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

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2,363 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 142
Gots: 105 | 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 jeffmonarch
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark and thinner than I expected. Light head that fades quickly.

S - Creamy with hints of chocolate.

T - Smooth, with a burst of chocolate.

M - Starts nice, flows over your tongue with a good carbonation and flavors with a great finish.

D - Good, it's smooth and goes down easy.

jeffmonarch, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black beer with a finger of tan head. Head lasts for a few sips and there is a bit of lacing present.

Smell: Creamy aroma with a good amount of chocolate and malts

Taste: You get a big creamy taste at the beginning of the sip. Followed quickly by the addition of a sweet chocolate flavor. The two blend very well to give this beer a nice chocolate milk flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness. Sweet flavor coats the mouth and sticks around for a good long while.

Drinkability: Very high. Very good beer that drinks very smoothly. I am thrilled that this beer is available in the Winter mix pack since it has been discontinued in my area. One of my first favorite beers and still holds up very well after a few years absense. Highly recommended, my favorite Sam Adams brew.

hellcatsjg, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- puffy rocky 2in tan head w a reddish brown tint to it, looks like buckwheat pancake batter, leaves sticky trails of lace on the glass. body is dark brown/black with garnet highlights.

S- nutty sweet, dark wood, nutshells maybe brazil nuts? coffee grounds, water, milk chocolate, volatile earthy hop aromas come and go fast, but make a noticeable appearance nonetheless.

T- malty sweet & sour dark cocoa, coffee, burnt wood, burnt nutshells, dark squishy over rip fruit, soil, peat? resinous herbal hops at the end mingle with the coffee & cocoa malts and just hang out for awhile.

MF/D- very creamy indeed. almost nitro creamy. powdery feel stays on the palate, medium low carbonation, this feels like a meal in itself.

hustlesworth, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, almost purplish, brown with a creamy cafe au lait head and some here-and-there lacing. Smell is roast forwarded with more subtle whiffs of chocolate and an odd sweaty sock aroma. Flavor has a cola-like sweetness with bigger chocolate than in the smell. The sock off-flavor is not as prominent in the taste. Roast comes out more towards the middle and sticks around on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and not all that thick considering the sweetness. OK drinkability. I was interested in having this after not having drunk it in years, but I don't see myself seeking this out again any time soon.

goochpunch, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of bozebus17
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came as part of the winter pack I picked up last night.

Poured a cola-like black with a nice tan head. The head doesn't last long but lacing is fairly evident throughout the glass.

This beer has an extremely strong nose. There are all kinds of things going on here. I detect toffee, roasted aromas, sweet caramel, and mocha. It smells absolutely phenomenal.

If the scent didn't impress me enough the flavor really got me. The big toffee character returns in the flavor. There are roasted flavors all over the place. The biggest flavor note is a nice bittersweet flavor followed by just a hint of coffee. It is very smooth and creamy on the palate and finishes clean.

Wow, this is without a doubt the best beer I have ever had from Boston Brewing. This really goes to show that larger breweries can still produce outstanding products. I think other American brewers could take a note from the relatively low ABV of this brew. Big flavors can come in smaller packages. Delicious, smooth, and highly drinkable. Give me this beer again any day.

bozebus17, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of mbrooks
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around exceptional beer. Purchased as part of the Winter Classics mix pack, but I'd gladly buy this in its own sixer as well.

12 oz. bottle poured into 20 oz. pub glass. Drank the first half at refrigerator temperature, stopped for a few minutes and let warm somewhat before finishing.

A: Very dark brown in color, two-finger medium brown head that dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: Chocolate malt, a slight amount of hops.
T: Similar to the smell. Chocolate, coffee, some malt. Some hops, but still noticeably sweet and not very bitter.
M&D: Don't drink this one cold. Much more pleasant in the mouth once it's gotten a little bit above fridge temps. Medium bodied; I could put back 3 or 4 of these before I got full. Nice, somewhat dry finish.

Highly recommended! You won't taste much if you drink it cold straight from the fridge, but if you let it sit out 5-10 minutes and start on it when it's cool, it will be an absolute treat.

mbrooks, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a thick bubbly head. Nice lace is left behind as the head dissipates, leaving a thin film with clusters of bubbles.

Aroma is of rich baker's chocolate, malt, coffee grounds, and honey. As the beer warms the sweeter elements shine, as does the dry coco scents.

Flavor holds a bitterness up front of the hops, which mellow allowing the malts and chocolate notes come through. Nearly perfectly balanced flavor.

HugoGrim, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. This was part of the winter 12 pack (as an added bonus the 12er was only $9.99 at my local supermarket). The beer was a very dark brown/black with red highlights when held up to the light. A medium sized head. The aroma was swet roasted malt and coffee. A taste of espresso with a hint of chocolate. Nice and sweet, a little hop bitterness late. A very smooth, enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a few of these (now included in the SA Winter Classics case) this week. I started out being unimpressed but it has won me over.

Appears 99% opaque in a Samuel SMITH glass (yeah, that's right) with a nice fluffy head. It's coffee-colored, and that lends itself to the aroma. Subtle coffee notes. It's nice.

The roasted malts are very soft in this stout. It's a glass of velvet, really. Medium-bodied rather than thick. That's the only thing I didn't like.

edskirk3, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of spiffysamurai
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer cam pretty close to black. An extremely dark brown that could not be seen through.

S: The beer smelt of strong chocolate and other sweet flavors like a light coffee.

T: The beer tasted as good as most cream stouts. The person can taste the chocolate and malt straight up. The cream is evidence, but not overbearing.

M: Felt good in the mouth. Not too thick, not too thin.

D: Extremely drinkable, easy to drink and goes down quite well with dark chocolate or a nice smoked meat.

spiffysamurai, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah I'm impressed. Pours an almost black color with a nice medium head. Smells like burnt malt and caramel, but slightly. Taste is very smooth creamy sweet malt with a hint of unsweentened cocoa in the background. Overall a definite winner, this is something I hope is available all year around. This is the kind of stout Guiness should be making, damn good beer. Go get it now!!

Manosbeeroffate, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: A nice pour. This beer is a deep brown and black with very little signs of light. There are, however, cranberry highlights that show twinkles of light. The head is a dark tan and rises to about 1.5 inches. Bubbles vary in size, and ample lace is left on the sides of the glass. The head takes awhile to subside.

Smell: The main aroma is burnt toast. Fresh bagels, coffee, leather, beef jerky. Big malt aroma with not a lot of sugar presence.

Taste: Huge malt profile. Flavors begin with beef jerky and smoke. Dark chocolate, coffee with cream, and bitter espresso decide the meat of the beer. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a roasted malt taste. Sugars are not high, which causes little interruption of flavors. Alcohol is not noticable.

Drinkability: Very nice. This is a good addition to the Sam Adams Winter Sampler. It is a smoothe drinking stout that is low in alcohol and has lots of deep flavors. A good choice for a milk stout.

Risser09, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown-black with a half-finger tan head that turned to a good lace that stuck nicely to the glass.

S- Some coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Not as bold as some others.

T- Roasted malts give a chocolate and coffee flavor.

M- Decent. Not quite as full as expected.

D- Pretty good drinker. I could have more than 1, but I'm not going drink this one all night long.

Overall- It's a beer I'd drink again, but not really seek out. I'm happy to see it in the Winter Classics 12 pack this year.

GRPunk, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Winter Mix pack into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a deep molasses black with a two-finger head of hazelnut colored foam. The foam settled after a moment or two, leaving a brown ring around the stout.

S: Smells of deep, robust roasted chocolate, espresso and sugary molasses. There big malt character, but a little piney hop in the nose as well.

T: Huge panel of complex, sweet malted flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, a little spicy hop bitterness and babka bready sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is full and rich, but very smooth as well.

D: It's a dominating flavor, and a heavy-bodied brew, but the modest ABV and overall great taste would allow you to session it, or make for a great dessert beer.

A very nice sweet stout; not too sweet, just the right blend of chocolate, coffee and caramel malts to make for a great selection any time of year.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that impressive out of the bottle. Flat head. Very little carbonation. Not much to look at.

Chocolate and coffee in the smell. Okay. Average stout smell.

The roasted coffee flavor is very strong in the taste -- too strong probably. It dominates everything else. It's a smooth drink though. Enjoyable enough to drink another. Just wish it wasn't quite so one dimensional.

jar2574, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic, the Cream Stout is an inky black with a medium sized, off-white head that fades to a long lasting skim, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is lots of dusted coco, caramel and maybe a hint of anise.

Taste is also nice rich chocolate but with a firm roasted note as well, a nice balance aided by the hop bit. Really super tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but body is on the lighter side.

Drinkablity is high. Very tasty, but light and low ABV.

ccrida, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before Feb served in a pint glass
This one pours a nice black with brown around the edges and a fairly thick tan head, the head sticks around nicely. The smell is upfront roasted black coffee and black malt, followed by chocolate malt it's slightly fruity and a bit smoky as well. The taste is dominated by coffee like flavors it is actually a bit astringent if it's too cold but as it warms a touch of sweet caramel malt comes through but again it is dominated by bitter dark malt there is a touch of spicy hop in there too but it is definitely hidden underneath, the roasted black malts do all the talking here. Mouthfeel is fairly full especially and soft especially when warm, not as soft as a nitro stout but remains a bit more prickly which I like this beer leaves a long lingering coffee flavor in the mouth. For me the drinkability is good but not great I'm not the biggest coffee fan and after one or two I could see the coffee flavor turning me off a bit but still this is a great stout one that I wish I had picked up earlier and will probably try again.

fank2788, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of nickynick
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a nice head and very good lacing. Only lost points because of the other sweet stouts I have had, they were darker. Smell was of some sweet cream, but was faint. Taste of this beer was good. Sweet milk chocolate followed by a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel was good. Not to much carbon, and not overly heavy. Drinkabilty was ok, went down good, but was the slightest bit filling.

Overall this was a good cream stout. I would be interested to do a side by side with Mackeson. They are made at the same brewery. This seemed a bit light, and might be my choice if I want a sweet stout that won't fill me up. But I would take a Mackeson, or St. Peter's if want a bit more flavor.

nickynick, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't the term "cream stout" sound dreamy? To drift down a river of sweet goodness, and then mix with a pool of booze. Mmmm...count me in. On to the beer:

Exceptional dark appearance topped by a dense, tan colored head. The smell is off the hook! Crazy coffee, roasted malts, and milky. So far, we're off to a good start. The trend continues with a sweetish taste, almost milk-like. Coffee flavors in the background, and not bitter up front. A touch of molasses. Light hop flavor in the back of the tongue. It's soft and gentle, but packed with a very good taste.

I think I found a new beverage to have for breakfast, and that's Sam Adams Cream Stout. It's drinkable, not heavy, and damn tasty. Looking for a beer to turn a coffee lover onto? This would be my pick.

DoubleJ, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell of roasted malts. Tastes like roasted malts, and coffee. Then turns to a flavor I can't quite place. Molasses or burned caramel? Quite flavorful and interesting, but it isn't quite as tasty as it smells, at least for me. First cream stout I've had though, so I have no comparison or feel for the style. Mouthfeel has the same consistency as most of the other Sam Adams beers I've had. I'd have this again.

Strix, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is stark black with an average head that stays throughout the drink.
Smells incredibly chocolatey, like a nice porter should.
Tastes very rich. Nice chocolate tastes with a little caramel. Notes of hops at the end as well.
The beer is smooth and rich, with a little less thickness than I would like for a cream stout.
This beer is very rich, making it hard to drink a large amount of. However, a good drinkability for a cold winter night.

BDIMike, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has the same label as every other Sam Adams six pack bottle has, a cheerful and smiling Sam Adams toasting a pint of beer. It would have been nice of them to notch the side of the label where they have the best before date month and year.

Appearance: When poured into an American pint glass, this Sam Adams was a straight up coffee black with a few brownish ruby red highlights at the bottom of the beer. That was the only place where a little light could shine through the darkness that is called Sam Adams Cream Stout. Not only was the color great, but it had an excellent 1 1/2 to 2 inch mocha colored head of foam that left behind tons of mocha colored rings and lace around the glass. If that wasn't enough, there was also a small mocha film over the top of the the beer that lasted the entire duration of the beer's life in my glass. I just can't say enough good things about the appearance of this beer. It was amazing!

Smell: If I had to describe the aroma of this beer in one word, I would have to use the word "odd." It started off real nice with plenty of roasted malts, milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a splash of sweet caramel. That would have been just great by itself, but after all that, the aroma suddently changed from that to what smelled like sour roasted malt and bulk grocery store gummies. It smelled exactly like those gummies shaped like fruit and animals that you can buy at your local grocery store bulk bins for $1.99 per pound. I had no idea a beer could smell like that, but Sam Admas managed to change my perception of what a beer can smell like.

Taste: After the exceptional appearance and the some what odd aroma of bulk gummies, I had mildly high expections that this beer was going to taste great. Let me just say that it wasn't all that great. I thought this beer was going to be filled with nothing but dark roasted flavors, but instead it tasted like something went wrong somewhere. The first taste that showed up was those sour roasted malts that were in the aroma. They didn't need to be there. After the sour roasted malts were gone, some roasted coffee beans, a slice of dark chocolate, and a pinch of burnt hops emerged. Everything after the sour roasted malts was good, but it would have been much better if it wasn't for those darn sour roasted malts. It wasn't just that one bottle that tasted like that, it was the entire 6 pack that tasted like that.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied that had had an aftertaste of those darn sour roasted malts mixed in with espresso beans, milk chocolate, and a few roasted hops. What was with this beer and sour roasted malt?

Drinkability: If this beer didn't have an infatuation with sour roasted malts, I would have consistered this beer more drinkable. I might give this beer another chance down road. I just hope by that time they have stopped souring their roasted malts in this beer. Hooray for the appearance, but neh for everything else.

AltBock, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The winter classics has arrived, with a welcome new addition.
12oz bottle poured into SA glass.

A: black with faint reddish hue. two finger creamy tan head that lasts and lacing down the glass

S: Yeah! Starbux classic coffee ice cream, chocolate malt and a little caramel

T: similar to aroma: roast coffee, chocolate

M: smooth, creamy, med-full body, slight chocolate bitterness

D: very drinkable- one of my favorites. Every time I have one I wonder why it's not in my fridge more often.

Rainintheface, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted barley aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and even toffee.

Taste: Rich roasted maltiness leads with the taste of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee giving a mocha impression. Some toffee rolls by midway. Mild graininess. No more than a touch of hops in the finish. Chocolatey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that's very easy to drink down. For me, it's one of the top Samuel Adams beers.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my second sampling from the '07 winter sampler ; pours a dark almost pitch reddish-black w/ a frothy tan head, and bubbles of "oil-slick" black floating in it, dissapates too quick to enjoy this visual quality, some broken lacing as well ; not a strong smell, mostly a vinous chocolaty/burnt-toast aroma, no hop to speak of ; a thin tart roasted malt flavor, some almost smoky notes, burnt chocolate perhaps, if the flavor was stronger it would be more identifiable ; dry light bodied brew, decent co2 level ; very drinkable, tho not as good as most of this style i've tried..

animal69, Nov 18, 2007
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.