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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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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 161
Gots: 143 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer has a great dark inky black color with a sticky cream colored head

S: this beer smells like a coffee covered in cream with a shot of chocolate maybe some whipped cream as well.

T: there is a very carbonated creamy there is an almost espresso and milk taste, i dont mean to rip off the flavor from the beer style, but it does fit the type which is why there is definitely some coffee in it at least taste wise

M/D: i could swallow tis beer all day, enough said

Photo of babaracas
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with big fluffy tan head, lots of clingy lacing.
Smell: unsweetened chocolate, roasted malts, coffee + cream, smoked breakfast meats (canadian? bacon). Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel. The medium-sweet malt is balanced by a nice earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied with a super slick/silky and creamy feel. Incredibly drinkable sweet stout.

Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights, and a light, creamy tan lid.

The aroma is light but pleasant. Chocolate and roasted malts with creamy mellowness.

The taste matches up nicely. Lightly sharp and sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a creamed coffee bitterness in the finish. Lightish in body but retains a milky creaminess and fresh, carbonated, effervescence.

Pretty good, very sessionable.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep brown/black with minimal tan head. Head subsides quickly leaving a thin collar which remains for awhile then disappears completely. When held up to the light very little light shines through-but one can see that the true body color is dark brown.

S-Nose is of medium strength. A sweet chocolate smell dominates, but caramel malt and toffee can also be detected.

T-Toasted malt upfront with hints of toffee-tastes very much like a coffee stout upfront. These flavors subside for the finish and make way for a burst of chocolate (tastes like chocolate milk). To sum this one up it starts off like a mild coffee stout and finishes like a milk stout.

M-Nothing special about this mouthfeel-but it is decent. Low to medium carbonation and a medium weight body-much lighter than most stouts.

D- This, like all milk stouts I have come across has a good drinkability. The flavor is full-but not too strong, the ABV is sessionable, and the mouthfeel isn't too heavy. Overall this is a good,sessionable, milk stout.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate caramel malts with moderate citrus hops and some cinnamon in the smell. Pours dark brown with a brown head. eTaste is watery with nutty malts preseant. Tastes a hell of a lot like Guinness Draught. Quite dry for a sweet stout, but goes down well.

Photo of hdofu
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a chocolate mocha taste to this beer which lingers long after a sip. It has a smooth silk feel to the tongue. It is is dark as night color. It is an easy beer to drink and one well worth keeping on hand for special occasions like getting off from work.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with 1.5 finger beige head. Good head retention with some lacing. Outstanding looking beer. Roasted coffee smell with hint of chocolate. Taste is great with roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and touch of hops to round it out. Only drawback is what I perceive as lack of thickness and over carbonation. Mouthfeel aside this is still one of my favorite beers and ease of drinkability allows me to enjoy several in one sitting.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall great beer. Very true to the style. Pours a beautiful solid black

smells of chocolate, some hops, great smell.

This beer tastes like chocolate velvet. Some coffee taste, bittering hops creep up every now and then.

Great mouthfeel, this beer is truly smooth and goes down easy. Fantastic beer, if you can get it, try it.

Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--Ink black color to the body and a nice thick tan head. Head lasts the whole way through.

S--Chocolate, sweet smell

T--Chocolate, then nice hop, floral bitterness in the middle, then it finishes with a nice milk chocolate ending. Leaves me feeling like I drank chocolate milk.

M--Medium body.

D--Very drinkable. I could drink these all night and not get tired. Makes me wonder why they aren't pushing this line more than some of there other beers. Maybe one of there best styles brewed.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle I poured this into my Sam Adams glass where it rested a nice black with a tan head and nice lacing. Nose of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate, and some hazelnut. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts with some light hops. Nice finish, with some bitterness. Really nice brew.

Photo of youngleo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured almost black in color, with a chocolate colored head. Left some nice sticky lacing. I wonder what this would look like on top of vanilla ice cream. Just a thought. Left some beautiful lacing with every swallow.
S- Smelled of coffee and caramel. Hops was very evident.
T- Tasted of creamy coffee and caramel. Had a coffee aftertaste. Head tasted of creamy coffee as well.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Tasted a little thick, but not like some dark beers Ive had.
D- The brew was very rich tasting. There was some time and effort that went into making this.

Photo of csmiley
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of brandoneast
4.34/5  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.

Photo of BBM
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of assmasterson
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of matty
4.27/5  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!!

Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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?).

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