By Rick Garner
It’s that time of year again, the time when only a hearty beer can take away the chill of winter. This year, the Samuel Adams Winter classics Variety Pack will feature a new winter warmer: Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout.
Samuel Adams Black & Brew, weighing in at 5.8% ABV, is a dark stout that combines roasted coffee with the traditional flavors of a rich, full-bodied stout. To achieve the authentic coffee notes, the brewers use 1.5 pounds of Sumatran coffee beans per barrel, added late in the brewing process to provide the most flavor possible. This brew finishes with underlying roasty notes of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit from a select blend of malts.
Samuel Adams Black & Brew is available nationwide as part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety 12-Pack (on shelves through January) alongside their Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Chocolate Bock, Old Fezziwig Ale, and Holiday Porter.
Each of these beers provides a rich and bold drinking experience, pairing perfectly with an assortment of holiday fare:
The dark, malty character of Black & Brew, Chocolate Bock, and Holiday Porter enhances rich desserts like dark chocolate mousse.
Boston Lager, Jim Koch’s original craft beer, has citrusy hop notes and caramelized malts that match well with classic holiday staples like roasted turkey and ham.
Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig Ale are spicy brews with cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest, which bring out the flavor of holiday favorites like gingerbread cookies and carrot cake.