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 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 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 fostah
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours night black, with two fingers of nice tan/off-brown head that lasts quite a while. Initial aroma is of strong black coffee, roasty and warm, with some chocolate malt in the back. Mouthfeel is adequate, coating but not thick. Tastes like a cold glass of coffee, backed by chocolate (from the malt, I assume). Low levels of a nondescript hop bitterness, with some coffee bite shoring it up. The overall picture is kind of weak. It meets its requirements, but there's something missing... All things considered, it's average, and I'll drink the second in the mix pack if the wife doesn't... She'll have plenty of time to get around to it, though, since I'm not in a rush to refill the glass...

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Photo of thebfg
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Winter Classics variety pack.
Poured from bottle into glass.

Very dark, coffee-like color. Looks thick with little head.

The smell is the best part of this beer. Chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla.

Tastes like it smells. Malty with a dry coffee taste.

Syrupy and thick. Too syrupy, really.

Overall, a decent beer in this variety pack. I wouldn't buy a six pack of it, but two of them are fine.

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Photo of groovemonster
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes pretty good. strong coffee flavor but not over done in my humble opinion...but then i love coffee. very drinkable i am a fan of the stouts and this one represents well. i wish they had it in 6 packs.
On a side note i really like that label it kind of reminds me of the old ads from the seventy's.

Disclaimer: I cant smell but it hasnt curbed my ability to enjoy fine brews. it has only curbed my ability to tell you what it smells like
i ALWAYS drink from the bottle...i almost never know what the beer looks like...not even sure why thats important.
i dont know the difference between a growler and a snifter, and i dont think anything shaped like a tulip should have beer in it!

mouthfeel? that just sound offensive...:) is this a serious thing?

i am an irreverent beer snob!

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Photo of sneakybird
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown (like so many others, not quite black). Seems totally opaque, but the edges of the glass betray an ever so faint ruby highlighting. A quarter inch of tan colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a then, persistent film with decent lacing for the style. Bitter, dark roasted coffee aroma, fainter than expected. Maybe a little of that green pepper that accompanies coffee sometimes.

Coffee flavor is much more intense than the nose. A good, dark roast. A mild astringency comes off as a quenching acidity. The body is very smooth and creamy, but a tad thin. The body and the 5.8% ABV make this a very (in my book, anyway) sessionable beer, something you don't often see in a good coffee stout. A pity there's only two per case.

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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 Pounderoftheweek
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has an average head size coming in at about 2 inches and had a 33.5 degree temperature in the bottle. The head is foamy and medium brown and has excellent lacing. The body is even darker than the vanilla stout I had a couple days ago I put it up to the light I couldn't see through it at all. It has a coffee aroma and a coffee taste with hints of caramel and chocolate. It has a moderate flavor and an average finish length that hits the middle of the tongue.

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