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

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2,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 152
Gots: 125 | 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 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.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from sweating twelve oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The brew slid out a murky brown-black with a tight and controlled tan-mottled head. It really wasn’t to bad looking. The nose of the beer was roasted caramel and chocolate malts.

Upon reading the bottle you would expect a sweeter first taste. This was not the case. There are strong chocolate and espresso flavors up front, and a roasted/toasted caramel flavor in the middle. The finish was mildly bitter/hoppy and dry. {One of the great things about beer, when compared to wine, is that the bitterness of hops can lend the appearance of “dryness” to the finish of a beer, even if there is some sweetness. I assume tannins in wine can do ths but not as well.}

The mouthfeel here really complemented the flavor and added to the drinkability of the brew. There was a medium mouthfeel and perhaps a very even feel of a well carbonated commercial product. That may be the only drawback, but if I am in the mood for a stout again, I would certainly consider this. At least as good, if not better, than Guinness in my opinion.

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

as the beer flowed from the bottle it created a beautiful dark, almost black pool im glass that was topped with a delightful tan head that had true staying power. Smell is an intoxicating mixture of chocolate, coffee, caramel, plums, prunes, raisins, and figs. Taste is superb, with just the right combination of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Finishes with a magnificent dryness to create a perfect ending. As you may guess, I really liked this beer.

Photo of battlekow
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We picked up a six-pack of this in Ely, MN, before heading into the Quetico, and I stashed one away to review later. Now is the time!

It's black, but not completely, with ruby highlights. Big tan head, excellent lacing. Smells like coffee with cream, and the taste is nicely balanced between bitter coffee and lactose sweetness. Mouthfeel was lacking, kinda watery, but the carbonation gave it a nice smoothness. I'm glad I was able to save a bottle of this--thanks go out to the girls for hating it.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Woodman's East here in Madison. My first taste of Sam Adams, and a rather tasty one at that.

Pours a deep black/brown with a beautiful 2 finger creamy head that lasted the entire beer with good lacing. Aroma is woody, vanilla, and barley malts. Taste is woody roasted coffee, with vanilla and dark cherry notes and maybe a little milk chocolate. Rather sweet overall, could maybe use some more balancing hops, but I don't mind a sweet beer. Mouthfeel is rich and full-bodied, with medium carbonation. I could drink about 2 of these and the fulness would set in. I tasty cream stout here for sure, and a bargain at $5.99/sixer. Definitely worth a go.

Photo of bahumutx
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours with about a two finger very creamy tan head. The color of the beer is very dark not allowing much light through. The head shrinks just a little over time and stays throughout the drinking of the whole bottle..

Smell: Smells of Carmel and a slight chocolate smell. You can also smell hops and a slight cream smell.

Taste: A very creamy taste at first and then flavor roasted coffee and chocolate settle on the tongue. There is also a sligh smoky taste that lingers on the tounge after swallowing. At the end there is a slight bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a smooth Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a row.

My first cream stout and I think that it is excellent. Keep up the great work Boston Beer Company. This is a beer that can be drank anytime of the year.

Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a 3 finger tan head that lasts for over a minute. Fine rings of lacing are left behind. Rootbeer float head stays floating.
Smell is of creamy milk sugar mixed with caramel, chocolate malts, along with coffee beans and hops, leaving a slow bitter bite at the end of the inhale.
Taste is of all the same luscious aromas but it could use a bit more rounding out as the roastiness is a bit overkill.
Mouthfeel is of chewy, velvetty smoothness with a roastiness that lingers a bit too long. Full bodied and a nice compliment to a slow burning cigar.
Drinkability is not bad. This is a good slow sipping brew to enjoy with some chocolate cake, or a rich cigar. Another winner in the Sam Adams family of brews.

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of Sam Adam's brews last night that I have not tried yet from a store that was going out of business. 30% off, what a deal!

Appearance: Pours very dark brown almost black with a good creamy head.
Aroma: Carmel and malty, very pleasing but a little on the thin side.
Taste: Chocolate, malt, and coffee all that you would expect. Leaves a taste that lingers with a creamy goodness.

Overall: I don’t have a craving for stouts too often but when I do, I would consider buying this again. I was very pleased with this offering.

Photo of BigRedN
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just purchased for $4.98 for a 6-pack, on a whim because I have never tried this beer before. I am kicking myself for not purchasing this until now. This is my new favorite Sam Adams product.

Appearance: Pours from a 12-oz bottle with best by Dec. 05 notched on the label. Pours into a pint glass very dark brown. When held to the light a little dark ruby color is seen. Head is about 3/4-inch and rather brown. Did not last incredibly long, and fell to a few clouds on the liquid. Good clinging lace to the finish.

Smell: Roasted malt, aromas of dark roasted chocolate with some roasted coffee beans as well. Hops not noticeable, which I like in a stout, I like'em malty.

Taste: Way more than I expected. Robust, roasted malty flavor profile with the taste of roasted chocolate dominant. A nice bitterness at the finish that makes the whole experience very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and a little slick, I guess I would call it creamy as the label says. Clean finish, that I found to not be sweet, and actually I thought it was a little dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Very good, easy drinking beer. Low alcohol content makes this one sessionable. I can usually find Sam Adams for $5.49 to $5.99 somewhere, and I will definitely have to get this one again. I recommend it. My new choice as best beer in the Sam Adams family of beers.

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

Pours near black with garnet highlights (if held to light) sporting a 3 fingered tan head that hangs on and gives some lace.

Aromas of roasted malted barley with a hint of caramel and toffee. Flavor is similar. Medium body and a dextrinous mouthfeel. Hops and roasted malt balance the initial caramel sweetness.

Very well brewed not as complex as Kalamazoo Stout but certainly surprizing for a high volumn brewer.

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

Dated Nov 05. Pours a very dark black/brown with a nice creamy head. Leaves a nice trace of lacing. Scents of chocolate, and roasted malt. I do like this better than a Guiness, but I guess Stout's are not my cup of tea. Medium body and I could drink two, but that's about it.

Photo of Naes
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is black with a small creamy tan head (some large bubbles remain). The head laces a little and is also a bit resilient.

Its smell is of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is roasty and chocolaty. Hints of the creamy sweetness also emerge, hence the name. Overall, the roasted malt is most powerful.

The mouth feel is a bit light for a stout and is a little over carbonated for my likings.

Drinkability is good even with the carbonation and is much better than I remember it being last year.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classic looking and readily identifiable 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a signature Sam Adams embossed shoulder and a colorful crown cap. Has the archetypal Samuel Adams label, but on this occasion it is dark brown and is labeled as ‘Brewmaster’s Collection - Cream Stout’. No strength but a nicked label shows that this Best Before July 05, another almost out of date brew from BevMo, are these guys a clearing house for old beer!!?

Appearance: Deep dark brown body supports a decent looking soft and creamy light brown head rises like a proving bread dough but soon settles and leaves some awesome lacing on the straight sided glass walls. ¼’ Head covering remains throughout, a stern cap and decent levels of conditioning support the looks.

Nose: Has a lovely enticing mix of roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Caramel, chocolate coated chewy toffee in the back end.

Taste: Solid taste profile. Roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolates, singed caramel, barley and brown sugar which all linger and meld together nicely as they rise together extremely well at the peak of strength in the latter third. In the finish though, they start to wane and leave a light burnt caramel and chocolate taste with a coffee throat and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but the chocolate, caramel and bitterness all help to keep the cream from over taking this one. Mild sweetness and an attractive warmth to this one in the swallow. Not only do the Tastes linger but so does the Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Inoffensive and rather attractive, I couldn’t manage too many of these to be honest but it drinks well.

Overall: Enjoyable offering from a Brewery that can stagger off the path once in a while with over-priced and over-hyped brews as well as rather staid boring under-achievers. But I really enjoyed this one, one of their better brews me thinx - but I’m no brewer and an English patriot so I guess my thoughts don’t count for much here , but I know what I like and I enjoyed this one. No problems with recommending that you pick up a 6-Pack of these!

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, the gimmick is the load of cream in the head. The taste of the body was nonobjectionable, passable stout, drinkable. Drying, with some coffee grinds, burnst grounds, not much roastiness, much malt. Bit of graininess. Well carbonated.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Kappy's, Route 114, Peabody, Massachusetts. Picked up a six pack.

I want to say this used to be available every year from SA, but I haven't seen it in awhile. Something tells me I used to thoroughly enjoy drinking it, but it's hard to say with any certainty.

Thick tan head leaving clingy lacing on the glass. Deep black in color. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate and tastes pretty much the same. My memory is starting to come back as I enjoy this beer.

This Cream Stout comes from the Samuel Adams "Brewmaster's Collection" and a lovely addition it is.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of November 2005

Pretty dark with a 1" creamy dark tan head.

Smells chocolatey and sweet balanced by some hops. Considerable lactose in there as well.

Moderately carbonated with a heavy body.

Lactose, chocolate, and caramel up front, then it moves on to a more milk chocolate taste with the hops coming through at the same time. These flavors linger for quite some time in the finish

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black with very little light shining through. The head is brown. It fades slowly leaving very thick laces. It smells malty, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Also, slight hints of coffee. There is a very subtle hop aroma also. It tastes strongly of milk chocolate. It has a very slight taste of coffee also. It is not as sweet as I would expect, but it is still good. This beer is very creamy. It goes down quite smooth. It is carbonated very nicely. It leaves a coffee taste on the palate. This beer would probably make a good session beer because it is low in alcohol, and it is mild. This is not the best Cream Stout I have ever had, but it is still quite good. If you happen to see this one, you should give it a try. It is in my opinion, one of Boston Beer Company's better beers.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out brillantly...extremely deep red in color when held to the light. Tan head that clings to the side of the glass.

Nice rich smell, mostly of chocolaty, creamy goodness.

Tastes wonderful, with a noticable hop bitterness. Once you get past the hops, the malt taste pokes through and reflects the smells. Medium carbonation makes this feel great in my mouth. This is one I like to keep on hand and drink a few of during the course of an evening. Not my favorite stout, but one of the better stouts to drink in session.

Photo of ypsifly
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz BB July '05 poured into a pint.

Black with brown edges. Small light tan head that falls to a veil with a sticky ring.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and faint hops. Nice nose!

The roasted notes dominate the taste. There's a hop inspired finish, but not much else. Nice milky mouthfeel. Sessionable if you're a fan of roasty beers.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a near-black into a traditional pint glass. There was about a two-finger thick tan head with reasonably good retention for a stout. The scent was rather faint, but what I caught of it was roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. It wasn't really that pronounced.

Tasting: This was a pretty rich-tasting brew. Chocolate and cocoa were the most prominent tastes, followed by black coffee and roasted malts. Low hop bitterness made this beer exceptionally easy on the palate. It had a medium-heavy body, similar to a Porter as opposed to a Stout. There was also a slightly chewy texture. This certainly could be a session beer, seeing as it has a reasonable alcohol by volume and it is suitable for quaffing.

I recommend this beer, particularly to those who are interested in the Milk / Sweet Stout style. It's not the best example of it, but it's pretty damn good.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me and I'm glad I have a few more in the frig. It is black in color and a nice creamy covering remained for the duration of the beer which provided some impressive lacing. The smell is what surprised me the most with lots of caramel and some milk chocalate aromas and just a hint of toast coming through all the sweet smells and did I say caramel, oh yeah. The taste is not quite what I expected, since I have been drinking lots of stouts lately, but I haven't drank any sweet stouts for a while, so it feels a little lighter in the mouth almost crisp. The English hops come through with a little bit of a leafy taste and also the caramel malts are strongly present. There is a bit of an astrigent roast taste, but not in a bad way. This may be one of the most balanced stouts I've ever had, which would make this an easy session beer. Surprised and impressed!!

Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was not what I expected. I didn't expect it to be this good! Comes in a fairly standard 12 oz bottle, with best by Month clearly marked on the side.

The worst part of the beer is the appearance, and by worst I simply mean it is average. I compare the head on this to the head of some big name stouts, and it is lacking a bit. Head is lacy and clings well to the glass, but light overall for the style. Color has more red to the black than most stouts. Smell is sweet and creamy, unusual for a stout but very appetizing. Taste is very good. Slightly chocolaty, slightly fruity, very quaffable and drinkable enough to be a session beer - compared to stouts I have previously sampled is an exceptional quality. Almost a dessert beer, but sweetness is complementary to the flavor and not overwhelming. One of the Boston Beer Company's best!

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 2,411 ratings.