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

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2,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,449
Reviews: 1,230
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 168
Gots: 153 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of mnesporov
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of riversider76
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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??

Photo of pbr85
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brandtr3
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NBake
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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

Photo of afinepilsner
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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.

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Mechphisto
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
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.)

Photo of RJLarse
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of UberWasser
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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!!!

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