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

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2,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,310
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of alexwag
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

A- Very dark with a well-retained mocha head. Substantial lacing.

S- The usual dark stout stuff -- toffee, chocolate. Sweet, not so much burnt. Rich.

T- Somewhat subdued -- again with the coffee/toffee & chocolate. Nice balance of malts, hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, again well placed.

M- Creamy and smooth. Pleasant. Carbonation levels are good.

D- Overall quite nice, would get it again. Substantial yet not too heavy.

alexwag, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep obsidian black color, with about a finger and a half of creamy thick offwhite head. Head dissapeared quickly into a bubbly blob in the center of the glass. Smelled faintly of chocolate, brown sugar, and tiny hints of vanilla. Tasted of chocolate, faintly of burnt coffee, and some charcoal notes in there as well. Mouthfeel was very thin and almost watery. Drinkability was average. Seems like a beer that could be consumed in large quantities. Not great but not bad. Could drink this again.

jaxon53, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of BlackAngus
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Dark brown color, thin brown head.

S - Big chocolate aroma, roasted malt. Caramel aroma, as well as coffee. Surprisingly complex.

T - Coffee, roasted malt, sweet but not cloying.

M - Medium body, clean, with a dry roasty aftertaste.

D - A very well-crafter beer, I am very happy with it. I will add it to my rotation. A good "beginner's stout."

BlackAngus, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

Serving 12oz bottle

Appealing cafe au lait froth measuring a finger thick sits atop a bold, dark leather colored stout. The dark brew is limpid and near lifeless with sparse tiny bubbles of carbonation trekking to the surface to meet a quickly dissapating head that eventually settles into a uniform frothy cap with little lacing.

Light caramel, sweet creamy chocolate, sugary chocolate biscuits and mocha coffee redolances play on this beers bouquet, hints of barley and molasses vie for attention but are not competition for the overwhelming coffee and chocolate perfume.

A deluge of bitter mocha coffee, sweet chocolate biscuit and hop bitters hit the palate upon entry leading to a more managable sagging mid palate boasting hints of caramel, everything comes to a quick and unceremonous end on a short leafy, bitter and earthy flavored finish. Aftertaste is mouthbuckering leafy and vegital bitters.

Thin, mouthpuckering and a bit watery compared to other sweet stouts this has a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel that strangely makes it more drinkable. I easily burned through a single bottle.

I remember this brew being much better with very well defined sweet coffee and chocolate flavors, this is one I'll need to revisit.

Overall, this is a good standby sweet cream stout.


Jwaks, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of granite
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---It poured black with a tan head.

S---Roast and chocolate malt.

T---Rich mocha and roast with balanced bitterness.

M--- Medium-full bodied and silky smooth.

D---Crafted with attention to detail and a real joy to drink. I think it is the best tasting SA offering to date.

granite, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of kevinhulit
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

classic stout appearance. dark liquid and big tan creamy head. smell of chocolate and malt, taste of cofee and cocoa. light mouthfeel and smoothness like a guiness. not very carbonic so no serious bite or tingle, just smoooth in and down. signature well balanced sam adams beer.

kevinhulit, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance - A vigorous pour creates an inch and a half head the color of a lightly creamed coffee that disipates to a thin head. the brew itself is an opaque blackness. Great lacing throughout.

Smell - Fairly uninspiring with wisps of roasted coffee and malts. Nothing that cries, "Drink Me!"

Taste - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. Starts with malts up front and finishes with a chocolately coffee aftertaste. A decent hop balance as the brew doesn't come of as tasting too sweet, but the malts are evident. A bit overcarbonated.

Notes - Decent all around. Taste is much more appealing than the smell. Either way its worth a try and a decent session beer to boot. I would be willing to give it another try, but as my first cream stout I'm more interested in exploring what else the style has to offer as I was not overwhelmed.

Jmamay22, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of adams82
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours black with a nice rocky off white head. The head has great staying power and really gives this beer a very appealing look.

Smells sweet, chocolaty, a little coffee, slightly malty with a subtle whif of hops. I guess this is what you would expect a Milk Stout to smell like! Actualy, a there's a lot on this ones nose, the aroma is fairly complex.

The malt profile really shines, sweet flavors of semi sweet chocolate and coffee are right up front and it finishes with a subdued caramel flavor and slight hoppiness.

Probably one of my favorite offerings from the Boston Beer Co. and I really wish more local places would carry it as it would probably have a permanent place in my fridge... A great offering that shouldn't be missed!

adams82, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Liquids
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

First "Milk Stout." Pours a dark black that in the light is transparent brown-mahogany, not a opaque black stout--keep this in mind. The head was a dark hue, the color of dark coffee ice-cream or thereabouts. A dark colored head is always a winner in my book, as I don't like the black-pour white-head look much. So points here.

Aroma is very Sam, and not very stout like. Strong, resinous, noble hop aromas. Not a bad aroma, but unexpected as per style to my nose.
Taste is caramel sweet and certainly stout like, with notable roasted and chocolate malt notes that are very present in the mix. This is stratling a now blurry line between porter, dark brown, and stout, in the way that DFH Indian Brown Ale does. This is no standard stout, and where is the milkiness?--added lactose is hard to percieve if there is any.

So yes, I'd compare this ti DFH IBA minus the intensity of both alcohol and hopiness, which of course leaves it a different, tamer beast, but similarly hard to categorize for many of the same reasons. I dig IBA and think this too is a good drinker. This one is far roastier, certainly more stout/porter like. Of note, the hop resinous, while not a dominant flavor up front, lingered long and well--seems as if there is less of a bitterness hop addition here and more of a mid or later addition hop for lingering flavor and aroma more than ESB kind of hop bitterness, letting the malt flavors hit first.

Mouthfeel is sessionable and heavy but not syrupy - well done. Drinkability - a good sipper, not one I'll stock but will reccomend to friends and enjoy if offered. I was ecpecting more of a stout, but this is good in it's own right.

Liquids, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Deep brown-bordering on black in color. Nice tan head on top. Some great lacing as it goes down. Very nice, nutty and roasted aromas. Great-somewhat mellow roasted flavor. Hint of nuttiness and a slight trace of sweetness. The aroma and flavor really meld together for a singular experience. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel despite the roasted flavor. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable beer. I havnt had this in years. Damn nice to have again.

lackenhauser, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Excellent brew from Sam Adams. I was very impressed, but maybe not surprised, that they use a different yeast strain than their usual brews. I wish this beer was as widely available as Guinness. It is dark and frothy, darker head than Guinness, but very acceptable for the style. It has a nice roasty smell, and taste that complements it as well. I think it is a perfect balance of hops and malt for the style. I cannot immediately distinguish the hops, but I can taste the bitterness that balances the sweetness of the malts. It has a decent mouthfeel, but may be better if infused with nitrogen. No alcoholic or estery flavors at all, so it is very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer for any one who doesn't like Guinness, because this is more to style for a stout and is not sour one bit (then again it is a sweet stout style, instead of regular stout!). I always am pleased with anything from Boston Brewing Company, and this just confirms it again! Cheers!

zymurgy4all, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date clearly stamped on the side.

Appearance: A magnificent creamy frothy three finger coffee colored head that laces well and looks great with the thick almost black body.

Smell: A Large amount of roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste: A nice complex stout with a roasted chocolate toffee flavor. The caramel also pulls through this one a lot. The hop bitterness seems to blend nicely with the roasted malt barley. I also hinted a smoked flavor towards the end.

Mouth-Feel: A full-bodied beer with an extremely smooth and creamy mouth.

Drink-Ability: First time with a cream stout and I must say I really enjoyed this brew! I can not wait to try others.

mnesporov, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

My favorite to date from the Samuel Adams line...

This beer pours into a pint glass looking like it smells...like fresh brewed espresso. Hints of chocolate occasionally break through the nose as well. This beer is referred to as "the cappuccino of beers" on the Samuel Adams website, and I can't improve on that....The taste of mild coffee and dark chocolate travel throughout from start to finish. Hints of warm caramel also ribbon through this roasted malty offering. The creamy mouth feel and finish add to the drinkability and appeal of this stout. Pairs great with hearty chili (especially as an ingredient), beef stew, or steak....I have, however, consumed a few for dessert...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Sly Fox pint glass. Appears a nice dark, deep shade of brown with a good two fingers of thick creamy tan head. Smells of roasted coffee, mild grains, and sweet malt. Tastes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, cappuccino. Smooth and velvety with a medium body. I'm glad this is fairly easy to find as I can always count on this beer to satisfy.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Kinda frustrating to review these S.A. brews. The flavors are good, but leave me megging for more richness, boldness, and flavor. Sure the brew is solid, and probable fit the style well. However, in this one, I wanted a heavier cream character; a bolder, richer milk chocolate, capuccino flavor; and a bit more overall weight. What I got was a cleanly brewed, well formed recipe that is not offensive, yet risks little. Though timid for my taste, I thought the brew fell dangerously close to a Dry-Stout chalkiness, and with a thin body. Fortunately, but beer steers clear of obvious lactose additions and artificial sweetness. This S.A. brew does very well; I just wanted more out of it.

BEERchitect, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured into a Guinness glass from a bottle. Nice vigorous dark tan head above a pitch black liquid. Roasted malts, sweet caramel, and char. Very rich and smooth and it leaves a nice burnt taste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is creamy and bold with a little bite at the end as it warms up. Overall this is a good stout, plus Sam Adams always maintains a reasonable price: $6.99 for a 6'er.

Rudgers73, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours black, thin tan head, not much retention, but decent lacing. Smell is of coffee, and chocolate, and malts. Smell was on the weak side. Body was thin, with some carbionation. and somewhat watery. Taste is like the smell, with a dry finish. More like a weak dry Irish Stout than a Milk Stout. Low abv, so drink it all night...But why??

riversider76, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of pbr85
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Majestic black with a great coffee head, smells of chocolate, coffee, and burnt toast. Thick and chewy, coffee flavors everywhere, some nutty goodness (hazelnut?). Pretty good. Goes down smooth. I recommend trying it. A very good stout for the price, and another good product from Sam Adam's.

pbr85, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Lingering moussy, off-white head. Reddish brown (dark but no opaque) color with excellent clarity.

Smell has some candy-like sweetness, maybe a bit of vanilla. No hops and generally a very clean nose.

Flavor has a little bit of sweetness on top of a normal stout (dark malt flavor up front, roasted grain dryness at the end). Well balanced flavor, with just enough unfermented sugar to round out the finish. Definitely not sweet or cloying.

Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy - no astringency or warming.

An easy drinking, rounded edges stout. Maybe a bit undersweet for the style, but that's not a complaint. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

mpyle, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of brandtr3
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

This beer poured well with a nice head that, unfortunately, dissipated too quickly and the aroma of coffee and chocolate instantly made my mouth water. The flavor of this beer was redundant of the scent, but slightly dulled. While the carbonation was definitely present, it was not overbearing and it finished softly and somewhat dry.

brandtr3, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

It pours a densely dark brown, bordering on ebony, and deep ruby at the very edges. A full finger of light tan head sustains nicely, and does its part to deposit thin rules of lacing on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a pleasing mix of charred roasty malt, dark cherry fruit, coffee and chocolate, and a light foral hop essence. A mild, milk-fed sweetness abides as well.

Upon sipping, the dark grain comes through first, slightly burnt and bitter, but with an underlying lactic sweetness that mitigates. Dark fruit, coffee, and cocoa, live here as well, and the residual malt presence turns mildly biscuity before the hops dry the finish. The flavor isn't as full as the aroma, but it does give a measure of bang for the buck.

Medium bodied, the bitter malt, floral hops, and creamy liquid sweet presence leave a nice impression on the palate.

It might not be the best representation of the style, but it gets an E for effort, at the least. The aroma promises more than the flavor delivers, but the end result is a decently drinkable, earthy stout, though it might not provoke a host of fond memories. So it's enjoyable, just not notable. Could be worse, I'm sure.

Foxman, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of NBake
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Ok. First review so bare with me. I've heard good things about this one so picked up a sixer for 6.99. Notch on the side says to drink by April. Must be fresh.

Appearance: Poured semi-aggressively into a snifter-esque New Belgium glass. This beer is black as night with a 2 finger creamy tan head. Looks niiice. Head subsides in a few minutes leaving no lacing, but I think this may be the fault of the glass.

Smell: Not that interesting. General roasty smell.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and coffee are very pronounced. Has a little of that sour guinness flavor. Also, some malty sweetness I can't really describe is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Is where this beer shines. Its tiny bubbles dance on your tongue if you let the beer linger, while if you take a big gulp, this stout feels full, but yet light somehow.

Drinkability: I think I could drink quite a few of these because they aren't too heavy or syrupy, but I'm not sure sweet stouts are my thing. This is basically a lighter Young's double chocolate stout, but I think I would rather take a Mackeson over either.

NBake, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

A: pours burnt browns and mahogany colors. With a lackluster fizzy creamed white head. Some connections were made throughout the glass otherwise lace was splattered about. Pretty light pour for a stout

S: lactic and bitter chocolate whiffs with hearty roasted barley and blackened malts. Soft buttery smells make their way into the nasal passage

T: the flavors finish with just a bit of dryness. This beer entails sugary whipped cream, Hershey's chocolate syrup, heavily roasted barley and malts with fleeting charred-liked tastes. Once you let it sit for a bit my tongue gathers a real soft lactose flavor on the tongue. Flavors are nice and the best part is the complimenting coffee flavors towards the back, not bad

M: too light for a stout. Things drink well and go down smoothly but it lacks the husky body that I like. If thing was chewy it would be a monster in a glass

D: for what is going on in this beer, it is a good drinker. However, not even close to being one of my favorites

Magpie14, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Cream Stout was black in color with a hint of ruby when held to a light. The tan head was thick, rocky and had good retention, leaving rings of lace in the glass. The aroma was sweet dark malt and roasty. The taste was dark malt, chocolate, and coffee. The finish was dry and quite nice. The body was medium, sort of creamy, and the carbonation was about medium. Drinkability was good. Overall this a good stout that I will definitely have again

afinepilsner, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

a - poured a three finger coffee-colored and fluffy head into a pub glass. body was dark with red tinting. impressive pour. leaves a creamy ring and sheet throughout.
s - roasted malt and chocolate.
t - chocolate with hints of barley and yeast.
m - really creamy and smooth.
d - clean finish and highly drinkable. really stands up well with others stouts like rogue shakespeare, etc. with the low ABV on this one, i can drink a few of these on a cold night.

GPHarris, Dec 11, 2006
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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