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Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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2,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 2137
Reviews: 1199
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you ask my boy Jones, he'll tell you that I call Samuel Adams Cream Stout the "Holy Grail of Beers". I started drinking this beer several years ago - myself and a good buddy started "dabbling" into the darker beers over ten years ago, and stumbled (pardon the pun) onto this beer, and have been enjoying it ever since. Very dark in color, wonderful smell, very smooth drinking, with that chocolaty finish that I like...with a slight bit of a bite. I would classify this beer as my all time favorite. If you are a "stout" beer drinker, this is a must try...I think my boy Jones just finished up the last one he had - looks like we'll be searchin' for more soon!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 20:00:50 | More by DW_and_my_boy_Jones
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before July 2014. Another new stout to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's; expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with some hints of ruby red near the edges of the glass when held to the light. Two fingers of bubbly frothy tan head. Leaves behind some fluffy scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - The smell is comprised of some tart lactose sweetness, reminiscent of a tart cherries at times, chocolate malt, mild roastiness, & notes of nuttiness in the background.

T - Taste follows the nose - cream, roasty chocolate, and a lactic tartness that brings to mind sour cherries. A subdued dry bready yeastiness on the finish there also, giving it a very "beery" sort of taste, if you know what I'm sayin.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and soft. Light bodied with good carb.

Overall, an enjoyable, but average stout offering from Samuel Adams at best. Well built and flavored for being such a low abv beer, and it is definitely drinkable / sessionable. I would have it again, but it's not worth seeking out.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 13:08:00 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of jlindros


3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I just never reviewed. Seems like a good time, lazy Saturday afternoon, working around the house, watching the Bruins game, etc. Enjoy before Jun 2014, so fairly fresh.

Pours a dark mocha colored fizzy head that hits a finger before fading back fairly slowly, decent lines of lacing, very dark black beer with a faint hint of light sneaking through the bottom at the thin part of the glass. Actually, the head seems to stick around forever.

Nose brings a little roast, little coffee, nice chocolatey with a little mocha and creamy milk chocolate, mild dry cocoa dust with a little biscuity like malt brings a malted milk ball like aroma, dried lactose and fair creamy aroma, hint of caramel too, more dried candy bar.

Taste brings more dark malts, a little roasty without being too overly roasted, hint of coffee with the roast, and a mild very slight acrid roasty flavor. Then chocolate, not a ton but enough, creamy milk chocolate with a little cocoa powder and again that malted milk ball, into a creamy but dry lactose like creamy flavor but not quite sure if it's actual lactose, probably not. Then a hint of caramel and mild bitter earthy hops on the back end round off the flavor. Finish is dry but a little sticky, more earthy bitterness, little more roast and chocolate.

Mouth is med bod fairly creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty good actaully, surprising that it's been around this long and still a nice beer. It doesn't hit a homerun, but for an easy drinking cream stout there isn't really anything wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:19:12 | More by jlindros
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours crustal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, roast, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent cream stout! All around great robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:37:27 | More by superspak
Photo of brewskifan55


3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a plastic cup during the Zippity Do Dah parade, Jackson, MS. Much better than the parade.

A: Dark brownish black with an inch and a half tan head that lingered. Thick foamy lacing.

S: chocolate, espresso, nutty, cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows nose. Nice and robust. Sweet and smokey. Very smooth and sessionable.

M: medium with medium carbonation. Almost chewy.

O: The one that introduced me to stouts a few years ago. A great gateway beer. Tasty with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 18:13:10 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of glakus


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot about cream stouts, and wanted to give it a try. I timidly bought this beer and am very happy with the smoothness and flavor of this beer. It pours a deep dark black, yet it doesn't have the strong heaviness that is normally associated with dark stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:50:35 | More by glakus
Photo of illpass78


3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a half-inch off-white head. Lacing is heavy; carbonation moderate, but tough to see because it's so dark.

Aromas: Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and espresso. It's a nice, appealing nose.

Taste: Follows the nose, but is slightly less sweet than I'd expected. Finish does have some sweetness, but on the whole it tastes more like a coffee stout than a milk stout to me. The old ad copy for this called it "the cappuccino of beers," which seems pretty accurate to me. All things considered, a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: Has the right amount of body - some thickness, but far from sludgy. Certainly not watery, but not the thickest stout I've had.

Overall: Pretty decent flavored stout. One of my favorite of the Sam Adams offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:43:26 | More by illpass78
Photo of Richardbeerlover


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice light brown cream colored head with decent lacing on the glass. Really good body and taste. Was not expecting much. For a domestic mass produced beer this is really pretty good. Nice mellow flavor. I really liked this one. I will definitely drink the rest of the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:52:50 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 2/8/14 while watching the Olympics. Bottle was chilled down to under 30 degrees as it was on top of the freezer in the garage. LOL! Poured into a pilsner tulip glass.

Pours black with a 1-finger beige head with some patterned lacing seen. The aroma is of caramel & roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste is the same with a little hop finish BUT it is light and not bad. Overall, a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:09:56 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of BierJager89


4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Sweet, nutty, malt, caramel, toffee, and roasty notes nose.

T: Roasty, a bit sweet, some dark and milk chocolate, some medium roast coffee. Pretty tasty

M: Full bodied, a bit creamy, but not as smooth as you'd think.

O: Body could have been better, and I think the admixture of vanilla, anise and/or oak would have complimented this beer quite well. Recommended if you like stouts that aren't super robust.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 21:24:53 | More by BierJager89
Photo of scotorum


4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought last June and put aside for Fall or winter consumption. Best Before Oct. 2013, so it may be a couple of years old by now!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Opaque black with a three inch tall tan head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Dark smoky malt balanced with some hop bite. Mild smoky and slight dark chocolate aftertaste does not linger.

m: Medium. Good body.

o: A good, relatively mild, easy drinking stout, excellent with lunch or dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 18:07:01 | More by scotorum
Photo of lechap


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really want to like Samuel Adams brews but until trying their Cream Stout, remained disappointed. I find their lager and ale to be too hoppy. The Cream Stout, however, was a game changer. It is not easily found in my area so anytime I come across a supply I buy several six-packs. It looks good, smells good, pours good, and taste good. My only negative is the head disappears too soon and there is little to no lacing.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:14:50 | More by lechap
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark brown body, some light comes through at the bottom. Foamy tan head that hangs around and leaves some slight lacing.

S- Roastiness, some sweetness, some hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Mix off roasted malts and sweet malts. Hints of sweet vanilla, some milky sugar and I slight chocolate flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. On the lighter end of the stout spectrum.

O- Pretty decent sweet stout. Easy to throw down a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:18:41 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Boggdogg


3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ebony color with thick foamy khaki colored head and excellent lacing all around the glass.

Smell was not really much of anything maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste was good but I expected more. Do detect a coffee taste with caramel. Flavor is well balanced with a bitter start and finishing with slight sweetness.

Medium bodied with a little carbonation

Overall good but thought it would be better. A little disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:11:00 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of StoutHunter


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adam's Cream Stout last week for $7.99 at Krogers. I've passed this one up many times for no apparent reason so I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. It had an enjoy by date of October, so it's almost out of date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The Label is pretty typical for Samuel Adams it's ok. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on black and it took on a brown hue when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy dark tan head that died down a thin clumpy layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of lacing behind. This is a very good looking bee that's about as true to style as it can get.

S- The aroma starts with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice caramel and toffee aroma that sticks out nicely. Up next comes the roasted malts that seem to have a medium amount of roast to the and a very slight charred aroma with some nice dark bread, chocolate and light vanilla aromas coming through. This beer has a pretty good aroma that's fairly complex for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts with some brown bread and dark medium roasted malt flavors coming through with some chocolate and a slight bit of vanilla also showing up. Up next comes some caramel and toffee flavors that show up just enough. On the finish there's a fairly low amount of bitterness with a roasty and slightly charred aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting Cream Stout, it's pretty true to style with some nice balance.

M- Smooth, clean, creamy, on the slightly thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, but I thought the carbonation could be slightly lower.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good example of the style, it did a good job of representing the style while having some good balance and even a little bit of complexity, I enjoyed it. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, creamy, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these when in the mood for this style. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste and aroma they were just what I wanted in the style and the appearance was also really good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but the carbonation could be just slightly lower. I would get a six pack of this again to keep in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style or dark beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I admit that sometimes I get caught up into the big, bold, and flavorful stouts, but it's always nice to come back to a dark beer like this is one that's tasty, smooth, and drinkable. Good job guys this is pretty close to a textbook example of the style and I'm glad to have access to it, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:28:11 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of CMUbrew


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown body with a medium-dark, creamy-looking, three finger khaki head forming off an easy pour. Some lacing from the get-go.

S: Nicely roasted malts with just a touch of char quality.

T: Roasted malt flavor is lighter than the nose suggested, but is still nice. Hints of milk chocolate accompany nicely. Some oxidation. Sweet overall.

M: About as light-bodied ad the ABV would suggest.

O: A nice offering from Sam Adams and not a stout I would turn down, especially given the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:48:21 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with a half of a finger off-white head that quickly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer, with a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar.

Taste: Like the aroma, dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar. Think toasted bread served with coffee and creamer.

Mouthfeel: Medium with much more carbonation that I was expecting in a cream stout. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 4.9%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good stout, but nothing special. I’d drink it again, if offered, but there’s a ton of other stouts that I’d get over this!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:41:18 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of DavidS88


4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Only the second dark beer I've ever had from Samuel Adams, I'll admit I was a little nervous before cracking one of these open because I was so accustomed to the slight hop presence in Samuel Adams beers; in each of my favorite stouts, I can't detect any sort of hops, so I wasn't sure what I was going to get with Cream Stout. My worries quickly dissipated when I began to drank this fine brew. Blacker than ink, Cream Stout had several fingers of bubbly brown head on top and clung to the glass like a sloth to a tree. The smell was absolutely fantastic for a stout, full of coffee, some chocolate, and lots of roasted malts. The taste was just a little sub-par for a milk or sweet stout. Not to say that Cream Stout doesn't taste good (following the nose with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts), it just doesn't have the usual sweetness of a milk stout (like the one made by Left Hand which has a lot of lactose in the flavor.) At less than 5% ABV, it's a very smooth, easy drinking stout, reminiscent of a Guinness but with a lot more flavor. All in all this is a solid brew from Samuel Adams. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:23:55 | More by DavidS88
Photo of ahommell


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark. Creamy, Foamy head that measures a good full finger. Thick. Sticky. Head is a darker tan in color.

S: Not much scent at all. Maybe I should get my nose checked. What I do smell is chocolate and cream.

T: Creamy. Sweet. Roasted Malt. Dark Chocolate. Taste comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Magnificent.

M: Light for how thick the pour was. Lots of carbonation. Not as smooth as most cream stouts, but very very good. I would pair this with dessert. I think ice cream, chocolate cake or cheesecake would pair very nice with this.

O: One of my favorite cream stouts in that it isn't like other cream stouts. I am impressed with all of the carbonation and the taste aspects.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:54:51 | More by ahommell
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was given a bottle of this from a friend that finally found it in our area. I was very excited seeing that is had such good ratings and i am a sucker for dark beers ( especially stouts ).
The pour was about 2 finger, and the head lasted the whole enjoyable time i drank this beer.
The smell was coffee, caramel, chocolate, and slight hops. The taste was out of this world for me. The chocolate was overall the leader of the pack once it hits the taste buds and slide back the flavors pour from chocolate to coffee to finally a faint milky caramel sweetness. Then the great part the pallet opens up for the final hint of alcohol to make this combination a favorite of mine. From cool summer nights to hot humid days i believe i would enjoy this beer no matter what.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 18:32:15 | More by Smock19nathan
Photo of Eando35

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found a six pack of creme stout and had to try it. When you smell it you can definitely smell the coffee. You taste that and the caramel but not the chocolate, which isn't a bad thing. The beer was close to black in my glass but tasted great. Probably should have gotten it in the fall, but overall, a good Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:30:26 | More by Eando35
Photo of gleemonger


4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black with just a little light showing through. Off white to tan head that's nice and creamy and lingers throughout the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

Sweet and roasty, pretty subtle. Picking up some chocolate and a touch of coffee. Very pleasant, but would like a little more.

Very much like the nose, a super well balance between the sweet and the roasty - nothing takes over and nothing lingers. Tasty dark chocolate, the usual lactose sweetness and just a touch of roast. Very very nice.

Fairly heavy, semi light carbonation, very creamy and smooth. A dessert, yet refreshing at the same time.

Very impressed by this one. The balance is perfect - not too sweet, not too heavy, just a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:54:19 | More by gleemonger
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big fluffy head, beige in color. Very dark brown. Still opaque.

Lightly lactic and nutty. Nicely roasty with that evening milkinesd that tames the aroma. Light creamed coffee and milk chocolate.

Nutty, bready, and permeated by notes of roast barley. Lactic notes are tamer. Some coffee. Not particularly sweet, nor dry. Some hop bitterness, but dominated by pure unadulterated maltiness.

Medium-light body. Some carbonation in the form of leftover coarse bubbles that blend in from the surface. Decent.

Enjoyed this more in the past. Always works. Satisfies the craving. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 12:06:44 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Alextricity


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. This is one I’ve wanted to have for a good while now. The aroma is of sweetness with chocolates and coffee. The taste when it’s cold is bittersweet chocolate and subtle bits of coffee. As it warms up, roasty flavors become much more prominent. The look is pitch black with no light getting through... a creamy cinnamon head fluffs on top as well. Lacing is decent, but patchy. Mouthfeel is smooth but not too thick, making this 4.9% beer nicely drinkable. Overall, a very respectable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:25:39 | More by Alextricity
Photo of socon67

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with a brown foam that is quite active. Slight lacing is noted, and foam retention is very good.

S - Scents of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of smoke. As it warmed some subtle scents of caramel were present.

T - A light stout that has a roasty malt flavor with some sweetness of chocolate. There is a finish with some smoky flavors. I found this to have many of the qualities of a smoked porter, but more cocoa and less smoky heat.

M - Feels almost like its on nitro with such creaminess. A stout that can be had any season. Easy drinking but with enough complexity to appeal to the masses.

O - One of my favorites of the year round BBC offerings. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:28:50 | More by socon67
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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.