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 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 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 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Black and Brew
(part of the winter sampler case)

Pours an expected black color with a large pillowy mocha cream head. Aroma of fresh ground coffee beans and a touch of confectioner’s chocolate. In the taste, a well balanced mix of espresso, roasted malts, cocoa and milk chocolate. Even balance with a nice bitterness from hop and coffee. Drying and roasty, with notes of malted milk balls and chocolate covered coffee bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with adequate carbonation. Overall, though a little late to the party, Boston Beer Co. has brewed a fine coffee beer. Very nice.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one today... bought a single... pours deep and black... short lasting brown head... no lacing...

Nose is pretty rich roasty stout and coffee stout profile... nice roasted malts... and good espresso qualities that are pushed up front by a decent sweetness in the aroma.

Flavor mirrors the nose but seems to have a vanilla component... or even marshmallow note that doesn't belong... the above mentioned negatives are magnified with warmth... some caramel maltiness really becomes too much.

Given the sweetness, this brew only provides a light/medium body... the carbonation helps though... sorta creamy and coating.


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

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet with a strong coffee aroma ans a vanilla scent. Little bit of caramel and that is about it, not the most complex smelling beer. The caramel and vanilla do give this a Crème Brûlée smell though.

Starts out semi sweet with a moderate coffee flavor and a fair amount of patent malt. This gets sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is medium and from both coffee and hop. Vanilla and chocolate are in here but it pretty much is a coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, but there are better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Winter 12 pack, April is notched.

A pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

It smells nice; lots of coffee notes with some chocolate and sweet malt.

The taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate in that order. I don't get any of the dark fruit mentioned on the upper label but it's tasting fine as is. I like.

It does have a fullness of body, also per label, and the carbonation is medium; as a result, it's a very creamy mouthfeel. Yes. I like again and I'm glad there's more of this in the box. Well done.

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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 akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again from the winter brew case.

A: A black stout, no surprise there, but no residual reds or browns to be seen - all black all the time. Another white head, not quite a trend but two-thirds of the way there. Nice lacing around the inside of my glass.

S: A great deal of espresso in the nose, sweetly bitter. The bite of the corffee makes me think of a cold addition. Lactic sweetness is amongst the bitterness, as are chocolate aromas. The coffee, though, is the break-out star, earning a pass to Hollywood.

T: Caramel and coffee, chocolate and lactose, the stout brings a well-rounded sweetness to the table. The coffee is bitter, cut by the lactose and chocolate. Caramel follows, picking up when the coffee slacks off. The end of the sip loses both coffee and caramel a little too quickly. A good start, full of coffee bite and roasted graons, that slowly trails off to middling. I do like that coffee and creme beginning.

M: Good coffee that trails off into caramel and mild roast. Decent and the coffee kick-off, as I've stated above, is worth it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Standard black pour, almost a full inch of tan head on the top with tiny bubbles, solid retention, lace was spotty. Aroma delivered on the diner house coffee, straight forward and nothing too exotic.

Taste delivered a roasty, dry coffee presence, smooth without the addition of cream or sugar. Bare bones and for the better because of it. Roasted chocolate malt, coffee and a sessionable strength make for an enjoyable 12oz of beer, one of the best SA offerings I've come across in 20 years.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black of course. Almost no light shines through. Only at the very top of the beer can you see any color other than black. Light layer of tan colored head. Head leaves minute amount of lacing.

S-Rich aromas of both roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Like chocolate covered coffee beans. Smells pretty tasty actually. Am excited to try this.

T-The coffee flavor is very, very authentic. Lasting light coffee flavors. Not a very bitter coffee taste. More like a coffee with cream and sugar. Chocolate dances around the flavor but the coffee is the big ticket here.

M-The flavor is bigger than the ABV but the feel matches the ABV which is nice because this would be a great session stout. Tons of carbonation. Medium body. Slightly creamy.

O/D-Overall, one of the best Sam Adams beers I have had. Way better than expected. Really hits the coffee flavor well. This needs to be at very least a seasonal six pack. I really liked it.

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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 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 DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by April notched on label.

black, with 1/2" cream colored head that fades into a thin covering that remains for a while. smells exactly like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

taste is very roasty - coffee, toasted marshmellow. a nice balance of sweetness and bitter. lingering aftertaste. medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - a decent dessert beer

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Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch fucking black (ok, so you don't like profanity, eh? Don't get all Black and Brew. Beer reviewing: Serious Business) with a nice brown head into my glass.

Creamy, roasted malt greets my nose. Luscious with a cocoa finish in the nose.

I'm thinking dark roast with a dollop of cream. Overall texture is a mix of lactic/acidic.

I can't get over the texture in this beer! Did they feed it through a nitro tap before bottling it? It's just that good!

I like this coffee stout. Easily one of my favorites from Samuel Adams. I want a 12 pack because I'd replace my morning coffee with this.

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

Pours a black beer with a tan head about 3/4" in height. Aroma delivered a good coffee aroma, simple, straight forward.

Nice taste, dry, roasty, plenty of coffee, no astringent bitterness, creamy without feeling like there was a lactose addition or other type of adjunct thrown in. Really tastes artisan in the sense that it is craftfully done in a simple and minimalistic way. Chocolate malt, roasted two row, coffee press and done and easy to drink. Very enjoyable when you're getting it for $1 a bottle.

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

Pours a black body with a finger's worth of light, sandy-toned foam that quickly recedes.

Aromas begin with coffee and roasted malts, chocolate powder and a splash of lactose sweeteness. Really not much else.

The tastes begin with lightly roasted barley flavor with light cocoa, caramelized sugar, toasted bread and, of course, the coffee. There is a hint of the Samuel Adams house yeast, as one would expect. Small touch of bitterness but mainly roasty with a slightly sweetish creamy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Slightly silken mouthfeel but a little thin to be honest.

Overall I thought it was nicely balanced all around and a good addition to their yearly winter multi-pack. Nothing too exciting or memorable but quite drinkable and much better than past Winter Pack beer... Cranberry lambic.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee and beer...two of my favorite things. I especially love strong, black coffee, so I assumed that this would be great. It's color is absolutely pitch-black, with a thin chocolate colored head. The aroma is less intense than I expected. Although it has some coffee scents (roasted beans) and some chocolate and grain character, it seems one-dimensional. It's a muted, unassuming smell. It doesn't exactly wake you up. The taste is a bit more redeeming...bitter, highly roasted, nearly burnt flavors. It's a bit astringent, but it is also flavorful. The intense deep roast is good, but could use some balance. The body is less full and rich than expected, and isn't helped with the astringent character. Overall, this is an okay brew, but not stellar.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clearish black around the edges, two finger tan head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Coffee and roasted malt.

T-Rich coffee and roasted malt, the two blend together nicely.

M-Lighter, a little thin and the finish seems flat as well.

O-A nice beer, good to see SA make a stout as well. Worth a try, to bad I think it is limited to the Winter Mix.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. This beer is completely opaque. There is about 1/2 finger of mocha head that settles quickly.

S: The smells is roasted malt, burnt toast, and coffee. I'm really digging the nose on this beer. The burnt toast is bold, but not overwhelming. Very nice.

T: Starts off with a hit of the burnt toast, but there is a nice roasted malt sweetness that comes in next. The coffee notes are perfect for this brew.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer envelops the palate with all of it's flavors. It finishes nice and creamy without too much stickiness.

O: Color me impressed with this Boston Beer Company brew. It has a nice look, great flavor, and a great mouthfeel. This is a solid brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Part of the winter 12 pack. In a mug the beer was a very dark brown color. It had a head that was the color of coffee with cream, and it was sticky.

Coffee and milk chocolate aroma, both very distinct. Aroma led off with the coffee, followed by the chocolate.

Espresso taste, milk chocolate. Dark fruit snuck in. Very expressive.

Rich, full-bodied, and smooth. A joy to drink.
Now if I can just keep my wife from finding the other bottle.

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

Snagged in the holiday mixpack.

Pours dark ruby, 90-odd percent opaque, with a nice, retentive brown head.

Smells nice, but a little weak. Dry stout nodes mixed with straight black coffee. Nothing surprising, but nice.

Tastes like it smells--it's hard to come up with a neat way to describe something so un-neat. Starts off with raw, nicely rough barley that's more like a porter than a stout. This mellows out into sweeter malt near the middle and then ending on bitter coffee. The body's nice and thick, and the balance is wonderful.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's one I've been really looking forward to. Hell, what do you think I bought the Sam Adams Winter Classics pack for, the Boston Lager? Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a almost-but-not-quite pitch black body (put up to a strong light, there are hints of a ruby red color near the edges) with a 2.5-finger mocha-colored head that retains itself fairly nicely. There are tons of lacing clumps on the glass as well.

S: Coffee, with a background of roasted malts, chocolate, and vinous notes. Not the strongest smell, but a damn nice one.

T: As you'd expect, coffee opens up the body, with a malty, slightly chocolatey middle, and a vinous finish. Reminds me of a weaker Samuel Smith Imperial Stout. I like the taste, but I wish it was a bit bolder in flavor.

M: Quite creamy, but rather thin bodied (kind of like Guinness, really), with a slightly dry and underwhelming finish. Carbonation is medium.

O: I won't call it mind-blowingly amazing, but I will call it a very good, borderline great session stout that would make a great alternative to Guinness Draught. The only thing holding it back is its slightly suspect mouthfeel...oh who cares, it's still a must try. Are you listening, Boston Beer Company? GIVE US A SIX PACK OF THIS STUFF NOW KTHX.

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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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