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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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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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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I just never reviewed. Seems like a good time, lazy Saturday afternoon, working around the house, watching the Bruins game, etc. Enjoy before Jun 2014, so fairly fresh.

Pours a dark mocha colored fizzy head that hits a finger before fading back fairly slowly, decent lines of lacing, very dark black beer with a faint hint of light sneaking through the bottom at the thin part of the glass. Actually, the head seems to stick around forever.

Nose brings a little roast, little coffee, nice chocolatey with a little mocha and creamy milk chocolate, mild dry cocoa dust with a little biscuity like malt brings a malted milk ball like aroma, dried lactose and fair creamy aroma, hint of caramel too, more dried candy bar.

Taste brings more dark malts, a little roasty without being too overly roasted, hint of coffee with the roast, and a mild very slight acrid roasty flavor. Then chocolate, not a ton but enough, creamy milk chocolate with a little cocoa powder and again that malted milk ball, into a creamy but dry lactose like creamy flavor but not quite sure if it's actual lactose, probably not. Then a hint of caramel and mild bitter earthy hops on the back end round off the flavor. Finish is dry but a little sticky, more earthy bitterness, little more roast and chocolate.

Mouth is med bod fairly creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty good actaully, surprising that it's been around this long and still a nice beer. It doesn't hit a homerun, but for an easy drinking cream stout there isn't really anything wrong with it.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours crustal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, roast, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent cream stout! All around great robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a plastic cup during the Zippity Do Dah parade, Jackson, MS. Much better than the parade.

A: Dark brownish black with an inch and a half tan head that lingered. Thick foamy lacing.

S: chocolate, espresso, nutty, cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows nose. Nice and robust. Sweet and smokey. Very smooth and sessionable.

M: medium with medium carbonation. Almost chewy.

O: The one that introduced me to stouts a few years ago. A great gateway beer. Tasty with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of glakus
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot about cream stouts, and wanted to give it a try. I timidly bought this beer and am very happy with the smoothness and flavor of this beer. It pours a deep dark black, yet it doesn't have the strong heaviness that is normally associated with dark stouts.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a half-inch off-white head. Lacing is heavy; carbonation moderate, but tough to see because it's so dark.

Aromas: Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and espresso. It's a nice, appealing nose.

Taste: Follows the nose, but is slightly less sweet than I'd expected. Finish does have some sweetness, but on the whole it tastes more like a coffee stout than a milk stout to me. The old ad copy for this called it "the cappuccino of beers," which seems pretty accurate to me. All things considered, a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: Has the right amount of body - some thickness, but far from sludgy. Certainly not watery, but not the thickest stout I've had.

Overall: Pretty decent flavored stout. One of my favorite of the Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice light brown cream colored head with decent lacing on the glass. Really good body and taste. Was not expecting much. For a domestic mass produced beer this is really pretty good. Nice mellow flavor. I really liked this one. I will definitely drink the rest of the six pack.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 2/8/14 while watching the Olympics. Bottle was chilled down to under 30 degrees as it was on top of the freezer in the garage. LOL! Poured into a pilsner tulip glass.

Pours black with a 1-finger beige head with some patterned lacing seen. The aroma is of caramel & roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste is the same with a little hop finish BUT it is light and not bad. Overall, a great brew.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Sweet, nutty, malt, caramel, toffee, and roasty notes nose.

T: Roasty, a bit sweet, some dark and milk chocolate, some medium roast coffee. Pretty tasty

M: Full bodied, a bit creamy, but not as smooth as you'd think.

O: Body could have been better, and I think the admixture of vanilla, anise and/or oak would have complimented this beer quite well. Recommended if you like stouts that aren't super robust.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought last June and put aside for Fall or winter consumption. Best Before Oct. 2013, so it may be a couple of years old by now!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Opaque black with a three inch tall tan head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Dark smoky malt balanced with some hop bite. Mild smoky and slight dark chocolate aftertaste does not linger.

m: Medium. Good body.

o: A good, relatively mild, easy drinking stout, excellent with lunch or dinner.

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Photo of lechap
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really want to like Samuel Adams brews but until trying their Cream Stout, remained disappointed. I find their lager and ale to be too hoppy. The Cream Stout, however, was a game changer. It is not easily found in my area so anytime I come across a supply I buy several six-packs. It looks good, smells good, pours good, and taste good. My only negative is the head disappears too soon and there is little to no lacing.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark brown body, some light comes through at the bottom. Foamy tan head that hangs around and leaves some slight lacing.

S- Roastiness, some sweetness, some hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Mix off roasted malts and sweet malts. Hints of sweet vanilla, some milky sugar and I slight chocolate flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. On the lighter end of the stout spectrum.

O- Pretty decent sweet stout. Easy to throw down a few.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY. One of Sam Adams' best brews, for sure.

Pours a fairly opaque glossy black, with a one inch creamy looking head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like vanilla, chocolate, lactose, and a little bit of roasty malt.

The taste is similar. This one goes down very easily, it's awesome. Very creamy, with great chocolate and vanilla flavors. Not too sweet, which is nice.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, almost nitro-like mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

A real winner from Sam Adams, I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ebony color with thick foamy khaki colored head and excellent lacing all around the glass.

Smell was not really much of anything maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste was good but I expected more. Do detect a coffee taste with caramel. Flavor is well balanced with a bitter start and finishing with slight sweetness.

Medium bodied with a little carbonation

Overall good but thought it would be better. A little disappointing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adam's Cream Stout last week for $7.99 at Krogers. I've passed this one up many times for no apparent reason so I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. It had an enjoy by date of October, so it's almost out of date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The Label is pretty typical for Samuel Adams it's ok. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on black and it took on a brown hue when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy dark tan head that died down a thin clumpy layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of lacing behind. This is a very good looking bee that's about as true to style as it can get.

S- The aroma starts with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice caramel and toffee aroma that sticks out nicely. Up next comes the roasted malts that seem to have a medium amount of roast to the and a very slight charred aroma with some nice dark bread, chocolate and light vanilla aromas coming through. This beer has a pretty good aroma that's fairly complex for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts with some brown bread and dark medium roasted malt flavors coming through with some chocolate and a slight bit of vanilla also showing up. Up next comes some caramel and toffee flavors that show up just enough. On the finish there's a fairly low amount of bitterness with a roasty and slightly charred aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting Cream Stout, it's pretty true to style with some nice balance.

M- Smooth, clean, creamy, on the slightly thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, but I thought the carbonation could be slightly lower.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good example of the style, it did a good job of representing the style while having some good balance and even a little bit of complexity, I enjoyed it. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, creamy, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these when in the mood for this style. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste and aroma they were just what I wanted in the style and the appearance was also really good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but the carbonation could be just slightly lower. I would get a six pack of this again to keep in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style or dark beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I admit that sometimes I get caught up into the big, bold, and flavorful stouts, but it's always nice to come back to a dark beer like this is one that's tasty, smooth, and drinkable. Good job guys this is pretty close to a textbook example of the style and I'm glad to have access to it, keep up the good work.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown body with a medium-dark, creamy-looking, three finger khaki head forming off an easy pour. Some lacing from the get-go.

S: Nicely roasted malts with just a touch of char quality.

T: Roasted malt flavor is lighter than the nose suggested, but is still nice. Hints of milk chocolate accompany nicely. Some oxidation. Sweet overall.

M: About as light-bodied ad the ABV would suggest.

O: A nice offering from Sam Adams and not a stout I would turn down, especially given the price.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with a half of a finger off-white head that quickly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer, with a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar.

Taste: Like the aroma, dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar. Think toasted bread served with coffee and creamer.

Mouthfeel: Medium with much more carbonation that I was expecting in a cream stout. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 4.9%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good stout, but nothing special. I’d drink it again, if offered, but there’s a ton of other stouts that I’d get over this!

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Photo of ahommell
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark. Creamy, Foamy head that measures a good full finger. Thick. Sticky. Head is a darker tan in color.

S: Not much scent at all. Maybe I should get my nose checked. What I do smell is chocolate and cream.

T: Creamy. Sweet. Roasted Malt. Dark Chocolate. Taste comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Magnificent.

M: Light for how thick the pour was. Lots of carbonation. Not as smooth as most cream stouts, but very very good. I would pair this with dessert. I think ice cream, chocolate cake or cheesecake would pair very nice with this.

O: One of my favorite cream stouts in that it isn't like other cream stouts. I am impressed with all of the carbonation and the taste aspects.

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Photo of Smock19nathan
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was given a bottle of this from a friend that finally found it in our area. I was very excited seeing that is had such good ratings and i am a sucker for dark beers ( especially stouts ).
The pour was about 2 finger, and the head lasted the whole enjoyable time i drank this beer.
The smell was coffee, caramel, chocolate, and slight hops. The taste was out of this world for me. The chocolate was overall the leader of the pack once it hits the taste buds and slide back the flavors pour from chocolate to coffee to finally a faint milky caramel sweetness. Then the great part the pallet opens up for the final hint of alcohol to make this combination a favorite of mine. From cool summer nights to hot humid days i believe i would enjoy this beer no matter what.

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Photo of Eando35
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found a six pack of creme stout and had to try it. When you smell it you can definitely smell the coffee. You taste that and the caramel but not the chocolate, which isn't a bad thing. The beer was close to black in my glass but tasted great. Probably should have gotten it in the fall, but overall, a good Sam Adams.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black with just a little light showing through. Off white to tan head that's nice and creamy and lingers throughout the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

Sweet and roasty, pretty subtle. Picking up some chocolate and a touch of coffee. Very pleasant, but would like a little more.

Very much like the nose, a super well balance between the sweet and the roasty - nothing takes over and nothing lingers. Tasty dark chocolate, the usual lactose sweetness and just a touch of roast. Very very nice.

Fairly heavy, semi light carbonation, very creamy and smooth. A dessert, yet refreshing at the same time.

Very impressed by this one. The balance is perfect - not too sweet, not too heavy, just a great example of the style.

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