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

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2,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 142
Gots: 105 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of NBake
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Adamthome1
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer for being $6 a 6 pack and being produced in relatively large quantities. Sam Adams is the exception to the rule of a large brewery that makes truly cafted beers.

Pours a thick creamy head that to my amazement remained throughout the entire beer. Smells sweet and inviting, taste was similiar with a sweet hoppy taste that's balanced just about perfectly for the style.

To me the beer would be perfect the lingering sweet aftertaste remained a while longer and a little more thick consistency, like an Oatmeal Stout.

Is very drinkable, worth a try.

Adamthome1, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp-best by Dec 2006) a very dark brown with reddish hues with a smallish head of foam that shrank to a solid layer and then just a fine ring around the edge of the glass with lacing.

The smell has abundance of roasted and sweet malt and is quite nice.

The taste, initially, has roasted malt and some sweetness followed closely by a nice flavour of dark chocolate that gives it a bitterness that offsets and balances the sweet from this Sweet Stout very well. The finish returns to sweet malt and makes for a very nice aftertaste. Good stuff! I'll see if I can get a hold of a fresher batch and compare...

Bottom line: A *very* tasty sample of the style that I can easily recommend.

Bitterbill, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark almost perferctly opaque black. The head is tan colored and solid, with good retention, and eventually settles to a thin bubbly cap. The lacing is layered like cake.

The smell is sweet with dark malts and maraschino cherries. Some sweet creamy scents are also present.

Bitter roasted malts with a nice creaminess. Some mild hop bitterness sets up in the background, then returning to a light roasted bitterness in the finish that lingers for a while. Medium bodied.

This is a great beer for just about any time, especially for sessioning. Highly recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of PEBKAC
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Nesquik syrup like color, with a motoroil-like consistancy.

Rich frothy tan head that climbs high, then quickly dives back into
the pool. It leaves behind thin, stringy lacing, that would rather be
elsewhere at the moment. I happily comply.

Dark chocolate, stale Folgers crystals, sedated hazelnut
& Nila wafers, with a snap of alcohol that pinches your nose.
A little bit of newspaper ash somewhere in there too.

Creamy, slick mouthfeel, that thins as it goes down. The lightly
bitter cocoa is just the bed on which everything else lays.
Just enough carbonation to help bring the flavors foward.
There's some carmelized sugar that wants to come out, but a condensed milk sweetness trips it up before rushing the stage.
Not much of any lingering aftertaste, which honestly, makes
it easier to pop open a second or third. Having more then one is
definately an option. :)

Two scoops of French vanilla ice cream, in addition, would satisfy.

PEBKAC, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Mechphisto
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful deep, opaque brown to almost black. Slight amber tint; I don't see any ruby as other mention.
Pours a reasonably thick head. Soft looking, nice tan brown. Dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a nice lacing that sticks to the glass as it dissolves and every time you tilt the glass.
S - Interesting chocolaty leather.
T - Only slightly not quite as good as I was expecting, but still quite good. More of a mouthfeel thing, but the bite of carbonation kind of took away from the potential richness of the taste. A little coffee, some sweet that lingers but doesn't leave a sour aftertaste.
M - As I mentioned, it's a little bright on the tongue from more carbonation than expected, but otherwise very nice. Just the right balance of creaminess without being cloistering or leaving an odd oily feel like some other stouts.
D - Very drinkable. Rich and full, so probably can't drink more than one, or two at the most without feeling full, but would otherwise love to just sip on one of these all evening.

Mechphisto, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice frothy one and a half cream colored head. Very nice sticky lacing.
S: Roasted barley with milky creamcicle like notes touch the nostrils. Slight chocolate notes are noticeable, but faint.
T/M: Roasted malt crosses the palate, although it's a bit light, almost watery. Slight unsweetened chocolate flavors with a smokeyness to them that peak in here and there. Extra dry--more dry than I would have thought from a sweet/cream stout. Almost tastes like a Guinness to me, however, it's got a bit more flavor to it. Goes down extra smooth and creamy--could be a superb session beer.
D: I don't mind this cream stout. Actually one of the better one's I've had. Quite drinkable and smooth.

bjohnson, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a near opaque, pitch black with only hints of brown noticeable on the fringes of the glass. One-finger, fizzy, mocha-colored head quickly faded to a ring of lace.

Smell was rich and aromatic. Initially when poured from the bottle, it was sweet and candy-like with noticeable milk chocolate and fragrant caramel malt aromas. Later, the aroma turned deeper and more complex. Strong notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso and a general oakiness came through.

The taste however was flat and unexciting. Toasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and sweet cream were apparent, but the flavors were all quite weak. Slightly bitter and espresso-like on the back end. The pleasant, lingering, coffee-like aftertaste may have been a saving grace for this beer.

The mouthfeel was very thin, watery and over carbonated.

Drinkability was good by default. (Watery beers with weak flavors are usually easy to drink.)

Damian, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Sam Adams Cream Stout at a grocery store. It is appearing as a seasonal selection on the shelves. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark walnut brown and is nearly opaque. A two-finger beige head forms and is somewhat resilient, dissipating to a creamy film on the surface of the beer.

The smell is dairy-like, ice cream, with a chocolate aroma.

The taste is smoky, charred grain, with a dark chocolate flavor. There is a mildly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and perhaps a little thin and watery for the style.

This is a drinkable beer. I think it lacks the warming characteristic found in other beers of the style. It's OK, but not great.

RJLarse, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pounder glass it formed a large tan milky head that eventually falls to a solid cover and minimal lace. Dark brown to black body.

Lots of roasted malts up front what have some caramel, toffee and chocolate character to them. The style rings true in this offering, it has a very milky smooth body. Some bitterness (not much) comes from the roasty malts and a detectable hop presence sweeps away the chocolate. As it warmed a bit the aftertaste hung around a bit longer with some charred wood flavor coming through for the first time.

Notes: Not much to critique here. Pretty straight forward with nothing offensive. Probably the best Cream Stout I've had to date. This brew is fairly meaty for such a low ABV. Amazing.

DogFood11, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark black beer that sits in the glass with an attractively mocha color head about a finger thick that settles to a thin film that lasts through the drink.

Smell is thin, not much going on for me. Slight sweetness, slight roasted smell.

Taste is far more pronounced. Starts with a creamy sweetness that covers the tongue before it transforms, at the back of the mouth, into a rich roasted coffee bitterness. Feels just as slick and creamy as it tastes.

This is an easy to drink stout with just the right amount of sweet and bitter balance, that leaves a lingering coffee aftertaste. I would try this one again.

UberWasser, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pitch black with a kickass, frothy, chunky head that goes absolutely nowhere. Lacing all over the glassware. Looks like a rootbeer float. Beautiful beer. When held up to the light, an evvveer so slight amount of ruby tones peaks through, trying to go unnoticed.

Aroma is of much caramel sweetness, rich chocolate, mocha, nuttiness. Smells like desert.

Taste is of burnt dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, some nuttiness in the finish, irish cream, an ever so slight hop spiciness in the finish as well. This is a tremendous stout!

Mouthfeel is extra rich and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great for such a thick and creamy beer. The abv% obviously helps. This beer is just so tasty and aromatic that its hard NOT to drink. Bravo Samuel Adams. You definitely have a winner on this one. Even my girlfriend likes this beer!!!

Doomcifer, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of adammills
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice and dark, expecting a bit more out of the head, though that might be due to the detergent on my glass. Nice and sweet caramel flavor chased by a toasted barley feel. Very nice and drinkable, solid mouthfeel. I will buy this again.

adammills, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of pgenius
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked some of this stuff up the other day finally and I was very impressed. I even took a picture after I poured it, it was a beautiful sight to say the least. It poured a nice black that you could barely see through and an AMAZING head that stuck around. Smelled like caramel and roasted malts. It had a sweet creamy taste with hints of chocolate and nuts. Goes down great. This has become one of my new favorite stouts, give it a shot if you haven’t already.

pgenius, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a black color with a thick, persistent head that had a nice little bit of lace. The smell is bitter and has a slightly burnt odor. The taste is bitter and smooth with a coffee type overtone. The mouthfeel is thick, kind of chewy and creamy. This is a great beer that I’d consider very drinkable….but it might be a little rich for several in a row.

barefootbrewer, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: easy to generate head, nice retention

Smell of roasted malts, chocolate and faint licorice?

Taste: Very balanced. Easy to drink. Chocolate and caramel malts come out and are balanced with a good amount of hops. Faint licorice taste.

Mouthfeel. Clings to the mouth well. fairly crisp

Drinkability: The easiest to down stout I've ever had.

jasonjlewis, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with creamy head. It has a very nice aroma of roasted coffee, with a minimal hint of alcohol.
Flavor also has hints of lightly bitter coffee without being overwhelming, somewhat malty sweet as well.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, complex but still easily drinkable.
The best of Sam Adams'.

brdc, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Romulus141
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, jet black with a creamy, caramel head. Lacing is apparent on the sides as I swish it about in my snifter. This beer is opaque, and when held up to the light it shows an ever so faint red hue. The head dissipates, but a thin layer of foam remains on the surface.

Smell: This beer's aroma is primarily of roasted grain, somewhat like coffee. There is a faint hint of sweetness underlying that roasted scent. There is no smell of alcohol, which is good. Overall, quite pleasant to smell, and it gives a good indicator of the beer's taste.

Taste: Like the smell, a roasted flavor predominates. A malted sweetness is also present to counteract the bitter nature of the dominant flavor. It leaves my mouth with a slight tinge of crisp bitterness. There is a slight aftertaste, but it is not bad, since it is the dominant roast flavor, and I enjoy it. This is a good stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick, like one would expect of a stout. Not the thickest I've purchased, but still has a worthwhile density to it. No traces of an oily residue. This is a well-crafted beer.

Drinkability: Since this is a stout, the brew is more filling than your typical beer. I could still drink 2-3 of these in one sitting, and be happy the entire time.

A worthwhile beer, and one of my favorites from the Samual Adams brewery. Additionally, since it has the name appeal, this would be a good introductory beer for people interested in exploring more full-bodied, complex drinks. Recommended.

Romulus141, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a deep black color with a small, mocha-colored head. It left very nice lacing.

S - Very good. Roasted malt and caramel.

T - It is quite sweet with a blend of roasted chocolates and caramel flavors.

M - It is very soft of the tongue. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - Really nice representation of the style. And you can beat it at Sam Adams prices.

zeff80, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Poser
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome brew from Sam Adams. Poured a thick black with a half-inch of head. Good lacing. Hints of chocolate and coffee with some nuts and florals too. Very sweet which is a little odd but makes it surpringly drinkable for a stout. I was a little worried about this one but I will be buying it again.

Poser, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Gedackt16
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bored on Saturday night (imagine that!) so I decided to give Sam Adams Cream Stout a whirl.

Poured very nicely into a chilled pint glass. Head is wide at about half an inch with large bubbles. No light pours through at all until glass is tilted and then only minimally. Extremely attractive stout.

Nose gives strong hints of mocha and bitter chocolate with a distinct roasted smell. Taste is nearly identical to smell. How rare to get a beer where what you smell is what you get! Bravo Mr. Adams.

Slightly sweet taste with a boldly bitter finish but doesn't make you queasy after three or four so drinkability is high. Unfortunately with beers this bold, it's difficult to make a session out of them and still have any real appreciation for it's character. But definitely more drinkable than most sweet stouts. Altogether highly recommended and with a pretty reasonable price tag as well. Enjoy folks! It's well worth it!!

Gedackt16, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice stout. not as heavy as the "cream" moniker might imply but much chewier than an Irish dry stout.

It's a very dark brown nearly black with just a very slight trnaslucence. Nice creamy light brown head which persists and laces.

The aroma is coffee, roasts and a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is very consistent with the aroma. A slight sweetness upfront with a fiull maltiness and a pleasantly bitter finish. Very well balanced.

It's rich and velvety with slight carbonation and very drinkable.


Deconstructionis, Sep 29, 2006
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.