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

Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee StoutSamuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout
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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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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 333
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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics pack - $12.99 at Publix in Canton, Georgia. Best Before Month Notched: APR.

Appearance: Pours a humble-looking, black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam.

Smell: A nice tranquil coffee-infused aroma with roasty malts, chocolate powder, a splash of half-n-half, and a discarded, tell-tale whisper of dark fruits.

Taste: Smooth roasted barley flavor with ready inclusions of cocoa, charred caramel, toasted bread, and, of course, the coffee. Restrained sweetness throughout. Hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Vague fruitiness in the background. Small touch of hops and accompanying bitterness. Malty, roasty, but still a bit sweetish as the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel.

Overall: I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack (I hate to break it to ya, Cranberry Lambic, but...).

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler...

A - Poured a finger of mocha colored head, color of the stout is translucent (just) black coffee.

S - Nose was roasted coffee with notes of dark fruit and cherries.

T - Starts slightly sweetened black coffee, then roasted flavors come through, slight nuttiness, then slight drying black coffee at the back - I also get pockets of dark fruit and cherries in the corners of the mouth - faint, but its there.

Mouthfeel - Fairly medium mouthfeel, medium carb adds some nice tingle, but keeps this from beeing a smoother, mouthcoating beer. Finishes with slight dryness in the back of the throat.

Overall - I really do like this beer, actually very good for the price. If you like this beer and want a real treat, get a 4-pak of FBS.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black pour with a 2-finger tan head, leaving a thick ring and dense lacing. Nose is coffee- old and oily coffee at that- pretty one dimensional with some hints of roasted malt and maybe some dark-fruit esters. Palate's mouthfeel is pretty decent- nice weight with a roasty sweetness and moderate bitterness, but has an odd twang and again with the one-dimensional coffee vibe. Overall, I sought out the 2011 Sam Adams Winter Classics pack because I read a thread here saying how good it was. Guess it was the limited availability that people were hyped about cuz the Porter and Winter Lager are the only ones worth a damn.

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3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a beige head that thinned to a ring while leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - coffee tatse upfront with a bit of smoke before finishing with some espresso coffee-like bitterness.

F - medium bodied, borderlines on being a bit thin but it works for a coffee beer.

O - not a beer I'd buy on it's own but a welcome addition to the seasonal mix pack.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: Pitch black, tight tan head with lacing.

S: Coffee,coffee grounds, cocoa, burnt toast, currant.

T: Coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, fig, no hops, roasted grain, slight alcohol.

M: Creamy medium body, but slightly less than expected.

O: Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked grounds character. There is a slight bite on the palate. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a tan head, almost no lace

S: coffee at first, nice and sweet, a little bit of alcohol presence

T: more coffee up front, followed by some sweetness and a tiny bit of hops

M: average body, low carbonation

O: a decent stout, nothing to write home about

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Black as night with a two finger tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Subtle aroma of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste- Roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is nicely done not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was a little apprehensive about this beer, but I really like it. My wife tried it and loves it and she hates dark beers. I wished Sam Adams sold this in 6-packs.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout is pretty good with loads of coffee. There is something different in the nose I cannot place.

A-Pretty much black or very dark mohangony.

T-pretty much malt and coffee is all you get with a tad bit of tartness from I don't know what

M-pretty light and goes down smooth

I may buy again.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured about as black as a cloudy night in Seattle, with about 1/3 finger head that died down into a cobweb-like lacing that clung to the glass in spades.

S: Nice, but not in-your-face smell of fresh coffee grounds infused with a lactose-esque stout.

T: Despite the coffee flavor, there was not one iota of bitterness to this. This is sort of the coffee equivalent of a Starbucks gourmet foo-foo drink that they make for us non-coffee drinkers... with heavy whipped cream and all!

M: Very creamy and delightful, perfectly carbonated, and the VERY subtle coffee notes were perfectly realized for my tastes.

O: Different Strokes for different folks I would say about this one. If you are a hard-core coffee-a-holic and like lots of bitter coffee notes digging into your palate, you may not care for this one. But, if you're like me and like for the coffee to be candy-ized, you'll probably dig it! I think this in one of the best brews that Sam Adams makes.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To me, throwing this in with ordinary stouts is marginal. Coffee flavored things are in a class by themselves. But this one is better than most coffee flavored things because the coffee taste is very subtle. As an American stout, it is mild too. Well balanced, but mild.

Because of this mildness, it is inherently easy to drink, but somewhat unsatisfying. There is no outstanding characteristic. I will probably have more of the holiday samplers this season, but I wish the lambic were still there. That and I would buy a twelve of Old Fezziwig.

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