Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company, began production of Samuel Adams in his kitchen in 1984. Today Samuel Adams is a team of 1,200 people with breweries located in Boston, Cincinnati, and Pennsylvania. Their family of beers includes over 50 different styles that are ever changing. Their newest lineup is the Nitro Project, which currently has three styles: Stout, White and IPA. A nitrogen widget in each can releases nitrogen into the beer upon opening. The coffee stout seemed like a comfortable place to start exploring this new lineup.
The beer pours a cappuccino brown from the can that settles to a nearly black color in the glass. The one and a half finger khaki colored head, rather impressively, remains atop the beer from the first sip until the very last sip.
The nose displays strong roasted coffee notes. While the coffee definitely dominates you can find aromas of roasted malts and baker’s chocolate as well. A hint of sweet vanilla can also be detected beneath the dark and toasty aromas.
The palate echoes the bouquets rather seamlessly. Once again the dark roasted coffee notes dominate the palate. Unsweetened chocolate lift the coffee while the roasted malts provide some balance. The vanilla from the nose can also be found although you do have to do a little searching for it. The smooth and creamy mouth-feel provided by the Nitrogen is definitely the most notable aspect of the beer.
A great brew from Sam Adams. While rather simplistic in flavor the drinking experience is definitely improved by the addition of the nitrogen. A great pair for Parmesan, bacon blue cheeseburger or chocolate lava cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints