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

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,351 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 99 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well well, another Sam Adams brew. I've been impressed with nearly everything to come out of the Boston Beer Company, so let's see how this stands up...

Pours a deep deep brown with a foamy, tan, inch high head. The head disappears rapidly, leaving a lot of lacing.

Smells earthy... malt, yeast, and roasted grain. Something sharp is in the nose too, alcohol and something unrecognizable.

Taste is a bit disappointing. Smooth, but not as creamy as I would have hoped. Not too much of a departure from your basic stout, coffee and bittersweet flavors dominate. Actually rather thin mouthfeel on this one.
There's a sour aftertaste, but it doesn't last long.

This seems to be a lot less filling than Guinness or other dry Irish stouts. If you dig the taste you could easily knock down a few of these. I was a bit disappointed in this one as I've come to expect exceptional things from the BBC. As stouts go, I prefer Guinness Extra and Mackeson's, but this isn't a bad brew, just not my cup of tea -- er, stout.

kkipple, Nov 20, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

oberon, Mar 05, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +2%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

brownbeer, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of bluesoul
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

bluesoul, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

tbryan5, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of sdsimkins
4/5  rDev +2%

sdsimkins, May 29, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Dmann, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of MikeC144
4/5  rDev +2%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +27.6%

markallmon, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of mhkirin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mhkirin, May 13, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 28, 2007
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.

Todd, Oct 29, 2001
Photo of twi1609372
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

twi1609372, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of grynder33
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

grynder33, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of 40451
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Christopher415
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Christopher415, Feb 26, 2012
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!!!

generallee, May 10, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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!!!

Doomcifer, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of amesfan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

amesfan, Jul 27, 2011
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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.