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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Photo of imasloth
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with tan head. Head started about an inch tall but has gone down to about a quarter inch. In a snifter.

S- All I get is a very light whiff of dark malt. No hop, no coffee.

T- Immediately a light coffee flavor, followed by a strong dark malt. The finish is all coffee with a similar aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied for such a dark beer, with good mouthfeel and just the bitterness of coffee really.

O- I like it. It's two-noted which I appreciate and I really like coffee.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MrOH
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with some very dark brown around the edges with a thin tan head. No lacing.

Mild, roasty coffee aroma. Slight green pepper vegetal smell.

Good dark roast coffee flavor, green pepper vegetals, slight caramel sweetness.

A little thin bodied for my tastes, low carbonation works in its favor.

Coffee beers aren't really my cup of tea, but this one isn't too bad. Wouldn't buy it if it wasn't in the winter variety pack, though.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head here is about 2.5 fingers high, and a nice creamy beige color. Head sticks around for a good long time, and the lace is nice. Color is black, plain and simple.

The aroma is pretty decent. Creamy milk chocolate, lighter coffee or espresso, maybe some burnt coffee in the back, roasted malts, and maybe a touch of smokiness. More of a lighter aroma.

Taste is a little 'brighter' than the aroma, but still just decent. Roasted malts, chocolate, lighter burnt and bitter coffee notes, a bit of coffee creamer and maybe hints of caramel and dark fruits but that could also be my imagination from reading the label.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a stout. Creamy consistency, light-medium carbonation, light bordering on medium body, and a relatively quick finish.

Overall this is a decent beer. Thought I might like it a little more than I did, but that happens. Glad I got a chance to try it. Above average would be a good descriptor.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – it really does smell a lot like an expresso or something along those lines. Not much like a stout.

Taste – the taste of an expresso bean is the first thing noticed. I do notice a bit of a chocolaty feel toward the finish. Not much else comes out in the taste though.

Mouthfeel – surprisingly, it leans more toward the watery side than the creamier one.

Overall – Not a bad-tasting brew at all, especially if you’re one who likes coffee or chocolate-covered expresso beans, but otherwise not very interesting.

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Photo of Kooz
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice quarter-inch thick, chocolaty head floating on pitch black beer. Looks beautiful--exactly what a stout should look like. Head dissipates a little too quickly otherwise would have been a 5.

Smells a bit sweet (like sweetened condensed milk); the coffee scent comes through here too, but isn't overpowering.

Tastes good, but a bit too acidic. If it were a bit creamier in the taste to balance things out, it would be nicer, but that isn't to say this isn't nice--it's just too sharp to have more than one.

The lingering acidity is a detriment, but it's countered by the full body. This swishes to a tightly packed foam (almost a whipped cream consistency) which is great.

Overall, this beer showed a lot of promise, but didn't fully deliver. Still, it is a very good stout, and for coffee stouts, it's one of the best I've had. The acidity that the coffee brings isn't the most pleasant addition to the beer, but the flavor is nice, the body is good, and the look is magnificent.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass, Sam's Black & Brew is a deep brown and almost black in color with just a hint of ruby around the edges. Half an inch of mocha foam offers decent retention after a firm pour.

Aroma of coffee beans and a touch of carob/chocolate. Bit faint overall and leaning more towards shaved chocolate with warming, along with a bit of smoke.

Taste of milk chocolate initially and somewhat thin in body in the middle. Improves with a bit of agitation however and yields a light fruity character at that time along with some brown sugar notes. Offers a generally pleasant roast character, becoming a bit dry in the end..

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #110
Served On: 01/18/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: April 2012

This was a new offering in the Winter Classics mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a creamy black with a lighter mocha head. It seemed very viscous like a stout should.

Smell: Black coffee and some faint hops. A sweet chocolate note was noticeable.

Taste: First was smooth sweetened coffee and cream. A bitterness set in around the middle just before the unsweetened chocolate finish.

This was a respectable coffee stout. I have definitely had better, but I would definitely have this one again. This is probably one of Boston Beer's better additions to their catalog.

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Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a English pint]

The pour was a thick rich deep black with an average sized (1-2 finger) rocky light to medium brown head that was mostly diminishing with just a bit of residue left behind creating some fair lacing.

The aroma was of a burnt dark bread malt and a meaty leathery yeast with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and had a mild smoky odor.

The taste was sweetly smooth and slightly malty with a hint of molasses and chocolate at first with the finish being a tad bitterer with a nice strong coffee note and a touch of smoke at the end. The flavor lingered for a good long time with a mild taste of smoke taking over by the time it faded.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with the texture being a bit oily and a tad creamy with a soft almost flat carbonation.

Overall a brew that starts out a little mild and weak, but finishes with a nice strong robust smoky coffee flavor.

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Photo of armock
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wegmans in Penfield, NY

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with strong coffee scents with a touch of vanilla

T - Follows the nose with the roasted malt with a pretty good coffee punch

M - This beer is a little thin for the style with medium carbonation to it

O - Yet again this is another beer from the BBC that is a good gateway beer for the style its not overly done or exciting but its an overall good beer worth picking up the mix pack for this beer and the other winter brews in it

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. Opaque with mahogany highlights around the edges. 1.5f deep tan head. Thin loops of lacing.

S: Not much coffee on nose. More caramel-like. Sweet.

T: Coffee comes through strong. Very sweet. More like coffee with cream and sugar than a strong black coffee. Pleasant aftertaste on the tongue.

M: Creamy and frothy. Medium but can see thick from where it lives.

O: Another nice offering in the Sam Adams Winter pack. There are richer and more flavorful coffee stouts out there and I wouldn't be thrilled or disappointed if this was around next year. Nice change of space, but nothing special.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A - Deep brown, light tan one finger head and some head lacing

S - HUGE coffee, note, lots of acidity, dark chocolate, a huge roasted note, a weird but nice funk note, slight hop, foliage and some charred wood

T - charred wood, very acidic diner like huge coffee note, an earthy hop, soil, greens, a hint of sweet malts, very dark chocolate and an all around roastiness

M - Medium minus body, low balance, low complexity, medium plus acidity and a very long coffee and chocolate finish

D/O - Note the most drinkable beer. Very nice with a sweet desert and a roaring fire. This screams the Christmas season. Better than most of the holiday pack, but not amazing

Final thought - below %6 abv and nothing amazing, this one is kept for the Christmas season

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I quite fancy stouts.

A: Pours a two finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Coffee, nuts, light chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: A nice balance of dominant coffee, light chocolate, very light nuts, and caramel. Fairly simple compared to my expectations. Where is the cream? I like it but it's uninspired. I wish it were built with more ambition.

Mf: Smooth and wet, not suiting the style or the beer. A proper stout should be coarse and dry. Again, where's the cream? This needs work.

Dr: A drinkable beer that is in need of some work, but nonetheless a good one. This approach might work better as a porter rather than a stout. I'd try it on draught, but overall it really isn't special. Pricing is average.

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Photo of Kendo
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body appears black with a small light-tan head that's gone quickly. When backlit there are orangey-mahogany hues on the edges.

S: Mainly coffee, with a touch of roasted barley malt.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste: it's thin, watery and a bit too fizzy. Getting past that and into the flavors and I get . . . no surprise here. . . coffee. Some dark fruits on the mid-to-back of the tongue, and it finishes with a decent bitterness that provides both balance and a palate-cleansing dryness.

M: See above. Bottle calls this full-bodied, but I disagree completely. Call it light-to-medium (closer to light) and again, I will note the watery feel and over-active fizzy carbonation.

O: OK. Too thin in feel and too one-dimensional in taste. Could use a much bigger malt backbone.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's black but not opaque. Its head is tan and disappears to lace pretty quickly.

It smells like coffee and roasted malts.

It tastes like coffee and roasted malts, a bit sweet as well.

It's pretty crisp. Thinner than I would have liked.

Overall I don't go crazy for coffee stouts. If there's a coffee flavor that's usually a good sign, but mixing coffee and stout does not a good beer make. This beer's average, I've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of mccarltone
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown with brown creamy head.

Smell - Definite coffee notes and slight chocolate. Also a little burnt smell as well.

Taste - Underwhelming actually. I was expecting a little stronger coffee and stout flavor but I was let down somewhat.

Mouthfeel - A little harsh at first but pretty smooth afterwards. Easy to drink.

I was really let down by this one. The look and smell were very nice but actually drinking this beer wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped.

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Photo of azdback
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hemp Ale pint glass. Pitch dark out black color with just a hint of light getting trough at the edges. Head is a creamy light brown color and barely one finger. Lace is minimal now but I will update if status changes.

Smell is dark roasted malts. Coffee and smoke. Maybe just a hint of chocolate.

Taste is almost more light milk chocolate than it is coffee. The taste is fairly sweet and finishes a bit tart of a bing cherry. The roasted malt bill is quite nice.

Mouth is medium with mild carbonation. Body is light full and the finish is medium long and a bit wet.

Overall I should say that this is the best Sam Adams offering I have had to date. It is a whole lot more on the Porter side than Stout, but a great beer for the newbies that buy the Winter sampler pack. If they like this they may venture out and try other crafted stouts. That is a good thing for all of us.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with red traces floating around the glass. 1/3 inch tan head and above average retention

Smell: Very light roasted coffee on the nose. It definitely smells like coffee was added as apposed to creating a coffee note with the malt

Taste: Expresso notes upfront and throughout the whole beer though it is subtle you do pick up signs of chocolate in the middle of the beer

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: I actually quite enjoy this beer and I am glad Sam Adams switched out the stupid white ale in place of this

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ctfixer
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: Pitch black, tight tan head with lacing.

S: Coffee,coffee grounds, cocoa, burnt toast, currant.

T: Coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, fig, no hops, roasted grain, slight alcohol.

M: Creamy medium body, but slightly less than expected.

O: Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked grounds character. There is a slight bite on the palate. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This coffee stout does not disappoint if you're craving a brew that tastes like coffee. Pours a dark black with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head, leaving a good amount of lacing along the glass. The smell is bitter, chocolatey, sweet; the taste is also bitter, with hints of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Towards the end, the flavors dissipate a bit and you're left with basically just the bitterness. Although most like to pair a coffee or oatmeal stout with dessert, I'm more along the lines of pairing these types of stouts (and imperial stouts) with a good burger. I'd have this one again if I was eating a burger, or maybe as an after-dinner brew, but it's definitely a novelty beer imo as opposed to a truly great stout.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very black. No light coming through. One finger mocha colored head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells like coffee and creamer. Nothing bad about that tho. Little bit of chocolate.

T: Again coffee and creamer with a touch of chocolate. Being I just had a fresh Wake-N-Bake not to long ago, you can really tell the difference in the flavors. This seems to have a store brand coffee flavor.

M: Light body, definitely could be thicker. Medium high carbonation. Slight slickness.

O: A decent beer to have with friends that are just getting a taste for good beer. Definitely many better coffee stout options.

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Photo of bum732
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Milk chocolate with some coffee.

L: Dark brown, bordering on black, tan creamy head with solid retention. Great lacing.

T: Roasted coffee with some chocolate. Hint of vanilla with a medium low herbal bitterness. Chocolate sweetness leads to some more roasty dryness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Pretty good, Coffee is there but subtle for the most part.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a porter glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Varnish black with a tall full finger off brown head.

S: Coffee bean, smoke, and roasted malt.

T: Lots of smooth coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and light sugar, with brief hop to balance. It does come off a bit watery.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A drinkable brew that is smooth has light mellow flavor and some balance. It does not knock socks off, but it is drinkable.

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