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 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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Photo of Ellbert
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The only thing I was not pleased with with this beer was the mouthfeel. It was a little less that I had expected. This was my first cream stout and it was great. A nice chocolate/coffe/creamy flavor. Much more mild than a normal stout but not lacking in flavor. Apperance is great with a large fluffy head that reminded me of a nice snowy christmas day. I think this flavor would go great in icecream.

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

Beautiful dark chocolate color with lingering head. Nice coffee aroma with a taste that matches the aroma. Full bodied flavor with a decent, rounded mouthfeel, easy to drink.Suggests a good iced coffee with an excellent malt balance ...a nice brew to end the night.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is a pleasent suprise.
I've drank about 4 6-packs of this and must say it keeps getting
Unlike an oatmeal stout, this one has a bite, but its a pleasent
It pours out of the bottle with a nice dark/deep color and a fine, full
tan head that sticks all the way down the inside of the glass.
Its mouth feel is smooth initially but it kind of bites you on the back
of the tounge with its slightly bitter taste and leave a good taste in
the mouth untill the next drink.
Nice full body and a inatially smooth mouth-feel with a damn good
This stout is not as filling as say a Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout
but that makes it so much easier to drink several with out feeling
over- full.
If you like stouts, I recommend this one whole-hartedly.
You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of taez555
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very full 1" head with a pure brownish black body.

The nose was very inviting. Brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, some slight peanut smells as well.

Medium bodied. Beautiful roasted espresso bitterness. Almost as if you're chomping on a roasted coffee bean. Caramel, coffee, dark sugar. Some slightly oily peanut like qualities sneak in. This is then followed by a kick of hop bitterness and even some mellow hop flavor. Never in your face or overpowered by the roasted qualities. It finishes very smooth.

Overall this is an amazing and often overlooked Sam Adams. It's not as astringently bitter as some stouts Extremely easy drinking with lots of full flavors. It almost reminds me of Mackeson XXX or Sammy Smiths Oatmeal, but taken down a notch. A must try, not your normal Sam Adams.

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

Hmmm, roasty. Pours dark under a creamy fat malted milk head. Wonderful bouquet of black cherry ice cream topped with shaved dark chocolate, a couple espresso beans and a few black currants. Semi-chewy body transports a nice mocha flavor to the gut. A favorable black malt astringency stays behind to keep your buds company awhile. A tasty, easy draining stout and one of Sam's finest.

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, nearly black. Head is light brown and frothy, but very small and runs away quickly. Aroma is bitter chocolate and espresso coffee, with hints of raisin. Flavor is of roasted malt and molasses, with a coffee finish. Not as bitter as the smell would suggest. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Uneven lacing comes down the glass. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout. Decent beer, but perhaps not my first choice.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out thick, black, and creamy...however, I was not impressed with the aroma. It smelled of bitter dark chocolate, but had an acrid metallic-ness in the nose as well. Nothing really seemed to stand out in the flavor. Decent chocolatey maltiness, but hops were tough to find. An average stout.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way back at the "dawn" of the internet (well, around 1995) there was a scarcity of beer info, and often just text pages of beers and rankings. One of the first I printed out was "John Lock's Ratings of 302 Beers", ranked from zero stars to four...of the six or so Sam Adams beers on the list, the Cream Stout was given only one star, in the "drinkable if nothing else is available" category...I always wondered why.

Deep and dark brown color with a finely rising rocky head of 1/2 an inch and coating lacing properties. A sense of mocha and milk to the deep aromas rising on a swirl. Mellow and thick chocolate and toffee begin the malt assertion -- a roasty and smoky bite does most of the balancing here with little noticeable hops. Nice full finish with a broad and pleasant sweetness to the aftertaste. So, I STILL wonder what Lock thought was missing.

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

Nice pour, velvety smooth in the mouth with a nice smokiness and a hint of chocolate. Eminently drinkable with a nice aftertaste. I tend to prefer my milk stouts a bit sweeter, but I certainly wouldn't trun one of these down. Nicely done. I just hope it sticks around...

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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