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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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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

Serviceable stout, the gimmick is the load of cream in the head. The taste of the body was nonobjectionable, passable stout, drinkable. Drying, with some coffee grinds, burnst grounds, not much roastiness, much malt. Bit of graininess. Well carbonated.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Pretty good foamy lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of chocolate and caramel bread and faint coffee.

T - Tastes of espresso with cream, bittersweet chocolate, and a bittering essence on the back of the toungue.

M - Good carbonation that leaves a bubbly coating in the mouth.

D - Very good beer. This is the first milk/sweet stout I have had and I will be trying more in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep brown color, with a brown colored head. The retention isn't all the great. The smell is highly roasted with some hops in the mix. The taste is quite strong actually, surprising. There is a really strong roasted flavor that's very bitter. I don't get a whole lot of lactos in it. The mouthfeel is a little bitey and dry. Overall the brew is decent. Not the best stout out there but different enough to be interesting.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color—traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather flavorful for the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from a Sam Adams mix pack. I thought this one was better than average but nothing too outstanding. Pours a very dark color and looks very appealing. Has some good drinkability to it and a solid mouthfeel but I feel the taste/flavor is lacking a bit. I'll have to go back and try it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kinda frustrating to review these S.A. brews. The flavors are good, but leave me megging for more richness, boldness, and flavor. Sure the brew is solid, and probable fit the style well. However, in this one, I wanted a heavier cream character; a bolder, richer milk chocolate, capuccino flavor; and a bit more overall weight. What I got was a cleanly brewed, well formed recipe that is not offensive, yet risks little. Though timid for my taste, I thought the brew fell dangerously close to a Dry-Stout chalkiness, and with a thin body. Fortunately, but beer steers clear of obvious lactose additions and artificial sweetness. This S.A. brew does very well; I just wanted more out of it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, a random selection for a mixed-sixer at one of the plentiful grocery stores in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a very dark, almost black brownish hue, with pervasive reddish tints, and a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly creamy tan head, which leaves some pleasantly tiered, bleeding paint job lace around the glass as it very slowly recedes.

It smells of roasted, lightly meaty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, creamed coffee, a twinge of dried vanilla pod, and an earthy, musty, and kind of ashy hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet, toasted caramel malt, dry-roasted coffee beans, stale, wafer-like chocolate, a slightly sour milkiness, a whiff of smoking ashes, and soft herbal, earthy, and musty hops.

The bubbles are fairly low-key in their plainly innocuous frothiness, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and well smooth, with a hard to deny creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, coffee, caramel, and cream all lazing about, thinking about tomorrow.

A well-made milk stout, the various flavours being drawn out of the roasted malts all a good thing. Big, but not too big, obviously, and the lower ABV speaks to some sensible winter-time supping, y'know, if that's your thing.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a coffee-colored head and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - Milk chocolate, coffee with cream and caramel-like sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, cappuccino. Milky but not overly thick; more medium-bodied. Light carbonation helps to accentuate the creamy texture.

Notes - A nicely done English-style stout. Low in alcohol but with plenty of flavor and character.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a deep black color with a small, mocha-colored head. It left very nice lacing.

S - Very good. Roasted malt and caramel.

T - It is quite sweet with a blend of roasted chocolates and caramel flavors.

M - It is very soft of the tongue. Medium to heavy-bodied.

D - Really nice representation of the style. And you can beat it at Sam Adams prices.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hardly any tan head. Obviously no head retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown. Kind of red hued caramel.

Aroama: Chocolate, caramel, milk, earthy hops. It has big robust roasted kind of smell. Reminds me a lot of the Sam Adams Honey Porter. Not to bad.

Taste: Big roasted malt taste. Caramel, chocolate are both big flavors. Again, reminds me of the honey porter. Has a milky flavor. Big malt flavors, backed with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Creamy robust feel. Ends with a big malty flavor, kind of dry and a burnt flavor.

Overall, this is a decent offering from Sam Adams. Good reasonable stout. Pretty drinkable. My bottle is going fast. I would have this again.

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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 nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of mocha brown head settle slowly leaving thick lace. Opaque black body.

S - Clean nutty malt aroma. Pretty neutral.

T - Creamy roasted malt flavor with some malt bitterness and just a bit of hop flavor on top of the tongue. Nice nutty character as well. Finish is light and clean with some roasted coffee notes and a hint of chocolate.

M - Moderately light body with high carbonation and a clean, mild finish.

D - Easily drinkable. This is a light and clean stout that packs in just enough flavor to justify its color. I would almost think of this as a "nut brown stout".

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

loved the mild sweetness,not to heavy and great head!Had no trouble drinking 6 of these wich is strange with me and stouts,again would love to have on tap!

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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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is intensely dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by an impressive, dense tan head. Although it cannot hold, the head reduces to a consistent rim around the glass and produces some nice Belgian-lace throughout the pint. The aroma is welcoming, and full of sweet dark malts: dark toffee, bitter chocolate, fresh cream and honey, and a soft roastiness not unlike spent espresso grounds. The full mouthfeel and gentle carbonation separate this beer from the chaff.... silky-smooth, velvety, almost oily - similar to, but fuller and more solid than a nitro-beer. The flavor is not complex, and balances between the front and middle of the tongue - light and creamy coffee atop bittersweet chocolate; all the while backed by a restrained bitterness that caresses the back of the mouth. The finish is creamy and just slips away. Really a unique beer. Not confrontingly sweet as many milk / sweet stouts are. Quite the gentle, introspected, giant. Very well done.

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date of 7-2015; the ABV is listed as 4.9%.

Pours black with a large, creamy and frothy tan head. Good sticky lacing gets left on the glass.

Flavor: very well balanced, including the bitter-sweet dimension. Slightly sweet up front with plenty of dark roasted malts and only hints of smoke.

Appealing aroma with a hint of sweet chocolate.

Smooth and full body with spot on carbonation.

O: even without considering cost this is a winner among sweet stouts.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Winter Classics 12 Pack.

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a finger width of creamy tan head that retained nicely and left some great lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and a little coffee. Very pleasing.

The taste matches that wonderful aroma. Deep roasty notes of thick chocolate sweetness and coffee. A little bit of hop bitterness even raises it's head towards the finish. The mouthfeel is a thick medium with a nice creamy texture.

Wow, this a nice Stout and one of the best beers that I've had from Sam Adams. A great taste and low ABV make this a perfect Winter sessioner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you'd expect from this type of beer, creamy, malty and a strong flavor of milk chocolate. There are background flavors of dark fruit, caramel and coffee. The hops presence is very mild but enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, a stout isn't really the type of beer that I would session with, but this would be one of the first ones I would look for if I did.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown bordering on black in color with some lighter brown at the edges when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of roasted malts, chocolate, and a significant amount of lactose.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a solid body of roasted malts and chocolate malts which contribute a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor. Also, there is a moderate strength presence of lactose contributing to the sweetness of the beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not amazing. I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted barley aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and even toffee.

Taste: Rich roasted maltiness leads with the taste of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee giving a mocha impression. Some toffee rolls by midway. Mild graininess. No more than a touch of hops in the finish. Chocolatey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant beer that's very easy to drink down. For me, it's one of the top Samuel Adams beers.

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

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Since I can see most of the way through the glass, the beer is right on the border between opacity and lucency. The beige colored crown is large, firm and sticky. A better than average array of lace is seen in the end.

Cream Stout smells like coffee ice cream covered in Hershey's syrup. It tastes like coffee too. It's more coffee-with-cream than black coffee, however. A little dark chocolate tries to peek through the javalanche, but doesn't stand much of a chance. Hops are pretty much absent, which is appropriate for the style.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but then the ABV is less than 5.0%. A few too many bubbles becomes an appropriate amount by mid-bottle. Drinkability is on the high side and sessionability is obviously up there as well.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is decent, but I've never been a fan of coffee-dominant beer. Cut that part of the flavor profile back a few notches, bulk up the body a little and this would be a very good milk stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could've swore I reviewed this, must be old age..

Pours Mahogany/black with 3 fingers of milkshake-like mocha head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Cocoa & coffee, iron,

T: Iron, coffee & cocoa up front, plus a bit of leafy hops & touch of molasses. A touch dark of choclate & chalky dryness, not really seeing any lactose here as this warms. Roasty malt hits the back of the throat on the finish, along with dryness & some nice chocolate milk notes

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & low carbonation.

Nice drinkability, better milk stouts out there, but this is a great gateway stout

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice very dark, and pretty much opaque black liquid. Not as thick and oil like as some others I have seen, but still had a decent thickness to it that was clearly evident. A nice two inch puls tan colored head quickly formed on the top and took its time settling over the course of five ot so minutes to reveal nothing more then a sticky coating of lace down the side with a decent amount left up on the top as well. Good solid look on this one, and seemed amply carbonated which is always a plus in the category for me.

S – Very sweet smell. Full of lactose and that was clear from the first whiff I took in. Lots of other sweet notes as well, sugar, caramel, were the other dominant characters in it. Also had a noticeable burnt or roasted effect to the aroma. Very nice. Very full bodied aroma and a lot more complex then I really thought it would be. Very nicely done so far at least from the look and smell.

T – Wow, very well done here. For some reason it is still in the back of my head the Sam Adams cannot compete with some of the more notorious Micros around, but they are slowly beginning to change my opinion and tasting this just really cememnted it for me. Lots of creamy lactose flavor with a full bodied caramel swing to it in the end. This was a rich sweet stout from beginning to end. More of that smoked or burnt flavor coming though on the taste as well, it may actually be somewhat of a roasted nuttiness I am picking up now. Very well crafted and extremely full flavor.

M – Very thick and rich. I was shocked as I had not had anything from them of this caliber before. Such a full bodied cream stout. One that would actually make you think this was a lot more then it actually was. A totally big smooth and creamy thickness to it. Really a high quality offering here. Great carbonation gave it that silky smoothness on the way down. Overall great full feel.

D – Very nice. Like a sessionable RIS for sure. I mean in the winter I could have a few, but it is still summer here so one and I am done for now. But it was a totally easy drinking stout. I could easily picture myself having a couple on a nice winter night, defiantly a plus here.

Overall very very pleasing and a nice surprise in this offering. It was my first one of the mixed pack and kinda glad it was as this was outstanding. I wished I had it a little later as it would have made for a fine dessert offering, however where it placed was just perfect. I really look forward to having another at some point. Try this one if you can, really good example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown; too dark to peer through. Beautiful tan head that leaves a graceful tight-bubbled lace on the side of the glass

Chocolate and floral hop are the strongest aromas. As with other stouts, there is a strong nuttiness present, too. The cocoa aromas are sweet but not necessarily "creamy"; it's closer to milk chocolate--very rich and welcoming.

Starts with chocolate malt up front, ends with the bitterness of black patent malt. The aftertaste brings back the coffee/chocolate flavors. The hop flavors are very subtle (particularly compared to the aroma). My only real complaint is with mouthfeel: This is much thinner, almost watery, compared to other cream stouts. It also has a lower carbonation than I'd expect.

I do enjoy this beer. It is flavorful and aromatic. I'd love to place it in a session with other cream stouts to see how it would compare side-by-side.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a “For Brewery Fresh Taste, Purchase Before Month Notched 2004” June is notched.

Appearance: Huge dense rocky tan head, this brew clings all over the inside of the glass. Proper stout black colour.

Smell: Creamy aroma filled with roasted coffee, soft charcoal and unsweetened chocolate. A very complexly layered aroma to say the least.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Quick shot of smoothness then a creamy moderate body slides in. Soft roasted malt flavours give off faint charcoal and dark chocolate tones. Hops are in there to help balance the sweetness of the underlying pale malt. Nice bitter bite from the hops and burnt malt, roasted flavours linger lightly and broad on the tongue for a long time.

Drinkability & Notes: Easy to quaff, by far one of my top stouts as I seem to have it around a lot. Also the fresh batches seem to have a bit more of a bite to them, try and find bottle of this when it is at its ripe point where the month is notched on the side … seems to be a bit more mellow.

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