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 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 mjurney
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black color. Small head that dissipate really quick.

Coffee. Roasted malts. Some dark chocolate.

Sweetened black coffee up front. Slight burnt caramel. A little hint of dark fruit. Dry finish. Body is Medium, yet pretty creamy.

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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 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 hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with ruby highlights. Tan, oatmeal-like head of foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, faint chocolate.
Taste-Roasted dark malt, roasted coffee, chocolate. Smooth, creamy, nice coffee flavor, well-balnced throughout.

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Photo of socon67
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is black with a hearty brown foam that rises like rootbeer, and then disappates.

S - Scents of roasted coffe beans and chocolate malt. As it warms a note of dry sherry is present.

T - Just really liked the coffee flavor on this one. Very robust cocoa powder sweetness that gives quickly to a coffee bitterness. Far too many coffee flavored beers either overstate the coffee or you barely can taste it. I found htis just one step below some of the more noteworthy (and expensive) rare coffee stouts.

M - Syrupy thick, feels heavier than its ABV, and coats the tongue.

O - I can say for the first time that the Fezziwig's were not my favorite pair in the Sam's Holiday pack. This guy stole the show and I really hope they bring it back next year. If you enjoy coffee stouts this is worht getting.

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Photo of obrike
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another in the winter 12 pack...bought at HEB in Round Rock.

Nice looking beer. Jet black, head disappates fairly quickly, but a thin tan ring remains throughout...decent lacing in this one too.

Getting some light roasted character with notes of espresso...good, but a bit faint.

Fairly standard roasted coffee and chocolate malts of a stout. Nice, but too buried.

Really enjoy the smoothness of this one drinkable. A pretty darn good stout effort by Sam Adams. Would probably buy this one in a sixer to share as it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. This beer is completely opaque. There is about 1/2 finger of mocha head that settles quickly.

S: The smells is roasted malt, burnt toast, and coffee. I'm really digging the nose on this beer. The burnt toast is bold, but not overwhelming. Very nice.

T: Starts off with a hit of the burnt toast, but there is a nice roasted malt sweetness that comes in next. The coffee notes are perfect for this brew.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer envelops the palate with all of it's flavors. It finishes nice and creamy without too much stickiness.

O: Color me impressed with this Boston Beer Company brew. It has a nice look, great flavor, and a great mouthfeel. This is a solid brew.

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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 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 ScorpyX
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark pour with a small tan head. Bubbles are visible on the glass.

S/T: Roasted coffee dominates the scent. Same with the taste, with coffee coming forward first, some mild chocolate notes, a touch of nuttiness, and a good malt presence. It’s that almost mocha-like taste that makes it truly delicious, though.

M: Surprisingly crisp and lighter than expected, putting it solidly medium bodied with a good carbonation presence. Goes down very smoothly.

I’ve had beers where it simply tastes like coffee watered down or added as an afterthought. This is not one of those beers. This one is balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched: May
Served in a pint glass

Near pitch black in appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger cap of creamy, bubbly, tan colored foam. The head faded to a persistent ring of froth. Streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was powdery and dry initially with subtle notes of coffee grounds. After a few minutes, the coffee really came forth. It reminded me of rich, freshly ground coffee beans. Roasted malts were also noticeable. Some vanilla and sweet cream. Hints of powdered cocoa appeared as well.

The flavor profile was dominated by deep roasted malts and black coffee. The coffee seemed a bit milder here than in the nose, yet it was also more bitter. Some sweet malts and rich, bright coffee flavor appeared up front, but these soon gave way to roasty bitterness and cold, black coffee. A bit of vanilla came through in the center. The finish was slightly astringent. Dry, bitter and a touch ashy.

The beer was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the palate.

I find that many of the beers made by Sam Adams have very similar characteristics but the Black & Brew Coffee Stout seemed to distinguish itself from the rest. This may not be one of the most exciting coffee stouts on the market but it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass. Served cool. Pours an ink black body and a nice dark tan head. Smells like old coffee (agree with Alstrom). Some chocolate. Creamy, some bite at the end and a little boozy. full and dry on the palate. Overall I kind of like this beer despite not having a refined coffee flavor. I would drink this again and think this is a very nice winter breakfast beer.

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

Poured a very nice dark brown (near black) with some very nice initial head and a bit of lacing as it went down. Nice scent, some good roasted grains and a very nice coffee hit in the nose. Good flavors, well balanced with roasted grains, bitter-sweet coffee flavors, the tiniest hints of chocolate, and a nice coffee and slightly earthy bitter finish. Went down well, this is a good coffee stout.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottled into a pint glass. Color was coffee black. Maybe ¾ inches of head. Caramel lacing on the top with some bubbles. Nice amount of sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled exactly like black coffee and nothing else. I don’t like the taste of coffee, but love the smell. This won me over for that.

Tasted just like black coffee. I feel like I tried coffee for the second time in my life tonight. Some dates and dark chocolate came in there, too.

Full body. Thick, creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth and consistent finish.

I surprising didn’t mind this beer considering that I don’t drink coffee. I’ve never had a beer so similar.

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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 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 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 perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | 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, 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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a coffee dark brown with a large light brown head. strong and sticky lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate with coffee , toffee, roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

T: Espresso roast, a stale cardboard coffee flavor with roasted malts and a milk stout like lactose sweetness on the finish. A bit of chocolate flavor, but under the pin of the coffee, it barely peeks its head out.

M: Mouthfeel is exceptionally thin for the style. I have noticed coffee stouts to be thinner, but this is watery. The carbonation is very high

O: Its a nice tasting beer in the mixed winter pack. Better than the Cranberry Lambic and slightly better than the winter lager , but not as drinkable. Everything else in the mixer is better IMHO.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a coffee black with a massive two and a half finger, super creamy light brown head. Wonderful lacing absolutely coats the glass. The frothy head lingers for the duration. A fantastic looking stout.

S. Milk chocolate, slightly burnt coffee grounds, an fresh cream. It smells good but lacks complexity and depth. Not much malt presence. A little one note.

T. Lots of roasted coffee, almost overpowering. Not much else outside of that. Just a trace of chocolate. Thin malt bill. And a watery, sweet finish. Decidedly average, but not bad.

M. The coffee notes are there, but they lack robustness. Where is the chocolate and roasted malt typical of this style? Drinks more like a porter. A thin, watery finish really hurts Black & Brew.

O. I'm happy to see Sam Adams continuing to experiment with their seasonal cases and putting in interesting styles. That being said, this drinks like a light, introductory coffee stout/porter. I love the idea of giving this to a person just getting into craft as it is a good intro to the style, but for the initiated who have sampled the likes of FBS and Wake 'n Bake, this brew will do nothing for you.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Licorice black. 2 finger foamy beige head pours nicely but disappears almost right away. Spotty lace and over-evident loose bubble carbonation.

S: Smells like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Not intense but clean and nice in an iced coffee way.

T: Nothing offensive. Light coffee notes, somewhat milky. A little cocoa, bitter dark fruit. Not great. A little bit towards the boring department.

M: Thin, dry, but nicely carbonated.

D: Again, nothing offensive but this isn't great especially considering the competition in the style.

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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 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 bbkd3b
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The new addition to the Winter Classics pack from Samuel Adams... Interesting.

Has a great-looking body to it. Near pitch-black liquid is complemented with a tan, finger-thick had. Great retention, cuddles the glass all of the way down. Well-done.

Leaning forward, a strong smell of roasted malts floats up to my nose immediately. Mixture of ground coffee beans and dark chocolate mostly. There's also a small trace of oatmeal notes present, but normally this is drowned out by the rest of it.

The taste doesn't hold a candle to the scent. Surprisingly sharp carbonation shocks the tongue as a thin line of bitter coffee notes comes to life. Very roasted flavor with a slight fruitiness to it, but the way it sort of sticks to the back of my tongue isn't all that welcome. Body does have a nice slickness to it, with a slight, warming kick of alcohol striking ont he back end. Not bad.

Like most Samuel Adams brews, this one comes really close to be a home run, but falls just short in some way. A welcome, if unexceptionable, addition to one my favorite winter mixes.

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