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

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1,225 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,225
Hads: 2,517
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 200
Gots: 221 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby red highlights and a creamy brown head and decent carbonation which leaves sheets of lace. Sweet dark chocolate (unsweetened baker's chocolate?) aroma. Nice, chocolatey, roasty, and sweet but not nearly as sweet as Mackeson's. Medium-full bodied with a roasty espresso-like finish.

Per Label: Roasted chocolate malt, unmalted barley and English hops.

Per M.J. - U.B.: 1056 OG/14 P; 4.4% ABV; Pale, crystal, and chocolate malts, malted wheat, and roast barley; Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Per B.A.B. book: 5% ABV

Purchase Before: 02/2000
Tasted: 09/19/03 (581 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. A lighter bodied stout. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Very smooth taste. The flavors do fade quickly. A very drinkable lighter bodied and flavored stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish in clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (328 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I am blown away. I never thought that this stalwart of the Boston Beer Co. would be THIS good.... where do I start? The amazing frothy, bubbly head? The insanely captivating chocolatey, roasted malt aroma?? The dense, balanced, and bursting with malt cavalcade of flavors??? Oh forget it - just go buy it. It's a no-brainer...a truly perfect stout. I had seven of these last night at the pub, and it's amazing that I waited this long to try something that has been out so long and is so widely available. I think I found my new favorite session beer. Excellent!! (567 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The only thing I was not pleased with with this beer was the mouthfeel. It was a little less that I had expected. This was my first cream stout and it was great. A nice chocolate/coffe/creamy flavor. Much more mild than a normal stout but not lacking in flavor. Apperance is great with a large fluffy head that reminded me of a nice snowy christmas day. I think this flavor would go great in icecream. (401 characters)

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

Beautiful dark chocolate color with lingering head. Nice coffee aroma with a taste that matches the aroma. Full bodied flavor with a decent, rounded mouthfeel, easy to drink.Suggests a good iced coffee with an excellent malt balance ...a nice brew to end the night. (265 characters)

Photo of Rob6852
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is a pleasent suprise.
I've drank about 4 6-packs of this and must say it keeps getting
Unlike an oatmeal stout, this one has a bite, but its a pleasent
It pours out of the bottle with a nice dark/deep color and a fine, full
tan head that sticks all the way down the inside of the glass.
Its mouth feel is smooth initially but it kind of bites you on the back
of the tounge with its slightly bitter taste and leave a good taste in
the mouth untill the next drink.
Nice full body and a inatially smooth mouth-feel with a damn good
This stout is not as filling as say a Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout
but that makes it so much easier to drink several with out feeling
over- full.
If you like stouts, I recommend this one whole-hartedly.
You will not be disappointed. (830 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very full 1" head with a pure brownish black body.

The nose was very inviting. Brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, some slight peanut smells as well.

Medium bodied. Beautiful roasted espresso bitterness. Almost as if you're chomping on a roasted coffee bean. Caramel, coffee, dark sugar. Some slightly oily peanut like qualities sneak in. This is then followed by a kick of hop bitterness and even some mellow hop flavor. Never in your face or overpowered by the roasted qualities. It finishes very smooth.

Overall this is an amazing and often overlooked Sam Adams. It's not as astringently bitter as some stouts Extremely easy drinking with lots of full flavors. It almost reminds me of Mackeson XXX or Sammy Smiths Oatmeal, but taken down a notch. A must try, not your normal Sam Adams. (813 characters)

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

Hmmm, roasty. Pours dark under a creamy fat malted milk head. Wonderful bouquet of black cherry ice cream topped with shaved dark chocolate, a couple espresso beans and a few black currants. Semi-chewy body transports a nice mocha flavor to the gut. A favorable black malt astringency stays behind to keep your buds company awhile. A tasty, easy draining stout and one of Sam's finest. (385 characters)

Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, nearly black. Head is light brown and frothy, but very small and runs away quickly. Aroma is bitter chocolate and espresso coffee, with hints of raisin. Flavor is of roasted malt and molasses, with a coffee finish. Not as bitter as the smell would suggest. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Uneven lacing comes down the glass. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout. Decent beer, but perhaps not my first choice. (431 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out thick, black, and creamy...however, I was not impressed with the aroma. It smelled of bitter dark chocolate, but had an acrid metallic-ness in the nose as well. Nothing really seemed to stand out in the flavor. Decent chocolatey maltiness, but hops were tough to find. An average stout. (296 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way back at the "dawn" of the internet (well, around 1995) there was a scarcity of beer info, and often just text pages of beers and rankings. One of the first I printed out was "John Lock's Ratings of 302 Beers", ranked from zero stars to four...of the six or so Sam Adams beers on the list, the Cream Stout was given only one star, in the "drinkable if nothing else is available" category...I always wondered why.

Deep and dark brown color with a finely rising rocky head of 1/2 an inch and coating lacing properties. A sense of mocha and milk to the deep aromas rising on a swirl. Mellow and thick chocolate and toffee begin the malt assertion -- a roasty and smoky bite does most of the balancing here with little noticeable hops. Nice full finish with a broad and pleasant sweetness to the aftertaste. So, I STILL wonder what Lock thought was missing. (859 characters)

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

Nice pour, velvety smooth in the mouth with a nice smokiness and a hint of chocolate. Eminently drinkable with a nice aftertaste. I tend to prefer my milk stouts a bit sweeter, but I certainly wouldn't trun one of these down. Nicely done. I just hope it sticks around... (270 characters)

Photo of John1985
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black as the ace of spades with a beautiful white head. Head faded quickly but lace struck on the glass. Rich malty flavor with an adequate amount of hops to balance. Very complex and drinkable at the same time. A pleasure to drink and one of my favorites from Sam Adams. (278 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok had seen this in my local grocer for ages but never quite got around to tasteing it..so here goes..frst of all I am happy to see Sam Adams is still on the label of this beer ( unlike the Boston lager)
The appearance of this beer is quite delightful dark dark earthy brown with a huge frothy/rocky coffee and creme coloured head..very nice indeed.
Nice milky chocolaty aromas..surround a base of roasted malt.
MMM this is one delicious beer..creamy milk chocolate followed by black coffee bitterness that lingers well..slight nice alcoholic warming detected.
Very smooth on the tongue but bitter in all the right places.
A most quaffable stout.
I had in my mind , for some weird reason, that this would not be a good beer..happy to say I proved myself wrong (765 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ABIA 2003: sweetish start, with some nice roasty coffee in the finish, medium bodied, lightly creamy texture, nothing extravagant, but solid, a very drinkable stout, in away i was surprised that the finsih had a bit of length, quite OK by me, and better than a lot of stouts from the bigger brewers. (299 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice little stout. Poured a deep brown that, unlike many stouts, actually looked brown, not black, to me. About a quarter-inch of cream-colored head when poured in a pint glass. Light scents of malted milk balls (which reminds me, I should eat some Whoppers soon) and coffee beans. This beer starts with a creamy, almost chocolate-milk-like taste and feel and carries a roasted flavor to the slightly bitter finish. Pretty easy to drink, all around. It's not terribly full-bodied for a stout, but as a cream stout, you kind of expect that more milky texture anyhow. Very well-executed beer. (608 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish red. Thin off white head and lace. Nose of roasted barley, coffee and hints of chocolate. Medium bodied, creamy, pleasant malts, caramel and roasted barley, hints of chocolate and coffee. Tangy hop finish. Careful, this stuff goes down like a milkshake, it's that smooth. This is not bad. (302 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark dark dark brown with a nice big head. Nice roasty and burt malts. Hops balance the beer well so it is not overly sweet. Good creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. It's nice to see an American macro like sam adams brew quality beer like this. A very good stout. (278 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This cream stout poured a velvety black color with a medium sized sandy brown head which dissapated to a thin film that stayed the length of the beer. Sweet roasted chocolate malt aroma, a little chalky and a tiny hint of chemical smell also. Very thick rich mouthfeel with low level carbonation. Awesome roasted taste, mostly mocha with toffee and unsweetened cocoa, with a slightly bitter finish. Lace clung to the entire glass all the way down. A very delicious stout that left my motuh watering for another. (511 characters)

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

Very decent sweet stout. It poured black with a pretty fair sized tan head. The smell was dominated by a sweet melted chocolate and malt aromas. On first taste there was a fair bit of toffee and coffee as well with the chocolate becoming a little more bitter. My only complaint was this may be a tad too chalky in the mouthfeel, but overall this was a very drinkable stout. (373 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a highly drinkable stout this is....pours pretty dark brown, almost opaque, and a moderate tan head dissappears quickly. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a chocolatey malt flavor. A slightly sharp bitter coffee comes in on the finish. I enjoy this stout very often, always a perfect session stout. (314 characters)

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

Appearance: This beer poured a deep brown that just barely showed dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head was a light tan and dense. It sheeted the sides of the glass with foam. This beer looked wonderful.

Smell: There were all kinds of wonderful aromas going on with this brew. Chocolate, coffee, cream, and malted milk were all layered over just a little bit of hops bitterness. Just a little, though. Overall, this beer smelled like you could eat it with a spoon.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting a more full bodied brew. though the mouthfeel was still good. The smoothness was okay, but could have been better as well.

Taste: A rather mild stout, but a good one. Flavors of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and cream dominated this brew. These were all nicely balanced by a bitterness that was most prevalent well into the finish.

This is a beer that I revisit a lot. A very good offering from BBC, in my opinion. (954 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance is very nice! It's a nice dark black color, with a creamy head. The head tasted, and I know that your going to think that I am crazy, but it kind of tasted like blood. The actual beer itself was very nice too. It was a little bitter at first taste, but mellowed out quickly. Is this stuff actually brewed with milk? It kind of has a milky/creamy taste to it, so I would think so. The aftertaste was of a chocolatey origin and also, clung to the tastebuds in my mouth. Since it's a cream ale, it coated my mouth pretty good and left a lasting taste. It's my first cream ale, but I would rank it pretty high. (620 characters)

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

Poured a very, very dark brown, on the verge of black, with a tan head of foam. The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate that is pleasant to the nose. The taste was of a roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate and a grainy malty flavor. This was a well balanced and complex cream stout. I will say, that this is one of the better cream stout's that I've tasted so far. (372 characters)

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

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a minimal tan head that fades to a spotty layer. Coffee and dark chocolate are the aromas jumping out at me. Taste is also coffee bitter. Notes of chocolate and toasted malts too. Smoky aftertaste compliments the other flavors well. A little thinner mouthfeel that I had hoped for, but smooth none the less. The best Samuel Adams offering I have had and I will buy this one again. (420 characters)

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
89 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.