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 StoutHunter
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got Samuel Adams Black & Brew in their holiday mixed twelve pack last week for $12.99 at Meijers. I have always thought that Samuel Adams Holiday pack was pretty solid so I was excited to hear that they added a coffee stout, I wish they would have swapped out the Boston Lager instead of the Irish Red, but you can't win them all, so lets see how this new coffee stout is. It was notched best by April. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good and is pretty straight forward, half coffee, half beer, I can dig it. It poured a pretty nice black color that let just a little bit of light through on the edges and it had three fingers of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing. This is a proper looking American Stout.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty straight forward. It starts of with lots of rich roasted malts that impart a nice dark chocolate aroma. Then comes the coffee which is the most dominating aroma and smells just like a cup of black coffee should, when mixed with the roasted malts and dark chocolate it has an aroma similar to a good espresso. Just going by smell it might be easy to mistake this for actual coffee.

T- The taste starts off with a good amount of rich slightly sweet roasted malts that have just the right amount of roast to them. There is a nice amount of dark chocolate in there that is quickly followed by a large amount of black coffee that really shows up towards the end and into the aftertaste. I don't pick up any hops and the finish is very smooth with hardly any bitterness.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had just the right amount of medium carbonation. It had a pretty good mouthfeel but I think it would be perfect if it was slightly thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good Coffee Stout and a good American Stout. I find that most coffee stouts tend to be bigger and more on the imperial side of the spectrum so I liked the fact that Sam Adams chose to use an American Stout as the base of this beer, there are enough Imperial Coffee Stouts, it nice to have one that is a little lighter with better drinkability. This beer has really good drinkability, some of those coffee stouts are so rich and robust that you really can't have more then one, but with this beer I feel like I could have two or three without being overwhelmed by the flavor. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and the look, this beer looked damn good and the flavor had just enough roast and coffee flavor to it. The only thing I would change would be to make it just a little thicker, but other then that it is pretty spot on. I will for sure be getting the Holiday pack again, with beers like this, chocolate bock, and holiday porter make this the most solid Holiday pack around, I only wish that they would put this in six packs. I recommend this beer to anyone that is a fan of coffee flavors in their beer, this beer should do the trick. I really like this beer, I like to refer to this beer as Breakfast Stout Light, the flavors are pretty similar ir is just in a lighter and more drinkable beer. This is one solid coffee stout and this beer fits in nicely in their holiday pack, good job Sam Adams, I going to miss this beer when the season is over.

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Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An opaque brown-black colored stout with a decent light tan head that clears to more of filmy ring with good signs of lacing. The nose picks up a firm coffee scent, somewhat Kaluha I think. Cocoa as well. The flavor says lots more coffee, bitter grounds and a touch of charcoal softened by mild chocolate wash. I pick up the usual bit of prune darkness with peppery edges. Body is medium-plus with a smooth but somewhat chalky feel. Carbonation is quite modest but adequate, making for an overall good coffee beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with brown hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid quarter inch cap of light tan foam. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste has more roasted malt and less coffee and chocolate than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee stout that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very nice black color with a thin light brown head.

S: Wow, one of the greatest smells I have ever experienced with a beer. It seems like chocolate covered coffee beans. Thats the best way to describe it.

T: This beer has some nice roastedness, some slight dark chocolate and a decent amount of coffee

M: The beer has a nice amount of crispness and carbonation. I like the tingle on the tongue.

O: I bought the 24 pack just to try this beer. I couldnt wait to try it and it didnt disappoint. I just cant get over the smell. Its just so good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pretty much black color with a very creamy tan head. Dense foam fades slow and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent looking brew.

Nose is fresh coffee grounds and mild notes of chocolate and caramel. Coffee is pretty strong on this one. Smells good.

While the taste is not as good as the smell, it is still a pretty tasty offering from the BBC. Coffee is still big, but gets a bit acrid and too roasty...does not have enough malt heft and sweetness behind it to back it up. That all leads to a fairly thin mouthfeel and a bitter finish, but not really from the hops. The coffee is fresh tasting though, and the beer still goes down smooth despite the heavy roast. While I probably wouldnt buy a stand-alone sixer of Black & Brew, I think this is a fine addition to the Winter Mixed Pack and would like to see it included again sometime.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, yes, or at least such a very dark brown that I can only tell it's not ink or oil by the look of it because some color shines through in the light. The head is brown and just over a finger tall. It sticks around all the way and leaves a good amount of evidence in some decently thick rings and spidery legs.
Malts are roasty and lay a solid foundation, bringing out some chocolate with the coffee grounds. It's also toasty and the creamy leaning gives a bit of a caramel note.
The taste offers a creamy light chocolate and caramel sweetness under roasted malts with plenty of coffee goodness. Toast, a gentle undertone of fig and/or raisin, and just a tinge of hops for light balance top it off. There is a wisp of some astringency to which otherwise great coffee-based beers can be prone; it's just enough to be a very minor mar and not terribly distracting.
The body is medium with a nice, creamy feel. It's not heavily carbonated but maybe a hint much for a stout.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate colored with two fingers of head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Has a good coffee aroma. Hints of roasted nuts and roasted malt but the coffee is the primary scent.

The flavor was just a little bit of a letdown. The stout itself is not that big so this beer relies on the coffee. Good coffee flavor upfront but it quickly falls off and the rest of the beer does not bring much.

A little too thin and watery for a stout. Carbonation is moderate.

Easy drinking stout but not the heartiest stout out there. Would of liked more body and stout flavor.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with a creamy, compact tan head.

S: Aromas of coffee, roasted grain, and dark fruits fill the nose.

T: Opens with notes of coffee, minerals, cream, vanilla bean, bitter chocolate, black currants, and roasted grain. The finish is bitter and toasty with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean notes.

M: Dry and oddly thin for the style. Carbonation is way too forceful. To me, this beer comes off as being completely off-kilter.

O: I tend to be a defender of the Boston Beer Company's efforts, but this one does not do a thing for me. The best part of it is the smell. If the body were a bit thicker and the carbonation less forceful, I might be inclined to give this beer a better review.

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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 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 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 Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass stein. Black with a finger of tan head. Looks nice.
Smells like coffee, nutty and malty.
Sweet tasting, burnt malt at the beginning with bitter coffee beans at the end. The flavors hit "one, two, three" without any blending or balance.
Moderate to high carbonation, too much for me. Light body for a stout.
An okay drink. It has a robust coffee profile, but it was not balanced with the rest of the stout. Smelled and looked great though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a small yet tight toasted khaki colored head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There is some very light roasted notes but the coffee takes the show. Not very strong but its good.

The flavor is of light roast, kind of like a dry irish stout. More roast flavors come up towards the end. There is a bit of a sour like berry note. The coffee doesn't bang you over the head but serves more as an undercurrent. It adds more of a coffee bitterness to the brew.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. A bit light and fizzy for a stout. Nice and roasty throughout the palate.

A nice stout. Not big but it is flavorful. A good keeper for Sam Adams.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Bottle part of winter sampler.
Cant see through this one bit. Dark typical stout. Light brown head.
Strong coffee aroma, malt and vanilla.
Very strong coffee flavor, actually quite good. Smooth and easy.
My only gripe is mouthfeel. Its actually too carbonated for this type of brew. I bet it would be superb on cask. Very good offering by sam.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with ruby highlights. I is capped with an inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is as advertised, coffee. I also get some pleasant roasted malt aromas, milk chocolate and toast.

T - The taste is coffee with cream, no sugar. I am on my second and the flavors seem to pop more.

M - It has a full, creamy texture that I like. It is very enjoyable.

O - This is a solid offering. The aroma and flavor are not overpowering but are very noticeable. I probably enjoy the mouthfeel the most. I could very easily down a six pack of this and be left feeling satisfied.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear Shaker pint glass. Best by Apr notched on label. Purchased as part of Samuel Adams Holiday 12-pack Sampler at Food Lion (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with soft, light-beige, 1-finger head with decent retention and copious lacing.

S: The aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel with a light black coffee ground aroma. There is a mild herbal and citrus note as well.

T: The nuttier chocolatey character is most inviting in the flavor, and the coffee character is not as strong, mainly accenting the nice stout flavor features. There are nice roasted dark grain contributions with have very little bitterness but instead lend some more roundness.

M: Very smooth with solid medium body and light-medium carbonation. Very caressing feel overall.

O: This is a great addition to the Holiday Sampler. Good riddance Cranberry Lambic. Make way for Black & Brew -- terrible name but good beer.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a dense tan head on top. Nice amount of pleasant coffee beans in the aroma and a trailing dark chocolaty sweetness. Roasty, creamy coffee flavor...obviously quite malty with a pinch of fruit in the finish. Straightforward, but satisfying. Creamy, oily medium body. I'm a sucker for coffee stouts and this suits me just fine.

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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 beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark beer pours black with a light tan head. Burnt malts and sugars are present in the smell and taste. A vague sweetness with some dark fruit notes also present in the aroma. The taste includes a pleasing chocolate bitterness, finishing with an interesting sugary/dry sweetness.

Overall, a very good stout. Not too light, not too heavy. The coffee aspect isn't overbearing. Well-balanced and tasty...

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Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black with a one inch tan head that leaves almost no lacing but a ring on the glass.

S: coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate come out.

T: tastes the same as the smell, but the ingredients seem of poor quality or not fresh.

M: smooth, slightly heavier than medium body, and low carbonation that explodes in your mouth. Maybe it's medium carbonation covered up by the thicker beer.

O: got it in the Sam Adams winter pack. Good buy, great selection in the pack. This is a good stout, but for a coffee infused stout it's just decent.

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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 EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pitch black color, with a nice brown head. Laces well, with good head retention. Aroma is mild coffee grounds, with some toasted malts and hints of dry cocoa powder. The coffee kicks a bit more in the taste, and is accompanied by a nice subtle cocoa note and pleasant toasted malts. It's got a nice full body and creaminess to it, and finishes a little dry. Overall, I think I've enjoyed this the most out of the mixed 12 this year. I'd drink this year round...I'm talking to you Koch.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is suppose to be the hot beer from this winter pack, so I look forward for this.
Aroma holds straight up coffee with and inter-twisting chocolate. The coffee has a newly ground quality rather roasty and is kinda' nice.
Nice full head, rich and frothy. Dark body with reddish highlights. Good looking beer.
Taste has more creamy chocolate than the aroma. Coffee and roast is still there but more blended with other flavors. Mild shot of hops. Not a lot of stout going on.
Lighter body is consistent with the very drinkable lower abv.
This is more coffee flavor than a stout with coffee taste. I prefer the latter. But all in all an enjoyable and highly drinkable beer and a fun addition to this years package.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from last night: pours very dark brown and looks like coffee with red at the top and bottom where the light hits it; it had a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and a creamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.

Smells of burnt coffee, vanilla, roasted grains and toffee; basically this smells like a Starbucks latte poured into a stout, and while it’s basically a coffee treat, to me this smells delicious.

Tastes like coffee, vanilla, roasted grains, burnt malt, caramel, molasses, toffee, herbs, tea, citrus hops and some bitter flavor like charcoal; this is very tasty, flavorful and goes down smooth and easy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with almost no carbonation, a lighter body and a watery overall feel like it's a cold coffee left out for a few hours.

A new winner from Sam Adams, this was smooth, tasty and very enjoyable. This brew hid the 5.8% ABV very well, and at first it seemed like a gimmick beer until I got the cap off and then inhaled that wonderful coffee aroma. This beer was a very pleasant surprise and a beer I definitely recommend checking out.

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