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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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2,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 132
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of stakem


4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The cream stout appears a dark brown color with some dark redness about it along the edges. Fluffy tanned head appears with 2 fingers of foam that retains fairly well. Stringy amount of lace clings along the glassware. Aroma has a nice blend of dark grain seeming like chocolate, some citrus hops blended with some mineral character and some fruity yeast. Taste includes some citrus hop character along with chocolate notes from the dark grain and a bit of the mineral character plays in the back of the flavor as well. Lingering flavor of dark grains like chocolate and a hint of coffee is noted as well. Medium bodied, it has a prickly amount of carbonation. Slight bitterness is left in the mouth tasting of darkly roasted grain. Pretty easy drinking, it has been more than a year since I last had this and it seems even better than before. I would surely drink this again.

06-06-2010 20:44:26 | More by stakem
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown bordering on black in color with some lighter brown at the edges when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of roasted malts, chocolate, and a significant amount of lactose.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a solid body of roasted malts and chocolate malts which contribute a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor. Also, there is a moderate strength presence of lactose contributing to the sweetness of the beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not amazing. I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

09-08-2012 01:22:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque black body with a thick cream smooth tan head that last and last. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smooth sweet malt aroma has hints of toasted and roasted malts followed by a nice graham cracker note. There is a faint chocolate malt aroma that has a hint of earthiness in it.

T- The chocolate malt is the first thing I taste. There is a hint of tar and black malt with a lighter cold coffee with cream flavor. There is a very faint hop bitterness that just takes the edge of the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a creamy texture to it.

D- This beer has nice depth of malt and a good fragrant beer at that. It has some nice creaminess in smell, taste and mouthfeel. It is note a really big beer so it will make a pleasant session beer.

08-02-2006 21:47:26 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color is opaque and black with no highlights. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is light malt. Flavor is roasted chocolate and just a hint of hops. Smooth. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

06-02-2010 22:49:46 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours an impenetrable dark brown beer.

Smell is sweet with a clear chocolate scent to it. Lots of fruity and perfume scents like an English ale.

Taste is mild sweetness and coffee in the first taste. Mild sour tang from the chocolate malts and the carbonation shows up in the flavor later on. Mild fruity and chocolate flavors come out later on.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin and not choking either.

A smooth drinkable stout, not the best but solid in all respects.

12-30-2004 04:37:16 | More by Zorro
Photo of duceswild


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-18-2013 04:22:46 | More by duceswild
Photo of DoubleJ


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Doesn't the term "cream stout" sound dreamy? To drift down a river of sweet goodness, and then mix with a pool of booze. Mmmm...count me in. On to the beer:

Exceptional dark appearance topped by a dense, tan colored head. The smell is off the hook! Crazy coffee, roasted malts, and milky. So far, we're off to a good start. The trend continues with a sweetish taste, almost milk-like. Coffee flavors in the background, and not bitter up front. A touch of molasses. Light hop flavor in the back of the tongue. It's soft and gentle, but packed with a very good taste.

I think I found a new beverage to have for breakfast, and that's Sam Adams Cream Stout. It's drinkable, not heavy, and damn tasty. Looking for a beer to turn a coffee lover onto? This would be my pick.

11-21-2007 04:56:15 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours hardly any tan head. Obviously no head retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown. Kind of red hued caramel.

Aroama: Chocolate, caramel, milk, earthy hops. It has big robust roasted kind of smell. Reminds me a lot of the Sam Adams Honey Porter. Not to bad.

Taste: Big roasted malt taste. Caramel, chocolate are both big flavors. Again, reminds me of the honey porter. Has a milky flavor. Big malt flavors, backed with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Creamy robust feel. Ends with a big malty flavor, kind of dry and a burnt flavor.

Overall, this is a decent offering from Sam Adams. Good reasonable stout. Pretty drinkable. My bottle is going fast. I would have this again.

07-19-2009 00:55:56 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-04-2013 00:14:53 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Dated Nov 05. Pours a very dark black/brown with a nice creamy head. Leaves a nice trace of lacing. Scents of chocolate, and roasted malt. I do like this better than a Guiness, but I guess Stout's are not my cup of tea. Medium body and I could drink two, but that's about it.

07-22-2005 00:08:51 | More by Wasatch
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours crustal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, roast, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent cream stout! All around great robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

03-24-2014 02:37:27 | More by superspak
Photo of ppoitras


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

12ozer from a six pack bought last week at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Label's a bit different than the BA photo, with "Brewmaster's Collection" arcing across the top of the label. Underside of cap indicated it was a Gold winner at NZ Intl in 2001.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark, nearly opaque body, with a reasonable head, albeit not as dense as I would hope. Laces very nicely down the glass as contents empty. Thick coffee/malt essence, and the taste follows right along those lines. A good stout, but not a smooth as I expected from a cream stout, and doesn't quite measure up to a few other stouts I've had. Definitely worth your time.

01-21-2004 01:05:10 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Served out of my friends fridge poured into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some tan head and lacing.

Smell is light, some malt and roasted grain in the background.

Taste is well rounded and robust. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt, a touch of smoke. Roasted malt/grain in the background. A bit sweet and hop profile is minimal.

Creamy and smooth. Full bodied. Thick. Almost syrupy.

This is a very tasty stout. Sam Adams winter beers are some of my favorites. A bit heavy which limits drinkability somewhat. A fine choice.

10-23-2008 20:46:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2013 04:33:59 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-05-2014 18:37:14 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of smakawhat


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured from the bottle. Leaves a faint brown head with lots of lacing bubbles, color of beer is simply brownish/black not syrupy.

Bouquet transmits a malty cocoa nose that is reminiscent of powdered Quick instant Chocolate, with some creamy hints. Very good bouquet.

Taste though and mouthfeel doesn't translate into the enjoyment that is on the bouquet as much. There is very little flavor on the palate and it's a bit wet in mouthfeel and body. The aftertaste leaves a very weak tobacco note almost as if from cigarette smoke.

Great looking and smelling beer not as exciting to taste, but EASILY drinkable.

11-14-2010 03:08:14 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +2%

11-25-2011 04:19:50 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured a deep dark brown hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was strong with toasted grain, coffee and slight chocolate aromas.

The taste was very smooth and light. An excellent rich taste. Toasted grain and coffee flavors dominated. Not too dry, which enables the beers smoothness.

The mouthfeel was very clean.

A very drinkable stout. The low ABV makes this an excellent session beer. Big beer taste without the big beer alcohol.

05-25-2006 01:25:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2%

03-20-2014 20:52:27 | More by LXIXME
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Poured a near opaque nature, with dark ruby red color highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Was topped off by a moderately frothy rocky tan head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass quite nicely.

S: fresh cherries, sweet caramel, light coffee hints and a nice roasted barley malting.

T: The initial flavor was rich deep roasted chocolate with licorice. There was some coffee and light roasted barely but was the sweet nature and chocolate malt that really made this stand out.

M: full bodied, very creamy and velvet like with a strong carbonation.

S: Really good, smooth, and light on the swallow. A sweet drinking cream stout that was hearty and rich making this a very good try.

12-18-2008 00:17:35 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours an almost opaque very dark red, appears black not in the light, medium sized light brown head forms, slowly settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very sweet and roast, chocolate milk, some roast, big caramel, honey, powdered milk, a touch of roast, some licorice, biscuit, very malty and sweet, nice.

Taste is similar, very sweet and malty, some iron, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar, powdered milk, a bit of licorice and some dark fruit, honey, sweet in the finish, but a little watery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable stout. Capable milk stout but far from my favourite.

01-22-2010 01:58:24 | More by Viggo
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A - dark brown bordering on black; thin brown head that has little retention

S - caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, faint lactose

T - roasted malts, coffee, lactose, faint caramel

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied but a bit thin at times

This is a pretty solid beer. It's got good flavor and great drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

06-17-2012 22:43:22 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-04-2013 08:21:54 | More by Kelp
Photo of Bighuge


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Dark ruby in color. A slight beige head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Pretty heavy powdered cocoa aroma. Mild chocolate is right there as well. Silky smooth in the mouth. Very creamy. Lacing sheets the glass nicely. Taste is comprised of bittersweet chocolate, very slight lactic sourness and some subdued java tones. A light coating of sugary residue is left on the palate. Body is about medium. Overall, this isn't a half bad stout. Not as great as a Bell's, but nothing to pour down the drain either.

11-05-2002 19:01:35 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.7/5  rDev -31.1%

Big meh, pours like a beer soaked in some brazil nuts. Little bit o foam, toffee and nut aroma.

Looks weak for a stout. Dirty color, nothing rich jet black to it. Tastes like more toffee, a lil coffee, a christmas mixed nuts sampler, and like someone put a cigarette out in it the night before. Tobacco, but with ash as part of the flavor profile.

Resulting mouthfeel, gets some points, because its not as harsh after a few sips. Can't recommend this one, its the bottom of the barrel for stouts.

01-11-2010 17:51:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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