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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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2,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,323
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 136
Gots: 87 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of afdempse
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown liquid. Frothy tan head that blankets the top of the beer and has great staying power.

Aroma of chocolate, darkly toasted bread. Nice roastiness.

Dark brown, bready malt flavors are prevalent. Slight astringency from the roasted barley. Mineral notes in the breath. Good sweet/dry malt balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin. I'm not getting the sweetness normally associated with a "cream stout", although I enjoy this for what it is: a smooth, drinkable stout. Affordable and quaffable. Two things I appreciate in any beer.

afdempse, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. After it settles, this beer is a deep rich cookie-color of black. The head is thick and fluffy, almost chunky looking like an oatmeal stout. It dissipates to a thin spotty layer and leaves random lacing. The smell is amazing, think Oreo cookies here. The taste is just as appealing as the smell as hints of cookies, sweet cream, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt flavors play alongside each other. There is a slightly watery mouthfeel, making this beer go down way too easily. Overall this beer is delicious. I'm pondering whether or not it would be wise to session this, as it is awfully sweet and just too dessert-like. It's worth drinking again, either way. It's not top-shelf perfect, but easily worth trying if you like sweet stouts.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of seesnow3
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

November 2011 exp., Bruges glass

Pour-Pour a thick medium brown colored head that dissipates fairly quickly, fizzy lacing of which little spots hold fairly evenly, deep brown color that is mostly opaque.

Nose-Milk chocolate, light roast coffee, a little bit of nuttiness, nice

Palate-Sort of sweet at first, a ton of sour, a good amount of bitter. It has a taste of light milk chocolate, some light coffee, maybe a hint of dark fruit?

Body-I was expecting something heavy, but this was borderline watery, though not quite that light. It was smooth, some effervescence lightened it further. This is not to say it was a bad beer, it was certainly balanced in all of its’ elements.

In terms of milk stouts this is my second, and I much prefer the Left Hand version, though this is a much more drinkable, easy going version. It’s also not incredibly sweet, though certainly noticeable. Eating it with a piece of semi-sweet chocolate fudge definitely brought it to a whole new level.

seesnow3, Nov 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle out of a 6pk running at $8.99 to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark color with a khaki color 2 inch head looks very creamy.

Smell: I pick up dark chocolate notes as the overall major followed by coffee,toffee and a nice sweet smell to top it off, almost smells like a chocolate cake an overall inviting smell.

Taste: Rich delicious taste from the minute you take the first sip you'll taste the coffee/dark chocolate a strong cacao taste comes as the after taste,the sweetness comes alive the body of the beer is bold very creamy the beer goes down smooth nothing to drink in less then a minute savoring this beer to the last minute is a must.

Overall: To round it up this is a excellent example of a stout one of my favorite beers from the SA collection I often have trouble finding this beer

PistolCreep, Nov 01, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- Nice craters and bubbles in the two finger, creamy tan head. The body is opaque and dark brown with some mocha highlights. A very nice bit of retention on this thing.

Smell- Just a small trace of burnt sugary sweetness. It is maybe more of a brown sugar.

Taste- Talk about roasted malt character, it follows all the way through the drink into the finish. I think you call that "backbone". The burnt-off sugar comes through mid drink, and again, it recalls brown sugar more than anything else. There is also a coffee creamer presence that is quite nice. Maybe just a hint of chocolate in the finish, could be stretching though. This is way more pronounced the warmer it is. There was some metallic quality in the drink until it warmed up considerably.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied with only a hint of fizz-carbonation on the tongue. It is really smooth for it's roasted qualities, always enjoy that. I can not stress how important it is to drink this thing after it has warmed considerably. I would have called this drink watered down until I let it sit for about ten minutes. A huge improvement indeed.

Overall- I am bumping the score due to the improvements with warming. If you have this, leave it alone for at least fifteen minutes before you start sipping away. A great mouth feel, and nice cream stout qualities. They could still smooth this out a little more and reduce the roasted quality while bumping the creamer taste.

Pintofbrown, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: tan/orange body, khaki finger head, mild lacing

S: light chocolate, malt, mild sweet

T: mild chocolate, malt, hint of bitter/sour, light
creamy milk finish

M: med/light body, mild creamy mouth

O: Nice mill/cream stout combo.
Fine stout intro for newbie.


BeerLover99, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of alohaspicoli
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Excellent lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: Not much of an aroma at all. Picking up some caramel sweetness but it's very faint.

T: Again, some very subtle, caramel-like sweetness with a little cream and maybe some chocolate if you really look for it. Some maltiness.

M: Nice creaminess. Good level of carbonation. Not much alcohol burn. Very drinkable.

O: I thought this was an average beer. It's drinkable and I think it would be a nice transitional beer for people just breaking away from the lighter stuff. But I was let down by the lack of aroma and flavor. Again, not that I picked up was bad... but they were way too subtle for my taste.

alohaspicoli, Oct 24, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to the supermarket looking for the new Guinness Black Lager but did not find it. Since I was in a dark mood I picked up a 6er of this. I was not disappointed.

Poured two bottles into my 22 oz tall glass.
Appearance- Poured very black with a surprisingly light colored head. Used to thick brown heads but this was slightly off-white.

Smell- You can definitely smell the roated malt in this one. Sweet, almost caramel smell.

Taste- This one is good. I've been underwhelmed by a lot of stouts and porters I've tried, but this one makes an impression. Sweet flavor with almost a smokey flavor to it. Smoke persists as the bitterness of the hops lingers. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Not overpowering at 4.9%. Feels about right?

Overall- I"m still not adept at explaining exactly what is going on, but this was enjoyable. I could tell immediately that this had a little more substance to it than I have found in other stouts. Slightly warm October day, but this would be great on a chilly night.

bigdrewsmoove, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Near black, with a tiny bit of ruby red when held up to light. Sizable off-white head.

Smell: Mild, and generally on the sweeter side. Crystal malts and little bit of roast. No real hops. OK, but could be more assertive.

Taste: Doesn't taste like a cream stout -- might just be marketing on Sam Adams's part. Also like the smell, a little too light in intensity. There's some patent malt roastiness up front, but not a huge amount. A tiny bit of herbal hops, usually there's a little more than what I get here. Some soy sauce and caramel in addition.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with appropriate carb.

Overall: Decent American stout. Nothing special, but no harm in trying it. I would not characterize this as a sweet stout, as there is apparently no added flavor and it tastes like a regular stout.

fountainofyouth, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost pitch black from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date. Some light penetration along the sides, but mostly pitch black.
Nice one finger mocha head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is pure goodness. A very nice blend of milk chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts.
Delicious stout, absolutely delicious. Smooth, silky with an almost full-bodied mouthfeel. Rich malty taste with hints of intermittent sweetness. Hands down one of the best beers brewed by Sam Adams. Easy to drink and a must try for all stout lovers.
Highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 04, 2011
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.