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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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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 1,231
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 172
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of MTNboy
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It has a dark opaque body. The lace and head are very weak. What little bit of head I had was a deep golden tan color. It has a fresh roasted coffee aroma. The taste is a little bit metallic at first then this beer becomes chocolatier with some fruity esters. The name cream stout I thought was a misnomer because this is one of the more watery stout I have ever tried. I would imagine that would be different on tap.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black with red hues shining through. Great rocky foam head that lasts and lasts for substantial rings on the glass. Can't get much better than that.

Smells of sweet malt and light coffee. Aromas themselves are well balanced.

Nice balanced layers of flavor, with sweet dark roasted malt, some hops, cocoa, and light coffee. Very very nice.

Light carbonation but mouth filling flavors make this one very drinkable. You can easily knock these down by the 6-er. Been drinking this for years, and never tire of it. I think it is such an old standby that I actually drink it less than I should. Make his one a habit. A delicious, well made beer.

Photo of Nipitato
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black with a dark thought thin tan head. Good retention.

S: A roasted barley aroma with pronounced sweetness. Secondary grainy notes not quite as pronounced.

T: A big roasted grain flavor. Moderately strong bitterness. Sweet malt flavor. Some coffee. No fruitiness. Long lingering aftertaste.

MF: Full mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D,notes: A full bodied stout without fruitiness. Roasted and grainy.

Photo of nem2006
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Very dark, tan head. Head is thick and held very well.

Smells toasted, dark chocolate, and coffee, but mostly dark chocolate.

Full-bodied, dark chocolate, roasted. Started slightly malty with a slight bitterness in the middle and then a very little hop bitterness at the finish.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outta the holiday 12-pack.

Another coca cola colored brew with an ever so slight ruby hue. Huge dirty white head.

Uh, smells just like the porter. Malty.

Smoky flavor. Thickish. Not a whole lot going on.

I could drink 50 of 'em, but I'll probably just drink the two I have and move on.

Overall: uneventful

Photo of MarzenMan
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a decent brown head that disappears quickly. A little lacing.

S - A slight funky/medicinal smell in the first sample, otherwise typical roasted stout smell.

T - Roasted malts with vey little bitterness to balance. Finishes slightly sour and leaves a great lingering smokiness. Perhaps a little more watery than I expected from a "cream" stout.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and not overly aggressive. One of my favorites in the winter classic pack.

Photo of Duhast500
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is very dark black. Head is a off-white, almost grey color

Smell is very creamy with a milky caramel flavour.

Taste is bit sweet for stout. Creamy, with a chocolate overtone.

Feel is light for a dark beer and is just the right pairing for a good meal.

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

12oz to imperial pint, pours a dark reddish brown, cream colored head hangs around for a while

smells of roasty chocolate malt, barley, sweetness/lactose?

taste is creamy caramel, chocolate, roasty bitterness, hops hide in back, lighter in body but not in flavor, toasty bread, sweetness, not bad!

mouthfeel is creamy, roasty, bitter and stoutly with good carbonation - quite drinkable!

Photo of gerardoluna
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] Good Deep dark brown color, thin head [ is light brown ]

[Nouse] Chocolate, some roast malt, coffee...

[ Nouse ] Sweet flavor creaminess and some roasted notes is smooth not full body. A lot of bubbles in the carbonation.

Serving type: Bottle in LAredo TX

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

A- Deep dark brown opaque espresso color body with a neat tan latte color head that leaves beautiful lacing

S- Smells like lots of roasted chocolate malts and some good balancing hops

T- Tootsie-Roll chocolate sweetness with some creamy savory flavor and a hint of bitter hops. Combines to taste like semi-sweet milk chocolate.

M- Feel is creamy and light.

D- I could drink many of these in one sitting

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

The beer was served chilled and in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beers body has a respectable blackness. Some ruby opaqueness to light is present. The head is tan approximately 1.5 fingers high. Good lacing remains behind on the glass marking its rapid passage.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted coffee aroma. A bit of cocoa and maybe a flash of smokeyness.

Taste: The beer delivers on well toasted, roasted and slightly scortched malt. A ghost of cocoa and charcoal smokey flavor plays around my mouth. Dam good stout!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side. The carbonation breaks up the body some more. The beer is velvety smooth. I could drink several of these in a session. Very easy to drink and dam tasty. A replacement for the piss poor Guiness I have been drinking.

Photo of sliverX
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poored a dark brown almost black, when held to the light it shines through brown, little tan bubbles that left no head barely any bubbles around the edge of the glass
Smells of sweet cream with roasted malts and a cola note
Tasted like someone took a pint of Guinness and topped it of with a Coke
Mouthfeel was bit on the thin side
Woulnd't be something I'd search of I like my stouts a bit "bigger"

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is a very dark raspberry brown in color with a cappuccino-colored head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted malt, chocolate and maybe wood. There is a bit of cereal in the nose. It is relatively smooth and creamy, medium-bodied and a touch metallic at the end. Sweet dark chocolate dominates the flavor. It has a nice roasty background and not much bitterness. Good stuff!
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - huge head to it, dark in color
S - smells sweet, some vanilla; there are also hints of burnt malts
T - this one tasted kind of strange to me. It started with an interesting sweetness. Some vanilla and chocolate tones. There are some nice burnt malt on the finish
M - creamy and smooth
D - this is a pretty easy drinking. Goes down smoothly and is enjoyable throughout. This is a good session stout--not too powerful, but at the same time it is flavorful and enjoyable.

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

Appearance: dark mahogany, thick layer of tan spongey foam with great staying power

Aroma: subdued hints of roast, chocolate, dark brown sugar, old saddle leather

Flavor: medium malt sweetness straddling a smooth roast/coffee bitterness; unsweetened chocolate, burnt caramel, roots, and a hint of vanilla cupcakes; finishes semisweet with a gentle roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, slightly astringent

Other comments: This is a pretty good stout. Not the best in the country, but a good one in a pinch!

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Black beer with some deep highlights. Appears to be mostly opaque? Brown frothy head, provided 1 1/2 finger on a vigorous pour. Good retention and nice lacing as the head slowly reduced.

S-Primarily roast and some sweetness, also chocolate maltiness.

T-Roasty and chocolatey malts, with more sweetness than was present in the aroma. Some butterscotch.

M-Medium, almost med-high carbonation, perhaps a bit too much for the style. Medium, slick body. Not spectacular, but a solid feeling beer.

D-A decent enough beer. It's one of the better from the holiday sampler pack, in my opinion. Enoyable to consume while preparing some holiday gifts.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from holiday sampler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance-I have a hard on for dark beers and this one is no exception. Simply beautiful dark brew with a head that starts out bright, almost looking like a pepsi but settles into a thicker cream color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell-Exceptional. Sweet coffee is what this reminds me of.

Taste- Excellent coffee aftertaste hits me as I type this, actually rasiing my initial score by .5. Other hints of cream. As Wayne's World taught us, it's not just a clever name. The least Samuel Adams like of the sampler thus far.

Mouthfeel - A bit too carbonated which overrides the wonderful taste at first.

Drinkability- Goes down easy, very drinkable.

Photo of July2Nov
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, like a good cream stout should be. poured with a half inch of slightly carbonated head. Nice lace retention.

Smell: Deep roasted hints with a slight sweet coffee aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wow this one is rich that instantly adds a little color to the mouth. You do get hints of a sweet caramel taste coming through. Really it's main tasting point is a deep malty toasted flavor that makes up the bulk of the beer.

Drinkability: This is one to cuddle up to on a cold night. Very warming. While not too high in ABV, it is deceptively deceiving. Very nice attempt at a cream/sweet stout.

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

Working my way through the 2008 Holiday 12 pack.

A-Deep opaque black with an equally deep tan head with craters. Looks like a good stout should

S-Heady aroma of dark chocolate and some cherries in the background

T-Hints of coffee combine with a cherry nuttyness and a bit of smokiness Very little drying hops on the back end and a very clean finish. Very tasty and not as heavy as I expected.

M-Well balanced overall with a robust but not overbearing mouthfeel.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. A good choice for the holiday 12 pack.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a near opaque nature, with dark ruby red color highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Was topped off by a moderately frothy rocky tan head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass quite nicely.

S: fresh cherries, sweet caramel, light coffee hints and a nice roasted barley malting.

T: The initial flavor was rich deep roasted chocolate with licorice. There was some coffee and light roasted barely but was the sweet nature and chocolate malt that really made this stand out.

M: full bodied, very creamy and velvet like with a strong carbonation.

S: Really good, smooth, and light on the swallow. A sweet drinking cream stout that was hearty and rich making this a very good try.

Photo of Gish
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Coffee and malts, a little subdued though

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Tasty, but seems a bit more like a porter than a stout to me.

M - a bit thin and over carbonated

D - enjoyable, the lighter body means I could drink several of these easily

Photo of Arbitrator
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Opaque, dark dark brown. Poured with one finger head that recedes slowly over the next few minutes. Comes down to a thin film with a ring on top. Leaves generous lacing on its way down.

S: Kind of a roasted coffee smell with some chocolate hints. Overall not very fragrant, despite vigorous swirling.

T: Nutty at first, with an overt roasted malt / chocolate flavor. No aftertaste to speak of. Finish is a little dry. If I can editorialize, this is what I think a stout should taste like.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Creamy. Sticky finish.

D: I have some better go-to stouts, but if this were on sale, I'd pick it up again. I'm definitely in the mood to have another.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep deep dark brown, I can barely see through it. Nice brown head which retains itself all the way through.

S - Not very fragrant for a stout but there are hints of coffee and chocolate with a slight sweetness in the background.

T - When I think of a cream stout I think of something like this. Nice and heavy, great roasted flavors all fused together with a nice bitter/dry taste.

M/D - Not a lot of carbonation which is nice to see, heavy body but not thick. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Very easy to drink and the flavors get more complex the longer you drink it and as it warms up.

Photo of Greggy
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a creamy 2 finger tan head over a black body. Some clinging lace is present.

S- Notes of big nuttiness, cinnamon, and chocolate (although the least on the nose).

T- Starts out with a some nutty notes with chocolate then quickly goes very dry in the mid palette. It's very strange after that. There is some dry almond notes and hints of hops.

M- Low carbonation is ok, but the overall finish is off.

D- Although the ABV is low, this really isn't much of a cream stout. If this was labeled nut brown, I'd be thrilled. Swing and a miss, Sam Adams. Another big let down from the winter craft pack.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The color was a very dark brown, maybe not fully black, but very close. The head poured about one and a half fingers and it disappeared quickly leaving a small amount of lace on the sides.

The aroma smelled of dark roasted barley and plenty of chocolate to go along with it. A very nice smell to this beer.

A very nice smokey taste to this beer. I get a good dose of coffee and more chocolate barley to go with the taste. There may have been a hint of hops, but I did not get any bitterness out of this beer as I figured would be the case.

The beer is very light and not as much body as I would have thought.

This is a very pleasant experience on a cold winter night. The release date of right around Christmas is perfect for this beer.

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