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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hemp Ale pint glass. Pitch dark out black color with just a hint of light getting trough at the edges. Head is a creamy light brown color and barely one finger. Lace is minimal now but I will update if status changes.

Smell is dark roasted malts. Coffee and smoke. Maybe just a hint of chocolate.

Taste is almost more light milk chocolate than it is coffee. The taste is fairly sweet and finishes a bit tart of a bing cherry. The roasted malt bill is quite nice.

Mouth is medium with mild carbonation. Body is light full and the finish is medium long and a bit wet.

Overall I should say that this is the best Sam Adams offering I have had to date. It is a whole lot more on the Porter side than Stout, but a great beer for the newbies that buy the Winter sampler pack. If they like this they may venture out and try other crafted stouts. That is a good thing for all of us.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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

Poured into a wine glass.

The beer is black with a creamy tanish white head. It leaves little bits of lace on the side as I drink

The aroma is sweet malty. I get almost a cramel aroma smells like a cappuccino.

The taste is a little different then the aroma. The carbonation starts the flavors off filling the mouth and subsiding quickly. The initial flavor is sweet malt. It turns to stout with roasted flavors the coffee and roasted malt meld to form a roasted finish almost hints of smoke. This would be a good brew to make burgers will

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Photo of Gushue3
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father buying the Sam mix pack for turkey day.

A medium color brown comming from the bottle into my Alchemist pint glass. 1+ finger sized head with good retention above a black body. Small ring of lacing is left where the head used to be.

S Big dark malt sweetness with a sweeter coffee bean scent, not so much a roast. medium roast sweetened iced coffee is what this reminds me of.

T Roasty coffee thats sweeter through out. Sweetness dies toward the finish and a roast lingers after the last sip. Kind of a one trick pony but tasty.

M Lighter feel for a stout and small amount of carbonation on the tongue.

O Not a bad beer here, if you want coffee this is it. A little bit one dimensional but definitely a welcoming addition to the winter mix pack

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3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body. Fat creamy head. Perfect lacing. Very good retention. Best I've seen for a stout, best by far for a coffee stout.

Fairly light coffee aroma, some malt, not much else.

Flavor is good. Not a coffee bomb; balanced for a non-imperial stout with coffee. Maybe a tad acidic from the coffee.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth.

I like this fairly well for a lighter coffee stout. Drink it on the warmer side.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with tan head. Head started about an inch tall but has gone down to about a quarter inch. In a snifter.

S- All I get is a very light whiff of dark malt. No hop, no coffee.

T- Immediately a light coffee flavor, followed by a strong dark malt. The finish is all coffee with a similar aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied for such a dark beer, with good mouthfeel and just the bitterness of coffee really.

O- I like it. It's two-noted which I appreciate and I really like coffee.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

A: Pours a jet black, and is topped by a chocolatey head; excellent retention, and excellent lacing.

S: Smells like chocolate covered espresso beans.

T: Lacks bitterness and the coffee seems a bit under developed. It is similar to the smell; however, it is taken down a notch.

M: Watery and a little thin.

O: I like this beer; however, it could do with some simple recipe revisions that would make it stellar.

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

Bottle. Pours a deep black with a dense medium to thick tan head. Loads of roast, deep coffee, very roasty. Soft vanilla sugar note, caramel. Medium bodied, roast, coffee, chocolate flavors. Sour finish with a touch of hop bitterness to balance the experience. Tastes more like an Irish dry stout. The beer is drinkable, but you should drink it slow to savor the flavor profile. Some might say the beer is "unfocused." It tasted like a porter at first before morphing into a stout and then a black lager. But I think the progression of flavors in intriguing. Not a single-dimensional brew. But do all the dimensions converge? Not sure it works for everyone.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/blackish brown. Nice 3 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, nut, dark fruits like rasin and plum, a little cocoa and some hops to round the aroma out.

Taste - Coffee bite mixed with classic american stout nut mildness starts this brew off. Very smooth, mild and not overly sweet or biter. Coffee is smooth and works nice with the malts. Chocolate isnt a factor really to the flavor. Dark fruits come out near the end after the coffee bite and add some sweetness. Alcohol is masked, and theres really not much of a hop flavor.

Mouthfell - MEdium thickness, but easy to drink. Theres plenty of coffee that coats tounge. Malts add a nice bold nut flavor. Palette gets some coffee and malts, and some dark fruits. Aftertaste is slighty bitter and cocoa adds a chocolate like flavor.

Overall - Good, easy to drink, and a must for coffee fans just starting out with stouts. If russian stouts or double americans are too much, this is a good brew to try. Its a little watery but theres enough going on to enjoy, and the lower alcohol makes it easy to enjoy a few at a time.

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