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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz shared with my brother.. picked up at the Coop.. mine from a shaker pint.

Black with dark chesnut highlites and a tan head with beautiful lacing..

Aroma is chocolate and cream.. roasted malts meld very well with the sweetness.. even smells creamy... like lightly sweetened coffee mixed with whole milk.

Body is lite/medium but everything mixes very nicely.. carbonation may be a touch high (big bubbles) .. flavor is roasted grains/coffee with creamy but lightly balanced sweetness.. creamy finish without being too sweet.

I have to admit, I've had this brew a bunch of times over the years, and have never given it enough respect. It is a seriously dialed in Milk Stout... Now I have to think about this one.. really pretty nice.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, from the Sam Adams Winter mix-pack,

A: Pours black, with a thick, creamy (no pun intended) off-white head, great retention, a thin, but full layer stays for the whole glass, nice.

S: Burnt sugar, heavy molasses, roasted malt.

T: This stout has a heavy burnt flavour, which surprised me a little, since I thought it would be much more sweet. It is a pleasant flavour though, but kind of 1-dimensional.

M: Smooth, creamy, but a little too thin for my tastes in a stout, needs more heft and body, fair.

D: A fair stout, pretty good, a nice beer to put in the mix-pack, but I probably wouldn't go out and buy a sixer of it, there are better stouts out there.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable dark brown beer.

Smell is sweet with a clear chocolate scent to it. Lots of fruity and perfume scents like an English ale.

Taste is mild sweetness and coffee in the first taste. Mild sour tang from the chocolate malts and the carbonation shows up in the flavor later on. Mild fruity and chocolate flavors come out later on.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin and not choking either.

A smooth drinkable stout, not the best but solid in all respects.

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

Nice looking stout: black and opaque, big fluffy brown head with strong retention; attractive lacing remains.

Aroma is deeply malty, with coffee, bitter chocolate, and a touch of smokiness.

Taste is malty and creamy, nicely roasted, with more traces of cocoa and coffee, molasses, light sweetness well balanced by modest bitterness.

Good mouthfeel that’s just a touch sticky and creamy, medium body, carbonation on the lower end. Could have a bit more depth of flavor. Perhaps a little watery. Increased creaminess and fullness of body would really put this beer over the top. Not great, but certainly quite good.

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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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head and some minimal lacing. Smells sweet and creamy, even a bit like fresh milk. There are some vanilla and chocolate notes as well, but the milkiness dominates. Smells dry rather than sweet. The taste is also very dry, and there is a bit of roastiness up front and a bit of ash on the finish. In between is some dry chocolate and milkiness as well as some sustained light bitter roast akin to unsweetened strong coffee with cream.The mouthfeel is dry and slightly mouthcoating. I like the lack of sweetness in this beer. It makes for quite a different interpretation of a milk stout, but one where the creamy lacticness still comes through, and the ash at the end adds some complexity. Nice.

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Photo of weeare138
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a 3 finger tan head that lasts for over a minute. Fine rings of lacing are left behind. Rootbeer float head stays floating.
Smell is of creamy milk sugar mixed with caramel, chocolate malts, along with coffee beans and hops, leaving a slow bitter bite at the end of the inhale.
Taste is of all the same luscious aromas but it could use a bit more rounding out as the roastiness is a bit overkill.
Mouthfeel is of chewy, velvetty smoothness with a roastiness that lingers a bit too long. Full bodied and a nice compliment to a slow burning cigar.
Drinkability is not bad. This is a good slow sipping brew to enjoy with some chocolate cake, or a rich cigar. Another winner in the Sam Adams family of brews.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color is opaque and black with no highlights. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is light malt. Flavor is roasted chocolate and just a hint of hops. Smooth. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, black body with mountainous tan head that leaves me waiting a little bit and some lacing to boot. Big malty smell of coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe a touch of toasted.
Medium-to-full bodied but not overly thick, this is a very smooth and creamy beer that has a sweet taste to it. Different malts come out like the coffee and chocolate, but it finishes with a clean and sturdy backbite, all the while maintaining that sweetness. This might be a little mild for some stout fans, but I thought it was perfect to session - a good, somewhat complex taste and it just constantly refreshes you as you drink it.

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

A: Poured a near opaque nature, with dark ruby red color highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Was topped off by a moderately frothy rocky tan head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass quite nicely.

S: fresh cherries, sweet caramel, light coffee hints and a nice roasted barley malting.

T: The initial flavor was rich deep roasted chocolate with licorice. There was some coffee and light roasted barely but was the sweet nature and chocolate malt that really made this stand out.

M: full bodied, very creamy and velvet like with a strong carbonation.

S: Really good, smooth, and light on the swallow. A sweet drinking cream stout that was hearty and rich making this a very good try.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque black body with a thick cream smooth tan head that last and last. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smooth sweet malt aroma has hints of toasted and roasted malts followed by a nice graham cracker note. There is a faint chocolate malt aroma that has a hint of earthiness in it.

T- The chocolate malt is the first thing I taste. There is a hint of tar and black malt with a lighter cold coffee with cream flavor. There is a very faint hop bitterness that just takes the edge of the sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a creamy texture to it.

D- This beer has nice depth of malt and a good fragrant beer at that. It has some nice creaminess in smell, taste and mouthfeel. It is note a really big beer so it will make a pleasant session beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp-best by Dec 2006) a very dark brown with reddish hues with a smallish head of foam that shrank to a solid layer and then just a fine ring around the edge of the glass with lacing.

The smell has abundance of roasted and sweet malt and is quite nice.

The taste, initially, has roasted malt and some sweetness followed closely by a nice flavour of dark chocolate that gives it a bitterness that offsets and balances the sweet from this Sweet Stout very well. The finish returns to sweet malt and makes for a very nice aftertaste. Good stuff! I'll see if I can get a hold of a fresher batch and compare...

Bottom line: A *very* tasty sample of the style that I can easily recommend.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate. A really great looking beer.

Smell - Chocolate, hops, malts, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it does feel fairly creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. There is also some hop taste and a bit of a smokiness. The beer finishes with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste with a slight bitterness.

Overall – The beer had a very nice well balanced taste and I could actually see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting. It would also work really well as an after dinner beer. I'd buy it again and it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; only light that comes through is on the edges. Poured a 1 finger dark tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken lacing.

S: Vanilla and bronw sugar. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the background.

T: Somewhat consistent with smell; roasted coffee balances with a creamy sweetness of brown sugar.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Big, rich and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Rich flavors, yet balanced. Wasn't sure what to think of the borwn sugar sweetness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer from a six pack bought last week at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Label's a bit different than the BA photo, with "Brewmaster's Collection" arcing across the top of the label. Underside of cap indicated it was a Gold winner at NZ Intl in 2001.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark, nearly opaque body, with a reasonable head, albeit not as dense as I would hope. Laces very nicely down the glass as contents empty. Thick coffee/malt essence, and the taste follows right along those lines. A good stout, but not a smooth as I expected from a cream stout, and doesn't quite measure up to a few other stouts I've had. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The brew tastes just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of cream and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's smooth and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I think this is a very sessionable stout. I also think this is a good all around brew, it's one of my favorite Sam Adams beers. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it before. I'm surprised it took so long for me to finally review this beer!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have heard the talk on this beer. After being disappointed on this years "winter larger" I felt compelled to try one of their highly recommended beers.

A - Dark as Dusk so dark you can't see through it. Head is nice with creamy lacing.
S - Smells of coffee and chocolate malt.
T - Pretty smooth coffee malt flavor. Could use a bit more bite but pretty nice.
M - Goes down smooth with plenty of flavor to go around.
D - I may try and find a sixer of this in PA. A nice beer by Samuel Adams that makes up for the Winter Lager.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a mug, had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of brownish-colored head and good lacing.

S: Coffee, some cream and malt came through the most in the aroma.

T: Very rich taste. Roasted malt, coffee, some hops and just enough cream to make it interesting.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation, along with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. For a stout it goes down exceptionally easy. It has lots of personality and is nicely complex.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This one comes out like a substantial brown ale moreso than a stout. Needs more black. Aroma of nuttiness, toffee.

Wow, this one is like an ashtray, but not made by Mikkeller. Ashy and bitter. Not enough 2 row, chocolate, black patent malt etc. . .

Can't tell if over hopped, or just ashy imbalanced bitterness. Its SA so prolly not overhopped.

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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

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Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very black, no head, no carbonation,

Smell: a mix of strong coffee and toffee

Taste: I taste a bit of coffee as well as a bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel: It strikes me as being smooth but heavy

Drinkability: This beer comes in the holiday packs and I will glady drink it there. It strikes me as a tamer stout, but a decent one. I probably would not go out of my way to get a zix pack of this.

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Photo of bark
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch-dark; the large brown foam dissolves slowly into a finger thick lid.

The smell is very roasted and sweet sour with notes of coffee, cream and a hint of tar.

The carbonation is strong and very refreshing. Maybe it is a bit stronger than I had expected.

The taste is a combination of dry, burned malt and a robust bitterness. I had hoped for some bore body, but the bitter hops do a good job in making it balanced anyway. There is no sweetness at all. The long aftertaste is complex one with notes of a… creamy bitterness? There are notes of strong black coffee, diacetyl and maybe some raisins.

Maybe this stout is a bit too dry for my taste. Otherwise, a fine brew.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- earthy brown, thin tan head

S- Toasted and Roasted malts with a vanilla sugar tone

T- Creamy with sweet roasted malts, little nuttyness and hops thrown in and faint vanilla oak finnish.

M- Nice feel, could be a little more creamy for my taste.

D- very drinkable, not overpowering in a sweet sense

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

Very dark, basically black, with a tan head. Quite a bit of lacing, not quite solid sheets, with fair head retention. Malty, roasted aroma with a little burnt and bitter chocolate. Moderate bitterness, initially quite sweet, but this faded quickly leaving some fruit and chocolate character. Roasted, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, sort of creamy. Pretty good overall. I nice mild stout.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Nov. 2009. Cutting it too close to the drink by date?

(A)- Pours a deep black with a mediocre tan head that dissipated almost immediately to merely bubbles. Did leave some bits of lacing.

(S)- Creamy vanilla and molasses with a light roasted coffee background.

(T)- Some roasted coffee amidst a creamy sweetness that is mostly brown sugar in flavor. Has a cola-like background.

(M)- Good carbonation with a simple but balanced flavor profile.

(D)- A good stout that I think is better fresh considering I remember loving this beer the first time I had it. Has a kinda fake tasting sugar sweetness, but is better than any BMC product out there.

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