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 phichifiji00
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Black, pours 1 inch of thich tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Tons of coffee, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, smells like folgers in a beer bottle.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, toffee, a bit astringent, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, astringent.

Overall: Not my favorite coffee beer. Not very complex. The coffee is overpowering and very astringent. The chocolate is very subdued. Tastes like cold diner coffee in a bottle.

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Photo of tvljr
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with freshness date.

Black with a 1/2 inch tan head.

As expected it smells of ground coffee though not ovewhelmingly so.

Slight roasted coffee flavor with undertones of chocolate. I found it to be a little lighter than many coffee infused beers which is more to my liking.

Not something I'd search out, but certainly good enough to drink as part of the Winter Classics 12 pack.

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

Very dark brown color with a dense tan head on top. Nice amount of pleasant coffee beans in the aroma and a trailing dark chocolaty sweetness. Roasty, creamy coffee flavor...obviously quite malty with a pinch of fruit in the finish. Straightforward, but satisfying. Creamy, oily medium body. I'm a sucker for coffee stouts and this suits me just fine.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a large, light-tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is light coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is a lovely balanced coffee flavor with sweet vanilla and raw sugar. Finishes with sweet, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome offering from Sam Adams that I wish was in sixers.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear Shaker pint glass. Best by Apr notched on label. Purchased as part of Samuel Adams Holiday 12-pack Sampler at Food Lion (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with soft, light-beige, 1-finger head with decent retention and copious lacing.

S: The aroma is mostly chocolate and caramel with a light black coffee ground aroma. There is a mild herbal and citrus note as well.

T: The nuttier chocolatey character is most inviting in the flavor, and the coffee character is not as strong, mainly accenting the nice stout flavor features. There are nice roasted dark grain contributions with have very little bitterness but instead lend some more roundness.

M: Very smooth with solid medium body and light-medium carbonation. Very caressing feel overall.

O: This is a great addition to the Holiday Sampler. Good riddance Cranberry Lambic. Make way for Black & Brew -- terrible name but good beer.

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Photo of Keithstone44
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a dark brown, nearly back color with a creamy 1-finger head that recedes to reveal excellent lacing.

S: not the most pungent of noses; i pick up some toffee, roasted barley, and fruit

T: Espresso comes through first, followed by notes of chocolate and roasted barley. There is also a hint of fruity sweetness at the tail-end

M: on the light side for a stout, however, the body is elegant and appreciable.

O: solid offering from sam adams

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, tight sticky tan lace.

SMELL: Used coffee grounds, cocoa powder, burnt toast, faint black currants.

TASTE: Old coffee, mildly astringent, smooth, burnt sugar, figgy, creamy medium body, modest hopping, roasted grain, kiss of alcohol.

Not bad at all though I expected a fresh coffee flavor rather than a cooked used grounds character. There is a lingering bite that the palate just can't shake. One bottle is enough and I am ready to move on to something else.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for giving me one of these to try. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers worth of frothy tan head. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of thick lacework sticking all over the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges.

The smell of this brew is strong with roasty character smelling of a mixture of dark kilned grains and fresh coffee. A bit of a chocolate scent comes through mixed with a little bit of a mineral component and citrus that seemingly comes from a combination of both the hops and some acidic coffee quality. As it warms up, the chocolate aspect comes forward a little more with some sweetness almost lactose character about it.

The taste is roasty with dark grains providing a pleasant bitterness that couples with coffee flavoring quite well. There is a bit of a citrus hop component also included which mixes with a bit of mineral character just like the aroma displayed. There is a bit of a tangy element that seemingly comes from a combination of the alcohol and acidic coffee inclusion. It finishes with a bit of day old coffee character and more chocolate malt focus that gets lightly sweet almost like a milk stout lactose character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad offering, it started off enjoyable and started to fall apart but towards the end of the glass when it got warmer I started to enjoy it more. This is worth checking out. The alcohol is well integrated for nearly 6%.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Winter Sampler pack...

Roasted chocolate malt aromas are big in the nose as well as a touch of hops with a little of the Sumatran coffee mentioned on the bottle... The coffee isn't as prevalent as I might have hoped. This smells very similar to the Chocolate Bock I had last night... Nothing special here.

A blend of dark malts and stale coffee roll over the palate with a hint of some malted milk balls and a little hop finish... I can say that I wanted to like this one more than what I do... This may be the weakest of the brews in the Sampler...

I was hoping for a little more pop with this one and it just sort of fell short. When I first heard this was going to be a part of the collection, I was excited to get to try it and I feel a little let down by this... I'm not ripping the beer but I just feel like it could have been a lot better...

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with mahogany edges where light comes through. Nice frothy 1cm tan head with very nice retention and lacing.

Nice nose. Rich, robust coffee up front with a slightly bitter dark chocolate and malt backbone.

Flavor is pretty good. Pretty strong and robust coffee up front here as well. And again a subtle dark, bitter chocolate and malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium-high foamy carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice coffee beer, especially for a mass produced and widely spread beer. It really isn't quite a stout though IMO. It should be called a coffee porter due to how thin it is. But it's a great addition to the best mixed seasonal pack on the market.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint glass.

a - pours an opaque dark brown with faint red highlights around the edges. gave me a finger's worth of rocky, light brown foam that calmed slowly to a thin cap. leaves big rings of lacing in the glass.

s - espresso, faint raisin notes, faint cola.

t - rich roasted malt and espresso right up front. notes of chocolate and maybe black cherry pop up before a light, bittersweet finish. well done.

m - medium in body with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a bit coarse though.

o - pretty damn good, but i'm a sucker for coffee stouts. i really wish sam adams would sell this in 6 packs so i could drink it all the time.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the winter mixed 12 pack. Poured into my Perfect Pint Glass

A: Black pour with a big light brown head. Retention and lacing are great.

S: Tons of coffee on the smell. Roasted malts and some molasses hide underneath. The amount of coffee in the smell is really impressive.

T: The taste is like chocolate roastiness of a nice American Stout, mixed with a cup of coffee. The taste is a bit watered down, but extremely tasty nonetheless.

MF: A bit light, dry finish.

O: Great drinkable American Stout. My favorite in the winter pack, really happy to see it new this year!

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black brew with creamy butterscotch colored head. Good retention and some stick to the glass.

Dark roasted aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted almonds.

Bold roasted flavor. Lots of smooth, rich coffee provides a satisfying level of bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Molasses notes sweeten things out. Mild hop flavor hinting at pine cones. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of lingering flavor.

Medium to full bodied. Luscious and smooth. Feels like melted dark chocolate and really brings the whole experience together. Mild carbonation but just enough to keep it interesting.

This is some good stuff. I am really impressed. Lots of flavor, well blended and highly drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of budgood1
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black...crimson hues are detectable...huge two inch creamy, frothy light tan head. does not recede and leaves huge chunks of lace. looks about as perfect as a stout of this sort can look. espresso nose with strong notes of toffee, caramel and dark roasted malts. maybe some lactic notes? the taste is a very malty mix of nougat and cocoa notes with a dark roast coffee kick. i imagine having a milky way candy bar for breakfast and a dark roast cup of coffee...but in beer form. yummy stuff here. it has a sweetness to it that counteracts any perceived bitterness from the coffee used. this is damn good. this stout has a soft, round, ample body...the texture is amazing and in fact supercedes the slight watery notes in the's silky smooth and luxurious in nature. good drinkability...i never drink in the morning but i could see having one of these upon awakening and on vacation.

overall, the only drawback i can come up with is the misplaced, slightly cloying sweetness. the java notes are not heavy handed which could be perceived as a plus. i would definitley buy this by the six or twelve pack if it were available. highly recommended.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my favorite pack that sam adams does every year, the winter classics. This year i figured i would start with the newest addition, and the one i was looking forward to the most, black and brew.

Poured this into my duvel tulip, nice head retention and a nice coffee stout smell to it. Taste was nice, not a RIS by any means, just a nice lite coffee stout, the espresso really came through to me. My real only gripe with this one was that it just felt very thin on the pallete, it needed some more body on it. I believe this is the first year for this one, so all in all a nice coffee brew to enjoy after work while the temp is starting to dip a bit!

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Photo of JChristopher
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily, this is one of the better coffee stouts I have ever had. It's not the easiest style to work with oftentimes. Oftentimes coffee and malt flavors can become disjointed and awkward. This isn't the case with the Black and Brew. The appearance is a nice black with pleasant but fleeting tan head. It smells like coffee, but not just coffee, but with added cream and perhaps a little chocolate too. It's creamy, which is great. It's got a good, sticky mouthfeel that lingers for quite a while (the taste does too). Overall, I'd say this would be the celebrated beer out of the Sam Adams Winter assortment, but that's just me. Cheers.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with about 1" of tan head. Deep mahogany highlights can be seen throughout. Head retention is decent, as is the lacing.

Smell: A few roasted malts are detected, and a bit of char. By and large though, the smell is dominated by a nice coffee scent that isn't too much.

Taste: Some roast and char is apparent, but again the taste is mostly dominated by coffee. Finish has a few hops and coffee bitterness. Pretty solid overall, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking, but would be nice if it had a bit more body. Overall, a nice easy drinking coffee stout. It's no FBS or Central Waters Coffee Stout in terms of quality, but nice. Would love to be able to pick this up year round. Perfect for cold winter nights.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Willimantic Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Black with a rich, creamy one and a half finger head of brown foam that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of chunky lacing.

S: Strong, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, figs and raisins. A hint of herbal and earthy hops leaps up with the fresh coffee grounds.

T: Bittersweet and roasted black malts up front give off a lot of robust coffee, espresso and baking chocolate flavors. Herbal, slick and brewed coffee flavors fill up mid-palate with some creaminess before washing down with some dark, fruity acidity and bitter coffee notes. Did I mention the coffee flavor? Wow.

M: Smooth, slick, slightly acidic and a little creamy upon its initial sip. Leaves a hop and pressed espresso resin on the palate.

O: A nice American stout with the added complexity and allure of Sumatra coffee. At 5.8% ABV, Black & Brew is poised as a nice replacement for your after dinner coffee or morning accompaniment for the more brazen. I'd really like to see this stout added to Sam's line-up as a sixer next winter.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love when Stouts have the really dark tan head with the very thick mixture of tan and black syrup forming within the dense head. I get similar smells to their Cream Stout and Black Lager with the dark roasted malts and lactic smell but with a really nice bitter coffee and some dark fruit smells. It starts off with a nice bite I'm guessing from the coffee and hops and then I get the sweet stout caramel dark chocolate malts mixed with the bitter top quality sumatran coffee. It then ends with a bit of bitterness from the hops and coffee.

This is an excellent beer. Its like if they added coffee to their already delicious cream stout. Samuel Adams is expert at mixing their malts for a delicious sweet full bodied beer. Their stouts and darker beers are always excellent as well. This one being no exception. This is actually my first coffee beer and while I know theres probably stronger tasting ones out there this one is really a perfect combination of coffee and beer. Not too much coffee where its weird to drink but not too little where you dont taste it. Excellent offering from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gotta admit, I was pretty excited to try this when I heard of its inclusion in this year's winter variety pack. It pours a brown-tinged obsidian topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild chocolate, and a subtle twinge of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger coffee contingent, one that comes across nice and smooth, rather than overly bitter or roasted too darkly. Very nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a surprisingly very tasty and easy-going coffee stout. 'Nuff said. Get some!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Winter Sampler gets stronger each year. I was wondering if they would try another stout in this spot. I generally enjoy coffee stouts, and stout in general seems like a logical choice in a seasonal mixed twelve.

Solid jet black body, with a sticky. lacy tan head. Nose is rich in coffee bean flavors, with hints of vanilla and wood smoke. This is one of the best opening statements I can ever remember for an SA beer.

Rich and creamy in texture. Thinner than many stouts but you lose very little as far as I can tell. The flavor is understated at first but builds through the aftertaste. There is slightly more sweetness in the flavor than the nose but only by degrees. The roasted and smoked undertones to the basic coffee backbone give this one a lighter tone that matches the thinner mouthfeel.

This is a real nice effort by Boston Beer. It's a lighter but very drinkable stout with an unusual mix of flavor notes. Not sure if they need to tinker with that Winter Sampler much more.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks pretty sweet for a stout deep dark black with a mocha head of at least an inch and a half.

S - Smells pretty light for a coffee stout, maybe a slight bit of coffee or chocolate.

T - Not quite bad it delivers a good coffee taste and is moderately creamy. Light chocolate and a nice bit of roast as well.

M - Pretty good it is a bit light but a very full bodied stout.

Overall I liked it and am glad I have one more but consider me spoiled since I would rather have a Breakfast stout. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black color. Has a large, foamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves some moderate lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Smells a lot more strongly than most Sam Adams beers.

Taste: Starts mildly hoppy with significant coffee and chocolate notes. Finishes malty with a nice, bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout. Standard Sam Adams territory.

Overall: A better-than-average outing by Sam Adams. A great addition to the already great winter mixed pack.

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Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black with a one inch tan head that leaves almost no lacing but a ring on the glass.

S: coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate come out.

T: tastes the same as the smell, but the ingredients seem of poor quality or not fresh.

M: smooth, slightly heavier than medium body, and low carbonation that explodes in your mouth. Maybe it's medium carbonation covered up by the thicker beer.

O: got it in the Sam Adams winter pack. Good buy, great selection in the pack. This is a good stout, but for a coffee infused stout it's just decent.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got in the winter seasonal variety pack for Sam Adams. Unfortunately, I think this is the only way to get this beer. However, this is a new brew for them, so if it gains popularity, maybe it will be sold in six packs, year-round.

The beer pours a dark black color, remaining black even up to light. Nice mocha brown head. Just what you expect from a stout.

The beer has a nice coffee aroma, with a little malt as well. I am excited to try this one, as not often do stouts or porters have this much coffee in the smell.

The beer has as much coffee in the taste as it does in the smell. However, it is not a sweet coffee taste like some coffee beers I have tried. This one reminds me more of black coffee, or just plain coffee beans. It is definitely a unique taste. This is a good stout with good coffee and malt flavor.

This beer is nothing like any beer I have had before, especially at the affordability of a Sam Adams variety pack, which can often be found on sale at a Total Wine or local grocery store. Sam Adams may have taken a while to put out a coffee beer, but it was well worth the wait. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like coffee beers. They did a great job of getting the coffee flavor in the beer, which I have had trouble finding previously (though I think this is two in a row that I have liked).

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