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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of merlin48
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a medium beige head which collapses into a very rings of lace. Nose is bitterweet chocolate and roasted malt, but not very strong. Initial sip reveals a creamy and rich mouthfeel with just a hint of hops background. Taste echos the nose, and burnt coffee taste comes in at about mid glass. Seems a bit watered down for a stout. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of putnam
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is the Boston Beer Company really helping the cause by packaging such hollow lifeless products as if they were the real thing? I fret that someone drinking this beer would think they must not like "stout," when, in fact, they just don't like THIS stout. I've had Sam Adams products in other towns and found them sometimes to be pretty damn good. Whoever the contract brewer is for the Detroit area is executing very poorly.

This beer is black/brown with a short-lived, sudsy white head.
Aromas of roasted chaff seem to promise some level of concentration, but on the palate it just sits. There is an adequate balance of roasted grain, sugar and bitter, burned coffee flavors, but they are dilute and uninteresting. The texture is watery.

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Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites in the Sam Adams lineup... a soild black with a thin but persistent tan head... leaves behind a bit of lace. Aroma of chocolate and espresso. Rich flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a slight metallic note. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body and low to medium carbonation. A good stout year after year...

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a great beer. the first time i tried this it was outdated by about a year. i thought it was ok.

the head on this beer is beautiful. a thick dark tan that lasts forever and sticks to the glass on the way down.

taste is creamy and smooth. roasted malts and the usual stout aromas and tastes are around, but just enough. this is a mild smooth stout without being overly creamy or too roasty.

the excellent balance of this stout makes it drinkable. if it was a bit more dry it might be a little more drinkable but i'm glad it's not. if it was i have a feeling that the abv would be less and i just dont want that.

a great beer!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a just a hint of ruby color around the edges of my glass. Fluffy white head that settles to a nice ring of foam and some lace. Aroma of burnt grains and espresso coffee beans. The first sip is full of fairly intense roasted flavors. Hops play a supporting role here and are in the background. A fairly smooth and medium bodied stout. Much more of roasted coffee character than I remember and not as sweet. An odd flavor towards the finish that I can't express. Finishes dry and a bit bitter, with the bitterness coming from the roasted grains more than hops. Not as sweet a stout as it could be, but not a dry stout either.

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Photo of Winter
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been meaning to try this. I see this on the shelves all the time, but it just didn't seem like a priority to pick up with so many other options. How fortunate that they've included it in this year's Winter Classics pack.

Dark brown/near black in color with auburn hues. Thick tan head that flattens out after the first sip. Aroma of chocolate malt, roasted barley and creamed coffee. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and carbonation is apparent. Flavors of roasted malt and barley add full flavor to the front. Hop bitterness emerges midway through. Finish has lingering flavors of coffee and a mild bitterness remains from the hops. Odd soy sauce like taste mingles with the flavors in the finish for an undesirable quality. Less sweet and a touch drier than I anticipated. With so many stouts available, this one doesn't rank as a favorite.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A moderate pour leaves a thick, foamy, tan head that lingers for minutes; the remnants cling to the glass throughout. Appears to be true black, but a turn to the light reveals a deep ruby undertone. Very nice.

Smell: A bit of sweet, a bit of smoke, a bit of… sour milk? Hmm. Not as pronounced as I would have imagined for such a beefy brew.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out pure stout, rich, smoky, a bit of tobacco, a touch of sweet fruit/caramel and then YIKES! The hops bite hard and bring the bitter. Long aftertaste reminiscent of a cigar, smoky and biting. For a stout, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and a bit fizzy, although it’s heavier and creamier than an average ale or lager.

Drinkability/Notes: Very drinkable for a stout; its bitterness and relatively light body make it almost refreshing. Maybe not summer barbecue refreshing, but it might be a good more-than-one choice for an après ski/cigar/fire kind of night. Not the heartiest stout out there, but quite tasty, albeit a bit bitter. At about 5% ABV it won’t last forever, but I might go back in a month or so to see if the hops mellow out a bit.

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Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown (near black) with ruby fringe, 4 finger tall long lasting tan head
Aroma of coffee and caramel and a bit of chocolate
Chocolate and caramel flavor, a dark fruit too - plum?
smoky malt flavors as well.
After warming a whole milk aroma is introduced, the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced, and a little bitterness develops.
Medium-full creamy feel.
Very drinkable, and a good interpretation of the style.

it's even better on tap (sometimes available at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain - near the brewery)

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with small tan head and decent lacing. Smell is creamy smooth and slightly hoppy. Taste is same as aroma but it's much too weak. Mouthfeel too thin. This would however, make a good session stout. I'm just a little bitter because for 9$ a six, I was expecting more. Should have gone with their Double Bock.

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Photo of winomark
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a thick, foamy chocolate head.

Aroma: Rich roasted chocolate malt, with slight coffee tones.

Taste: Good roasted/smoky flavors, with coffee and some richness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Round and creamy on the palate, with a nice, toasty finish.

Drinkability: A solid stout, but not as creamy or soft as it should be, IMO. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of shippos
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with a fairly good tan head and an almost black color just a little hint of ruby brown in the bottom of the glass. sweet malty creamy aroma with hints of roasted grains and mocha. balanced taste and fairly smooth until you get the explosion of carbonation in your mouth. IMO this beer has too much carbonation and it takes away from the flavor and balance of this beer. some slight bitterness in the aftertaste, good but not one of there best.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Winter Classics pack

Pours dark ruby with a frothy tan head. Very lacy. Smells creamy and of sweet dark chocolate.

Tastes of bitter chocolate. really bites up front then smooths out nicely. Creamy and acidic at the same time. Feel is full-bodied and, yes, creamy. Nice smoky aftertaste. Very smooth. Very drinkable for such a rich tasting brew.

This used to be one of my regular stouts but I don't see it much in six-packs up here. A welcome part of the sampler...

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this beer in quite a long time....on this tasting, it seems much better than I recalled.
Served in a goblet, it's a deep-black color, almost obsidian, blanketed with a nice tan head. Chocolate malt aroma is pleasing, but could be a little more intense. Taste is bitter coffee, baker’s chocolate, roasted & burnt malts...very nice. It's a mouth-coating and thick beer, with an almost powdery feel. Finish is lingering and very enjoyable bitterness. Not as sweet up front as I'd remembered, but that suited the beer just fine.
One of BBC's better beers, I'd have to say.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largely dark roast aroma. Uncomplicated. Very slight fruitiness. Pleasing.
Head is a little smallish, but the little that's there is persistent as heck. Lacing.
Wonderfully statisfying in its simplicity. Dark roast. Slight coffee. A little sweetness on tip of the tongue and slight fruitiness.
Great contrast of creamy smoothness and gritty texture. Thickness adds to the pleasure. Nice fine carbonation. Good richness without excess.
I've always been fond of this beer. My first favorite from this brewery and its status hasn't changed.

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EXCELLENT! why did it take me so long to try this beer!? Anyway, this stuff pours a nice opaque black colour with a big, rocky, dense, tan head. The aromas are all there, and include...chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, booze, and more! The taste is thick rich and creamy. I can tase coffee, chocolate, various malts, hops, and more! The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer and the mouthfeel is just right! The drinkability is excellent as well, but this beer is quite filling. Nice job BBC!


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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body, but paired with a very small, light brown head (bottle not 100%?). Smells of roasty-sweet malts, a little chocolate, and some hops. Taste is roasted vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate malts. Nice, slightly bitter finish. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and very drinkable. The best SA product I've had so far? Yep!

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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from the Boston Beer Company. A truly great dark beer that poured out a deep brown, almost black color. Topped with beautifully rich and dense head of foam. The aroma is complex and appealing with roasted coffee, pistachio, caramel and chocolate. There’s a touch of fermented fruit in there, too.

The mouthfeel is smooth in texture with a soft and creamy malt body. Roasted grains are present in the flavor with a touch of alcohol coming through.

A very nice and flavorful stout, that left me wanting more.

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Photo of grynder33
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very small head very grainey intial smell a little cocoa on the 2nd very coffeeish on the third. First taste mocha like with a roasted coffee aftertaste, actually had sort of a thin mouthfeel, just thought there would be a creamier texture, texture even got a little harsh in the middle, settled down ok towards end. The names a little misleading but its a good enouh brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown nearly black color with a tannish thick medium sized head that retained well for a time, eventually fading to a solid skim. Lacing in ink blot patches and spots. Smell is roasty deep and sweetly and coffeeish with some chocolate and caramel overlays. Taste is more of the same, a smooth body with an overall sweetish dark roastyness with a dark caramel thats pretty nice and easy to handle. As the beer warms the chocolate tones appear more so towards the middle and finish with some coffee and hop bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with an overall creamyness that slides right down but has some carbonation along the way that doesn't fit with what flavors very well. A nice stout that would make for a good session beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer a long time ago and thought it was absolutely terrible. I bought the Sam's winter sampler pack, and my old nemesis was inside. I tried it again, and this time i thought it was a lot more palatable. I have never been a big fan of coffee, which this beer tastes like from sip to aftertaste. Still is pretty good, warmed me up on a cold Minnesota night...

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Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cream stout is completly black, some light will reveal a hint of amber around the edges. There is a nice sized tan head topping it off, with nice amounts of lacing coating the glass. The aroma is great, with strong chocolate/roasted malts doing the talking. As for the taste, it is dominated by roasted chocolate, with a hint of hops for good balance. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, fairly light bodied. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cream Stout. Yummm. This beer is excellent. I found a case on sale for 12.99 (yes, 24 bottles) that had an expiration date of NEXT month. Score one for the little guy! The beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a solid tan head that if poured correctly will last the entire glass. I find that this beer is much more enjoyable if allowed to warm up also. I reccomend keeping it in your fridge and then pulling it out about 30 minutes before to let it warm to a few degrees below room temperature. The beer smells of sweet coffee and chocolate. The taste is substantial, and there is a slight malt bitterness that gives it a backbone upon which it props roasted barley, choco, burnt nut and sweet sugar tastes. The finish is lengthy and full. This is world's better than Guinness and has a certain sweetness (not overwhelming in the least) that gives it a more full character. The best Sam A brew I've had to date.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is one of the surprises of the Sam Adams line. Most of my beer drinking friends were unaware that the BBC made a stout, and as it turns out this is a good one.

This beer pours a near-black dark brown color with the slightest hints of ruby red. The very nice tan head retains quite well and leaves some sticky lace. The smell is of roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, perhaps a hint of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, while maybe a little more carbonated than other stouts I've had is still smooth and easy drinking. Good roasted malt flavor, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a distinct nuttiness to it that is very pleasing. Slightly sweet, but the hop bitterness and roasted/burnt bitterness tends to round things out quite nicely. In the aftertaste, the nuttiness continues and a dark roasted coffee flavor becomes more noticable. This finishes off with a light alcoholic warmth.

This might be an easier drinking stout than Guinness, as the roasted bitterness is much more accessible to your average drinker in this beer. I would see no problem in substituting this for Guinness while enjoying the classic stout accompaniment: oysters. My favorite Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, allow me to say that I drank this two months past its prime. Damn you Martignetti's! Nonetheless, this was a nice stout. Poured a black stout color with an adequate tan head. Aroma was of unsweetened chocolate, and roasted coffee. Not terribly strong smelling. Taste was of burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness. The burnt malts and hops gave it a bit of a zing. Still, this was a very smooth stout. The roasted flavor (almost like peanuts) remains on the palate long after. This is a really nice stout, and I wish I could have tasted it before its expiration date.

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