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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,248 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,248
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 124
Gots: 66 | 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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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MLegendre

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with a thick tanish white head (reminded me of a rootbeer float). Slight reddish hue towards the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Quite a bit of lacing around the glass, but it tends to slide off pretty easily. No visable carbonation

S: This may be the best smelling stout I've ever had. Very strong scent of sweet coffee and chocolate. Kind of reminds me of cappuccino jelly bellys.

T: A little disapointing at first. The taste was not as strong as the smell unfortunatly, but still pretty good. Leaves an aftertaste similar to the aftertaste of coffee. Flavors start to get stronger as it warms up a bit. The roasty maltiness is the center of attention, but there is a little bit of hop bitterness lingering in the background.

M: medium bodied , with more carbonation then I'm used to with stouts.

D: While this isn't the strongest stout it is still good and something I can see myself getting again. A good beer to initiate someone into the wonderful world of stouts as it is very easy to drink, and dosn't pack too much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 22:02:32 | More by MLegendre
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Best before October '06.

A: Beautiful large fluffy tan head with small bubbles. It’s sticky and leaves a ton of lacing. Beer itself totally black; I can't even make out any color around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet roasty malts: coffee and chocolate, yum.

T: Sweet complex malt flavors. Roasty aftertaste: the coffee and chocolate from the smell. Nothing really intense though. A slight bitterness from the roastiness.

M: Moderate carbonation and full mouthfeel.

D: Really nice and not overpowering for a stout.

A really enjoyable stout, with flavors that aren't too intense, which makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 02:43:04 | More by 51mmz0rz
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nicholasofcusa

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle of a six pack. Pours cola black with decent sized head, which after a minute or so turns into a ring with lacing all over. Abundance of carbonation bubbles. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is just like smell, with some hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy while somehow managing to be on the light side. Nice dry, bittering (but not overly so) finish. Putting away a few of these would be no problem. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:29:12 | More by nicholasofcusa
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown and black with some redd tint and a darker tan head that left scattered lacing.
Aroma has some bitter coffee notes, some lactose notes as well as chocloate and just a touch of roasted nuttiness.
Flavor of nuts, coffee, chocolate all meld together to produce a fairly quaffable brew.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, which is only detracing note on this brew. More porter like stout like. Medium to light body with roasted and coffee bitter notes being most dominant feel.
Drinkability is above average but again thinness and overall muted tones make this OK, not great but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 16:29:43 | More by CRJMellor
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout left lots of lacing down my glass and really had a nice head on the pour. One thing Sam Adam's has going for them is they're beers look really good and smell good. The head on this beer never goes anywhere. Has a full, rich mouthfeel. You'd think with all the flavor, it would have a higher ABV, but is a nice session beer. Had a nice bitterness touch which lingered a bit. That being said, this beer is fairly complex, very opaque color, with toffee, caramel and coffee ringing through on the smell and taste, for that matter. This stout is as good as any you will find.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 21:48:32 | More by bigdeuce
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass black in color with a whispy lace on the top. Not much head to speak of. Smell is of coffee with a lot of creamer. Sweet but not overly so. Mild oder of smoke. Taste is very coffee like with some rich dark chocolate. Nice mildly bitter aftertaste to balance the sweetness. Taste very good. Mouthfeel is good with a nice dry finish. Medium bodied. Overall this is a very good beer that should always be in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 22:42:34 | More by wcudwight
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was strong with toasted grain, coffee and slight chocolate aromas.

The taste was very smooth and light. An excellent rich taste. Toasted grain and coffee flavors dominated. Not too dry, which enables the beers smoothness.

The mouthfeel was very clean.

A very drinkable stout. The low ABV makes this an excellent session beer. Big beer taste without the big beer alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:25:12 | More by plaid75
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Enola

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown with a fair amount of head.The smell is of chocolate. The taste contains hints of oatmeal and there is a bitterness there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is a lasting aftertaste that is a nice finish. I could drink this beer more often. A nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 01:30:02 | More by Enola
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jabocu

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocoloate and coffee color, nice two finger tan cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap leaving nice sticky lacings up sides. Aroma is coffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, orange and fusal hops, and very light esters in undertones. Flavor is sticky sweet caramel, chocolate, and lots of coffee. So much coffee, I almost think there's added coffee. A little fusal hop bitterness, but is overwheled by the coffee astringency. Mouthfeel is light carbonation, medium body, and watery finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 20:41:21 | More by jabocu
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tend to like Sam Adams quite a bit, but I found this brew to be lacking in a lot of necessary qualities. I still think it was good, and I did finish it (which I can't do sometimes with very unpleasant beer).

Appearance: Black with a little brown head, I was expecting more. Throughout my time with the beer I would look down and try to see what shapes appeared... My favorite was a 3 legged donkey. It looked like any average stout.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malts are in charge of the aroma, and it's pretty tempting.

Taste: More chocolate malts make themselves known in the taste, and I appreciate that. Overall it tastes watered down, though, and that's really frustrating.

Mouthfeel: Watery and quite bitter; drys the palate.

Drinkability: Doesn't go down very easy because of the bitter dry quality, and the watery mouthfeel doesn't make it any easier, even though it probably should.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 13:50:39 | More by dbalsock
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WeisGuy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - very dark bwon, nearly black in color; very small head that leaves behind minimal lacing

s - chocolate and coffee aroma

t - creamy, chocolate and coffee tasting, little-to-no aftertaste surprisingly

m - creamy, coats the mouth well, no carbonation detected

d - very, very drinkable; give me a sixer of this and I'm in for a good night

overall, probably my favorite Sam Adams brew; very drinkable, and at $6.50 for a sixer, an amazing value.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:19:50 | More by WeisGuy
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nicksta

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The appearance is a black solid with deep red highlights. A thick fluffy tan head sits on the top and leaves lacing as it recedes.

S: The smell is just like any other American Stout that I have smelt before. It has hints of dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans.

T: It has roasted malts, some hints of chocolate and caramel, and it finishes with a coffe burnt taste. This is pretty much like any other American Stout that I have had, but thankfully isn't as bad becuase it is much smoother, lighter (not sure if that is a good thing), and tolerable.

M: The mouthfeel is thicker and slightly pleasant.

D: It is drinkable, because it is smooth. Unlike other suck arse American Stouts, I can at least finish this six pack, but after that I am done.

I should have gotten some more Boston Lager. This isn't really creamy at all, just a slightly above average American Stout. Is the world of dark beers limited to the Irish Dry Stout?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 02:23:16 | More by nicksta
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Folderol

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

What a toss-up, this beer. On the one hand, it looks terrific, with a huge rocky head (have to watch how fast you pour it) and a pitch black stout color. It smells like a unique blend of roasted malts, which is what one expects from a sweet stout. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation and smoothness. The flavor though... it starts with a sweet pale/caramel malt flavor, but is almost instantly obliterated by harsh, astringent charcoal. Every sip is like that: starts sweet, turns charred. The aftertaste is all charcoal, too. Dry is one thing, I can drink Guinness and I don't mind the sour dryness, but this charcoal astringency is too much. This was one of the first stouts I tried over a year ago, and in retrospect I can't remember why I didn't hate it then. Maybe I just didn't know any better.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 15:16:00 | More by Folderol
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark brown/black with a HUGE foamy tan head, which lingered for several minutes about the glass and left incredible lacing. Very impressive. The aroma was a typical stout, malty with coffee and mild chocolate hints. The taste was very smooth, with cream, sweet malts, caramel and coffee. The mouthfeel was a little more watery than I would have liked but it was still creamier than it was bitter. Relatively well-balanced. Great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 00:20:03 | More by sinistrsam
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andythejerk

Utah

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adam's scores again. I was cooking eggs and sage sausage for breakfast and realized I was too lazy to make coffee (hey, it's hard work!) So I decided to open one of these that I just got yesterday and have it with breakfast. It does say "the cappuccino of beers" afterall. The eggs and sausage were forgettable. The Cream Stout was awesome! I was impressed by the bulky, demonstrative head that stuck around and even now, as my glass is almost empty,leaves a heavy lacing and crown. Smells lovely--very appetizing, creamy smell as I would expect from a good rep. of this style. And the taste is very enjoyable--extremely smooth and mild, creamy, and sweet. Just what I was looking for. Who needs coffee? (I admit, I take mine with cream and sugar; and this sweet, creamy brew was a perfect replacement). This cream stout should be America's breakfast drink of choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 17:15:09 | More by andythejerk
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, caramel.

The taste is of a great milky chocolate, coffee, caramel, with a touch of vanilla. Earthy notes mix in.

The taste is of a complex, coffeeish malt, with a nice touch of bitterish hop and roasted balance. The balance is great. Finishes with just a touch of sweetness in the complex finish.

It has a rich medium-bodied.

A well, balanced, complex cream stout, yet easy to drink. Not overly sweet. A great dessert choice, or to have on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 22:34:11 | More by jwc215
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acarroll413

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- pitch black with a medium small head that was yellowish brown, was definitely a fine looking beer

S- roasted malt and chocolate are dominant here. the more you drink it, the more the chocolate smell opens up.

T- oh man. what a delicious beer! by far the best stout ive ever had. the roasted taste was dominant with the chocolate hint on the back end. was not bitter at all. delicious delicious delicious!

M- nice and thick and hella-smooth! what a beer!

D- i think this is the best sam adams ive had yet. this will be my go-to stout from now on. i will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 02:31:35 | More by acarroll413
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Drew966

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout pours a dark, not quite black color with plenty of ruby highlights to be seen with a small tan head. The smell is of roasted malt. The taste is ok, mostly roasted malt, no real coffee or chocolate notes stand out, always a dissapointment to me if drinking a stout. The mouthfeel is appropriately creamy. Seems like a good beginner stout to me, but for serious stout drinkers, I'd look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 04:09:01 | More by Drew966
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with mahogany highlights. The color is almost totally opaque, but becomes extra clear when held in front of a bright light. creamy biege head of one and a half fingers shows decent retention and an abundance of spotty lacing. Strong coffee aroma, with charred chocolate malt and background roasted barley. The taste is dextrinous sweet upon first sip, then some roasted notes mingle in, and then the flaovr is wonderfully balanced by a mellow coffee, chocolate malt, and barely perceivable fuggles hops. semi-dry in the aftertaste. The medium carbonation is enough to match the rich, dextrinous mouthfeel- a touch crisp, ut good texture. There is some excess residual sugar in the finish, but it's dry enough to retain a high drinkability. A great example of style with superb balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 11:06:44 | More by PBRstreetgang
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not one of my favorite SA offerings.

poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- these stouts are beautiful black with a nice thick off white head.

S- lots of nose here malts all over the place

T- unbalanced, to much burnt malts no really undertones like coffee that I expect from better stouts.

M- not to thick not to thin, but not perfect either

D- to much of a burned flavor on this offering, I honestly expected a milk stout to be sweeter or at least less burned or bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 02:01:45 | More by mcarroll10177
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babydoc

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle five months before the best-before date notched on the label. Enjoyed at 45-50 degrees.

Pours clear dark brown- while poured it it let some light through, once in the pint glass it did not. Head was monstrous, forcing one to wait before completing the pour. It was the color of frozen cola, and left sticky patches of lace as it disappeared before the beer was gone. Nose was sweet, understated, with roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel moderate, creamy, only lightly carbonated. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, with sweet and bitter sooo nicely balanced, leaving a dry cocoa powder on the finish. It is easy to savor or to gulp down...satisfying brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 05:37:11 | More by babydoc
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body over a good size tan head that doesn't quit (even after vigorous swirling!). The smell is a bit musky, but toasty, coffeeish malt undertones are present. A very mature taste, the malt and creamy flavors are forward and quite pleasant. There is a bit of an offness at the finish, like instant coffee. But it doesn't really hurt the overall effect.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 22:46:44 | More by MrSeth
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wingman14

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, beautiful
S: Some smoke smell with a bit of sweet and malty aromas
T: A great stout taste, some burnt, but mostly sweet taste with a bitter bite on the end. Aftertaste lingers with pleasant flavors.
M: I am not too impressed with the carbonation of this beer, but it is not to out of wack to lower my opinion of it.
D: I suggest this brew to any dark beer fan. They are harder to find than the boston lager, but worth it. It took me awhile to get this beer because the first time I did try to buy it someone stole it from my shopping cart when I was not looking. I happened to have the last 6 pack in the store. But they had plenty when I went back a couple weeks later. Another good brew from Sam.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 03:35:14 | More by wingman14
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Redrover

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is black with red highlights. A tight tan head and decent lacing add to the appeal.

Appetizing aroma of roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate and a wisp of smoke.

The taste is sweet and rich. A bit of espresso, deeply roasted malts, and molasses. I also get a small bit of something that tastes like liquid smoke. Finishes a bit dry.

The mouth is pretty smooth but it may be a touch over carbonated. This is one of my favorite SA beers. I’m hoping it gets wide spread distribution and has some success as I would hate to see this one disappear.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 16:48:29 | More by Redrover
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A motor oil pitch black with a very large (3 full fingers) of light tan colored head. The head stays around and lacing sticks to the glass like crazy.

S - Huge malty smell featuring lots of coffee with some chocolate notes. A smokiness hangs over the entire range of aromas as well.

T - On the intial taste the sweet chocolate flavor seems to hit first. Then it's on to a dark roasted coffee flavor. A little bit of hop bitterness comes along and rides into the finish leaving an excellent coffee like aftertaste between the bittering and the smoky flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is just a tad thinner than I would expect for such a complex and flavorful beer. Still not a bad feel going down though.

D - Very easy to drink, not a complaint about the drinkability at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 02:35:29 | More by EStreet20
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,248 ratings.