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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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2,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 128
Gots: 77 | 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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Into a pint glass, pours a dark black brown, a decent light tan head with little lacing, pretty decent start. The aroma is pretty nice too, good stoutly stuff going on. The malts take on bitter chocolate notes, there is a slight coffee thing going on, there is some lactose quality to it, and now to...

Taste is quite balance, nuanced, and full. This isn't the in your face Impy Stout, its a subtle buddy, roasty malts blending with a creamy lactose, like chocolate milk and coffee, there must be some hops creating this nice bittering. But the theme here is smooth, oh so smooth, creamy, silky, with the fairest of effervescence. This is a tasty stout, as easily enjoy in June as in January.

07-27-2007 02:03:43 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of biggmike


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Beautiful dark pour with nice creamy head. Roasted malt flavors are evident with hints of coffee. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly sweet finish. Possibly a bit thin for a stout. Very good beer that I have had on numerous occasions. Reasonalbly priced and easy to find, even in beer purgatory, Mississippi.

07-19-2007 11:51:00 | More by biggmike
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured a pitch black color with a respectable brown head that settled fairly quickly. Smells of lightly roasted coffee,steamed milk,chocolate. Tastes amazing! Chocolate, coffee, a cloying sweetness all compete for your attention. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, good body, nice creamy texture. One of the most drinkable stouts i've had in a long time. I could easily make this an everyday beer.

07-12-2007 19:49:25 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of dragonglen


4.35/5  rDev +11%

I poured this into a Beamish glass.

A - This poured nice and dark with a thick head about a finger thick. I can't see light through it, so it's pretty thick. This is how a stout should look. Some lacing throughout the consumption.

S - This smells so delicious. Definitely cream and chocolate. As I drink it I keep smelling it, it's that good. Few beers have smelled better to me.

T - Chocolaty and creamy. It goes down so smoothly. A nice roasted coffee aftertaste. Not as dry as I had feared and a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

M - Some carbonation, definitely not overwhelming. It actually makes my mouth water after each sip. A bit thick.

D - I can probably drink 2 of these. A bit thicker, but not in a bad way. Everything tastes so good though I would probably want to drink more, but would also probably feel full.

07-01-2007 23:59:10 | More by dragonglen
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.72/5  rDev +20.4%

Aroma is very strong and smoky, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It just screams "Drink me!" It pours a beautiful sable, nearly black and opaque, with a thick tan head. Flavor does not disappoint - it is rich and smoky with whispers of chocolate and coffee. It goes down smooth and lively and leaves a pleasant aftertaste like burnt coffee that has a touch of chocolate in it. A must for any stout and porter fanatic.

07-01-2007 21:13:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of fightingirishcmk

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Trying this beer in the summer months isn't something I had intended upon- but nevertheless, I found it to be quite enjoyable. Best by October 2007.

A: Poured into a pint glass, and was happy to see a good tan head over this obsidian brew. Lacing was also pretty good on the glass.

S: The smell of sweet molasses, vanilla, roasted malts all came together for a very sweet and enjoyable aroma.

T: Taste is pretty solid, with the roasted sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, slightly caramel. If I had to choose a dominant flavor, it would probably be coffee.

M: For a cream stout, its alright. The carbonation is almost a little too high to call it "creamy", but overall its decent.

D: For drinking it on a summer night, I was somewhat surprised. It was great. I am a big stout fan, and will probably down quite a few of these this summer and continuing on. I loved it: delicious, solid representation, and fairly inexpensive.

06-30-2007 05:07:50 | More by fightingirishcmk
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer pours an opaque black, and has good head formation (comprised of tiny bubbles) for a Sam Adams beer. Aroma is suprisingly roasty and sweetly pleasant. Flavor has a lot of off notes...the roastiness is there, but the entire presentation is a bit off...I get some chemical-ness, some sourness, and some super-sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is substantial and quite dry. I'm not a big fan of most Sam Adams products, but I found this one quite passable. Definitely recommended.

06-25-2007 00:21:31 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of fallboyrappellin


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Served in a "brewtus" style 22 oz glass

This is actually my second tasting of Cream Stout. The first time, I had not chilled enough. This time, it was chilled in the fridge. I may have made a mistake...more flavors came out when it was warmer.

A: Dark. Nice moderate sized tan head appeared during pour, would have been more prominent if not as cold.

S: Like most stouts, hints of coffee. Slight sense of chocolate and caramel, especially when warmer

T: The first time I tasted, there was a large caramel taste. Second time around, more of the coffee taste, and hint of chocolate and caramel.

M: It's a stout. You're going to want to roll this one around in your mouth. No afterburn like some stouts.

D: This would be an excellent fall/winter beer, or served with something heavy (roast, beef stew, or Irish stew). I can drink this by itself, but probably wouldn't for too long. KY summers get hot, and sometimes you can't drink as many stouts/porters as I would like.

06-20-2007 05:26:48 | More by fallboyrappellin
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style Boston Lager Glass.

A: Very deep black, almost ink like. The head and lacing on this beer are some of the best I have ever seen.

S: This brew is simply a sheer joy to smell, as it smells like a wonderfully brewed coffee with a little choclate thrown in as well as a slight hint of milk.

T &M: For my first bottle of this, I drank it too cold, which masked some of the flavors. I highly recommend letting this one sit out of a fridge for a good 15 minutes before it's poured for maximum enjoyment. Anyway, the flavor of this beer is is simply awesome. It starts off with choclate and coffee flavors that are not overwhelming but accompany the awesome creamy mouthfeel of this brew flawlessly. It finishes with a fairly sweet coffee like flavor that just leaves you wanting another sip.

D & Notes: For some damn reason, this brew cannot be sold in Texas, as I had to purchase it in Missouri while visting family. This beer is so good, it would nearly be worth the drive to get more (okay, I am kidding about that). Seriously though, the smootheness of this brew with the complex flavors is awesome. Best of all, nothing is overdone or meant to overwhelm you, so you could easily have a few of these and it still be very enjoyable.

06-03-2007 00:05:21 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of tzieser


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

serverd from a 12 oz bottle poured into a glass

a- pours a very dark black, no transparancy. beautiful tan colored head that dissapates to a nice covering over the glass

s- smells of roasted malts and barley. love it.

t- initial coffee roasted malt flavor gives way to a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor. nice creamy finish. not to sweet, not too bitter. just right.

m- the foamy head feels great going down. nothing to complain about.

d- easy to drink for a stout, however i dont like to drink too many stouts (makes me feel full). aside from this, this is one of the best beers ive had in quite some time.

05-20-2007 07:01:13 | More by tzieser
Photo of BadRockBeer


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Includes freshness date and brief description of the beer.

Appearance: Black, no hue. Rocky mocha head that laced beautifully.

Smell: Smoky chocolate, charcoal grains.

Taste: Bitter chocolate covers the palate. Very slight hints of banana come through. Burnt maltiness that finishes with the sweet chocolate flavors. Nice hop presents, provides adequate bitterness. Balance is still malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky smooth very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair, I could see putting away maybe two pints of this but probably more of an occasional beer. Still a pretty nice example of style.

05-17-2007 03:36:30 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of sulldaddy


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

The beer is poured into a pint glass at room temp. A fluffy creamy tan head of 2 cm foams up easily and fades very slowly. The color is pitch black and no light passes through. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and some cocoa. No real hop presence on the nose. First sip reveals a fizzy carbonation and liter than expected body with slightly thin texture. Flavor is all malt with roasted malt, some coffee bean and hints of baker's chocolate. No sweetness that I would expect from a cream stout but a decent beer. I do get some herbal hops on the finish. This is a decent stout, but dont expect the typical sweetness of a milk stout.

05-15-2007 23:54:42 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of theopholis


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance- Very dark....almost black/super dark brown. When held up to the light you get just a hint of a deep cherry around the edges. The head is nice creamy tan head that sticks around for awhile. Not much lacing tho.

Smell- Mostly roasted malt with a bit of coffee. Just a little malt sweetness hiding in the background. As you bring it up to your mouth and inhale, you get a much stronger coffee aroma swirling around your tounge. Cool.

Taste- Mostly roasted malts and coffe overtones. Nice hop bitteness burn on the tip of the toungue. Very little malt sweetness, and of course, no flavoring hops. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy, which is okay for a milk stout. The heavy, syrupiness gives you a wonderful after-taste as the beer clings to your tounge and jowels.

Drinkability- I don't know a lot about milk stouts, but this stuff taste pretty good.

05-02-2007 03:35:24 | More by theopholis
Photo of bobhits


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

I'll start this review with a little about my tastes. I've had a milk stout and I've had this cream stout. Those are the only stouts that really fit this category so keep that in mind. I also am not a huge stout fan. I like beets with a LOT of flavor, but the flavor of stouts isn't my normal choice, but I’m not saying I dislike them.

A. Pitch black with a nice tan head. Leaves a nice lacing of the glass.

S. I really wish I could express what I'm smelling here. It's the smell of a stout (without the normal chocolate, caramel, coffee coming out clearly) but with a bit more sweetness than normal.

T. As far as your average stouts (price wise) go this one really is what I want from a stout. It's not an extremely flavorful beer, but it's also less than 8 dollars a 6 pack. This beer really has a nice lightness with a greatly great sweet finish that does remind me of cream. Sort of what you'd get with coffee in cream only it's a stout. The malts come out very well, a bit burnt tasting, but not nearly as strong as many are.

m. A good mix of carination and a sticky smoothness to the beer. Really helps bring out the idea of it being a "cream" stout. it might have a hint of artificial flavoring to it, but it's not over powering like some sam adams can be (I'm looking at you cherry wheat).

d. I really can't see myself having more than two of these in a sitting. It's not terribly heavy, but the combination of taste and mouth feel make it something you want to sip on without being really complex and flavorful enough to justify how slow I'm drinking it. Fairly average.

05-01-2007 19:23:16 | More by bobhits
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours out of the bottle pitch black, there is a faint ruby hue when the glass is held to light. Head is a beautiful two finger, tan colored with good retention and some really good lacing. Smell is of sweet chocolate, toffee, cream, mixed nuts, and coffee.

There are some really nice flavors here. Nice roasted malt presence creating some nice coffee flavor, there is also some very sweet chocolate flavor in there, caramel is present in the background, and some fruity hops help balance out this brew. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but is a touch more thin and carbonated than I would prefer. Nice drinkability, and overall a solid beer.

04-29-2007 02:32:13 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of BretSikkink


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Extremely dark, close enough to pitch black. Off white head ascends maybe a finger and a half, it's foamy and last long enough.

Aroma is full of flavors, some baker's chocolate, obvious roasted coffee malts, a little sweetness, and something I can't place. Smokey.

Mostly malt flavors, mostly roast within that category. Some sweetness emerges, but not much, more molasses than chocolate. Earthy and creamy, full mouthfeel. Astringent roast character balanced by light hopping, aftertaste keeps on with the mocha flavor and some smoked malt as well.

It's a good mellow stout, the astringency might be a bit much but overall it's very well rounded and a very good example of the sweet stout style.

04-28-2007 02:14:03 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Best before July 2007. Dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a mammoth head of khaki foam. Soft cocoa aromas (like Malt-O-Meal) with slight vanilla and coffee notes -- smells promising! Watered-down chocolate syrup flavors comingle with a bit of malted milk ball and roasted grain coffee. Mouthfeel is sort of thin and sloppy, with nothing very interesting going on. Actually, while being thin it simultaneously seems sticky and syrupy, but in a non-substantial way. Drinkable, but nothing too special.

04-26-2007 23:28:56 | More by orfeu
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Poured a dark, dark brown with a cream-colored head that quickly faded but left a light lacing across the top of the glass. A roasted malt smell, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Delicious taste: a strong roasted flavor once it hits your mouth, then a coffee aftertaste that lingers in the back of your throat, with the slightest hint of chocolate. The aftertaste is the proper mix of sweet and bitterness. Goes down creamy, and has the right touch of light carbonation. A nice wet finish leaves you wanting another sip. Very drinkable, and even though this beer fills you up, I wanted another.

04-19-2007 16:41:56 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of ManicD


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a bottle (best before June 2007) into a nonic pint glass, the beer is deep brown with mahogany highlights & is clear. The rocky head is tan & receded fairly quickly but left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is plum & cherry fruits, brown sugar, & sweet malts. Quite sweet & I couldn't detect the chocolate that is expected. (let the glass warm for a while & it's still similar)

Taste is like a sweetened cappuccino. Medium mouth feel. Mild cocoa & coffee flavors. I would prefer a bit more of one of them to be present. Hops are mild and floral with just a touch of roasted flavors sticking around too. I think I'm tasting an oak flavor as I reach the bottom of the glass. The carbonation is medium & the beer has a dry finish.

04-08-2007 17:55:00 | More by ManicD
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, dark body with a tan head. Slow retention typical of a Sam Adams brew that reduces into a nice lacing. It smelled a very roasted smell with chocolate present that gave it a very "grungy" feel too it. The smell reminded me a little bit of a nice porter. It tasted a toasted chocolate taste. The chocolate was not very sweet, like a milk chocolate; more like an unfilitered cocoa taste, being a little on the bitter side. A nice thick mouthfeel that was very satidfying; very smooth going down. A nice, smooth drinking beer overall. Don't look to pound these back - they are better than that. Enjoy one while you are just hanging out or looking to mellow out. Overall, a good brew.

03-31-2007 01:26:43 | More by maddogruss
Photo of jozols

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A = A very dark brown with a light, frothy head.
S = Roasted coffee or chicory with a nice hint of toffee and vanilla.
T = Smoky, roasted malts with a sweet, lingering chocolate finish.
M = Light and creamy but a bit overly carbonated.
D = One of my favorite stouts. With its strong flavors and sweet undertones, this beer pairs nicely with dessert (dark chocolate or cheese plate)--or have it in lieu of dessert. Best sipped and savored. It'd be hard to drink more than 2 at a sitting.

03-15-2007 00:34:42 | More by jozols
Photo of DrJay


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Very dark, basically black, with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing, not quite solid sheets, with fair head retention. Malty, roasted aroma with a little burnt and bitter chocolate. Moderate bitterness, initially quite sweet, but this faded quickly leaving some fruit and chocolate character. Roasted, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, sort of creamy. Pretty good overall. I nice mild stout.

03-11-2007 00:12:12 | More by DrJay
Photo of billybob


4.97/5  rDev +26.8%

pours black in the glass with a medium tan two finger head that hold well and very nice lacing. rich coffee, sweet toffee aromas. taste, dark caramel, fresh brewed dark roast coffee and slightly bitter chocolate with hops coming through to balance it all nicely. smooth mouthfeel and very goog carbonation. glad its brewed year round because i could drink it year round for sure.

03-09-2007 18:19:51 | More by billybob
Photo of Blakaeris


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours dark chocolatey brown with ruby highlights. Head is a creamy tan mass with decent lacing.

Aroma is dark grain and generous coffee bitterness. Hint of dry powdery cocoa. Underlying sweetness is only partially masked.

Taste is similar to the nose with robust dark malt, and smokey grain, offering a pleasing bitterness. Coffee is not as strong as in the nose, but the chocolate is more pronounced. Creamy milk sweetness is understated letting the full flavor of the stout make the greatest impression. Balanced, with mild earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and dry. A little thin for a stout, but still decent.

A nice offering from SA. I was surprised by the full flavor of this stout. I expected something much more sweet, but was pleasantly surprised. Very balanced and creamy.

03-07-2007 00:58:31 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured an opaque blackish/brown with a thick and pillowy dark tan head, good retention and great lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell is sweet and chocolaty with some hints of burnt malts.

Flavor is on the light side with a nice sweet chocolate coffee flavor up front that finishes with a lingering slightly bitter burnt smoky flavor. Nice and balanced

Mouthfeel is very creamy with a nice medium body to it.

Very drinkable nice session stout.

03-05-2007 02:46:50 | More by bashiba
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