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 pheurton
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

burnt caramel with a fluffy coco head. roasted barley and chocolate notes on the nose. medium creamy body that stays full despite its lack of girth. soft roasted flavors accentuated with notes of chocolate. finishes dry and clean and very satisfying. this may be the most drinkable stout i've ever had. restores some of my faith in sam adams. my new favorite SA brew.

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

Pours with a thick, namesake-y head, dark enough not to let any light through the glass. Excellent threading. Head is persistent, yellow/tannish and globby. Smooth mouthfeel and taste. Creamily thick but taste is a little thin. Tastes of malt (strangely, it says it uses unmalted barley...I have no explanation), coffee, and...I couldn't identify the sharp, dark chocolate until I checked the label, but it is there. Like I said, it is an excellent flavor but not exceptionally complex or rich. Very enjoyable, and I'd like another, but it is not one I'd drink to be overly philosophical about the taste. It's just good.

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

This is a great well balanced easy drinking stout. It is almost black in the glass, but some ruby hues are visible when held to a light. A thin to medium bodied tan head quickly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving a netted pattern of lace behind.

The aroma is very malty. Nuts, cherry, roasted malt and chocolate are all detected. Each sip is thin to medium bodied and very smooth. Roasted malts dominate the flavor, but nuts and cherry tastes are mixed in. It finishes slightly flowery with a mild bitterness. A dry palate and roasted malt flavors are left behind.

A great stout that is full of flavor, very drinkable and won't knock you for a loop after a bottle or two.

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

The beer pours a black color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is malty with a creamy finish. The taste is of roasted malts and black barley. It has a nice sweetness to it that tastes a lot like milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. This is a fine drinking beer; a good stout.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IThis is the second stout I ever had, way back in 1993 or 94....It is as good as ever today. I am glad they are still making it. A very good-looking stout that tastes great. Pours to a deep ruby/black color and creamy tan had that stays. Aroma is of sweet malt, roasted barley and chocolate malt with vanilla, butter cookies and maple. Flavor is a good balance of bitter and sweet with roasted coffee abnd dark chocolate and creamy flavors throughout. Nice full mouthfeel. Finishes roasty and bittersweet with a bit of dryness. A luscoius well made stout. I thought this was going to be mediocre. I was very surprised.

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

Pours a creamy dark black with a vigorous espresso head. Smells strongly of coffee. Solid retention and lacing.

The taste is very good. Full of dark and burnt malts witout being overly bitter. Big gobs of coffee, chocolate, and malt are followed by a nice cascade of slightly bitter burnt malts. Body and mouthfeel are on the medium-full side. An easy drinking stout and readily obtainable.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the 2003 Winter pack from Sam's. Poured a cloudy black in the glass and the head was healthy, large, and clingy. The taste was, if thats a word. Great brew from the BBC. Really smooth going down. One of Sam's better offering IMO.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the special Texas version: "Sam Adams Cream Style Special Beer" from the fall 2003 Winter Classics pack.

The head is medium-small, fast and tan. It collapses coarsely. The beer is pretty much black with dark brown/red highlights against the light. A very nice aroma of roasty, mocha chocolate. The light, roasty, bitter front passes through a fizzy yet thickish middle. Quite bitter on the finish, with a touch of metal. Bit of a smoky aftertaste. Overall, the taste was a bit of a let-down for me after the great aroma.

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

Very dark brown, with a tinge of red if you hold it to the light. Tan head that dissapates rapidly. Aroma is fairly potent, comprising of coffee, roastiness and (to a lesser extent) malt and chocolate. Coffee is fairly evident to the taste, along with a rich maltiness. Hops are probably in there somewhere, but hidden by the malts. They balance out well. Goes down very smooth. Suprisingly good effort from Sam!

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Photo of Mustard
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "purchase before" warning -- in this case 03 2004 -- notched on the bottom label's left periphery; no ABV %; purchased as part of their twelve beer "Winter Classics" sampler pack from Ralph's for $9.99.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with ever-so-faint ruddy highlights; fat, cocoa-brown head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; very good head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of a roasty, milk chocolate... and nicely so.

Taste: Respectably sweet front with notes of espresso and milk chocolate; bitter, burnt barley quality overwhelms the finish; light to medium bodied with something of a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: A fairly tasty stout, albeit a tad unbalanced...

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

It's one of the most appropriately named beer styles. It's a stout and it's creamy!
It pours a brown-tinged tar color with a solid light tan head. The mild aroma is of smoke, sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. The creamy malt is loaded with a sweet coffee (with a good dose of Half & Half), chocolate and light smoky taste. A tea-like bitterness and a faint taste of limes offers a touch of citrus. This is a very drinkable stout!

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Photo of merlin48
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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. This is one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of putnam
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is the Boston Beer Company really helping the cause by packaging such hollow lifeless products as if they were the real thing? I fret that someone drinking this beer would think they must not like "stout," when, in fact, they just don't like THIS stout. I've had Sam Adams products in other towns and found them sometimes to be pretty damn good. Whoever the contract brewer is for the Detroit area is executing very poorly.

This beer is black/brown with a short-lived, sudsy white head.
Aromas of roasted chaff seem to promise some level of concentration, but on the palate it just sits. There is an adequate balance of roasted grain, sugar and bitter, burned coffee flavors, but they are dilute and uninteresting. The texture is watery.

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Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites in the Sam Adams lineup... a soild black with a thin but persistent tan head... leaves behind a bit of lace. Aroma of chocolate and espresso. Rich flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a slight metallic note. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body and low to medium carbonation. A good stout year after year...

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

what a great beer. the first time i tried this it was outdated by about a year. i thought it was ok.

the head on this beer is beautiful. a thick dark tan that lasts forever and sticks to the glass on the way down.

taste is creamy and smooth. roasted malts and the usual stout aromas and tastes are around, but just enough. this is a mild smooth stout without being overly creamy or too roasty.

the excellent balance of this stout makes it drinkable. if it was a bit more dry it might be a little more drinkable but i'm glad it's not. if it was i have a feeling that the abv would be less and i just dont want that.

a great beer!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a just a hint of ruby color around the edges of my glass. Fluffy white head that settles to a nice ring of foam and some lace. Aroma of burnt grains and espresso coffee beans. The first sip is full of fairly intense roasted flavors. Hops play a supporting role here and are in the background. A fairly smooth and medium bodied stout. Much more of roasted coffee character than I remember and not as sweet. An odd flavor towards the finish that I can't express. Finishes dry and a bit bitter, with the bitterness coming from the roasted grains more than hops. Not as sweet a stout as it could be, but not a dry stout either.

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

I've been meaning to try this. I see this on the shelves all the time, but it just didn't seem like a priority to pick up with so many other options. How fortunate that they've included it in this year's Winter Classics pack.

Dark brown/near black in color with auburn hues. Thick tan head that flattens out after the first sip. Aroma of chocolate malt, roasted barley and creamed coffee. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and carbonation is apparent. Flavors of roasted malt and barley add full flavor to the front. Hop bitterness emerges midway through. Finish has lingering flavors of coffee and a mild bitterness remains from the hops. Odd soy sauce like taste mingles with the flavors in the finish for an undesirable quality. Less sweet and a touch drier than I anticipated. With so many stouts available, this one doesn't rank as a favorite.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A moderate pour leaves a thick, foamy, tan head that lingers for minutes; the remnants cling to the glass throughout. Appears to be true black, but a turn to the light reveals a deep ruby undertone. Very nice.

Smell: A bit of sweet, a bit of smoke, a bit of… sour milk? Hmm. Not as pronounced as I would have imagined for such a beefy brew.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out pure stout, rich, smoky, a bit of tobacco, a touch of sweet fruit/caramel and then YIKES! The hops bite hard and bring the bitter. Long aftertaste reminiscent of a cigar, smoky and biting. For a stout, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and a bit fizzy, although it’s heavier and creamier than an average ale or lager.

Drinkability/Notes: Very drinkable for a stout; its bitterness and relatively light body make it almost refreshing. Maybe not summer barbecue refreshing, but it might be a good more-than-one choice for an après ski/cigar/fire kind of night. Not the heartiest stout out there, but quite tasty, albeit a bit bitter. At about 5% ABV it won’t last forever, but I might go back in a month or so to see if the hops mellow out a bit.

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

Deep brown (near black) with ruby fringe, 4 finger tall long lasting tan head
Aroma of coffee and caramel and a bit of chocolate
Chocolate and caramel flavor, a dark fruit too - plum?
smoky malt flavors as well.
After warming a whole milk aroma is introduced, the chocolate aroma becomes more pronounced, and a little bitterness develops.
Medium-full creamy feel.
Very drinkable, and a good interpretation of the style.

it's even better on tap (sometimes available at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain - near the brewery)

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with small tan head and decent lacing. Smell is creamy smooth and slightly hoppy. Taste is same as aroma but it's much too weak. Mouthfeel too thin. This would however, make a good session stout. I'm just a little bitter because for 9$ a six, I was expecting more. Should have gone with their Double Bock.

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Photo of winomark
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a thick, foamy chocolate head.

Aroma: Rich roasted chocolate malt, with slight coffee tones.

Taste: Good roasted/smoky flavors, with coffee and some richness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Round and creamy on the palate, with a nice, toasty finish.

Drinkability: A solid stout, but not as creamy or soft as it should be, IMO. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of shippos
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with a fairly good tan head and an almost black color just a little hint of ruby brown in the bottom of the glass. sweet malty creamy aroma with hints of roasted grains and mocha. balanced taste and fairly smooth until you get the explosion of carbonation in your mouth. IMO this beer has too much carbonation and it takes away from the flavor and balance of this beer. some slight bitterness in the aftertaste, good but not one of there best.

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

From the Winter Classics pack

Pours dark ruby with a frothy tan head. Very lacy. Smells creamy and of sweet dark chocolate.

Tastes of bitter chocolate. really bites up front then smooths out nicely. Creamy and acidic at the same time. Feel is full-bodied and, yes, creamy. Nice smoky aftertaste. Very smooth. Very drinkable for such a rich tasting brew.

This used to be one of my regular stouts but I don't see it much in six-packs up here. A welcome part of the sampler...

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this beer in quite a long time....on this tasting, it seems much better than I recalled.
Served in a goblet, it's a deep-black color, almost obsidian, blanketed with a nice tan head. Chocolate malt aroma is pleasing, but could be a little more intense. Taste is bitter coffee, baker’s chocolate, roasted & burnt malts...very nice. It's a mouth-coating and thick beer, with an almost powdery feel. Finish is lingering and very enjoyable bitterness. Not as sweet up front as I'd remembered, but that suited the beer just fine.
One of BBC's better beers, I'd have to say.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largely dark roast aroma. Uncomplicated. Very slight fruitiness. Pleasing.
Head is a little smallish, but the little that's there is persistent as heck. Lacing.
Wonderfully statisfying in its simplicity. Dark roast. Slight coffee. A little sweetness on tip of the tongue and slight fruitiness.
Great contrast of creamy smoothness and gritty texture. Thickness adds to the pleasure. Nice fine carbonation. Good richness without excess.
I've always been fond of this beer. My first favorite from this brewery and its status hasn't changed.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,671 ratings.
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