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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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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not only back to eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but I am laser-focused on beers from the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) for the time being.

From the bottle: "Harkening back to the tradition of English sweet stouts, our cream stout has a rich smooth silkiness that differs from its Irish dry stout cousin. Dark roasted malts give this brew its ebony color and deep notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee for a rich roastiness and subtly sweet finish. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

A Pop! of the cap, a moderately gentle pour & I was off & running. Not only did the head come up fairly quickly, but I even got a pseudo-cascade to go along with it. Once it finished doing its thing, I was left with a dense, two-finger cap of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing light only at the edges to reveal mahogany highlights. Nose definitely smelled of chocolate and coffee. I have to at least give them credit for truth in advertising. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was very sweet and now I got a milk chocolate flavor along with a good bit of caramel, but not much in the way of coffee. It reminded me of Sugar Babies or a Cadbury Chocolate & Caramel bar. Finish was interestingly semi-sweet, not fully sweet. I got a hint of coffee roastiness on the extreme finish and that helped to hold the sweetness in check. Not bad, a good representation of the style, but just not my bag.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard poured into a 12 ounce mug I acquired from Hollywood Casino. The beer poured a deep brown, nearly black in color. When held up you could just see hints of ruby around the bottom of the glass. A very generous, creamy, than head was formed and stuck around for quite a while, never quite disappearing completely. Lacing was not uniform, but very prevalent. The smell was overall very sweet, with bits of coffee, chocolate and toffy sneaking thought the roasted smell. The flavors followed the nose quite nicely. A reasonably sweet beer throughout, with a great roasted flavor intermingling with touches of the coco and toffy flavors. The beer ends with a strong coffee like finish that coats the tongue and sticks around for a while after swallowing. The mouth feel was a bit of a let down, as I detected quite a lot of carbonation. While still a very smooth drink, I do not like being able to feel the carbonation of a beer in mouth. Overall, I could easily see this being a go to beer for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black body with some mahogany where light shines through at the edges. Foamy tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt and coffee as well as some chocolate. Pretty much exactly as described on the bottle.

T: Similar to the nose. Roasted malt and coffee. A little lighter on flavor than I expected from the nose though. Not in a bad way though because stouts that have stronger flavors sometimes have too powerful of a bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste here is a little sweet and very pleasant.

F: Smooth and creamy and not too dry or bitter in the finish.

O: I don't think I am alone in thinking that Sam Adams can be very hit or miss with their beers. This is a definite hit. One of the best if not the best I have had from SA.

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Photo of Squire123
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark with reddish highlights, light head and lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt and coffee, definitely coffee. Little in the way of other malts or hops.

Taste: Reasonably good, I mean one expects a stout to have darker malt and coffeeish tones, this one seems to lean toward coffee more so than malt. The roast and coffee notes are all there as the other ingredients are covered by those two flavors. Finish is clean with little aftertaste. I was a bit surprised by the absence of bitterness which the first sip implied would follow the finish.

Texture: Medium but lighter than other stouts I've tasted.

Overall: Stout Lite? Something like that.

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Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of April 2016, sampled in May 2016.
4.5 across the board on this one. Such a fantastic brew at only 4.9% ABV, I am pleasantly surprised I hadn't had this beer until now. Suffice it to say, I will be picking up a 6-er of this on a regular basis, should I find them. The promised notes of chocolate, coffee were delivered along with said creamy mouthfeel. In all, with this beer, Sam Adams has a winner in their stables, among many others I am sure.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and caramel. Taste of sweet creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and a slight coffee flavor.

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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 imanidiot777
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One day at the beer store I was on the prowl for something new, and did not expect that to come in the form of Sam Adams. Somehow, this beer has slipped past me all this time. No longer! This beer pours as black as motor oil and is completely opaque. I love drinking something that looks this way. The head is a light brown color and laces beautifully down the glass. To me, the taste is strongly of chocolate and coffee. Goes down smoothly and I can't wait to have another!

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Photo of MACrist
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Dark brown in the Nonic pint glass, a little ruby around the edges when held to the light. An inch of tan creamy head that winds up as a thin layer on top of the beer. Tiny bubbles rising, good carbonation when rocking the glass back and forth. Leaves very nice lacing on the glass.
AROMA: Chocolate is the main smell. Like cocoa powder. There is a dark bready quality and also minor coffee and what I perceive as a slightly sour, (but pleasing), milky note, which I think is the earthy hop varieties.
TASTE: Nice dark bread, chocolate and again a really cool, slightly sour , milky quality. Just a trace of coffee qualities.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin body, a little creamy up front, then slightly watery. Great carbonation, not too much, and dry finish.
OVERALL: Very nice, pleasant, basic chocolate stout. If you want a nice dark beer, without all the weight of a higher abv beer. This is an excellent choice.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown to black: About a finger of beige foam on top.

Smell: Something mild sweet presenting in the nose: Semi-sweet chocolate

Taste: Some sweetness and flavors of cocoa; Perhaps a touch of
coffee @the close; Very understated though from beginning to end.

Feel: Reasonably creamy: Wouldn't call it thick or syrupy however.

Overall: Coincidentally, this reminded me of the chocolate bock from the
2015 SA Holiday Pack. (Think it would be hard for me at least to tell them apart.)
Certainly both drinkable and better than many, but a little underwhelming from
my perspective. The ABV was actually welcome in this tasting instance, since I
needed to drive.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into bubbled pint glass. Short, dark beige head, leaves just a wisp of lacing (shaped like large bubble wrap).

Smelled malt roast, dark chocolate, faint molasses sweetness.

Roasted tastes: chocolate, malt, bitter swallow followed by a creamy mouth aftertaste and feel.

Pairs well with Mexican chili candy (picagomas).

A little more watery than "cream stout" might usually imply; hold it up to the light, it resembles Newcastle. But heavier than Guiness or Murphy's. Would recommend Nitro Milk Stout from Left Hand for creaminess, but this beer has an overall favorable flavor.

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Photo of PCole
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours dark brown with hints of amber. Slightly transparent when held to light. Definitely not as opaque as I've come to expect from the stouts I drink. Pours a beige head was variable depending on the aggressiveness of the pour. Retains fairly well leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Mild coffee, but I think that's due to expectations rather than reality.

Taste: More nuanced than the smell, thankfully. Nothing too surprising though - coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Nice bitter and burnt character reminiscent of over-roasted coffee.

Feel: Heavily carbonated. Light body. I prefer my stouts creamier and thicker with less carbonation but it's hard to fault it for this because that's simply preference. The mouthfeel is no accident and does not even attempt to straddle the line between styles.

Overall: A fair offering. The flavor is good, but pretty much everything else leaves something to be desired in terms of what I'm looking for in a stout. Comparatively low ABV and price-point makes this a fair everyday choice if I'm in the mood for a stout but nothing I'd savor and agonize over.

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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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-coffee,licorice,nutty,bitter chocolate,mocha,slightly acidic
-medium carbonation
-light body
-Good,simple Stout

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Photo of Samlover55
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

best by April 2016
poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass
L- a deep dark black, gorgeous tan head which dissipates, no lacing
S- coffee, dark roasted malts
T- has a bitter dark coffee taste, the hops make an appearance, with all the roasted malts definitely taste some of the wheat they put in as well, has a nice creamy aftertaste
F- has a crisp boston-lager like feeling. light on the tongue. i was expecting more creamy and thick
O- a good stout nothing extreme, fits the style well

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head. Smells of dark roasty malts with a slight dark fruit sweetness. The taste is light bitter, smoky, roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly sweet caramel aftertaste. It feels creamy with moderate carbonation. A nice balance is struck between the flavors and depths of a roasty dark stout and the slight sweetness of a milk stout. Creamy, roasty, and bittersweet. Overall a nice sessionable, light, but still full-flavored and heavily roasted, cream stout.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown, big fluffy khaki head-nice and thick, minimal carbonation bubbles.
S- Roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, nice mix of sweetness and earthiness.
T- Tastes very similar to the nose. Roasted malts, a slight chocolate/toffee carmel sweetness, a little vanilla in there too, which adds to the creaminess.
M- Smooth and creamy, mild carbonation, medium body, very easy to drink and enjoy.
O- A good brew, not as sweet as expected for a cream stout, but it is definitely creamy. It's a very good example of the style. Clean, smooth, creamy, and flavorfully complex while remaining easily drinkable. I'd recommend this beer anytime you something dark that is a little sweet, velvety smooth, and you want more than one.

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Photo of DeaconsBrew
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice stout in this ABV range. Well balanced. Unsweetened chocolate and mild roasted coffee notes. Very nice light tan creamy head that persist after a medium heavy pour. Easy to drink and refreshing for a cream stout.

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Photo of jgido759
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Very dark in color with a 2 finger foamy, cream colored head that dissipated slowly. Leaves a nice lacing while drinking.

Taste is sweet with a nice mouthfeel. I enjoyed this stout very much and could see myself drinking more of these.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Very dark beer with a phenomenal large soapy-like light brown head. Beautiful beer.
S-Very sweet smelling. Great smell of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and coffee.
T-I get a great taste of coffee and chocolate with this stout. It isn't too overpowering, though. It's extremely well balanced and a pleasure to drink. I could drink it for days.
F-Creamy and very lightly carbonated.
O-This is a great milk stout. They have done an amazing job with this beer. I definitely recommend it!

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Photo of ThisTeamSucks
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Out of all the beers I try this is one I keep coming back to. My two favorite modes of drinking it are in a pint glass or straight out of the bottle.

Look: Black, although if you tilt a glass of it a bit toward the light you do see a bit of red.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Definitely get chocolate notes, a bit of caramel, but a lot of roastiness. A bit of sweetness in there too, but a lot of roastiness.

Feel: It's not a thick beer by any means. Could be a bit more creamier in the mouthfeel though.

Overall: This is a beer I look for every time I'm on a beer run. Roasty, chocolatey and delicious

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12oz stout glass. Pours dark with a 3 finger brown head. Beer is dark in the glass. Can't see light thru it. Some nice lacing here also. Beer is thick and smooth. The dark malts dominate with a taste of toffee, chocolate, coffee and cream. A semi bitter but sweet beer. This is great for acquiring the tastes of stouts.

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Photo of Sergio_Nesmachnow
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good stout beer.
Dark color, solid.
Powerful smell, chocolate and cofee are identified.
Good taste, coffe dominates at the end.
Overall impression: very good stout beer, I strongly recommend taste it.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown thick looking beer. You cannot see light through this. NIce color.
Smell is of coffee, and chocolate, hints of toffee.
Taste is chocolate coffee, slightly sweet and pleasant tasting. Coffee like finish.
Feel is smooth and mild carbonation.
Great milk stout!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer hits the glass in a deep brown color in body with a good dose of red hues in the light. In the glass, the beer looks pretty good, with a thick and dense head that is tan in color. Big sweet scents of chocolate and light coffee hit the nose first and give a sweet overall impression. At the end of the smell there is a balancing act brought forward by some lightly bitter burnt malts.

When the beer hits the tongue, there is a miniature explosion of bitter burnt malts followed by a light, lactose sweetness. There is not nearly the sweetness in the taste that is found in the scent. However, there is a touch of chocolate malt flavor at the very end. The alcohol level is undetectable in this beer and it drinks very smooth and fairly light in body weight.

Overall, this is just a solid, everyday stout. It has a good sweet scent that is offset by a very dry and somewhat bitter flavor. To me, this tastes almost more like an Irish dry stout than a cream stout.

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