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

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,674 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,674
Reviews:
1,256
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
331
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,674 |  Reviews: 1,256
Photo of Csneath
4.96/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of TinkerToys
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of greenday_bjh
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful SA product. The side of the bottle lends insight as to why it's called 'Cream' stout. Not just because it's sweet, but because 'back in the day' all other stouts were considered milk while Sam's brew was considered the cream. And there you are.

Pours smoothly and thickly into the glass with little fanfare and no splashing. I poured this into a standard pint glass although the bottle is 4 ounces shy, right? A fine aroma, reminded me of how Kahlua smells. Milk chocolate colored head, I didn't get much of one and what head formed didn't last very long.

Smooth on the drink, first impression is the chocolate and roasted grain, yielding in a few seconds to an initial coffee surge. That yields to a slight bitterness which doesn't really dry the mouth per se, just clears the way for this great resonating coffee finish, unlike the first. It's hard to explain, but the second coffee hit sort of combines with the olfactory after-processing of that first whiff. Sort of like the lingering smell of a freshly roasted bag of coffee beans, that smell is kinda in your mouth along with the taste, a great sensation I haven't experienced before. Maybe due to the reasonable alcohol level which doesn't clarify one taste component over another, but lets them meld happily.

 1,285 characters

Photo of macbethkid84
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Out of the beers from their brewery, I never expected one so divine.

68 characters

Photo of steelreign
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I am blown away. I never thought that this stalwart of the Boston Beer Co. would be THIS good.... where do I start? The amazing frothy, bubbly head? The insanely captivating chocolatey, roasted malt aroma?? The dense, balanced, and bursting with malt cavalcade of flavors??? Oh forget it - just go buy it. It's a no-brainer...a truly perfect stout. I had seven of these last night at the pub, and it's amazing that I waited this long to try something that has been out so long and is so widely available. I think I found my new favorite session beer. Excellent!!

 567 characters

Photo of steinlifter
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown, thick rich head with good retention.
smell is of lightly roasted coffee and chocolate.
taste is EXCEPTIONAL! all kinds of flavors coming through here.
mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
drinkability is great! I have made this a session beer this winter...SOOOO much better than Guiness...just very satisfying...a VERY well done stout! love it!

 360 characters

Photo of Alan_Bats
4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L- Deep brown to black opaque
S- Coffee and burnt smells at first from the roasted malt
T- Strong roasted flavor. Also get bitterness from coffee and sweetness from chocolate right after. Then a great aftertaste from the roasty character
F- Full bodied with nice carbonation
O- Everything you want in a stout. Not too sweet at all, a great roasted flavor that goes down great. Honestly might be my favorite stout.

 413 characters

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MEVorp
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

 742 characters

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

Pours dark brown with a finger length light brown head. There's an aroma of roasted malts and coffee. I can also smell some chocolate. The first sip delivers the roasted malt flavor as well as the coffee and hints of chocolate. There's a pleasing mild bitterness. The flavors linger on the palatte. This is mildly carbonated and abundant lacing is left on the glass. This beer is medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. This is a well balanced, top notch beer.

 462 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby red highlights and a creamy brown head and decent carbonation which leaves sheets of lace. Sweet dark chocolate (unsweetened baker's chocolate?) aroma. Nice, chocolatey, roasty, and sweet but not nearly as sweet as Mackeson's. Medium-full bodied with a roasty espresso-like finish.

Per Label: Roasted chocolate malt, unmalted barley and English hops.

Per M.J. - U.B.: 1056 OG/14 P; 4.4% ABV; Pale, crystal, and chocolate malts, malted wheat, and roast barley; Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Per B.A.B. book: 5% ABV

Purchase Before: 02/2000
Tasted: 09/19/03

 581 characters

Photo of BeefyMee
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from the brewmaster's collection

Appearance: A blackish shade of black. Tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and cream. Mmmm.

Taste: Thank you lord. Thank you Boston Beer Company. The taste is rich and coffee-like. Just plain indulgent. There's some dark chocolate flavor as well. Strong coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, regardless of being a stout. It took some considerable self-restraint to make the glass last twenty minutes.

Beef Notes: One of my all-tme favorites. This beer almost leaves me speechless. It's even one that many non-beer drinkers don't mind, and at $7 a six pack, you're not going to find better bang for your buck. I'll be drinking this for some time to come.

 798 characters

Photo of beertaster13
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Cream stout pours a nice dark ebony black with a frothy brown milkshake looking head. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate mocha. Hints of espresso. The taste is incredible, milky smooth with roasted aftertones. The best stout I've had and one to always have in my fridge. This is a perfect winter beer, fire, sweats and a nice cream stout. Excellent.

 372 characters

Photo of horshack7
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of a winter classics twelve pack it pours black as night with a thick tan cream head.

Aroma: The malt aroma is massive coming out of this wonderful stout. Tremendous chocolate notes along with coffee. Great hints of burnt hops that rise out of the top of this beauty.

Taste: A slight crispness to it at the start then it gets smooth and creamy. Big time chocolate espresso flavor with great notes of burnt hops. The dark roasted malts are incredible every flavor there is gargantuan.

Notes: This work of art is so drinkable such a prime example of a winter brew.Cheers

 588 characters

Photo of January
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of bob34280fl
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll be adding this one to my "regulars" list,
This has a lot going for it: Creamy full head that lasts a while, deep dark color, non bitter (less hoppy?). Absolutely a more than one beer, beer!
I should point out the freshness date was close to passing (Sept.2011) so I would think it even better when "new"

 308 characters

Photo of Cloverlay
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great tasting chocolate stout. The best!!

41 characters

Photo of leipsicbob
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review here.

It's been in the refrigerator overnight, so it is COLD!

A: Looks good, quite a head, sort of like lightly toasted bread in color. about the consistency of whipped cream.

S: Smells like most beer at first, then gets a sense of grain & something I Can't rally place, but it is definitely good.

T: WOW! Creamy, a good grain taste, with some not-very-subtle overtones of coffee - I like that - and some chocolate. A definite aftertaste of coffee (But I don't remember noticing it the first time I drank it) to it.

M: A bit bland, no real carbonation to "fizz" it, and the creaminess seemed a bit weak. Not bad, mind you, just a bit weak.

D: Yes. Not as heavy as Guinness to me, less "edgy. too. As I finish this review I'm already looking forward to my next one.

Do I like it? It's been my favorite from Sam Adams ever since I discovered it @ 1 1/2 years ago. A Great Winter Beer. but I enjoy it all year around!

 939 characters

Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a rocky head that sticks before eventually dwindling to a nice lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is great. A mocha flavor that finishes clean with almost no aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel as the beer rolls across the tongue and palate. One of my favorites. I can drink this anytime with anything.

 341 characters

Photo of jg24rules
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of a061183
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours thick with a nice creamy head.

S= Not to strong for a stout but very coffe like.

T= I love the taste. Its strong expresso/coffe with a nice choclate finish to it. Its has many layers of flavors to it all which are great.

M= Light carbonation maybe medium but not very thick which is great and not too watery either just right.

D= This beer i can drink one after another easily. But i must say it is always is my last beer of the nite no matter what its delicious. Sam Adams makes great beers and i dont like people who knock them b/c they became big (just means all there brews are liked IMHO). I love the microbrews (Like Flying Dog or Descutes) but i wont hate on SA just b/c.

Serving type: bottle

 713 characters

Photo of HawaiianSteel
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,674 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe