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Budget: Samuel Adams Black and Brew

As I’ve mentioned on my profile, my tastes are a bit different, and, dare I say, cheaper, than some other contributors for the site. While I’m always thrilled by the prospect of trying new beer, I often find that I’m quite satisfied with a familiar, common selection from the likes of Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, or in the case of this pleasant surprise – the namesake of the statesman and patriot himself, Samuel Adams.

Some of my friends and contributors to the site scour the internet in search of rare and exotic beers to trade for and share amongst themselves, (and even me, when I’m lucky). While this is a noble pursuit, it’s one that I’ve just not yet invested the time and money in. I love and enjoy craft beer and enjoying it with friends – but I’d argue that I get nearly as much utility out of more common craft beer offerings as compared to more exotic findings.

As a fan of both stouts and coffee, this would be a difficult one to screw up for my tastes. My pour yielded a respectable head, and I understand this beer is capable of producing a substantial one. This one pours black as night into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, and I’m immediately met with a delightful roasted coffee smell. Of course, dark malty flavors such as this make up the very composition of stouts – but this one kicks you in the face with it. And I’m entirely okay with that.

This is easily my favorite entry in this year’s Sam Adams Winter Pack. With such an excellent assortment of different styles in this pack, you owe it to yourself to pick one of these up while they’re still offered. At around $15 for 12 solid beers (in Virginia), how can you possibly go wrong?

Samuel Adams Black and Brew

Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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