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

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2,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,356
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 142
Gots: 100 | 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 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
Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nicely done...not as good as say a rouge shakespeare..but has a define sam adams feel...you taste it and you know who made it...must be something in the water....
S: wonderful chocolate/coffee with brown sugary overtones..malty
T: Chocolate, creamy and nutty overtones...sweetness
MF: thick and creamy...sits on your tongue nicely..aftertaste stays around...
DA: nice with food...nice for dessert....

harpo111, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: dark, DARK brown, nearly black. Lot's of good activity. Impressively big bubbly mocha colored head with a very active and bubbly 'eye" in the center of the head. Leaves behind some intricate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molases, brown sugar, vanilla with a robust maltyness.

Taste: A chocolate, nuty and roasty malted flavor with hints of vanilla and molases.

MF: Full body, crisp and rather lively for a stout, but still pretty smooth thanks to the constantly creamy and fuzzy head.

DA: Highly drinkable Sammy right here.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of umfskibum
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz. bottle, clearly marked as best before December 2006.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful black with a hint of mahogany when held up to the light. THICK, creamy, slightly off-white head. Excellent lacing right up to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Not a particularly stong aroma, but I could smell chocolate, coffee and roast barley. The aroma of alcohol is slight, but undoubtedly there.

Taste: No question here, this beer tastes of coffee and milk chocolate. Nice taste of roasted barley in the somewhat bitter finish. The pleasant roasted bitterness sits on the tongue for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy! Very light, gentle carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts: As a cream stout, this sits fairly heavily in the stomach but is still incredibly drinkable. Has the nice smooth quality of a great cream stout. A worthy member of the Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection.

umfskibum, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick body producing one half inch of thick and creamy head. A rich, black body dominates allowing only a small amount of light to pass through. The head diminishes after about one minute leaving a thin ring on the edges.

Very sweet aromas abound on the nose. Rich milk chocolate, warm caramel and brown sugar load this with sweetness. Light and sweet milky, coffee aromas that smell like the inside of Starbucks. Very faint hopa and vanilla aromas leave the nose last.

A very balanced rush of sweet and bitter flavors lead this tasty stout. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley and smooth caramel flavors provide a sweet sensation. The sweetness is nicely balanced by a dry, hoppy flavor. There are faint flavors of vanilla and anise. A soothing coffee flavor provides for a long finish.

Excellent creamy mouthfeel with quite a bit of effervesence considering I have had this sitting around for a while.

Drinkability is great. This would be a good choice for a session stout. The smell is misleading. I was expecting and overly sweet stout but was presently surprised by the balance of flavors.

Budlum, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a mixed 6'er from Party Source. Best by Oct. 06.

What a nice surprise from a Sam Adams beer. I usually enjoy Sam, but have never been a huge fan. This beer, however, impresses me. Dark black/red with a nice light tan head. Smells of chocolate and cream. Tastes of chocolate with a bit of whole milk and coffee. A little light on body, but very drinkable. I'll get this again, especially when its cheaper than Mackeson's.


tempest, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

A: Holy huge head. Big, light tan, and frothy. Dissipated quickly, but it filled the whole snifter and rose above the rim, and I likes me some of that. Color was a deep, dark brown.

S: Deep roasted aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not terribly strong.

T: Like the flavor you get when you roast a marshmallow over an open fire, and you absolutely blacken the outside and it gets really crispy, but the inside is still gooey and warm. Then you take a bite and get both textures and flavors. Finish is dry, slightly bitter, and has a hint of cream. Tail is slightly sour. Moves pretty seamlessly between all those flavors.

M: Creamy and rich.

D: This is pretty good. I'd have another, but I only bought one bottle. I'd definitely buy this again.

rarevos, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of greebsnarf
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rusty maroon and a great ochre head. Take your time looking at this beer because it's much better as it warms, with the sweet roasted character really coming out near the end. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and milk: a pretty simple blend, but it works. Sweetness hits first, but it's quickly balanced out by a little bitterness, ending on a mild but welcome hop note in the aftertaste. Smells a little flat and sour--nothing like the taste! But for a cream stout it's surprisingly thin... making it far more drinkable even if it doesn't really suit the style or the flavors.

greebsnarf, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in the glass a rich dark brown, nearly black. The head is two fingers of firm tight camel coloroed foam. The lacing is very thick and sticky.
The smell is sweet caramel malt, dark roasted coffee beans, light butter toffee, and a subtle earthiness.
The taste has a mild sweetness up front. Smoky and charred notes with light hop bittering in the finish. There is smoke in the aftertaste.
Medium-heavy body. Fairly light on carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

EvilKeith, Aug 26, 2006
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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