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

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1,223 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,223
Hads: 2,499
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 LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a one finger fine khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt, graham crackers, mild lactose. Flavor is sweet, mildly toasted malt, crackers, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes semi-dry with slight hop bitterness. Medium, lightly creamy body. A nice milk stout that covers all the expected flavor notes. A bit light in flavor, but what's here is good and well integrated. A good, safe milk stout. (544 characters)

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

Nice looking stout: black and opaque, big fluffy brown head with strong retention; attractive lacing remains.

Aroma is deeply malty, with coffee, bitter chocolate, and a touch of smokiness.

Taste is malty and creamy, nicely roasted, with more traces of cocoa and coffee, molasses, light sweetness well balanced by modest bitterness.

Good mouthfeel that’s just a touch sticky and creamy, medium body, carbonation on the lower end. Could have a bit more depth of flavor. Perhaps a little watery. Increased creaminess and fullness of body would really put this beer over the top. Not great, but certainly quite good. (619 characters)

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

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. (722 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pour is really nice. Thick pillowy tan head with great retention. Lacing is great. Color is deep black with just a touch of brown at the very top.

S- There is a nice creamy aspect to the smell with strong notes of java, a nice coffee and dark bitter coco. The smell is a touch on the light side, but very nice.

T- Sweet malt on front end, touch of a nice sweet cream in the middle. flavor profile is also on the lighter side. The bitter coco takes the back end to a bitter dry finish

M- Mouthfeel is not as thick and coating as i would expect from a cream stout.

O- Very drinkable, however it is far too thin and taste is more reminiscent of a Dry Irish Stout than a cream stout. It lacks the nice feeling (creamy / thick / coating) I was expecting. (756 characters)

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

Pours a dark black color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of cream, sweet malt, yeast, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Cream Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with and an average carbonation level. Tastes of cream, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight sugary sweetness. Overall, a decent blend and body. (390 characters)

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

Very dark, basically black, with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing, not quite solid sheets, with fair head retention. Malty, roasted aroma with a little burnt and bitter chocolate. Moderate bitterness, initially quite sweet, but this faded quickly leaving some fruit and chocolate character. Roasted, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, sort of creamy. Pretty good overall. I nice mild stout. (397 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts with some notes of chocolate. Tastes like it smell, malts and chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Feels rich and creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer. (294 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (732 characters)

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

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. (521 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp-best by Dec 2006) a very dark brown with reddish hues with a smallish head of foam that shrank to a solid layer and then just a fine ring around the edge of the glass with lacing.

The smell has abundance of roasted and sweet malt and is quite nice.

The taste, initially, has roasted malt and some sweetness followed closely by a nice flavour of dark chocolate that gives it a bitterness that offsets and balances the sweet from this Sweet Stout very well. The finish returns to sweet malt and makes for a very nice aftertaste. Good stuff! I'll see if I can get a hold of a fresher batch and compare...

Bottom line: A *very* tasty sample of the style that I can easily recommend. (721 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (498 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely black color with a thin head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty upfront with just a hint of roastiness. Taste is very nice, sweet, roasty and yet has a nice, clean finish. Leaves a roasty aftertaste that is somewhat sweet as well. It's not overly roasty nor overly sweet. Very drinkable as well. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

I think I lucked out on some very good brews from Sam Adams, based on such a random selection. (457 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; only light that comes through is on the edges. Poured a 1 finger dark tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken lacing.

S: Vanilla and bronw sugar. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the background.

T: Somewhat consistent with smell; roasted coffee balances with a creamy sweetness of brown sugar.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Big, rich and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Rich flavors, yet balanced. Wasn't sure what to think of the borwn sugar sweetness. (502 characters)

Photo of bark
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch-dark; the large brown foam dissolves slowly into a finger thick lid.

The smell is very roasted and sweet sour with notes of coffee, cream and a hint of tar.

The carbonation is strong and very refreshing. Maybe it is a bit stronger than I had expected.

The taste is a combination of dry, burned malt and a robust bitterness. I had hoped for some bore body, but the bitter hops do a good job in making it balanced anyway. There is no sweetness at all. The long aftertaste is complex one with notes of a… creamy bitterness? There are notes of strong black coffee, diacetyl and maybe some raisins.

Maybe this stout is a bit too dry for my taste. Otherwise, a fine brew. (702 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SA Cream Stout is black in color with a nice-sized, creamy head. Decent Brussels lace. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate. I wish the aroma was more powerful. The taste is of roasted coffee flavors with sweet chocolate notes. Hops mainly come into play at the beginning of the sip, otherwise they serve as a balancing agent. The finish is when the chocolate flavors are strongest ending the beer on a sweet note. Very drinkable. (450 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The brew tastes just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of cream and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's smooth and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I think this is a very sessionable stout. I also think this is a good all around brew, it's one of my favorite Sam Adams beers. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it before. I'm surprised it took so long for me to finally review this beer! (687 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around as a thin pancake throughout the life of the beer, and there's some decent lacing.

Smells mostly of roasted malts, with some creamy undertones. Very inviting.

Tastes very good. Roasted malts, again with a creamy undertone. The roasted malts gain a hint of chocolate flavor as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness and a good amount of carbonation. This goes down very smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This is a very solid beer that I could drink a lot of.

Overall this beer is a solid stout that's certainly worth a try. (710 characters)

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

The beer as it splits from the bottle a deep black walnut color with some nice ruby high light, the head humongous, creamy in texture and a nice light chocolate brown with the lace forming a thick cover to conceal the glass. Lightly toasted grain aroma, sweet malt with hints of vanilla, quite a pleasant sniff, and start is sweet and thick with malt; top is middling to full in feel. Finish is judicious in its carbonation and the hops deliberate in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste that is long lasting, a drinkable beer, but one I sample rarely as there are just too many great stouts and I sometimes forget that these are quite pleasing to the palate and worthy of a sample now and then. (696 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate. A really great looking beer.

Smell - Chocolate, hops, malts, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it does feel fairly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. There is also some hop taste and a bit of a smokiness. The beer finishes with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste with a slight bitterness.

Overall – The beer had a very nice well balanced taste and I could actually see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting. It would also work really well as an after dinner beer. I'd buy it again and it's worth seeking out. (934 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have heard the talk on this beer. After being disappointed on this years "winter larger" I felt compelled to try one of their highly recommended beers.

A - Dark as Dusk so dark you can't see through it. Head is nice with creamy lacing.
S - Smells of coffee and chocolate malt.
T - Pretty smooth coffee malt flavor. Could use a bit more bite but pretty nice.
M - Goes down smooth with plenty of flavor to go around.
D - I may try and find a sixer of this in PA. A nice beer by Samuel Adams that makes up for the Winter Lager. (527 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a mug, had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of brownish-colored head and good lacing.

S: Coffee, some cream and malt came through the most in the aroma.

T: Very rich taste. Roasted malt, coffee, some hops and just enough cream to make it interesting.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation, along with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. For a stout it goes down exceptionally easy. It has lots of personality and is nicely complex. (517 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic, the Cream Stout is an inky black with a medium sized, off-white head that fades to a long lasting skim, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is lots of dusted coco, caramel and maybe a hint of anise.

Taste is also nice rich chocolate but with a firm roasted note as well, a nice balance aided by the hop bit. Really super tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but body is on the lighter side.

Drinkablity is high. Very tasty, but light and low ABV. (488 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is very strong and smoky, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It just screams "Drink me!" It pours a beautiful sable, nearly black and opaque, with a thick tan head. Flavor does not disappoint - it is rich and smoky with whispers of chocolate and coffee. It goes down smooth and lively and leaves a pleasant aftertaste like burnt coffee that has a touch of chocolate in it. A must for any stout and porter fanatic. (420 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, black body with mountainous tan head that leaves me waiting a little bit and some lacing to boot. Big malty smell of coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe a touch of toasted.
Medium-to-full bodied but not overly thick, this is a very smooth and creamy beer that has a sweet taste to it. Different malts come out like the coffee and chocolate, but it finishes with a clean and sturdy backbite, all the while maintaining that sweetness. This might be a little mild for some stout fans, but I thought it was perfect to session - a good, somewhat complex taste and it just constantly refreshes you as you drink it. (618 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick black brown color with a very healthy light brown head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is sharp molasses coffee malt, definitely a bit tart. The flavor is tangy chocolate malt and bitter coffee bean. Smooth and heavy body though drinkable for the style for sure. Somewhat warming but not much alcohol evident. The coffee bitterness dominates the finish with a subtle hint of smoke. Pleasantly carbonated, very agreeable and recommended. (442 characters)

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