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

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Vixie on 10-22-2011

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Photo of Mortarforker
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kplooki
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
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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Photo of scottwurst
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +7%

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch mocha head with light lace.

S - strong aroma of espresso coffee.

T - flavor is not as strong as the aroma, beginning with a nice espresso flavor along with the roasted malts. Not much else is noticeable. The flavor hits hard up front then falls flat.

M - medium bodied but a bit thin for the style. Low carbonation and very smooth.

O - not a bad addition to the Sam Adams winter pack, but I'm not sure I would buy a sixer of it. The flavor and mouthfeel are a little thin for my taste.

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Photo of Knoxrb12
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of smb71481
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of huntermop
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of therica
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of scratch69
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of Kromes
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black with a thick tan colored head.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and faint aroma of alcohol.

T: The roasted malt mixes with roasted coffee and a touch of alcohol sweetness in the background. No noticeable hop bitterness or flavor.

M: Medium body and low carbonation.

O: Just average. I was really hoping this would be better. It has a good base, but there are some off flavors that I didn't care for.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a 2-finger creamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells like roasted coffee, with a bit of cream and sugar, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Not much going on in the flavor, mostly just a mild, semi-sweet cream taste. The coffee only really comes out in the aftertaste, and there's just a mild roasted hint there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with mild, but rather prickly, carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but pretty boring too.

Though I'm not a fan of coffee, I do like how it smells, and the coffee element here tastes like how it smells... so I'm good with that. For a stout, this is very light-bodied. Plus, the vast bulk of the flavor is in the aftertaste. Kinda odd, and not very interesting.

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Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

A: Poured into a mug. Extremely dark with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Vaguely chocolate with a deeper roasted coffee smell.
T: Malty with a definite roasted coffee taste, slightly bitter.
M: Fairly smooth, slightly oily feel.
O: I like this and would get it again, but I really like stouts and I like coffee so its right up my alley.

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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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