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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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 sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth.

(S)- Mild roasted and raisin bits. Small hints of cocoa.

(T)- Nice parts of mild roasted grains, coffee ground, raisin and cocoa.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and rich but balanced and subdued.

(D)- A nice little brew for a brisk night outside. Solid for the style.

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Photo of biglite351
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hint of orange at the edges with a dark tan head

S - VERY mild. Slight malt and coffee

T - creamy coffee with malt and a hint of chocolate. Nothing bad at all but it could be a little stronger.

M - thick with a nice coating. Mild to.Fleury on front of tongue.

O - all night drinker...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new winter season offering in the Samuel Adams Winter Varietal 12 pack. There were two of these and I'm hanging on to one to see how it does with time. I love coffee stouts, so I'm itching to try this one!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Samuel Adams pint glass. Served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a bold tan and light bold head, about a finger deep that retains above average, settling down to a thick and frothy surface cover. Sticky medium lacing clings to the side of the glass. Color is a near black with some slight traces of brown light shining through in small traces. Appearance is really good for this beer. 4.5

(Smell) Roasted coffee grounds and a hint of sweet caramel and lactose over a slightly bitter bean aroma. Coffee essence is the most potent aspect of the brew. Chocolate is far more subtle. Complexity is limited, but what's here is potent and pleasant. Slightly sweet aromas. Enjoyable aroma overall. 4

(Taste) Mild bitter espresso bite gives way to a sweeter candy coffee body than I had expected. Bold mocha chocolate notes come through most in the finish. The occasional alcohol peeks in from time to time but is barely discernible. The taste misses some complexity before the finish, and a bitter coffee ground essence is striking on the tongue. This is essentially another run-of-the-mill Coffee Stout without any striking features to stand apart from the crowd, going for coffee features exclusively, but it has its enjoyable moments. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Largely creamy, but with a little more carbonation than needed, a bit fizzy on the mouth. Alcohol presence is a light, body is medium/heavy. Not a bad pairing, just a bit too excited to pair well with the taste. 3

(Overall) Don't get me wrong, this is a good coffee stout and an enjoyable one at that, but there are already so many good enjoyable coffee stouts out there that this one doesn't stand apart from the rest, with no real differences. While I wouldn't mind trying it again, I would only in the right time when in the right mood. I do recommend it, however, if you enjoy espresso coffee stouts. 4

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout

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

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some foam at onset to a small layer. Strong espresso and coffee bean smell. Really roasted coffee taste and a strong coffee finish. Smooth chocolate malt in between. More coffee than beer. Bitter finish. Nice new stout. Like.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A - Deep brown, light tan one finger head and some head lacing

S - HUGE coffee, note, lots of acidity, dark chocolate, a huge roasted note, a weird but nice funk note, slight hop, foliage and some charred wood

T - charred wood, very acidic diner like huge coffee note, an earthy hop, soil, greens, a hint of sweet malts, very dark chocolate and an all around roastiness

M - Medium minus body, low balance, low complexity, medium plus acidity and a very long coffee and chocolate finish

D/O - Note the most drinkable beer. Very nice with a sweet desert and a roaring fire. This screams the Christmas season. Better than most of the holiday pack, but not amazing

Final thought - below %6 abv and nothing amazing, this one is kept for the Christmas season

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Photo of MaximalC
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark chestnut bordering on ebony. A decent sized mocha head was achieved with a vigorous pour and left appreciable lacing. The aroma is primarily coffee with perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor matches the smell, though I find it to be very one-dimensional. The coffee flavor is closer to your generic cup of joe as opposed to any fancy artisinal brew. This lends an ascerbic element to the coffee that I don't particularly enjoy, yet appears all too common in coffee themed beers. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if there were stronger supporting flavors to shoulder the load, but unfortunately bitter black coffee is the only prominent taste. Maybe if you look hard you can find some milk chocolate in there, and a meager dose of hops, but on the whole there is a surprising lack of substance for the style. This isn't a terrible brew in that it is technically drinkable, but there's not much to relish in a thin, bitter, one-dimensional stout.

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

12Oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying it in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy mocha tan head.

Nose: coffee, roast, cocoa, caramel.

Taste: coffee, acidity, roast, peat, molasses.

Overall a decent coffee beer. No overwhelmingly strong flavors, but fairly well balenced. Wish it was sweeter and had a more solid beer base.

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Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black color with some ruby edges. Has a thick tan head with lots of bubbles. Big chunky head with lots of lace at the onset, and it settles nicely to a dense layer. Good patchy lace rims the glass. Great looks on this brew.

Brew smells of sweet roasted coffee and chocolate, maybe even chicory and some dark fruits. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and peppery upfront. Surprising carbonation, not bad though. Has almost a hop feel as well. Good Coffee and dark fruits here. The dark fruits have a nice flavor that switches this style up. Good drinkability here. Finishes a tad dry. An interesting brew for sure. Good flavors, could use more thickness here though. Good taste, mouthfeel average.

Brew is good and sessionable and has some different things going on other than what you would you would expect from a straight up coffee stout. Good solid brew, wish it was a bit more chewy and thick though. Good though.

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Photo of wspscott
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass
best by: June 2012

A: Pours completely black with a thin tan head, looks like a standard stout.
S: Some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate and some coffee
T: Tastes like a light version of a sweet stout with a little bit of coffee added. The roasted malts are very much in the background and the coffee is mostly on the back of the tongue. Everything is well integrated, so no ingredient dominates.
M: Not light, not heavy, definitely not in the style of a RIS. Right on the nose for carbonation, i.e. not too much or too little.
O: I like this beer quite a bit, it is nice to have a solid stout with the coffee addition vs. a RIS with coffee (I like those also). This makes me want to brew a sweet stout with coffee, something I would not have thought of before having this beer. I would not reach for this all the time, but I have enjoyed the couple out of the mixed pack. I would definitely pick up a sixer next fall/winter.

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Photo of Ruger
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost a complete black with a tan three finger head with great retention and lacing.

S - Strong chocolate and milk, I'm not getting any coffee at all in the smell.

T - Right up front raw coffee beans and then roasted malt/chocolate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Solid medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This coffee stout does not disappoint if you're craving a brew that tastes like coffee. Pours a dark black with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head, leaving a good amount of lacing along the glass. The smell is bitter, chocolatey, sweet; the taste is also bitter, with hints of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Towards the end, the flavors dissipate a bit and you're left with basically just the bitterness. Although most like to pair a coffee or oatmeal stout with dessert, I'm more along the lines of pairing these types of stouts (and imperial stouts) with a good burger. I'd have this one again if I was eating a burger, or maybe as an after-dinner brew, but it's definitely a novelty beer imo as opposed to a truly great stout.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - An OK but generic looking label. I expect better for Sam Adams.

Appearance - Pours out a dark brown black color with a 1 1/2 finger airy tan head that sticks around a great while. Head retention is superb on this offering which lead to very nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of strong fresh black coffee. Huge black coffee smell over powers any other aroma from hitting the nose.

Taste - Tastes of slight dark chocolate sweetness that blends well with the huge fresh black coffee flavor. Not much else going on here but coffee. Has a nice coffee bitterness bite on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin bodied. Definitely on the thin end of medium bodied. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability - As far as actual flavor, aroma, and mouth feel this is very drinkable but only in limited quantities because of the intensity of the coffee flavor.

An intense coffee experience that I would classify as an after dinner / dessert beer. Probably wont agree with everyone but I thought it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of ouser31
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this around the holiday season and it was a decent sipping beer... it tasted and finished really good... i wana try it on tap and see if there is a difference then the bottle... i enjoy most of Sam Adams beer this one i'll enjoy again im sure...!!

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. Opaque with mahogany highlights around the edges. 1.5f deep tan head. Thin loops of lacing.

S: Not much coffee on nose. More caramel-like. Sweet.

T: Coffee comes through strong. Very sweet. More like coffee with cream and sugar than a strong black coffee. Pleasant aftertaste on the tongue.

M: Creamy and frothy. Medium but can see thick from where it lives.

O: Another nice offering in the Sam Adams Winter pack. There are richer and more flavorful coffee stouts out there and I wouldn't be thrilled or disappointed if this was around next year. Nice change of space, but nothing special.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a black pour with a two finger rocky light brown head and sticky lace.

S- a great rush of coffee and some chocolate. Not a ton of complexity but it really smells amazing.

T- roasty coffee, dark chocolate, toasty grain, some hopping, metallic twang, light to medium mouthfeel.

O- the flavor can't live up to the nose, but it is still a tasty coffee stout. Bottle says the finish has notes of dark fruit too, that would have been nice, oh well.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, half inch coffee-and-cream head retains very well, never totally goes away.

Smells of hershey chocolate and mild roasted coffee beans.

Tastes of roasted milk chocolate and mild coffee acidity with some brown sugar and toasty bready notes.

Body is medium to slightly thick with a soft airy tingle of carbonation.

A pretty decent but not great stout, but enjoyable enough and worth having. Not going to win any awards, but I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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Photo of samie85
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red edged black color with two fingers of light brown head.

Smells of primarily coffee with some hint of dark chocolate and an earthy hop note.

Big coffee notes with some dark chocolate and a caramel backing.

A decent and rich feel with a decent richness and a dry finish.

Incredibly drinkable but this one is a little one dimensional; the coffee dominates the stage front and center without much to back it up.

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

Pours a near black color with moderate cap of tan froth, moderate lacing. Scent brings heavy roasted and fresh brewed drip coffee with hints of cocoa powder, sweet cream and sugar.
Taste follows suit, maybe a touch sweeter than expected. Moderate quality coffee, more drip than press or espresso, healthy dose of cream and sugar, dry cocoa powder and a touch of dark fruit. Not overly complex, but easy drinking. Medium bodied, a touch thin for the style, would have liked a little more heft or coating. A nice approachable coffee stout for the masses.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is dark brown, but pretty close to black. Can't see through it but it gets a slight lighter brown around th eedges. Light Tan colored head that stickcs around for quite a bit; good lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Much like the bottle indicates, there are strong coffee aromas. Not like brewed coffee, more like the beans or grinds though.

Taste is good. Again there are strong flavors of black coffee throughout. I personally love the flavor of coffee and this hits it pretty good. It's not life changing, but certainly above average.

Mouthfeel is good. Balanced carbonation level and pretty smooth. Body is a little lighter than I expected, but it makes sense, black coffee usually isn't full bodied.

Overall this is actually a pretty tasty cofee stout. I remember the 1st time I tried it was back during the tasters choice in 08 or 09. This lost out to the Blackberry Wheat, I don't know why, I think this is a much better beer. It's an excellent addition to the Winter Classic pack in my opinion.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Head sticks around for awhile, Standard

S- nice coffee aroma with hints of chocolate in there. Pretty damn good IMO

T- there isn't a lot of coffee flavor that I'm getting...and what I am getting is more of a chocolate flavor that coffee

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- pretty much what I expected from a Sam Adams stout: drinkable, but not otherworldly

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

A: Very dark brown. Opaque. Short tan head fades soon enough to leave a spotty covering that clings to the glass. Circular lacing clings to the glass briefly for a minute.

S: Roasted java. Kahlua. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

T: Coffee ice cream and burnt toast. More robust sweetness as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied stout that’s dry and well carbonated. Bitter.

O: Drinkable if you like black coffee – which is OK in moderation. Make sure to serve this at the proper temp.

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Photo of MrMegaton09
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as part of a Christmas gift from a lifelong friend at a party. Served in a Pint glass this beer is a beauty to the eye. Everything you would expect from a stout, nice dark color clean an crisp.

As a devout stout fanatic this beer really took the cake for me. The aroma was very appealing, a nice malty aroma with a dash of sweet roast coffee. Neither overpowering the other.

First thoughts on taste, started out as a very well balanced stout, not overpowering, quick malty taste to start, about halfway through the coffee starts to make its presence known. Extremely well balanced, coffee notes were very tasteful and pleasing.

Overall a very good choice for anyone with a different outlook on what they want from their beer. Definately an A plus for any stout fan. One of the best stouts I've had the pleasure to try. This is a definite must try during the holiday season.

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Photo of matt062286
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, a translucent mahogany color appears when held to light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Excellent head retention and heavy lacing. Very imperial stout looking, quite pleasing.

S - Semi-sweet dark chocolate baking chips, vanilla, dark roast coffee, faint hops. Pretty solid overall.

T - Strong coffee presence, roasted, smoky malts. Notes of dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and alcohol astringency. Slight lingering of hop bitterness. Tastes to me like a lightweight version of an IS or RIS.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - Pretty typical for a Sam Adams, nothing too ambitious (not necessarily a bad thing) but unique in its own right. Wish it would have had a bigger body and more alcohol, but overall not bad.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown so deep in color it passes for black until you hold it up to the light. Tan colored head with some decent retention but only mediocre lacing levels. Nice bitter chocolate presence but the real show stealer is the amazingly fresh coffee flavor and aroma that upstages everything. Texture is perhaps a wee bit thinner than it ought to be for such bold and aggressive flavoring, but the carbonation is alright. Memorable for having an extremely fresh and delicious coffee flavor emphasis that outshines the weaker roasted malts in the background.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the most part this is a very traditional stout (which isn't a bad thing), but there are two things that separate it.
One, it's a tad lighter than most stouts, but this does make it easier to drink and two, the coffee taste is huge. Yes, most stouts have the taste of coffee, but this almost tastes like someone added beer to coffee.

It's very strong and tasty and would go great with some eggs and bacon after a long night of drinking.

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