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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,018
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a dark body with little light passing through which produces a reddish hue. Standard roasted malt and hint of coffee aroma you would expect, nothing great or special. Flavor is much better with sweet milk chocolate throughout. The coffee and roasted malts add a lot of flavor without being too bitter. Excellent lacing with medium to thick body and light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I like coffee heavy beers but there is enough coffee to satisfy coffee lovers but not too much to turn off those who aren't coffee fans.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep black color with a brown creamy looking head on top. The lacing is minimal, the rentention is decent. The smell of the beer has a really nice coffee aroma with some malt in there too. The taste of the beer was full of creamy coffee flavors with a healthy amount of sweet dark malts. The finish has a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little thin, could have been a little thicker. Overall this beer was still pretty good and I would enjoy having this one again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this as part of the Sam Adams winter mixed 12 pack. A solid addition, definitely an improvement over the god awful Cranberry Lambic. While the overall flavors are a bit subdue and it's a bit boring in it's overall taste, it's a nice all-around beer that makes for a nice drinker. The coffee taste is definitely present but not overly strong by any means, a good session beer and good mix up compared to the rest of the pack.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with virtually no head except for some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, there are light aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; the flavors take time to develop and require for the beer to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, thin and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but isn’t very flavorful.

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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 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 emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, tan chocolate tinged foam that billows up and takes a few minutes to settle. Plenty of lace, retention is good, lasting well over twenty minutes.

Roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas, dark chocolate and dark roast.

Smooth, mellow feel, a bit like a milk stout. Dark chocolate, roast malt aftertaste, light coffee notes. Some tobacco leaf and banana sweetness. Fairly light bodied but smooth and flavorful. Mild coffee bitterness, dry finish. Overall it's pretty good, not especially bold but plenty of coffee and mellow roastiness, perfect for fall weather.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, head of light brown foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled a little weak for a coffee brew. Neither the coffee or any stout-like aromas jumped out. It was all a little faint.

T - Tasted way more expresso flavor than I could smell. Strong roastiness with a touch of chocolate malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice coffee stout. A good effort from Sam Adams.

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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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with deep brown edges. Thin, short-lived, tan head.

Sweet, fresh ground coffee over well-roasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate.

Taste: Nicely balanced dark malt and coffee flavors. There's a hint of spicy hops, particularly in the finish. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Fine and long-lasting coffee/roasted grain/hops aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy; perhaps more lively (carbonation) than usual for a coffee stout, but works well for this beer.

O: Another very good coffee stout; these seem to have gone from rarities to nearly commonplace (e.g., Kona) in a short time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy head fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, dark molasses color ruby light.

Nose chocolate pudding, creamy chocolate milk, some freshly brewed coffee, caramel, crystal malts, light roast.

Taste starts a little smoked actually like light smoked meats, then light bitter and briny almost roast but doesn't get really unpleasant at all, creamy chocolate milk and fresh brewed coffee, caramel, crystal malts, lactose creamy but dry.

Mouth is med bodied, quite creamy, dec carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too milky and creamy, almost like it has nitro but not quite, decent coffee and milk chocolate, light and drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really creamy mouthfeel even after a short pour has been standing a while. Looks quite lovely in the big tulip glass with big swirls of tan suds. Subdued aroma of chocolate and a hint of hazelnuts. Flavor is mellow with a buttery touch. Malty with some sweetness and lots of roasted flavors. No real evidence of the typical stout taste of burnt barley. You tend to forget about the coffee, which all too often adds another burnt dregs taste.

I don't think I've had a tastier coffee flavored beer. It's a little rich and sweet for quaffing, but a nice nip. From the 13 oz bottle.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics pack - $12.99 at Publix in Canton, Georgia. Best Before Month Notched: APR.

Appearance: Pours a humble-looking, black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam.

Smell: A nice tranquil coffee-infused aroma with roasty malts, chocolate powder, a splash of half-n-half, and a discarded, tell-tale whisper of dark fruits.

Taste: Smooth roasted barley flavor with ready inclusions of cocoa, charred caramel, toasted bread, and, of course, the coffee. Restrained sweetness throughout. Hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Vague fruitiness in the background. Small touch of hops and accompanying bitterness. Malty, roasty, but still a bit sweetish as the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel.

Overall: I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack (I hate to break it to ya, Cranberry Lambic, but...).

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of of April 2012

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, carob

T: Follows the nose, a touch of carob up front, plus a touch of caramel. Caramel latte flavors abound as this warms with just a smidge of roasted grain. Finishes sweetish, roasty & slightly dry

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation

This is not a bad little coffee stout. I like it better than many I've tried> I'd get this again if no Founders Breakfast Stout was available

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head on top that recedes quickly, leaving behind spotty lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt and coffee. There is a very faint chocolate aroma as well.

T: Some roasted malt and burnt toast up front with some coffee and coffee grounds afterwards.

M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy feel to it.

O: Liked it more than I expected I would. Typically not a fan of coffee beers, but this one was ok.

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