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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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2,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,295
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 130
Gots: 81 | 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 orbitalr0x


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

This cream stout pours a nice dark black with some amber tones showing through the light. A small head tops off my pour and doesn't stay around long, but leaves some lace in its wake. Chocolate malt notes invade my nose as well as some coffee undertones. The smell is quite sweet and inviting, almost sugary. The first sip is also quite sweet with a nice chocolate malt flavor and a some hints of coffee and a little hops on the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me..I prefer a bit more body to my stouts...but it goes down smooth all the same. This is a good drinking stout when you are not looking for something too heavy. Probably my favorite out of the Sam's brews that I've tried so far.

09-06-2004 03:13:20 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of palliko


4.43/5  rDev +13%

Nice full beige head, good sticky foam. Opaque black in color. A complex nose: Toasted coffee with cream, and some bittersweet chocolate notes in the aroma. Smooth initial taste: creamy is the only adjective I can come up with. The carbonation is perfect: a little tingle, not fizzy. Fire roasted malt gives it a nice thick stout taste: more mellow, and better than Guinness, in my opinion. Well disguised hops round out the experience that lingers on the palate. Excellent!!

09-03-2004 18:28:48 | More by palliko
Photo of RoyalT


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance – This could not have looked better. The solid black beer was buried in a mountain of shaving cream. I got two inches of head for every one inch of beer, and it wasn’t even thinking about going away.

Smell – The rich, even combination of dark malt and espresso was complimented with a light, very dark chocolate.

Taste – The bitter baker’s chocolate came on stronger at the taste. The malts lightened up a bit from the nose and I could finally pick up the sweet creamy character.

Mouthfeel – Having said that the Cream Stout is a lighter type of stout in the first place, this example was usually light. I did enjoy the bitter finish though.

Drinkability – This was a nice Cream Stout that is light on the cream.

08-19-2004 15:12:38 | More by RoyalT
Photo of twi1609372


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

an ok beer from sam adams. i think it is too thick. not to say i dont like a good dark beer, but this is a bit too dark for my taste. very creamy and cofeelike not horrable taste, but nothing exceptional either. not bad if nothing else to drink but i would pick up another sam adams beer before this one.

08-04-2004 17:24:23 | More by twi1609372
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.43/5  rDev +13%

A beautiful black beer, that has a nice rocky, tan head that leaves sheets of lace on my glass. The aroma of roasted malts and toffee are strong and inviting. The creamy texture and sweetness are well balanced with the roasted malts and hops that bite through at the very end. I may be biased, as Samuel Adams Boston Lager was my introduction into the world of good beer, so Samuel Adams brews have always been among my favorite brews. Though this beer is a bit heavy, it tastes so good, so I have no problem with it being a session beer on a night where I truly deserve a treat.

07-31-2004 19:19:16 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of Dmann


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

I was very impressed with this beer. This one poured a very dark brown color with a great fluffy white head that stuck to the glass. The smell was very roasted with a roasted malt and nut scent as well as a slight hint of coffee. The taste was excelent and smoothe with a bit of toffee flavor and a underlying sweetness that was just right and not cloying at all. This a stout to use to convert people to better brews for sure.

07-31-2004 10:39:20 | More by Dmann
Photo of dedalus


3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

nice chocolatey color with an creamy head. decent lacing.

roasted barley dominated the nose, with some sugary, rummy, dark chocolate in the background.

the mouthfeel was excellent. thick, rounded, and smooth.

the flavors seemed dominated by a harsh astringency. i let the beer warm for a further fifteen minutes (in addition to the fifteen i gave it before the first sip) and the metallic, astringent taste still pushed the chocolate and coffee into the background. whatever sweetness was present in the beer was unnoticable. quite disappointing.

the drinkability suffers, again due to the harsh (black malt?) astringency. i'm not sure if this harshness is an intentional part of the flavor profile. in any case, i don't beleive that "cream stout" is the best designation for this a beer; "cream" suggests a sweetness that the beer does not deliver. if the brewery just called it a stout, i would have expected less sweetness and would have scored it more highly. as it stands, though, the flavors do not seem at all appropriate for the style.


07-26-2004 21:08:42 | More by dedalus
Photo of Hibernator


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass. The bottle reads that the Sam Adams Cream Stout is part of the Brewmaster's Collection. Freshness date was marked for September 2004.

The appearance is a classic black stout color.

I smell chocolate and coffee like aromas with a creamy sweetness as well.

This is a smooth cream stout. Some sugary sweet flavors with a coffee like bitterness on the ending finish. Enjoyable stout that I put down in a short amount of time.

One of my favorite brews by Sam Adams....solid beer. I just wish I saw it on tap more often in the Boston area.

07-25-2004 18:24:04 | More by Hibernator
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

After a weekend of light lagers and pilsners, it was nice to get a chance to try a Sam Adams dark beer for a change of pace... The look was a typical deep brown with a tan head - lots of long lived foam to leave lacing on the glass and fuzz on the mustache. The beer is actually a very, very dark amber if you hold it up to the light which made it even more appealing.

The smell was of roasted malt and very inviting. The taste was good, but a bit heavy on the coffee if you ask me. Drop a shot of expresso into a lager and you'd have a pretty good approximation of the taste here. It was very nicely balanced and very, very smooth. The mouthfeel was surprisingly light bodied, easy on the tongue and no heavy aftertaste.

All in all quite a drinkable beer. The light mouthfeel was somewhat surprising but it leads to a very drinkable brew that won't weigh you down. This is very reminiscent of Guinness' nitro-draught but with a much more pronounced coffee note and a wee bit more body (but all the silky smoothness of the nitro)

07-20-2004 20:11:34 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

New review 6-1-2006:

Into a tulip stem the entire contents of a bottle was poured. Including the huge head it took up the entire volume of the glass. The color is a velvety opaque brownish black and the head is a long lasting rocky tan.

Aroma is decent, though it could be stronger. There are a number of facets to it- cocoa, caramel, coffee- though I would hesitate to call it 'complex'. The cocoa is dominant and it has a pleasant richness about it. There are some very faint spices (nutmeg) and floral elements way in the background.

The palate is straigtforward, with a good dose of both caramel and bitterness making strong initial impressions. The roasted mocha-like elements linger in the finish. Overall it is a well balanced beer that tastes as good after the third as it does after the first. Still, it could do with more complexity.

Original review 7-14-2004:

4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
This a beautiful beer to look at- rich color and a wonderfully thick head- and a great quaff as well.

Mostly chocolate nose with some coffee creeping in there as well.

Rich mouthfeel with just the right amount of bitterness. The malt stays with you until the end. It finishes with a pleasant lingering roast malt character.

The only problem I have with this beer is a slight sourness that creeps in about halfway through the glass. It seems a bit out of character with the richness that comes before it and is a minor distraction.

Otherwise this an excellent beer.

07-14-2004 18:13:29 | More by TongoRad
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

App: Jet black with a deep tan head. As the head fades, it sticks to the sides of the glass wonderfully.

Smell: Chocolate and burnt malt. The smell is amazingly deep and seems to change continuously as you inhale. Milky coffee is also present.

Taste: If you leave a cup of black coffee out for half the day and then come back and drink it, this is what it tastes like. Dark chocolate also makes an appearance, but the cold coffee analogy is dead on.

Mouthfeel: Thick as a brick. Creamy.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, I could definately see myself putting a good number of these away.

07-14-2004 01:14:08 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of Shaw


4/5  rDev +2%

I got this beer in a mixer with the Boston Ale and Hefeweizen.

It's as black as a stout can be with a foamy brown head that leaves lace all over the glass. Its aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is smooth with a nice flavor of roasted malt and coffee. It is not as sweet as Mackeson XXX, but this stout probably doesn't have milk sugar in it.

I'm impressed that this stout doesn't have the harshness tasted in other stouts. There is a cream-like quality to this stout. I can see why a friend spoke so highly of this stout. Too bad it only seems to be available in Florida in the mix pack. This is one of SA's better brews. Seek it out.

07-13-2004 06:25:57 | More by Shaw
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

12-oz. amber bottle that was part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" sampler.

Poured a very dark brown in color with some ruby tinges on the sides. Impressive dark tan-colored head persists and offers a decent amount of lacing of the glass. Aromas are excellent. Lots of coffee, toasted malt, smoke, and caramel. Flavor mirrors the aromas, but with a pinch of hop bitterness thrown in for good measure. Starts out sweet, the middle brings in a chocolate-covered toffee, and finishes with a snap of bitterness that quickly succumbs to the roasted coffee-chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good...it could be a bit bigger, but it does the job nicely. Creamy. A tasty night cap after a long post-wedding cookout.

07-13-2004 01:30:59 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured a beautiful tar black with a nice thick tan head about 3/4 of an inch thick. Quite nice looking. The smell is very coffee and slightly dark chocolate. Very nice. The taste is absolutely excellent. I can think of nothing that needs changing. Faintly sweet coffee like taste at first that quickly turns to a bitter dark chocolate taste. A most excellent stout. Fairly easy to drink and just plain good! If you are fan of porters/stouts you really need to give it a try.

07-10-2004 04:47:49 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of malthead


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Nice dark color and good head. Predominant smell is coffee, with some dark chocolate. Taste is mostly of coffee and bitter chocolate - personally, I'm not a huge fan and think it's a little too bitter. Good mouthfeel, pretty balanced. I've brought the drinkability score down a little because the finish is a little too harsh or bitter for me - not bitter in the good sense of an ESB, but rather too unpolished, like bad coffee. Overall, though, a fairly decent cream stout, if not one I would want to drink too often.

07-09-2004 22:32:42 | More by malthead
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

nice a dark witha craggy tan head. smells malty with bitter coffee and faint dark chocolate. slightly burnt aroma. i'd like to see it be a little more pungent but it smells good. grainy and nutty with coffee and burnt bitter chocolate malts. some hoppiness to round it out. good mouthfeel, has a medium body with good carbonation. not a bad offering at all from sam adams, a bit on the lackluster side but good. a very easy stout, which certainly sometimes welcomed.

06-24-2004 21:04:43 | More by kmo1030
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13%

Pours a nice dark reddish-brown into the glass, a nice tan head settles into a healthy lace. Smells incredible...chocolates, ground coffee, roasted barley, a slight fruitiness too. Taste: Silky-smooth, chocolaty, malty, and nice nice coffee tones & just enough hopping to make the presence felt. A nice gentle carbonation with a long delicious finish urges you to take another sip. Finishes brashly roasty witha java-like closing smack. Not too sweet for a "sweet stout", but just enough to make you smack your lips and say "Hell yeah!"

06-22-2004 23:47:47 | More by beerluvr
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

This a my first Cream/Milk Stout and I got it in the Brewmasters Collection. The color is a very dark black and the aroma has a burnt smell to it. There is a sweetness at first but is followed by a very burnt chocolate and nut flavor. Pretty light tasting for stout this heavy. Not bad!

06-16-2004 23:40:32 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

05-25-2004 23:10:10 | More by MattFrenzy
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

05-17-2004 01:21:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-01-2004 22:19:06 | More by psyco1


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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...

04-27-2004 17:30:49 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

04-27-2004 06:04:03 | More by DPMomutant
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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