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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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2,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 99 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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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
Photo of slagle9480
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather nice stout. Nothing to write home about, but still quite decent.

I liked the caramel and coffee-esque approach to the brew.

Stouts are becoming my favorite type of beer and Sam Adams' Cream Stout will always be welcome in my fridge.

Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of SA.

slagle9480, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a coffee-colored head and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - Milk chocolate, coffee with cream and caramel-like sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, cappuccino. Milky but not overly thick; more medium-bodied. Light carbonation helps to accentuate the creamy texture.

Notes - A nicely done English-style stout. Low in alcohol but with plenty of flavor and character.

largadeer, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the holiday pack.

A: Super dark brown mocha head with some lacing.

S: Coffee with some roasted malt. Little bit of sweetness as well.

T: Sweet malt. I would almost say the creaminess is part of the taste if that makles sense. I also got a slight taste of wood. No clue on that one.

M: Med silky body.

D: Easy drinking for a stout but the sweetness kind of kills it for me. Too much of a good thing.

aerozeppl, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of americanaqualung
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit thick with a fairly thick foamy head. Very dark beer with very little redish-brown light passing through.

S - Has smells of chocolate with light hints of coffee. Very pleasing smell.

T - The taste is of a very strong roasted malt and fairly strong hop. The coffee flavors come through on the tasting, yet chocolate doesn't seem as strong on taste as the smell would indicate. Overall a fairly sweet taste with a slight bitter bite.

M - The feel is thick and a little sticky on the tounge with a dry, slight bitter after taste.

D - While this is a bit sweeter than I prefer my stouts and porters, it is a fairly nice beer. I think this would make a better stand alone beer or an after dinner beer due to the flavors and sweetness.

americanaqualung, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head with good lacing on the sides and surface. Nose is chocolatey with dark fruit notes and an underlying sweetness. Dark roasted malt in the front with a bit of coffee flavor. Becoming sweeter with some herbal hops. Light lingering bitterness mostly from the roasted malt. Pretty balanced and tastey. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. A very solid beer overall and one of my dads favorites.

burnstar, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of sjohansen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone got me a sixer of the Sam’s winter beer assortment. The cream stout was a pretty big surprise.

Pours a nice thick black with a hint of red, making an extremely dark mahogany. A pretty thick caramel color head appears immediately, and sticks around for almost half the glass. The head dissipates slowly with lots of lacing.

This one smells of chocolate malts. It reminds me of the smell of a fresh box of Gertrude Hawk Peanut Butter Smidgens. The chocolate really comes out in the nose.

The first sip reveals a smoky flavor that took me completely by surprise. I was not expecting it, but it was quite welcome. Because of the Cream Stout nomenclature I thought I was going to get smooth and light. What I got was a smoky open, a thick chocolate malt backbone, and a slightly bitter finish. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but just enough to dance on the palate.

I tried this in late December. It’s freezing cold outside, and this is a great stout for the season. I was expecting something smooth, light, and sweet, but what I got was a deep, rich, complex, bitter, roasted, and smoky treat that I will definitely search out in the future.

sjohansen, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Pours black color. Nice tan head, and lots of lace.
smell - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate here.
taste - Roasted malt and dark chocolate here again. Some hops here to balance it out.
mouthfeel - Creamy and bitter here.
drinkability - Very good, had this from the winter pack, but is brewed year round. Would purchase this again.

auxiliary, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of esch
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Great color. Head dissipated too quickly.

S: Strongly of roasted malt. A bit of coffee and chocolate peeking through.

T: A little smoky. Must be from the abundance of toasted malt. Not as sweet as you might imagine from the aroma. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Aggressively carbonated. Very light on the palate.

D: This is a pretty good beer. Could stand to be a tad sweeter, but it makes for good drinking on a cold winter evening.

esch, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Winter Seasonal Pack. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Chalice. Poured a strikingly dark black with a 3 inch billowy head. Head subsided and left an off white film on the top of the beer all the way down. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Taste is a little weak. There is definitely a bit of chocolate in it but it fades to an astringent taste, almost like overly strong coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty dry finish. Well, I'm not going to buy a sixer of it but I will drink it if its in the Winter mix again next year.

hwwty4, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the bottle of my winter mixed pack and I think I saved the best for last. Pours dark as night with nice off-white head, almost looks nitro-like with the thick, creamy head. Decent retention and good lacing. Smell has much more of a "dark" sense to it than some other stouts, a dark coffee and some chocolate. Taste is exceptional. Roasted grains, coffee, chocolate all the flavors you expect to have in a stout and then a touch of cream (as expected by the name). Its subtle, but there is a sweetness to it. Full bodied and thick, leaves a somewhat oily feeling. Overall a terrific beer and I think the highest yet I've rated from Sammy A.

bunnyhustle, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz shared with my brother.. picked up at the Coop.. mine from a shaker pint.

Black with dark chesnut highlites and a tan head with beautiful lacing..

Aroma is chocolate and cream.. roasted malts meld very well with the sweetness.. even smells creamy... like lightly sweetened coffee mixed with whole milk.

Body is lite/medium but everything mixes very nicely.. carbonation may be a touch high (big bubbles) .. flavor is roasted grains/coffee with creamy but lightly balanced sweetness.. creamy finish without being too sweet.

I have to admit, I've had this brew a bunch of times over the years, and have never given it enough respect. It is a seriously dialed in Milk Stout... Now I have to think about this one.. really pretty nice.

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of windigo32
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle the last time, so I didn't bother to report. This time I had it out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown that doesn't let light through. There is a slight foamy head that is a light brown that doesn't hold for long.

S: This smells like coffee, perhaps espresso with that slight burnt coffee bean smell.

T: From the glass, it tastes different than the bottle. There is a mix of coffee and leather with a slight hint of smoke.

M: The feel of the beer is very smooth, almost chewey but not quite. It is Guiness like in feel, but not as thick.

D: Although I'd like to have more than one of these at a time, my stomach disagrees with that thought. Still, it goes down easily enough and more would definately be an option if eating a meal.

windigo32, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of aquaderek
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tasting glass. It is a very nice looking beer dark and hearty looking creamy tan head that stands 2 inches in the tasting glass and sticks around for quite a while. The nose is initially coffee and fig notes, then some faint burnt smokiness. The taste of this beer is first a hit of sweet roasted malt and sweetness then a nice subtle hoppy bite to round it out. The mouthfeel is great nice and creamy with the right amount of carbonation. As far as drinkability, I drank 2 over the course of this review, and plan on keeping going. This is truly a great beer, complex and well balanced and indulgently sweet and creamy.

aquaderek, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark black coffee color and thick foamy tan head. I detect a sweet carmel and coffee aroma and I think I'm picking up a smokey scent as well. Tastes like toasted sweet malty coffee/carmel with a very nice low-carbonation creamy texture. Quite easy to drink. The beer that this beer most reminds me of is Mackeson's XXX. I like this style of beer and this is a very good example.

berserker256, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Second beer of the night, poured into a goblet as it was my only clean glass. Very dark, almost black color with some light tan head that receded to a thin veil of a covering but left nice lacing. I might have a stuffed nose or something, because i wasn't smelling anything from this beer.

Taste is lighter on the roasted malts than most stouts tend to be, which i like. Biggest drawback here is the little bit of metallic aftertaste that i keep getting after every sip. Tasty, though.

Mouthfeel here is not what i was looking for. Feels pretty thin for a regular, let alone a cream stout. Carbonation seems a bit high, as well. Though it has its faults, this is a decent beer. If you like darker beers, pick up the Sam adams winter mixed pack and give this one a try.

wheelinshirt, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark and pure black with a one inch tan head, little bit see though, the head fades rather quickly leaving little lacing.

S: Certainly creamy with a good toasty malt presence with hints of coffee and chocolate

T/MF: Very toasty, almost smokey (strangly enough) at the first sip then goes to the creamy goodness I was expecting.

D: This is just another solid offering from Sam Adams, I love their winter seasonals better than their summers.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the winter mix 12 pack. 12 oz. bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a tan head 2/3 of an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with very nice lacing. Malty aromas of toasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate are present. Rounded out some hops. The taste is pretty much the same. Toasted malt, coffee, caramel, and chocolate hints, rounded out some some hoppy goodness. Very nice balance, although the sweeter flavors are a bit stronger here. Has a full bodied, crisp and frothy mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be to the developed palate. Another excellent offering from the fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. pick up a Winter Mix 12 pack and try this!


neenerzig, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How exactly this is a cream stout is beyond me but it's a solid stout with all the usual offerings. Dark character, roasted malt with coffee undertones set in. Taste is full and goes down with a malty finish, nice balance of hops at the end. Slightly thin tasting for a stout which I usually find to be fuller in character. A nice beer though, solid as any stout and a great addition for the winter.

TheDeuce, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark color into Samuel Adams glass. Small head a little lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent to me.

Dark malts are apparent , coffee and dark chocolate come to mind. Generous amount of hops finish this off nicely.

Mouthfeel is decent , perhaps not a sweet/full as I'd like it. Nicely carbonated.

Overall an easy drinking stout.

shroompod, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black body with brown tracings of a half-inch head--attractive...toasted vs. roasted--caramel, chocolate and a bit buttery...creamy indeed; lightly carbonated, medium bodied, light alcohol notes...lightly sweet and bitter balance...subtle in character...too subtle? the brew cut through my cold to present a well-balanced stout that is softly drinkable and a quality beer that is readily available. A nice inclusion to the brewery’s winter sampler.

dacrza1, Dec 16, 2007
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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