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

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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2,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 2134
Reviews: 1199
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 04:19:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:04:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 00:23:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:44:18 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 07:58:16 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 04:35:09 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:26:34 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 05:18:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2002 16:24:40 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:50:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 18:40:22 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 01:21:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 05:39:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 02:36:50 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a black color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is malty with a creamy finish. The taste is of roasted malts and black barley. It has a nice sweetness to it that tastes a lot like milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a fine drinking beer; a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:39:05 | More by WesWes
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:45:42 | More by drabmuh
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 04:33:51 | More by Mora2000
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 03:48:07 | More by zeff80
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:19:12 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date December 2006, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a frothy, almost creamy consistency, initially three-finger thick, brown-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, dark, dark chocolate brown color that shows brilliantly clear brown notes as I pour it into my glass. The aroma is a mix of fruity dark roasted coffee beans, a touch of acidity, some notes of molasses, burnt raisins, and bitter chocolate. The aroma is quite nice actually, I like how the dark grain character mixes with the sweeter fruit and molasses like aromatics.

It certainly has a certain creamy mouthfeel to it. The middle picks up a bit of zippy carbonation, which lightens things a bit, but it moves to a solid, chocolate flavored creamy palate in the finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate mix with notes of roasted grain both of which contribute to the richness of this brew. This is not some high density stout, but it certainly has a heft to it that is quite satisfying. There is not much sweetness to this brew, at least not much that is perceptible underneath all the chocolate and roast notes. Lots of complex malt notes are here to contribute the heft and balance needed to even out the roasted grain notes.

Back in the mid 90s this was one of my favorite Sam Adams beers, it still is and I am glad to see that it is not a ghost of its former self. Still rich and satisfying, I would be happy to spend a night sipping a few pints of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 01:53:49 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:59:12 | More by Knapp85
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, caramel.

The taste is of a great milky chocolate, coffee, caramel, with a touch of vanilla. Earthy notes mix in.

The taste is of a complex, coffeeish malt, with a nice touch of bitterish hop and roasted balance. The balance is great. Finishes with just a touch of sweetness in the complex finish.

It has a rich medium-bodied.

A well, balanced, complex cream stout, yet easy to drink. Not overly sweet. A great dessert choice, or to have on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 22:34:11 | More by jwc215
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 05:17:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a black color with a caramel colored head that lasted for quite a bit. The smells of coffee and chocolate was evident, but not overpowering. The body was a little thinner than expected, but definitely had a soft texture on my tongue. The coffee and roasted malt jump out, and little bitterness is detected. Some chocolate flavors sneeked through after swallowing. A nice sweet stout, just wish the body was a little thicker.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 00:45:28 | More by Gavage
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 01:37:52 | More by smcolw
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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,134 ratings.