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

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Reviews: 1,242
Hads: 2,599
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 219
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 rjplumer
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cream chocolate aroma. Black body with a good two finger tan soap bubbled head. Roasted chocolate malt taste. Crisp and bubbly feeling. Light creamy cocoa in the finish. Has a nice balance and not over powering.

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Photo of car2052
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pitch black, with some amber hues showing at the bottom of the glass, rocky 1 and 1/2 in. brown head lingers.
S: Smells like a mocha. Big aromas of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
T: Charred, roasted malt play a big role in the taste. A little bit of coffee and chocolate peek through. A little sour on the finish.
M: Medium. Nice and creamy.
O: I liked this beer quite a bit. Nice and smooth, with big roasted flavors.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This brew, pours out a dark brown color with a light brown head. The smell is rich with flavor. You pick up on grains, malts, and some hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on malts, grains. and some hops at the end. Samuel Adams Cream Stout has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is nice, clean, and relishing. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Cream Stout a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.
This is a smooth Stout

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a stout tulip glass, this brew's head is 3 fingers thick with thick,soapy lacing, and a black,clear body.

Smells like superbly roasted malts, along with a roasted toffee kind of characteristic. A bit of chocolate in here, too. This ought to be very tasty!

I taste much if the same elements as described as above with the smell. This is a very, very smooth tasting beer. All of the qualities start and stop at just the right places for me.

The mouthfeel here is outrageously smooth.

Overall, I'll rate Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) with a 4.5. This was purchased 2 months after the "for brewery fresh taste, purchase, so that might have to do with this awesome experience. I will purchase this again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Opaque dark brownish black with two fingers of creamy moderately resilient tan foam. Low key nose does tease at some malt complexity, light roast coffee and cream, a whiff of vanilla caramels. Palate is fortunately more bold, with a very "old world" rich malt complexity that surprises. Has that characteristic milk stout creamy feel but with less sweetness than expected ... Roasted grains, a puff of ashtray, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, brown toast, molasses, and a lingering toffee-like sweetness lurking somewhere in the pit. It is rather difficult to convey where this beer falls along the stout continuum: My descriptors probably make this beer sound stronger tasting than is the case. Everything is more robust than a Guinness or comparable Irish dry but more subtle than an imperial. Lingering roasted cafe latte like malts in the semi-dry finish. The sweetness does become more salient over time as the bitter receptors chill out. I am getting more hop character than expected as well, an earthy grass-herb note from beginning to end. I have yet to see this here in Alberta, had to seek it out down south. Worth the search.

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Photo of Young_John
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer for washing down a bacon cheeseburger and fries. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, flavorful, roasty and sweet, smells just great and looks just so inviting with its fluffy tan head and significant lacing. My favorite style is imperial stouts, but their ABV is often too high to wash down that kind of meal with, at least at my pace. I find this stout nicely fills the niche that exists in the gap between traditional stouts and imperial stouts. While I don't drink one nearly as often as a Guinness for example, I certainly enjoy it more when I do.

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Photo of VTR
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz glass to a snifter.

Well I had heard good things about this stout so I was excited to see it arrive at a local shop. The stout has a good dark color but not as black as I would expect. The nose left a lot to be desired. I did not detect any complexity just roasted malts and some light cream and hops. When I took a sip I was a little lost. All I could taste is smokiness and bitter hops from start to finish. I expect some smokiness from stouts but it was over the top. Where was the cream? chocolate? vanilla? and all the other flavors that you would expect from a stout, no less a cream stout? I let it warm even more and did not find that it improved, just the same smokiness and hops. I don't know maybe I am missing something but I did drink the whole 6 pack before writing this review. I would not seek this out again as there are better cream stouts out there.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

I seem to be missing something with this offering from Sam. Aftertaste is like licking an ashtray. I enjoy a smokey stout, but this one seems to be overboard.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

My favorite pretzels in the world are made from a small company that burns them on purpose. They are my favorite to snack on them and are a rare treat. This beer has an after taste just like those pretzels and I love it. However the initial taste was pretty bitter at first but halfway through, it lost its bitterness and became creamy. It's a pretty good beer to sit down and drink or have with a meal.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 8, 2014

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Mostly jet black. Faintly brown at the narrowest part of the glass, where light barely shines through. An inch of light tan head with moderate retention. Sudsy bubbles remain.

S – Mostly roasted black malt, moderately bitter. Touches of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Mostly bittering hops, perhaps some very light pine.

T – Roasted dark malts are prominent, toasty black bread. A lot of bitterness from the malts, some possibly from hops, but no real hop flavor.

M – Bitter from start to finish, a slight creamy smoothness in the background. Carbonation is, at most, moderate, slightly offsetting the bitterness. Medium dry finish.

O – This is much closer to a dry Irish stout than a milk stout, in all respects. I think it’s actually pretty good for an Irish stout, but that’s not really what the objective was. With that said, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dodge408
4/5  rDev +1.5%

The flavor I noticed first would be a burnt coffee bean. Then the earthy notes quickly come into action. This stout does not over power with flavor and is easily drinkable . Not sure I would call it creamy though, but is quite smooth. Will get again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to black pour, 2 finger head.

Aroma of cocoa, coffee, malt, lactose, and permanent marker.

Flavor is primarily day old coffee and stale lactose, a touch of hop, and expired chocolate.

Feel is nice, but thins out as it warms. Creamy to start, more like seltzer water at room temp.

Overall there are better cream stouts out there. The bottle talks of not doing an Irish Dry Stout, but that's what this comes off as (and not really a good one either).

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good Milk/Sweet Stout. Pours a dense brown color with plenty of ruby highlights shwoing through when held to a light. medium size frothy tan hed that quickly sinks to a covering of the glass. There are thin bands of lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, some lactose,and roasted and chocolate malts. Taste is more robust. The chocolate and roasted malts are up front with the sweet lactose. There is some mild bitterness in the finish. Plenty complex for what amounts to a session beer.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, Average richness and no alcohol presence

A nice sessionable stout.

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Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color is very dark and does not want to let you see through it, fine by me !!, lol. Head is average and lacing is decent. Carbonation is just right on this beer. Taste is very good, with bitter chocolate and coffee up front and a hint of marshmallow and sweetness at the end. Aftertaste is good with a nice dark coffee lingering afterwards. Overall, a great beer in this category and was enjoyed!

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Photo of RobinLee
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Nose: Bit chocolatey, roasty, all around pleasant smell.
Taste: Roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, mildly sweet with a pleasant bitter finish. Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Somewhat dry, like the burnt bits of marshmallows or roasted coffee beans.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a one finger fine khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt, graham crackers, mild lactose. Flavor is sweet, mildly toasted malt, crackers, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes semi-dry with slight hop bitterness. Medium, lightly creamy body. A nice milk stout that covers all the expected flavor notes. A bit light in flavor, but what's here is good and well integrated. A good, safe milk stout.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a great beer...

A - Dark brown. Bit of dark ruby in there held up to the light. Pours with a beautiful ~1.5" tan head, and leaves great amount of lacing.

S - Nose is of coffee and vanilla, maybe literally like vanilla coffee beans. Only complaint is that is was very faint, had to almost stick my nose in my glass!

T - Delicious. Tastes like chocolate/vanilla/caramel/roasted nut/coffee but it all comes in waves and finishes a bit dry but with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't go against the sweetness of the choc/van/coffee. Beautiful blend of flavors.

M = I would say medium bodied. I'm on my 3rd one of the evening and I am pretty full. Maybe a bit above average carbonation.

O - Great. One of my new favorites. Only reason I didn't give Taste a 5 was because of 1 oatmeal stout I've had that was the best stout I've ever tasted. This was good though!!!

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Photo of EvoRich
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Almost a pure black, not quite. About one finger of head which dissolves to a very thin layer in a minute.

Smell: Sweet, creamy and actually, milk.

Taste: A bit more bitter than I remember, but with a very little subtle sweetness. I really can detect and actual hint of milk.

Feel: A little thin for a stout. I'd say medium bodied, but with just a touch of creaminess. Also a bit more carbonation than I'd prefer but not bad.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. One of those go to choices that's always there when you can't decide. This was one of my original favorites when I first start drinking craft beer a year ago.

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours very dark, and has a decent head and pleasing aroma. While it's a good tasting, easy drinking stout, it fails to deliver anything special in the way of mouthfeel. It's texture is a bit thin for my taste, but overall, it's a good stout if you're interested in trying out the style.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I would not call this a world class beer I do like it for a cheaper session beer that has a good smooth flavor and not too high abv.

The mouthfeel is where it loses my liking. Thin and watery. It just does not have the rich thick creamy feel or flavors that I would expect for a "Cream Stout" It does have some nice chocolate milk notes but not with complexity, kind of one note.

Overall not memorable but was easy to drink. A step up from the mass mega brewers but low end for a craft beer.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A--Pours a solid dark brown/black with two finger light brown head. Head fades slowly leaving big lacing around the glass.

S--Slight fruity hint right off the bat, but then quickly overwhelmed with chocolate and coffee. I wish it stuck around a bit longer though.

T--Coffee up front followed by a chocolate or something I want to call mocha. Finish is interesting as the little fruit hint comes back, almost like cherry chocolate cake, Very pleasing.

M--About the perfect amount of carbonation for a stout, I would say. It's decently heavy without feeling like total motor oil on the mouth. Very nice.

O--Sam Adams does some beers really well, and this is one of them. Very drinkable stout. Certainly not the most interesting stout out there, but definitely a great go to beer.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by June 2014.

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Photo of JHubner73
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a fan of stouts. I've had some that were smooth and rich and others that were like drinking hooch in a bottle. Samuel Adams Cream Stout, for my money, is one of the best-tasting stouts out there that you can buy pretty much anywhere.

It pours a rich, dark brown that leaves a nice tan, foamy head. The aroma brings to mind burnt caramel, toasted hops, and a campfire in the deep New England woodlands. Taste-wise it has rich, heavy overtones of caramel, hops, and barley all mingled in a smokey flavor. Very rich in texture and goes down smooth with very little after taste. At less than 5.0% ABV you can indulge in a couple and not feel like a stumbling idiot afterwards. The best way to enjoy these is in a frosty mug.

Overall if you're wanting to try a stout and don't want a high ABV, this is the one to dip your toes in with. Samuel Adams Cream Stout is my go-to stout. Chill and enjoy!

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Photo of msquared36
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical stout dark brown. Nearly solid lacing. Fruity scent when first poured. Unfortunately the smell dissipates rather quickly. Taste resembles root beer. Vanilla-molasses sweetness with a slight herbal quality. Finishes with roasted malt. The combination results in a dark coffee aftertaste, especially as it warms. Creamy with explosive, fine carbonation.

A drinkable and refreshing stout. A rare stout that feels more appropriate for summer (root beer floats) than late fall or winter.

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Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you ask my boy Jones, he'll tell you that I call Samuel Adams Cream Stout the "Holy Grail of Beers". I started drinking this beer several years ago - myself and a good buddy started "dabbling" into the darker beers over ten years ago, and stumbled (pardon the pun) onto this beer, and have been enjoying it ever since. Very dark in color, wonderful smell, very smooth drinking, with that chocolaty finish that I like...with a slight bit of a bite. I would classify this beer as my all time favorite. If you are a "stout" beer drinker, this is a must try...I think my boy Jones just finished up the last one he had - looks like we'll be searchin' for more soon!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before July 2014. Another new stout to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's; expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with some hints of ruby red near the edges of the glass when held to the light. Two fingers of bubbly frothy tan head. Leaves behind some fluffy scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - The smell is comprised of some tart lactose sweetness, reminiscent of a tart cherries at times, chocolate malt, mild roastiness, & notes of nuttiness in the background.

T - Taste follows the nose - cream, roasty chocolate, and a lactic tartness that brings to mind sour cherries. A subdued dry bready yeastiness on the finish there also, giving it a very "beery" sort of taste, if you know what I'm sayin.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and soft. Light bodied with good carb.

Overall, an enjoyable, but average stout offering from Samuel Adams at best. Well built and flavored for being such a low abv beer, and it is definitely drinkable / sessionable. I would have it again, but it's not worth seeking out.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout ---3.5/5

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.