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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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2,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,321
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 135
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of csmiley
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque, dark brown. Had a good inch of head that stuck around for a while and left a good amount of lacing.

S - Coffee stands out but gets backed up quickly by roasted notes. In the background there is a fruitiness that reminds me of cherries.

T - Roasted flavors and coffee dominate. Half way through there is also a hint of milk chocolate. Very mild hop bitterness rounds it out.

M - This one is medium bodied. Carbonation was good.

D - I find the cream stout to be a very good offering from Sam Adams and has always been one of my favorites from the Boston brewer. It tastes good, looks good, and goes down smooth.

csmiley, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of whiplash3825
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown-black with a big, chunky mocha head that lasts awhile. This is one beautiful beer!

Complex smell of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Nice!

Taste is initially malty with strong roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, followed by a bitterness (presumably hops) that lasts 'til the finish. Some smoke and dark fruit is in there too... pretty nice complexity all the way around.

Mouthfeel seems a tad thin for such a robust beer. Probably helps with the drinkability though.

No problem drinking quite a few of these... the taste keeps entertaining while the relative low ABV and thinner mouthfeel help 'em slide down quickly.

To recap: easily my favorite Sam Adams brew, and very nice on this unusually cold winter day in Georgia!

whiplash3825, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is caramel with deep ruby hints displaying a creamy cocoa milkshake head that falls quite quickly from the vigorous pour. Amazing aroma of fresh roasted coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. Solid taste of espresso, burnt caramel, and toffee. Medium bodied with nice bitterness that surrounds the mouth but leaves little creaminess. This Cream Stout is an impressive representation of the style and a crowning brew in Sam Adam’s rich and very diverse portfolio: plush, satisfying, and delicious.

brandoneast, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of BBM
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, opaque brown into the pint glass. Aroma is very pleasant, mostly espresso beans and sweet cream with a roasted nuttiness.

The sweetness and cream parts don't exactly translate in the flavor as well as I was led to believe. Bitter chocolates and coffee beans are still present, but I was expecting something a bit richer and sweeter from this one. It's still a quality brew that's certainly worth a try though.

BBM, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The last bottle I had of this went over a lot better than the few I'd had before. My opinion of it was pretty low before, but I think that's because I was trying to drink it with food it didn't pair well with. This time I drank it by itself, and things work out better.

12oz bottle with expiration date, poured into a pint glass was black, having a decent rocky tan head. The head lasted a while, but not as long as I hoped, leaving a little bit of lace.

Sweet, roasty aromas are pretty subtle. Not very expansive for a stout.

Taste is also subdued, but body is full and creamy. Good flavors of milk chocolate, coffee in the roasted malts. Sweet notes overpower a lot of the dark malts and subtle hops. I like the full body, but it feels like the flavors can't keep up.

I usually drink beer with food. After trying several miserable pairings with food, it's hurting the drinkability score for me. I'm hard on cream/milk stouts. It's not my favorite style, but drank alone, this beer isn't bad.

josiahschlender, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Pours with a thick, chunky head that stays and stays.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Nothing too overpowering.

T: Again, dominated by dark chocolate. A slight hint of a coffee flavor, with a bitter ending.

M: Not bad, but a little too milky for my tastes. Goes down smoothly.

D: Although I would prefer a regular stout over a cream version, definitely one to fall back on. A fine brew, indeed.

assmasterson, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of shabbtastic
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Put another dent into my holiday pack!

A - Poured a pitch black with a nice tan 2 finger head. Lovely lacing which was chunky and sticky.

S - Not bad but pretty unimpressive. Nice roasted nutty malt followed with a hint of sweet biscuit.

T - Rich, creamy with a nice malty balance between nutty and sweet toasted malts.

M - Also very nice, full bodied, a tad thin for a stout but overall very smooth.

D - Definitely, a nice stout for starters.

shabbtastic, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of matty
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black colored beer with a chocolate and caramel aroma.One of the best beers I've ever seen in a pint glass with a thick foamy head with good staying power.Taste also is of chocolate and caramel and it's as smooth as hell!!I definetly will buy this again and will hide if any of my friends are over!!

matty, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. brown longneck from a Winter Variety 12-pack .

A: Dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tight foam head that slowly settles with nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, chocolate

T: Nice burst of dark roasted grains, roasted coffee, chocolate and sweet cream…yes cream and a nice bitter roasted grain aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin but well balanced and enjoyable from start to finish.

D: Really liked this and will buy again, hopefully before next years variety pack.

NitroGen, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black (of course), wearing a beautifully dense head like a crown.
Chocolate is prevalent in the aroma, along with some woodiness.
Flavor is full of roasted malt, smoke and a some leafy notes.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, and it finishes very dry.
This is a very good stout, though it seemed more like a dry stout than a cream to me. It tasted a bit like a cigar, which makes me imagine it would go quite good with one.

PaleAlien2, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with only some reddish hues when held up to the light, very good head and lacing.

Smell mostly has a coffee aroma, some caramel melded in, could use a little more chocolate scent.

Taste is mostly bitter from the roasted malt and coffee. Slight caramel lingering and a bit nutty.

Not sure if milk/sweet stout is really the right category, it is really smooth, but could use a more creamy mouthfeel.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of association330
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy 1/2 finger head that settles to a nice cap with good lacing.

S - The rich scents of chocolate, good coffee, and roasted malt all come through. Smells great.

T - Very roasty, with coffee flavors predominant, and a little bitter chocolate. Moderately bitter finish, mostly from the roasted coffee flavor, not so much from hops. Perhaps so roasty that it's a little unbalanced.

M - On the light side of moderate. In fact, I'm not sure it 'feels' much like a stout.

D - Pretty quaffable, though maybe a little overpowering.

Overall, it's a decent, readily available brew for a cold winter night, but I have a feeling that there are better stouts out there.

association330, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Winter Classics 12 Pack.

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a finger width of creamy tan head that retained nicely and left some great lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and a little coffee. Very pleasing.

The taste matches that wonderful aroma. Deep roasty notes of thick chocolate sweetness and coffee. A little bit of hop bitterness even raises it's head towards the finish. The mouthfeel is a thick medium with a nice creamy texture.

Wow, this a nice Stout and one of the best beers that I've had from Sam Adams. A great taste and low ABV make this a perfect Winter sessioner.

Kegatron, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy and thick head which minimizes quickly but leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The color is an inky black that no light can penetrate.

Aroma is terrific, a sweet, nutty, milky thing with a huge roasted leaning, but not at all burnt.

Dark roast coffee and baking chocolate are at the forefront of the flavor. The lactic element from the aroma takes a back seat in the flavor, but still manages to appear, taking on a mellow sweetness like steamed milk. Would've been better if the roasted flavors were balanced by something sweeter, they're a bit too dominant. Mouthfeel is okay, but too carbonated for the style. A thicker, creamier glide across the tongue would've been nice, something a little less tingly than this.

In the middle of the session I wiped off three tiny flecks from my lips of what looked like coffee grounds. I'm certain these weren't on my lips, fingers or glass before this. Could it be some toasted malt nasties that avoided the filtration process? It would be much more believable if this were a small brewery; maybe this is Sam Adams' very unintentional way of keeping it real?!? Didn't bother me in the slightest, just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else had the same thing happen.

Go for this is you dig stouts, it's decent, and a particularly good call for cold winter nights (which this is not, and which seem to be rarer and rare lately, don't they?).

Metalmonk, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this, but I did, and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep, deep brown, just less than black body with a tan head. The head had good retention but left not much lacing.
Smell: Very roasty, very, very roasty. Hints of chocolate aromas.
Taste: Just as roasty as the aroma, much more of a chocolate presence than was originally in the nose.
Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth.
Drinkability: Rather tasty.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a huge head that was wicked dark brown but surprisingly laced quickly, almost looking like a frappe at one point. Sharp aromas of malt and chocolate in general with its smell. More caramel/coffee flavors in the taste but its a bit weak and too hoppy near the finish. The moutfeel is a bit watery but it has decent carbonation. Overall, nothing too strong or out there for typical drinkers but I wish it was more spectacular.

fitzy84, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of guitarninja
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Beer pours dark chocolate brown with a thick creamy bread crust colored head - leaving a decent lacing. The beer seemed to slide down the glass (a little watery) as the drink went on.

S: Malty dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, cloves, very nice!

T&M: Charred barley balanced w/ hop bitterness starts things off. Smooth, creamy, almost chewy, dark (bitter) chocolate & roasted chestnut slides off the tongue. Finishes with coffee, cream, and the warmth of the alcohol.

D: A tad filling, but not so thick that you couldn't have 3-4 of these on a winter's night!

Notes: I love this beer! Not only my stout of choice, but maybe the beer I'd mention in the "What's your favorite Sam Adams?" adds. And unlike most stouts, not a bad session beer on a cold winter night!

guitarninja, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of slyke
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout pours almost black with a finger of tan head that laces some and falls to a lasting, but thin cap after a few minutes.

The smell has elements of chocolate, lactate sweetness, and coffee. The taste incorporates the same with the sweetness leading and the coffee most prevalent at the end of a taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied a pleasing aftertaste. Drinkability of this beer is very good. It is definitely worth a try.

slyke, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of madjr80
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a a glass. The head quickly disappeared. It appeared kinda syrup like while flowing out of the bottle. The smell was semi sweet, but not too overwhelming. It taste some what of a oatmeal/chocolate stout. More of a heavy feel to it, but not too heavy that you couldn't have 2 or 3.

madjr80, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of beertaster13
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Cream stout pours a nice dark ebony black with a frothy brown milkshake looking head. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate mocha. Hints of espresso. The taste is incredible, milky smooth with roasted aftertones. The best stout I've had and one to always have in my fridge. This is a perfect winter beer, fire, sweats and a nice cream stout. Excellent.

beertaster13, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of favorites from Sam Adams.Even though I prefer dry stout, I think SA's Cream Stout hits the mark.

Pours a dark ebony with plenty of red hues went put against the light. Nice light brown two finger head forms at the top of pint glass. The aroma was muted -mainly rich malts and some fruity esthers. The taste was slanted towards a choclate, caramel, sweet malt base. However, by the middle roasted malts and charred coffee beans broke through. The finish was rather sweet with some bitterness. Like I said, dry stouts are my cup of tea, but I wouldn't pass this one up if offered. One of SA's best beers.

jpkoch1962, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Sweet Stout from SA pours mostly black with some thin woody highlights. The rocky, beige head recedes to a few thing whips of lace just above the surface. A good looking stout although not completely jet black.

Caramel and cream as well as some sweet milk chocolate and black coffee. Molasses and some more bitter cocoa come out as well. Just a bit of a nutty character fades in to the espresso. Very nice; probably the best smelling SA brew I've had.

Dark cocoa and heavily roasted malt. Some sweet milk chocolate is accompanied buy a slight smokiness or maybe a character reminiscent of a Scotch Ale; a bit acidic. Bitter sweet with espresso and burnt raisin. A nice note of leafy hops comes in at the end along with some more juicy dark fruit. Very well done. More depth than most SA brews. Probably my favorite by the boys from Boston.

True to its namesake, this brew has a creamy and slightly thick consistency along with moderate carbonation for a stout. Slick and somewhat juicy in the finish. Really nice. As I said, probably my first choice from Sam Adams.

letsgopens, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of armock
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt caramel and chocolate

T - Malt with caramel and chocolate

M - Creamy and very smooth

D - A very good beer would be good with dessert or for relaxing they need to make the mix pack bigger for the holidays or I need to buy more next year

armock, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany, reddish tint, vigorous pour resulted in a significant tan head that dissiapted relatively quickly leaving great lacing.

S = Cappaccino, roasted ground coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate, some bitter hops notes underlying the sweet smells of the malt.

T = The smells noted are their in the taste but it is a little too watery. Still very good, but could have been a little stronger. Taste of coffee is very strong, but the bitterness is tinged with a little too much of the flowery aspact of the hops. That said, this is tasty.

M = Again (and this may be an influence on my perception of the taste), it is a little too thin. I would have liked a heavier body and more mealy mouthfeel. It is a little too thin. However, my entire mouth is definitely coated with the flavors and it has along lasting finish in the mouthfeel not just the taste.

D = This is a very pleasant stout. I wish it had been a little thicker, but definitely worth drinking again and could certainly be used for session drinking given the ABV.

Traquairlover, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Classics pack

Black with a nice pillowy light tan head. Roasty, chocolaty, with a lactose-like sweet smelling aroma. The flavor is a sweet chocolate and mild coffee mix with only a tiny bit of roastiness in there as well giving it a stout feel. Mouthfeel wasn't too thick, making this pretty easy on the palate, and not too hard to drink.

MiScusi, Jan 02, 2008
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.