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

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Reviews: 1,223
Hads: 2,500
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 196
Gots: 209 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with 1.5 finger beige head. Good head retention with some lacing. Outstanding looking beer. Roasted coffee smell with hint of chocolate. Taste is great with roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and touch of hops to round it out. Only drawback is what I perceive as lack of thickness and over carbonation. Mouthfeel aside this is still one of my favorite beers and ease of drinkability allows me to enjoy several in one sitting. (450 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style Boston Lager Glass.

A: Very deep black, almost ink like. The head and lacing on this beer are some of the best I have ever seen.

S: This brew is simply a sheer joy to smell, as it smells like a wonderfully brewed coffee with a little choclate thrown in as well as a slight hint of milk.

T &M: For my first bottle of this, I drank it too cold, which masked some of the flavors. I highly recommend letting this one sit out of a fridge for a good 15 minutes before it's poured for maximum enjoyment. Anyway, the flavor of this beer is is simply awesome. It starts off with choclate and coffee flavors that are not overwhelming but accompany the awesome creamy mouthfeel of this brew flawlessly. It finishes with a fairly sweet coffee like flavor that just leaves you wanting another sip.

D & Notes: For some damn reason, this brew cannot be sold in Texas, as I had to purchase it in Missouri while visting family. This beer is so good, it would nearly be worth the drive to get more (okay, I am kidding about that). Seriously though, the smootheness of this brew with the complex flavors is awesome. Best of all, nothing is overdone or meant to overwhelm you, so you could easily have a few of these and it still be very enjoyable. (1,287 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: easy to generate head, nice retention

Smell of roasted malts, chocolate and faint licorice?

Taste: Very balanced. Easy to drink. Chocolate and caramel malts come out and are balanced with a good amount of hops. Faint licorice taste.

Mouthfeel. Clings to the mouth well. fairly crisp

Drinkability: The easiest to down stout I've ever had. (361 characters)

Photo of Evocatus
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma had mixes of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Poured a dark color, like black coffee, with a thick brown tinted beige head. The taste was a mix of roasted malts, sweet cream and dark cocoa. Overall like a cup of coffee with some cream added to it. Good amount of thickness, could be more thick but I'm not complaining. Not too strong for a "stout." Combined with a multitude of flavors, this beer is great for any occasion and could be used ot get others into beer. (472 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful tar black with a nice thick tan head about 3/4 of an inch thick. Quite nice looking. The smell is very coffee and slightly dark chocolate. Very nice. The taste is absolutely excellent. I can think of nothing that needs changing. Faintly sweet coffee like taste at first that quickly turns to a bitter dark chocolate taste. A most excellent stout. Fairly easy to drink and just plain good! If you are fan of porters/stouts you really need to give it a try. (474 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The only thing I was not pleased with with this beer was the mouthfeel. It was a little less that I had expected. This was my first cream stout and it was great. A nice chocolate/coffe/creamy flavor. Much more mild than a normal stout but not lacking in flavor. Apperance is great with a large fluffy head that reminded me of a nice snowy christmas day. I think this flavor would go great in icecream. (401 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a rocky, tan head.

S- Mix of sweet, toasted and burnt malts. Very nicely layered.

T- Creamy nature upfront. Nice mix of sweet and roasted malts balanced with some hop bitterness. Pleasant burnt flavor lingers on the finish.

M- Nice creamy feel, especially up-front.

D- Highly drinkable for me. (311 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into mug at 40F. Nice dark brown head with lots of lacing, this beer clings all over the inside of the glass. Proper stout black color.

S: dark roasted coffee, soft bunt malty front end and unsweetened chocolate. no hops detected. You know this is a stout, some sugar sweetness of coffee creamer comes through.

T: butter coffee and chocolate with burnt almonds and toffee, its very nice, sweetens is perfect balanced with the hops. You get a burnt roasted malt back end bite.

M: thick and creamy and silky, decent carbonation, its perfect for the style.

D: Easy to quaff, by far one of my top stouts as I seem to have it around a lot. ages well, I can drink a 6 pack way too easy. (694 characters)

Photo of slimspady
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours thick and black, like you'd expect, with a tan head that clings to the glass the whole way down.
S- coffee beans and bread. Not overpowering aroma.
T- toffee, malts. The creaminess definitely come though also.
M- woody aftertaste that hangs around pleasantly. Light for a stout, but that's a good thing.
O- awesome. It was love at first sight, and the feeling has not faded over the years. (402 characters)

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a big 3 finger frothy, creamy head with good lacing.

Smells like chocolate/coffee/caramel/malt with very faint alcohol scent.

Tastes like roasted coffee beans and "roasted chocolate malted barley". Thats straight from the bottle and is about as accurate a description as you can get. I also think that the "Cappuccino of Beers" is a legit description.

Mouth feel is buttery smooth with light carbonation and drinkability is very high.

Smooth, smooth suds right here folks. Deee-licious. Definitely one of my favorite SA's brews. If not my favorite. (571 characters)

Photo of PatrickFromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness glass at 45 degrees F.
Then, served from the bottle at 38 degrees F. (My preference)

Appearance - Deep, rich, dark brown with nice, light tan head which holds up nicely in a glass. Looks on the thin side for a stout.

Smell - Malts: sweet, chocolatey, nutty. Hops: mellow and floral, but barely there.

Taste - Rich cocoa smacks you in the face, leaving behind a little bit of chocolate malt and some light-roast coffee.

Mouthfeel - Perfect from the bottle. Thick, nearly viscous, little thinner than a milkshake. Not as thick and milkshakey from a glass, but still rich.

Overall - Easily one of my favorites. For the Guinness die-hards, a great, slightly less filling choice with a higher ABV and more complete flavor. Do yourself a favor and try it. (777 characters)

Photo of TheMadJack
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Mug.

Pours a deep coffee brown. Sits almost black in the mug, letting a bare hint of brown light around the edges. Foamy, thick, cream colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of oak, coffee, bare hints of smoke and alcohol.

Where to start on the flavor? A medley of coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, and whipping cream. Lingering roasty finish that's otherwise pretty clean.

They pretty well hit the nail on the head here. Full, creamy, foamy mouthfeel.

Yeah, I could drink another. Piece of cake. (540 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep dark brown, almost black, forming a thick creamy 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is fantastic mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate! The taste also does not dissapoint. Roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and a hint of caramel. Not too complex, but completely delicious! Thick smooth mouthfeel. Low abv. and incredible flavor makes for extremely high drinkability and an ideal session ale. Overall, I have been waiting to try this beer ever since I started into the world of craft beer, and I can safely say that I was not dissapointed. Wonderful full flavor and decent abv., I could drink this all night. A great Sam Adams Brew, and my favorite by far!!! (763 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a great beer...

A - Dark brown. Bit of dark ruby in there held up to the light. Pours with a beautiful ~1.5" tan head, and leaves great amount of lacing.

S - Nose is of coffee and vanilla, maybe literally like vanilla coffee beans. Only complaint is that is was very faint, had to almost stick my nose in my glass!

T - Delicious. Tastes like chocolate/vanilla/caramel/roasted nut/coffee but it all comes in waves and finishes a bit dry but with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't go against the sweetness of the choc/van/coffee. Beautiful blend of flavors.

M = I would say medium bodied. I'm on my 3rd one of the evening and I am pretty full. Maybe a bit above average carbonation.

O - Great. One of my new favorites. Only reason I didn't give Taste a 5 was because of 1 oatmeal stout I've had that was the best stout I've ever tasted. This was good though!!! (873 characters)

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent brew from Sam Adams. I was very impressed, but maybe not surprised, that they use a different yeast strain than their usual brews. I wish this beer was as widely available as Guinness. It is dark and frothy, darker head than Guinness, but very acceptable for the style. It has a nice roasty smell, and taste that complements it as well. I think it is a perfect balance of hops and malt for the style. I cannot immediately distinguish the hops, but I can taste the bitterness that balances the sweetness of the malts. It has a decent mouthfeel, but may be better if infused with nitrogen. No alcoholic or estery flavors at all, so it is very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer for any one who doesn't like Guinness, because this is more to style for a stout and is not sour one bit (then again it is a sweet stout style, instead of regular stout!). I always am pleased with anything from Boston Brewing Company, and this just confirms it again! Cheers! (966 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This brew, pours out a dark brown color with a light brown head. The smell is rich with flavor. You pick up on grains, malts, and some hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on malts, grains. and some hops at the end. Samuel Adams Cream Stout has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is nice, clean, and relishing. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Cream Stout a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.
This is a smooth Stout (642 characters)

Photo of mbenthall
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black, with exceptional tan head.

Smell: Nice smoky malt, with soft undertones of coffee and choclate.

Taste: Amazing. Bold roasted malt with subtle coffee and choclate rounded out and balanced with hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, bold with a roasted finish.

Drinkability: One of Boston greatest beers and one perfect stout. I drink this year round and have even used as a marinade. (408 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from the Boston Beer Company. A truly great dark beer that poured out a deep brown, almost black color. Topped with beautifully rich and dense head of foam. The aroma is complex and appealing with roasted coffee, pistachio, caramel and chocolate. There’s a touch of fermented fruit in there, too.

The mouthfeel is smooth in texture with a soft and creamy malt body. Roasted grains are present in the flavor with a touch of alcohol coming through.

A very nice and flavorful stout, that left me wanting more. (528 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby that only lets light through at the edge of the glass, head is creamy and holds well.
Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate make up the nose, very pleasant and mouthwatering, maybe a hint of caramel in it too.
The taste delivers what the smell promises, very smooth earthlike solid mouthfeel covering your mouth in a slick coating.
This is one of the best stouts I've had.

-Oelergud (408 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a thick foamy beige head. Some large bubbles in the center that stayed even after the head reduced to a froth. Could count the number of sips by the rings of sticky lace all the way down.

Sweet aroma of caramel, molasses, and cocoa. Hops have a faint metallic twinge.

Huge roasted malt flavor with coffee and a caramel sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice hop balance keeps it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body.

Easy to finish. One of my favorite stouts and probably my favorite Sam Adams product (and there are some good ones). (596 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a stout tulip glass, this brew's head is 3 fingers thick with thick,soapy lacing, and a black,clear body.

Smells like superbly roasted malts, along with a roasted toffee kind of characteristic. A bit of chocolate in here, too. This ought to be very tasty!

I taste much if the same elements as described as above with the smell. This is a very, very smooth tasting beer. All of the qualities start and stop at just the right places for me.

The mouthfeel here is outrageously smooth.

Overall, I'll rate Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) with a 4.5. This was purchased 2 months after the "for brewery fresh taste, purchase, so that might have to do with this awesome experience. I will purchase this again. (852 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.Pours black with a thick fluffy coffee colored heading. Smell of coffee and sweet molasses is immediate.Also hints of milk chocolate. Taste is very smooth and a kind of watery taste if you catch my drift.Has a dry aftertaste but still very smooth.Lacing all the way down the glass. I had this with a chocolate covered caramel and it tasted great. One of my favorite's from Sam Adams (417 characters)

Photo of fallboyrappellin
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a "brewtus" style 22 oz glass

This is actually my second tasting of Cream Stout. The first time, I had not chilled enough. This time, it was chilled in the fridge. I may have made a mistake...more flavors came out when it was warmer.

A: Dark. Nice moderate sized tan head appeared during pour, would have been more prominent if not as cold.

S: Like most stouts, hints of coffee. Slight sense of chocolate and caramel, especially when warmer

T: The first time I tasted, there was a large caramel taste. Second time around, more of the coffee taste, and hint of chocolate and caramel.

M: It's a stout. You're going to want to roll this one around in your mouth. No afterburn like some stouts.

D: This would be an excellent fall/winter beer, or served with something heavy (roast, beef stew, or Irish stew). I can drink this by itself, but probably wouldn't for too long. KY summers get hot, and sometimes you can't drink as many stouts/porters as I would like. (987 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a typical stout black. The head is an average size, but fluffy. Lacing was great.

I smell roasted malts, a little bit of sweet lactose, and a subdued overall sense of smores.

The faint smores aroma follows through in the taste. I definitely get a sense caramel, molasses, and dry dark chocolate at the end. Notes of dark chocolate dominate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, and as far as sweet stouts go, it's super easy to drink.

This stout is a pleasure. Very round, broad flavors that are gracious in a bold way. (552 characters)

Photo of jwilli7122
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy tan head and good lacing.
Smell is of malts, vanilla, coffee, and whipped cream.
Taste is creamy coffee and caramel malts with a moderate burnt bitterness and not a whole lot in the way of hops, but man, is it good.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy - not a lot of carbonation and definitely not a filling beer.
This is less aggressive than some of the outstanding stouts, but it is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. It features a nice combination of medium/light black malt bitterness and medium creaminess without getting too buttery-thick or sweet. An exceptional "light" stout, and session material all the way. (666 characters)

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
89 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.