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

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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2,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,239
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 189
Gots: 200 | 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 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 lwillitz
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into angled glass mug

A - several fingers of tan head atop a black body with brown highlights; very nice trail of lace rings

S - rich coffee and chocolate with a pleasant lactic quality

T - coffee and chocolate, touch of smoke, milky and earthy, bittersweet finish; very good balance between the malty sweetness and the bitterness from the hops and the burnt malts

M - full-bodied, high carbonation, moderately astringent, thick and creamy

O - a very decent milk stout

Photo of vonnegut21
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a thick, tan head. Roasted malt and residual sweetness dominate the nose. The beer tastes roasty and chocolatey, with significant sweetness. There's also a mild astringent flavor. Sort of like a poorly sanitized homebrew. Possibly a bad bottle? The beer is full bodied with fair carbonation. Overall a decent stout, other than the lingering off-flavor.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and dark mahogany , with decent coffee-coloured head, minimal lacing. Mouthfeel not as silky as I’d hoped from the appearance.

The aroma is almost stunningly of chocolate milk - something I don't think I've ever enjoyed in a beer aroma before! Dark malt undertones mean it doesn't smell purely of "dessert". Flavours of chocolate and coffee are very prominent in the taste; I'd guess a very extensive dark, roasted malt bill. Less lactose in the taste than I expected from the aroma, but enough to be well balanced. The finish is musky and dark and lingers for an impressively long time.

All in all, a much more complicated beer than I'd expected for 4.9% ABV. Well done, Sam Adams!

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with 2+ fingers of tan head that lasts for a couple minutes before receding to a cap

S: Lightly roasted and malty, with a hint of lactose sweetness and some chocolate and coffee notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off very roasty and slightly astringent, and then goes into a nice lactose and chocolate sweetness. Get some burnt coffee towards the end with more light sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: A very nice, easy-drinking cream stout with just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely on the sessionable side and at a nice price point and availability. Probably doesn't get the attention it deserves because of the size of SA/BBC

Photo of Fatehunter
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thin head on top of black.

Great smell of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Tastes almost perfect. Good cream, roasted malt, and burnt malt too. There's an underlying bitterness that balances the malt nicely.

The texture is great. Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium to heavy body.

A great drink. Tough to beat for everyday.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a two-finger brown head. Sticky lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Sweet, creamy, chocolate, light hops, very malty.

Taste: Much lighter tasting than I had expected, but good nonetheless. Notes of chocolate dominate, with a subtle cream flavor, slight bitterness, almost coffee-like in flavor. Slight metal taste.

Mouthfeel: It's lighter in mouthfeel than I was expecting; light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation. It could be a bit more creamy.

Overall: A pretty nice brew that is hampered by its light taste and body, but still worth a shot.

Photo of ShaunNewman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack and poured into a glass.

A- Very dark brown can can only see a hint of light when held close to one. Tan head with some lacing.
S- Chocolate with just a slight hint of lacing.
T- Mildly sweet with notes of chocolate and roasted grains
M- light carbonation and lightly creamy feel.

I'm slowly turning into a stout fan and this one is going to help.

Photo of tjacobs610
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark in color, with a very thick foamy caramel colored head and lacing. The head is about three fingers

Smell: Roasted malty smell, chocolaty, caramel, toffee, and very earthy. Has a very complex smell, more so than most of this group

Taste: Very full beer, with a very smooth creamy taste. Has a malty roasted flavor, with bitter malts. Also has some chocolate tones with sweetness

Mouthfeel: Very creamy feel, not overly carbonated. Has the perfect mix of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: Very easy to drink, and with such a bitter bite makes it even better. This beer is only something I will drink if it’s fresh. It is still one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, a deep brown while pouring, two finger light tan head

S-Some roasted malt and slight coffee flavors

T-Roasted malt, some milk, a little coffee.

M-Medium bodied, thin, not creamy at all

O-It could be that Creme Brulee ruined all other Milk Stouts for me however it isn't that sweet, I didn't get any chocolate and it was thin.

Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a finger length light brown head. There's an aroma of roasted malts and coffee. I can also smell some chocolate. The first sip delivers the roasted malt flavor as well as the coffee and hints of chocolate. There's a pleasing mild bitterness. The flavors linger on the palatte. This is mildly carbonated and abundant lacing is left on the glass. This beer is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. This is a well balanced, top notch beer.

Photo of scratch69
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Little lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.

Taste- Roasted malt with slight chocolate notes. Slightly bitter at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky on the tongue.

Overall- This one of the better stouts that I have tried. It is going to find a place on my go-to list of beers.

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

Bottle best by September 2011 poured to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep deep dark brown basically black color with deep dark mahogony edges when held to the light. A huge 3 finger bubbly tan head with tremendous retention and lacing.

S - Huge roasted malt character immediately on the nose. A bit of chocolately sweetness with a bit a smoke character. No hint of alcohol.

T/M - The beer starts just where the nose left off with huge roasted malts on the tongue. Mild bitterness. Chocolate and black patent malt flavors. Mild sweetness and smooth. Well balanced. Finishes smooth. Roast dominates the palette.

O - The beer is very good. As a big stout fan I can appreciate this beer but I find the roast a bit much, slightly. A good beer overall, but in my opinion a bit harsh on the roast.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-26-2011 19:44:30

Photo of Fadefury
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Coffee black, a 1/2 inch shady white head that lasted for a while

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and caramel

T: Medium Sweetness, with very slight bitterness near the end. Creamy milk smooth for the most part

M: Mild carbonation. Slightly more than I'd have liked.

O: One of my favorite Sam Adams, and Stouts in general. Very drinkable, and a great beer for desert.

Photo of liquoredgoat
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Coffee black with a two finger off white head that fades to a thin, wispy film. No lacing at all.

S: Caramel, espresso beans, pistachios, milk cream

T: Cream, coffee, chocolate, and a mild nutty flavor.

M: Wonderfully creamy and silky in the mouth, though thin. Wish it was a bit bigger.

O: My first milk stout. I love the interplay of the creaminess with the mildly bitter coffee character. Extremely drinkable. The cappuccino of beers.

Photo of denver10
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice black with a off white head that eventually reduced to a small splattering across the surface. Smelled of roasted malts, some coffee and cocoa with a complimentary and balanced flavor. A nice and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, honestly, this is just one of those beers where there really isn't anything bad about it but it just doesn't really do much for me and I probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown color with creamy head.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is strong with coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet with a good balance of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full bodied.

Overall this is better than I expected.

Photo of nimrod979
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a deep mahogany color. One finger tan head that reduces itself to a thin film on top.
Aroma is chocolate and coffee malts. Decent amount of roastiness and even some hops.
Taste is similar. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Even some bitterness perhaps from the roasted coffee flavors as well as some hop flavors.
This beer is full bodied. Smooth, milky & creamy. The bitterness keeps the the sweetness in check and is lasting impression on the finish. Overall pretty drinkable.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout has a thick, tan, creamy head and a dark black (ruby under light) appearance, with lots of splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is very malty, wheaty, roasty, and one even gets a whiff of dark cherry. Taste is creamy, coffee, dark fruits (in the slightest way), chocolate, cream-of-wheat, and milk. Some bitterness is present, which helps with balancing. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Samuel Adams Cream Stout finishes easy drinking, mild, and pleasant. Overall, this is really nice.


Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside St. Peter's Cream Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with a three-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt and coffee. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Cream/milk flavor. Nice toasted malt that carries through in the finish. This is really good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Really smooth and creamy.

O: Definitely one of my new favorites. This is delicious and the frothy head is ridiculous. The St. Peter's was good too, but this cream stout wins.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a snifter

A- Poured black with a creamy brownish head.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, light charred aroma. Smells good, but lighter aroma

T- Dominant sweet milk chocolate flavor up front and strong mineral flavor on the finish. The flavor starts off nice, but does fall off some in the finish

M- Very creamy and smooth

O- Incredibly creamy milk stout that is very drinkable

Photo of JoLight
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The body is a black/darkest of brown color, with a light tan/off-white, creamy head that dissipates into a tiny layer of creamy foam. There is some lacing, but not as much as I expected.

The aroma is sweet, and typical of a stout. There's a little bit more of a vanilla hint to it than say, a Guinness. Some dark roasted malts hit the nose, followed by dark coffee, and some chocolate/cocoa as well.

As for the taste, it's sweet, sort of vanilla-like, with loads of dark coffee and dark chocolate, finishing with a slight vanilla/cream hint. The hop bitterness is very low; most of the bite comes from the carbonation, I would say. It is pretty carbonated.

The drinkability is beyond high, and an extremely smooth beer, at that.

Not to demean Guinness in any way, but I'd buy this over it any day of the year. This is one of my new favorite, year-round beers. I'm so glad I tried this.

Photo of wafers
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep cola brown to black with some ruby red tinges along the sides when held to light... Moderate amount of coffee-like head that remains for a time after the pour
S: not too strong aroma-wise...some light malts but that's about it.
T: roasted flavors up front but not overpowering...mainly coffee, some dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla-like sweetness towards the end.
M: smooth, somewhat thick, texture allows for the taste to sort of linger in your mouth.
O: one of my favorite stouts...has that roasted taste that you would expect from a stout but adds just enough sweetness to make it interesting

Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" pale mocha head. Body is burnt umber brown but still dark as coffee. Smell is very mildly malt. Taste is actually even milder on malt than the smell, and there's really not much else going on besides malt. Body is medium leaning towards light. All in all I think this is just a mainstream cream stout and quite forgettable.

Photo of BigCheese
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Near Ink black, red hue. Opaque but not cloudy, 1' head, leaves solid lacing/webbing especially for a SA brew.

S: Malts, sweet roasted, molasses, caramel, smoked bbq sauce, very sweet very dark.

T: Quite sweet up front, some mocha milkshake flavors. Some lactose. Personally, I dont like it, not a veteran of the style, but its to sweet, and has an off flavor to me.

M: Great carbonation level, light in body, but has some syrupy-ness to it. Tastes high quality/well crafted compared to a lot Sams.

O: Pretty much the opposite expirience of all my SA Brews. Real nice mouthfeel, A. Taste is off and smell is overwhelming. One dimensional brew. I think its just that I dont like the style, I am lactose intolerant afterall. If you like cream stouts try this.

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