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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 750. Whoa!

12oz into pint glass. I really like this beer.

Pours a deep dark brown with an active but quick-settling tan head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee with cream. A bit of vanilla/caramel too. This one is very well-made- really good coffee flavors that are sweet and robust, not too bitter and a really nice mild roasty flavor. Nothing is overpowering or out of line, a simple tasty beer. Moderately heavy mouthfeel for the ABV, nice finish. All-around good stuff.

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Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice retention here here, this leaves a solid cap for the majority of the drink.

Pretty standard aroma. This one has a bit of a sweet artificial chocolate aroma with a heavy coffee aroma. A little too much on the coffee a little bit overpowering. Really lame on the pallet. Weak coffee flavors with a little bit of artificial sweetness rounding this out. Weak and unimpressive here.

The body is light with lots of carbonation. This one is drinkable, but it's underwhelming. Weak flavors with that are just a bit off. Clearly not the star of the variety pack.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, but not quite. While pouring, it appears to be more translucent than it is. A decent sized, three-finger head that retains well with great lacing.

S- An interesting mix of coffee and beer smells here. There is definitely some coffee scent right off the bat, but not as much as I expected. Underneath there is somewhat of a generic "beer" smell. Sort of an AAL scent, with light malts coming through a little.

T- Tons of dark roasted coffee in the taste profile. It masks the other flavors a little, but towards the end, a little bit of dark chocolate shines through, but there was no hint of the caramel malt mentioned on the neck label.

M- Fairly light on the palate. Heavy roasted taste profile helps to make it seem heavier. Ironically, drinks like coffee; fairly slow for a lover ABV stout. Slight over-carbonation for the style.

Overall, I like this one, almost a lot. This is the first Sam Adams I've had where I think they've got most of it right. Most of their other offerings have just been ok, but this one gets a lot right.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a super deep brown with very good clarity. Thin mocha colored head.

Bitter black coffee on the nose with some underlying phenolic scents. Some alcohol presence there as well and minute amounts of grape.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel with lots of bitter coffe flavor. Tasting notes printed on the side of the bottle are pretty accurate. Flavors blend well together but the coffee is very overpowering at first. Some dark fruit comes forward as the beer warms which actually takes away from the beer a bit. Starts to fall apart a little bit.

Could be decent as a dessert beer I guess If you wanted a dessert beer with a very low abv (but who does?)

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of fx20736
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, served at cellar temp.

coal black with a thick mocha tan head, nice lacing.

aroma of malt & coffee.

mouthfeel is well structured.

taste; brewed coffee, roasted malt, roasted nuts, some hops.

notes: not bad, not memorable. tastes alot like an old cup of coffee.

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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Black as night with a two finger tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Subtle aroma of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste- Roasted malt and coffee. The coffee is nicely done not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was a little apprehensive about this beer, but I really like it. My wife tried it and loves it and she hates dark beers. I wished Sam Adams sold this in 6-packs.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a mahogany / bistre brown tone while yielding a finger or so of frothy tan head. mediocre retention as if fades into a thin cap; some patchy lacing evident. in the nose, obviously coffee is clearly showcased - almost to the point of being somewhat one-dimensional; although it's a nice-smelling dimension. a little chocolate and a touch of roastiness in the background.

flavor is about what you'd expect as it follows the nose pretty closely, maybe drops off a bit. and while it doesn't bull rush the palate with complexity, i'd say it's decent, reasonably tasty. mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is a little high, but nothing deal-breaking.

overall a very solid beer and a nice complement to the seasonal mixed pack. like most sam adams brews it's not going to blow your mind but it holds its own.

(originally reviewed: 12-28-2011)

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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%

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