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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Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body, crowned by a robust and resilient, very fine-beaded tan head, which, even after several minutes, has scarcely faded. Thick, sticky and coarse lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Superb aroma of dark malt and roasted coffee. There are also notes of espresso, bitter coca, and vanilla.

Taste: Opens with very well-balanced notes of dark malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate. As the taste progresses, subtle notes of vanilla and wood appear as well. Roasted nuts are present late in the taste, and there is a bit of burnt caramel. Finishes with a lingering and mellow coffee note.

Mouth feel: Full and rich, with a creamy note.

Drinkability/notes: Quite wonderful, the blend of the coffee and dark malt is quite harmonious and pleasing. This would be a fine dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of slusk
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, black with a short lived dark tan head.

S: Very malty aroma with no hop aroma. Lots of dark fruit, raisin. good amount of chocolate and coffee. Some alcohol notes in the aroma.

T: Big burst of coffee and cream with a chocolate hit soon after with a bit of raisin. Black coffee makes up the bulk of the aftertaste with a mild black olive note . No hop flavor to speak of. The alcohol is hidden well and it has a slight acidic bite. Finishes dry.

M: Medium full body almost chewy with low carbonation.

O: This is a decent stout. Big coffee flavor but for me a little too big, It lacks something, perhaps a complexity that other stouts have. It's definitely a beer that I would have no problem sitting back with on a cold winter night.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled December 2013 from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a thin coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: There are roasted coffee aromas, along with some strong malt aromas. The combination made for an interesting aroma. Not much of a hop smell.

Taste: Full-bodied with an interesting mix of malt, and coffee. There is a little chocolate flavor as well. As with the aroma, there is not much of a hop flavor to balance the malt.

Mouth feel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy.

Overall: Good stout. I enjoyed the bottle that I drank, but the coffee flavor can dominate.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

A- Deep brown almost black as one would expect of a coffee stout lol.

S- A medium roast coffee, dark brown sugar some other earthiness muddled in there

T- medium roasted malt, coffee, some lighter chocolates and a prune type fruitiness

M- medium to average carbonation bubbles

O- Average, re drinkable but the type I wouldn't go out and pick up more. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing that really stands out. Its Ok.

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Photo of olfolxholme
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - Not much head, retention, or lacing - but some. Beer is a very dark brown/ruby with bits of khaki foam.

S - Slighty burnt coffee grind character, bits of sweet dark malt. Nothing that offensive, really, but not much to write about.

T - The coffee flavor is dominant, but it has that same kind of wet coffee grind character. Tastes a lot like carbonated coffee, but not particularly good coffee.

M - Not as oily as I'd like, but not bad. Carbonation is a little off - closer to a cola than an American Stout. It's ok.

O - Drinkable but not impressive. Concept is ok, but they need a better coffee component if they do it again. As is... Next, please!


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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a thin brown head. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, Coffee, some chocolate. Not overpowering, but great smell to it.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium to full bodied. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts that were well balanced.

Overall: Great take on a coffee type stout, one of the better stouts I have had lately.

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Photo of emyers
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black, with a very thin beige head dissipating quickly.

Smell: Caramel, cocoa, roasted malt. Some coffee, but it is very faint. Smells like a solid dry Irish stout, but not a coffee stout.

Taste: Again - caramel and cocoa are the most prominent flavors, with toasted biscuit and bittering hops, and just a hint of coffee. Coffee flavor is not particularly developed, and comes off a bit stale.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied, which is further brougt out by a high carbonation level for the style. Could use more body and less carbonation.

Overall: Comes off as a very average stout that is really lacking in the coffee department.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner in the long line of Samuel Adams great beers. Coffee Stout, I allways wonder if there is really any coffee used in this or not? It is a mystery sometimes with Chocholate and coffee flavors, which both csan be derived from malted barley alone.

Coffee, malt, slight caramel notes

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Photo of fx20736
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, served at cellar temp.

coal black with a thick mocha tan head, nice lacing.

aroma of malt & coffee.

mouthfeel is well structured.

taste; brewed coffee, roasted malt, roasted nuts, some hops.

notes: not bad, not memorable. tastes alot like an old cup of coffee.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours heavy brown, almost black with a caramel kissed lathery head of foam.

Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and toffee.

Much more coffee in the mouthful, some chocolate, ton of roasted character, not too shabby!

Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start, bitter in the middle, dry finish.

Overall, I was rather surprised with this one, very good.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer combines roasted coffee, with a full-bodied stout. Using dark fruit for this beer is what contributes to its black color. Other ingredients include chocolate and caramel that make for a great combination. The ABV is 5.8% and goes down smooth with the mix of spices and hops Samuel Adams is known for. Great taste and perfect after a Black Friday shopping spree. This particular brew is only available in winter. Take a break after the long weekend of shopping and get this dark beer while its in season.

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown head. Settles slowly, leaving a spotty blanket of foam on the surface. Solid beer ring lacing.

S: A little roasted espresso, more roasted malt. A little pungent hay, and slight molasses.

T: Malty with a good amount of pungency and a strong woody tone. Black licorice, grass, and charred malt. A little molasses and cola.

M: Hearty, but crisp. That char-roasted malt tone sticks to the palette throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Dark hue, nice foamy head, pretty heavy lacing. Nose is roasted malt and espresso with woody and sweet tones. Pungent roasted components make up the flavor base with some bitter and sweet notes. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 Willytee3
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle was given to me after it was left undrunk from the mixer 12 pack.

Pours a dark brown-black, dense. Creamy latte colored 1 finger head reduces to a thick film. small bubbles streaming up the side of the glass. Sticky lacing.

Smells of medium roasted malt with sweet coffee and cream, a hint of liquorish. Deep and rich but not that complex.

Tastes of dark roast coffee with a much lighter body than a traditional stout, a tad watery. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a touch of liquorish bordering on pool water. Burnt malts and slight bitter on the finish.

Overall was surprised by the watery consistency of this brew. Although the coffee is not overdone it is a bit out of balance with the consistency. Drinkable and may be a good introduction to the style but I will not have another.

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a mahogany / bistre brown tone while yielding a finger or so of frothy tan head. mediocre retention as if fades into a thin cap; some patchy lacing evident. in the nose, obviously coffee is clearly showcased - almost to the point of being somewhat one-dimensional; although it's a nice-smelling dimension. a little chocolate and a touch of roastiness in the background.

flavor is about what you'd expect as it follows the nose pretty closely, maybe drops off a bit. and while it doesn't bull rush the palate with complexity, i'd say it's decent, reasonably tasty. mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is a little high, but nothing deal-breaking.

overall a very solid beer and a nice complement to the seasonal mixed pack. like most sam adams brews it's not going to blow your mind but it holds its own.

(originally reviewed: 12-28-2011)

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a bit of black licorice and some light lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate and other dark malts with a hint of dark fruit sweetness and a bit of licorice. Through the middle, some more bitter coffee beans come through with some light lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate and coffee with some light dark fruit and licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good coffee stout. Nice balance of roasted coffee flavors with a stout base.

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

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass. It has a jet black body with a small tan head that lays down quickly to a nice lace. The smell is of roasted malt and some coffee notes. The taste does have coffee on the front of the tonuge, also has a roasted malt taste on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice and smooth with a little bit of a coffee after taste on the tongue. Overall i enjoyed this beer but one is enough for me.

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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 thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-black with a light beige head. Some lacing. 3.5

Lactose, black coffee, and kilned malts. Mild sweetness. 4.0

Coffee grounds, some milk stout qualities, charred grain, cocoa, and a dried berry character similar to Craisins. Mostly malt bitterness in the middle, finishes semi-sweet. Astringent tang at the end. 3.5

Medium body, medium carbonation. Fine bubbles. 3.5

Nothing worth seeking out, a very average coffee stout. 3.5

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours black under a dark mocha head. Leaves respectable light bands of fine lacing as well as low sheeting.

Dark malts and black chocolate nose.

Nose follows through onto the palate, more dark malts, chocolate and understated black coffee. Medium bodied, quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Worth a try for stout fans

Let some pork tenderloin have a bath in a marinade with this as a base. Then enjoy with another glass

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a finger length tan head that shrinks to nothing and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, toasted barley, and very faint pine. Taste is good black coffee, bitter chocolate, cream, and some astrigency. Thin mouthfeel. Decent coffee stout.

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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 sauron681
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a very small tan head. Aroma of coffee, toffee, and nothing else that i could tell. Low carbonation. Very smooth, with a roasty coffee flavor that finish a tad sour.
I could not pick up any roasted malt, patent, chocolate malt, or anything..just coffee coffee coffee

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