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

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2,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 153
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of OKCNittany
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" brown bubbly head with decent retention, leaving a little lacing. Black body.

S: Very enjoyable aroma of bittersweet chocolate and cream.

T: Bittersweet & milk chocolate. Roasted malt & barley. Quite good.

M: Rich and smooth up front, then it seems to thin out a bit, leaving a sticky sweetness & some bitterness in the finish - not sure if it's hops or burnt malts.

D: Quite drinkable. It works as a dessert, but would pass during a night of stout drinking too.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a working glass. From the SA Brewmaster's 12-pack.

Appearance - Clear, very, very dark brown. The fluffy brown-white head was nice on the pour but eventually left nearly nothing except for lightly clinging lace.

Smell - Robust nose with strong notes of roasted malts, cocoa, hints of caramel and maybe buttery diacetyl?

Taste - Smooth caramel sweetness up front followed by bitter chocolate, light bitter coffee. The aftertaste is medium dry with strong bitter, roasted flavors. Hops are barely noticeable. Rich bitter characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Medium in the mouth, very light in carbonation. Fairly dry and lingering followup.

Very drinkable, low alcohol with robust bitter characteristics and nicely balanced malt flavors. Quite tasty, and very smooth.

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

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 51º. A nice 2 ½ finger off white head resulted with some nice lacing as the head went away. The coloring was a dark chocolate. A enjoy before date was notched on the label.

There was a hint of the aroma to come at the pour which was confirmed somewhat with the first actual sniffing of roasted barley and coffee. Secondary efforts discovered hints of chocolate and slight caramel.

The taste was sweet with coffee coming quickly followed by surprising dryness. Sweetness persisted later on.

This beer had a nice feeling and was not over concentrated but full. The sweetness lingered somewhat in the mouth along with the bitterness of coffee and hops.

The beer took a little getting used to but like all good things to come it won out in the end. Flavors lasted and sip after sip became more satisfying.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my Dad's fridge when I came to my parents' house.

Appearance: A quarter-finger milk white head, with a very night black fizzy body. Lacing is present, and clings for a good while, but maintains a conservative nature in terms of how much is produced from a swirl. Still, the amount of time it lingers is impressive.

Smell: Medium-bodied coffee, bittersweet and dark chocolates, macadamia nut, hints of some dark dried fruits. Subtle, but still fairly assertive. Fairly damn complex for such a low ABV.

Taste: The dark dried fruits are more present here - raisins, figs. Medium bodied coffee is more on level with the bittersweet and dark chocolate flavors here than in the nose. A slight, very slight, bit of alcohol in the back end makes this a bit disappointing, but overall it's nice. For such a low ABV, though, I think any detectable alcohol is a minus.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, creamy, and refreshing (for a stout). Astringent ever so slightly on the back end.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. One of Sam Adams' better offerings.

Photo of flatblack80
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark with a light head that fades and heavy lacing that stays for the length of my drinking.

S - Hint of coffee beans but creamy, hints of chocolate.

T - Smooth, Very smooth with a burst of chocolate covered coffee beans. Excellent

M - Fantastic start with smooth mouthfeel and an excellent finish that stays along for the next mouthful.

D - Very Nice, Creamy Smooth, Drink this one with friends or with a Good Dinner.

[ serving type: bottle ]

Photo of BeerTruth
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a tan colored two finger head that slowly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good, some spotty lacing on the sides. Smell is a milky coffee aroma with some sweet chocolate malt. Some gooey caramel and for some reason a faint hint of alcohol. Sweet french vanilla cream flavors up front with a hint of mocha. Aftertaste is dark coffee with a splash of brown sugar. Nice solid flavor that fits the style perfectly. Mouthfeel is, well, creamy with an almost full body. Carbonation is mild at most. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Glad this is easily available in my area.

Photo of iceviper22
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sam Adams winter variety pack

Pours a nice deep brown to black color with a small tan bubbly head that lasts a minute or two.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and toasty malts. Very nice creamy mouthfeel with lots of coffee and chocolate taste from start to finish. Little hoppy bitterness at the end to round off the sweet tastes in the front.

This is a fantastic brew that I would definetly recommend and look forward to having a few more of in the future.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of bozebus17
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of mbrooks
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of edskirk3
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of spiffysamurai
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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!!

Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jar2574
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of nickynick
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,420 ratings.