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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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2,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 1,202
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 121
Gots: 59 | 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:
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Photo of mmmbeer


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

From the Brewmaster's 6-pack. 12 oz. bottle with purchase by Feb. '05 notched on the side. Pours into the imperial pint glass with a big 3 finger tan head that leaves nice clumps and lacing on the glass. The beer is black but not very thick - like a very dark porter. Smell is milky/creamy and sugary with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a little bit of butterscotch. The flavors are chocolate, coffee, bitterness, dark fruits, a subtle sweetness and an overall roasted character. The body is light considering all the flavor. This pairs well with chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 01:10:38 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a real fresh six (notched July 2005). Pours a dark brown almost mahagany color with a tan head. Smell of chocolate and coffee malts give this brew an inviting aroma. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but a little thick. Slight bitterness from the foogles hops. Tastes of coffee and chocolate malts dominate this brew. An outstanding offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 21:33:26 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Gaisgeil


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams, sometimes a good decision.

Probably not as effective a tag line, but a little more realistic. Advertising aside this is an excellent stout, truly. I'd probably have some of this on hand all the time if I could get it readily. It reminds me a good bit of Bell's Double Cream Stout, not only because they are the same style but really, the quality of way up there on both. The Bell's version may be just a tad more complex but if the Samuel Adams version is hard to find, the Bell's is downright impossible.

Pours a nice viscous black with a deep creamy tan head two fingers thick on a standard pour. The smell is outrageous, creamy but also rich and dark. The initital sip is incredibly nice, smooth as silk and the nose does not disappoint as the flavors and carbonation swirl into a well balanced and decadent experience. Mouthfeel is chewy and resfreshing, holding it in your mouth and slowly swallowing yields a very nice effect on the palate.

I wish I could find this stuff much more readily, I doubt there would ever be less than a couple sitting in my stockpile at any given time.

Uncle Hamish says: "Thais ais no wee brew lud! I'm bettin ye could run yer little grass tractor with ait."

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 04:50:14 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of theo871


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

Ah, one of my all time favorite stouts, from the boston beer co. Hard to find around these parts now that they have removed it from their brewmasters 12 pack.
Pours dark with tan head, smell is of sweet malt, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes milky, smooth with coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight bitterness.
If you can find this in a six pack, dont hesitate to pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 01:12:14 | More by theo871
Photo of MobBarley


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

Good, good stuff here. Something I could mistake for a PNW stout if it didn't have such exceptional balance not only in regard to hops/malt but also in reference to the manner in which it affects the senses: equally across the board. Pours a very dark mahogany...lighter than some stouts; small and typical stout head with little lacing apparent. Smells of autumn...woodfires and harvest barley with enough hops to keep it lively. Taste is sublime: candied fruits give way to a tasty charcoal denseness that fizzles out onto the tongue with a slightly hoppy conclusion that fades ever so slowly. Mouthfeel may be a little thin for the style but the smooth, coating effect... a "creamy" feeling if you will, is just stupendous. Great for an icy high desert night. Drinkability is wonderful, and as with most Sam Adams products this is a pleasure to quaff for all of the senses. Now I'm ready for bed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 10:06:47 | More by MobBarley
Photo of Gagnonsux


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

SA Cream Stout is black in color with a nice-sized, creamy head. Decent Brussels lace. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate. I wish the aroma was more powerful. The taste is of roasted coffee flavors with sweet chocolate notes. Hops mainly come into play at the beginning of the sip, otherwise they serve as a balancing agent. The finish is when the chocolate flavors are strongest ending the beer on a sweet note. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 02:14:24 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped, with month notch on label.

This stout poured a very dark red-brown (almost black) with creamy, light brown foam that settled but coated the glass nicely. The smell was richly malty and hoppy with notes of licorice, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was very malty with coffee and cocoa flavors poking through and with a nice light bitterness in the finish. The malt and hops were nicely balanced. There was a hint of yeast in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with full body and good carbonation. The malty flavors lingered pleasantly on the palate. This was a surprisingly good stout. A bit more dry and lacking the hint of acidity often found in milk stouts, but a very good stout nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 04:11:13 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of stalefish666

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick frothy head covering an exceptionally dark color poured pint. It appers to have a thick body even before the tasting. Slight carbonation is visible with slight hints of a choclate in the aroma.

The first initial taste is sweet with a significant chocolate milk mouth feel. Then the roasted flavors begin to dance formulating a coffee-chocolate mocha taste. It is followed and well balanced by a slight hop bite at the end.

A fine meal in a glass...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 18:28:07 | More by stalefish666
Photo of stjarnflikka


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black beer with some carbonation and a milkchocolate coloured foam that lies down on the surface.

Smell is coffee from the roasted malt which also brings along a somewhat burnt flavour. There is a sweet chocolate flavour and a somewhat typical "stout-bite".

Taste hits me with coffee and chocolate perfectly blended. There is a creamy tone together with the generally sweet taste. There is some carbonation that lightens the velvety feel of this beer.
Finishes somewhat bitter with a filling and quite burned coffeetoned aftertaste.

Great brew, well balanced and generally just damn smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 17:50:08 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this as one of 5 stouts in a stout tasting. My expectations were not super high (unfair to Sam Adams...it's just that they are so big I think of them as a major brewery and shouldn't.) I came away with my expectations blown away.

The beer poured a black/brown color, just barely see through, with a creamy tan head that formed a lace.

A nice roasty aroma with a malty sweetness, especially as the beer warms. Flavor matches the aroma with the balance favoring malts and the noticable sweetness for a classic cream stout.

Smooth! No harshness from the dark grains. A slightly bitter, but enjoyable aftertaste. This beer is easy to drink...a real surprise in our stout tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:23:04 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of Zorro


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

Pours an impenetrable dark brown beer.

Smell is sweet with a clear chocolate scent to it. Lots of fruity and perfume scents like an English ale.

Taste is mild sweetness and coffee in the first taste. Mild sour tang from the chocolate malts and the carbonation shows up in the flavor later on. Mild fruity and chocolate flavors come out later on.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin and not choking either.

A smooth drinkable stout, not the best but solid in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 04:37:16 | More by Zorro
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams and indeed stouts in general.

Appearance was very dark brown almost black with just a bit of light able to poke thru, a creamy half-finger head on the pour that quickly went away but left some decent lacing throughout the sample.

Smell if of strong black coffee and caramel. Very pleasent and inviting.

Taste was as expected, coffee, caramel, toffee - slightly bitter but not so much so to hamper my enjoyment. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was smooth and light. Not overly bogged down like some stouts, but not thin like a lighter ale or lager, just enough body and balance to feel great on the palate.

Drinkablity is among the best of the beers i've had. Goes down very easy and leaves you wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 06:24:27 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of elsinore


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle (notched February 2005), this poured out nice and dark.
The tan head didn't really linger all that long, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the deep chocolate, charcoal and coffee flavors (with chocolate predominant.)
I docked the mouthfeel half a point because I found this beer to be *just* a little lighter than I usually expect from a stout; my dream stout is something a little smoother.
But it's not so light as to be bothersome -- just something you'll notice as you drink.

All in all, a very good and drinkable stout that gave me everything I expect in this style. I will definitely check it out again, and I think it has something to offer to dark-beer newbies and stout aficionados alike.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 17:02:59 | More by elsinore
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my favorite offerings from Samuel Adams. Ok, here we go...

I'm a bit dissapointed because the head dissapeared so quickly. Also, the beer is pretty light. It looks more like a porter than a stout.

But then again, most of the darkness comes from the chocolate malt, and not roated barley. You can tell by the nuttiness of the taste and the lack of the roasted coffee flavor.

The hop balance is great throughout. There's definitely some nice crystal malt to sweeten this beer up a bit, but there's a decent addition of flavor hops at the end to balance it out.

It's pretty full-bodied. Perhaps the flaked barley is doing this, but it tastes like they mashed in at a higher temperature.

Overall, it's a drinkable brew. I could definitely see myself getting to know this beer... having a few pints of it, that is.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 05:06:44 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of Tang07


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Winter is stout time.

This one pours a nice dark brown/ruby. The tan head is thick and the beer appears to cascade through it while it is poured.

The smell is of roasted coffee and dark cocoa. Again, Yummy.

This stout has a slightly lighter mouthfeel than other stouts, and a bit more carbonated than others as well. All and all it had a pretty nice body to it and was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 19:39:28 | More by Tang07
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Possibly my favorite BBC brew. This beer pours to a deep brown color that does not let much of any light thru. The head is a light tan color that has good resiliency and retention, which leads to great lacing through out the brew. The aromas from this brew are very pleasant, roasted malts with coffee and chocolate esters. They seem to have a nice balance and not overpowering. This is a nice tasting brew, as I said probably my favorite from BBC. The predominant flavor is of roasted malt with highlights of coffee and chocolate with hints of charcoal. You will notice the hops, it does not bite but offsets the sweetness perfectly. This is a nice brew, one that is a standby for the cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 16:00:23 | More by Stimack
Photo of bronxlord

New York

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. I look forward to winter because of this and Fezziwig! Sam Adams definitely has impressed me as an American beer company. I am partial to English Ales and lesser known American breweries, but Sam Adams overwhelms with this rich, black as night stout that is creamy in every sense. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 22:01:56 | More by bronxlord
Photo of hero27


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown in color..nearly black. The off-white head is the best quality of this brew...even after a somewhat mild pour, the head grows surprisingly large in the glass and absolutely doesn't dissapate. It just sits...waiting for you to drink it. As you drink, the extremely frothy head leaves a tan lacing on the glass that doesn't go away..it will eventually dry and harden to the glass if you leave it long enough. Very impressive out of a medium-bodied stout like this.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma of coffee, cream, and chocolate. Could smell a bit stronger...I had a tough time picking out the subtle smells...maybe the thick head keeps any aroma from getting out.

Taste: I'll start out by saying I am not a big lover of stouts. I mean, they're ok once in a while, but they are not my preferred style if I have a choice. That being said, this is an excepton. Deep, rich flavor, which I always enjoy from Sam Adams' brews...damn, they really know how to make beer the right way. Bitter, coffe-like flavors with obvious malty hints as well..thought it would be more sweet, but I'm not complaining. Tastes delicious.

Mouthfeel: What more can I say.. creamy & smooth mouthfeel. Just a slight on the bitter side, but come on, it's a stout..it's to be expected.

Drinkability: Probably won't be drinking these in rapid succession, but it is an excellent stout as far as I'm concerned. The relatively low alcohol content for such a rich brew lends to it's drinkability a bit as well. Considering the price is very modest, If you like stouts, this is a must buy.

Thanks Sam Adams, for another exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 21:50:07 | More by hero27
Photo of ElGordo


3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black hue (although still slightly translucent when held right up to the light) with a very small coffee-colored head. Rich nose of roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Deep, dark taste of chocolate malt and slightly bitter hops, with an underlying brininess pervading the entire palate. Mouthfeel is nice and full, very rich and creamy. On the whole, though, it's a bit much and I had trouble finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 04:52:56 | More by ElGordo
Photo of moocey


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

Appearance - It's a stout. It's black when held up to a light. Can't get much better.

Smell - pours a good thick foamy head. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste - heavy on the roasted barley and chocolate flavors. I keep remembering the name of this as "chocolate stout" instead of "cream stout"

Mouthfeel - I suppose it could be a bit thicker. It *is* a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 00:58:46 | More by moocey
Photo of mynie


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

Pour a light black with a tight, brown head that doesn't last for very long.

Smells like coffee and malt. Coffee permeates all the taste: coffee, and chocolate and roasted malt and coffee up front and coffee and just a bit of hops and coffee in the back.

A bit thin for a stout, otherwise this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 03:52:36 | More by mynie
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


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

Appearance: A nice deep brownish black body with a fluffy tan head floating on top. Good lacing on the head.

Smell: It has an overall malty sweet odor. I'm almost smelling a roasted malt upfront with a toffee smell in the background.

Taste: This is a very tasty beer. It is smooth and sweet, creamy. Then it dries up to a nice semi-bitter finish. There isn't a lot of complexity in this flavor, but it does what it does very well.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of body to this beer- especially, not to be snooty, but for the price. It has a great milky texture.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 01:47:57 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of gentlebubbles


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness notched Feb 2005

Deep, dark brown just a hair short of totality. Bit of light tan foam that soon gives it up.

Heavy malty, smoky, winey aroma.

Bit of hop bite upfront cuts into rich, chocolately malt with smoky finish. Mellow mouthfeel.

Very, very nice stout - but not a milk stout. I like this a lot, but it's not at all sweet. The label tries to weasel out of it by saying it's "the cream of stouts". Sorry, but I'm knocking a point off for misleading the humble beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 00:29:19 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, better than I expected. Somewhat thin (as expected), but nice flavor. Retained a foamy head throughout, and the last sip tasted better than the first. Has a powdery chocolate taste (much like the 8 ball I followed it with). Samuel Adams makes pretty good beers, just not as good as they claim!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 02:59:07 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of NEhophead


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

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" light brown head that fades to a sheet after a moment. Some thick lacing with average strength. Dense black in color.

Strong coffee aromas along with some dark chocolate and vanilla aromatics.

Dark chocolate and a nut-coffee flavor. A moderate hop bitterness to balance the creamy, rich flavors. A pleasant chocolate aftertaste that lingers.

Chewy, yet carbonated enough to lighten this stout on the palate.

An average stout re: drinkability. Worth a try if you like the style. IMO, without a doubt one of Sam Adam's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 19:05:27 | More by NEhophead
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.