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

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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 83 | 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 elsinore
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of bronxlord
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. I look forward to winter because of this and Fezziwig! Sam Adams definitely has impressed me as an American beer company. I am partial to English Ales and lesser known American breweries, but Sam Adams overwhelms with this rich, black as night stout that is creamy in every sense. A wonderful beer.

bronxlord, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown in color..nearly black. The off-white head is the best quality of this brew...even after a somewhat mild pour, the head grows surprisingly large in the glass and absolutely doesn't dissapate. It just sits...waiting for you to drink it. As you drink, the extremely frothy head leaves a tan lacing on the glass that doesn't go away..it will eventually dry and harden to the glass if you leave it long enough. Very impressive out of a medium-bodied stout like this.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma of coffee, cream, and chocolate. Could smell a bit stronger...I had a tough time picking out the subtle smells...maybe the thick head keeps any aroma from getting out.

Taste: I'll start out by saying I am not a big lover of stouts. I mean, they're ok once in a while, but they are not my preferred style if I have a choice. That being said, this is an excepton. Deep, rich flavor, which I always enjoy from Sam Adams' brews...damn, they really know how to make beer the right way. Bitter, coffe-like flavors with obvious malty hints as well..thought it would be more sweet, but I'm not complaining. Tastes delicious.

Mouthfeel: What more can I say.. creamy & smooth mouthfeel. Just a slight on the bitter side, but come on, it's a stout..it's to be expected.

Drinkability: Probably won't be drinking these in rapid succession, but it is an excellent stout as far as I'm concerned. The relatively low alcohol content for such a rich brew lends to it's drinkability a bit as well. Considering the price is very modest, If you like stouts, this is a must buy.

Thanks Sam Adams, for another exceptional beer.

hero27, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black hue (although still slightly translucent when held right up to the light) with a very small coffee-colored head. Rich nose of roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Deep, dark taste of chocolate malt and slightly bitter hops, with an underlying brininess pervading the entire palate. Mouthfeel is nice and full, very rich and creamy. On the whole, though, it's a bit much and I had trouble finishing the bottle.

ElGordo, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of moocey
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - It's a stout. It's black when held up to a light. Can't get much better.

Smell - pours a good thick foamy head. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste - heavy on the roasted barley and chocolate flavors. I keep remembering the name of this as "chocolate stout" instead of "cream stout"

Mouthfeel - I suppose it could be a bit thicker. It *is* a stout.

moocey, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a light black with a tight, brown head that doesn't last for very long.

Smells like coffee and malt. Coffee permeates all the taste: coffee, and chocolate and roasted malt and coffee up front and coffee and just a bit of hops and coffee in the back.

A bit thin for a stout, otherwise this beer is great.

mynie, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice deep brownish black body with a fluffy tan head floating on top. Good lacing on the head.

Smell: It has an overall malty sweet odor. I'm almost smelling a roasted malt upfront with a toffee smell in the background.

Taste: This is a very tasty beer. It is smooth and sweet, creamy. Then it dries up to a nice semi-bitter finish. There isn't a lot of complexity in this flavor, but it does what it does very well.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of body to this beer- especially, not to be snooty, but for the price. It has a great milky texture.

GuinnessSmurf, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness notched Feb 2005

Deep, dark brown just a hair short of totality. Bit of light tan foam that soon gives it up.

Heavy malty, smoky, winey aroma.

Bit of hop bite upfront cuts into rich, chocolately malt with smoky finish. Mellow mouthfeel.

Very, very nice stout - but not a milk stout. I like this a lot, but it's not at all sweet. The label tries to weasel out of it by saying it's "the cream of stouts". Sorry, but I'm knocking a point off for misleading the humble beer drinker.

gentlebubbles, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, better than I expected. Somewhat thin (as expected), but nice flavor. Retained a foamy head throughout, and the last sip tasted better than the first. Has a powdery chocolate taste (much like the 8 ball I followed it with). Samuel Adams makes pretty good beers, just not as good as they claim!

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" light brown head that fades to a sheet after a moment. Some thick lacing with average strength. Dense black in color.

Strong coffee aromas along with some dark chocolate and vanilla aromatics.

Dark chocolate and a nut-coffee flavor. A moderate hop bitterness to balance the creamy, rich flavors. A pleasant chocolate aftertaste that lingers.

Chewy, yet carbonated enough to lighten this stout on the palate.

An average stout re: drinkability. Worth a try if you like the style. IMO, without a doubt one of Sam Adam's best offerings.

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.65/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a clear, dark burgundy with an off white head. The lack of opacity in this brew surprised me because stouts should never let even the slightest bit of light through. The head subsided pretty quickly and the aroma was very lacking in all that I desire from a stout. The flavor hit a little closer to home but was lacking in roasted character as well as malt complexity. Basically it tasted like a 1554 black ale from New Belgium with a touch more malt. Mouthfeel was bad as it tasted pretty thin and the carbonation was way to high. Not smooth, not creamy, this stout is not one i would ever buy again but i was glad that i only bought a single bottle.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown color like dark chocolate. Thin head which dissipates slowly with moderate lacing. The smell was roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate. Slight sweetness to the aroma. Very good smell. Taste very slight bitter. Rather a bit light tasting considering the color, but very smooth. Definite chocolate notes. Mouthfeel was good as this beer sat well on the tongue. Well-balanced also. Overall, one I'd seek out again.

tomthumbsblues, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at my local Albertson's recently.

Not quite a black as night color, there is a hint of red when held up to the outdoor light. The head was not very large but is leaving a bit of a lacing down my glass. Smell is good, hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste is pretty similiar. The cream was evident at first but the hops are taking over as I drink the bottle. Mouthfeel is not too thick for a stout, a bit on the thin side. Drinkability is good as this is a nice tasty stout!

arizcards, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogony in color, with a large tan head, which retains supurbly. There is an abundance of thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: A rich palette of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and milk comprise the aroma. There is little hint of any bitterness or burnt notes present.

Taste: Begins with strong notes of bitter coffee, dark, unsweetened chocolate, toffee, and roasted grain. Mild and faintly spicy hop notes can be detected beneath. The taste carries strong to the finish, which is somewhat dry and dominated by lingering bitter notes of coffee and chocolate.

Mouth feel: Smooth and superbly creamy, the lactose lends a soft, pleasant note to the mouth feel.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent and substantial cold weather beer, which exhibits a rich complexity. Perhaps not the best milk stout, but still well worth a try.

Pegasus, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of palliko
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

palliko, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

RoyalT, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

twi1609372, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

RushLimbmalt, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dmann, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of dedalus
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.


dedalus, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Jul 25, 2004
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.