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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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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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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a two-and-a-half-finger brown-tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Moderate lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramels, chocolate, coffee, maybe a bit of toasted bread.

Taste: This is a delicious coffee stout. In the forefront you can really taste the chocolate and coffee, with the backbone being that of malty caramels and buttery nuts. Overall it has a really roasty coffee taste to it, with a bit of a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down rather easy.

Overall: An extremely nice coffee stout, and one that I'd surely have again. Although I think it'd be better named "Chocolate Coffee Stout" rather than just "Coffee Stout."

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

A= totally black, with a modest tan head which fades away quickly. Modest lacing during consumption.

S= roasted malts up-front, slightly grassy, then balanced coffee and light chocolate.

T= rather dry, coffee and hints of chocolate with adequate hops contributing. Occasional fruity notes. Definitely bold in flavor.

M= here I occasionally find the caramel mentioned on the bottleneck's label, very nice, a slight thickness to it and oddly I find the dark fruits more on my breath than in my mouth. Slightly thick on the tongue, yet dry.

O= definitely a nice contribution by the Sam people. I'm seeing that I'm far up on the ratings compared to most others but I'm not comparing this to other stouts-- it seems in its own and very intentional style of a decent schwarzbier infused with Sumatran coffee. I tend to think it's mis-categorized as an "American Stout" and that it might be better described as a Coffee Schwarzbier.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the winter collection, 12oz bottle to tulip.
Pours a pretty solid black with not much light entering, has a big tan soapy head that laces the glass. The nose is dominated by roasted malts and coffee. The taste follows with coffee and toasted malts, burnt brown sugar, and caramel. Has a pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. It's a good beer that I could easily drink more of.

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Light tan head, 1 in, puffy, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Medium/dark roast coffee, roasted chocolate malt.

T: Coffee is initial flavor, followed by malt and a touch of hops. The common flavor that I usually pick up in almost all SA beers is not present. After taste is roasted coffee.

M: Carbonation along with balance of coffee and malt gives a medium viscosity and chewy texture. Medium body.

O: This, along with the Rauchbier from the Harvest Pack, are fantastic beers. SA really hit the mark here. Would like a bit more coffee, but I am a coffee lover so there's never too much coffee in anything. Quite surprised that this is a SA beer; wish it were available in a 6 pack.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Yuengling draft glass

Black body with a frothy khaki-colored two-finger head.

Nice nose on this one. Dark coffee, espresso, roasted malts, and chocolate all jockeying for position.

Taste is dark coffee, some espresso, and a roasted malt and chocolate finish. Its ok, but I guess the Founders Breakfast Stout spoiled this one somewhat for me.

Mouthfeel is a little more watered-down than I prefer, but I may be nitpicking since I like the imperials. About what I expected though for a single stout by a more mainstream brewer.

This is a good, but not great stout. If you like coffee and/or are just getting into stouts, this would be a nice introduction to the style. Sam Adams makes solid beers for the most part, and this one is no different.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Good retention with fairly thick lacing.

S: Real nice true notes of espresso, light dark chocolate.

T: Coffee is heavy, but well integrated with the base beer. Bittersweet chocolate with a hint of hops in the finish, but overall a malt dominated brew.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy and smooth, moderate aftertaste.

O: This is a really good coffee stout. Not up there with Peche Mortel, but the balance is fantastic and makes for an easy drinking beer. A great addition to the winter mix pack.

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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby highlights. 2 fingers of khaki-colored head dissipates slowly leaving behind creamy lacing and a wispy head.

N: Espresso, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted barley, toffee and caramel.

T: Roasted barley, cold black coffee, milk chocolate and toffee upfront. Caramel, coffee grounds and hints of vanilla follow. Finishes with espresso and dark chocolate.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth, a little sticky and mildly dry.

O: A nicely balanced Stout. Very easy drinking with a good amount of coffee flavors including some rich espresso. There's also some subtle chocolate aromas and a good deal of roastiness. Excellent for a lower ABV Stout. I'm very surprised with this Sam Adam's offering.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with brown hues around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid quarter inch cap of light tan foam. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste has more roasted malt and less coffee and chocolate than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee stout that I would certainly drink again.

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

Dark brown and nearly opaque with faint reddish highlights. A short brown cap of fine bubbles appeared during the pour, lingered for quite some time, and left some sticky, streaky lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee, malted milk, mild molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of malt sweetness, roast, nutty, coffee grounds, caramel and chocolate notes were very faint compared to the aroma. Slight cherry or currant flavour in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, mild astringency from the dark grains. Overall, a solid and drinkable coffee stout.

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Photo of beerme411
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with nice brown foam head, looks almost pitch black. Didn't seem like there was much of a smell got some hints of coffee and slight chocolate, but not much. The taste is where the coffee starts to come out more, it has a good amount of coffee flavor, but I would like some more. No alcohol flavor present except some pleasant warming near the end.

Overall I would get a sixer of this very tasty. It was one of the main reason for getting the winter 12pk and I'm happy I got to try it.

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3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A near pitch black brew with a 2-3 finger tan head. The head stuck around decently, and the beer left some nice lacing on my glass.

S - Dark chocolate with a touch of raisin is what I notice first. It's got a very softy roasted character to it as well. I can't really pick up much coffee in there. Mild leafy hop characteristics are noticeable.

T - I pick up allot more coffee than I got in the smell. Moderately sweet with a noticeable milky twang throughout. I pick up a good amount of coffee with mild roasted notes. It finishes clean with no linger flavors, mild leafy hop notes and a bitterness that almost isn't noticeable.

M - Smooth and somewhat chewy feel with moderate crispness and a medium body.

O - Hmm, I like it but it's kinda sorta an intro to the Stout style brew to me. I really like the flavor profile but I would have liked more of a roasted character, especially on the finish when it just sorta goes flat and leaves you wanting more. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't buy it again. Definitely worth a try though. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

black colored body, 3 finger mocha head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, mocha, grape, apple, raisin and cherry. Taste is tart and bright initially then falls into a coffee, chocolate flavor. Slightest bit of bitterness. Kinda twangy.. Body is light-medium surprisingly, it's very session-able. Decent easy-drinking stout, a step up from Guinness.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: solid black, nice head
S: sweet smell of caramel, roasted grains
T: ok, first of all, this beer is for me an argument that coffee and beer shouldn't be mixed together. But if they were, would you want it like this? The coffee tastes like a Dunkin Donuts brand (which is not a compliment); the stout is well spiced, slightly hoppy

I'll pass, overall, but someone who likes the genre better won't mind.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I swung by the grocery store and was very pleased both to see the Winter Classics 12-pack out, and that the Black and Brew Coffee Stout was a new addition. I still miss the Cranberry Lambic, but this addition rounds out Sam Adams's styles and shows their willingness to veer into styles that other breweries have been mastering for some time (IPA notably).

Two fingers of mocha froth atop a deep black body; nice lacing and decent duration. Decent coffee bean and espresso aromas, with a hint of dark chocolate. Good, solid coffee taste, rich and robust with smooth chocolate in the finish. It begins effervescent but I find it a bit flat after a short period of time.

Overall, a pretty good beer and, again, I like that Sam Adams is moving into other styles to round out its selections. I'd like Black and Brew to be a bit bolder, and the mouthfeel to be livelier. Worthy, and part of a terrific sampler pack.

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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the winter seasonal 12-er tonight. Cracking the first one now...

Black & Brew pours an espresso color with a thin, sticky beige head. Smells of roasted coffee beans; very nice. Taste is dominated by rich, strong coffee, with some underlying malty chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium; slighty viscous with a very pleasant aftertaste. Finishes similar to a fresh cup of black coffee, with a little stickiness on the lips as if from a sweet espresso. Excellent.

I am impressed. Can't wait to try the other seasonal offerings from this pack!

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head that slowly resides.

A - Spent Maxwell House grinds... smotheing stuck in the toaster... that dark fruit consummate of English Old Ales.

T - cocoa puffs, coffee syrup, medium crystal malts, pleasantly slight ash that lingers.

M - really smooth and drinkable.

O - There's an artificiality in the flavors. It's a coffee stout, and as such hits the mark. Otherwiseit's uneventful. Fun to drink, but a kitsch marketing ploy not fit for competiting with the finest stouts. It's flavorful enough to exceed most beers, but I just can't get into it.

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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,018 ratings
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