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

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rrski198
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark dark red. not jet black. beige head, great lacing.

S: nothing amazing. pretty standard

T: For a sweet stout, not bad, not amazing. Average.

M: Big carbonation. Not over powering. smooth.

D: Smooth. Could have more than one. For an average, non imperial, stout, this is good. Good beginer beer for drinkers looking to have a stout outside of guinness.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a medium beige head which collapses into a very rings of lace. Nose is bitterweet chocolate and roasted malt, but not very strong. Initial sip reveals a creamy and rich mouthfeel with just a hint of hops background. Taste echos the nose, and burnt coffee taste comes in at about mid glass. Seems a bit watered down for a stout. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a my first Cream/Milk Stout and I got it in the Brewmasters Collection. The color is a very dark black and the aroma has a burnt smell to it. There is a sweetness at first but is followed by a very burnt chocolate and nut flavor. Pretty light tasting for stout this heavy. Not bad!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/6/2007 (bottle.BBAug):

Pours an inky black colored body, wit ha good sized head, light brown in color. Has a very malty, and strong coffee aroma to it. Has a light bodied coffee taste. Not too bad, I like the sweet stouts and this one seems to be a good example of the style. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass because I can. Beer is dark brown but clearly brown at the corners and mostly clear. Thin almost white head of medium bubbles, no lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet, nothing else.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty mild all around. There isn't much flavor in this one. The roastiness / bitterness from the malt should be in the back of the palate but I find it wanting. There is a minimal sweetness in this beer but overall it's like mildly flavored heavy water. Oh well.

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Photo of RichieS2
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Perfectly opaque, absolutely no light was getting through. Very little head that dissipated quickly.

S - Fair amount of sweetness from the malt and a brief hint of the brew's dairy origins.

T - It hits the palate and as expected is sweet. As you roll it around there is the subtleness of coffee that is followed by equally subtly hops.

M - Very heavy as it sloshes around the mouth, it goes down quite smooth.

D - It's heaviness means one is enough.

Worth noting that this is the darkest beer in the Sam Adam's line-up.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour isnt as viscous as you expect a stout to be and this quality carries throughout a lot of the drink. Its dark with a brown head which dissipates quickly.
The highest marks this beer recieves are for drinkability, in that its easy to drink with a light body. However, this is not necessarily a quality people are looking for in a stout..
The flavors and aroma are mild, sweet, but not too much and the flavor doesn't linger long.Only the very faintest hint of bitterness present.
Overall its easy, and its not bad.. but its certainly not impressive for a stout, either.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy, with a profound chocolate-sweet taste with a bittersweet aftertaste, this is defintely a unique beer... Great with chocolate or anything sweet, this is a robust, sugarey, and pleasing sample of a really good stout... Despite not being a particular fan of this type of beer, I enjoyed drinking this one after already having a couple of beers, so that the bitter aftetaste was cancelled out and the sweet, roasted chocolate flavor predominated my taste buds... Had this with a butterfinger and a snickers, and really enjoyed it... Certainly worth trying if you're a fan of stouts, a good, classic Sam Adams brew...

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Photo of Overlord
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one strange beer.

Pours a strange semi-opaque brown color. Medium sized tan head.

Taste is also weird: some coffee tones, chocolate notes, and more of a bubbly feel than a smooth, stout-esque consistency. Not sure how to judge this. I don't have many milk/cream stouts, and I didn't much care for this. Didn't seem much different from a porter, actually.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer a long time ago and thought it was absolutely terrible. I bought the Sam's winter sampler pack, and my old nemesis was inside. I tried it again, and this time i thought it was a lot more palatable. I have never been a big fan of coffee, which this beer tastes like from sip to aftertaste. Still is pretty good, warmed me up on a cold Minnesota night...

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Photo of SisuPride
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a creamy stout and while this brew had a noticeable creamy mouth feel I belive a there was room for a little more. I thought the flavor was standard - nothing overpowered and nothing stood out - it was not however lacking flavor so if you wanted a normal cream stout without the coffee or chocolate or caramel yelling at you this would be the beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pour is really nice. Thick pillowy tan head with great retention. Lacing is great. Color is deep black with just a touch of brown at the very top.

S- There is a nice creamy aspect to the smell with strong notes of java, a nice coffee and dark bitter coco. The smell is a touch on the light side, but very nice.

T- Sweet malt on front end, touch of a nice sweet cream in the middle. flavor profile is also on the lighter side. The bitter coco takes the back end to a bitter dry finish

M- Mouthfeel is not as thick and coating as i would expect from a cream stout.

O- Very drinkable, however it is far too thin and taste is more reminiscent of a Dry Irish Stout than a cream stout. It lacks the nice feeling (creamy / thick / coating) I was expecting.

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Photo of beertownbaron
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1" brown head that slowly dissipates. Color is black, but light still penetrates it. Decent lacing.

S- Smells roasty with faint hints of chocolate. Not a very stong smelling brew

T- Tastes creamier than most stouts, as the name would indicate. Something roasted is in there, similar to the smell. A bit underwhelming.

M- Watery, with a bit of carbonation.

D- Not overly impressed with this brew. I think the cream taste weakens the stout, as well as being a bit watery. I like my stouts thick and strong, so I guess this just isn't the beer for me.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black but some light can come through. Thin light tan head formed at the top.

Smells of coffee with hazelnut creamer in it. It's not strong but it's there. Also some burnt toast smell.

Tsares of burnt toast in the aftertaste which is the strongest taste. The taste is very light for a cream stout. It's not sweet enough or creamy enough. Not super bad but not super good.

Mouthfeel is not viscous enough or creamy enough for the style IMO.

Overall I probably won't buy this beer again. I will actually probably pour this one out and drink something better. Not because it is really bad but just because I have alot of awesome beers to drink in my fridge.

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Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adam’s Cream Stout: Very thick, dark chocolate beer. Not much or lacing, barest hint of Irish Rings. The aroma is not unpleasant but is very much cocoa, as is the taste, with hints of sweetened espresso in it as well. It is very smooth, and somewhat easy to drink, although it almost gave me heartburn because of its sweetness. Long lasting tastes of coffe. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard this is on of the best beers from Sammy. Let's see. 12oz bottle...

A: A dark beer almost a deep red when held to light. Very see through. A small 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace.

S: A spiciness upfront with some mild vanilla blended in. Some wheat malts and mild watery chocolate scents on the back. Ok.

T: A bready spice with some nutty mild chocolate in the middle and some roasty hop on the backend. Hmm, not sure the big deal. A little bit of lactose and vanilla hidden on the end.

M: Light body with a great carbonation. A clean roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is not really anything special. Don't bother to try unless you like Sam Adams brews. Not a good example of a stout.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown/black color. Light head,dissapears quicly,leaving little lacing.
Smells of dark unsweetened coffee, toasted almonds,malty,bitter cocoa,light tobacco.
taste is rendolent of nose. Bitter coffee, light cocoas,malt, brown sugars, light almond flavor, Hesheys chocolate comes through as the beer comes to tem[ extremely light mouthfeel/body.A corporate version of stout. Sorry for a brief review, but not tons going on here.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with 2 finger tan head, dark brown almost black color. Smell is toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a little sweetness. Taste is also of toasty malts, coffee, with a little sweetness. Mouthfeel was decent, wouldnt want to drink more then a couple. Overall not my fav, but goes well with the holiday sampler.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A "best by" notched on December 2005.

Appearance: Pours dark black and dense. Brown edging with a sudsy white head.

Smell: Sweet bread, cream, a touch of yeast. Overall, not much going on here.

Taste: Dry black patent, rye bread, crackers, a touch of lingering smokiness. Maybe some coffee with cream but it's definitely on the bitter end of things.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch overcarbonated.

Drinkability: With the low ABV this is highly slammable. I see it as more of a "go to" beer for stout lovers. Nothing exciting but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of bens0n
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown (not quite black) color with copious amounts of creamy light-tan head that lingers around for a while and laces the glass pretty substantially.

On the nose all I pick up on is something that reminds me of oats, not much roasty or chocolate or coffee, just toasted oats. Almost reminds me of a bowl of cheerios.

Flavor wise there is a little more roastyness, but not much coffee or chocolate. It has a subtle sweetness to it that I don't really enjoy with the oats. Not exceptionally sweet or thick and creamy as the name would suggest. This beer is on the watery side for a stout, its very drinkable, but just not very creamy and viscous, really lacking in the flavor department too. I almost want to call this an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of jar2574
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that impressive out of the bottle. Flat head. Very little carbonation. Not much to look at.

Chocolate and coffee in the smell. Okay. Average stout smell.

The roasted coffee flavor is very strong in the taste -- too strong probably. It dominates everything else. It's a smooth drink though. Enjoyable enough to drink another. Just wish it wasn't quite so one dimensional.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Black beer with some deep highlights. Appears to be mostly opaque? Brown frothy head, provided 1 1/2 finger on a vigorous pour. Good retention and nice lacing as the head slowly reduced.

S-Primarily roast and some sweetness, also chocolate maltiness.

T-Roasty and chocolatey malts, with more sweetness than was present in the aroma. Some butterscotch.

M-Medium, almost med-high carbonation, perhaps a bit too much for the style. Medium, slick body. Not spectacular, but a solid feeling beer.

D-A decent enough beer. It's one of the better from the holiday sampler pack, in my opinion. Enoyable to consume while preparing some holiday gifts.

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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 jabocu
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocoloate and coffee color, nice two finger tan cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap leaving nice sticky lacings up sides. Aroma is coffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, orange and fusal hops, and very light esters in undertones. Flavor is sticky sweet caramel, chocolate, and lots of coffee. So much coffee, I almost think there's added coffee. A little fusal hop bitterness, but is overwheled by the coffee astringency. Mouthfeel is light carbonation, medium body, and watery finish.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before June, 2010. Pours dark brown, black in the glass with a one finger beige/light brown head. Maintains an okay cap but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is decent chocolate, roasted malts, a little burnt, a bit of coffee and caramel, the slightest bit of hops, along with a lactic quality.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, a little coffee, roasted malts, caramel, a touch of sourness.

Thinnish mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

OK sweet stout, some hype lead me to believe it would be better. I did enjoy the second bottle more which was served at a warmer temperature.

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