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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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2,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 99 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-29-2001)
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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
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a weekend of light lagers and pilsners, it was nice to get a chance to try a Sam Adams dark beer for a change of pace... The look was a typical deep brown with a tan head - lots of long lived foam to leave lacing on the glass and fuzz on the mustache. The beer is actually a very, very dark amber if you hold it up to the light which made it even more appealing.

The smell was of roasted malt and very inviting. The taste was good, but a bit heavy on the coffee if you ask me. Drop a shot of expresso into a lager and you'd have a pretty good approximation of the taste here. It was very nicely balanced and very, very smooth. The mouthfeel was surprisingly light bodied, easy on the tongue and no heavy aftertaste.

All in all quite a drinkable beer. The light mouthfeel was somewhat surprising but it leads to a very drinkable brew that won't weigh you down. This is very reminiscent of Guinness' nitro-draught but with a much more pronounced coffee note and a wee bit more body (but all the silky smoothness of the nitro)

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New review 6-1-2006:

Into a tulip stem the entire contents of a bottle was poured. Including the huge head it took up the entire volume of the glass. The color is a velvety opaque brownish black and the head is a long lasting rocky tan.

Aroma is decent, though it could be stronger. There are a number of facets to it- cocoa, caramel, coffee- though I would hesitate to call it 'complex'. The cocoa is dominant and it has a pleasant richness about it. There are some very faint spices (nutmeg) and floral elements way in the background.

The palate is straigtforward, with a good dose of both caramel and bitterness making strong initial impressions. The roasted mocha-like elements linger in the finish. Overall it is a well balanced beer that tastes as good after the third as it does after the first. Still, it could do with more complexity.

Original review 7-14-2004:

4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
This a beautiful beer to look at- rich color and a wonderfully thick head- and a great quaff as well.

Mostly chocolate nose with some coffee creeping in there as well.

Rich mouthfeel with just the right amount of bitterness. The malt stays with you until the end. It finishes with a pleasant lingering roast malt character.

The only problem I have with this beer is a slight sourness that creeps in about halfway through the glass. It seems a bit out of character with the richness that comes before it and is a minor distraction.

Otherwise this an excellent beer.

TongoRad, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Jet black with a deep tan head. As the head fades, it sticks to the sides of the glass wonderfully.

Smell: Chocolate and burnt malt. The smell is amazingly deep and seems to change continuously as you inhale. Milky coffee is also present.

Taste: If you leave a cup of black coffee out for half the day and then come back and drink it, this is what it tastes like. Dark chocolate also makes an appearance, but the cold coffee analogy is dead on.

Mouthfeel: Thick as a brick. Creamy.

Drinkability: Surprisingly, I could definately see myself putting a good number of these away.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixer with the Boston Ale and Hefeweizen.

It's as black as a stout can be with a foamy brown head that leaves lace all over the glass. Its aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is smooth with a nice flavor of roasted malt and coffee. It is not as sweet as Mackeson XXX, but this stout probably doesn't have milk sugar in it.

I'm impressed that this stout doesn't have the harshness tasted in other stouts. There is a cream-like quality to this stout. I can see why a friend spoke so highly of this stout. Too bad it only seems to be available in Florida in the mix pack. This is one of SA's better brews. Seek it out.

Shaw, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. amber bottle that was part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" sampler.

Poured a very dark brown in color with some ruby tinges on the sides. Impressive dark tan-colored head persists and offers a decent amount of lacing of the glass. Aromas are excellent. Lots of coffee, toasted malt, smoke, and caramel. Flavor mirrors the aromas, but with a pinch of hop bitterness thrown in for good measure. Starts out sweet, the middle brings in a chocolate-covered toffee, and finishes with a snap of bitterness that quickly succumbs to the roasted coffee-chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good...it could be a bit bigger, but it does the job nicely. Creamy. A tasty night cap after a long post-wedding cookout.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful tar black with a nice thick tan head about 3/4 of an inch thick. Quite nice looking. The smell is very coffee and slightly dark chocolate. Very nice. The taste is absolutely excellent. I can think of nothing that needs changing. Faintly sweet coffee like taste at first that quickly turns to a bitter dark chocolate taste. A most excellent stout. Fairly easy to drink and just plain good! If you are fan of porters/stouts you really need to give it a try.

SilentSabre, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of malthead
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color and good head. Predominant smell is coffee, with some dark chocolate. Taste is mostly of coffee and bitter chocolate - personally, I'm not a huge fan and think it's a little too bitter. Good mouthfeel, pretty balanced. I've brought the drinkability score down a little because the finish is a little too harsh or bitter for me - not bitter in the good sense of an ESB, but rather too unpolished, like bad coffee. Overall, though, a fairly decent cream stout, if not one I would want to drink too often.

malthead, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice a dark witha craggy tan head. smells malty with bitter coffee and faint dark chocolate. slightly burnt aroma. i'd like to see it be a little more pungent but it smells good. grainy and nutty with coffee and burnt bitter chocolate malts. some hoppiness to round it out. good mouthfeel, has a medium body with good carbonation. not a bad offering at all from sam adams, a bit on the lackluster side but good. a very easy stout, which certainly sometimes welcomed.

kmo1030, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark reddish-brown into the glass, a nice tan head settles into a healthy lace. Smells incredible...chocolates, ground coffee, roasted barley, a slight fruitiness too. Taste: Silky-smooth, chocolaty, malty, and nice nice coffee tones & just enough hopping to make the presence felt. A nice gentle carbonation with a long delicious finish urges you to take another sip. Finishes brashly roasty witha java-like closing smack. Not too sweet for a "sweet stout", but just enough to make you smack your lips and say "Hell yeah!"

beerluvr, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a my first Cream/Milk Stout and I got it in the Brewmasters Collection. The color is a very dark black and the aroma has a burnt smell to it. There is a sweetness at first but is followed by a very burnt chocolate and nut flavor. Pretty light tasting for stout this heavy. Not bad!

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cream stout pours a moderately dark color. There was very little head formation. The smell is a mixture of both coffee and chocolate. The taste is a combination of a smooth mixture of sweety malty chocolate and coffee. A rather pleasant cream stout but nothing I would develop a craving for and rush out to the beer store to pickup.

BadBadger, May 30, 2004
Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.