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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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2,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 124
Gots: 66 | 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.

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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
Photo of bens0n


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
Photo of ChugginOil


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown and leaves a fingers worth of light cream colored head. The nose is pretty impressive and bings notes of coffee, chocolate, and sweet roasty malts. The taste follows suite with a great callaboration of flavors. This Sam Adams offering has a decent coating mouthfeel but is a bit on the thin side. This stout is very drinkable because of a very low alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:30:46 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of Swimsum


3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Notched for best before May 2011, guessing was bottled in late 2010.

Poured out for the bottle a deep brown color that once settled in the glass became black. No light is getting though this one even when held right next to a lamp. A huge light tan head emerged on this (perhaps because I was a bit careless with the pour, no sipping though). The head is very thick and sticky looking foam. As it settles to a thin layer, some thick lacing is left on the glass.

Getting some oats and roast aromas. Sort of smells like Cheerios with how much oat smell I'm getting. Perhaps slight chocolate notes at times. Not very complex.

First taste is black coffee followed by roast. Oat notes linger as the aftertaste to this one. Sadly, there is this very noticeable watery taste right before swallowing this. Also to note that this wasn't very sweet to me at all. Never really opens up into anything else. Sort of let down.

Very thin actually. The watery taste is reflected in the mouthfeel as well as this one is not getting it done for me. Carbonation isn't apparent so maybe it's not that watery/thin but this is no where what I was expecting.

This beer started out so promising with it's appearance but like they say don't judge a book by its cover, or in this case a beer by its pour. Sadly this did not deliver for me. This isn't very complex and the thin mouthfeel doesn't help at all. There are much better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:31:18 | More by Swimsum
Photo of steinlifter


4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown, thick rich head with good retention.
smell is of lightly roasted coffee and chocolate.
taste is EXCEPTIONAL! all kinds of flavors coming through here.
mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
drinkability is great! I have made this a session beer this winter...SOOOO much better than Guiness...just very satisfying...a VERY well done stout! love it!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:54:43 | More by steinlifter
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost pitch black, not completely though, hue of red in there. Nice two finger head, a little soapy looking though. I pick up hints of roasted and chocolate malts, along with a hint of coffee on the nose. Wow, taste is pretty damn good, it's very well balanced all the way through the drink. It's a mixture of malts and coffee with the smallest hop bite, I mean small. For sure not as creamy as a nitro beer, or an oatmeal stout, but still very creamy, surprisingly creamy. Mouthfeel is awesome and drinkability is very good, I could drink 3 or 4 of these easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:14:48 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of bworley

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours very dark brown, and lets a small amout of amber light through. Has a thick rocky head, that dissapears fast and leaves sub par lacing throughout the glass

smells just like Guinness, what more can I say. Raw chocolate and earthy.

The taste is slightly more hoppy than the dry Irish Stout, but still has plenty of roasted malt bitter-sweetness. As you get to the bottom and it warms a bit, you start to pick up a different sweetness like cherries. (made with lactose maybe?)

As far as the feel of this beer. It's not as "creamy" or thick as one might think. The flavors don't stick around very long. Also, imo the bubbles are too big for a stout.

This is a pretty "light" stout, but with a descent flavor and just under 5% abv, it is most drinkable without being a gut grenade.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:33:39 | More by bworley
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

hands down my most favorite Sam brew. Never reviewed so here we go

A- a fantastic opaque brew with a massive rocky mocha head of foam that literally swallows my glass. This is one of the most impressive brews I have ever seen. Wow, thought I would give a Sam a 5

S- good scent of coffee and charcoal with that roasted malt flavor that makes a good stout. There are some caramel flavors that contribute to the sweet cream of the brew

T- a little bit lighter with some good dark malt and nice chocolate nib flavor. It's very toasty with dark and milky like flavors. Sweet as well. Very enjoyable


D- look, it's Sam so is sessionable. I just think that this is even a good gateway brew. There are so many flavors and it's completely unique. Best Sam Adams grade I will ever give out

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:22:35 | More by lovindahops
Photo of drabmuh


3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I can. Beer is dark brown but clearly brown at the corners and mostly clear. Thin almost white head of medium bubbles, no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet, nothing else.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty mild all around. There isn't much flavor in this one. The roastiness / bitterness from the malt should be in the back of the palate but I find it wanting. There is a minimal sweetness in this beer but overall it's like mildly flavored heavy water. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:45:42 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Scotchboy


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

Pours a near black brown: red along the edges. One finger of off white/tannish head. Good lacing.

Smell is roasted malt sweetness, dark cocoa, sweet milk, maple syrup. Some pronounced vanilla, even some cherries. Smells like a delicious stout.

Taste lines up with smell. There is also hop bitterness that mixes well with the malt sweetness, chocolate malts. Some cherry sweetness.

Medium body, creamy and chewy.

Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 14:47:54 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of bboelens


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a guinness pint glass

A-Dark black with ruby highlights, beautiful thick creamy head that lasts and leaves an optimal amount of lacing

S-Very sweet smelling, like someone scooped french vanilla ice cream into my stout. Roasted malts, and slight coffee smell accompany

T-Very similar to the smell, milk chocolate stout is the first thought that came to mind

M-Incredibly thick, creamy and smooth

D-Easy brew to put down all night, overall a fantastic beer

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 21:21:47 | More by bboelens
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a black color, with a small creamy head tan that lasted throughout the beer. Had a creamy smelly, but wasnt very strong. The taste had an inital bite, and was malty. Nice amount of carbonation, and wasnt too heavy. Overall a really nice beer, would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 08:48:22 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of johntp

South Dakota

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

A: Looks like an average stout, black, 3 fingers light tan pillowy head.

S: Roasted malt, i couldn't detect much of anything else.

T: Tastes smoky, a bit of caramel, spice, and a hint of berry or date. There is some creamy-ness present.

M: Thin to medium bodied, and adequately carbonated.

D: This is quite drinkable as stouts go. I wouldn't down a six pack, but i would quite enjoy more than one of these.

Overall it didn't blow me away, but Sam Adams played it safe and created a very nice run of the mill cream stout, nothing to complain about and nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 09:18:50 | More by johntp
Photo of patreely12


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, near black. about an inch or so of creamy tan head dissolves to a thin film that stays throughout the drink. soapy lacing.

S - roasted grain. bit of coffee, that's about it.

T/M - balance of sweet (chocolate) and bitterness. roasted malts, coffee, barley. smooth creamy finish. very good.

D - not as dry as a lot of stouts, thus making it more drinkable in my opinion. I was very pleased with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:10:30 | More by patreely12
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1 1/2-finger light tan head. The head left decent lacing as it fell.

S - It has a nice sweet and roasty smell to it. There are definite notes of chocolate here. The smell was kind of faint, but still good.

T - The taste is chocolate and sweet at first, but is balanced by a nice roastiness. There is also some bitterness present, but I can't tell if its from the roasted malts or hops. Smooth taste though.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It is thinner than I thought it would be. It has a nice rich and creamy quality to it. Overall, this has a good mouthfeel.

D - This beer has good drinkability. It is very smooth and easy to drink. I could easily drink a lot of these. I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 11:26:02 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Mora2000


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

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt mixed in. There is also quite a bit of sugar in the aroma, which may be from lactose which I think is in the beer. The flavor is roasted malt and chocolate and is fairly bitter, though not from the hops. I also get some coffee in the aroma. As the beer warms, I get some sugary notes in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sweet stout, one of the better ones I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 04:33:51 | More by Mora2000
Photo of GParr

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice thick tan head that is there for a little bit. Nice amount of lacing left on the mug.

S- Some chocolate and roasted malts. Defiantly smell some hops or something else going on in there.

T- Get alot of coffee and chocolate flavors. It does have a creamy taste going down. Also has a coffee like after taste which is alright.

M- Like the name it has a creamy feel. leaves my mouth with a dry feeling though.

D- A nice beer but the after taste and mouthfeel kinda bring it down a notch for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:35:22 | More by GParr
Photo of JDew


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

Poured into a snifter

A - Very dark brown/black, smooth head that pours two fingers and is slow to settle, just like a stout should (lace stays throughout the whole beer)

S - Roasted barley and earthy tones, slight hops and some comforting spices. Smells rich and smooth

T - a mild toasted nut flavor with a little chocolate and barley. Hops in the finish

M - This is a great thick stout that feels silky smooth going down with a semi-short finish

D - Very drinkable stout, I wouldn't be able to drink just one...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:53:45 | More by JDew
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a nice beige head building. Very nice inviting glass of beer.
The smell announces sweetness and earthy flavors in delicate softness.
The taste is an incredible combination of the sweetness of roasted malt, caramel at the front,immediately balanced with mild hops and roasted barley. Very nice combo, at no point will any flavor be to dominant.
I am surprised, how good this beer is, something you would expect normally only from a smaller, more handcrafted brewery.
Very drinkable, I certainly will buy it again and because I liked it so much will try more Samuel Adams beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:54:20 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of goalie33

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Pours pitch black, large light-brown head quickly fizzes down to a layer coating the top of the beer. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.
S: Milk chocolate and roasted malts are the predominant aromas coming from the beer.
T: Very sweet malts, almost like an oatmeal stout, in the beginning with a dry, milk chocolate finish. Lingering bitterness after the finish.
M: Medium body. Like many BBC products, it's a little bit watery for the style.

The nose promises a lot, but the taste doesn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 19:59:33 | More by goalie33
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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

From notes reviewed on 12/2/10:
12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass
best by: March 2011

A: Pours dark brown, almost completely opaque. 1.5 finger light brown foamy head that sticks around a while.

S: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a little dark fruit (prune), caramel, slight hop in the background.

T: Immediately I can tell this is well balanced. At no point does one flavor dominate. Has a nice blend of sweet caramel malt in the background, a bitter dark roasted barley that takes on a espresso like flavor more upfront, and chocolate that helps to bind it all together. Has a slight dark fruit character, prune most noticeable. Hop character is moderate, finishes sweet with a little bitterness.

M: Very creamy, medium to full body, quite rich. Extremely smooth with light carbonation. A little chewy.

D: The smoothness and light carbonation make this hard to put down. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Overall this is the best Sam Adams I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 20:32:18 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of BeerMeInMS


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 12/8/10
Beer Expiration Date: March '11

Glassware: deep, wide wineglass slightly tapered at the top. (I wished to try something away from the normal mug or pint)

Appearance: Deep Black...Thick and tall head, almost creamy, in an off-white color, maybe beige. The beer kept the head around for quite awhile and laced the glass as I drank.

Smell: A kind of sweet, chocolate and slightly roasted aroma. The smell was not really powerful... more of a pleasant, inviting, and delicious smell.

Taste: Lots of variety in the taste... First was a chocolatey, sweet taste in a milky texture, which was then cleansed by a faint bitterness (the hops maybe?), then followed by a full roasted flavor. The beer finished with a pleasant, lingering coffee/roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: I thought the beer had a medium body and feel to it. Not thick or syrupy as expected. Filled and coated the mouth well but not sticky, which probably contributes to its drinkability.

Drinkability: Fine... I could sit and have two or three of these no problem.

Notes: Good, quality Sam Adams brew. Will definitely purchase again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:43:24 | More by BeerMeInMS
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost black, about an inch of head with good lacing.

S- Wow, lots of things coming through; chocolate, caramel, butter scotch, roasted malts, oakmeal cookie. Very complex.

T- The taste pretty much follow suit with the smells. All of them are coming through, leaving a pleasent after-taste.

M- It's definitely a cream stout, like velvety and smooth cream.

D- This is one of my favorite crean stouts. Perfect as a dessert beer or any occasion. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 00:50:38 | More by Treyliff
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