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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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Reviews: 1,230
Hads: 2,534
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 208
Gots: 237 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of ThisTeamSucks
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Out of all the beers I try this is one I keep coming back to. My two favorite modes of drinking it are in a pint glass or straight out of the bottle.

Look: Black, although if you tilt a glass of it a bit toward the light you do see a bit of red.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Definitely get chocolate notes, a bit of caramel, but a lot of roastiness. A bit of sweetness in there too, but a lot of roastiness.

Feel: It's not a thick beer by any means. Could be a bit more creamier in the mouthfeel though.

Overall: This is a beer I look for every time I'm on a beer run. Roasty, chocolatey and delicious

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12oz stout glass. Pours dark with a 3 finger brown head. Beer is dark in the glass. Can't see light thru it. Some nice lacing here also. Beer is thick and smooth. The dark malts dominate with a taste of toffee, chocolate, coffee and cream. A semi bitter but sweet beer. This is great for acquiring the tastes of stouts.

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Photo of Sergio_Nesmachnow
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good stout beer.
Dark color, solid.
Powerful smell, chocolate and cofee are identified.
Good taste, coffe dominates at the end.
Overall impression: very good stout beer, I strongly recommend taste it.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown thick looking beer. You cannot see light through this. NIce color.
Smell is of coffee, and chocolate, hints of toffee.
Taste is chocolate coffee, slightly sweet and pleasant tasting. Coffee like finish.
Feel is smooth and mild carbonation.
Great milk stout!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer hits the glass in a deep brown color in body with a good dose of red hues in the light. In the glass, the beer looks pretty good, with a thick and dense head that is tan in color. Big sweet scents of chocolate and light coffee hit the nose first and give a sweet overall impression. At the end of the smell there is a balancing act brought forward by some lightly bitter burnt malts.

When the beer hits the tongue, there is a miniature explosion of bitter burnt malts followed by a light, lactose sweetness. There is not nearly the sweetness in the taste that is found in the scent. However, there is a touch of chocolate malt flavor at the very end. The alcohol level is undetectable in this beer and it drinks very smooth and fairly light in body weight.

Overall, this is just a solid, everyday stout. It has a good sweet scent that is offset by a very dry and somewhat bitter flavor. To me, this tastes almost more like an Irish dry stout than a cream stout.

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date of 7-2015; the ABV is listed as 4.9%.

Pours black with a large, creamy and frothy tan head. Good sticky lacing gets left on the glass.

Flavor: very well balanced, including the bitter-sweet dimension. Slightly sweet up front with plenty of dark roasted malts and only hints of smoke.

Appealing aroma with a hint of sweet chocolate.

Smooth and full body with spot on carbonation.

O: even without considering cost this is a winner among sweet stouts.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, a random selection for a mixed-sixer at one of the plentiful grocery stores in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a very dark, almost black brownish hue, with pervasive reddish tints, and a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly creamy tan head, which leaves some pleasantly tiered, bleeding paint job lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes.

It smells of roasted, lightly meaty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, creamed coffee, a twinge of dried vanilla pod, and an earthy, musty, and kind of ashy hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet, toasted caramel malt, dry-roasted coffee beans, stale, wafer-like chocolate, a slightly sour milkiness, a whiff of smoking ashes, and soft herbal, earthy, and musty hops.

The bubbles are fairly low-key in their plainly innocuous frothiness, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and well smooth, with a hard to deny creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, coffee, caramel, and cream all lazing about, thinking about tomorrow.

A well-made milk stout, the various flavours being drawn out of the roasted malts all a good thing. Big, but not too big, obviously, and the lower ABV speaks to some sensible winter-time supping, y'know, if that's your thing.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good cream stout. I found this while I was looking for Left Handed Brewing Milk Stout (Colorado)
Good smell and feel. The was was ok..I was thinking it be more like the Milk Stout. We now have LHB in Massachusetts so I would definitely go with that.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass
L: Dark, almost black with hints of ruby red on the edges of the glass, pale beige head forms that lasts until the very end. Head starts fluffy like clouds and condenses. Excellent lacing
S: Predominantly sweet. Some notes of chocolate, maybe hints of coffee but primarily what comes to mind is sweet chocolate. Probably weakest aspect of this beer.
T: Phenomenal. Definitely deserves a 5 in this regard. Incredibly easy drinking, excellent chocolate flavor without being too robust or astringent. Sweet creme flavors as well. Stays true to the sweet stout style.
F: Silky, smooth, just a great drinking experience
O: Such an excellent beer. Being from Mass I take these guys for granted, but damn they can brew. Highly enjoyed this one, will add it into my rotation of go-to beers.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2"+ tan head that drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is opaque brown with a red tint.
Aroma: strong roasted barley and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy with dry, powdery finish.
Flavor: chocolate, a bit of coffee, rich roasted barley, caramel with some earthy hops in the background.
Overall: outstanding, definitely a great beer within the style.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with a kinda light mocha head. The smell, while kinda faint, is primarily coffee and roasted malt with a tad bit of chocolate. The flavor has a good ratio between roasted malt/coffee flavor with a tad bit of chocolate, but it also has that sweetness from whatever sort of additive they use to make it a "cream stout". Overall a very tasty, easy to drink beer from Sam Adams. I wish some of the other Samuel Adams beers were held to these standards.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of my favourite beers. When its in stock. Drank it this winter till it disappeared, finally found a liqour store in b.f.e that had it, Score!
Pours a dark brown with a nice off brown/cream head. Smells of sweet cream, chocolate and malt. Tastes like heaven. Alil roasted flavor at first then the sweetness comes in with a little bitterness at the end, not strong tho. So smooth sometimes I cant get enough. Good stuff brother. Cheers

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Photo of rjplumer
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cream chocolate aroma. Black body with a good two finger tan soap bubbled head. Roasted chocolate malt taste. Crisp and bubbly feeling. Light creamy cocoa in the finish. Has a nice balance and not over powering.

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Photo of car2052
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pitch black, with some amber hues showing at the bottom of the glass, rocky 1 and 1/2 in. brown head lingers.
S: Smells like a mocha. Big aromas of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
T: Charred, roasted malt play a big role in the taste. A little bit of coffee and chocolate peek through. A little sour on the finish.
M: Medium. Nice and creamy.
O: I liked this beer quite a bit. Nice and smooth, with big roasted flavors.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Opaque dark brownish black with two fingers of creamy moderately resilient tan foam. Low key nose does tease at some malt complexity, light roast coffee and cream, a whiff of vanilla caramels. Palate is fortunately more bold, with a very "old world" rich malt complexity that surprises. Has that characteristic milk stout creamy feel but with less sweetness than expected ... Roasted grains, a puff of ashtray, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, brown toast, molasses, and a lingering toffee-like sweetness lurking somewhere in the pit. It is rather difficult to convey where this beer falls along the stout continuum: My descriptors probably make this beer sound stronger tasting than is the case. Everything is more robust than a Guinness or comparable Irish dry but more subtle than an imperial. Lingering roasted cafe latte like malts in the semi-dry finish. The sweetness does become more salient over time as the bitter receptors chill out. I am getting more hop character than expected as well, an earthy grass-herb note from beginning to end. I have yet to see this here in Alberta, had to seek it out down south. Worth the search.

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Photo of Young_John
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer for washing down a bacon cheeseburger and fries. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, flavorful, roasty and sweet, smells just great and looks just so inviting with its fluffy tan head and significant lacing. My favorite style is imperial stouts, but their ABV is often too high to wash down that kind of meal with, at least at my pace. I find this stout nicely fills the niche that exists in the gap between traditional stouts and imperial stouts. While I don't drink one nearly as often as a Guinness for example, I certainly enjoy it more when I do.

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Photo of VTR
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz glass to a snifter.

Well I had heard good things about this stout so I was excited to see it arrive at a local shop. The stout has a good dark color but not as black as I would expect. The nose left a lot to be desired. I did not detect any complexity just roasted malts and some light cream and hops. When I took a sip I was a little lost. All I could taste is smokiness and bitter hops from start to finish. I expect some smokiness from stouts but it was over the top. Where was the cream? chocolate? vanilla? and all the other flavors that you would expect from a stout, no less a cream stout? I let it warm even more and did not find that it improved, just the same smokiness and hops. I don't know maybe I am missing something but I did drink the whole 6 pack before writing this review. I would not seek this out again as there are better cream stouts out there.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

I seem to be missing something with this offering from Sam. Aftertaste is like licking an ashtray. I enjoy a smokey stout, but this one seems to be overboard.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

My favorite pretzels in the world are made from a small company that burns them on purpose. They are my favorite to snack on them and are a rare treat. This beer has an after taste just like those pretzels and I love it. However the initial taste was pretty bitter at first but halfway through, it lost its bitterness and became creamy. It's a pretty good beer to sit down and drink or have with a meal.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 8, 2014

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Mostly jet black. Faintly brown at the narrowest part of the glass, where light barely shines through. An inch of light tan head with moderate retention. Sudsy bubbles remain.

S – Mostly roasted black malt, moderately bitter. Touches of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Mostly bittering hops, perhaps some very light pine.

T – Roasted dark malts are prominent, toasty black bread. A lot of bitterness from the malts, some possibly from hops, but no real hop flavor.

M – Bitter from start to finish, a slight creamy smoothness in the background. Carbonation is, at most, moderate, slightly offsetting the bitterness. Medium dry finish.

O – This is much closer to a dry Irish stout than a milk stout, in all respects. I think it’s actually pretty good for an Irish stout, but that’s not really what the objective was. With that said, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dodge408
4/5  rDev +1.5%

The flavor I noticed first would be a burnt coffee bean. Then the earthy notes quickly come into action. This stout does not over power with flavor and is easily drinkable . Not sure I would call it creamy though, but is quite smooth. Will get again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance (4.25) : This one pours a wonderful milk chocolate three fingered head. The body is chocolate black and totally opaque. Lacing lines the glass as the head descends.

Aroma (4) : Nesquik milk chocolate powder, some dirt, roots, and earth notes, chocolate licorice, and Werthers' Carmel candy.

Taste (4) : This is very good. Milky, chocolatey, roasty, toasty.

Beginning with dirty, tarry coffee bean and dry earth, it gives way to milky chocolate, roasted nut, and finishes with a charred or burnt coffee note. A hint of caramel graces the whole flavor overall. The burnt coffee bean is left lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Zippy but also creamy. Medium bodied, so for a stout it's not winning any major points. It ends charred and semi-dry.

Overall (4.04) : It's not the best stout I've ever had but most every stout is pretty good if it's done right. This one is different in the way that it's got more of a burnt coffee profile, and I wouldn't exactly call it creamy, but it's good nonetheless. If roasted stouts and charred coffee bean are your thing, this beer will be in good company with you. Relatively low ABV at 4.9%, so it's most definitely sessionable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good Milk/Sweet Stout. Pours a dense brown color with plenty of ruby highlights shwoing through when held to a light. medium size frothy tan hed that quickly sinks to a covering of the glass. There are thin bands of lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, some lactose,and roasted and chocolate malts. Taste is more robust. The chocolate and roasted malts are up front with the sweet lactose. There is some mild bitterness in the finish. Plenty complex for what amounts to a session beer.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, Average richness and no alcohol presence

A nice sessionable stout.

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