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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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2,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 1,231
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 169
Gots: 155 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of weeare138
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a 3 finger tan head that lasts for over a minute. Fine rings of lacing are left behind. Rootbeer float head stays floating.
Smell is of creamy milk sugar mixed with caramel, chocolate malts, along with coffee beans and hops, leaving a slow bitter bite at the end of the inhale.
Taste is of all the same luscious aromas but it could use a bit more rounding out as the roastiness is a bit overkill.
Mouthfeel is of chewy, velvetty smoothness with a roastiness that lingers a bit too long. Full bodied and a nice compliment to a slow burning cigar.
Drinkability is not bad. This is a good slow sipping brew to enjoy with some chocolate cake, or a rich cigar. Another winner in the Sam Adams family of brews.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a mixed 6'er from Party Source. Best by Oct. 06.

What a nice surprise from a Sam Adams beer. I usually enjoy Sam, but have never been a huge fan. This beer, however, impresses me. Dark black/red with a nice light tan head. Smells of chocolate and cream. Tastes of chocolate with a bit of whole milk and coffee. A little light on body, but very drinkable. I'll get this again, especially when its cheaper than Mackeson's.


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

Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head and some minimal lacing. Smells sweet and creamy, even a bit like fresh milk. There are some vanilla and chocolate notes as well, but the milkiness dominates. Smells dry rather than sweet. The taste is also very dry, and there is a bit of roastiness up front and a bit of ash on the finish. In between is some dry chocolate and milkiness as well as some sustained light bitter roast akin to unsweetened strong coffee with cream.The mouthfeel is dry and slightly mouthcoating. I like the lack of sweetness in this beer. It makes for quite a different interpretation of a milk stout, but one where the creamy lacticness still comes through, and the ash at the end adds some complexity. Nice.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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