1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,255 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,255
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)
View: Beers (129) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Cream Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,255 | Reviews: 1,206 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwilli7122


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
Photo of ark57


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
Photo of Gusler


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
Photo of jimdkc


3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark, nearly black. Nice looking tan head. Left a small amount of lacing on my glass. Smell was non-descript... nothing offensive... nothing exciting. Taste was surprisingly mild, with just a bit of coffee bitterness at the finish. I also detected an odd metallic overtone a couple of times while drinking this. Mouthfeel was very thin for a stout and carbonation was almost non-existant (I know, stouts shouldn't have much carbonation... but this was very nearly flat!) It's pretty drinkable... but so is water!

This wasn't a terrible beer, but not one I'll seek out in the future! I was disappointed, especially since I liked the Sam Adams Boston Lager I had last week so much!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 07:46:43 | More by jimdkc
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A black as night body, with a hint of dark brown highlights, topped by a billowing three fingers of frothy coffee au lait foam. Head slowly subsides like it's breathing, leaving excellent stretches of lace. An assertive coffee with chocolate nose, noticeable as soon as the cap is popped. Taste has some roasted coffee and light milk chocolate, then a dash of earthy hoppiness, and finishes with a substained note of dark chocolate. Only disappointment is the mouthfeel, which is slick, but not quite thick. Drinkability? Excuse me a second...."thwip, hiss, plop, plop, plop..."...Sorry, I couldn't wait to pop another.

Glad to see this getting some build up this year in the the Winter Classics and the Brewmasters Collection. I worry about this and Boston Ale getting neglected. You shouldn't overlook either.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 06:30:44 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of findlayfan


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest off-white head.

Acceptable smell, with no real distinctive notes.

Dark mahogany body with moderate bubbles.

Well-balanced, with a bit of coffee in the aftertaste.

Overall, a good, drinkable stout - nothing really special, but one of the more available ones (that's also reasonably priced). It's no Shakespeare, but in this Bud Light/Miller Lite saturated world, it's good to have around!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:51:34 | More by findlayfan
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sam cream stout, while still enjoyable, is not as big and bold as i once remember it. it starts out great, with a nice dark, dark brown colour with amber hints throughout. this is complimented by a big chunky tan head that's nice and sticky. the smell is quite thin here. chocolate and malt are apparent, but almost a backdrop to the main smell of, well, almost nothing. smells kind of watery at times. this medium to full bodied brew starts off smooth and a bit sweet and finishes dry with a smokey wood flavour that hints at a touch of coffee. nice. there is a tad too much carbonation here for a cream stout. this one is still good, but again, not as great as in the past, when it was seemingly a bit more adventuresome.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 20:32:51 | More by guinness33
Photo of kelticblood


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presented much carbonation when poured.A thick beige head with spotty traces of sticky lace.A strong malt and coffee aroma.Very nutty,molasses,and chocolate smell also.The color looks to be a very dark red to almost black.The smell and appearance are above average for most Sam Adams beers.The mouthfeel is a bit weak and watery.No carbonation bite to it.A very dry finish with a touch of a hop bitterness that stays in your throat.A drinkable stout and goes down smooth but is average.

note: Very sweet after a few sips and becomes more bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 22:08:00 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Cream Stout...when poured has a very nutty scent to it. At first this beer has a very strong coffee smell to it. But after a few sips, the coffee taste subsides and this beer is great! I am not a fan of coffee at all, but i dig this beer. Althought I can only drink one or two more of it before it would get to me...

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 07:10:42 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of smcolw


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown; too dark to peer through. Beautiful tan head that leaves a graceful tight-bubbled lace on the side of the glass

Chocolate and floral hop are the strongest aromas. As with other stouts, there is a strong nuttiness present, too. The cocoa aromas are sweet but not necessarily "creamy"; it's closer to milk chocolate--very rich and welcoming.

Starts with chocolate malt up front, ends with the bitterness of black patent malt. The aftertaste brings back the coffee/chocolate flavors. The hop flavors are very subtle (particularly compared to the aroma). My only real complaint is with mouthfeel: This is much thinner, almost watery, compared to other cream stouts. It also has a lower carbonation than I'd expect.

I do enjoy this beer. It is flavorful and aromatic. I'd love to place it in a session with other cream stouts to see how it would compare side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 01:37:52 | More by smcolw
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Since I can see most of the way through the glass, the beer is right on the border between opacity and lucency. The beige colored crown is large, firm and sticky. A better than average array of lace is seen in the end.

Cream Stout smells like coffee ice cream covered in Hershey's syrup. It tastes like coffee too. It's more coffee-with-cream than black coffee, however. A little dark chocolate tries to peek through the javalanche, but doesn't stand much of a chance. Hops are pretty much absent, which is appropriate for the style.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but then the ABV is less than 5.0%. A few too many bubbles becomes an appropriate amount by mid-bottle. Drinkability is on the high side and sessionability is obviously up there as well.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is decent, but I've never been a fan of coffee-dominant beer. Cut that part of the flavor profile back a few notches, bulk up the body a little and this would be a very good milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 00:23:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.