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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, but not quite. While pouring, it appears to be more translucent than it is. A decent sized, three-finger head that retains well with great lacing.

S- An interesting mix of coffee and beer smells here. There is definitely some coffee scent right off the bat, but not as much as I expected. Underneath there is somewhat of a generic "beer" smell. Sort of an AAL scent, with light malts coming through a little.

T- Tons of dark roasted coffee in the taste profile. It masks the other flavors a little, but towards the end, a little bit of dark chocolate shines through, but there was no hint of the caramel malt mentioned on the neck label.

M- Fairly light on the palate. Heavy roasted taste profile helps to make it seem heavier. Ironically, drinks like coffee; fairly slow for a lover ABV stout. Slight over-carbonation for the style.

Overall, I like this one, almost a lot. This is the first Sam Adams I've had where I think they've got most of it right. Most of their other offerings have just been ok, but this one gets a lot right.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #110
Served On: 01/18/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: April 2012

This was a new offering in the Winter Classics mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a creamy black with a lighter mocha head. It seemed very viscous like a stout should.

Smell: Black coffee and some faint hops. A sweet chocolate note was noticeable.

Taste: First was smooth sweetened coffee and cream. A bitterness set in around the middle just before the unsweetened chocolate finish.

This was a respectable coffee stout. I have definitely had better, but I would definitely have this one again. This is probably one of Boston Beer's better additions to their catalog.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a damn near black with a nice finger of caramel head decent lacing, ok retention.

S - Robust roasty bitter aromas, some chocolaty and caramel sweet undertones. Maybe some dark fruit too. Really roasty, like straight coffee beans

T - Sweet and chocolaty into strong roasty bitterness, dark fruits at the finish for sure.

M - Medium bodied, little but appropriate carbonation, fairly drinkable for what it is.

O - Definitely a roasty coffee blast, a little sweetness and dark fruit balance it out nicely. Not over the top as the smell might suggest. Overall not too shabby, a very welcome addition to the winter classics mix (which has always been my favors Sam Adams variety)

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

Pours a nice shade of black with a modest amount of foam.
Not much aroma, just a faint amount of coffee bean and malt.
Nice flavor, I love coffee ice cream and that's what I'm reminded of here.
There's just enough of a hop balance to compliment this brew's other attributes and it is definitely boozy enough to make it a very satisfying treat at the end of the day.

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

I'm a sucker for coffee stouts, and this is no exception. A real easy drinker. Pours dark with a moderate head. It's not outstanding in any regard, with your typical malty front and bitter coffee finish, but its overall just a nice brew. Won't turn this one down if offered, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

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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 Crundy
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick foamy dark tan head, very dark body, couldn't see through it but when pouring one can see dark brown and caramel colors. sticky lacing.

S: Coffee and cream aroma, roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate sweetness too it as well

T: very tasty, nice smooth coffee bitterness mixed with dark roasted malt flavor along with a dark chocolate sweetness

M: pretty decent bite, medium bodied beer. very smooth and creamy beer. very drinkable and delicious. minimal aftertaste but what does linger is a subtle coffee bitterness and sweetness.

O: very good beer! the abv is relatively low which aids in making this a highly drinkable beer. Probably one of the better Sam Adams beers i've tasted.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this coffee stout in a nonic pint.

Appearance- This beer is completely black, a half-finger of mocha colored head. The foam dies pretty quickly and leaves a slight ring. The body is very impressive.

Smell- There is tons of coffee flavor in the nose. The mocha is kind of sweet and a little earthy. That sweet aspect really makes the smell delightful.

Taste- The front of the drink is mostly roasted malt, pretty standard for a coffee stout. The middle of the drink is packed with coffee and coffee creamer.

The finish has just a hint of chocolate and earthiness.

Mouth feel- This beer is a decent medium body with okay coating. It could be much creamier, and it feels a little too carbonated.

Overall- This coffee stout has great flavors and really surprised me! The mouth feel is a little lacking, but other than that, this is a very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of Cummins9110
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see a new brew from one of Americas Craft beer pioneers.
Appearance - Opaque solid black no highlights,tan/brown head that settles very thin but lasts

S - Smells of dark roast coffee with roasted barley and chocolate malt in background

T - tastes like coffee with chocolate malt

M - thick very thick and soild, settles heavy

Overal im happy and impressed with this beer, I dont understand the low reviews by some, its a very good coffee stout

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so happy! to see a new brew from ole time sam adams:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

a nearly black on the pour which kicks up a thick tan head that settles a leaves just a bit of lace

s: sweet (literally) roasted nuts with a chocolate bend more than coffee

t: sweet again! I'd call this the chocolate malt of beers, not even ahint of hops. kind of a one-tracked beer

m - thick, heavy, luxurious.

d ; think of this as a desert beer. not bad at all but not for guzzling

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Photo of jadpsu
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a brown head with light laceing.
Aroma: Strong coffee along with some dark chocolate. More of a stale coffee smell than a fresh coffee smell.
Taste: Very strong coffee. I know it is a stout and the smell and taste here is quite strong and stout.
I am not a real stout fan but have found some Oatmeals that I like.
This one had the complexities but some of the flavors were just not to my liking.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black beer with a tan head about 3/4" in height. Aroma delivered a good coffee aroma, simple, straight forward.

Nice taste, dry, roasty, plenty of coffee, no astringent bitterness, creamy without feeling like there was a lactose addition or other type of adjunct thrown in. Really tastes artisan in the sense that it is craftfully done in a simple and minimalistic way. Chocolate malt, roasted two row, coffee press and done and easy to drink. Very enjoyable when you're getting it for $1 a bottle.

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

Had a bottle tonight at a friend's house. Poured into a standard pint glass. Light black color, with a nice sized white head. Smell had a nice aroma of rich coffee. Taste was fairly good for a new Sam Adams attempt at a style. You could really taste the flavors of the coffee, which complimented well the flavors of chocolate from the roasted dark malt. My only knock on this beer was the mouthfeel. I felt it was a bit too bitter and astringent. Not a bad beer after all. Definitely a decent offering in their winter mix pack.

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched on label

A: Pours a pitch black with a nice forming light brown
head. Lacing is good and tinted tan.

S: Not that fresh of a coffee aroma. Some chocolate
and toasty malts are mixed in.

T/M: Smooth and creamy with a strong coffee taste.
Still not very fresh tasting with the coffee. Full bodied
with toasted grains and a small hop bite. Hints of
caramel come through with a small but noticeable
alcohol feel.

O: A pretty good coffee stout. I've had much better
but also much worse. The coffee used in the brew is
off tasting and their is an overall weird aftertaste. Don't
think I'd buy more than what I get in the 12 pack mix


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Photo of Mississipping
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, but has some amber highlights when held to light. A small tan head rises and falls quickly, leaving a bit of lacing, but more to be desired.

S: Aroma is dominated by chocolate and espresso, with some roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit in the background. While it's all there, the aroma is somewhat subdued. Even allowing it to warm up a bit more doesn't do much for the aroma. Not bad at all, and really pretty pleasant, but muted a bit.

T: Much like the smell, milk chocolate and bitter espresso dominate the flavor. The other characteristics ... roasted malt, dark fruit, and vanilla ... are almost nonexistent. The roasted malt comes out a bit after warming, but it's overall it's not very complex.

M: Thinner side of medium-bodied, unfortunately. Moderate carbonation, making it smooth and tingly, but underwhelming on the palate.

D: Not bad but not very balanced. Chocolate and espresso roast are ok but bitterness may be a bit too much to be completely enjoyable. I like the addition to the winter pack, but it's one of my least favorite included.

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

In the winter mix pack, poured into pint glass.

Dark, dark, dark almost to black. Kind of a thin head, but retained pretty well.

Aroma - coffee hit me first, then chocolate and not much beyond that for me.

Taste - I disliked the chocolate stout quite a bit so was prepared for the worst but was surprised. Although it had a lot of flavor and I could definitely taste the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate clearly, it wasn't overpowering. It wasn't intensely sweet like the chocolate stout. The carbonation was pretty high too and I think that livened it up.

Enjoyable and I drank the second bottle as my "next" out of the holiday pack.

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Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost jet black with a few ruby hints. There is less than a finger worth of tan head with no retention. The nose is complex - coffee, chocolate and caramel are all present. The upfront flavor is that of a relatively light and toasty stout.This offering lacks the roasted bite that I really look for in a stout, but it makes up for that detriment with a good combination of flavors - some roast, some sweet notes as well. As this beer warms, the bitterness in the finish becomes more noticeable. Not exceptional, but very good.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredibly dark, with a solid 2-fingers of tan head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Chocolate malts are heavy in this beer, along with coffee and not a whole lot else.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. The primary flavor is dark roasted malts, with a heavy dose of the coffee flavor. The first impression of this beer is sweetness, but it gives way to a malt bitterness that keeps it in balance. Still the flavor is a bit watery, albeit good.

M: Moderately heavy body, but it could use a bit more, and the carbonation is a little more than I expected, but it works with the "lighter" body.

O: A good stout, not a great one. To me it comes off as a slightly watered down version, like they were afraid to really commit to a dark, bitter, heavy beer. It's pretty good, for what it is.

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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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Photo of rodney45
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark as a moonless sky. Cappucino colored thick head that leaves a big spiderweb lace.

S: Barley and malt, with big notes of coffee and walnut.

T: Big grain notes with coffee as a secondary flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted crystal malt. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Hop profile is resin like and gives a good balancing bitter flavor.

M: Heavy body with low carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A lot of people looked down on this beer, but i'd say it was one of the better coffee infused beers ive tried. A good stout, but again, underrated because its made by boston beer co. Not the best coffee american stout around but it fits the bill.

This is a desert beer, and a good pairing would be a mocha swirl cheesecake.

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