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

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2,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,308
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 135
Gots: 82 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. brown bottle with "for brewery fresh taste purchase before month notched" date of June.

Opaque walnut color with huge, irregular shaped, tan colored head. Bubbles cling nicely.

Roasty and toasty smell. Slight hint of chocolate, coffee, and molasses.

Crisp and smooth at the top. Chocolaty malts and molasses gain strength into the finish. Carbonation is sharp in the back of the mouth. Bitter roasted malts leave a smoky, burnt toast aftertaste.

Cream stouts aren't my preference, but there's nothing shabby about this beer.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Vancer
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

Disappointed. Expected a lot more from a milk stout. Initial take looked promising, excellent almost black pour with tan head, nice lacing. Aroma started the downhill slide, almost no maltly quality to it. The taste was the bottom of the barrel, way too hoppy, no smoothness or *cream* to the brew. Way too thin and carbonated. All in all, you can find better stouts out there.

Vancer, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of swid
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Samuel Adams Cream Stout pours an opaque black; a hint of a deep red color can be found around the edges of the glass when the stout is held up to the light. A 1/4" light brown head forms and dissipates slowly. The aroma is very similar to coffee with cream: roasted, a hint of chocolate, slightly sweet. The piney smell of the hops is very faint. Nothing terribly complex, but a simple, inviting aroma.

This beer has a strong roasted flavor initially (bigger than I expected) and is somewhat dry; after a little bit, it subsides and the creamy sweetness and hop bitterness are picked up nearly simultaneously. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and thicker than would be expected for a fairly light beer. This stout goes down smooth, and leaves a leaves a sweet, roasted aftertaste.

All in all, this is an enjoyable cream stout and it is a very drinkable beer. I will have this again.

swid, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Coming in a 12 oz. Brewmaster’s Collection brown bottle with a freshness date of May 2005, the Cream Stout poured dark brown and opaque with red highlights at the edges. The head was very thick, brown, and craggy. Needless to say, lacing was very nice as well.

The aroma was mildly roasty with a whiff of graininess. The taste was better than the aroma suggested, with dry, creamy, roasty, chocolaty, and coffee flavors swirling around. This was very soft, and a little bit thin on the tongue. Smooth and easy to drink, but lacking in a lot of complexity.

rajendra82, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

This beer has a typical stout appearance in that it is opaque. It pours a small head that stays around for a brief period of time. The smell is almost an exact replica (if smells is replicatable) of a mild coffee. I am not a big coffee drinker but I love the smell of fresh coffee and this is pretty close. If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, it probably is a duck: this beer looks like coffee, smells like coffee, so naturally it tastes a bit llike coffee, possibly with a bit of milk or cream in it and maybe a piece of fine chocolate. An intense chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue in the finish. The mouthfeel was a bit heavy and sticky for my taste. This beer is quite drinkable and I enjoyed it.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

Traded a Prima Pils to the guy down the hall for this.

Appears a very dark brown, with minimal head that may be due to the fact I just washed the glass out with water. Looks good though.

Smells like fresh roasted coffee. There's a definite milk or dairy scent in there.

Tastes creamy (no shit, right?). It's a nice cool flavor that is smooth and balances out the bitterness. There's are hints of coffee and a strange coppery flavor that lingers on the tongue.

Overall, a pretty decent beer but not my favorite stout by any means. Worth a try but I won't be buying this myself.

Litterbean, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a pitch black color with a large sticky tan head. Smells like coffee, bitter chocolate, and faint spicy hops. The burnt coffee malts hit the tongue first, soon followed but a dry chocolate flavor. Has kind of a salty aftertaste. The mouth feel is creamy and the drinkablility is great! What a great session beer!

Luigi, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

The colour is pitch-dark; the large brown foam dissolves slowly into a finger thick lid.

The smell is very roasted and sweet sour with notes of coffee, cream and a hint of tar.

The carbonation is strong and very refreshing. Maybe it is a bit stronger than I had expected.

The taste is a combination of dry, burned malt and a robust bitterness. I had hoped for some bore body, but the bitter hops do a good job in making it balanced anyway. There is no sweetness at all. The long aftertaste is complex one with notes of a… creamy bitterness? There are notes of strong black coffee, diacetyl and maybe some raisins.

Maybe this stout is a bit too dry for my taste. Otherwise, a fine brew.

bark, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

12 oz bottle poured into an English pint glass.
Pours out deep, dark brown, almost black, with a thick creamy brown head. Head recedes slowly and leaves behind lots of sticky lace.
Aroma is roasty coffee with some chocolaty notes in the background.
Flavor is burnt black coffee, with a little sweetness in the middle. Starbucks coffee, with only one packet of sugar. A bit one dimensional.

finish has some light bitterness, some sweetness.

Padron4KM, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

mmmbeer, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

clemtig76, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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."

Gaisgeil, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of theo871
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

theo871, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of MobBarley
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

MobBarley, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Gagnonsux, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

UncleJimbo, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of stalefish666
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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...

stalefish666, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

stjarnflikka, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

ncbrewerbun, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Zorro, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

Sycodrummer, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of elsinore
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

elsinore, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Sixpoint, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Tang07
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%


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.

Tang07, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Stimack
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Stimack, Nov 12, 2004
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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