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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,252 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,252
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 125
Gots: 68 | 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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BadBadger

New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cream stout pours a moderately dark color. There was very little head formation. The smell is a mixture of both coffee and chocolate. The taste is a combination of a smooth mixture of sweety malty chocolate and coffee. A rather pleasant cream stout but nothing I would develop a craving for and rush out to the beer store to pickup.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 22:25:07 | More by BadBadger
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MattFrenzy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown stout, with a creamy tan head that recedes fairly quickly.
Very smooth and creamy mouth feel. Very distinct roasted taste with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee, medium body. Ends with a slight hop bitterness that is very welcome. As far as stouts go, I'd pick this over guinness (bottle) any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 23:10:10 | More by MattFrenzy
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer didn't pour as dark as most cream stouts, it was still a deep hazel that was not entirely opaque. It has a thick tan creamy head and smells of roasted malt and heavily of alcohol. The taste is relatively unimpressive, with the cream taste not being strong and the alcohol left entirely uncovered. This also doesn't feel that great in the mouth because it isn't very hearty. Still a good beer, thanks to it being a cream stout, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 00:17:25 | More by chugamugofsud
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with reddish receding highlights, solid toasty tan head.
Aroma: bitter coffeeish tones, but matched with a light, milky air.
Taste: Brief bitter approach on the palate, nuty, sweet, creamy, then fades back a bit, and resides comfortably on the palate. Solid body, about medium, very smooth, with a medium finish...a mild stout, but one that does what it's sets out to do, delivers some easy, breezy, dark flavors, is consumable all the way.
Not bad, but not what I particularly look for in a stout. For a cream stout, though, right on the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 01:21:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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psyco1

Ohio

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

It's about as dark as you can get without being completely black, it has a nice tannish head.
I smell roasted barley, chocolate, coffee and some maltiness.
The taste is similar, although the creaminess comes through there.
It's a stout I could drink for a long session and the best SA I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 22:19:06 | More by psyco1
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, this beer looks exactly the way I want a stout to look. The head on it is near perfect, 2 fingers, almost as brown as the beer itself. Very sweet malty smell, both in the bottle and once poured...
The taste is outstanding. There is a definite coffee flavor present. One bottle of the sixer had kind of a metallic taste which could be the result of a few caused. But the rest weren't this way. Overall, the taste is of nutty, coffee, toasted malt goodness.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Not oily or too fizzed either. They really took some time to make this beer as a good representation of their brewery.
Those who are quick to disregard SA on the grounds of the mass distribution of their Boston Lager need to sample this beer before they label the brewery as 'pedestrian'. I could go for one right now...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 17:30:49 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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DPMomutant

Missouri

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

Pours with a nice and lingering finger-thick head. It sticks on there good. Body is as black as stout should be.

Smells of coffee and dark cocoa. Some creaminess in there too. Definite roasted maltiness.

The taste is basically creamy, but very dark coffee. It's very good and I'd rather have this than coffee in the morning if I could get away with it.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly on the watery side, but there's nothing wrong with that. Some active carbonation in there. I do enjoy leaving this in my mouth an extra second or two.

This is a very drinkable beer if you're into stouts (and you should be). The low ABV and easy going down makes this a good 'session' stout. While Guinness was my first stout, it led me to this one and I got stuck on it for a while. This is my first one in a while and it's still up there for me, I'll have to seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 06:04:03 | More by DPMomutant
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shirfan

New York

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

Pitch black with the smallest ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. Modest tan foam reduces to a thin layer which then clings to the glass.

Aroma is exceptional. I immediately was reminded of sweet shops, thick chocolate milkshakes, and even a tiny hint of woodsmoke.

Taste is no slouch either.. I had to keep reminding myself this didn't originate from some small craft brewery. Starts sharp on the tongue, gives way to an almost chocolate milk flavor mingled with roast malt. A sweet-and-sour finish.

My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that this somehow feels airy, almost like mousse. Maybe that's a good thing.. I was expecting something a bit heavier though. It doesn't detract from the flavor in the least.

One hell of a beer for such a big company.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 02:37:03 | More by shirfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Deep ruby brown malts near black but the light makes it through this one my friends. Big heavily carbonated tan head nice and chunky texture to it forms little mounds leaves heavy lacing nice not bad at all. Aroma: Very nice cream texture, wow slight coffee espresso mix with soft creamy chocolate and a hint of lactic acid semi subdued hopping but nice subtle flowery mix in the background. Taste: A very very tasty balanced Cream Stout, awesome mix of dark roasted malts and with that creamy edge you just can't go wrong wow this is a winner. Sam Adams has been trying to come out as a macro in the past year pushing the light and crazy commercials and what not, but this Brewmaster's Collection is a gift to us original good beer drinkers. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium to full bodied but carbonation is dead on very smooth drinker here. Drinkability: Can't really be touched one of the best Cream Stouts I've tried in general great representation way too easy to sip on all day, nice brew. I am impressed great beer for any brewer good job to the folks at Boston Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 05:17:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

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

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a thick light tan head with staying power. Aroma is full of roasted malt, with some coffee, chocolate and sweet vanilla. Chocolate, coffee and malted milk dominate the taste with a bittersweet finish. A bit lighter than I would like on the palate, but that is a minor quibble. A smooth, nicely balanced, quite drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:12:54 | More by ColForbin
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer but unfortunately the Boston Beer Co. didn't do it for me this time. The beer poured black in color with a condensed tan head that held together for quite some time. The nose was decent enough, very roasted. The taste however seemed very uninspiring to me. Quite watery in body. Roasted grains are noticeable and a definite coffee taste as well. Not much in the line of sweetness or creaminess which seemed odd given the name. A little bitter even. Quite a dry finish and forgetable as well. I'll stick with Mackeson.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 23:30:00 | More by granger10
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

Served lightly chilled in a pint glass and allowed to warm. 12 oz bottle with a BBD of Oct. 2004.

Appearance: Jet black, no ruby or other highlights, topped by a large dark tan head which recedes to a small weak layer of foam. Faint wisps of lacing were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Contemplative aromas of coffee, cocoa, burnt malts, caramel, faint vanilla and prunes. Quite lovely.

Taste: Bittersweet black malts with mocha overtones. Pruny notes. Faint snap of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick in body. Some nice lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite SA product (I'd hazard their best bottled one, too). Damn this stuff is fine. I could see myself sessioning this beer. Probably the best _readily_ available cream stout made.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 01:05:36 | More by ManekiNeko
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black, with an uneven white head. The smell is a strong roasted malt with a bit of lactic bitterness. The taste is a strong lactic bitterness, with a good roasted malt character with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Possibly the best beer that Boston Beer Company makes. A solid cream stout with a good lactose bitterness, and though I'd likely find others of this type before this one, I'd still have it again if someone handed me one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 05:45:11 | More by beergeek279
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watermelonman

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came out very dark as it poured with a quickly fading head. It left behind a good amount of nice lacing, however.

The smell was kind of plain for a stout. The taste was pretty good, with some cream somewhat apparent. It gives a nice mouthfeel and really opens up the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 01:06:40 | More by watermelonman
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown, almost black color with a creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate. The flavor is coffee-like and roasty, with a burnt roasted bitter finish. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and is full in body. Not a bad Sam Adams brew.

Sampled 1/15/04

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 15:20:02 | More by BeerBuilder
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with a glorious creamy beige head with great retention and lacing. Awesome big chocolate aroma dominates. Flavor is sweet, but with a chalky finish and definite harshness when chilled. Some earthy hop presence. Medium bodied, rather slick, even a touch of wateriness. Drinks very smooth when warm.

Drink it at room temperature for sure. I started mine slightly chilled and was not impressed by the flavors. Upon reaching room temp it was a smooth beauty.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 15:25:57 | More by waughbrew
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soper2000

Texas

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

I was quite glad to see this sixer at Jungle Jim's just north of Cincy. This beer is actually my favorite BBC product I've tried. It pours a deep rich black with a smooth tan head. Aroma was full of coffee/roasted malts. First taste didn't let me down. Tons of roasted malt was easily apparent, the fantastic flavor of coffee/toffee followed. A very very smooth stout that manages to avoid a thin mouthfeel. I feel this may be one of my favorite sessions beers if only it were easily available in Lafayette.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 23:32:43 | More by soper2000
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Gritsak

West Virginia

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

appearence in dark brown with a nice creamy head that laces and stays through the whole glass

smells like chocolate, coffee..little sweet hints but pretty much like other stouts

taste is balanced well...really smooth and malty. the mouthfeel isnt as thick as some of the bigger stouts, but nontheless its really good

this is one of the most drinkable stouts ive had...i could finish a 6pack of this pretty quickly..only complaint i have is paying 7-8 for a six pack for a low abv beer. it is a good beer to sit back and enjoy with a meal though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 20:55:04 | More by Gritsak
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a good bubbly head.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted notes and sweet milk.

Full body, quite smooth. Rich roasted chocolate up front that moves to a light coffee flavor and finishes with a sweet milk finish. Nice roasted aftertaste.

A very nice stout, good lacing the whole way. Good balance of sweetness without being sickening.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 00:04:41 | More by Southernbrew
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HardTarget

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dated bottle March 2004 (sampled that very month) My bottle just said "Cream Style" but this has to be the right one.
Aroma: Porter nose, lots of chocolate and chocolate malt and toffee smells.
Appearance: Opaque black with slight blood red edges with bright light. An off white head formed but boiled down to a thin well-fed sheet.
Flavor: A touch astringent. The alcohol comes through unpleasantly and the roasted malt just doesn’t shine. Balanced, but toward bland rather than united. A harsh bitter finishes the taste and lasts too long.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but it has a ragged feel, not the smooth soft roundness of other cream stouts.
Overall Impression: Just didn’t care for it. I expected a smoother, richer beer and this just doesn’t fit the bill. Not recommended.

Revisit: Maybe I got an off bottle, but I'm not seeing all the flaws I noted earlier in this brew. Still not OUTSTANDING, but not bad. Have to kick it up in mouthfeel and taste, I got some mild coffee and chocolate notes. Still a bit ragged and disjointed in my book though. There are still better stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 03:47:06 | More by HardTarget
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a “For Brewery Fresh Taste, Purchase Before Month Notched 2004” June is notched.

Appearance: Huge dense rocky tan head, this brew clings all over the inside of the glass. Proper stout black colour.

Smell: Creamy aroma filled with roasted coffee, soft charcoal and unsweetened chocolate. A very complexly layered aroma to say the least.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Quick shot of smoothness then a creamy moderate body slides in. Soft roasted malt flavours give off faint charcoal and dark chocolate tones. Hops are in there to help balance the sweetness of the underlying pale malt. Nice bitter bite from the hops and burnt malt, roasted flavours linger lightly and broad on the tongue for a long time.

Drinkability & Notes: Easy to quaff, by far one of my top stouts as I seem to have it around a lot. Also the fresh batches seem to have a bit more of a bite to them, try and find bottle of this when it is at its ripe point where the month is notched on the side … seems to be a bit more mellow.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 20:55:23 | More by Jason
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travolta

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Apperance: Dark brown, amder when held up to the light...I mean the light bulb, this is not an amber beer, i just wanted to see what was in there. this is almost black in normal light. head is great. Looks like a malted milkshake, i hope it tastes like one. head is think and off-white. The head looks and retains like a rootbeer float. thats the best description of it.

Nose: The first things I smell are mint and spices. this beer does not have a boring smell, it does, however, have a faint one. Charcoal and unsweetened chocolate. Also some freshly cut grass in the begining.

Taste: this was very pleasent. A little bitter at the end from the hops. I get the same chocolate as I smelled. it is a bit dry all the way through. It smells sweeter than it tastes. Think hops and chocolate...unsweetened. I did not get anything I would consider cream in the tasting...or the nose.

Notes: A very good stout. It's not too bitter and it isnt too sweet. it's just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 09:47:18 | More by travolta
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy tan head and good lacing.
Smell is of malts, vanilla, coffee, and whipped cream.
Taste is creamy coffee and caramel malts with a moderate burnt bitterness and not a whole lot in the way of hops, but man, is it good.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy - not a lot of carbonation and definitely not a filling beer.
This is less aggressive than some of the outstanding stouts, but it is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. It features a nice combination of medium/light black malt bitterness and medium creaminess without getting too buttery-thick or sweet. An exceptional "light" stout, and session material all the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 04:01:22 | More by jwilli7122
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is black with a ruby tinge and a thin, tan head. There is roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. The body is fairly thin for a stout with chocolate, caramel, and coffee flavors. It sort of disappears in the finish. It is not a bad beer, but it is just average for a sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 14:13:31 | More by ark57
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as it splits from the bottle a deep black walnut color with some nice ruby high light, the head humongous, creamy in texture and a nice light chocolate brown with the lace forming a thick cover to conceal the glass. Lightly toasted grain aroma, sweet malt with hints of vanilla, quite a pleasant sniff, and start is sweet and thick with malt; top is middling to full in feel. Finish is judicious in its carbonation and the hops deliberate in their spicy bite, droughty aftertaste that is long lasting, a drinkable beer, but one I sample rarely as there are just too many great stouts and I sometimes forget that these are quite pleasing to the palate and worthy of a sample now and then.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 00:32:06 | More by Gusler
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.