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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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2,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 121
Gots: 59 | 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 JDK


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came out of the SA Winter Sampler
Poured a very nice dark chocolate, almost black, with a creamy 1 fingure head and plenty of lacing that lasted throughout the drink.
Very rich caramel, dark chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Very creamy and smooth with a nice after taste, mostly of coffee.
Had this with a couple of fresh baked cookies that were still warm, very, very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 21:40:35 | More by JDK
Photo of jeonseh


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark chocolate brown color; very opaque as well; the color of the head reminds me of the color of the foam from a root beer float and left a nice bit of lacing all the way down the bottle. can definitely smell hints of chocolate and caramel coming of it; very fragrant in a good way; mouthfeel is a bout what i would expect for a stout, it is kinda sweet at the beginning with a kick of alcoholic bitterness at the end; yet there seems to be a strange carbonation that runs over the tongue that just doesn't sit with me quite right; taste wise has hints of coffee and chocolate for sure; yet i feel that one can taste the coffee more than anything else; maybe a little bit of caramel as well; can really tell that there are some malts in here yet they don't seem to be too strong

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 04:52:16 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Deus1138


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer after a week hiatus from sampling brews.

Poured very nice, dark and thick. Beautiful dark color.

Smells like roasted coffee and chocolate.

Not much carbonation, just enough to go along with the smooth texture of the beer.

Tastes very good. I used to be a big pale ale drinker, but I'm growing especially fond of these coffee and chocolate malty brews.

Sam Adams has pleased me once again. This is a great brew, nice to drink, and very affordable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 21:25:11 | More by Deus1138
Photo of DrummerDan


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is right up my alley. My only negative comment is that I expected it to be creamier, maybe the name put the thought in my head.

The head is strong but not heavy and lingers until the end of my beer. The head is a light brown and is the first indication of how good this beer will be. Coffee upfront with a strong caramel maltiness that lingers on the back of my tongue. After a slight hoppy characteristic persists on the sides of my tongue.

For the price, I rank this highly. I prefer Hitachino Lacto Stout but cannot afford to drink that daily!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 21:56:53 | More by DrummerDan
Photo of Homerbag


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head caramel color head on an almost pitch black body.
Smells of heavy dark roasted malt. Actually very fresh smelling for a dark beer.
Taste is of toasted and bitter malts balacned by some cream sweetness, classic milk stout flavor.
Feels nice, not too thick or too thin. Nice aftertaste, would go good with some nice chocolate.
Once of the better milk stouts out there. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 21:46:15 | More by Homerbag
Photo of metallistout


4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle out of six pack.

Pours a dark brown to black color, with a thick, thick, thick, creamy tan head, that looks like I could chew it off.

Smell is roasty-coffee, chocolate malty, a little smokey and very caramel smelling.

Taste is sublime! Smokey, coffee, a little hoppy for balance and deep caramel flavor. This is a good stout.

Mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, just like I want in a sout.

This beer is damn good, and my local Kroger stocks it religiously, so I'm in luck.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 20:56:45 | More by metallistout
Photo of barknee

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Cream Stout pours an opaque espresso brown with a thin off-white head. Sweet malt in abundance with a warm roasting element in the mouth. Relatively thin in the mouth, this stout lacks the body and form of its more masculine competitors, but not a bad version nevertheless. Easily drinkable, decent stout character, and mass availability make for EZ relief when in need of a dark one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 12:42:10 | More by barknee
Photo of mikejo


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased as part of the 2007 Sam Adams winter classics mixed pack in a 12oz bottle

a - poured deep black into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

s - very nutty and malty smell

t - creamy with a lingering malty sweetness, notes of coffee and slight chocolate

m - creamy with a lighter than expected body. Plenty of carbonation

d - i could drink this all night, goes down a lot smoother than most of the stouts i enjoy

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 05:01:46 | More by mikejo
Photo of nickfl


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of mocha brown head settle slowly leaving thick lace. Opaque black body.

S - Clean nutty malt aroma. Pretty neutral.

T - Creamy roasted malt flavor with some malt bitterness and just a bit of hop flavor on top of the tongue. Nice nutty character as well. Finish is light and clean with some roasted coffee notes and a hint of chocolate.

M - Moderately light body with high carbonation and a clean, mild finish.

D - Easily drinkable. This is a light and clean stout that packs in just enough flavor to justify its color. I would almost think of this as a "nut brown stout".

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 05:59:42 | More by nickfl
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a very think tan head lasting a long time. Full of roasted aroma as if you were drinking a pot cof dark roasted coffie. There is hints of munich malt and plenty of roasted barley and chocolate malt with not much hop aroma or flavor but enough to balance this beer out. Creamy and a full body mouthfeel lighty carbonated. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 00:11:05 | More by simmons
Photo of JamesS


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, along with good stout head and lacing. Has an excellent scent, very deep and rich, with wonderful coffee and roasted barley aromas. It has a good flavor, nice and deep, along with a nice sweet aftertaste. Although it’s not the best stout on the market, it’s worth a try, definitely in the holiday pack and even as a six pack by itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:26:59 | More by JamesS
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark black with a dark cream colored head. moderate head retention.

s: sweet malty aroma. chocloate, caramel, and coffee notes.

t: like the smell, but subdued. sweet roasted malt with a slight bitterness from the hops.

m: creamy as the name implies. medium bodied. malt lingers on the tongue.

d: highly drinkable session beer. a lighter stout that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 00:44:04 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of beeragent


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep dark brown, almost black, forming a thick creamy 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is fantastic mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate! The taste also does not dissapoint. Roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and a hint of caramel. Not too complex, but completely delicious! Thick smooth mouthfeel. Low abv. and incredible flavor makes for extremely high drinkability and an ideal session ale. Overall, I have been waiting to try this beer ever since I started into the world of craft beer, and I can safely say that I was not dissapointed. Wonderful full flavor and decent abv., I could drink this all night. A great Sam Adams Brew, and my favorite by far!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 22:39:20 | More by beeragent
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this has a very deep brown color with a slight cherry tint in the light. There was a nice cream colored 1/2in head that lasted for a while. The smell was of roasted malts, and even some dark chocolate. There is a nice taste of coffee, but no real sweetness to this beer. The hops were absent as well leaving a coffee flavored after taste. Lightly carbonated this was a heavier beer not recommended for a night of drinking, but on a cool fall night it hit the spot nicely. I will have to say I was expecting more from this beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:03:22 | More by WJVII
Photo of allengarvin


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This venerable Sam Adams beer finally made it into Texas for the first. I poured it into a 12-oz mug glass. It's a very dark black-brown color with a little ruby tinting, and a solid quarter inch head on top. Pleasantly sweet malty aroma with caramel and notes of coffee. Good roasty flavor, only moderately sweet. Hop bitterness is moderate, but together with the roasted malt it really dries out the flavor a bit. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

A solid beer. Most of SA's older examples I don't care much for, but this is right on the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:31:42 | More by allengarvin
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by end of Dec. '07, served in a pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown with a tan head that settled to a good layer, leaving a lacing of foam all down the inside of the glass.

S - roasted malt.

T - roasted malt with a hint of milk chocolate.

M - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - highly drinkable because of low abv and decent taste.

Final Note: I've only had a few Milk Stouts and I don't really care much for them, but of what I've had this seems pretty much 'run of the mill' for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 00:01:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of KevinB

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. Pour revealed a atrous body with a foamy, two finger, tawny brown head. Head slowly retreated left ample amounts of lacing behind.
Smell was of caramel malts, rich chocolate, roasted coffee and toasty notes of barely.
Taste was malty,semi-sweet chocolate with notes of vanilla, burnt espresso,with hints of toffee and caramel. Overall there is a roasty burnt flavor to this beer, also there is a metallic aftertaste that brings this brew down a solid full point.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery, appropriate amount of carbonation for this style. Overall this is a pretty good brew, but comes up short on flavor and body.I think it's worth a try and its an easily drinkable but there is lots of room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:01:13 | More by KevinB
Photo of KI9A


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pours coke black, with a tan head, creamy head. Leaves a great sheet of lace on the glass. Smells of chocolate. And a hint of coffee. Tastes the same as smell, but, no sign of bitterness. Just a great, smooth, stout. Finishes a bit sweet, but, I like that in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 03:37:06 | More by KI9A
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a beautiful dark color with ruby highlights. It had a 2 inch off white head.

Smell- Nice roasted coffee smell with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste- Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel- Had a medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Great beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:46:15 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of atrus138


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a glass from a brown 12 oz bottle with an "enjoy before" indicator on the label. Poured the darkest of browns and appears black. This thing can almost absorb the light around it. Nice khaki head with good lacing.

Lots of delicious smells going on here. Most notably coffee, but with lots of nutty flavors. I believe I even got a whiff of cinnamon.

Nice roast/burnt flavors. Very bitter and thick. Packs a nice punch without being overpowering.

Very easy to drink, which is surprising considering how much is going on in this beer. This is yet another great offering from Sam Adams. Definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 21:59:25 | More by atrus138
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3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Total Wine in Cherry Hill, NJ. They seem to have a bunch of Sam Adams singles that I don't see other places.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a new Sam Adams glass pitch black with no light getting through. The head is small and light tan and drops immediately to a medium collar and large bubbly patch (presumably replenished by the etchings on the bottom of the glass).

SMELL: Very strong aromas of milk chocolate, a mild roastiness, and a huge sweetness of lactose. Mild fruity esters come out slightly as does a trace amount of alcohol. If anything, the beer smells a bit TOO sweet.

TASTE: The flavor is mildly roasty but surprisingly not much else. The sweetness in the aroma does not seem to carry to the taste, and if anything, is slightly bitter from black malt. For such a robust aroma, this is a fairly empty taste.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is full which is spot on. The carbonation is fairly high and definitely high for style.

DRINKABILITY: There's nothing helping or hurting the beer in this regard other than simply how good it is. And that makes it average at best.

I hope my bottle didn't go bad or anything. I now see the 'Drink By' date is September 2007, so I'm technically in the range, but I think I'll give this another chance soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 22:40:59 | More by jmalex
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- A very dark black ink color, a nice creamy tan color head, but ended up dissipating throughout.

S- Smell was of roasted coffee beans, assorted nuts, dark chocoloate.

T- Tasted exactly as it smelled. Distinct espresso flavor, chocolate, vanilla, cream, malts.

M- Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Tingly on the tongue due to the high carbonation.

D- A very sessionable stout. I could drink plenty of these in a sitting and not get sick due to the light nature of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 22:17:10 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, best by date is past, but has been kept in good conditions.

Appearance: Dark black with just a bit of of ruby around the edges, head fades quickly but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: A little bit of lactase sweetness, and some nice mellow roasted and chocolate.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as I expected - this is a solid stout with just a hint of sweetness. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate - nice variety of malty flavors.

Overall impression: nice and drinkable - this is a quality offering with a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 21:36:35 | More by rowew
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an almost used motor oil black with a small , tan head that didnt last long.
Smells of creamy chocolate is almost incredible. Dark, chocolate malts pervade.
Taste of chocolate. Once again creamy but has a lingering very bitter finish. Not clrean at all. A bit dry as well.
Mouthfeel is ok, but should be fuller for a crean stout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:08:25 | More by dmamiano
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely black color with a thin head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty upfront with just a hint of roastiness. Taste is very nice, sweet, roasty and yet has a nice, clean finish. Leaves a roasty aftertaste that is somewhat sweet as well. It's not overly roasty nor overly sweet. Very drinkable as well. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

I think I lucked out on some very good brews from Sam Adams, based on such a random selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 00:55:32 | More by Brad007
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