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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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2,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 124
Gots: 66 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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Photo of chaduvel


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

Dark brown/black, creamy head, not too thick but inviting. Smells nice with big roasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate and some charcoal. Flavors follow with roasted malts and another touch of charcoal. Mellow at first with a nice bite on the finish. A good easy drinking stout, one of Sam Adams better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 19:00:44 | More by chaduvel
Photo of stewart124


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

This pours a jet black with slight brown tints on the edges. There is a thick fluffy head with little lacing. The smell is a earthy blend of rosted malts and a slight coffee note. Taste is a burnt toffee with a creamy chocolate and mocha taste. Very nice blend of burnt malts and a touch of hops to round it out. The aftertaste is a sublte coffee taste with a milky smoothness. Very easy to drink and a nice silky brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 15:33:40 | More by stewart124
Photo of woemad


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.09 (I think). I'm taking another quaff down memory lane. This was a beer me and my equally newbie friends liked back when I was around 21. Haven't had any since the early 90's.

Poured a brown so dark it took a moment for me to realize it was not, in fact, black. HUGE tan head which stopped exactly at the rim of my glass. Big sheets of lacing.

Very nice nose compared to what I was expecting. The enticing smell of dark chocolate and roast coffee beans wafted upwards to my nostrils. Not as complex as some stouts I've had, but still very nice.

Very tasty! Again, it exceeded my expectations. Velvety smooth dark chocolate and beautifully bitter coffee flavors reward the tastebuds. There was a slight, crisp zap at the finish, but its rather subdued. As with the smell, the taste wasn't as complex as other stouts I've had, but it was still quite nice.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Definitely lives up to its name.

Very drinkable. This is as great a session stout as one is likely to find. Substance without being too filling, and a low enough abv that a few can be knocked back without too many repercussions.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've come to have a rather jaundiced view of this brewery, seeing it as a macro with acceptance issues. I expected a really lame attempt at a stout. This is the first beer from the deep, dark recesses of my past that hasn't proved disappointing in the cold light of day. I guess I'll have to check out more Boston Beer Co. products (not the Light beer, though) and see if they surprise me too.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 08:52:14 | More by woemad
Photo of BeefyMee


4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the brewmaster's collection

Appearance: A blackish shade of black. Tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and cream. Mmmm.

Taste: Thank you lord. Thank you Boston Beer Company. The taste is rich and coffee-like. Just plain indulgent. There's some dark chocolate flavor as well. Strong coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, regardless of being a stout. It took some considerable self-restraint to make the glass last twenty minutes.

Beef Notes: One of my all-tme favorites. This beer almost leaves me speechless. It's even one that many non-beer drinkers don't mind, and at $7 a six pack, you're not going to find better bang for your buck. I'll be drinking this for some time to come.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 02:46:03 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of bewley


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

As part of the the "Winter Classics" case I can say that, along with the Old Fezziwig Ale, this is the best of the lot. A good daily drinking stout--not too heavy, sweet or complex; it still has enough going on to satisfy my stout cravings. Smoke, coffee, cocoa, a slightly bitter aftertaste, it would probably go well with BBQ and smoked sausages.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 20:30:06 | More by bewley
Photo of counselor


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

Pours a mahogany brown with a thick tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, baking chocolate, and ice cream. Tasted rich and creamy, the aromas follow up in the taste with soft, chocolate milk shake flavors and dry finsh. Good balance in the malt/hops and the carbonation is nice. This is a good drinking beer that hits the mark as advertised

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 17:03:13 | More by counselor
Photo of Dukeofearl


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 Oz Bottle. Poured a dark opaque brown with a small but sturdy medium tan head that decided to stick around for a while. The smell was a well balanced creamy coffee, slightly sweet aroma that cried out "drink me- drink me NOW!". There no strong hops or yeast-like aromas I could find. The taste was of cream, chocolate, and coffee. It reminded me of chocolate-covered toffee candies (but not that sweet). The flavor was very smooth at first, but after the swallow, there was a surprising sharp bite. However, overall a very nice experience. Very full mouthfeel. There was a long lasting tart bitterness after I had finished the glass. Overall, a very nice beer to drink on a cool winter evening (this is southern California, after all).

Note: I think this is the only Cream Stout I've ever had, so I can only compare it to other stouts. I read that there are better out there, but this one is pretty nice!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 05:17:05 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Stingray5

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello. I'm a beer addict. It's been 10 years since my last Cream Stout.

Appearance and aroma are as I remember them, a dark, dark chestnut and frothing tan head. Aromas of espresso and dark chocolate, some port. Could be a little thicker, but I'm not complaining. Taste is a little lacking compared to the aroma. Falls flat initially, but bitter coffee and chocolate return for the finish. A nice touch o' hops here as well.

Since quaffing this regularly in days past, I've certainly discovered far more appealing stouts. None-the-less respectable, and it's nice to see BBC is still making quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 17:45:22 | More by Stingray5
Photo of JackTheRipper


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

Got this one in the winter sampler pack.
Appearance: Pours a brown so dark it's almost black. Huge head that is brown/tan and pretty darned sticky on the glass.

Smell: Coffee, molasses, quite nice.

Taste: starts off with a bit of a bitter coffee taste with a sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, really nice carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but more as a warm feeling than an actual alcohol taste. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: As far as stouts go, this has to be my favorite so far. Goes down surprisingly easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 05:48:32 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of ppoitras


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer from a six pack bought last week at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Label's a bit different than the BA photo, with "Brewmaster's Collection" arcing across the top of the label. Underside of cap indicated it was a Gold winner at NZ Intl in 2001.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark, nearly opaque body, with a reasonable head, albeit not as dense as I would hope. Laces very nicely down the glass as contents empty. Thick coffee/malt essence, and the taste follows right along those lines. A good stout, but not a smooth as I expected from a cream stout, and doesn't quite measure up to a few other stouts I've had. Definitely worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 01:05:10 | More by ppoitras
Photo of avylover


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a with a beatiful tan cascading head that holds up well. The beer itself black with ruby highlights. Strong sweet coffee aroma along with some roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is dominated by coffee & bitter chocolate. Some caramel maltiness pokes through as well. Not too complex here. This is thinner than expected, making this a fairly drinkable stout. Could use a bit more body but a fairly good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 00:23:14 | More by avylover
Photo of necoadam


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12oz bottle of this good Sam Adams brew. I was a little disappointed with the appearance. Poured a nice head but soon disappeared within a minute or two, but on the other hand, the lacing around the beer was there the entire time. Pour out a medium black in color. Smell consisted of coffee, chocolate, and some cream. Taste was quite good. Started out with some espresso/coffee then finished with some milk/creamy aftertaste, quite good. A good beer to sip on during the winter nights. I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 16:56:16 | More by necoadam
Photo of BierManVA


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious burnt smell that folds itself nicely into a smooth taste. Easy on the palate, very creamy. Tastes of charcoal and wood with a cream/milk finish.

This is a quality brew.

Boston Beer Co. need to push more heavily their products like this and their Scotch Ale. Enough of the cheap stuff.

Go for it Sam, what are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 01:31:46 | More by BierManVA
Photo of pheurton


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

burnt caramel with a fluffy coco head. roasted barley and chocolate notes on the nose. medium creamy body that stays full despite its lack of girth. soft roasted flavors accentuated with notes of chocolate. finishes dry and clean and very satisfying. this may be the most drinkable stout i've ever had. restores some of my faith in sam adams. my new favorite SA brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 04:43:37 | More by pheurton
Photo of cooter

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, namesake-y head, dark enough not to let any light through the glass. Excellent threading. Head is persistent, yellow/tannish and globby. Smooth mouthfeel and taste. Creamily thick but taste is a little thin. Tastes of malt (strangely, it says it uses unmalted barley...I have no explanation), coffee, and...I couldn't identify the sharp, dark chocolate until I checked the label, but it is there. Like I said, it is an excellent flavor but not exceptionally complex or rich. Very enjoyable, and I'd like another, but it is not one I'd drink to be overly philosophical about the taste. It's just good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 00:13:01 | More by cooter
Photo of WanderingFool


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

This is a great well balanced easy drinking stout. It is almost black in the glass, but some ruby hues are visible when held to a light. A thin to medium bodied tan head quickly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving a netted pattern of lace behind.

The aroma is very malty. Nuts, cherry, roasted malt and chocolate are all detected. Each sip is thin to medium bodied and very smooth. Roasted malts dominate the flavor, but nuts and cherry tastes are mixed in. It finishes slightly flowery with a mild bitterness. A dry palate and roasted malt flavors are left behind.

A great stout that is full of flavor, very drinkable and won't knock you for a loop after a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 23:03:38 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a black color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is malty with a creamy finish. The taste is of roasted malts and black barley. It has a nice sweetness to it that tastes a lot like milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a fine drinking beer; a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:39:05 | More by WesWes
Photo of EagleTalon


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IThis is the second stout I ever had, way back in 1993 or 94....It is as good as ever today. I am glad they are still making it. A very good-looking stout that tastes great. Pours to a deep ruby/black color and creamy tan had that stays. Aroma is of sweet malt, roasted barley and chocolate malt with vanilla, butter cookies and maple. Flavor is a good balance of bitter and sweet with roasted coffee abnd dark chocolate and creamy flavors throughout. Nice full mouthfeel. Finishes roasty and bittersweet with a bit of dryness. A luscoius well made stout. I thought this was going to be mediocre. I was very surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 01:13:15 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of yankeeheel


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

Pours a creamy dark black with a vigorous espresso head. Smells strongly of coffee. Solid retention and lacing.

The taste is very good. Full of dark and burnt malts witout being overly bitter. Big gobs of coffee, chocolate, and malt are followed by a nice cascade of slightly bitter burnt malts. Body and mouthfeel are on the medium-full side. An easy drinking stout and readily obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 15:32:42 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of BigPapaLager


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the 2003 Winter pack from Sam's. Poured a cloudy black in the glass and the head was healthy, large, and clingy. The taste was ...cream...coffee...stouty, if thats a word. Great brew from the BBC. Really smooth going down. One of Sam's better offering IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 01:19:49 | More by BigPapaLager
Photo of kbub6f

New York

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

This is the special Texas version: "Sam Adams Cream Style Special Beer" from the fall 2003 Winter Classics pack.

The head is medium-small, fast and tan. It collapses coarsely. The beer is pretty much black with dark brown/red highlights against the light. A very nice aroma of roasty, mocha chocolate. The light, roasty, bitter front passes through a fizzy yet thickish middle. Quite bitter on the finish, with a touch of metal. Bit of a smoky aftertaste. Overall, the taste was a bit of a let-down for me after the great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 00:37:55 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Boto


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, with a tinge of red if you hold it to the light. Tan head that dissapates rapidly. Aroma is fairly potent, comprising of coffee, roastiness and (to a lesser extent) malt and chocolate. Coffee is fairly evident to the taste, along with a rich maltiness. Hops are probably in there somewhere, but hidden by the malts. They balance out well. Goes down very smooth. Suprisingly good effort from Sam!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 22:21:24 | More by Boto
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "purchase before" warning -- in this case 03 2004 -- notched on the bottom label's left periphery; no ABV %; purchased as part of their twelve beer "Winter Classics" sampler pack from Ralph's for $9.99.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with ever-so-faint ruddy highlights; fat, cocoa-brown head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; very good head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of a roasty, milk chocolate... and nicely so.

Taste: Respectably sweet front with notes of espresso and milk chocolate; bitter, burnt barley quality overwhelms the finish; light to medium bodied with something of a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: A fairly tasty stout, albeit a tad unbalanced...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 08:26:37 | More by Mustard
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's one of the most appropriately named beer styles. It's a stout and it's creamy!
It pours a brown-tinged tar color with a solid light tan head. The mild aroma is of smoke, sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. The creamy malt is loaded with a sweet coffee (with a good dose of Half & Half), chocolate and light smoky taste. A tea-like bitterness and a faint taste of limes offers a touch of citrus. This is a very drinkable stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 00:29:51 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of merlin48


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a medium beige head which collapses into a very rings of lace. Nose is bitterweet chocolate and roasted malt, but not very strong. Initial sip reveals a creamy and rich mouthfeel with just a hint of hops background. Taste echos the nose, and burnt coffee taste comes in at about mid glass. Seems a bit watered down for a stout. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 18:12:29 | More by merlin48
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