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

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89
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Reviews: 1,223
Hads: 2,500
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 197
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 Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, the gimmick is the load of cream in the head. The taste of the body was nonobjectionable, passable stout, drinkable. Drying, with some coffee grinds, burnst grounds, not much roastiness, much malt. Bit of graininess. Well carbonated. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Pretty good foamy lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of chocolate and caramel bread and faint coffee.

T - Tastes of espresso with cream, bittersweet chocolate, and a bittering essence on the back of the toungue.

M - Good carbonation that leaves a bubbly coating in the mouth.

D - Very good beer. This is the first milk/sweet stout I have had and I will be trying more in the future. (464 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather flavorful for the style. (556 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kinda frustrating to review these S.A. brews. The flavors are good, but leave me megging for more richness, boldness, and flavor. Sure the brew is solid, and probable fit the style well. However, in this one, I wanted a heavier cream character; a bolder, richer milk chocolate, capuccino flavor; and a bit more overall weight. What I got was a cleanly brewed, well formed recipe that is not offensive, yet risks little. Though timid for my taste, I thought the brew fell dangerously close to a Dry-Stout chalkiness, and with a thin body. Fortunately, but beer steers clear of obvious lactose additions and artificial sweetness. This S.A. brew does very well; I just wanted more out of it. (688 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep brown color, with a brown colored head. The retention isn't all the great. The smell is highly roasted with some hops in the mix. The taste is quite strong actually, surprising. There is a really strong roasted flavor that's very bitter. I don't get a whole lot of lactos in it. The mouthfeel is a little bitey and dry. Overall the brew is decent. Not the best stout out there but different enough to be interesting. (446 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a coffee-colored head and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - Milk chocolate, coffee with cream and caramel-like sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, cappuccino. Milky but not overly thick; more medium-bodied. Light carbonation helps to accentuate the creamy texture.

Notes - A nicely done English-style stout. Low in alcohol but with plenty of flavor and character. (416 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Since I can see most of the way through the glass, the beer is right on the border between opacity and lucency. The beige colored crown is large, firm and sticky. A better than average array of lace is seen in the end.

Cream Stout smells like coffee ice cream covered in Hershey's syrup. It tastes like coffee too. It's more coffee-with-cream than black coffee, however. A little dark chocolate tries to peek through the javalanche, but doesn't stand much of a chance. Hops are pretty much absent, which is appropriate for the style.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but then the ABV is less than 5.0%. A few too many bubbles becomes an appropriate amount by mid-bottle. Drinkability is on the high side and sessionability is obviously up there as well.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is decent, but I've never been a fan of coffee-dominant beer. Cut that part of the flavor profile back a few notches, bulk up the body a little and this would be a very good milk stout. (1,016 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice very dark, and pretty much opaque black liquid. Not as thick and oil like as some others I have seen, but still had a decent thickness to it that was clearly evident. A nice two inch puls tan colored head quickly formed on the top and took its time settling over the course of five ot so minutes to reveal nothing more then a sticky coating of lace down the side with a decent amount left up on the top as well. Good solid look on this one, and seemed amply carbonated which is always a plus in the category for me.



S – Very sweet smell. Full of lactose and that was clear from the first whiff I took in. Lots of other sweet notes as well, sugar, caramel, were the other dominant characters in it. Also had a noticeable burnt or roasted effect to the aroma. Very nice. Very full bodied aroma and a lot more complex then I really thought it would be. Very nicely done so far at least from the look and smell.



T – Wow, very well done here. For some reason it is still in the back of my head the Sam Adams cannot compete with some of the more notorious Micros around, but they are slowly beginning to change my opinion and tasting this just really cememnted it for me. Lots of creamy lactose flavor with a full bodied caramel swing to it in the end. This was a rich sweet stout from beginning to end. More of that smoked or burnt flavor coming though on the taste as well, it may actually be somewhat of a roasted nuttiness I am picking up now. Very well crafted and extremely full flavor.



M – Very thick and rich. I was shocked as I had not had anything from them of this caliber before. Such a full bodied cream stout. One that would actually make you think this was a lot more then it actually was. A totally big smooth and creamy thickness to it. Really a high quality offering here. Great carbonation gave it that silky smoothness on the way down. Overall great full feel.



D – Very nice. Like a sessionable RIS for sure. I mean in the winter I could have a few, but it is still summer here so one and I am done for now. But it was a totally easy drinking stout. I could easily picture myself having a couple on a nice winter night, defiantly a plus here.



Overall very very pleasing and a nice surprise in this offering. It was my first one of the mixed pack and kinda glad it was as this was outstanding. I wished I had it a little later as it would have made for a fine dessert offering, however where it placed was just perfect. I really look forward to having another at some point. Try this one if you can, really good example of one of my favorite styles. (2,606 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a deep black color with a small, mocha-colored head. It left very nice lacing.

S - Very good. Roasted malt and caramel.

T - It is quite sweet with a blend of roasted chocolates and caramel flavors.

M - It is very soft of the tongue. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - Really nice representation of the style. And you can beat it at Sam Adams prices. (368 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (155 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a few red highlights. The head is mild and light tan in color.

S: The nose is roasty with a slight sweetness and perhaps a touch of creaminess.

T: The flavor is a bit one note and relies heavily on the roasted malt. There is a bit of coffee flavor and some bitterness along with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly tingly carbonation.

D: I enjoy a good milk stout, but this one was not quite as sweet as I generally expect for the style. Still, some decent flavors and perhaps a good introduction to the style for people that aren't familiar with it. (643 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted barley aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and even toffee.

Taste: Rich roasted maltiness leads with the taste of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee giving a mocha impression. Some toffee rolls by midway. Mild graininess. No more than a touch of hops in the finish. Chocolatey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that's very easy to drink down. For me, it's one of the top Samuel Adams beers. (557 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of mocha brown head settle slowly leaving thick lace. Opaque black body.

S - Clean nutty malt aroma. Pretty neutral.

T - Creamy roasted malt flavor with some malt bitterness and just a bit of hop flavor on top of the tongue. Nice nutty character as well. Finish is light and clean with some roasted coffee notes and a hint of chocolate.

M - Moderately light body with high carbonation and a clean, mild finish.

D - Easily drinkable. This is a light and clean stout that packs in just enough flavor to justify its color. I would almost think of this as a "nut brown stout". (592 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Review #1350. Nothing really important about that number, I just had nothing else to say as a lead-in this time. *sigh* It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted malts, walnuts, cocoa powder, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, kinda bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, and the lightest possible smidge of Irish cream. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, nothing too amazing, but pretty tasty anyway. (603 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is intensely dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by an impressive, dense tan head. Although it cannot hold, the head reduces to a consistent rim around the glass and produces some nice Belgian-lace throughout the pint. The aroma is welcoming, and full of sweet dark malts: dark toffee, bitter chocolate, fresh cream and honey, and a soft roastiness not unlike spent espresso grounds. The full mouthfeel and gentle carbonation separate this beer from the chaff.... silky-smooth, velvety, almost oily - similar to, but fuller and more solid than a nitro-beer. The flavor is not complex, and balances between the front and middle of the tongue - light and creamy coffee atop bittersweet chocolate; all the while backed by a restrained bitterness that caresses the back of the mouth. The finish is creamy and just slips away. Really a unique beer. Not confrontingly sweet as many milk / sweet stouts are. Quite the gentle, introspected, giant. Very well done. (965 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Winter Classics 12 Pack.

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a finger width of creamy tan head that retained nicely and left some great lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and a little coffee. Very pleasing.

The taste matches that wonderful aroma. Deep roasty notes of thick chocolate sweetness and coffee. A little bit of hop bitterness even raises it's head towards the finish. The mouthfeel is a thick medium with a nice creamy texture.

Wow, this a nice Stout and one of the best beers that I've had from Sam Adams. A great taste and low ABV make this a perfect Winter sessioner. (676 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you'd expect from this type of beer, creamy, malty and a strong flavor of milk chocolate. There are background flavors of dark fruit, caramel and coffee. The hops presence is very mild but enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, a stout isn't really the type of beer that I would session with, but this would be one of the first ones I would look for if I did. (853 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,562 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from a Sam Adams mix pack. I thought this one was better than average but nothing too outstanding. Pours a very dark color and looks very appealing. Has some good drinkability to it and a solid mouthfeel but I feel the taste/flavor is lacking a bit. I'll have to go back and try it again. (300 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could've swore I reviewed this, must be old age..

Pours Mahogany/black with 3 fingers of milkshake-like mocha head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Cocoa & coffee, iron,

T: Iron, coffee & cocoa up front, plus a bit of leafy hops & touch of molasses. A touch dark of choclate & chalky dryness, not really seeing any lactose here as this warms. Roasty malt hits the back of the throat on the finish, along with dryness & some nice chocolate milk notes

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & low carbonation.

Nice drinkability, better milk stouts out there, but this is a great gateway stout (592 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown malts near black but the light makes it through this one my friends. Big heavily carbonated tan head nice and chunky texture to it forms little mounds leaves heavy lacing nice not bad at all. Aroma: Very nice cream texture, wow slight coffee espresso mix with soft creamy chocolate and a hint of lactic acid semi subdued hopping but nice subtle flowery mix in the background. Taste: A very very tasty balanced Cream Stout, awesome mix of dark roasted malts and with that creamy edge you just can't go wrong wow this is a winner. Sam Adams has been trying to come out as a macro in the past year pushing the light and crazy commercials and what not, but this Brewmaster's Collection is a gift to us original good beer drinkers. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium to full bodied but carbonation is dead on very smooth drinker here. Drinkability: Can't really be touched one of the best Cream Stouts I've tried in general great representation way too easy to sip on all day, nice brew. I am impressed great beer for any brewer good job to the folks at Boston Brewing. (1,090 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown; too dark to peer through. Beautiful tan head that leaves a graceful tight-bubbled lace on the side of the glass

Chocolate and floral hop are the strongest aromas. As with other stouts, there is a strong nuttiness present, too. The cocoa aromas are sweet but not necessarily "creamy"; it's closer to milk chocolate--very rich and welcoming.

Starts with chocolate malt up front, ends with the bitterness of black patent malt. The aftertaste brings back the coffee/chocolate flavors. The hop flavors are very subtle (particularly compared to the aroma). My only real complaint is with mouthfeel: This is much thinner, almost watery, compared to other cream stouts. It also has a lower carbonation than I'd expect.

I do enjoy this beer. It is flavorful and aromatic. I'd love to place it in a session with other cream stouts to see how it would compare side-by-side. (889 characters)

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

Dark brown color, with reddish receding highlights, solid toasty tan head.
Aroma: bitter coffeeish tones, but matched with a light, milky air.
Taste: Brief bitter approach on the palate, nuty, sweet, creamy, then fades back a bit, and resides comfortably on the palate. Solid body, about medium, very smooth, with a medium finish...a mild stout, but one that does what it's sets out to do, delivers some easy, breezy, dark flavors, is consumable all the way.
Not bad, but not what I particularly look for in a stout. For a cream stout, though, right on the money. (567 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I can. Beer is dark brown but clearly brown at the corners and mostly clear. Thin almost white head of medium bubbles, no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet, nothing else.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty mild all around. There isn't much flavor in this one. The roastiness / bitterness from the malt should be in the back of the palate but I find it wanting. There is a minimal sweetness in this beer but overall it's like mildly flavored heavy water. Oh well. (548 characters)

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