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

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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88
very good

2,492 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,239
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 189
Gots: 200 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Reviews by gleemonger:
Photo of gleemonger
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

loved the mild sweetness,not to heavy and great head!Had no trouble drinking 6 of these wich is strange with me and stouts,again would love to have on tap!

Photo of RoyalT
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This could not have looked better. The solid black beer was buried in a mountain of shaving cream. I got two inches of head for every one inch of beer, and it wasn’t even thinking about going away.

Smell – The rich, even combination of dark malt and espresso was complimented with a light, very dark chocolate.

Taste – The bitter baker’s chocolate came on stronger at the taste. The malts lightened up a bit from the nose and I could finally pick up the sweet creamy character.

Mouthfeel – Having said that the Cream Stout is a lighter type of stout in the first place, this example was usually light. I did enjoy the bitter finish though.

Drinkability – This was a nice Cream Stout that is light on the cream.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown like a walnut from the deepest, darkest woods. Huge tan head settles to an 1/8 of an inch and lasts for most of the duration. Sweet dark toffee and loads of it in the aroma, ice cream, chocolate, peanut brittle, and honey. It is a truly wonderful aroma. Carbonation is blistering. Body is medium with mild chocolate bitterness. Taste is sweet espresso, baker’s chocolate, caramel, and a mild burntness. Mild lactic qualities. All the elements are here and it drinks fairly well but for reasons I just can’t explain it just doesn’t live up to the better milk stouts I’ve had.

Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours deep mahogany with a creamy, tan head.

Pleasant aroma of sweet milk chocolate and maybe a graham crackerish malt. Not a lot of complexity.

Medium bodied, lactose sugar and sweet chocolate pie with whipped cream on top. Pretty smooth, makes me think this would be a good beginners stout.

Overall, not something i'm going to be running back to, but not bad at all.

Photo of bluesoul
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into standard pint glass. Looks just like a cola, with one finger's worth of dark brown foam. No lacing which may be my glass.

S - Hoppy to the nose, also a touch of chocolate sweetness. Overall a full smell.

T - "That's interesting" was the first thing that crossed my mind on the first sip. Unfortunately, my first impression was a bit off. It's actually rather complacent for a stout, a slightly rough malty profile with very little hop bite in the finish. Not getting the appeal with this one just yet.

M - Has quite an alcohol bite to the finish. Carbonation is good, aftertaste is not quite clean. Weaker body than the stout label would have one believe.

D - It was only with the help of having food that I made it through this beer. Just not going for this one.

Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. This one poured a very dark brown color with a great fluffy white head that stuck to the glass. The smell was very roasted with a roasted malt and nut scent as well as a slight hint of coffee. The taste was excelent and smoothe with a bit of toffee flavor and a underlying sweetness that was just right and not cloying at all. This a stout to use to convert people to better brews for sure.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cream stout pours a nice dark black with some amber tones showing through the light. A small head tops off my pour and doesn't stay around long, but leaves some lace in its wake. Chocolate malt notes invade my nose as well as some coffee undertones. The smell is quite sweet and inviting, almost sugary. The first sip is also quite sweet with a nice chocolate malt flavor and a some hints of coffee and a little hops on the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me..I prefer a bit more body to my stouts...but it goes down smooth all the same. This is a good drinking stout when you are not looking for something too heavy. Probably my favorite out of the Sam's brews that I've tried so far.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. This was part of the winter 12 pack (as an added bonus the 12er was only $9.99 at my local supermarket). The beer was a very dark brown/black with red highlights when held up to the light. A medium sized head. The aroma was swet roasted malt and coffee. A taste of espresso with a hint of chocolate. Nice and sweet, a little hop bitterness late. A very smooth, enjoyable beer.

Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date clearly scored on the side.

Appearance: In the glass ... a solid, pitch black beer in colour. The pour produces a magnificent three finger thick coffee coloured head that is extremely fluffy, foamy, creamy, sticky and lasting.

Smell: Big malty roasted aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke and earth.

Taste: A full-bodied beer with a very smooth, milky/creamy mouthfeel. Malt flavours are quite complex with a mild astringent roasted flavour followed by chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke, light blackstrap molasses and earth flavours. The soft hop bitterness seems to meld nicely with the roasted unmalted barley astringency, and balances out the malt profile. This is not a "sweet beer," however what is there is in harmony with the other characteristics of this beer and rounds things off nicely. Great slick and sweet coffee-like aftertaste with faint hints of smoke that linger on the palate.

Notes: This is simply an all-around perfect stout in my opinion. Its balance is incredible, and its flavours are well-rounded without any overpowering characteristics. I simply love this beer and could drink it all day long -- winter, spring, summer or fall. It should be classified as a major food group.

Label says "Specialty Stout," however this falls nicely into the sweet stout category, which also includes cream stouts.

Photo of twi1609372
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an ok beer from sam adams. i think it is too thick. not to say i dont like a good dark beer, but this is a bit too dark for my taste. very creamy and cofeelike not horrable taste, but nothing exceptional either. not bad if nothing else to drink but i would pick up another sam adams beer before this one.

Photo of grynder33
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very small head very grainey intial smell a little cocoa on the 2nd very coffeeish on the third. First taste mocha like with a roasted coffee aftertaste, actually had sort of a thin mouthfeel, just thought there would be a creamier texture, texture even got a little harsh in the middle, settled down ok towards end. The names a little misleading but its a good enouh brew.

Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was a best before date on the label.

Appearance: It has a very dark brow color that is very close to opaque in appearance. On top the head, which is dark tan in color, starts off thick and creamy then slowly settles down to thinner layer that has good retention lasting to the last sip. Its lacing is slick and slides down the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and malty nose with a pleasant roasted character and a touch of chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The taste starts off with a smooth malt flavor that builds a nice roasted character with the same hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Hop flavor is mild and adds only a slight metallic/herbal presence. The finish has a nice slow, somewhat dryer roasted coffee fade. On the palate it has a very creamy and smooth feeling. It has soft carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This is a very tasty stout with a nice slick creamy texture that I really enjoyed!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pitch black with a kickass, frothy, chunky head that goes absolutely nowhere. Lacing all over the glassware. Looks like a rootbeer float. Beautiful beer. When held up to the light, an evvveer so slight amount of ruby tones peaks through, trying to go unnoticed.

Aroma is of much caramel sweetness, rich chocolate, mocha, nuttiness. Smells like desert.

Taste is of burnt dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, some nuttiness in the finish, irish cream, an ever so slight hop spiciness in the finish as well. This is a tremendous stout!

Mouthfeel is extra rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great for such a thick and creamy beer. The abv% obviously helps. This beer is just so tasty and aromatic that its hard NOT to drink. Bravo Samuel Adams. You definitely have a winner on this one. Even my girlfriend likes this beer!!!

Photo of amesfan
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Smooth pour into a Sam Adams glass. Very dark brown with perfect light brown head that faded rather quick.

S: Very pleasant aroma; roasted malt, chocolate, milk, very slight sweet/fruity smell as well.

T: Roasted, smokey, chocolate taste that finishes with a smooth hint of milk. Leaves a sweet almost fruity after taste.

M: Wasn't as thick or creamy as I expected, carbonation seemed off as well, but still pleasant going down.

O: Really enjoyed the roasted flavors in this beer. Feel on the tongue was a little off but definitely something I would like to drink again.

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a “For Brewery Fresh Taste, Purchase Before Month Notched 2004” June is notched.

Appearance: Huge dense rocky tan head, this brew clings all over the inside of the glass. Proper stout black colour.

Smell: Creamy aroma filled with roasted coffee, soft charcoal and unsweetened chocolate. A very complexly layered aroma to say the least.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Quick shot of smoothness then a creamy moderate body slides in. Soft roasted malt flavours give off faint charcoal and dark chocolate tones. Hops are in there to help balance the sweetness of the underlying pale malt. Nice bitter bite from the hops and burnt malt, roasted flavours linger lightly and broad on the tongue for a long time.

Drinkability & Notes: Easy to quaff, by far one of my top stouts as I seem to have it around a lot. Also the fresh batches seem to have a bit more of a bite to them, try and find bottle of this when it is at its ripe point where the month is notched on the side … seems to be a bit more mellow.

Photo of macbethkid84
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Out of the beers from their brewery, I never expected one so divine.

Photo of merlin48
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a medium beige head which collapses into a very rings of lace. Nose is bitterweet chocolate and roasted malt, but not very strong. Initial sip reveals a creamy and rich mouthfeel with just a hint of hops background. Taste echos the nose, and burnt coffee taste comes in at about mid glass. Seems a bit watered down for a stout. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Kappy's, Route 114, Peabody, Massachusetts. Picked up a six pack.

I want to say this used to be available every year from SA, but I haven't seen it in awhile. Something tells me I used to thoroughly enjoy drinking it, but it's hard to say with any certainty.

Thick tan head leaving clingy lacing on the glass. Deep black in color. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate and tastes pretty much the same. My memory is starting to come back as I enjoy this beer.

This Cream Stout comes from the Samuel Adams "Brewmaster's Collection" and a lovely addition it is.

Photo of nem2006
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Very dark, tan head. Head is thick and held very well.

Smells toasted, dark chocolate, and coffee, but mostly dark chocolate.

Full-bodied, dark chocolate, roasted. Started slightly malty with a slight bitterness in the middle and then a very little hop bitterness at the finish.

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very black, no head, no carbonation,

Smell: a mix of strong coffee and toffee

Taste: I taste a bit of coffee as well as a bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel: It strikes me as being smooth but heavy

Drinkability: This beer comes in the holiday packs and I will glady drink it there. It strikes me as a tamer stout, but a decent one. I probably would not go out of my way to get a zix pack of this.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt mixed in. There is also quite a bit of sugar in the aroma, which may be from lactose which I think is in the beer. The flavor is roasted malt and chocolate and is fairly bitter, though not from the hops. I also get some coffee in the aroma. As the beer warms, I get some sugary notes in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sweet stout, one of the better ones I have tried.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This stout looks great with a opaque body and a creamy tan head.

This stout doesn't necessarily have a strong aroma, hints of coffee/chocolate

Mouthfeel is another great one from sam adams. very smooth, full body

Starts out sweet, moves towards a dull bitter, then gets sweet again at the end

overall impression and drinkability are very good. This is one of my favorite stouts, and I like a wide variety of stouts

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. amber bottle that was part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" sampler.

Poured a very dark brown in color with some ruby tinges on the sides. Impressive dark tan-colored head persists and offers a decent amount of lacing of the glass. Aromas are excellent. Lots of coffee, toasted malt, smoke, and caramel. Flavor mirrors the aromas, but with a pinch of hop bitterness thrown in for good measure. Starts out sweet, the middle brings in a chocolate-covered toffee, and finishes with a snap of bitterness that quickly succumbs to the roasted coffee-chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good...it could be a bit bigger, but it does the job nicely. Creamy. A tasty night cap after a long post-wedding cookout.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Looks pure black at first but it has red highlights. Creamy tan colored head that leave some lacing behind.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, spicy English hops, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasted barley noticeably stands out, with nuances of chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel and a light spicy hop note at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very creamy and smooth. Mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: One of the better low abv Stouts. Easy drinking and flavorful - just great.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.