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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our coffee stout is a full bodied, rich stout that supports the espresso character of the coffee. We use 1.5 lbs of Sumatran coffee per barrel. Rich and toasty, the flavor leads with coffee and follows with underlying notes of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (2078) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a pure pitch dark black colored body with a creamy light brown head that disappeared fairly quickly, quick sliding lacing. The smell had dark roasted malts, smokey coffee and just a hint of chocolate. The taste had a roasty coffee flavoring that lingers for a while, chocolate comes out as it warms a bit. The palate was about a medium, fairly sessionable, mild watery sweet aftertaste and finish. Overall, I’m thinking Sam Adams did what they wanted to do with this one, chocolate and coffee, as for me, yeah, I’d have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4042) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Clear dark brown with a thin laceful light tan head. Nose is a bit light but its caramelly with a wee note of nuttiness and very light coffee. Sweet flavor with earthy strong toffee and a wee bit of nuttiness, very light coffee tones. No heavy body, roast, or chocolate tones. A light bit of dark fruits throughout. Not shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a dark black with a thick khaki head that leaves lots of lacing. the aroma is of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar. the taste is lots of the same and very complex. Sam Adams did a great job on this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2152) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a lacy tan head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, espresso, rich malts (chocolate, caramel), bread and dark fruit. Medium body, a little thin. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Draft at Sharp Edge McMurray. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Nose smells like they burned the malt. There’s a hint of coffee there. Some coffee notes on the tongue but they’re kind if subdued. I do like my coffee beers to taste like coffee so there’s that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2258) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
November 2011. From bottle. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Bitter finish from the hops. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (411) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a rich dark brown with a light brown, lacing head. Heavy malt and coffee aroma. A smooth, full bodied beer. Surprisingly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1038) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
January 18th, 2012 - Optimistically, boxes of beer have four offerings from a single brewery, and all four are wonderful and at the top of their class. Pessimistically, these beers are the chaff separate from the wheat, and bundled up for sale to the cubically inclined. Realistically, one or two beers out of every pack are noticeably above the others, sort of like a pack of Magic: The Gathering cards. The Samuel Adams Black and Brew was one of the better beers from the box I invested in. Dark with a velvety smooth head, and a fresh, creamy coffee aroma, the Black and Brew presents itself as a richer-than-usual dark brew. Also, unique scents of raw bell pepper and a sharp umami tanginess like soy sauce decorate the bouquet. Most notable in the sip is an intense carbonation, a light astringency, and more of the rich light roasted coffee flavors that seem sometimes cause the otherwise thin palate to buckle. Black pepper offers an extra layer of complexity, leaving a spicy trail in the aftertaste. All things considered, this is a solid dark beer and perhaps one that deserves to be paired with a sort of weekday red meat meal. Pot roast, maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Strong notes of coffee, chocolate and probably black patent malts. Pours dark brown with a sliver of tan head. Pleasantly carbonated but relatively thin (bordering on porter material) and a little oily. Mild and balanced with the bitterness of the coffee adding a small zing (not much though). Could be better, but could be worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (907) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle from 2011 Winter Classics 12-pack, purchased at BevMo in Carmel Mountain ($13.99 for the 12-pack). Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of brown foam that soon recedes. Aroma of heavily milked and sugared coffee, thick sticky caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of sweet-ish and somewhat milked-up coffee (like the canned milk coffee I used to buy from the machines when I lived in Japan), some dark chocolate, toffee, and lightly burnt dark malts. Finishes with a big burst of dark coffee. Very much a COFFEE stout and good on a "chilly" San Diego night. (323, 761)

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