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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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2,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 1,203
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 121
Gots: 59 | 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:
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Photo of OWSLEY069


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet lactose and a roasty malt. In the taste, small roasty coffee, small sweet lactose, sweetness mellows at the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet roast in the aftertaste. Nice and mellow, not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 15:40:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark black with a very creamy head that recedes slowly and leaves beautiful lace. Smells of dark chocolate and whiffs of coffee. The taste follows. Bitter chocolate in the front and coffee in the back. A nice cream in the middle with a touch of vanilla. Some earthy tones throughout. Very simple and nice. Nice creamy body and easy, mellow to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:07:15 | More by JayS2629
Photo of mithrascruor


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a big, foamy, rocky tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Good malty aroma with some cream, sugar, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Creamy malt flavor, with some nice sweetness. Some light hints of coffee and chocolate. Quite a bold roasted malt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dense, yet feels light. Very smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; goes down really easy.

A nice beer for this style. Not too much sweetness or chocolate (a plus for me), and has a good overall flavor. Not something I'd normally pick up in a 6-pack, but thought I'd give it a shot and I'm enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:47:37 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of TheYeagermeister


4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uh Mazing.

A--Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Nice espresso color with a thick, creamy beige head that lingers forever and coats the inside of the glass.

S--I get roasted barley, dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T--Strong dark chocolate flavor with a black coffee bite at the end. There is also creamy caramel and a sweet side of the chocolate essence to round it out. The roasted malts definitely come out. This is a frickin delicious stout.

M--Rich, thick, chewy, and creamy. The consistency of whole milk.

D--I am drinking it too fast because it is so good....should be a sippin beer, though. It drinks like a meal.

Well done, Sam Adams. This is by far my favorite of yours. A wonderful cream stout specimen, cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:12:36 | More by TheYeagermeister
Photo of SamN


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly perfect black, just some light is noticeable when held to it. Thick mocha brown head, pillowy and very thick. Smell is of milk chocolate, coffee grounds, graininess, roasted barley. Taste is a good combo of initial cocoa, moving to blackened grains and finishing on a bittersweet chocolate and a English hops note. More noticeable hops, could've done with a little less. Still, dark, roasty and pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is increidble, full bodied, very smooth, less silken, more like well broken in cotton, just a little roughness for texture. Great feeling beer, one of the best stout MFs I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:49:03 | More by SamN
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

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

Unless you don't like stouts I really don't see how people can rate this any less than an A+. This has to be the tastiest, richest full bodied 4.9 percent alcohol beer I've ever had. It pours a exactly how a stout should look with a huge tan head. It smells of roasted malts sweet chocolate and some earthy hops in the back of the smell. The taste is exactly what I would expect and more.

You can't smell creaminess but you sure can taste it by the first sip. You get that sweet chocolate taste followed by a wheat unhusked malt taste.It ends with the bitterness from the dark roasted malt and earthy hop taste that blends so well with the everything that is going on in this beer. What an excellent balance. You'd think this would be a malt bomb and be really cloyingly sweet but nope they make sure to put those hops in which are pretty apparent in the finish.

They definitely picked the right hops to compliment the roasted malts in this. You also get a slight coffee note as well as a milk chocolate taste. I love how these ingredients aren't even in the beer yet it tastes like they put coffee and chocolate in there. Samuel Adams really knows how to mix their malts to perfection and top it off perfectly with the rich hop oil taste that you get in their beers.

Before you compare this to some intense 10 percent Imperial Stout keep in mind this only 4.9 percent alcohol and they are still achieving an amazing full bodied stout. This is Samuel Adams best kept secret most underrated beer they have in my opinion. This one should get more recognition!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:34:57 | More by thebrood1987
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown glowing amber

Head: Big and Tan, lace sticks to the sides of my glass

Smell: Big roosted malts, coffee with a sweet milk chocolate

Taste: Very sweet light chocolate with a light burnt malt

Weight: Medium to light body, with light full body carbonation

Finish: Sweet malts, hints of coffee, small amount of a milk chocolate, but it all dissipates quickly

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 04:50:43 | More by Snow81
Photo of u2carew


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

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big tan head. Settles and leaves a nice lacing along the sides. Opaque body.
S) Hints of coffee and cream. Roasted grain with some chocolate in the mix.
T) Rich and robust chocolate and coffee notes that hold steady through from start to finish. Great flavor profile. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish.
M) Creamy. Full body. Gritty.
D) A delicious stout. I would definitely have another!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:10:18 | More by u2carew
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New York

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

Best before month notched: April 2011.

Poured into a Guinness tulip pint on St Patty's Day with a big, booming, thick, puffy head that slowly reduces to lacing. Very nice. The smell is nice and sweet with roasted malts and chocolate with earthy flavors mingled in. The body is moderate which helps in downing this very pleasantly drinkable well-balanced beer. I would love to find this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 15:24:40 | More by wcintula
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours a deep deep brown that can not be seen through.

Nose is really subtle yet straightforward on the milk chocolate notes.

Coats the palate very well. Nice and creamy. Chocolate hits first followed by a rich malty roastiness. Well rounded and very easy to drink. This stout is one of the best offerings I've had from Sam Adams in a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:34:27 | More by cooch69
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I've gone this long without reviewing this one. Certainly one of Sam Adams' best year-round offerings.

Beautiful stout black body fills the glass and is capped by a light tan (coffee ice cream color) head that grows to be about 2 fingers thick at its fullest. It doesn't hold at this size for a while but upon fading it leave about a centimeter of fluff on top and a sticky residue around the glass.

Aroma is notably sweet and roasty, reminiscent of a cappuccino but not quite as strong as I would like. Roasted barley certainly contributes to the aroma but it seems a bit muted.

While the aroma seemed a little bit underwhelming, the taste packs plenty of punch to make me happy. A bit sweet up front from the chocolate and caramel malts but the roasted barley contributes a strong roasty flavor that you might find in a strong cup of coffee. This roastiness combined with a slight presence of a hop bitterness leave a lingering taste in your mouth that makes you want more.

Mouthfeel is certainly creamy and smooth, just like the brewers intended but it does lack a full body feel (maybe due to the relatively low ABV).

Overall, this is a delicious stout, and drinkability is high when you consider the flavor that this one packs in at under 5% ABV. I could easily go through several of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 16:09:09 | More by Kinsman
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a nice deep brown with ruby tinges, the head is a nice tan colour that doesn't retain very well. The aroma consists of roasted malt, rich chocolate, and some strong coffee. There's also a touch of graininess that takes this down just a peg. The taste is nice and smooth, roasted malts and fairly sweet chocolate walk hand and hand down flavor avenue. The coffee is easy-going and doesn't make it's bitter presence known, as does the tiny hop presence this has. A stout that's very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth at first, but towards the end of the sip some prickly carbonation roars it's head. It all works though, this just feels great going down. The drinkability is fairly good, this drinks much stronger than the sub-5% that is is though. A good, inexpensive, widely distributed stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 06:19:42 | More by shand
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Review #1350. Nothing really important about that number, I just had nothing else to say as a lead-in this time. *sigh* It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted malts, walnuts, cocoa powder, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, kinda bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, and the lightest possible smidge of Irish cream. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, nothing too amazing, but pretty tasty anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:50:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Pours a dark mahogany and ruby red colour, finger of fine tan head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted almonds and a hint of espresso. Sweeter scent on this one for sure.

T - More of a bitter cocoa off the top with a bit of a tobacco finish. The dark cocoa flavours come through on the finish, but the sweetness I was anticipating was not as prominent as I had hoped. Burnt smoke, tobacco and a peaty flavour linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. No complaints here.

D - Overall a tasty stout but would've liked if it were a bit sweeter. Perhaps an increase in the ABV would've contributed the sweetness I was looking for. Definitely worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:52:39 | More by andrenaline
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North Carolina

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

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured dark brown with a large creamy light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was quite light of roasted dark chocolate malts, and earthy yeast with notes of coffee and caramel. It tasted very lightly sweet with a mild coffee undertone and had a hint of caramel at first then became mildly bitter with notes of chocolate and coffee at the end. Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall an OK stout that was extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:46:51 | More by KajII
Photo of Reagan1984


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is definitely brown with lots of light getting through. Looks more like a root beer. A creamy light tan head forms and then collapse fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was very nice and a great mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Quite interesting how chocolaty this beer is. I'd say this is classic Sam Adams fare. Well done on the traditional style, not overly complex but very good. Excellent roasted malt flavors. Finish is a mix of slight char and chocolate. Sometimes more cocoa vs. the dark chocolate I am getting most of the time. Does not have that subtle sour milk flavor that I find in most milk stouts.

Medium body, smooth and silky. Fairly mild carbonation.

Excellent beer. Nicely done. I prefer the bolder flavor and body of Imperial Stouts, but this is a nice alternative in a standard stout format.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 13:24:36 | More by Reagan1984
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A - deep dark brown with a tall mocha head, dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - very roasty, some caramel, grainy with some light leafy hops
T - rich roasty and molasses malt, chocolate and espresso notes, sweet with light leafy hops
M - creamy smooth with medium carbonation, sticky feel that stays on the tongue through the finish
D - a delicious stout that has the roasty and creamy characteristics of a milk stout with a great strong blend of roasty and chocolate malt flavours, very sessionable

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:38:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours almost a black color, has a foamy tan head. Definitely the classic stout appearance, very nice.
Has a nice creamy medium-thick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Aroma is roasted caramel, coffee, cocoa.
Taste is good, has a strong malt flavor, is nicely balanced, sweet.

I think this beer is delicious, and at 4.9% abv, it would be easy for most beer lovers to go through a few pints. Highly recommended, perhaps a replacement for Guinness Extra Stout, it has the same great taste and creaminess with less alcohol, making it more drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:59:24 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Near black with a latte-coloured head.

S: Decadent rich chocolate and roasted coffee beans

T: Taste is a bit of a let-down. The chocolate and coffee notes are there, but are just not popping the way the smell suggests they should.

D: Mouthfeel is too thin for the style and the flavours can become boring, but it is well balanced and tasty.

Overall: I confess, I'm not a fan of these lactose-free milk stouts - the sweetness and creaminess just can't be achieved any other way. That being said, this is a decent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 16:53:20 | More by JohnnyChicago
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark amber-black stout pours with a large head of tan suds. Nice and impressive so far, and with a solid 2-finger lace.
Aroma is chocolatey.
Very smooth taste, again I get chocolate. Not bad.
This one is lighter-bodied, but nonetheless a tasty and worthy drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:10:11 | More by secondtooth
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Pint glass. Nice and fresh.

A: Black as a stout. large tan head. Lacing clings to glass everywhere.

S: Creamy coffee flavored roasted caramel. Very pleasing.

T/M: A rush of flavors to the head. Creamy and smooth. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and malts. Then hops come in giving it a slight bitter taste. A good roast of flavors linger in the mouth.

D: Great stout. Sam Adams really found a great recipe. I need another soon.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:29:57 | More by mnrider
Photo of Jesse13713


3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - About a finger of head with average lacing. Pours a dark brown, very similar to the Chocolate Bock I just drank.

Smell - Hints of nuts and chocolate. A subtle coffee note that is anything but overpowering.

Taste - Chocolate and nuts blended well together. Quite a sweet taste with a bitter finish. Light froth on my tongue but nothing too spectacular.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I finished this off in no time. A very easy-going and low alcoholic stout. A little dry at parts. It was very average and I don't look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 16:29:27 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of JMad


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a very dark brown, almost black, there was a tan, bubbly head.

It smells of roasted dark chocolate and sweet caramel malt.

The taste is more like milk chocolate, there is a roasted bitterness and a hint of coffee.

It's medium to heavy bodied and it's so smooth. Also had a nice dry finish.

This is a very nice stout, the creaminess is what makes it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 21:25:29 | More by JMad
Photo of chodinheaven


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost pitch black in color with a perfect 1 inch head. Lacing on the glass all the way down.

S: Smells like fresh hazelnut coffee mixed with chocolate. One of the better aromas of any stout I've come across.

T: Coffee, and as it warms up, stronger coffee. I'm no expert on stouts but I really enjoy this one. I'm having a hard time picking out the exact flavor but it is sweetish. The best part about this beer is the coffee bitterness in the finish. It leaves a lingering coffee aftertaste that reminds me of waking up.

M/D: Creamy and lively. It's creamy without reminding me of cream in my coffee. Light ABV makes it go down easy and if I were more of stout guy, I could put these away.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:32:10 | More by chodinheaven
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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown (not quite black) color with copious amounts of creamy light-tan head that lingers around for a while and laces the glass pretty substantially.

On the nose all I pick up on is something that reminds me of oats, not much roasty or chocolate or coffee, just toasted oats. Almost reminds me of a bowl of cheerios.

Flavor wise there is a little more roastyness, but not much coffee or chocolate. It has a subtle sweetness to it that I don't really enjoy with the oats. Not exceptionally sweet or thick and creamy as the name would suggest. This beer is on the watery side for a stout, its very drinkable, but just not very creamy and viscous, really lacking in the flavor department too. I almost want to call this an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 22:18:33 | More by bens0n
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