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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's black but not opaque. Its head is tan and disappears to lace pretty quickly.

It smells like coffee and roasted malts.

It tastes like coffee and roasted malts, a bit sweet as well.

It's pretty crisp. Thinner than I would have liked.

Overall I don't go crazy for coffee stouts. If there's a coffee flavor that's usually a good sign, but mixing coffee and stout does not a good beer make. This beer's average, I've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with tight mocha head that leaves a nice layer of lacing.

Smells of slightly burnt coffee notes and some sweetness.

Tastes of roasted notes with a mild sweetness. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, medium roasted coffee, and a bit of brown sugar come through. A touch of nuttiness also comes through and adds some depth. Some acidity comes through, but not quite as acidic as french press coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very solid coffee stout that falls in line with expectations. It doesn't have that wow factor, but is still quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got Samuel Adams Black & Brew in their holiday mixed twelve pack last week for $12.99 at Meijers. I have always thought that Samuel Adams Holiday pack was pretty solid so I was excited to hear that they added a coffee stout, I wish they would have swapped out the Boston Lager instead of the Irish Red, but you can't win them all, so lets see how this new coffee stout is. It was notched best by April. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good and is pretty straight forward, half coffee, half beer, I can dig it. It poured a pretty nice black color that let just a little bit of light through on the edges and it had three fingers of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing. This is a proper looking American Stout.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty straight forward. It starts of with lots of rich roasted malts that impart a nice dark chocolate aroma. Then comes the coffee which is the most dominating aroma and smells just like a cup of black coffee should, when mixed with the roasted malts and dark chocolate it has an aroma similar to a good espresso. Just going by smell it might be easy to mistake this for actual coffee.

T- The taste starts off with a good amount of rich slightly sweet roasted malts that have just the right amount of roast to them. There is a nice amount of dark chocolate in there that is quickly followed by a large amount of black coffee that really shows up towards the end and into the aftertaste. I don't pick up any hops and the finish is very smooth with hardly any bitterness.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had just the right amount of medium carbonation. It had a pretty good mouthfeel but I think it would be perfect if it was slightly thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty damn good Coffee Stout and a good American Stout. I find that most coffee stouts tend to be bigger and more on the imperial side of the spectrum so I liked the fact that Sam Adams chose to use an American Stout as the base of this beer, there are enough Imperial Coffee Stouts, it nice to have one that is a little lighter with better drinkability. This beer has really good drinkability, some of those coffee stouts are so rich and robust that you really can't have more then one, but with this beer I feel like I could have two or three without being overwhelmed by the flavor. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and the look, this beer looked damn good and the flavor had just enough roast and coffee flavor to it. The only thing I would change would be to make it just a little thicker, but other then that it is pretty spot on. I will for sure be getting the Holiday pack again, with beers like this, chocolate bock, and holiday porter make this the most solid Holiday pack around, I only wish that they would put this in six packs. I recommend this beer to anyone that is a fan of coffee flavors in their beer, this beer should do the trick. I really like this beer, I like to refer to this beer as Breakfast Stout Light, the flavors are pretty similar ir is just in a lighter and more drinkable beer. This is one solid coffee stout and this beer fits in nicely in their holiday pack, good job Sam Adams, I going to miss this beer when the season is over.

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Photo of Arvo
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of brobeerbot
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown. Head is one finger and tan. Lasts oretty well. No lacing.
S- Aroma is burnt toast, some coffee, and a bit of fruit.
T- It starts out a bit sweet with some caramel flavors. Coffee picks up in the finish. A bit astringent. Burnt toast. Alcohol is faintly present.
M- Carbonation is pretty good. It nears but doesnt quite get to creamy. Body is pretty light.
O- It's ok, but I expect more out of coffee stouts, especially one made by a brewery I usually like so much.

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Photo of beeragent
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch mocha head with light lace.

S - strong aroma of espresso coffee.

T - flavor is not as strong as the aroma, beginning with a nice espresso flavor along with the roasted malts. Not much else is noticeable. The flavor hits hard up front then falls flat.

M - medium bodied but a bit thin for the style. Low carbonation and very smooth.

O - not a bad addition to the Sam Adams winter pack, but I'm not sure I would buy a sixer of it. The flavor and mouthfeel are a little thin for my taste.

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Photo of Eastsideinside
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of mschofield
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Winter Pack. Pours dark brown with a thick, tanned, creamy head and a lot of lacing.
Aroma is of coffee, toasted malt, dark fruit and hints of caramel. The body is medium and creamy. Flavors are toasted, roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. The finish is medium, bittersweet. On a light side, but tasty, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jcartamdg
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a one finger head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts and coffee. Taste follows the nose but the coffee is off, tastes like cheap coffee, follows with sweet chocolate. Mouth feel is a bit thin but that makes it easier to drink. Not too bad but not fantastic

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

A - Pours black with ruby edging. Thick tan head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee (as expected). Rich toasted malts.

T - Sweet roasted malts; chocolate and coffee. A rich mix that blends with the other malts, i.e. caramel. Not syrupy but the chocolate isn't cocoa powder either. No discernible hops presence. A real dessert beer.

M - Medium, lush.

O - If you like Sam's stouts then you will love this. Perfect for after a meal.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, tan chocolate tinged foam that billows up and takes a few minutes to settle. Plenty of lace, retention is good, lasting well over twenty minutes.

Roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas, dark chocolate and dark roast.

Smooth, mellow feel, a bit like a milk stout. Dark chocolate, roast malt aftertaste, light coffee notes. Some tobacco leaf and banana sweetness. Fairly light bodied but smooth and flavorful. Mild coffee bitterness, dry finish. Overall it's pretty good, not especially bold but plenty of coffee and mellow roastiness, perfect for fall weather.

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

A finger of light brown head from a high pour. Body is opaque brown. Some surface memory, decent lace.

Nose is black coffee and some bitter cocoa.

Body is full of roasty coffee and some bitter chocolate, quite well balanced. Perhaps lacking in complexity, but it's pretty darn good for what it is.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, as it should be. Almost nitro-smooth.

I wasn't expecting to be impressed, and it may not be outstanding, but this is as good a coffee stout as you might ask for, apart from the very best. If this came in four-packs, I'd buy one.

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Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep black body with a small, brown head...the head fell quickly to a bead of bubbles...some lacing was left behind

S - Fresh coffee jumps out first and is the most dominate...milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and dark fruits follow the coffee presence

T - Again, coffee is the main character comes across as freshly brewed with a touch of vanilla creme...the roasted presence is an underlying addition that compliments everything on the palate...the caramel plays with the vanilla flavor to add some more sweetness...the dark fruits from the nose, again, are adding some depth to the flavor

M - Medium bodied...not quite full, but very smooth and a touch of creaminess...lasting roasted flavor

O - I was quite surprised with this beer from Sam Adams...I feel they did a very nice job making a coffee stout...this is a very welcomed addition to the Winter Collection

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Photo of Acforster2
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Black, yes, or at least such a very dark brown that I can only tell it's not ink or oil by the look of it because some color shines through in the light. The head is brown and just over a finger tall. It sticks around all the way and leaves a good amount of evidence in some decently thick rings and spidery legs.
Malts are roasty and lay a solid foundation, bringing out some chocolate with the coffee grounds. It's also toasty and the creamy leaning gives a bit of a caramel note.
The taste offers a creamy light chocolate and caramel sweetness under roasted malts with plenty of coffee goodness. Toast, a gentle undertone of fig and/or raisin, and just a tinge of hops for light balance top it off. There is a wisp of some astringency to which otherwise great coffee-based beers can be prone; it's just enough to be a very minor mar and not terribly distracting.
The body is medium with a nice, creamy feel. It's not heavily carbonated but maybe a hint much for a stout.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Gushed a little bit.
Almost opaque black with a brown tint. Nice creamy mocha head, leaves a nice ring of lacing. Head retains at about 1/8" for a while.
Smells rich, some nice bright coffee, bitter chocolate, subtle dark fruit, I wanna say prunes and some black currant. A little bit of creamy caramel.
Similar on the taste, starts off with bitter cocoa and leads into rich acidic coffee, nice roastiness. The fruit is present but less than the smell, comes out in the aftertaste with a moderately long bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste. And I want to say there's a hint of tobacco in the finish too. A little touch of sweetness in the middle. Overall well balanced.
The texture is a bit lacking, kind of thin for a stout and a little overcarbonated (what a friend of mine would call "belchy").
A good effort overall, pretty complex for a coffee stout with some unique notes to it and not overrun by the coffee. The texture is its biggest let down, but still quite good.

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Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TommyW
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a two-finger off-white head.

S- Light roasted character with notes of espresso.

T- Really prominent espresso flavor mixed with the standard roasted and chocolate malts of a stout.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this coffee stout more than most that a try; a nice surprise.

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Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +7%

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