a nice exception

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Photo of UncleAddie
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a burnt tan head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing is left on the class. Has a sweet hop-like chocolaty aroma. Mouth feel is smooth. Tastes sweet at the beginning with a sour aftertaste. The coffee is a little hard to detect until the very end. Great tasting beer to try once or twice.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 750. Whoa!

12oz into pint glass. I really like this beer.

Pours a deep dark brown with an active but quick-settling tan head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee with cream. A bit of vanilla/caramel too. This one is very well-made- really good coffee flavors that are sweet and robust, not too bitter and a really nice mild roasty flavor. Nothing is overpowering or out of line, a simple tasty beer. Moderately heavy mouthfeel for the ABV, nice finish. All-around good stuff.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, like coffee. Dark tan head about 1 1/2 inches that shrinks to a thin layer with light lacing.

Smell- lots of coffee, melted chocolate, roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins, dried cherries.

Taste- strong kick of coffee initially, followed by smooth chocolaty malt, caramel, and fig. Ends slightly bitter, similar to black coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and creamy. Very nice.

A refreshing additon to the Sam Adams winter seasonal pack. This has been a solid seasonal pack and the black and brew on a nice compliment to this years variety.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Jan 2012. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Medium sized brown head. Well carbonated. Clear very dark brown in color. Aroma is dominated by coffee, roasted malt, some cocoa. Starts relatively sweet, a lot of chocolate to start. Coffee comes through in the middle. Dark fruits, coffee, chocolate. Medium body, light ethanol. Very easy to drink, reminiscent of a mocha cappuccino double shot. Finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness.

A says 'Cookoo for Cocoa Puffs'. In a good way. Which is odd because she doesn't care for chocolate.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Winter Sampler gets stronger each year. I was wondering if they would try another stout in this spot. I generally enjoy coffee stouts, and stout in general seems like a logical choice in a seasonal mixed twelve.

Solid jet black body, with a sticky. lacy tan head. Nose is rich in coffee bean flavors, with hints of vanilla and wood smoke. This is one of the best opening statements I can ever remember for an SA beer.

Rich and creamy in texture. Thinner than many stouts but you lose very little as far as I can tell. The flavor is understated at first but builds through the aftertaste. There is slightly more sweetness in the flavor than the nose but only by degrees. The roasted and smoked undertones to the basic coffee backbone give this one a lighter tone that matches the thinner mouthfeel.

This is a real nice effort by Boston Beer. It's a lighter but very drinkable stout with an unusual mix of flavor notes. Not sure if they need to tinker with that Winter Sampler much more.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost black color with a thick, bubbly tan head and good lacing.

S - Smells of roasted coffee beans and roasted malts. Not too sweet, I'm picking up toffee notes as well.

T - Coffee flavors dominate. Some chocolate flavors as well. A tiny bit of bitterness as well.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation, quite drinkable, smooth with a little bit of a bitter finish.

O - Black and Brew is a solid coffee stout. A great addition to the Winter mix pack, the Black and Brew is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug. Extremely dark with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Vaguely chocolate with a deeper roasted coffee smell.
T: Malty with a definite roasted coffee taste, slightly bitter.
M: Fairly smooth, slightly oily feel.
O: I like this and would get it again, but I really like stouts and I like coffee so its right up my alley.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some foam at onset to a small layer. Strong espresso and coffee bean smell. Really roasted coffee taste and a strong coffee finish. Smooth chocolate malt in between. More coffee than beer. Bitter finish. Nice new stout. Like.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part beer and part coffee, both worlds of brewing weave together in this velvety smooth and richly malted, coffee-infussed Stout.

Pouring an onyx black and with a glossy sheen, the beer displays brilliant clarity without any hint of haze, yet opaque due to the jet black hue alone. A dainty but stubborn creme forms on the beer and coats the surface evenly and confidently; singing the praises of both beery tan foam and oily espresso. Light lace allows for sparse islands of foam here and there around the glass.

Both roasty malts, espresso, cocoa, burnt caramel, and vanilla beans paint both the picture of coffee house meets brew house. The combination of aromas remind me of chocolate dipped espresso beans and chocolate covered cherries- all leading to a seductively rich and robust scent.

Flavors provide a consistent carryover from aroma: rich roasted malts of heavy roasted coffee beans, cold press coffees, walnuts, burnt woods, and lightly scorched toffee make it hard to tell where Stout ends and coffee begins. Light vanilla and heavy whipping cream gives a very creamy and malty undertow that carries the beer and provides more structure than coffee alone. Burnt currants, raspberries, and cherries are slight but add a layer of complexity in very English-like fashion.

Medium-full to start, the carbonation proves somewhat fleeting heading into mid palate and carries with it the velvety fell and creamy texture overall. All this allows for the beer to finish medium-light for a robust Stout, getting into Porter-ish territory and exposes a slight grainy astringency in aftertaste/texture.

A very good coffee infussed Stout that rejects the temptation to forge into Imperial Stout catagories and remains lighter and more drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these to try. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of frothy tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of thick lacework sticking all over the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges.

The smell of this brew is strong with roasty character smelling of a mixture of dark kilned grains and fresh coffee. A bit of a chocolate scent comes through mixed with a little bit of a mineral component and citrus that seemingly comes from a combination of both the hops and some acidic coffee quality. As it warms up, the chocolate aspect comes forward a little more with some sweetness almost lactose character about it.

The taste is roasty with dark grains providing a pleasant bitterness that couples with coffee flavoring quite well. There is a bit of a citrus hop component also included which mixes with a bit of mineral character just like the aroma displayed. There is a bit of a tangy element that seemingly comes from a combination of the alcohol and acidic coffee inclusion. It finishes with a bit of day old coffee character and more chocolate malt focus that gets lightly sweet almost like a milk stout lactose character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad offering, it started off enjoyable and started to fall apart but towards the end of the glass when it got warmer I started to enjoy it more. This is worth checking out. The alcohol is well integrated for nearly 6%.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours an amazing beautiful black with a two and a half inch sticky mocha head, lot's of lacing. Very impressed with the retention. Smell is expresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is all of that with coffee & chocolate to start, with some roasted malts and hints of smoke and vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is great, especially considerin the reasonable abv. Heavy for it's size with plenty of carbonation. A great addition to the winter mix pack, might be the stand out now. Nothing I don't want to drink in this 12 any more, nice work .

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Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a nice mix of chocolate, caramel, and coffee mixed in as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice chocolate, caramel, and then coffee flavors just like the nose gave away. This was not as in-your-face coffee as I would have expected and it was mixed very well into the beer.
M: Smooth, rich, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, good abv.
D: Overall it was a very drinkable stout and I really enjoyed the mix of the flavors and feel on this one.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours straight up solid black with a two finger, pillowy tan head that fades rather quickly into a nice, creamy whirl.

Chocolate covered esspresso beans describes the aroma nicely. Rich cocoa, robust coffee, and earthy, bready tones in the back. Faint hints of vanilla.

Very well balanced. Cocoa, milk chocolate with a bold coffee middle and finish with some grassy and earthy notes.

Medium bodied, on the creamy side. Very nice and smooth.

Smooth, bold and delicious. Nothing complex here, but super nice balance of roasted, sweet, and bitterness levels. Very nice.

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