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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a black color with a caramel colored head that lasted for quite a bit. The smells of coffee and chocolate was evident, but not overpowering. The body was a little thinner than expected, but definitely had a soft texture on my tongue. The coffee and roasted malt jump out, and little bitterness is detected. Some chocolate flavors sneeked through after swallowing. A nice sweet stout, just wish the body was a little thicker.

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

EXCELLENT! why did it take me so long to try this beer!? Anyway, this stuff pours a nice opaque black colour with a big, rocky, dense, tan head. The aromas are all there, and include...chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, booze, and more! The taste is thick rich and creamy. I can tase coffee, chocolate, various malts, hops, and more! The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer and the mouthfeel is just right! The drinkability is excellent as well, but this beer is quite filling. Nice job BBC!


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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown body, but paired with a very small, light brown head (bottle not 100%?). Smells of roasty-sweet malts, a little chocolate, and some hops. Taste is roasted vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate malts. Nice, slightly bitter finish. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and very drinkable. The best SA product I've had so far? Yep!

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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from the Boston Beer Company. A truly great dark beer that poured out a deep brown, almost black color. Topped with beautifully rich and dense head of foam. The aroma is complex and appealing with roasted coffee, pistachio, caramel and chocolate. There’s a touch of fermented fruit in there, too.

The mouthfeel is smooth in texture with a soft and creamy malt body. Roasted grains are present in the flavor with a touch of alcohol coming through.

A very nice and flavorful stout, that left me wanting more.

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Photo of grynder33
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very small head very grainey intial smell a little cocoa on the 2nd very coffeeish on the third. First taste mocha like with a roasted coffee aftertaste, actually had sort of a thin mouthfeel, just thought there would be a creamier texture, texture even got a little harsh in the middle, settled down ok towards end. The names a little misleading but its a good enouh brew.

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

Super dark brown nearly black color with a tannish thick medium sized head that retained well for a time, eventually fading to a solid skim. Lacing in ink blot patches and spots. Smell is roasty deep and sweetly and coffeeish with some chocolate and caramel overlays. Taste is more of the same, a smooth body with an overall sweetish dark roastyness with a dark caramel thats pretty nice and easy to handle. As the beer warms the chocolate tones appear more so towards the middle and finish with some coffee and hop bitterness. Feel is medium bodied with an overall creamyness that slides right down but has some carbonation along the way that doesn't fit with what flavors very well. A nice stout that would make for a good session beer.

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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 Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cream stout is completly black, some light will reveal a hint of amber around the edges. There is a nice sized tan head topping it off, with nice amounts of lacing coating the glass. The aroma is great, with strong chocolate/roasted malts doing the talking. As for the taste, it is dominated by roasted chocolate, with a hint of hops for good balance. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, fairly light bodied. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cream Stout. Yummm. This beer is excellent. I found a case on sale for 12.99 (yes, 24 bottles) that had an expiration date of NEXT month. Score one for the little guy! The beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a solid tan head that if poured correctly will last the entire glass. I find that this beer is much more enjoyable if allowed to warm up also. I reccomend keeping it in your fridge and then pulling it out about 30 minutes before to let it warm to a few degrees below room temperature. The beer smells of sweet coffee and chocolate. The taste is substantial, and there is a slight malt bitterness that gives it a backbone upon which it props roasted barley, choco, burnt nut and sweet sugar tastes. The finish is lengthy and full. This is world's better than Guinness and has a certain sweetness (not overwhelming in the least) that gives it a more full character. The best Sam A brew I've had to date.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is one of the surprises of the Sam Adams line. Most of my beer drinking friends were unaware that the BBC made a stout, and as it turns out this is a good one.

This beer pours a near-black dark brown color with the slightest hints of ruby red. The very nice tan head retains quite well and leaves some sticky lace. The smell is of roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, perhaps a hint of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, while maybe a little more carbonated than other stouts I've had is still smooth and easy drinking. Good roasted malt flavor, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a distinct nuttiness to it that is very pleasing. Slightly sweet, but the hop bitterness and roasted/burnt bitterness tends to round things out quite nicely. In the aftertaste, the nuttiness continues and a dark roasted coffee flavor becomes more noticable. This finishes off with a light alcoholic warmth.

This might be an easier drinking stout than Guinness, as the roasted bitterness is much more accessible to your average drinker in this beer. I would see no problem in substituting this for Guinness while enjoying the classic stout accompaniment: oysters. My favorite Sam Adams beer.

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

First, allow me to say that I drank this two months past its prime. Damn you Martignetti's! Nonetheless, this was a nice stout. Poured a black stout color with an adequate tan head. Aroma was of unsweetened chocolate, and roasted coffee. Not terribly strong smelling. Taste was of burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness. The burnt malts and hops gave it a bit of a zing. Still, this was a very smooth stout. The roasted flavor (almost like peanuts) remains on the palate long after. This is a really nice stout, and I wish I could have tasted it before its expiration date.

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

This was actually a little better than I was expecting. Dark brown but not opaque with a medium thick and creamy beige head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee and is slightly smoky. Medium-bodied and creamy with a nice mix of coffee, chocolate and caramel in the flavor. It is a little on the carbonated side unfortunately. The finish is mostly bitter with coffee and hops. Overall this is an admirable attempt at the style by Sam Adams.

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

I'm surprised it took me so long to try this and am even more surprised with the results. Poured from the usual SA 12-ounce bottle, it's dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Hints of chocolate and coffee make for a very pleasant aroma. The taste is full that wonderful roasted malt that lets you know you're drinking a real stout. This is a much better stout than I expected and one I'll happily drink again.

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

Pours dark and has ruby hues on the edges

Has alot of head retention and a good amount of lace
smells like a latte, I guess.
Nice chocoalte/roast taste in it, with the right balance of hops thrown in for good mieasure. Sweet after taste. Feels great-creamy and smooth- in your mouth. Clean taste all around, very drinkable

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with a brown pillowy head. Light carbonation and excellent lacing.

Smell: Rich, roasted malt, and lots and lots of chocolate.

Taste: Milk Chocolate and roasted malts right at the start. Some hops in the middle make for a nice bitter balance, and it finishes with an excellent coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Like an mocha latte.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Full bodied. Nice.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Easy to drink a lot of. Very smooth. Very good.

I love this beer. Full of flavor. Rich. Creamy. Robust. Great dessert beer. I don't think I could drink this sittin' in my chair watching football, but I could easily drink it with some Rocky Road Ice Cream from Braum's. Mmmmm.

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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 beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. A lighter bodied stout. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Very smooth taste. The flavors do fade quickly. A very drinkable lighter bodied and flavored stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish in clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of steelreign
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I am blown away. I never thought that this stalwart of the Boston Beer Co. would be THIS good.... where do I start? The amazing frothy, bubbly head? The insanely captivating chocolatey, roasted malt aroma?? The dense, balanced, and bursting with malt cavalcade of flavors??? Oh forget it - just go buy it. It's a no-brainer...a truly perfect stout. I had seven of these last night at the pub, and it's amazing that I waited this long to try something that has been out so long and is so widely available. I think I found my new favorite session beer. Excellent!!

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