Samoa This (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Samoa This (Blackwater Series)Samoa This (Blackwater Series)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #363
Ranked #1,389
4.27 | pDev: 9.84%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Samoa This (Blackwater Series)Samoa This (Blackwater Series)
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with pink Himalayan sea salt, chocolate, coconut and caramel flavors
Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 296 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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NYNorseman from New York

4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truckload of Samoa Girl Scout cookies collides with a pallet of Almond Joys. Add some sea salt and voila - you get Samoa This. This high powered dessert beer from Southern Tier is a tasty concoction which goes down very easily. I like this beer a lot. It's sweet but not too sweet. A great blend of chocolate, caramel, coconut and salt. Good work Southern Tier!

Feb 14, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with a three finger airy head.
Nose is the best part. Incredibly sweet coconut and whipped cream. Smells like a Samoa cookie.

Mouth is very thin which is a little disappointing after the big nose. Coconut , chocolate, lactose , caramel and whiskey.

Enjoyable dessert brew. Make the mouth thicker and it would be a bomb!!

Jan 27, 2020
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timmy2b from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating based on style and ingredients. Dark brown color when poured into a glass. Coconut is the main flavor in the nose to me. Coconut is hidden slightly in the initial taste by the chocolate. Coconut is very present in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth for the ABV and coconut. Delivers on the labeled ingredients and is 100% a desert beer.

Dec 08, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with a finger of off-white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Roast and coconut. Sweet and toasty.

T.F: Sweet up front. Toasted/roasted grains, dark sugars, and coconut. Not much char... some vanilla and caramel. Chocolate. Medium bodied.... creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. More toasted coconut at the finish.

O: Almost like an almond joy in a glass. If you like coconut this beer will be up your alley. I don't typically go for sweet/dessert stouts but this one hit the spot.

Nov 06, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an opaque fudge brown with a thin head that disappears; spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and coconut - basically smells like a Samoa

Taste: Sweetened chocolate with caramel and toasted coconut; the sweetness builds but is just shy of getting too cloying; some booziness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Southern Tier pioneered this style but, with this one, they have dialed it back; the mouthfeel is thinner than expected and the flavors taste a little artificial

Sep 26, 2019
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another impressive desert beer from Southern Tier. Nice coconut, caramel, chocolate smell and taste. It does what it says it will do and does it well. Pretty impressive. I will revisit soon.

Jul 17, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap as a guest brew at Hiawassee Brew. Revisited in October 2019 with a 12 oz bottle.
Near black body with a good tan head.
Delicious aroma with roasted coconut, mild booze, toffee, chocolate and a touch of dark dried fruits.
Flavor. Appropriately sweet: not cloying. Well balanced mix of toasted coconut, sweet dark malts, dark chocolate and toffee.
Very smooth, full body with light carbonation.

Jun 22, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours seal brown with a transient skim of khaki bubbles. The aroma smells of straight up confectioners chocolates (or cake-pops), with oodles of coconut, lactose, butterscotch, and just plain sugar—bombastic and disconcertingly close to unnatural for a beer. I can almost feel my teeth rotting...

The taste is as I suspected it might be—oozing with "coconut flavor added". A base of toasted marshmallow, burnt toast, and roasted malt lurks somewhere beneath this essence of coconut, but it takes some patience to unearth. Hops are piney and come across almost juniper-like in this context. Warming reveals notes of lactose and caramel. Light body and mild carbonation make for a limp mouthfeel, especially for a stout.

Southern Tier has never let me down in the past, but this was a mighty disappointing offering, I must say. Artificial and thin would be the most apt descriptors for this concept beer.

Mar 23, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Samoa This pours a black color, with a small, tan head. Big coconut aroma, hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is huge won coconut, lots of very sweet chocolate, hints of caramel. Good body and feel. Overall, it tastes like the cookie; very sweet, very overpowering.

Mar 09, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Not what I expected. Pours dark. Smells like bourbon and coconut. I thought it would be really strong and sweet. It's actually very smooth. A great balance of chocolate and coconut with a slight alcohol finish. A true dessert beer.

Mar 02, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is good. Aroma is big and bold chocolate and coconut and roasty and toasty malts. Vanilla bean adds a little additional sweetness. It comes out swinging, hitting big, powerful notes. Flavor profile is milk chocolate, coconut, toffee, and vanilla bean. Roasty and toasty malts add a little support and balance for the flavorful, sugary additions. Mouth feel is velvety and decadent, with a thick consistency. Overall, a big and flavorful beer that is no doubt a dessert beer based on its sweetness. Sweetness isn't cloying, but edges up close.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

Feb 26, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black liquid crowned by a fluffy taupe foam cap, few big bubbles , a few lacings, nice retention

aroma is coconut, caramel, chocolate

Taste is sweet, caramel, coconut, chocolate

Good sudsing, chocolate on the finish

Good beer

Feb 20, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/16/18, had 5/28/18.

Pours a dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, malt, caramel, cream soda, coconut as it warms. The taste shows stronger coconut, malt, caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, light salt on the finish. Smooth, a little creamy, good full body, well carbonated.

It’s good, if kind of straightforward. It doesn’t make me think of the cookie and the coconut and caramel flavors do indeed taste like flavoring. I’m entering this review more than eight months later, and in that time I’ve sworn off the New Holland Dragon’s Milk series. This series may be next. Certainly worth a try, but I don’t need four bottles each time.

Feb 13, 2019
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Deep ruby black pour, no head, no lacing.

S - Like opening a pack of girl scout cookies (samoas), coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, buttery shortbread.

T - Custardy vanilla, coconut, a faint caramel note, leading into a slight bitterness and deep roasted malts.

F - Creamy lactose, a mouth-watering beer.

A very well crafted dessert beer. Southern Tier practices witchcraft to once again bring us exactly what's on the label, samoa cookies and an imperial stout. A tuned up version of the Creme Brulee and like the Creme Brulee, a very dangerous beer at 10%.

Feb 02, 2019
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maltlife from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy coconut and caramel on the nose. Very sweet with caramel, coconut, and chocolate coming at you hard. The sweetness and alcohol linger on the finish.

Jan 20, 2019
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Jim0031 from Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from 12oz bottle
S- like a Samoa cookie
T- to me the salt dominates, just couldn't get past it
F- medium bodied
O- just getting over a cold so maybe the saltiness was due to that. Love all the Blackwater Series so might revisit.

Jan 04, 2019
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b11 from New York

3.04/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Couple of weeks after trying their Cinnamon Roll, I accidentally find this one in a six-pack of their Chocolate Stout, which I enjoy. Unfortunately, like the cinnamon beer, this one misses the mark. "cloying" is a good one word description. Too sweet, and though arguably the blend of spices and coconut is intriguing it cannot overcome the syrupy quality of this beer. Not much foam, and a bit more carbonation would definitely improve this, give it some sharpness. Could not finish the glass.

Jan 01, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a pitch black color with a nice creamy tan head. Good retention. A thin film remains.
It smells overwhelmingly of toasted coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and blackberry and raspberry.
It tastes like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, sweetened coffee, burnt toast, and hints of licorice and raisin--with a nice savory saltiness on the back end. Dangerously easy to drink for 10%.
Feels medium-plus, creamy, moderately carbonated, smooth and silky to a lightly sweet but balanced finish.

Dec 26, 2018
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jkeyser14 from Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I sampled one not expecting much from it. The next day I went back to the liquor store and bought two cases. The coconut, caramel, and sea salt flavors are amazingly well balanced. This is by far the most delicious beer I have ever had. I am sadly down to one bottle left and will have to save it for a special occasion.

Nov 24, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sarasota (Siesta Key). Bottled Mar 19 2018.

Pour: red wine glass (best available). Black, with some deep dark brown. 1/2 finger light tan head. Dissipates to some clouds and a thin ring. Some bubble lacing. Attractive.

Nose: toasted coconut is upfront and very strong. Sweet smelling. Maybe some vanilla, slight chocolate, sourdough bread.

Taste: semi-sweet chocolate and toasted coconut about equally balanced although coconut definitely lingers more. Caramel or vanilla sweetness balanced with some bitterness. Bready malts evident on backend with a slight burnt toast (that’s covered in caramel) taste. Not overly sweet; well-balanced for a desert beer.

Mouthfeel: thick, coats the tongue and lingers a bit. Not syrupy but thickness seems about right.

Overall: really good, although a bit more coconut than I would like. Chocolate and other flavors more evident as it warmed. Not sure I’ll buy again but really glad I tried it.

Nov 19, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a nice dark chocolate with semi off white foam that disappears fast and little lacing.
For has heavy coconut, chocolate, and maybe a slight roastyness to it.
Taste is again a smooth heavy coconut/chocolate with some vanilla and light roast with a nice sweet ABV ending.
The feel is nice and smooth and can get a little of that ABV in it...very nice feel.
As for the is a superb well received 10.0 % dessert stout, and a perfect must have after Holiday dinner...perfect for family gatherings. Nudge, nudge...don't ya know !!!!

Nov 17, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coconut, dark chocolate and caramel.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coconut, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and a light hint of salt.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O - This is a pretty good dessert stout. The flavors taste like a melted Samoa.

O -

Nov 08, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Camelback 6-14-18 for $4.99. Bottled on 3-19-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured black with a nice off white head with the initial pour.

Nose is a snootful of coconut, chocolate, and light roasted malts, very nice.

Taste follows the nose with chocolate, coconut, lactose, and caramel of a large lightly roasted malt base. Finish is sweet but not cloyingly slow.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and smooth.

Overall a very well made beer that nails the cookie flavors perfectly. Very sweet so you might even consider splitting a 12 oz bottle if you do not like sweet stouts!

Nov 07, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/15/18
Pours a mild fizzy head that fades semi quickly, little lacing, jet black beer

Nose is loads and loads of coconut, with some dark chocolate, basically a mounds bar in beer form, shredded candied coconut and some caramel with the dark chocolate and cocoa and a rich expensive milk chocolate

Taste more of the same, a bit less on the coconut but still a ton of it, fresh shredded coconut with plenty of coconut oil sun tan location like, a strange eucalyptus mint like thing in there too somehow, dark chocolate, cocoa, expensive milk chocolate, some caramel and a hint of roast, again big time candy bar, fair sweetness, with loads of caramel on the back end, lush creamy caramel candies, a hint of coffee too

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy lush and nice fizzy carb, just a hint of alcohol tingle late

Overall this was a well done fun beer, not a ton of beer left in there but there is some malty flavors, loads of coconut good and a little bad oil like, that weird minty thing, but the caramel was also quite nice, so enjoyable for sure and not overly sweet like many Southern Tier stouts.

Nov 06, 2018
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: sweet with coconut and vanilla, some hidden dark fruits, prune, and light roasted malts

A: black with little head that quickly falls away

F: coconut and toffee, some light vanilla and roasted malts

M: medium body with lingering coconut sweetness

O: sweet dessert beer. Pleasant but not outstanding

Nov 06, 2018
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