elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black color with a dark ruby tinge when held up to direct light. A very thin, light tan head disappears almost immediately, leaving little in the way of lacing. Aroma is a bit restrained, but is definitely dominated a coffee and sugar. In fact, I’ll go so far as to state that it smells almost identical to a Starbucks DoubleShot canned espresso beverage. Taste is very coffee-forward, with sweet, black coffee predominating. Some toasted malts are noticeable near the end, with just a slight bitter aftertaste following a strong, sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin for a stout, but not necessarily watery. In summary: A subtle beer this is not. It is one of the most coffee-forward beers of its kind. I do, however, question whether this beer is rightly a stout. The slightly toasted flavor of the malts suggest more of a porter than a stout. In fact, if you’re looking for a point of comparison, think Kona Pipeline Porter. But this one probably has a slight edge. Definitely one for the coffee lovers!
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"nice addition to the holiday pack! pours a deep dark brown, near black w/tan head. at first the aroma i was expecting wasn’t there, so the explosion of roasted malt and coffee on the palate came as a bit of a surprise. But the aroma opened up eventually too. Coffee dominated in a good way. A little thin, but about right for this style (it’s not an imperial after all). Well done."
Bulk_Carrier (2227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ajnepple (2426) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3521) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Beergeek23322 (2438) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
November 2011. From bottle. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Bitter finish from the hops. Very good.
ChiGuy68 (424) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
GarrettB (1080) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.