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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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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Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Standard black pour, almost a full inch of tan head on the top with tiny bubbles, solid retention, lace was spotty. Aroma delivered on the diner house coffee, straight forward and nothing too exotic.

Taste delivered a roasty, dry coffee presence, smooth without the addition of cream or sugar. Bare bones and for the better because of it. Roasted chocolate malt, coffee and a sessionable strength make for an enjoyable 12oz of beer, one of the best SA offerings I've come across in 20 years.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with some chocolate mixed in. The coffee smells like straight black coffee with no sissy sugar or cream added. The flavor is also very heavy on the coffee. There are also some roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as a little bit of cream. The beer is a little thinner in body than I expected and the carbonation is medium to high. A very nice coffee stout and one that I hope goes into regular production.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Black and Brew
(part of the winter sampler case)

Pours an expected black color with a large pillowy mocha cream head. Aroma of fresh ground coffee beans and a touch of confectioner’s chocolate. In the taste, a well balanced mix of espresso, roasted malts, cocoa and milk chocolate. Even balance with a nice bitterness from hop and coffee. Drying and roasty, with notes of malted milk balls and chocolate covered coffee bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with adequate carbonation. Overall, though a little late to the party, Boston Beer Co. has brewed a fine coffee beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong coffee aroma ans a vanilla scent. Little bit of caramel and that is about it, not the most complex smelling beer. The caramel and vanilla do give this a Crème Brûlée smell though.

Starts out semi sweet with a moderate coffee flavor and a fair amount of patent malt. This gets sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is medium and from both coffee and hop. Vanilla and chocolate are in here but it pretty much is a coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Winter 12 pack, April is notched.

A pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

It smells nice; lots of coffee notes with some chocolate and sweet malt.

The taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate in that order. I don't get any of the dark fruit mentioned on the upper label but it's tasting fine as is. I like.

It does have a fullness of body, also per label, and the carbonation is medium; as a result, it's a very creamy mouthfeel. Yes. I like again and I'm glad there's more of this in the box. Well done.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one today... bought a single... pours deep and black... short lasting brown head... no lacing...

Nose is pretty rich roasty stout and coffee stout profile... nice roasted malts... and good espresso qualities that are pushed up front by a decent sweetness in the aroma.

Flavor mirrors the nose but seems to have a vanilla component... or even marshmallow note that doesn't belong... the above mentioned negatives are magnified with warmth... some caramel maltiness really becomes too much.

Given the sweetness, this brew only provides a light/medium body... the carbonation helps though... sorta creamy and coating.


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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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 RBorsato
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Good retention with fairly thick lacing.

S: Real nice true notes of espresso, light dark chocolate.

T: Coffee is heavy, but well integrated with the base beer. Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of hops in the finish, but overall a malt dominated brew.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy and smooth, moderate aftertaste.

O: This is a really good coffee stout. Not up there with Peche Mortel, but the balance is fantastic and makes for an easy drinking beer. A great addition to the winter mix pack.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by April notched on label.

black, with 1/2" cream colored head that fades into a thin covering that remains for a while. smells exactly like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

taste is very roasty - coffee, toasted marshmellow. a nice balance of sweetness and bitter. lingering aftertaste. medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - a decent dessert beer

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Photo of hozersr
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with moderate cap of tan froth, moderate lacing. Scent brings heavy roasted and fresh brewed drip coffee with hints of cocoa powder, sweet cream and sugar.
Taste follows suit, maybe a touch sweeter than expected. Moderate quality coffee, more drip than press or espresso, healthy dose of cream and sugar, dry cocoa powder and a touch of dark fruit. Not overly complex, but easy drinking. Medium bodied, a touch thin for the style, would have liked a little more heft or coating. A nice approachable coffee stout for the masses.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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 DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks pretty sweet for a stout deep dark black with a mocha head of at least an inch and a half.

S - Smells pretty light for a coffee stout, maybe a slight bit of coffee or chocolate.

T - Not quite bad it delivers a good coffee taste and is moderately creamy. Light chocolate and a nice bit of roast as well.

M - Pretty good it is a bit light but a very full bodied stout.

Overall I liked it and am glad I have one more but consider me spoiled since I would rather have a Breakfast stout. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again from the winter brew case.

A: A black stout, no surprise there, but no residual reds or browns to be seen - all black all the time. Another white head, not quite a trend but two-thirds of the way there. Nice lacing around the inside of my glass.

S: A great deal of espresso in the nose, sweetly bitter. The bite of the corffee makes me think of a cold addition. Lactic sweetness is amongst the bitterness, as are chocolate aromas. The coffee, though, is the break-out star, earning a pass to Hollywood.

T: Caramel and coffee, chocolate and lactose, the stout brings a well-rounded sweetness to the table. The coffee is bitter, cut by the lactose and chocolate. Caramel follows, picking up when the coffee slacks off. The end of the sip loses both coffee and caramel a little too quickly. A good start, full of coffee bite and roasted graons, that slowly trails off to middling. I do like that coffee and creme beginning.

M: Good coffee that trails off into caramel and mild roast. Decent and the coffee kick-off, as I've stated above, is worth it.

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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee and beer...two of my favorite things. I especially love strong, black coffee, so I assumed that this would be great. It's color is absolutely pitch-black, with a thin chocolate colored head. The aroma is less intense than I expected. Although it has some coffee scents (roasted beans) and some chocolate and grain character, it seems one-dimensional. It's a muted, unassuming smell. It doesn't exactly wake you up. The taste is a bit more redeeming...bitter, highly roasted, nearly burnt flavors. It's a bit astringent, but it is also flavorful. The intense deep roast is good, but could use some balance. The body is less full and rich than expected, and isn't helped with the astringent character. Overall, this is an okay brew, but not stellar.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch fucking black (ok, so you don't like profanity, eh? Don't get all Black and Brew. Beer reviewing: Serious Business) with a nice brown head into my glass.

Creamy, roasted malt greets my nose. Luscious with a cocoa finish in the nose.

I'm thinking dark roast with a dollop of cream. Overall texture is a mix of lactic/acidic.

I can't get over the texture in this beer! Did they feed it through a nitro tap before bottling it? It's just that good!

I like this coffee stout. Easily one of my favorites from Samuel Adams. I want a 12 pack because I'd replace my morning coffee with this.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and nearly opaque with faint reddish highlights. A short brown cap of fine bubbles appeared during the pour, lingered for quite some time, and left some sticky, streaky lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee, malted milk, mild molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness, roast, nutty, coffee grounds, caramel and chocolate notes were very faint compared to the aroma. Slight cherry or currant flavour in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild astringency from the dark grains. Overall, a solid and drinkable coffee stout.

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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,018 ratings
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