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

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2,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 161
Gots: 145 | 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 greebsnarf
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rusty maroon and a great ochre head. Take your time looking at this beer because it's much better as it warms, with the sweet roasted character really coming out near the end. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and milk: a pretty simple blend, but it works. Sweetness hits first, but it's quickly balanced out by a little bitterness, ending on a mild but welcome hop note in the aftertaste. Smells a little flat and sour--nothing like the taste! But for a cream stout it's surprisingly thin... making it far more drinkable even if it doesn't really suit the style or the flavors.

Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in the glass a rich dark brown, nearly black. The head is two fingers of firm tight camel coloroed foam. The lacing is very thick and sticky.
The smell is sweet caramel malt, dark roasted coffee beans, light butter toffee, and a subtle earthiness.
The taste has a mild sweetness up front. Smoky and charred notes with light hop bittering in the finish. There is smoke in the aftertaste.
Medium-heavy body. Fairly light on carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown like a walnut from the deepest, darkest woods. Huge tan head settles to an 1/8 of an inch and lasts for most of the duration. Sweet dark toffee and loads of it in the aroma, ice cream, chocolate, peanut brittle, and honey. It is a truly wonderful aroma. Carbonation is blistering. Body is medium with mild chocolate bitterness. Taste is sweet espresso, baker’s chocolate, caramel, and a mild burntness. Mild lactic qualities. All the elements are here and it drinks fairly well but for reasons I just can’t explain it just doesn’t live up to the better milk stouts I’ve had.

Photo of dherling
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The S.A. Cream Stout pours nicely into a glass, I love the dark beers and their off white heads. There is some bitterness in the head, like roasted coffee with some dark bitter chocolate. Not a lot of sweetness or hops here. The body leans more heavily towards the chocolate end of things, although there is some nice spice, and a mollasses like flavor. The hops do show up a bit, but in a supporting role only. Although I do enjoy the beer, I feel a cream style beer should have tighter carbonation and a smoother mouthfeel. This finishes fairly strong, but not overwhelming. You can put a few of these down before it becomes too much to handle.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date December 2006, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a frothy, almost creamy consistency, initially three-finger thick, brown-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, dark, dark chocolate brown color that shows brilliantly clear brown notes as I pour it into my glass. The aroma is a mix of fruity dark roasted coffee beans, a touch of acidity, some notes of molasses, burnt raisins, and bitter chocolate. The aroma is quite nice actually, I like how the dark grain character mixes with the sweeter fruit and molasses like aromatics.

It certainly has a certain creamy mouthfeel to it. The middle picks up a bit of zippy carbonation, which lightens things a bit, but it moves to a solid, chocolate flavored creamy palate in the finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate mix with notes of roasted grain both of which contribute to the richness of this brew. This is not some high density stout, but it certainly has a heft to it that is quite satisfying. There is not much sweetness to this brew, at least not much that is perceptible underneath all the chocolate and roast notes. Lots of complex malt notes are here to contribute the heft and balance needed to even out the roasted grain notes.

Back in the mid 90s this was one of my favorite Sam Adams beers, it still is and I am glad to see that it is not a ghost of its former self. Still rich and satisfying, I would be happy to spend a night sipping a few pints of this brew.

Photo of dansm
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a rich, dark black, with just a hint of red when held to the light. The head is a frothy tan, and it sticks with it.

S-Quite a compliment of aromas in this one. A sweet, roasted coffee, mixed with a hint of chocolate and nuts.

T-The sweet, roasted coffee gives way to the mild hoppiness for a nice balance.

M-Fairly full bodied, with just a hint of carbonation.

D-This being my first stout, I thought it was nicely balanced. The fairly full body made for an interesting brew.

Photo of Neehan
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark pour with a light, tan head. Aroma of coffee and caramel, leading to a taste of a pleasant, nutty coffee. Sweeter and smoother than many stouts. The mouthfeel was average and typical for a stout. Although I enjoyed this beer, I could probably not drink more than a couple in a sitting.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque black body with a thick cream smooth tan head that last and last. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smooth sweet malt aroma has hints of toasted and roasted malts followed by a nice graham cracker note. There is a faint chocolate malt aroma that has a hint of earthiness in it.

T- The chocolate malt is the first thing I taste. There is a hint of tar and black malt with a lighter cold coffee with cream flavor. There is a very faint hop bitterness that just takes the edge of the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a creamy texture to it.

D- This beer has nice depth of malt and a good fragrant beer at that. It has some nice creaminess in smell, taste and mouthfeel. It is note a really big beer so it will make a pleasant session beer.

Photo of escapements
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=Black & had a creamy yellowish brown head that didn't stay around very long.

T=Malt & slight chocolate & coffee. Very good taste, sweet, roastiness with a somewhat surprising clean & dry finish. Low bitterness. A very well balanced taste.

S=Slightly sweet, roasted malt, chocolate & coffee.

M=Smooth, very appropriately creamy.

D=Very drinkable dark beer. Smooth and finishes clean which makes you want to take another sip. Would recommend highly. Sam Adams comes through once again. Thanks, Jim!

Photo of hbh739
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of the stuff. Poured one of them in a pint glass and right away could smell the chocolate and coffee. Very good smell. The head on it was like chocolate ice cream colored and stayed long enough. The color was very dark and could see the carbonation. The taste was definetly not as good as the smell but it was still quite good. It had a full mouthfeel you definetly could tell you were drinking a stout. Overall I will continue to drink this as it was a very good beer.

Photo of MLegendre
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with a thick tanish white head (reminded me of a rootbeer float). Slight reddish hue towards the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Quite a bit of lacing around the glass, but it tends to slide off pretty easily. No visable carbonation

S: This may be the best smelling stout I've ever had. Very strong scent of sweet coffee and chocolate. Kind of reminds me of cappuccino jelly bellys.

T: A little disapointing at first. The taste was not as strong as the smell unfortunatly, but still pretty good. Leaves an aftertaste similar to the aftertaste of coffee. Flavors start to get stronger as it warms up a bit. The roasty maltiness is the center of attention, but there is a little bit of hop bitterness lingering in the background.

M: medium bodied , with more carbonation then I'm used to with stouts.

D: While this isn't the strongest stout it is still good and something I can see myself getting again. A good beer to initiate someone into the wonderful world of stouts as it is very easy to drink, and dosn't pack too much flavor.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. Best before October '06.

A: Beautiful large fluffy tan head with small bubbles. It’s sticky and leaves a ton of lacing. Beer itself totally black; I can't even make out any color around the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet roasty malts: coffee and chocolate, yum.

T: Sweet complex malt flavors. Roasty aftertaste: the coffee and chocolate from the smell. Nothing really intense though. A slight bitterness from the roastiness.

M: Moderate carbonation and full mouthfeel.

D: Really nice and not overpowering for a stout.

A really enjoyable stout, with flavors that aren't too intense, which makes it very drinkable.

Photo of nicholasofcusa
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle of a six pack. Pours cola black with decent sized head, which after a minute or so turns into a ring with lacing all over. Abundance of carbonation bubbles. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is just like smell, with some hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy while somehow managing to be on the light side. Nice dry, bittering (but not overly so) finish. Putting away a few of these would be no problem. Solid brew.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown and black with some redd tint and a darker tan head that left scattered lacing.
Aroma has some bitter coffee notes, some lactose notes as well as chocloate and just a touch of roasted nuttiness.
Flavor of nuts, coffee, chocolate all meld together to produce a fairly quaffable brew.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, which is only detracing note on this brew. More porter like stout like. Medium to light body with roasted and coffee bitter notes being most dominant feel.
Drinkability is above average but again thinness and overall muted tones make this OK, not great but definitely drinkable.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout left lots of lacing down my glass and really had a nice head on the pour. One thing Sam Adam's has going for them is they're beers look really good and smell good. The head on this beer never goes anywhere. Has a full, rich mouthfeel. You'd think with all the flavor, it would have a higher ABV, but is a nice session beer. Had a nice bitterness touch which lingered a bit. That being said, this beer is fairly complex, very opaque color, with toffee, caramel and coffee ringing through on the smell and taste, for that matter. This stout is as good as any you will find.

Photo of wcudwight
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass black in color with a whispy lace on the top. Not much head to speak of. Smell is of coffee with a lot of creamer. Sweet but not overly so. Mild oder of smoke. Taste is very coffee like with some rich dark chocolate. Nice mildly bitter aftertaste to balance the sweetness. Taste very good. Mouthfeel is good with a nice dry finish. Medium bodied. Overall this is a very good beer that should always be in the fridge.

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was strong with toasted grain, coffee and slight chocolate aromas.

The taste was very smooth and light. An excellent rich taste. Toasted grain and coffee flavors dominated. Not too dry, which enables the beers smoothness.

The mouthfeel was very clean.

A very drinkable stout. The low ABV makes this an excellent session beer. Big beer taste without the big beer alcohol.

Photo of Enola
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep brown with a fair amount of head.The smell is of chocolate. The taste contains hints of oatmeal and there is a bitterness there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth. There is a lasting aftertaste that is a nice finish. I could drink this beer more often. A nice example of the style.

Photo of jabocu
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocoloate and coffee color, nice two finger tan cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap leaving nice sticky lacings up sides. Aroma is coffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, orange and fusal hops, and very light esters in undertones. Flavor is sticky sweet caramel, chocolate, and lots of coffee. So much coffee, I almost think there's added coffee. A little fusal hop bitterness, but is overwheled by the coffee astringency. Mouthfeel is light carbonation, medium body, and watery finish.

Photo of dbalsock
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tend to like Sam Adams quite a bit, but I found this brew to be lacking in a lot of necessary qualities. I still think it was good, and I did finish it (which I can't do sometimes with very unpleasant beer).

Appearance: Black with a little brown head, I was expecting more. Throughout my time with the beer I would look down and try to see what shapes appeared... My favorite was a 3 legged donkey. It looked like any average stout.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malts are in charge of the aroma, and it's pretty tempting.

Taste: More chocolate malts make themselves known in the taste, and I appreciate that. Overall it tastes watered down, though, and that's really frustrating.

Mouthfeel: Watery and quite bitter; drys the palate.

Drinkability: Doesn't go down very easy because of the bitter dry quality, and the watery mouthfeel doesn't make it any easier, even though it probably should.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - very dark bwon, nearly black in color; very small head that leaves behind minimal lacing

s - chocolate and coffee aroma

t - creamy, chocolate and coffee tasting, little-to-no aftertaste surprisingly

m - creamy, coats the mouth well, no carbonation detected

d - very, very drinkable; give me a sixer of this and I'm in for a good night

overall, probably my favorite Sam Adams brew; very drinkable, and at $6.50 for a sixer, an amazing value.

Photo of nicksta
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The appearance is a black solid with deep red highlights. A thick fluffy tan head sits on the top and leaves lacing as it recedes.

S: The smell is just like any other American Stout that I have smelt before. It has hints of dark chocolate and burnt coffee beans.

T: It has roasted malts, some hints of chocolate and caramel, and it finishes with a coffe burnt taste. This is pretty much like any other American Stout that I have had, but thankfully isn't as bad becuase it is much smoother, lighter (not sure if that is a good thing), and tolerable.

M: The mouthfeel is thicker and slightly pleasant.

D: It is drinkable, because it is smooth. Unlike other suck arse American Stouts, I can at least finish this six pack, but after that I am done.

I should have gotten some more Boston Lager. This isn't really creamy at all, just a slightly above average American Stout. Is the world of dark beers limited to the Irish Dry Stout?

Photo of Folderol
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

What a toss-up, this beer. On the one hand, it looks terrific, with a huge rocky head (have to watch how fast you pour it) and a pitch black stout color. It smells like a unique blend of roasted malts, which is what one expects from a sweet stout. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation and smoothness. The flavor though... it starts with a sweet pale/caramel malt flavor, but is almost instantly obliterated by harsh, astringent charcoal. Every sip is like that: starts sweet, turns charred. The aftertaste is all charcoal, too. Dry is one thing, I can drink Guinness and I don't mind the sour dryness, but this charcoal astringency is too much. This was one of the first stouts I tried over a year ago, and in retrospect I can't remember why I didn't hate it then. Maybe I just didn't know any better.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark brown/black with a HUGE foamy tan head, which lingered for several minutes about the glass and left incredible lacing. Very impressive. The aroma was a typical stout, malty with coffee and mild chocolate hints. The taste was very smooth, with cream, sweet malts, caramel and coffee. The mouthfeel was a little more watery than I would have liked but it was still creamier than it was bitter. Relatively well-balanced. Great sipping beer.

Photo of andythejerk
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adam's scores again. I was cooking eggs and sage sausage for breakfast and realized I was too lazy to make coffee (hey, it's hard work!) So I decided to open one of these that I just got yesterday and have it with breakfast. It does say "the cappuccino of beers" afterall. The eggs and sausage were forgettable. The Cream Stout was awesome! I was impressed by the bulky, demonstrative head that stuck around and even now, as my glass is almost empty,leaves a heavy lacing and crown. Smells lovely--very appetizing, creamy smell as I would expect from a good rep. of this style. And the taste is very enjoyable--extremely smooth and mild, creamy, and sweet. Just what I was looking for. Who needs coffee? (I admit, I take mine with cream and sugar; and this sweet, creamy brew was a perfect replacement). This cream stout should be America's breakfast drink of choice.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.