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

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88
very good

2,456 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,456
Reviews: 1,231
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 172
Gots: 162 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of likethetaste
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one fantastic brew! Poured very dark almost completely black. The foam was a lovely light brown color that had staying power. The smell was wonderful, smelling of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was fantastic! Coffee with unsweetened dark chocolate flavors. The feel was just nice with a thick creamy feel that was nearly perfect.

This was good! And I will drink this over and over as much as it is available!

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to absolutely love this beer. The look was good (black with a light tan head). The smell was of roasted coffee and light chocolate. The taste was smooth and creamy coffee and deep biscuity malt. The only problem was mouthfeel. I felt like I was drinking a watered down verion of a really good oatmeal stout. I wanted so much more from this beer. On the other hand it is oh so drinkable. I mean you could easily drink 10 of these with absolutely no problem. I really wish this was about 6.5% with 10 times the body and all the same smells and flavors.

Photo of TCog
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a rich, tan head that disipates slowly.

The aroma is nutty and roasted.

The flavor is rich and full of roasted malty goodness and less-than-subtle chocolate. It fills your whole mouth and is rich, lush, and smooth and the flavors linger well after the last sip. (Thats a good thing in this instance!)

The only knock on it at all...and its not much of a knock...is that with all this big flavor and richness, one is enough and lasts a while; its a great 'have a beer' beer, not a 'have a few' beer.

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

A: poured a rich deep brown, with a small white head, reduced to a film. almost opaque. nice red accents at the corners of the glass. no head retention at all.

S: coffee, chocolate, piney hops that are far in the background, roasted dark malts.

T: dark roasted coffees, chocolate, dark chocolate, the roasted flavor really sticks in the mouth. the hops are really deep in there, and are hard to find. but they are there. a few other malty flavors. nothing out of place, and very balanced.

M: fairly thick, a little thinner than i expected. a fair amount of carbonation that's placed just about right in the mouth feel. this one really lingers. especially the coffee. that sticks around the most.

D: this is quite a sessionable stout. low abv, nice flavor, nice balance, and just all around a well crafted beer. it's a little thinner than what i expected but for the most part an all around great stout.

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

Pours a dark cola/coffee color with an immense three finger head that recedes to a one finger cap that leaves sticky lace. The head is pillowey and marshmallow in consistency.

Aroma is of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Floral almost fruity hops come through as well as a date/fig flavor. There is a very dark sugar and date flavor that rides the top of the profile. Finishes with a bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation and a slick tongue are nice.

A very good offering from SA.

Photo of skrib09
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i poured the cream stout from a bottle into a pint glass and observed the head. it was very dark tan in color and disappeared quickly.

the appearance was much like coffee; black from most angles but dark brown from some.

it smelled of roasted ingredients. the sort of dark smell that wafts together to form something complex. a slight sweetness is noticeable.

the taste continued where the smell left off. chocolate and caramel were noticeable but the last thing left when you put the glass down was a roasty note.

interesting tastes to the sides of the mouth. additional flavors came out upon a little mouth swirling. slightly sweeter, almost foamy textured taste. hard to describe.

good drinkability potential.

dessert beer? maybe. something i'd have with a rosemary-thyme crusted pot roast with stewed potatoes and carrots? definetly.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Nice chocolate aroma.

T = Cocoa flavors upfront with hints of caramel and vanilla in the middle. A slight bitterness appears near the finish, but works well for balance. I'm left with a nice mocha flavor.

MF = Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and very easy to drink.

Overall, this was a solid stout and easily sessionable. Great job by the BBC on this one.

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

The first out of the Sam Adams Winter Collection. While I've had all these beers before, this will be a current review. Dark brown, almost black color with a tan head and very nice lacing. VERY nice dark/dry chocolate aroma, backed up by hints of mocha, slightly nutty, and sugary sweetness. Taste is dryer than the nose leads you to be believe. The chocolate flavor returns, some bitter roasted malt character, and the slightest hop bitterness towards the finish. Starts off sweet and finishes dry. Very well-balanced, but not overpowering in flavor. Methinks the flavor profile is just right, and any heavier wouldn't be any more enjoyable. Creamy mouthfeel, slightest carbonation, extra smooth. Easy to put back a few of these and would be great on nitro tap. Easily my first or second favorite brew by BBC to date.

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

Served out of my friends fridge poured into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some tan head and lacing.

Smell is light, some malt and roasted grain in the background.

Taste is well rounded and robust. Roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt, a touch of smoke. Roasted malt/grain in the background. A bit sweet and hop profile is minimal.

Creamy and smooth. Full bodied. Thick. Almost syrupy.

This is a very tasty stout. Sam Adams winter beers are some of my favorites. A bit heavy which limits drinkability somewhat. A fine choice.

Photo of atliens81
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yep... this is another good one from Sam Adams. I know this may sound strange, but I thought it had an aroma that smelled A LOT like cherries. Ironically, I thought the cherry smell was better than Sam Adams cherry wheat. I got mine from a bottle and poured in to a mug. The taste has just so many levels it almost hard to describe. It's of course smooth and heavy like any good stout should be. It's certainly creamy. But on the back end, its got an almost fizzy and sweet after taste. It almost reminds me of the taste you get when you eat chocolate and then wash it down with a dr pepper. The chocolate reacts with the carbonation in the soda and explodes on the roof of your mouth. That's the best way I can describe this beer. Overall, very good beer. I don't think it's one I could drink a lot of in a sitting though.

Photo of jjanega08
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= tan head very small and dissipates too quickly in my opinion dark opaque color
S= very chocolaty with a fruity overtone
T= Delicious. chocolaty, milky
M= smooth little carbonation with is a nice touch. creamy feel in the mouth
D= great for having with a nice steak also perfect for just sitting back and chillin with a movie :)

Photo of sethmeister
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked best by November 08. Sampled at cellar temp into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black with one fat finger of finely bubbled tan head. The glass shows red edges when held to the light.

Scent is caramel, bitter dark chocolate and roasted grain. Possibly faint leafy hops. A whiff of molasses now and again.

Taste is caramel malt, soft dark chocolate, slight roasted flavor. Perhaps the slightest hint of citric hop at the tail end. Little bitterness; not overly sweet either.

Mouthfeel is a creamy mouth-coating medium.

Drinkability is excellent. Each sip leaves me wanting another and the low ABV makes it a delightful session beer.

Cream Stout is a beer I've enjoyed for years. As my palate has grown and my tastes have matured I've discovered bigger, bolder stouts but I continue to enjoy this fine beer and think it is one of Sam's best.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, black body with mountainous tan head that leaves me waiting a little bit and some lacing to boot. Big malty smell of coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe a touch of toasted.
Medium-to-full bodied but not overly thick, this is a very smooth and creamy beer that has a sweet taste to it. Different malts come out like the coffee and chocolate, but it finishes with a clean and sturdy backbite, all the while maintaining that sweetness. This might be a little mild for some stout fans, but I thought it was perfect to session - a good, somewhat complex taste and it just constantly refreshes you as you drink it.

Photo of Berticus
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of stouts but this one is awesome.
It speaks for itself being named cream stout. i couldnt get enough of it. its got a decent and mildly rude introduction creamy taste and smooth aftertaste. just like a stout would with a little bit of creaminess.
The creaminess is the kind that you find in werthers origional.

Photo of mcsquint
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Poured dark black, nearly opaque, with creamy 2 finger tan head.
S - Aroma of milk, chocolate and coffee.
T - Very smooth, rich flavors of chocolate and coffee with caramel.
M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Very smooth with a surprisingly clean finish
D - This is a very drinkable stout. Going to pour another right now!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from a Sam Adams mix pack. I thought this one was better than average but nothing too outstanding. Pours a very dark color and looks very appealing. Has some good drinkability to it and a solid mouthfeel but I feel the taste/flavor is lacking a bit. I'll have to go back and try it again.

Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -8.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
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
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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