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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,018
Reviews:
333
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the bac

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Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Sammy A has done it again! SOB this is a good beer. The Black & Brew pours a nearly opaque deep rich amber with ecru head that is lacing. The smell is espresso with hints of semi sweet choclate. The taste is like a mochacinno delight...espresso with chocolate...I luv when a brewer hits his mark. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer....that really hit the mark.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Sam Adams holiday samplers offers up this new brew from Jim Koch and company. Appears pitch black no light makes it through when held toward the light. Deep thick mocha tan head forms a dense foam cap with speckled even coated lacing left on the sides of my glass. Aroma is great pure ice brewed coffe roasts, with creamy sweet lactose sugar notes and a caramelized malt presence really makes for a pleasant smell. Creamy dark chocolate/roasted coffee accents works wonderfully together, semi acidic nautre about it from the coffee roasts. Robust coffee flavor in each sip really a well rounded sipping stout, easy to drink but intense with layers of flavor. Caramelized creamy malt sugars and robust Sumatran coffee even has layers of vine ripened fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied never thick or hard to bear on the palate, quite the oppposite with velvet texture and smooth carbonation. Overall an excellent source of mainstream coffee beer the way it should be brewed every time, one that highlights the nature of how awesome both coffee and beer can be. Especially as in the symbiotic relationship that Black and Brew provides, just try this one this holiday season.

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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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with 1/4" of thick, foamy, brown head that has good retention. The nose is almost pure coffee, roasted malts, and faint chocolate. The taste is also almost pure coffee with notes of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth and rich.

This is a solid, easy drinking, delicious stout. Nicely done SA.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The Sam Adams Holiday pack crushing is now complete!

A nice small foamy cap colored a nice tan chocolate, slightly two fingers tall, slowly falling but with some good retention. Body color is a dark brown walnut.

Nose has a good coffee smell. Roasting and just ground beans, powdery and very aromatic. Not much else, but solid and quite enjoyable.

Taste is palate quenching, even a little velvety, but noticeably prickly carbonated and not really creamy. Roast coffee in the mid palate but also kind of fleeting. Malt action seems a little buried, this beer is also a little alcohol hot tasting or at least being amplified by the large coffee palate.

Overall though still enjoyable to drink, and quite easy and with a very good coffee presence.

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

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours black under a dark mocha head. Leaves respectable light bands of fine lacing as well as low sheeting.

Dark malts and black chocolate nose.

Nose follows through onto the palate, more dark malts, chocolate and understated black coffee. Medium bodied, quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Worth a try for stout fans

Let some pork tenderloin have a bath in a marinade with this as a base. Then enjoy with another glass

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Photo of Dicers
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass just because.

Beer is dark brown approaching black with a decent tan head with low retention, some spotty lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mild but definitely coffee, mild sweetness too.

Beer is medium in body, mildly bitter at the end with some mild chocolate malt and some coffee. Beer is fine for a little coffee stout and I'd have it again but it's not special in anyway. Medium bodied, mildly sweet stout with coffee.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/4" tan colored head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: coffee tones are all that you can detect here.

Taste: roasted malts, moderate coffee flavors, a hint of bitter chocolate, and a mild bitterness are most notable flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but a bit thin. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: for me this was an average coffee stout but I can't say it wasn't enjoyable. As part of the Winter pack, I prefer this style on a cold night.

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

Fresh 2011 bottle from the Samuel Adams variety case "Winter Classics." Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark brown, truly borderline black in body with some evident mahogany hues in direct light around the top edges. A tan creamy, bubbly head sits atop with minor lacing, but a pretty nice retention cap.

S: Whole dark roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, chocolate and caramel malts, pressed ground coffee into the back end of the aroma. All the qualities are present in a ridiculously well balanced fashion that doesn't have an overboard amount of coffee, nor too little.

T: Initially, flavors of a wonderfully balanced and proportioned amount of fresh brewed coffee touches the palate. Blended with sweet dark malts and cacao nibs mid-palate gives this a great flavor. Semi-sweet bakers dark chocolate finishes off at the end of the taste.

M: A bit lighter in body but not watery or thin. Perhaps this should be sort of expected with a sub 6% ABV stout. Very clean on the finish with lingers of roasted coffee beans. The body itself though is the weakest part of the drink.

Talk about being taken by surprise and having a really well made coffee stout by Sam Adams. It's beers like this that rejuvenate my appreciation for the Boston Beer Company and remind me they still brew their beers as a craft. Not all are winners, but when they have the portfolio to brew essentially every style, that's amazing while tasting great too.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with some chocolate mixed in. The coffee smells like straight black coffee with no sissy sugar or cream added. The flavor is also very heavy on the coffee. There are also some roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as a little bit of cream. The beer is a little thinner in body than I expected and the carbonation is medium to high. A very nice coffee stout and one that I hope goes into regular production.

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Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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