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

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2,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 152
Gots: 126 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with Best By date of December 2008 into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a dark tan head that clings to the glass for dear life.

S - Bitter chocolate and caramel malt with a mild pine hop picked up at the end.

T - Just as in the nose. Caramel with dark chocolate and slight smoke with a very faint hop kick on the end. Pleasantly surprised here.

M - Medium to rich body and feel, almost chewy.

D - My favorite Samuel Adam's product to date.

Photo of thequeen711
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another well brewed beer from Samuel Adams. This chocolatey, caramel/coffee stout is well balanced in flavour and richness. I being a stout head vigorously approves of this mixture. Sweet enough for that after dinner brew. Warning: this beer should not be drank in mass quantities, it fills you up fast!

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

Poured a virtual pitch black with no head or lacing...mud maybe?

Deep roasted coffee and malt the primary aroma.

Coffee very abundant in this one along with malt and maybe a hint of what seems to be tobacco. Hints of toffee as well.

Smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

A very drinkable cream stout. Has very rich textures but are nicely balanced out.

Photo of eweneek83
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a small tan head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. Roasted malts and sweet coffee spring to mind. Also a coffee-toffee like sweet smell.

Taste - while a bit muted, this one harkens back to the aroma. You get a well-rounded stout with the nice roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and coffee flavor, but there's the underlying sweetness typical of the style that really makes this a nice beer.

The mouthfeel - is a bit thin as far as stouts are concerned, but it's not so watery as to ruin the experience. not too bad though

Drinkability - This is an amazingly drinkable stout, and while it's not the best sweet stout I've ever had, you have to tip your cap to the folks at Sam Adams. It's impressive that they can brew beer of such quality on such a massive scale.

Photo of a061183
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours thick with a nice creamy head.

S= Not to strong for a stout but very coffe like.

T= I love the taste. Its strong expresso/coffe with a nice choclate finish to it. Its has many layers of flavors to it all which are great.

M= Light carbonation maybe medium but not very thick which is great and not too watery either just right.

D= This beer i can drink one after another easily. But i must say it is always is my last beer of the nite no matter what its delicious. Sam Adams makes great beers and i dont like people who knock them b/c they became big (just means all there brews are liked IMHO). I love the microbrews (Like Flying Dog or Descutes) but i wont hate on SA just b/c.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bought from Total Wine

A: Pours an opaque black with a frothy tan head that is a couple fingers thick. The head does settle a bit but continues to leave sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: A subtle aroma of roasted malt with coffee and molasses notes.

T: Much sweeter than I expected based on the aroma. The molasses and malt dominate the flavor. There is a bit of coffee bitterness in there to balance the taste profile a bit.

M: Creamy as the name implies. The carbonation is excellent and the body is very thick and smooth.

D: I could really knock these back. However, I have had a few milk and sweet stouts that were more drinkable.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a small tan head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

The smell is absolutely fantastic. Roasted malts and sweet coffee spring to mind.

The flavor -- while a bit muted -- harkens back to the aroma. You get a well-rounded stout with the nice roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and coffee flavor, but there's the underlying sweetness typical of the style that really makes this a nice beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin as far as stouts are concerned, but it's not so watery as to ruin the experience.

This is an amazingly drinkable stout, and while it's not the best sweet stout I've ever had, you have to tip your cap to the folks at Sam Adams. It's goddamn impressive that they can brew beer of such quality on such a massive scale.

Photo of akronzipfan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a thick, rich mahogany with a sandy colored, creamy head

s - sweet cream essence blended with bursts of coffee and cocoa; head has a yeasty aroma

t - splashes of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolat held together with a delicatable blend of malted hops and luscious cream

m - perfectly suited with a medium bodied feel and a light to medium carbonization

d - this has been, and continues to be, my favorite from the Sam Adams stable

Photo of n00tz
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick brunette head, deep dark amber body.

S - Bread in the head. Coffee, molasses and biscuit underneath.

T - Smooth cream and bitter coffee. Sweet flavor that I can't put my mind on...

M - Excellent presentation, really enjoyable to the senses. Cream Stout is exactly how I'd classify this if I hadn't seen the title.

D - I actually want more.

Other thoughts - I'm really starting to believe that Sam Adams is deserving of the title of superior american Mainstream Brewery, they know how to put out a quality brew.

Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having gotten away from Sam Adams brew for a while, for no particular reason, I was served a free sample of the coffee stout on tap at the local pub, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me how good their brews are, and how much they've done for the beer world. This one pours pitch black and finishes with a dark tan head that stays intact for a bit until it quickly recedes and leaves a diminutive lacing all around the glass. Roasted malts, sweet and dark chocolate and a slight phenolic aroma rise to the nose. Taste is not as creamy as the name would have you think, but it is a bit sweet with a hint of coffee, malts and a negligible hop bitterness in the end. The beer is pretty highly carbonated and has a medium-bodied presence. No big complaints here except that it could have used a bit more substance in the thick and creamy department.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. A nice mocha, off white head sits atop the beer. Smells very roasty and dark. Taste is creamy smooth and more of the roast. This is darker and more roasty than I was expecting. Not bad, just different than what I anticipated. There is a slight metallic flavor I'm picking up in the taste as well. Very creamy and smooth in the mouthfeel. Quality, sessionable beer from SA.

Photo of dananabanana
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very deep, thick brown. Thick head, slightly off-white. Strong lacing doesn't even budge from the edges.

S: Very sweet, light cream.

T: First sip is sweet, with espresso aftertaste. Slightly reminiscent of perhaps cola or brown sugar. Chocolate taste develops later.

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation is excellent-- it hits right away, but quickly subsides.

D: Complex, sweet flavors make this stout perfect to go with a dark chocolate dessert.

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

20 oz. bottle poured into plastic 4 oz. sample glass.

A: Dark chocolate. Completely opaque. Thick, creamy head. Thick, solid lacing.

S: Slight coffee perhaps.

T: Sweet up front, coffee closer. Good balance of malt & hops.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Very smooth texture.

D: I could drink this all night. Good blend of sweet cream and bitter espresso. Good balance of malt and hops. Flavorful and not over-carbonated. Works for session, for beer pairing with rich desserts, or as a dessert itself.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black into the pint glass. Against the light a dark copper can be seen. About 1.5" of foamy head formed. As it went down, a huge amount of nice lacing was left on the glass. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate and very sweet. Tastes strongly of smokey roasted grain with hints of chocolate and maybe some coffee. Also slightly astringent with a metallic aftertaste. I've had this beer before and don't remember the aftertaste. Medium in body and creamy. Would be hard for me to drink more than a few.

Photo of danny013
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Beer pours a rich black body, opaque with hints of amber/mahogany. Fluffy 2-finger head sits atop the beer, falls down to ~.25" or so and remains for most of the brew, leaves a thick trail of lacing.

Smell is of rich lightly sweetened chocolate, toast, roasted grains, and a light, very faint hoppiness that hides behind everything.

Taste is dominated by big chocolate notes, nice malty flavors form the backbone of the beer. Some sweet caramel flavors mix well with the chocolate. Slightly astringent/acidic. A hearty biscuit/toast flavor sits in the middle of the beer, stays nicely as the dark chocolate moves out and a gentle roasted grain flavor moves right in. Lots of tingly carbonation on the palate as the beer is swallowed, leaves flavors of roasted grains, chocolate, and some mild & earthy hoppiness. Hops and sweet chocolate left on the lips. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is decent, a good medium body, but the carbonation level is way too high and detracts from the creaminess & smoothness of the brew/sweet stouts in general.

Drinkability is good, a smooth, creamy stout. Easy to put back a few and relax with.

Overall, a very well made stout. Rich & hearty, this is my favorite offering from SA. I do wish they would drop the carbonation though; it would only make this already great beer even better. Definitly one of SA's better brews in general, definitely check it out!

Photo of SimplySinister
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A few shades lighter than ebony. Some lacing with fair carbonation and a more than adequate head after an aggressive pour. Though, after a short while, the head quickly diminishes to nothingness.

S - Brown Sugar. Molasses. Coffee. The smell is quite appealing, and quite sweet (complimenting it's style.)

T - The taste is a direct reflection of it's smell, but somewhat more bitter than expected. The malts character is wonderful. All in all a good tasting brew.

M - A bit of carbonation detracts from the potential velvet, silky feel. The brew is in no way thin, but not extremely thick either. A good consistency.

D - Though its ABV might make this a session beer, I couldn't picture myself having more than a few of these in one sitting. It truly is, as another reviewer put it, a dessert drink.

To be honest, there are few beers made under the Samuel Adams label that I can say I don't like, and this defiantly NOT one of them. Not only is it a good beer overall, but for a mass produced American beer it shines!

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could've swore I reviewed this, must be old age..

Pours Mahogany/black with 3 fingers of milkshake-like mocha head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Cocoa & coffee, iron,

T: Iron, coffee & cocoa up front, plus a bit of leafy hops & touch of molasses. A touch dark of choclate & chalky dryness, not really seeing any lactose here as this warms. Roasty malt hits the back of the throat on the finish, along with dryness & some nice chocolate milk notes

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & low carbonation.

Nice drinkability, better milk stouts out there, but this is a great gateway stout

Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5/28/2004. A very dark beer that poured with medium head. Cream? I guess. Tasted a very rich chocolate, malty taste with a bitter aftertaste. The aroma was very nice with some chocolate and coffee. This wouldn't be my everyday choice for me but I liked it. I may give this one another look during the winter.

Photo of mbenthall
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black, with exceptional tan head.

Smell: Nice smoky malt, with soft undertones of coffee and choclate.

Taste: Amazing. Bold roasted malt with subtle coffee and choclate rounded out and balanced with hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, bold with a roasted finish.

Drinkability: One of Boston greatest beers and one perfect stout. I drink this year round and have even used as a marinade.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a foamy mocha head and a small tight lace.
The aroma was an enticing chocolate and coffee smell. Some malts were there too.
The taste is roasted malts,hints of coffee and chocolate with a sweet touch.
The feel is ultra creamy with only some mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body,medium carbonation and very good balance.

Notes: I really should not be having this beer as I am lactose intolerant. This beer did not seem as milky as say a Mackeson,but it was indeed better. It was worth having as I enjoyed it very much despite the risk.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a little lighter in color than I am used to in a stout, but had solid stout flavor. It certainly smelled delicious with a sweet malty scent to it. My complaint with some cream stouts is the diacetyl, but this one was sweet without having that buttery flavor. The aftertaste left a little to be desired.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used a semi-aggressive pour and got a nice light brown/tan head that was about two and a half fingers thick and was very bubbly. The body of the beer was very dark almost black, and I could only see faint hues of amber on the side of the beer when held up to the light. It has a slight coffee aroma followed by brown sugar, molasses and even some chocolate. It has some nice thick lacing as I swirl it around in the glass. Its very smooth mildly art on the side of your tongue and sweet over all, it has a medium-to-light body and leaves a slight roasted aftertaste in your mouth.

Photo of thisisshsas
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark opaque color that you always want to see in a stout.
S- not the best smell. It almost has a phosphate side smell, maybe its my glass.
T- lite taste for a stout. THe barley taste gives it a little bit of a sweet chocolate taste.
m- becomes more sweet the longer that it stays in your mouth. very enjoyable.
D- is very easy to drink, suprrising for a stout. It could be in the Guinness level of session stout.

not my favorite stout, but an easy one to drink with a tasty flavor. recommended as a beer if you like Guinness but not Russian Imperial Stouts.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with off-tan head that retains ok but not great.

Nose has dark chocolate, roasty malt, faint fruits, and hot cocoa packets.

On the palate dark chocolate & roasty flavors come through nicely. Hops balance, but aren't too assertive. Sweet stout, yes with the milkyness, but not very sweet in taste overall - just the absence of big bitterness like other stouts.

Finish is pleasing and this stout is very drinkable.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep dark black color. A decent tan head.

S: Lots going on here. Produces a sweet mixture of caramel, coffee, espresso coffee and chocolate. A great combination and very fragrant.

T: A creamy mixture of caramel and chocolate. Not overly sweet, but creamy. Some hints of espresso on the back end.

M: A sweet, creamy mixture left on the tongue and palate. Not overpowering, but leaves a great taste.

D: Not sure how many I could have in a sitting. I don't think it could be a session beer for me, but I could enjoy 2-3 for dessert.

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