Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #427
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,274
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.41%
Reviews:
1,277
Ratings:
2,757
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of kryansutton
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So as for the look, it's a basic Run of the mill SA design. However, the bull kinds bring' you in if your country. The problem I had was it was not creamy as much as it was Smooth, Creamy to me means that it will have a lasting Coating in my mouth. This beer failed to deliver on that suggestion, The small was hoppy but not too overpowering. It was thick but not black. I was looking for a darker blend there is a few other beers that deliver that black 10 times coffee looks and have a much better taste, Don't get me wrong it was a nice bouquet of flavors, and it sure did hit the spot. I had it with an old Chicago pizza and some wings. And it was perfectly combined to deliver the right amount of goodness. The glass was a Handled Stine, and at 20oz refilled 3 times, I was in heaven.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Mash Cult pub glass. The pour is dark mahogany (not black) and one can clearly see some light sneaking through. The head is fine, tan in color, and a half inch thick with good retention. The nose is mild, but I do get some roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of vanilla.

Medium body with a firm feel. Nice combination of roast and creaminess. Dark roasted malt up front without being too bitter. Some toffee in there as well and sarsaparilla on the finish. I haven't had this beer in years and I had forgotten how enjoyable it is.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label is notched for best before date of April, 2020.
Ruby brown colored body. One thick finger of light tan head. Leaves behind a spotty pattern of lacing.
Aroma is roasted malts (molasses), lactose, and a bit of chocolate.
Taste is roasted dark caramel malt, sweet lactose, dark chocolate, and a splash of coffee. The malt taste is quite dense, but the chocolate comes more forward in the after taste.
Slightly less than medium mouth feel, with a smooth texture. Very good carbonation.
A lower ABV% stout that provides a good depth of flavors.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This used to be a staple in my beer rotation back in the days of more limited selection, but then I haven't had any for a while. I decided to pick some up for Thanksgiving this year since I would also be drinking some wine and it's low in alcohol and I forgot how good this stuff was. Pairs wonderfully with cheese and crackers.

Pours a solid black color and the head dissipates slowly leaving a solid lacing around the glass.

Has a mild smell of coffee and chocolate.

The initial taste is creaminess but that is followed by bitter coffee and chocolate. For a beer with only 4.9% ABV, there sure is no shortage of flavor in this one.

As for mouthfeel, it feels like your traditional stout aka Guinness. It is not overly thick, which is the one area it does taste like a 4.9% stout.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout and while it is 4.9% thus making it a solid session beer but it's by no means lacking in flavor.

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fps_dean from Massachusetts, Nov 28, 2019
Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with minimal penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is lactose and dark malt. I’m tasting lactose and dark chocolate. The mouth is silky smooth and lightly creamy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 07, 2019
Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, minimal head that faded quickly leaving a faint ring of foam around the glass, minimal lacing. Smells like molasses with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet chocolate. Tastes of dark roasted malt that is smoothed out by a modest sweetness. Heavy mouthfeel that has a sweet aftertaste that coats the tongue, on the softer side in terms of combination. Feels stronger than 4.9% but still easy to drink.

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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey, Feb 24, 2019
Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Near black with thinner head. Smells very roasty, but not especially chocolate or coffee. Coffee shows through more in the flavor, which exhibits full roasty bitterness (it's really quite bitter, but different than a hop bitterness I feel) sort of balanced by a little sweetness. Some regular malty flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to light at first, but ends heavy while the roastiness lingers.

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Photo of Spacejamflam
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unexpetional and disappointing.
I love sweet creamy stouts, especially coffee ones - but this one missed the mark.

Looks dark brown, head vanishes to some lingering ripples of tan foam.
Smells.. Unexceptional, just roasted malts.
Taste and feel are all over the place - very low sweetnees and creaminess, muted taste, but with a relatively large amount of bitterness and an unpleasantly heavy feel - both of which linger too long.

Overall, I'm quite disappointed - it's not a *bad* beer, but there are much better things to spend your money on.
If youre eating out, get guinness because it's more drinkable and if youre shopping, look for Left Hand's Milk Stout or whatever your local options are.

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Spacejamflam from Louisiana, Dec 25, 2018
Photo of Bsimpson91
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you read no more that a few lines of this review, please go buy this beer! It is a great, well crafted Brew!
This is my first Stout but won't be my last. This beer is very bold with upfront toasty molasses notes, deep flavor that is not heavy or overbearing on your pallet. I get robust burnt bread crust, molasses, slight instant coffee, prune and hint of balsamic vinegar notes. The feel in the mouth is satisfying medium body. The beer has a very smooth character through out with a good hit of bitterness at the middle and end of the sip. The beer looks beautiful in a glass, what stout doesn't? Overall Im very pleased with this beer. It's enjoyable, deep, rich and satisfying to drink. I bet this beer would really do well to cook with and eat with as well. I imagine it would be Great for a honking steakhouse dinner or some down south bbq. The beer's boldness can easily keep up with what ever your pallet has in mind!

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Bsimpson91 from Georgia, Jun 19, 2018
Photo of moodenba
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cream Stout chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass, May, 2018.

Malt flavor is fine; moderate bitterness is appropriate. This beer is all-around OK, but just falls short in body. I think this brew tastes very much like a good British dark mild ale.

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moodenba from New York, May 07, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark coke colored brown with an adequate tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and mild coffee. The flavor follows the nose and has a sweet caramel aftertaste. Great feel, and overall a wonderful low abv beer.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Mar 13, 2018
Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this off the single shelf at a Kroger grocery store in Dayton near Metro sports. It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head that isn't leaving any lace. The scent had hints of roast and chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with toffee base and roast finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent brownish red with a large sized khaki head. Smells/tastes of roasted malt, caramel, and earthy hops with some faint lactose and dark fruit. Lower intensity. Mild bitterness, light sweetness, and lingering dryness. The sweetness and dryness really contribute to its drinkability. Below average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, this felt a little lacking in intensity, body, and depth.

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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin, Oct 27, 2017
Photo of solisbrewmaster
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Dark brown color with a nice beige head.
Smell is nice with a little roast and coffee, sweet, dark raisins, little chocolate.
The taste is a combination of roast and chocolate, with a little dark caramel sweetness in the back.
It has a nice medium full body, with not a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep charcoal, with a tan, tall, finely bubbled head.

Smell- Cocoa, milk sugar, grains

Taste- Sweet grainy malt, with a sweet milky flavor. Captures the sugary taste of cold milk. Bits of roasted grains mingle with the milky blend of flavors. Coffee notes build as the milk flavor subsides, turning even more roasty. Finishes bitter and dry, with a sweet creamy finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A superb milk stout with bold flavors and sharp complexities in the flavor profile. One of the best examples of demonstrating a style on part of Sam Adams. A great milk stout that is among the very top for the milk stout style.

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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania, Aug 25, 2017
Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cream Stout, 4.9% ABV, 35 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a slight tan head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, and lactose, taste follows, with a bit of carbonation burn on the close. Mouthfeel is OK, overall very good.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Jul 07, 2017
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stout pours a black color with a slight ruby red tint and a medium foamy light tan head. The smell is roasty and a little bit sweet with toasted grains and chocolate notes. The flavor has roasted grains as the primary element with more mild chocolate, coffee, and cream elements with a bit of sweetness. The finish is pretty smooth and creamy, but I have had many smoother. Stouts of this style are much improved in this regard with nitro taps in my opinion. The body is heavy, but just a little lighter than ideal for a stout. This has some very solid, albeit not overly complex, flavors, but there are also a couple of minor drawbacks to this stout. It’s definitely an above average Sam Adam’s beer though.

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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts, Jun 27, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small and brown foam with high persistency. S. Milk, coffee, caramel. T. Milky taste honoring its name. M. low alcholic feeling, light body. O. a little bit flat in comparsion with other Stouts (Not Imperials, of course), but good beer , nice to be enjoyed after a Carne Asada.

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Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a notch on the left side of the label under NOV 2017, and "ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED."

Appearance: The body looks black and it has a good sized light khaki head.

Aroma: It has a really nice aroma which is a mix between coffee and burnt popcorn kernels. It is strong enough to leap out of the glass at about arms length but delicate enough that when approached it doesn't become overwhelmingly strong.

Taste: When it hits the palate there is a bit of a roasted and burnt flavor but it is shortly replaced with the taste of coffee. This is then quickly replaced by this nice mix of toffee and burnt toffee which is really the highlight here. That burnt toffee flavor is just a tad sweet and it makes you want to take another sip to drink it again.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit light in body for a cream stout. There just isn't much texture to the beer, like it is a bit thin. Other than that the beer has a nice flow across the palate and the carbonation feels good. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall: It has some good flavors and aroma but it is lacking in body. It focuses on roasted flavor but it has a nice sweet edge right at the end. It's good enough that I would drink it again.

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teromous from Virginia, Jun 16, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy, roasty, slightly sweet, bitter. What a surprise this beer turned out to be. Maybe this is the first time I've actually seen it in the store or perhaps it's my craft-beer-tendencies that blind me to Sam Adams. Not sure, but when I saw the price tag ($8.99 for a sixer), ABV and description - it called to me. Pours an inky-black but doesn't look viscous or oily; the brew has a lightness about it that's accentuated by the soft head. Aroma of roasted barley, coffee grounds, charcoal and chocolate. The taste is bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, char, burnt toast and a hint of milk chocolate. Outstanding balance of malt, hops and lactose gives a it a roasty, bitter and slightly sweet profile. 4.9ABV is wonderful; allows me to scratch that dark-beer itch without going overboard. Delicious beer with a lingering bitterness. Awesome example of the style.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Jun 01, 2017
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4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A great stout and probably my favorite Samuel Adams beer. Drank this straight out of the bottle. Smelled notes of coffee and chocolate. A smooth taste and a great finish. Enjoy this beer. I know I did.

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Photo of MAXEL
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark pour/reddish edges.
Aroma: pleasant medium-light coffee/chocolate cream
Taste: sweet up front and mid-palate, perfect carb, ends quickly and gives way to more bitter finish
Finish: bitter light coffee finish with the very end changing to that classic stout-ey medium burnt bite characteristic of most stouts I have tried.
Overall: well balanced and tasty. A really good cream/milk stout

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MAXEL from Pennsylvania, Mar 19, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for August 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark cola brown almost black with a 3/4 finger tan head. Head collapses quickly but revives somewhat with a swirl.

Smell: Malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Taste: Rather sweet start fades into slightly bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: A good, flavorful beer and the one that got me into stouts.

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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania, Mar 01, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours like a coke. Bubbles on the side of the glass, head is very carbon-y. More like a soda head than a beer head.

Smell: No distinct smells overpower. Smells like a dark beer, but slightly less appetizing.

Taste: Very accessible coffee-cream tasting stout. Simple, easy to drink.

Feel: Dominates back of throat and top of mouth, taste does not linger more than 3 seconds.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Like most Sam Adams not very good. It's a dark beer trying to taste like coffee with cream but comes up short. Left Hand Milk Stout is a better version of what they're trying to do.

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MinerBob from Oklahoma, Dec 17, 2016
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