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

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89
very good

1,225 Reviews
THE BROS
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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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Reviews: 1,225 | Hads: 2,517
Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A far cry in style from Mackeson's....this seems more like a coffee stout...it is very good, but hardly sweet....brownish black in color....nice lacing along the glass as you drink...nice tan little head to start things off...nose is burnt malts and java....body has a nice bit of carbonation (about perfect)....the flavor parade starts with huge bursts of coffee....followed by some burnt malt....smokiness...and earthiness follow and it finishes with a nice dry bite from the burnt malts and underlying hops...this is a very good stout..just not a "sweet" stout.... (567 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out black, nice foamy light brown head that sticks. smells wonderfully gentle....nice chocolate malts overtones with a touch of hops. very inviting. tastes great....more chocolate malt with a very light earthy/smoke tease in the background. a touch of hops. a lack of bitterness makes for a nice smooth velvety mouthfeel, although the body is a bit light compared to other "heavy" stouts. due to the fact that you aren't hit over the head with huge and complex flavors and overwhelming bitterness (and relatively low ABV), it is extremely drinkable and i had no problem putting a six pack down over the course of an evening. (630 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves abundant lace. Strong toffee and chocolate aroma, roasted malt and a hint of hops. Delicious aroma leads to delicious flavor! Intense roasted malt, almost a burnt flavor. Chocolate and coffee stand alongside this, with bitter and mildly fruity hops in tow. It seems that much of the bitterness is provided by the roasted malt, in a very coffee-like way. Hops provide an excellent reinforcement to this. This would be wonderful to use in chocolate desserts, and of course pairs beautifully with them. However, this fine stout needs no pairing to provide great satisfaction and enjoyment. A bold and impressive stout that is a favorite of mine in this style. (711 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Also, nice smell, sweet, malty, and a bit like warm milk, but in a good way. It tasted like malt, charcoal, toasted grains. Quite balanced with a little hops at the end. Very smooth in the mouth, from soft carbonation and firm body. Very good stout. (278 characters)

Photo of zakery
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creamy off-white head on a brownish black brew.

Smell: Toasty, sweet, with some licorice hiding in the background. There is a mild but persistent milk-chocolate smell.

Taste: Dark roasted malt, but with a fair amount of hops. Aftertaste has nutty roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Over all a good stout. Nothing spectacular, but good. (396 characters)

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

Pours very dark brown with foamy beige head, and lace all over the glass. Roasted aromas with hints of chococolate and and coffee. Flavor is the same, roasted flavor with hints of chocolate. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, goes down real nice. Delicious and more drinkable than other stouts. (288 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black as night with creamy brown foam jumping all over the glass. smells chococolatey and roasty. flavor is much the same. it is creamy smooth with a chocolate in the backround with an overall very roasty taste. it is simply delicious smooth and ohhh damn (255 characters)

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

Dark rich brown to black color, tight thin beige head. Smells were lots of roasted malt, mostly sweet chocolate. Taste was much the same. Very creamy, smooth, sweet, chocolate malt. Maybe a little thin bodied for a stout, but still good for the style. A very good winter beer for me, sweetness doesn't bother me at all. A good beer to have in your fridge. I had this with my first ever lobster dinner. It was great.

Ed's Note: From my Christmas '01 Boston Trip. (465 characters)

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

Pretty solid all-around, multi-purpose stout.
Dark ruby-black in color. Fantastic thick, fluffy head rises up and stays around.
Burnt malty aroma as expect. But I really didn't get much else.
Java notes on the buds. Faint chocolate. Some grainy, earthy tones. Just enough hops to tell that they are around. Flavors are put together fairly well, but seem toned-down from what they should be.
Body is on the thin side. Pretty weak by stout standards...redeemed somewhat by a silky texture.
It is an okay no-brainer stout. Availablity is a plus. (561 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is intensely dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by an impressive, dense tan head. Although it cannot hold, the head reduces to a consistent rim around the glass and produces some nice Belgian-lace throughout the pint. The aroma is welcoming, and full of sweet dark malts: dark toffee, bitter chocolate, fresh cream and honey, and a soft roastiness not unlike spent espresso grounds. The full mouthfeel and gentle carbonation separate this beer from the chaff.... silky-smooth, velvety, almost oily - similar to, but fuller and more solid than a nitro-beer. The flavor is not complex, and balances between the front and middle of the tongue - light and creamy coffee atop bittersweet chocolate; all the while backed by a restrained bitterness that caresses the back of the mouth. The finish is creamy and just slips away. Really a unique beer. Not confrontingly sweet as many milk / sweet stouts are. Quite the gentle, introspected, giant. Very well done. (965 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adam’s Cream Stout: Very thick, dark chocolate beer. Not much or lacing, barest hint of Irish Rings. The aroma is not unpleasant but is very much cocoa, as is the taste, with hints of sweetened espresso in it as well. It is very smooth, and somewhat easy to drink, although it almost gave me heartburn because of its sweetness. Long lasting tastes of coffe. Not my cup of tea. (381 characters)

Photo of proc
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout is good, but rather mundane. Pours out to a nice dark color with little to no head. Taste is that of roasted malt, coffee and molasses. However, there are so many brewers that make quality stouts today, so this one, while good, isn't the best. (257 characters)

Photo of doerickson
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black as midnight with a light tan head that dissipates to a fine thin froth, leaving lace all over the inside of the glass. Roasted coffee and caramel are up front in the smell. Roasted flavors followed by a bit of malty sweetness, which is balanced by more roasted bitterness in the finish.

A fine beer. Whenever I have it I seem to find that one is enough, but that one is well worth having. (399 characters)

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

Nice frothy head. Seems overly carbonated. Burnt chocolate, slightly sugary. Had hints of ~maple~. Nice creamy and smooth. A bit dry on the finish which was a suprise. (167 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite attractive in appearance-- the tan head exhibits good retention, and the brew is very dark and clear garnet in hue when held to light. The aroma is a combination of both roasted malted barley and sharper unmalted roasted barley notes. As the brew warms, hints of caramel and toffee become perceptible, but definitely aren't dominant. Sam Adams Cream Stout doesn't have a particularly rich and complex flavor profile, but all the desired roasted malts are there and well integrated. Medium in body. The fairly high residual sweetness is well balanced by a semi - sharp roasted barley bitterness and a welcome hop bitterness. This is another well crafted Sam Adams. The best (and only as far as I know) mass produced stout. It's got lots of flavor for a relatively low alcohol brew. (786 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome black stout, just barely translucent at the bottom of the glass. Pours to a big fuzzy head which sadly dwindles to a thin layer. Not sweet at all in my opinion, nice burnt malt flavor with a very successful mellow hop balance. This is not as versatile as some stouts but is plenty enjoyable on its own. Not creamy either, but this is explained on the bottle. My only qualm is it is almost flat tasting - despite, or maybe because of, the big head at the pour. Also the flavor disappears after you swallow - no aftertaste. Some might consider this a good thing, but I like a tasty beer to linger. (604 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, pours a pretty thick creamy head.

My initial impression is that it is less sweet then I would have imagined, also less creamy for that matter. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors, there is some sweetness, but the finish is a bit on the bitter side. I was hoping for something more on the silky sweet side (like Guinness only sweeter) and less expensive. Quite complex overall.

Has a great smell too. (427 characters)

Photo of hbis2gut
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually don't have this anymore. It rang such a note with my particular tastes that I nearly burnt myself out on it. This review column might entice me to revisit. Slightly sweet with some nice roasty-ness and bitterness, hints of chocolate, very drinkable without the cloying stickyness of many sweeter stouts. Nice work ...worthy note: the beer remained very consistent too over the course of my "relationship" with it. (424 characters)

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

loved the mild sweetness,not to heavy and great head!Had no trouble drinking 6 of these wich is strange with me and stouts,again would love to have on tap! (155 characters)

Photo of mophie
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this mainly because there was nothing else I wanted, and was very pleased with my good fortune. Beautiful, pitch black with a tan, creamy head (though it did not last as long as I would have liked). Smells of chocolate and espresso. Very creamy and smooth going down, with a complexity of mildly sweet flavors (caramel, molasses, chocolate), slightly balanced by a mildly bitter coffee taste. Fairly low alcohol, so it makes a nice session brew. (455 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a rocky head that sticks before eventually dwindling to a nice lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is great. A mocha flavor that finishes clean with almost no aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel as the beer rolls across the tongue and palate. One of my favorites. I can drink this anytime with anything. (341 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mildly-sweet stout. Prominent coffee notes with an Irish-style smokyness in the finish. Perhaps a little too much biscut at the very end. Overall it is fairly reserved, but lends itself quite well to smooth drinking. (226 characters)

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

This brew has a lot going on flavor-wise but they seem to blend extremely well. Sort of reminds me of Watney's (what ever happened to that?). Smooth and hearty. A nice desert accompanyment. (189 characters)

Photo of ThreePistols
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very deep dark brown color with a big foamy head that disappeared quickly leaving little lace. Malty, big coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma and taste. Not too sweet. Creamy and finishes great with a great aftertaste. For the price; this beer is a treasure. Cheers! (275 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date clearly scored on the side.

Appearance: In the glass ... a solid, pitch black beer in colour. The pour produces a magnificent three finger thick coffee coloured head that is extremely fluffy, foamy, creamy, sticky and lasting.

Smell: Big malty roasted aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke and earth.

Taste: A full-bodied beer with a very smooth, milky/creamy mouthfeel. Malt flavours are quite complex with a mild astringent roasted flavour followed by chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke, light blackstrap molasses and earth flavours. The soft hop bitterness seems to meld nicely with the roasted unmalted barley astringency, and balances out the malt profile. This is not a "sweet beer," however what is there is in harmony with the other characteristics of this beer and rounds things off nicely. Great slick and sweet coffee-like aftertaste with faint hints of smoke that linger on the palate.

Notes: This is simply an all-around perfect stout in my opinion. Its balance is incredible, and its flavours are well-rounded without any overpowering characteristics. I simply love this beer and could drink it all day long -- winter, spring, summer or fall. It should be classified as a major food group.

Label says "Specialty Stout," however this falls nicely into the sweet stout category, which also includes cream stouts. (1,381 characters)

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