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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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2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of SpecialK088
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very deep dark brown nearly opaque unless heald directly to the light.
S-Rosted malt as well as hints of chocolate very small hints of coffee/espresso
T-Almost exactly how it smells the chocolate comes out for in the flavor than the nose though
M-Very smooth and very well carbonated this is a very smooth stout.
D-Style considered this would not be the 1st stout i reached for but it is very good and easy to drink.

SpecialK088, May 18, 2008
Photo of ericj551
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours a deep black with an ample light brown head. The aroma is a faint roastiness as well as some caramel. The flavor is sweet upfront, with a bit of roasty astringency and a smooth creaminess. I don't know if its the power of suggestion, but the beer tastes a bit milky. There is a nice bit of chocolate in the finish. Overall this is another solid beer from Sam Adams, but nothing too exciting in my opinion.

ericj551, May 18, 2008
Photo of AZTEX
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very good beer.

I poured from a bottle straight out of the refrigerator.

The mouthfeel is a little light for a stout. The aroma was very good with hints of chocolate and espresso. The taste was a little sour when cold, but became more robust as it warmed up. At its peak, the taste was roasty, malty and espresso tasting, with a medium amount of hoppiness. If it has been in the refrigerator, I would recommend letting it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. The appearance was a nice milk chocolate color; I poured about a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.

Overall this was a very good stout; somewhat lighter than most, but very refreshing on a warm spring day. I will definitely drink again.

AZTEX, May 09, 2008
Photo of nmyers
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Brown almost black, with a thin tan head it didn't last long, but some of it stayed on the side of my mug.

S- Roasted malt notes with hints of coffee.

T- Nice roasted malt taste with a rich creamy body, a slight but pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M- This is a full bodied creamy beer that coats your tongue a little, as stated before a slight bitterness, but it is all good.

D- This is a fine beer from Sam Adams and I good drink a few of these in a setting.

nmyers, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of tankg
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite from this brewery. Bought a six a while back and found one more, with a 2/08 freshness date. Didn't notice any problem...

Poured in a pint glass. Dark color, so-so head, but may have been a bad glass. Smelled of coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate.

I dig this beer the most. With over 600 reviews, 'nuff said! A Salud!

tankg, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a Sam Adams sampler from Grub Mart in Jacksonville. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice black with a good sized tan, slightly more brown head. Head did not last very long at all though. Descent lacing with what head was left.

S: First hit is of deeply roasted malt. Coffee (espresso), and chocolate come more prevalent as beer warms.

T: Much of the same. A creamy, rich, roasted malt flavor. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate round off the taste.

M: This beer doesn't linger very long and isn't as heavy as I thought it would be and was looking forward to.

D: This is a decent beer. A little on the sweet side. Couldn't drink too much of this at a given time. Good as an after dinner pint.

everetends, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and black with a thick tan head. Great smells of coffee, roasted malt,and chocolate blend perfectly together. Did not have a heavy feel like I expected and was easy to drink. Tasted as it smelled with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hopps and espresso. Overall a good beer.

meatmallet, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into my Sam Adams Black Lager glass. Dark murky brown color shot with ruby tones around the edges; thick tan head perched over the brew and left clumps of lace behind.
Nose has a lot of chocolate and malt notes with a lesser amount of dark fruits and mocha java.
Taste has a nice malty flavor accentuated by the tastes of coffee and cream. Add the touch of fruit and the faintest hint of butterscotch in the finish and you have a solid stout.
Feel: medium- to light-bodied, a bit watery initially.
Overall, a pretty solid effort for the style. Made a good addition to my breakfast after a 17-hour workday.

Boilermaker88, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black body with a hint of ruby. Nice light brown lacing left down the side of the glass shows the remnants of a sizable head.

Coffee and sweet roasted cream in the aroma. Very nice, and a little bit light.

The above sums up the taste too. Great flavors here. A touch light.

A good bit of carbonation here. It left a big head, but less carb would have made for a creamier mouthfeel.

One of my top 3 beers from Sam Adams. I love this beer. Nearly everything you want in a milk stout.

IPAcraig, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark and black, with a ruby lining in the light. Light amount of light caramel head.

Smell: Roasty and brown sugar smell. A deep molasses smell almost comes out in the background.

Taste: Brown sugar and dark chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. The roastiness and the creaminess work really well together. They both impact my taste buds at the same time, so it's pleasant to try to sort out what all is going on. The chocolate aftertaste really makes me think of dark chocolate, and it very enjoyable. It's almost like a little dessert drink.

Mouthfeel: The right amount of carbonation to tingle the tongue and highlight the sweet flavors contrasting with the roasted flavors. The carbonation doesn't make me think creamy in how it feels, but maybe like a cream soda is creamy. I feel like the body is a little masked by the amount of carbonation. Still, feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable cream stout. It feels a little more fun to drink than a stout. Almost how great it felt to get a quarter and get a soda from the gas station. The carbonated tingle and the distinct sweet and bitter flavors keep every sip fresh in my mind, and makes me look forward to the next.

blackjack000, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by 6/2008 notched on the label. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark opaque brown with a rocky, inch and a half tan-colored head. Webs of sticking lacing with excellent adherence present during the session. Scents of chocolate and malt, followed by a less intensive lingering coffee-scent. Flavors of roasted malt, milk chocolate and a hint of cream, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel, good consistency without being too full-bodied and a touch of carbonation. very drinkable brew. Extremely sessionable; I've already had four.

Jwale73, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 5/2008

A - Pours a very dark reddish color, with lots of head. Dissipates slowly. Can not see much floating haze.

S - Has an interesting malt smell, partially roasted barley. Not much in the way of hops smell. Not very strong or overbearing.

T - Light initial flavor that rolls to a very strong malt/sweet flavor. Can detect notes of burnt coffee. That may be also because it has that cream flavor that goes often w/ coffee.

M - Thick and creamy. Doesn't have alot of carbonation in it. Very smooth.

D - Easy drinking, lightly filling. Low ABV allows for multiple drinks easily.

Good beer that my bro turned me on to. Would drink again.

katan, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a mug, had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of brownish-colored head and good lacing.

S: Coffee, some cream and malt came through the most in the aroma.

T: Very rich taste. Roasted malt, coffee, some hops and just enough cream to make it interesting.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation, along with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. For a stout it goes down exceptionally easy. It has lots of personality and is nicely complex.

avalon07, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an appropriate jet-black. Nebulous, thick, and creamy tan head that left prominent lacing on the glass.

S: Creamy nose with an initial hit of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and the burnt maltiness I know I'm about to taste.

T&M: Taste is wonderful. Initially creamy and smooth, with the taste of smooth roasted malts emerging on the tongue. A hint of dark, bittersweet chocolate malt and coffee. Hops definitely balance the flavor of the malt well. Aftertaste is that of coffee with cream--a wonderful finish! Mouthfeel is excellent, with little carbonation and a creamy full body. Feels less like a "real" stout, but that's why it's a cream stout.

D: For a stout, this is the most drinkable I've ever had. I could have this thing anytime, any place. Stouts don't make for good session beers, but this one comes as close as any I've had.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nutty brownish black hue with a nice solid foamy head and sparse lacing.

S: Lots of malt with small hints of smoke and cocoa.

T: Lots of charcoal up front. A bit of creamy sweetness in the middle and it finishes with a slightly bitter cocoa taste.

M: Medium carbonation with average body.

D: Not too bad.

Overall: a nice example of the stle. It's not the best milk stout out there but it is a quality brew that is easy on the pocket.

tpd975, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of a biege head that qucikly recedes to a foam ring at the edge, but it does manage to leave some decent lacing. Body is black.

Smell- chocolate, milk, caramel, dark fruit such as raisins, prunes, and plums, and some roasted malt. Simple, and mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Chocolate, milk, and dark fruit flood the tongue upfront, and through the middle as well. On the finish, there is a very small taste of herbal hops, and yet more milk and dark fruit. The aftertaste is hearty roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. A little bit creamy.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, and it is entirely sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one strange beer.

Pours a strange semi-opaque brown color. Medium sized tan head.

Taste is also weird: some coffee tones, chocolate notes, and more of a bubbly feel than a smooth, stout-esque consistency. Not sure how to judge this. I don't have many milk/cream stouts, and I didn't much care for this. Didn't seem much different from a porter, actually.

Overlord, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of cabsandking
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a descent layer of creamy tan head. The nose is tame but pleasant with notes of sweet barley, molasses, coffee, and faint, general fruit character. Tastes of dark roast coffee, dried dark fruits, dates, cherry and drying bitter hops imparting a little citrus towards the end. Finishes with notes of dry cocoa powder and fruity sweetness. Full mouthfeel with a nice weight and a good creamy carbonation. Nice addition to the winter sampler.

cabsandking, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of kbeals
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using a slow pour the beer develops two fingers of a nice brown sugar colored head. Beer is opaque, with excellent lacing throughout the duration of the beer. Smells of roasted malt, with a rich dark chocolate undertone. Taste was about the same, malts, a bit of bitterness at the end. Overall, a very smooth beer, creamy, but not real heavy. Carbonation is pretty light. Drinkability is excellent, I could easily drink a few of these since it's a relatively low ABV. Definite recommendation.

kbeals, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of msolar
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice solid black with zero transparency, coloring similar to Guinness. Poured a nice ½" tan head. It smells really nice; a bit of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Good flavor, although it doesn't linger on the palette as long as I'd expect, at least compared with some other heavy or milk stouts. It's not very bitter, which would make it great for anyone looking to get into some stouts. This is a medium-to-heavy beer with a good mouthfeel and low carbonation. I'm tasting it outside of its ideal season (mid-winter, in my opinion) but I'd drink a few of these during a tasting session.

Paired with a nice cheesecake or after-dinner cigar, and you'd be pretty happy. This is certainly good enough for me to consider putting on tap next fall. I'd compare it with Berkshire's Coffeehouse.

msolar, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shifting my pour from a 45 degree angle to a vertical stream, this stout produced a rich, thick, tan head, and the bubbles appeared to shift down through the foam to where they came. I waited a few minutes for the head to subside, trying to peer through the very opaque seal brown beer below. The aroma from swirling shifted from chocolate to frothy coffee and back again, with a little hint of cream.

This cream stout's roasted grain character comes through strongly, with the slightest amount of hop bitterness along for the ride. A slight hint of cherries hides behind the roasted grain, which also tempers a mild sweetness within its medium body and carbonation.

Overall, this stout's dark appearance hides a pearl of creamy, fruity sweetness.

drinksandeats, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Gregis
Pours mostly black with a nice medium sized lasting head. Smell is roasty malt, and sweet cream. Taste is nicely medium to dark roasty malt, semi creamy milkiness and the body is nice and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant creamy roasty hazlenut like taste with soft carbonation and extremely mild bitterness that is hardly there at all. No harsh or strong burnt tastes either and it makes this a delicious and friendly beer. Thanks Greg!

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

It poured black with a thick almost 3 inch dark tan head. Looked like a rootbeer. Not as thick as I would have expected from a cream stout. Left a foam brown lace that stuck to the sides of the mug long after the final sip.

It smelled malty and bitter with hints of espresso and a strong alcohol presence.

The taste was good but nothing spectacular. The taste started off coppery metallic with hints of espresso, slightly malty followed. It finished slightly bitter with a fairly strong alcohol taste.

The beer was thinner than I prefer for a stout. Not overly carbonated but not as creamy as I am used to with this style especially with the name cream stout.

Its a good beer overall, but nothing spectacular. If you see it, try it but dont go out of your way for it. Not a session beer as most stouts are not but I would drink more than one.

hyland24, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness mug.

A - Poured black with a thick and foamy tan head that all but dissappeared after the first sip. Quality lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma with lights hints of burnt semi-sweet cocoa.

T - Slightly sweet and smokey up front followed by a bitter, somewhat metallic finish.

MF&D - slightly more carbonated than I would have expected. Coats the mouth well and gives off a warm alcoholic finish.

A good choice for the winter drinking or with a chocolate dessert. A decent example of this style.

nasty15108, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Popkorn615
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color, turning into a black body with a very nice bubbly and carbonated ½ inch head that slowly dissipates. The carbonated head never fully disappears and eventually reduces in size to 0-1mm by mid-drink

S - A malty, roasted nutty, and sweet smell with a hint of choclolate.

T - Deliciously malty and hoppy leaving a slight walnuty and dark chocolatey (but very pleasant) aftertaste. Nothing about this beer is too strong - the ingredients seem to be in a fantastic balance.

M - Moderate thickness, filling, and very smooth when going down.

D - A great beer to drink with a meal. It feels as smooth and looks as attractive as drinking a soda without being too thick or too thin. I could most definitely enjoy multiple Sam Adams Cream Stouts in one sitting, with or without a meal in front of me.

Sam Adams Cream Stout is a fantastic tasting beer, and the Sam Adams name definitely lives up to its reputation of being one of the best domestic beers with this selection.

Popkorn615, Mar 04, 2008
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.