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

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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2,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 2136
Reviews: 1199
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%

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)
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by June 2013:

Into a nonic (also tested in a pint glass, no difference):

A: black body with a three finger tan foamy head that gently mushroom caps and falls toa finger after a good minute leaving some nice speckled spider web lacing in its wake

S: combination of coffee and chocolate up front, light malts in the background

T: mainly sweet with bitter undertones through the previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is slightly felt, chocolate aftertaste, dry finish

O: good for the style and good for me, I'll have this again

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 16:26:13 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of EarthRocker


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a glass. I let it warm up to a bit closer to room temperature. I stumbled upon this brew by near pure accident. I asked my wife to pick me up a few stouts while she was out - I'm typically fond of nearly any stout, so I was sure she'd get something I liked. Out of a few different beers she purchased, this jewel was in the mix.

Let me state that, I'm typically a religious craft beer guy. Some might still consider Sam Adams craft; I'll leave that for debate among the readers. But when I opened this up, I was very taken back. The beer poured very dark - I definately wouldn't call it black, but it was about as brown as you can get. A pretty good head on it, with a very strong coffee smell.

When you take your first sip of this beer, it's likely going to be a roasted coffee taste with hints of caramel. But as you drink, the strong bitterness goes incredibly sweet, finishing off with a very pleasant taste and mouth feel. The only reason mouthfeel got a a 4 from me is because the carbonation was a bit intense.

I'm usually very touch and go with beer. I love stouts, porters, and just your good dark ales, but I love these sweet stouts. And this Sam Adams Cream Stout has to be one of the best if you like a sweet beer. I'd even go as far to say that this brew just might be the chocolate milk of the beer world.

Very drinkable beer. I've purchased it several times. This would be a great way to introduce someone to a stout, or just beer in general. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:00:14 | More by EarthRocker
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is brownish-black with a half-finger tannish head. Leaves a little lace.

S: Coffee is the first impression - day-old coffee with some chocolate syrup.

T: First impression, flavor-wise, is also the coffee. Straight-up coffee but also roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweetness - molasses, maybe? - and a hint of general roastiness. Finishes more sweet than roasty.

M: A tad bit thin and a little bit too much carbonation.

O: Decent, for what it is - i.e., a lighter-style, easy-drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:02:21 | More by Kendo
Photo of Dools9


3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB March 2013 poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown bordering black opaque color. Nice two fingers of khaki brown head, good retention after the pour, tons of lacing left behind.

S: Getting creamy, lactose sweetness, some mild coffee and chocolate, some nuttiness light roasted notes.

T: Big roasted malt character upfront, slightly smoky, chocolate and lactose sweetness follow, slight bitter coffee and lingering roasted finish. Reminds me of a nut brown.

M: Light end of medium feel, very smooth, a soft creamy feel, and very sessionable.

O: Pretty impressive brew here from Sam Adams. Gunna say this is one of the better beers I've had from the Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 06:15:31 | More by Dools9
Photo of jrnichols


3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich dark brown. Opaque when help up to the light. Head is thin but creamy.

Smell: Sweet with hints of chocolate and a little nutty. Overall, smell is not particularly strong.

Taste: Creamy flavor with a little coffee-ish bitterness. Rich and malty. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and nutty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and just a little bubbly.

Overall: A nice smooth refreshing stout. Not terribly complex but definitely enjoyable. The smoothness and the low ABV make this a good session beer. Being a big fan of stouts, I can't say it's my favorite but It definitely satisfies the craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:56:28 | More by jrnichols
Photo of smalenberg


3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served about 40, allowed to warm a bit before evaluating.

A - Opaque nearly black with about a half inch of foam on a generous pour that dissipates to a persistent light brown ring.

S - Sweet and malty with significant chocolate, faint coffee roasty note.

T - Rich, big roasted character carried well on the creamy mouthfeel. Toasty biscuit quality in the malt as well. Bitterness comes through late, more as an aftertaste, but still with a sweetness like you'd expect in a very rich chocolate.

M - Rich, thick, creamy, and complex. Smooth and rewarding. A delicate balance between the smoothness early and the carbonation, which you get a bit later.

O - This is a very good example of the sweet stout style. Avoids the harsh tannin bitterness that is too often found. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:39:49 | More by smalenberg
Photo of tekn0ph1sh


3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been drinking a lot of Stouts lately. Tonight I tried 3 different ones. LHMS-Nitro, Terrapin Moo Hoo and SA Cream Stout.
Alone I would probably have rated this beer a higher. But in this grouping it is very average. It is very drinkable and a friendly stout. It is not overly sweet or bitter. It is very balanced. It has an unusually high amount of carbonation for a stout. I poured it like I pour most stouts straight down to the bottom of the glass and the foam almost over flowed my Duvel Snifter. It reminded me of soda water more than anything else. Black soda water with a huge head that quickly dissipates to about 4 fingers. The carbonation was so strong it maintained an 1/16-1/8th inch head until I finished the beer about 20 minutes after the pour. It just kept reforming. And it wasn't lacy and was a fully formed head that covered the entire top of the beer.
If it was the only stout available I wouldn't have a problem sessioning this beer but if I had the choice I would look for a more unique stout. I would say it is my 5th choice of a cream or milk stout. It was good but just average for a milk stout and would probably be a good choice if you were introducing someone to dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:48:32 | More by tekn0ph1sh
Photo of PatrickFromJersey

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness glass at 45 degrees F.
Then, served from the bottle at 38 degrees F. (My preference)

Appearance - Deep, rich, dark brown with nice, light tan head which holds up nicely in a glass. Looks on the thin side for a stout.

Smell - Malts: sweet, chocolatey, nutty. Hops: mellow and floral, but barely there.

Taste - Rich cocoa smacks you in the face, leaving behind a little bit of chocolate malt and some light-roast coffee.

Mouthfeel - Perfect from the bottle. Thick, nearly viscous, little thinner than a milkshake. Not as thick and milkshakey from a glass, but still rich.

Overall - Easily one of my favorites. For the Guinness die-hards, a great, slightly less filling choice with a higher ABV and more complete flavor. Do yourself a favor and try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 20:36:13 | More by PatrickFromJersey
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

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

Almost pure black in color with a nice, tan creamy head.

The smell and taste is of dark roasted malts.
Some chocolate and coffee notes come through in the taste as well.
The hop bitterness is mild.

Not as sweet or as creamy as some milk stouts that I have had.
I would have liked a little more sweetness, but that is a minor point.

Even though the ABV is only 4.9%, this beer is very filling.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:07:50 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with fluffy 3 finger tan head. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, slight smokiness.

T - Chocolate, tobacco, smoke. Lingering sweetness. Some coffee notes as it warms. Slight earthy hops.

M - Creamy and smooth.

O - Very well balanced, medium bodied with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 14:48:59 | More by thlayli87
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown with dark mahogany highlights. Tan head with good retention and lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, sweet cream (malted milk), nut.

Soft chocolate and coffee notes that are slightly bitter give way to a creamy mouth feel with burnt malt nutty flavors. This is followed by a sharp sting from carbonation leading to bitter herbal notes keeping the mouth lively. The mouth feel is wonderful. This a delicious cream stout with a nice sweetness balanced out by bitter notes making it more savory than sweet - excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:59:33 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Mojo


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

This beer pours up a deep obsidian, as black as the darkest night, as black as my ex girlfriend's evil heart. There is a one and a half finger head the color of caramel with good retention and lots of lacing. The smell is coffee and roasted nuts. Taste is very sweet and malty up front with a very dry bitter coffee and roasted nutty finish with some mild sour lemon notes. Mouthfeel is nice, full and satisfying. Pretty good offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:01:17 | More by Mojo
Photo of brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark opaque brown almost black. Great lacing and thick head with tiny bubbles. This is the best quality of this beer. It smells boozy. The taste is definite roasted malts and then booze. It has a decent body and good carbonation. I would pass this up in the future for other stouts and at the price it was being sold for there are definitely better stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:32:37 | More by brewdude1982
Photo of KingSlayer


3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
poured a dark coke like colored liquid, little to no light passes through, 1 finger creamy white head.
nose composed of milk chocolate and bit of coffee, mildly sweet, palate like bitter sweet chocolate milk, very pleasant silky medium to full body, nice carbonation, overall palate and nose are just ok but the creamy-ness of it really stands out, nice smooth stout to start out.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:23:11 | More by KingSlayer
Photo of justintcoons


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Dark Cola colored brown/black with 1 finger of brown head.

Coffee, cream, caramel and milk chocolate.

Big flavors of caramel and some milk chocolate. Medium roast coffee with creamer and a few spoonfuls of table sugar. A light lingering bitterness catches on the finish.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and smooth.

A very nice little Cream Stout. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 18:50:30 | More by justintcoons
Photo of chilidog


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great go to stout. Pours dark black as tan head cascades to place , lace and sticky glass abound.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocalate, and coffee.
Taste of roasted malts, creamed coffee, sugars but not sweet.
Mouth is smooth, cream, and not too bittir

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:45:02 | More by chilidog
Photo of Schmidts


4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours coal black with nice tan Head. Smells of Chocolate, malts and coffee.
Taste is very ceamy and smooth wth tastes of roasted coffee Buttery Milk and sweet Coca. This is very creamy and refreshing in your mouth and a very nice cream stout. Samuel Adams has a very good one in this!
Give it a try

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:13:44 | More by Schmidts
Photo of Murrhey


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Dark brown body with a nice creamy white head. Attractive looking beer.

S- Roast malts, sweet smells as well. Not terribly complex, by my broken nose estimation.

T- Sweet, milky and smooth flavors. Really tasty.

M- Creamy, smooth and quite nice.

O- Very good. Sorry for the short review, but this beer is smooth, tasty and simple.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:40:22 | More by Murrhey
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a near opaque black with amber highlights. Thick, creamy light brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves some heavy lacing.

S- Roasted coffee, toffee, buttermilk.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, sweet cocoa in the background. Delicious.

M- Slightly high carbonation for a stout, medium mouthfeel.

Overall very good. Delicious and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:03:41 | More by gcamparone
Photo of bmwats


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Medium carbonation. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown white head. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and milky chocolate.

T: Dark roasted espresso, hearty malt, and lightly sweet chocolate with a little bit a peaty note.

M: Hearty feel, with a peaty aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Good appearance including a light foamy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Smell if of roasted malt and espresso beans. Flavor is malty, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:24:32 | More by bmwats
Photo of JasonL

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite sam adams brews. The overall feel and taste is top notch and it does leave a tasty creamy after taste. Its smooth for a dark beer and smells mostly like barley with a hint of chocolate. This is definitely one of my favorite beers from sam adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:46:02 | More by JasonL
Photo of Dave128


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a 3 finger brown head and a slight cascade effect. Body color is almost black. Barely get some ruby highlights when holding it up against natural light. Lacing from the pour is fantastic but doesnt seem to be following suit with the rest of the drink. A thin head permanently rests on top of the body.

S - Smells of delicious dark roasty malt. No hop presence. A slight alcoholic smell is surprising given the ABV of this beer. Slightly smoky.

T - Dark and and surprisingly rich. Bittersweet chocolate flavor. As with the nose, it is slightly smoky on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Great for the style.

O - A very solid low gravity stout. It lacks some flavor that the bigger stouts have, but this one is very palatable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:07:21 | More by Dave128
Photo of clemtiger8202


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

Poured black with a thick tan head that produced a lot of lacing and stuck around solidly. Smelled of burnt malt, coffee, and a hint of coffee or espresso. Tasted of espresso with a little bit of unsweet chocolate. A slight hoppiness that balanced the roasted malt and kept the beer from being too sweet. Had a creamy (as the name says) mouthfeel as a milk stout should.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 18:14:50 | More by clemtiger8202
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather flavorful for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:26:34 | More by metter98
Photo of TheSixthRing


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

Appearance - Pours jet black with a tan, 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a consistent, sticky lace.

Smell - Notes of smokey malt roastedness. Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with smoked, roasted malts with coffee and subtle chocolate notes that shine through on the backend. The hops are near unidentifiable, but do well to give this stout some balance.

Mouthfeel - Lives up to it's name: medium to full body with a supreme creaminess accompanied by a near perfectly matched carbonation. Goes down almost unfairly smooth.

Overall - Microbrewers take note, this is a fantastic stout. Smooth like Guinness, but with a far superior flavor profile. A for sure future buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:11:56 | More by TheSixthRing
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