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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,299 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 133
Gots: 81 | 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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

10-04-2011 04:13:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
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centurian62

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

This is one of my favorite cream stouts thus far. While I understand that it's expensive, it makes a great stout for an Irish Car Bomb, just so you are aware!

The smell is exceptional and the flavor is creamy but doesn't linger to bitterness. It is a fantastic craft beer and if you are looking for a great cream stout, you simply can't go wrong with this one!

09-27-2011 15:43:39 | More by centurian62
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearanace - Very nice looking dark beer with frothy light brown head

Smell - malty and chocolaty

Taste - smooth and chocolatey, malty and slighty sour. a decent taste

Mouthfeel - ok, slightly watery

Overall - this is the 2nd milk stout I've tried and this one is better than the 1st. This style might not be my favorite I suppose.

09-24-2011 01:07:01 | More by bubseymour
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a murky deep brown with a thick lively light-brown head on top. Nice big pancake batter bubbles in the middle of the pour. It's leaving good lacing as well.

S: Muted notes of roasted malts. The cream is more prevalent.

T: The cream is certainly present here. Roasted malts are in the background. A dry type of bittering hops (perhaps European?) come in on the back end.

To be honest, I'd like a bit more roastiness and a bit more hops here. It's good, but the Cream is over-pronounced. This is probably a good "starter stout" for someone who isn't sure about "dark beers" yet.

M: Thick creaminess is enjoyable, but this beer has a twinge bit too much carbonation. It's destracting for what is otherwise a good mouthfeel.

D/O: Very drinkable, once you get going. Easy-drinking and smooth. Possibly keg-worthy. I enjoyed this.

09-18-2011 17:43:51 | More by psuKinger
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vfgccp

New York

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

A- Pour is really nice. Thick pillowy tan head with great retention. Lacing is great. Color is deep black with just a touch of brown at the very top.

S- There is a nice creamy aspect to the smell with strong notes of java, a nice coffee and dark bitter coco. The smell is a touch on the light side, but very nice.

T- Sweet malt on front end, touch of a nice sweet cream in the middle. flavor profile is also on the lighter side. The bitter coco takes the back end to a bitter dry finish

M- Mouthfeel is not as thick and coating as i would expect from a cream stout.

O- Very drinkable, however it is far too thin and taste is more reminiscent of a Dry Irish Stout than a cream stout. It lacks the nice feeling (creamy / thick / coating) I was expecting.

09-18-2011 01:29:05 | More by vfgccp
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice and dark almost black with ruby highlights

S-a little carmel and chocolate with roast coffee

T- sweet chocolate with a bitter coffe finish

M- alittle on the thin side for a stout but still nice

O-great, decent priced cream stout available anywhere

09-15-2011 02:24:43 | More by tvv375ia
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Brewski4Drewski

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Samuel tells me to enjoy this brewski before the month notched as his raises his frothy flagon of fine fermentation...its notched November and it be September...yars good.
A: Poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint. Head is huge and darker than my khakis bruh. The head is more fingers than I can fit in the cargo pocket cuh. Blacker than Wesley Snipes Daddy neck. And I say his dad because his head is chunky as a muh-fugga and be hanging round eyy-where.
S:Woah Noah, this brew smells like cocoa coffee creme pie...a la mode wit eyy-thing.
T&M: Smooth n creamy goodness, mellow chocolate tones, nice big flavor that is too legit to quit...pounding these brews to chase the dragon that is the taste. Super Solid Stout (Sx3)
O: This brew is the shiznit, it doesn't weigh in at much but it makes up for that with its charisma. Shout outs to Ulmer at Greenes for the hookup on this, that kid will look out for good peoples. Killed the sixer as to steady my karma and appease the brew god, Ahura-Malta.

09-11-2011 23:31:10 | More by Brewski4Drewski
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fields336

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Best before November 2011
Part of a mix 6 pack for $9.99
Served in SN snifter

A: Dark chocolate, charcoal black with 2 fingers of khaki foamy carbonated head. Leaves decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Roasty, coffee, milk chocolate, Caramel, Toffee, bready goodness. Wow it smells good. Good amount of sweetness

T: Caramel, toffee, chocolatey, roasty, coffee. Nice coffee and hop bitterness which balances the good amount of sweetness Front of the tongue is the chocolate and toffee, while the back of the tongue is bitter coffee and bready malts.

M: Full bodied beer, drinks really nicely, not noticeably alcoholic, the carbonation is nice, not too much.

O: I was really impressed with this beer, Sam Adams did a good job with this one.

09-07-2011 02:25:51 | More by fields336
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olimpia84

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured the 12oz bottle into my English pub pint glass after I was done with lunch. Recommended date to drink it on the bottle is before November 2011.

A: Nice and elegant looking dark brown/almost black color. Three finger foamy late colored head...I think I was a bit aggressive on the pour which is why the head was so big. In the end, it ended up giving the beer an awesome appearance; the good retention also helped in the cause. Excellent lacing.

S: Not much to smell at the beginning: hints of roasted malts and coffee. As the beer warmed up the aromas in it became stronger.

T: I was very impressed with the taste in the first few sips. A strong dark chocolate, coffee and malt presence that managed to stay strong in the mouth from start to finish. However, the more I drank the beer the less taste it started to have. Could be related to the aggressive pour from earlier on perhaps?

M: medium body, moderate carbonation. Towards the end a watery feel that I wasn't very happy with.

O: As mentioned already, I have some mixed feelings with this beer. It started very well but then for some reason it started to lose some of its qualities found earlier on (with the exception of the smell, which kept improving as the beer went down). Nevertheless, this is a very good dessert beer.

08-28-2011 20:07:46 | More by olimpia84
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz bottle (best by Nov. 2011) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Black on the table with tan head. Held up to the light there is the faintest of cola brown with red notes. Persistent thick lacing all over the glass as the beer went down. Very nice.

Smell: Definite coffee/mocha smell, and indeed a bit creamy in there as well. Like a rich iced coffee that had plenty of sugar and cream in it. Not a strong smell though - really had to inhale deeply to get all of that. With a swirl some of the hops come out - a bit of pine and a bit of citrus.

Taste: Nice roasted malt flavor - definite coffee and chocolate notes, but not bitter - indeed some of the coffee and dark chocolate is exactly like what it would taste like when sweetened with cream and just a bit of sugar. Not as sweet as it smells. Roasted malt and coffee flavors right up front, then a quick cream/dairy middle, and then a bit of a lingering bitter finish - part coffee again, part hops.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue and just a bit thicker than water. Above average.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite tasty - a definite dessert beer. I think this would be a great substitute for a shake with a burger on its own, but I found it a great compliment to chocolate peanut butter cookies and some vanilla cremes. However....the beer I think is actually better when a bit colder than it is warm which I was not expecting. Bitterness gets more pronounced as it warms up, like coffee that has been on the burner too long. Still, a good beer and quite enjoyable.

08-27-2011 23:34:30 | More by damndirtyape
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chickenflea

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle. Pours black with brown highlights. A small tan head. Very good lacing. Aroma was very impressive with a good roasty smell. Dark fermented fruits also come to mind. The flavor is consistent with the smell although less boozy (a good thing.) Rich malt flavor with good sour lactose notes on the finish. Body is medium and to style. Roasty. Low carbonation leaves it a little flat on the finish. Texture is a little lighter than most sweet stouts, but still very acceptable. A good sweet stout. Good job Sam Adams. This is now one of my favorite from SA.

08-27-2011 21:56:06 | More by chickenflea
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

I'll be adding this one to my "regulars" list,
This has a lot going for it: Creamy full head that lasts a while, deep dark color, non bitter (less hoppy?). Absolutely a more than one beer, beer!
I should point out the freshness date was close to passing (Sept.2011) so I would think it even better when "new"

08-21-2011 17:01:50 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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isualum12

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

appearance- black with two finger fluffy cream head sitting on top. carmel lace afterwards
smell- low smell. carmel and cocco
taste- chocolate, barley, carmel hit with butterscotch.
mouthfeel- cream is smooth add makes it great
overall- nice beer that easy to get access to. I liked it but I am a sucker for it...

08-19-2011 01:18:01 | More by isualum12
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Smells rich, thick, and malty: lovely dark-roasted chocolate malt notes dominate, along with lighter toasted grain aromas.

The grain flavors--both light and dark roasted--are also the first on the tongue, coming across in a pairing that nicely balances. But as the flavors swirl around the darker chocolate malts soon take over, and by the aftertaste mostly dominate, leaving a lovely almost-burnt taste on the tongue. Dark fruit esters can also be found in here, as well as hints of caramel and toffee. Bitter grapefruit hops rest lightly in the background, providing the merest hint of a flowery burble that neatly sets off the darker flavors. The brew feels thick on the tongue--not quite cream-like, but certainly closer to milk than water--and is quite sparkly/carbonated.

This is a sweeter stout--compare it, for instance, to the motor oil blackness and viscosity of Old Rasputin, and you'll see what I mean--but in my opinion that makes this a more accessible brew. Especially if you're just getting into heavier fare, this is an excellent introduction to what's possible.

08-13-2011 20:22:10 | More by jondeelee
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ckollias

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black ale, with amber highlights and a thick, light brown, frothy, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma complex. Hints of coffee and cocoa powder.

T: Smooth dark rich ale with a great malt background and creamy chocolate overtones. Hints of caramel and coffee are present. Barely can taste the alcohol as it is masked by the excellent malt backbone.

M: Full body and medium carbonation

O: Very impressive cream stout! Most of the sam’s adams I have tasted are middle of the road beers – always good but never great. This one will be something I would grab for again.

08-06-2011 02:25:59 | More by ckollias
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amesfan

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Smooth pour into a Sam Adams glass. Very dark brown with perfect light brown head that faded rather quick.

S: Very pleasant aroma; roasted malt, chocolate, milk, very slight sweet/fruity smell as well.

T: Roasted, smokey, chocolate taste that finishes with a smooth hint of milk. Leaves a sweet almost fruity after taste.

M: Wasn't as thick or creamy as I expected, carbonation seemed off as well, but still pleasant going down.

O: Really enjoyed the roasted flavors in this beer. Feel on the tongue was a little off but definitely something I would like to drink again.

07-27-2011 02:56:33 | More by amesfan
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crhensel

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Bottle into mug (5/20/10)

Poured almost black with a thick creamy light brown head. The nose was heavily coffee and chocolate with a little hint of some fruit, which I found unusual for a Sam Adams. the drink itself was thin compared to many stouts I've had, but it kept a little of the smoky coffee flavor along with a general sweetness throughout. overall, this was a very pleasant, tasty yet not overbearing drink, a little different from the typical strength of a Samuel Adams.

07-20-2011 16:54:44 | More by crhensel
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tito42

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by SEP 2011 notched on label.

A: Extremely dark brown, just a hint of cola around the edges when you hold the pint up to the light. Darker than the last Guinness Draught I poured. Thick cocoa head that dissipates faster than Guinness but is leaving excellent lacing.

S: Vanilla cream, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and earth. Nice.

T: Coffee, chocolate nibs, caramel, vanilla, milk, and roasted barley. Excellent.

M: Smooth and creamy without feeling chunky. A bite of carbonation and subdued hops on the back end.

O: Great stout in general, and an excellent milk/sweet stout. Not too sweet, perfect balance of flavors. One of the best beers I've had that is readily available at the same price as a Boston Lager.

07-11-2011 02:54:36 | More by tito42
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jhp40219

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Pour is kind of thin looking for a stout. Color is black, no light penetrating this. Small slightly tan creamy head that faded pretty quickly but left some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Unsweetened chocolate, burnt caramel, malt, coffee, slight biscuity smell, and roasted barley. And I swear I am getting a slight hand lotion smell here.

T - Milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, fresh biscuits, coffee, slight nutty taste in the background, and even kind of a marshmallow like taste that I can't quite put my finger on.

M - Carbonation stings the tongue far too much. Too thin feeling for a cream stout.

O - I wouldn't go as far as to say this is a to say that this is a top example of a milk or sweet stout, but not bad. I'd love to try this from the cask, as the carbonation comes on a little too strong and holds the taste back. All in all, worth the purchase though.

07-10-2011 04:28:25 | More by jhp40219
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

A: The beer pours a nice coffee color with a decent sized cream/parchment colored head that sticks to the glass.
S: The beer has a nice vanilla aroma with some hints of toasted malts and the vanilla smell has a nice creaminess to it.
T: The beer has a very distinct roasted coffee flavor with some nice rich black malt that comes through. There are also some nice vanilla notes at the end.
M/O: The beer has a very distinct silky characteristic that makes it very drinkable. This feeling also helps to bring out the rich flavors of roasted coffee and some vanilla. Very balanced interpretation of the style.

07-09-2011 20:50:37 | More by pzrhsau
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moosemoose

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark brown. Inch thick head that stays around for a while. Spotty lacing.

S: Coffee with roasted nuts in it. Chocolate malt.

T: Chocolate and coffee malt. Bitter hoppy bite.

M: Smooth, I think it should be a little creamier, as it is too thin.

O: Good, widely available brew. A great sweet stout available almost everywhere.

06-15-2011 04:10:18 | More by moosemoose
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate. A really great looking beer.

Smell - Chocolate, hops, malts, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it does feel fairly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. There is also some hop taste and a bit of a smokiness. The beer finishes with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste with a slight bitterness.

Overall – The beer had a very nice well balanced taste and I could actually see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting. It would also work really well as an after dinner beer. I'd buy it again and it's worth seeking out.

06-08-2011 16:28:51 | More by spinrsx
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

The appearance is a thick black with a mocha brown head that is small and then disappears
The smell is alright. It smells sweet and malty. Beyond that, it smells a bit like mocha and a bit like cat food.
The taste is exquisite. It is bitter, creamy, and tastes strongly of coffee, but just a bit like cocoa. Not like sweet chocolate, but like cocoa powder. It's more bitter than I expected since it's called a cream stout.
The sugariness presents itself most in the mouthfeel. It feels very full and sticky. Quite sticky. So sticky in fact, that it's my least favourite thing about this beer. However, if that's what it takes to give it the full heavy body it has, it's worth it. This is the heaviest beer I've had in quite a while, possibly ever. And I like that.

06-06-2011 06:32:52 | More by ElCommodoro
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HotHands

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Hurray for free beer.

A - A five may seem extreme, but this poured a dark brown with a gorgeous tan head and excellent lacing. Good job on that front.

S - This is where the beer disappoints a bit. Some faint chocolate and caramel aroma but not enough.

T - Fairly good. Predominant flavors are chocolate and caramel with some bitter roastiness and hops. There is a fair amount of sweetness, which is expected from the style, and it's balanced. It needs another dimension to get a higher score.

M - good creaminess, carbonation, and body.

Overall - an enjoyable stout. I know aroma may not seem too important to some but it does make a significant difference, in my opinion. Anyways, if you're looking for a sweet stout this is a good place to start.

06-03-2011 03:02:38 | More by HotHands
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SisuPride

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

I love a creamy stout and while this brew had a noticeable creamy mouth feel I belive a there was room for a little more. I thought the flavor was standard - nothing overpowered and nothing stood out - it was not however lacking flavor so if you wanted a normal cream stout without the coffee or chocolate or caramel yelling at you this would be the beer.

06-02-2011 22:41:47 | More by SisuPride
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