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

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 160
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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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 rgrholmes168
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color, but yet slightly translucent... Rich tan head (had two bottles, one with a big head and with a one finger had off of identical pours)... Good lacing... Coats glass well...

S - Malt... Milk chocolate... Toffee... Butter... Hint of ginger snaps... Mild coffee... Very very nice...

T - Roasted malt... Artificial sweetener... Way down on the finish is a slightly hoppy backbone... Not overly complex, but still enjoyable...

M - Creamy carbonation... Smooth... Slightly bitter finish.. Medium to full bodied... Slightly chalky texture...

D - Solid milk stout, but far from best of class... A nice addition to the Samuel Adams winter pack... The low ABV is a nice plus which makes this drinkable...

Photo of aeminter
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this beer I really like the dark smoky almost chocolate/coffee aroma. It has good head retention and nice lacing. I personally prefer a thicker more viscous mouth feel. (Yes, I like to chew my beer.) This is not a staple item for me but one to keep in mind.

Photo of turamarth
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:Poured into a pint. Nearly pitch black, with some translucency at the bottom of the glass. Very light tan head that starts off creamy and shrinks to a thin head. Lacing seems to be pretty nice.

Nose: Milk Chocolate right off the bat. A very malty nose.

Taste: Very bold malt flavor, maybe a light hint of hops. Has a very coffee-like aftertaste, reminds me a lot of a mocha latte. Chocolate milk up front. There also seems to be a penny/copper/metallic flavor some where in there that likes to cut up between the coffee and milk flavors. Not so good.

Mouthfeel: Has a decent consistency. Good carbonation. Leaves my mouth feeling a little thick after the drink.

Notes: I'm a little bit disappointed with this, being an avid coffee drinker/barista. I don't know if I can willingly finish the glass. We'll see though

Photo of scaliasux
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown, opaque. Short tan/light brown head with good retention.

Smell - Toasted malt. Caramel and coffee. Hops not prominent.

Taste - Sweet toasted malt. Coffee with maybe some caramel sweetness. Just a hint of floral hops in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full, creamy. Very pleasant.

Drinkability - Simply a well-crafted stout. Rich and tasty - perfect for a cold winter's night.

Photo of Dirty1
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my wifes favorite beer so I have had it quite a few times. She had a few left in the fridge so I grabed one to drink while I cooked dinner. I poured froma 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark brown almost black with a touch of ruby red. It poured with a scant 1/4" head that retreated very fast. It left a few spotty lace rings.

S- I found the smell to be a little on the meek side. Nothing to bold or intriguing. The dominate smell was chocolate malts that reminds me of chocolate milk. It also had hints of vanilla and brown sugar.

T- Again, it comes through with that nice chocolatey goodness you get in the smell as well as some subtle hints of coffee and smoke. It also has a nice sweetness that remindes me of dried fruits with a very light hop presence that shows up in the finish.

M- This is where this beer lacks to me. It seems to light and over carbonated for a stout. It remindes me more of a porter than a stout.

D- All in all this is a pretty drinkable beer. I usually go for something a bit heavier, but this is a good session beer. Like I said it's one of my wifes favs. and I do drink it with her from time to time. Cheers!

Photo of Vendetta
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 24, 2008

Pours deep black, thick head, thick lacing. Smells of malt, not much else. Tastes bready, malty, thick, dry. No roastiness. Unique stout. Palate is creamy, head tastes fabulous. One of the better Samuel Adams brews. Recommended.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head and some minimal lacing. Smells sweet and creamy, even a bit like fresh milk. There are some vanilla and chocolate notes as well, but the milkiness dominates. Smells dry rather than sweet. The taste is also very dry, and there is a bit of roastiness up front and a bit of ash on the finish. In between is some dry chocolate and milkiness as well as some sustained light bitter roast akin to unsweetened strong coffee with cream.The mouthfeel is dry and slightly mouthcoating. I like the lack of sweetness in this beer. It makes for quite a different interpretation of a milk stout, but one where the creamy lacticness still comes through, and the ash at the end adds some complexity. Nice.

Photo of TeamSeabass
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with a medium coffee colored head that holds for a couple minutes.

Smells like caramel & light roasted coffee; dessert-like. The smell becomes much more subtle after the head goes away.

Taste is nice. Roasted coffee is dominant flavor. It comes thru more after the drink, much like real coffee. It has a creamy component to it that keeps the malts from being too sharp. Sometimes a malty beer can taste too much like burnt toast, but this one is good.

Carbonation is modest but its still there and I think its just right for this beer.

Photo of gciccarelli
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Jet black with small tan head. Decent retention. No lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

T - Sweet malts at first that finish off with a really nice coffee bitterness. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M - Very good - decent carbonation and medium body. Little residue left behind.

D - Good - could have a few. Seems to be very balanced.

A very solid beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of usmittymc
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler glass.

A: Opaque dark brown colored liquid with a tan head that recedes to a nice ring with sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some faint coffee and a hint of baker's chocolate.

T: Sweet maltiness leads to a nice bitter coffee/ baker's chocolate flavor that linger on the tongue.

M: A bit light in body for a sweet stout. Makes it a tad slick on the palate.

D: Very drinkable, very flavorful, if only it was a bit sturdier in body.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coffee with with lighter, but still dark brown highlights. Impressive beige 2.5 finger head that yields commendable lacing.

S: Sweetened coffee and toffee. Sweeter earthiness.

T: Sweet chocolate malt up front with a bitter and buttery end taste.

M: Dryer than expected, not as smooth as I'd hoped.

D: Sweet is the word of choice for this beer. Not the best, not the worst. A worthy effort.

Photo of HatTrick
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark dark brown. Had a nice creamy-tan head that reduced nicely to a thin finger thick top with nice lacing left in the glass.

S: Smelled strongly of bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, a little smoke and molasses.

T: Tasted great, of chocolate, cream, carmels. Nicely sweet yet not too sweet. A gentle blend of sweet malts yet not over-powering.

M: A nice stout feel, mild carbonation.

D: Easy to drink; goes down very smooth. In my opinion a great stout at a nice price. Wish I had more to enjoy.

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not quite black, but the darkest of browns. A big, fluffy brown head sticks around awhile and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Creamy smell - coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, some smoke and charcoal hints.

T: Roasted chocolate malts and some lactic sweetness accompanied by charcoal and earthen hop flavors. Far from one-dimensionally sweet, a fairly astringent finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, as expected. Medium bodied with a touch of dry astringency at the finish.

D: This is a good one from SA. Not nearly as sweet as some other cream stouts, but rather complex and well balanced. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a deep dark brown, nearly black. Light at the edges only, and even then just barely. Tall fluffy pockmarked head. Good.

Burnt barley smell. Dark cocoa and coffee. Has an undercurrent of cola. Definite semi-sweet chocolage and cocoa. Some sweet caramel deep in the sniff.

The roasted coffee malts in the taste have a second wave of caramel. Sweet and bitter both. Bitter and sweet both. Chalky and dry. Good stuff.

Chalky and ashy feel. Kinda thin; smooth enough. A solid stout. NIcely balanced and sweet enough not to punish.

Photo of JayNH
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a tan head

S- smokey, sweet, very coffee-like. A little bit of an alcohol scent.

T- smokey and sweet. Leaves a burnt coffee taste in the mouth.

M- smooth and a little creamy. Mild carbonation.

D- These go down smooth. Nice balance of sweetness and burnt flavor. I definately could enjoy a few of these.

Photo of kflorence
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice, thick tan head.

S: Smell is smokey, dark, but slightly sweet and malty... almost coffee-like.

T: Taste is smokey with hints of chocolate and spice, then a slightly bitter aftertaste, maybe a bit too bitter for my taste.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, though slightly syrupy. A little heavy, but expected for a stout.

D: A little heavy, but drinkable. Very tasty, I could drink a few of these.

For a mainstream company, this is a very good brew. Really one of the first stouts I'd tried and really got me into the category. Kudos.

Photo of malcontent
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sturdy, tan head sits atop the expected, opaque black body. They nailed this part of it.

Lactic sweetness rings out clearly as do mild trappings of roasted barley. There is also a bit of unwelcome sweet-smelling grain on the tail end, however.

Roasted flavors rush out to greet me much more eagerly here than they did on the nose. Sweet cream is buried on the finish but certainly delivers the goods. Lingering bitter chocolate creates a satisfying, rewarding brew.

Not as full-bodied as I like from a milk stout but is smoother than smooth and makes for an easy choice. This is a solid, large-scale sweet stout and every bit the equal, if not the better, of the industry standard (Mackeson). That is somewhat ironic given that the latter is brewed out of the former's Cincinnati location. I'd still take a Bell's Double Cream or a 3F's Moloko Plus over this, but the accessibility factor makes this a welcome addition to my drinking repertoire.

Photo of Ruslanchik
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle notched April. Stored in the fridge, but warmed for 30 minutes before pouring.

Color is jet black. Only when held to the brightest light does it reveal ruby tints around the edges. Head is clumpy and tan with many large bubbles. A vigorous pour only produced about a finger of head which dissipated fairly rapidly. A fairly thick layer remained, however, and lacing is very nice.

Smells like a 70% cocao chocolate bar. The slightest touch of coffee aroma and alcohol linger around the edges. No hop aroma to speak of.

The flavor begins with a pronounced hop bitterness that fades into a strong chocolate flavor. The lactose comes through, but only slightly. As the beer warmed the burnt flavors of the roasted barley came through a little clearer. Very flavorful and complex.

Creamy describes the feel of this beer perfectly. It slides over the tongue nicely without being oily or sticky. Similar to drinking a glass of milk. Nice body. Carbonation is a little strong, perhaps.

This is not the kind of beer I would want to drink all night long. The flavors are very forward and complex. My palate would call for relief after a few. However, it is perfect for the style and definitely something I will buy again.

Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a winter brew pack.
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Lots of lacing.
Nice cocoa and coffee aroma.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, bitter hops. Hops play second fiddle to the rich dark malts.
Slightly sweet overall.
A well crafted cream stout. Not overly filling for such a rich brew. Good value too. $1.35 US for the 12 ounce bottle.
Quite sessionable due to the relatively low abv.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown with a one finger head which leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of toffee and coffee.

Tastes are again of toffee and coffee, with a bitterness as it goes down. Mouthfeel is kind of like a carbonated milk.

It goes down very easily, and I consider it one of the best from Sam Adams.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

and last but not least; 12 ounce bottle pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. nice lacing.

roasted malts with biscuit on the nose. no off odors.

roasted bitterness on the tongue. some chocolate flavoring. bitter chocolate aftertaste.

full body. good carbonation. i like this beer. another good beer that comes in the holiday pack. will drink again.

Photo of eporter66
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

I picked up the Samuel Adams Winter Pack, and I am looking forward to trying some Sam that I have not had before. The Cream Stout was the first one I wanted to open, being a newly converted fan of Stouts.

A - Pours a dark black, with not much head and dissipates down to a ring around the edges. Some red/ruby highlights went held in the light

S - A buttery caramel and coffee aroma.

T - You definitely get the caramel in the beginning, and that burnt roasted flavor hits the back of the mouth, that's where the bitterness hits. The aftertaste leaves hints caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors on the tongue.

M - smooth with a silky (to match the buttery smell) feel over the tongue, lightly carbonated, good medium body

D - I can see relaxing with a few of these on a winters night. It is not overly sweet or heavy, which allows you to have a few.

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours into a very pretty beer-jet black with a mountainous head. It has a very sweet smell. There are hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. The main flavors are chocolate and coffee, both are pleasantly sweet. The beer is very sesionable and easy to drink. Even though the beer is full bodied it has a wonderful creaminess too it. A wonderful beer that I really should have more often.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight head that quickly subsides away. Beer is dark but not completely opaque, some lightning around the edges. Smell is slightly sweet and acidic. Taste is smooth, milkly almost with lots of light malty sweetness. Notes of dry and acidic tartness. Not terribly coffee like, just dark and sweet, mouthfeel is good, covers entire palate, a very nice brew.

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