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

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 160
Gots: 144 | 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 jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brownish with a large foamy tan head.The smell is a little slight,however.It does have a faint roasted coffee aroma,but not much else.The taste is your typical stout flavors,coffee,the most,a little chocolate,and some roasted malt.This is a bit lighter in flavor compared to other stouts.The m/f is very well balanced,but like I mentioned,it is a bit light or watery.The fact is though,this is a good beer from Sam's and I'll buy this again.

Photo of tweeder263
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brew with faint red hues,one finger tan head that lingers a little bit.Has a faint licorice smell that im used to in porters not stouts,,very nice though. Taste of slight licorice but then it becomes dry with a nice coffee base. Slight hops linger in the end,,nice brew. Mouthfeel isnt too bad,,drinkability is pretty good in my book.A good stout to get non BA`s to try.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

The beer pours with a thick tan head on an opaque body. The head retains well and laces nicely. It smells richly of roasted and chocolate malts with strong hints of coffee. The beer tastes of roasted and chocolate malts with coffee and some welcome bitterness. It is nice and thick but the carbonation is a little overdone. A decent and drinkable stout.

Photo of maximumsheehan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is great to start out with. The cream flavor is very strong and blends well with the beer flavor. The first few sips are immaculate. Unfortunately it is very rich and by the time you get to the bottom of the bottle, and the beer has warmed up it's difficult to finish.

Photo of Citadel82
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Spirits unlimited in Red Bank as part of 2005 Winter Classics sampler. It poured a deep black into my shaker pint glass. Opaque with garnet highlights on the very edges. It produced a tightly bubbled and long lasting one and a half inch tan-colored head. As the head withdraws it leaves a good lacing around the glass.

Aroma had hints of caramel, dark roasted coffee and some spice and chicory and hop notes. Little malt at first but becoming more evident as the brew warms.

The first sip through the head was bitter with charcoal and espresso. not "Creamy" at all but as the after taste kicked in I I could also taste the caramel and chocolate notes. As it warmed I discerned some fruit and subtle spices. The latter become more prominent as the brew warmed . The malty sweetness and chicory like black malt bitterness became more balanced.

This brew has a suprisingly light mouthfeel which I found to be somewhat disappointing when you are anticipating something a little richer.

Never the less very drinkable on a cold Winter's night. Sam Adam's comes through once again.

Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and black with sweet lacing and ood rentention. Aroma is full of nice malts. Mouthwatering burnt coffee and chocolate with a caramel sweetness and some molases. Taste is all out malty with choclate and coffee. There's definitely some buttery sweetness in there followed by bitterness. Pretty nice chewy mouthfeel and very drinkable for a stout.

Unexpectedly yummy stout. Good thing Sammy's available everywhere.

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

Some BAs have criticized Bost Beer Company for the mainstream character of many of their beers. I have infact rated many of their beers near average in comparison to other smaller micro-breweries for the style of particular beers. This is an exception in my mind. I really enjoyed Samuel Adams Cream Stout. Here is the breakdown:

Appearance: This beer pours a dark chestnut brown and sits in my pint glass looking black. Creamy 2 finger brown head that lasted a while. Nice lacing. Overall appearance is very good.

Smell: It is a thick and creamy smell of sweet malt, dark toffee, a hint of wood, and a bit of sweet coffee not bitter (like a frappachino or coffee ice cream).

Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla, cream soda, a hint of coffee, and a bit of brown sugar; and yet is not overly sweet. There are just enough hops to balance it out and make this a simply easy to accept beer. There is nothing extreme about it, simply enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, full and fluffy, with a medium weight, then it finishes with a slightly dry feeling on the tongue (asking for more). Nice.

Drinkability: This is my favorite of all Sam Adams line of beers. It is VERY drinkable. It sits light in the stomach, and with nothing extremely distracting about it and a 4.69% ABV they go down quite easily! I highly recommend giving this a try.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours semi-opaque black with some crimson highlights and a large bubbly tan head. Aroma is toasted sweet malts - hints of toffee and vanilla. Taste is creamy - roasted malts, cocoa, and caramel. Nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors. Full bodied, soft, and creamy. Suprisingly not too heavy though - could be a session stout.

Very enjoyable - nothing too crazy or intense.

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

Not a bad one from SA.

Pours an dark brown, with some ruby highlights. It's darned near impossible to see through. Aroma is malty and sweet. Reminds me of mashing in time at a brewery. That's what the aroma is. Taste is nice, slight twang that I chalk up to the cream stout style. Mouthfeel could use some work, a thicker beer would be nice, but this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a pitch black with a good one finger thick tan head that quickly dissapated and left a thin tan lace that stuck to the sides of the glass.

The smell was heavy in malt sweetness with subtle hints of hops and coffee.

The drink started with a kick of coffee flavor followed by creamy malty sweetness and the finish was a quick lingering hop blast.

All and all a quite good stout. Just the right mix of sweet and hop and coffee to make me want more. Well worth a try.

Photo of whynot44
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark chestnut color with a nice tan head.

Aroma is all roasted malt - coffee, dark chocolate, bread.

Taste starts with espresso and bitter chocolate, finishes slightly sweet and creamy.

Very smooth and drinkable. Body is a little light for a stout with only a trace of alcohol warmth but still a very nice drink for a cold winter day.

Photo of GuinnessHero
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice brew from the people at Samuel Adams (Samuel Jackson! It's my beer!) I hadn't previously thought much of their more typical beers until now.

Appearance - Served in a bottle into a pint glass, black as can be with a nice white head and a small amount of brown light escaping from the bottom.

Smell - Very strong in the coffee smell, if you ever have gone to Starbucks and ordered a Frappachino, it almost smells like that...wonderful.

Taste - Rather typica of a beer like this. I didn't get as much cream flavoring as I would have liked or expected. Nonetheless, outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, coating the pallet and all the way down your throat.

Drinkability - I can drink this rather easily, to me it tastes almost identical to Anchor Porter for some reason. Very good as a session beer.

Photo of kkipple
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well well, another Sam Adams brew. I've been impressed with nearly everything to come out of the Boston Beer Company, so let's see how this stands up...

Pours a deep deep brown with a foamy, tan, inch high head. The head disappears rapidly, leaving a lot of lacing.

Smells earthy... malt, yeast, and roasted grain. Something sharp is in the nose too, alcohol and something unrecognizable.

Taste is a bit disappointing. Smooth, but not as creamy as I would have hoped. Not too much of a departure from your basic stout, coffee and bittersweet flavors dominate. Actually rather thin mouthfeel on this one.
There's a sour aftertaste, but it doesn't last long.

This seems to be a lot less filling than Guinness or other dry Irish stouts. If you dig the taste you could easily knock down a few of these. I was a bit disappointed in this one as I've come to expect exceptional things from the BBC. As stouts go, I prefer Guinness Extra and Mackeson's, but this isn't a bad brew, just not my cup of tea -- er, stout.

Photo of evanackerman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fantastic stout, consumed at near-room temperature.

appearance leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. taste is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, mothfeel is smooth as can be, drinkability is through the roof. the only points off are for the aroma which has a bit of alcohol character which i find undesirable, this is a minor complaint however, as this beer is terriffic, highly reccomended.

i cannot figure out why there are haters of this brewery on this site, I love everything i have tried by BBC (have not tried the Cherry Wheat or Cranberry Lambic, the two most maligned beers by this brewery). As far as i'm concereced BBC is the best widely available brewery out there.

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

This brew pours a black color. The head is huge and marvelous in color; light tan with white speckles. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of roasted malt, and milk chocolate. The taste is like the aroma: roasted malt and chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied. It is a bit more carbonated than other stouts I have had, but it works well for this beer. In fact, I think it cuts through some of the thickness, and makes this more of a session stout. Overall, this is hands down Samuel Adams best year round offering, and a solid standby.

Photo of ChuckD
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with freshness date and typical - but one of their best neck label descriptions.

This pours out black as night. Slight, sticky head that stays for quite awhile. Head color is perfect.

To the nose - there is a smoky sweetness - almost like concentrated butterscotch. Very nice.

In the mouth this is a great beer. All of the smells are fullfilled but the finish is a little dry and hoppy. It is highly drinkable and feels great in the back of the mouth. The lasting effect is not bitter or sweet - but just right.

I can't identify this stout with another. It seems to adopt strong points of multiple others.

Thoughts: I am not afraid to say that there are some SA brews that I really like. To me, there's a thin line between micro and macro. Sam's lager is one of the most consistent stable beers around. I also love the Old Fezziwig. With the Cream Stout, I will add another to the list. Macro or micro, this is a great beer.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winner. This is another solid beer from Sam Adams. Wish it were eaiser to find. Poured out to a Dark black color with a nice mocha cream head that ended up being little more than a blanket for the top of the beer. Lower carbonation. Nice, thick rings of lace around the glass. Aromas of cocoa, coffee and dairy were light but inviting. Taste was darn good; flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, mild dark pepper and grain permeated the palate. Nice mouthfeel was full and rich. A good level of drinkability. What else can I say, Samuel Adams kicks out good beers. Period. Recommended. Special thanks to battlekow for the sample.

Photo of mattcrill
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A "best by" notched on December 2005.

Appearance: Pours dark black and dense. Brown edging with a sudsy white head.

Smell: Sweet bread, cream, a touch of yeast. Overall, not much going on here.

Taste: Dry black patent, rye bread, crackers, a touch of lingering smokiness. Maybe some coffee with cream but it's definitely on the bitter end of things.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch overcarbonated.

Drinkability: With the low ABV this is highly slammable. I see it as more of a "go to" beer for stout lovers. Nothing exciting but nothing offensive either.

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

Pours up with a two finger head that stays with the beer. A lighter head with more of a brownish tint than some other stouts. The smell is of mocha and sweet malt. The taste is full, burnt and smoky with a nice coffee/sweet creamy finish. Creamy on the cheek and tongue from the word go, very nice on the way down...fun to drink. I will buy this one again, I really like the fact that SA can make quality beers and distribute them nationwide at affordable prices...props to SA.

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

12-ounce brown bottle dated September '05 poured into Imperial pint glass.

Apperance: Very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light and a coffee-colored head that sort of stays but mostly just sticks all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Dark, roasty malt, some coffee, and light smokiness.

Taste: Very nice coffee flavor to start with, mildly smoky and roasty, with a fairly pronounced hop kick in the finish--I would say it combines my favorite attributes of both Mackeson XXX and Guinness Extra Stout. That is, the sweetness of the Mackeson but with the bigger hop profile of the Guinness.

Mouthfeel: I think "beer-shake" would be appropriate for this one; it's very thick and sticks all over the sides of the glass, and the carbonation is just perfect.

Drinkability: One of these makes a fine dessert, two would make a fine meal, any more than that and you might have problems. But that's good because stouts aren't supposed to be the sort of thing you drink by the case. Therefore, no docking of points in this category.

Photo of ichigodisaster
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big stout fan, so I thought I should give this a try, as it is inexpensive and readily available.

Pour is nearly black with tinges of dark, reddish brown when held to the light. Off-white colored head dissipates rather quickly to leave a sticky light lacing.

The nose isn't exceptionable. Roasty with the scent of slightly weak black coffee, a bit of toffee, and earthiness.

Tastes of slightly sweetened coffee, a bit bitter, creamy, but not as much as I expected. Aftertaste is very bitter, like old coffee from a restaurant. It’s more watery than I like in a stout.

More dry than I expected also. Carbonation is good, but it burns a bit in the back of the throat.

It's a decent offering, but I may choose another stout or porter as my finisher next time. It's not awful, however. It's pretty drinkable as it's not too overpowering. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of LucaBrasi
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a dark brown with a nice tan head. The head will disappear but laces the glass. The lacing quickly sinks back into the brew.
Smell is sweet of either vanilla or caramels.
The taste has sweetness to it, finishes with a creamy hint.
Mouthfeel is slick and carbonated.
Drinkability is all right...this is my first cream stout and I wasn’t too fond of the creaminess. But I will try another one to compare to.

Photo of juzy
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one from the garage, which stays at about 50 degrees F this time of year. Poured into a pint glass, dark with creamy head, medium bodied.. Head was relatively thin, but lasted for a bit, enough for some lace to form on my glass with each sip.

Roasted malts and caramel notes on the nose, not a hint of hops. This is why I was so surprised, when I tasted, to find it a bit hoppy/dry on the finish. I guess I expected some level of dryness, but the hops on my palate were not what I expected from a cream stout. It didn't seem as sweet as a cream/milk stout should be IMO. Overall it was good, drinkable, just not what I expected.

Considering what I find to be a pronounced hop finish, I'm not sure I would serve this with anything chocolate. It might cause the chocolate to appear bitter. On the other hand a good sweet, milk chocolate might help to mellow the hoppiness on the finish.

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

Pours black with large brown head. I definitely taste chocolate, but not over sweet. Along with that I taste caramel, roasted coffee. Its all pleasent to the taste buds. For a stout the drinkability is amazing. I will revisit the beer again and agian.

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

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours almost perfect licorice black from the twelve-ounce bottle into a pint glass. A thick brown head forms on top of the glass, and dissipates fairly quickly. Setting the glass out for awhile leaves one with an almost headless beer, disappointing for a stout. Still, it more or less looks the way I want it to look, and it deserves a pretty good rating from me.

Smell is probably my favorite aspect of this beer, with coffee notes strong up-front and dominating, with sweetness and maltiness underneath. It really doesn't smell much like a "beer" at all -- I mainly just get coffee notes and sweetness when sampling this aroma, with no alcohol present in the nose.

Taste is slightly more negative, with an astringent quality to the aftertaste that makes the beer somewhat more difficult to absorb than I'd like. Still, it does have a strong coffee/sweetness/stout quality to it, and it is a decent thirst-quencher, so long as you can get past the aftertaste. Enjoyable, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is about as expected for a stout, thick and creamy with a nice coating to the inside of the mouth. Enjoyable, as expected.

Overall drinkability is good but not great, largely due to the unpleasant aftertaste on this one. This was the first Milk/Sweet Stout I ever tried, and led me to try various others of the style that I liked better, but as a whole it's not nearly up to the standards of Mackeson XXX or Rogue Chocolate Stout. It's a great intro beer to anyone looking for the style, though, and I suspect that plenty of newbies who think Guinness is "too bitter" might find themselves very happy with this.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.