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

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1,247 Reviews
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

Brewed by:
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 nixhecks
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This cream stout poured a velvety black color with a medium sized sandy brown head which dissapated to a thin film that stayed the length of the beer. Sweet roasted chocolate malt aroma, a little chalky and a tiny hint of chemical smell also. Very thick rich mouthfeel with low level carbonation. Awesome roasted taste, mostly mocha with toffee and unsweetened cocoa, with a slightly bitter finish. Lace clung to the entire glass all the way down. A very delicious stout that left my motuh watering for another.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent sweet stout. It poured black with a pretty fair sized tan head. The smell was dominated by a sweet melted chocolate and malt aromas. On first taste there was a fair bit of toffee and coffee as well with the chocolate becoming a little more bitter. My only complaint was this may be a tad too chalky in the mouthfeel, but overall this was a very drinkable stout.

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

What a highly drinkable stout this is....pours pretty dark brown, almost opaque, and a moderate tan head dissappears quickly. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a chocolatey malt flavor. A slightly sharp bitter coffee comes in on the finish. I enjoy this stout very often, always a perfect session stout.

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

Appearance: This beer poured a deep brown that just barely showed dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head was a light tan and dense. It sheeted the sides of the glass with foam. This beer looked wonderful.

Smell: There were all kinds of wonderful aromas going on with this brew. Chocolate, coffee, cream, and malted milk were all layered over just a little bit of hops bitterness. Just a little, though. Overall, this beer smelled like you could eat it with a spoon.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting a more full bodied brew. though the mouthfeel was still good. The smoothness was okay, but could have been better as well.

Taste: A rather mild stout, but a good one. Flavors of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and cream dominated this brew. These were all nicely balanced by a bitterness that was most prevalent well into the finish.

This is a beer that I revisit a lot. A very good offering from BBC, in my opinion.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance is very nice! It's a nice dark black color, with a creamy head. The head tasted, and I know that your going to think that I am crazy, but it kind of tasted like blood. The actual beer itself was very nice too. It was a little bitter at first taste, but mellowed out quickly. Is this stuff actually brewed with milk? It kind of has a milky/creamy taste to it, so I would think so. The aftertaste was of a chocolatey origin and also, clung to the tastebuds in my mouth. Since it's a cream ale, it coated my mouth pretty good and left a lasting taste. It's my first cream ale, but I would rank it pretty high.

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

Poured a very, very dark brown, on the verge of black, with a tan head of foam. The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate that is pleasant to the nose. The taste was of a roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate and a grainy malty flavor. This was a well balanced and complex cream stout. I will say, that this is one of the better cream stout's that I've tasted so far.

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

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a minimal tan head that fades to a spotty layer. Coffee and dark chocolate are the aromas jumping out at me. Taste is also coffee bitter. Notes of chocolate and toasted malts too. Smoky aftertaste compliments the other flavors well. A little thinner mouthfeel that I had hoped for, but smooth none the less. The best Samuel Adams offering I have had and I will buy this one again.

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

This brew pours an opaque black with a very sexy head, that leaves a sexy lace behind. The smell of coffee and other rich flavors fill the nose with great pleasure. The first sip brings a strong taste of coffee along with sweet creamy feel to the tongue. This is a very nice beer from Jim, he has done a very good job.


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Photo of Bruiser81
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an awesome brew! Poured a deep black color with an extremely fluffy cream colored head. The smell was of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. I even picked up on some maple syrup in the aroma. The chocolate and malts come through the most in the taste. With a coffee flavored aftertaste. This beer is especially smooth and creamy just as the name would suggest. This was the first time I've tried this great brew and there is no doubt it will become a regular.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only hope and pray the rumor I heard last night is not true. I went to order one of these fine brews and was told by the bartender BBC has discontinued this beer recently. Broken by this news I settled for a Winter Lager instead.

The color was rich and deep dark blackish-brown. Fluffy tan head rests attractively on top of brew. Aromas and flavors of sweet milk chocolate and coffee consume the senses. Very well balanced. Body is medium-heavy and carbonation is very very light. No discernable bitterness--just a smooth drinking cream stout that anyone will enjoy if sampled. One of my favorites from BBC.

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

Brewed with 2-row pale, Malted wheat, Roasted and unmalted barley, Chocolate malt, and Caramel 60. Hopped with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles.

OG=1.0196, 4.9% ABV, 190 cal/12 oz.

Nearly ink black with a little ruby red around the edges, clear with medium carbonation...forms a nice tan 1" pancake head with a peak in my pilsener glass, leaving brussels lace with each gulp, despite thinning 1/2 way through (A gentle swirl brings it back). Aroma is cocoa powder, sweet butterscotch, caramel, and a subtle grain note. Hops are to the minimum in the nose, but this brew smells quite delicious. Taste starts out with espresso, malt, some mild flavor hops, and vanilla then works it way into a nice burnt, black patent/roasted barley bite with a long bittering-hop finish. Has a nice firm mouthfeel despite it's rather light body. Hadn't had this beer in over 5 years, so it's a pleasant trip down memory lane. Light body, lack of off-flavors, rich flavor and moderately-low alcohol contribute to this brews excellent drinkability. It gets even better as it warms...good for conversation! Sammy done good!

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Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown if not blackish hue, a finger’s worth of tan, rocky head, excellent retention, admirable lace. Powdery coco and sweetish malt represents the nose, inviting. A nice quaff, subtle (but not weak) roasted malt, day-old coffee, smoky-bitterness meshes with sweetness. A surprisingly acidic finish (nice!). Balanced enough. A thinish body is not a deterrent. Drinkable, I’ll knock back this one again. This Stout is very enjoyable, granted it’s not ‘World Class’ but try one!

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Photo of aaronh
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost black with deep mahogany highlights, topped by a rocky tan head that fills my pint glass. The head slowly fades, leaving a thick, sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt and caramel, with a hint of hops. The taste is mild and sweet, with some roasted coffee notes and good bittering characteristics. A dose of caramel is in there as well. The finish is very clean, with just a touch of bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit refreshing for a stout, yet on the thin side. This is a surprising beer from Boston Beer. One of their better offerings and well worth the price for a sixer.

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this beer on the shelf, but had never tried it until today. Pouring reveals a reddish brown brew that's finished with a frothy brownish tan head. After pouring, the appearance changed to a very dark brown. I felt it had a slight caramel smell and the first taste had a slight bitterness aftertaste. Each drink felt smooth, slightly silky, from beginning to end. I liked this beer and being a dark beer lover, I can definitely recommend this and I will make an effort to drink these in the future, and tell my friends of it.

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

Pours a very dark ruby that only lets light through at the edge of the glass, head is creamy and holds well.
Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate make up the nose, very pleasant and mouthwatering, maybe a hint of caramel in it too.
The taste delivers what the smell promises, very smooth earthlike solid mouthfeel covering your mouth in a slick coating.
This is one of the best stouts I've had.


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Photo of jtw5877
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown hue with a thick tan head. Solid roasted malt backbone with a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. An old standby beer. Great for lovers of stouts & porters.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout “Special Stout” gives a spectacular display of dark fluid dynamics and foam for a textbook perfect pour. The dark tan head is unusually lavish and well over two fingers consisting of small densely packed bubbles that have the consistency of whipped cream. To say the foam leaves lacing would be an understatement as large amounts of lace garnish the glass walls

Nose is what you would expect from a tour of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory or if you have ever driven through Hershey, PA you will know what I am referring to.

Palate is a double rich malted chocolate milkshake, smooth and creamy for an absolutely marvelous imbibe followed by an aftertaste of a lightly drying coffee.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout “Special Stout” borders on being superlative.

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

When I popped open the bottle, I instantly caught a whif of what seemed to be a chocolate milkshake. It made my mouth water.

The head seems to be travelling down my glass, leaving a lacey remembrance of the opaque, black ale that was once there. Sad and wonderful at the same time.

The taste is two malt feet forward, one hop step back. It's definately not a simple beer by any means. It is not sweet, per se, but there is a suggestion of sweetness that makes the super-charged flavor that much more pleasant. There are certainly notes of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and a bit of a soulful, earth tone coupled with a leathery quality...I could totally see making dinner with this stout and a huge-ass, marinated and grilled portabella mushroom.

Move over, Red Wine! Yes, this would be a great substitute and/or cross over drink for a hefty, upfront red wine. If you like deep, dark Cabernets, this might be for you.

Sam Adams does not miss with this one.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark opeque look with a thin white head (not lasting or thick). Roast cocoa nose. The taste has upfront bitterness followed by a sweeter finish with cocoa notes. The beer seems to be lacking (smoothness) slightly in the mouth. The stout is good but not overwhelmingly impressive.

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Photo of nklatt
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown with a generous head that quickly fades to a thin layer that sticks around forever, leaving rings all down the glass. Smells of slightly sweet coffee and faintly of chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not quite chewy. There is a generous helping of both chocolatey malt and mild-mannered hops. Overall impression is that this is a well-made but rather characterless brew. Better than I expected.

edit: This brew matches exactly the BA description of this style: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/82/

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

Dark ruby in color. A slight beige head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Pretty heavy powdered cocoa aroma. Mild chocolate is right there as well. Silky smooth in the mouth. Very creamy. Lacing sheets the glass nicely. Taste is comprised of bittersweet chocolate, very slight lactic sourness and some subdued java tones. A light coating of sugary residue is left on the palate. Body is about medium. Overall, this isn't a half bad stout. Not as great as a Bell's, but nothing to pour down the drain either.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful SA product. The side of the bottle lends insight as to why it's called 'Cream' stout. Not just because it's sweet, but because 'back in the day' all other stouts were considered milk while Sam's brew was considered the cream. And there you are.

Pours smoothly and thickly into the glass with little fanfare and no splashing. I poured this into a standard pint glass although the bottle is 4 ounces shy, right? A fine aroma, reminded me of how Kahlua smells. Milk chocolate colored head, I didn't get much of one and what head formed didn't last very long.

Smooth on the drink, first impression is the chocolate and roasted grain, yielding in a few seconds to an initial coffee surge. That yields to a slight bitterness which doesn't really dry the mouth per se, just clears the way for this great resonating coffee finish, unlike the first. It's hard to explain, but the second coffee hit sort of combines with the olfactory after-processing of that first whiff. Sort of like the lingering smell of a freshly roasted bag of coffee beans, that smell is kinda in your mouth along with the taste, a great sensation I haven't experienced before. Maybe due to the reasonable alcohol level which doesn't clarify one taste component over another, but lets them meld happily.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A far cry in style from Mackeson's....this seems more like a coffee stout...it is very good, but hardly sweet....brownish black in color....nice lacing along the glass as you drink...nice tan little head to start things off...nose is burnt malts and java....body has a nice bit of carbonation (about perfect)....the flavor parade starts with huge bursts of coffee....followed by some burnt malt....smokiness...and earthiness follow and it finishes with a nice dry bite from the burnt malts and underlying hops...this is a very good stout..just not a "sweet" stout....

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out black, nice foamy light brown head that sticks. smells wonderfully gentle....nice chocolate malts overtones with a touch of hops. very inviting. tastes great....more chocolate malt with a very light earthy/smoke tease in the background. a touch of hops. a lack of bitterness makes for a nice smooth velvety mouthfeel, although the body is a bit light compared to other "heavy" stouts. due to the fact that you aren't hit over the head with huge and complex flavors and overwhelming bitterness (and relatively low ABV), it is extremely drinkable and i had no problem putting a six pack down over the course of an evening.

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Photo of hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves abundant lace. Strong toffee and chocolate aroma, roasted malt and a hint of hops. Delicious aroma leads to delicious flavor! Intense roasted malt, almost a burnt flavor. Chocolate and coffee stand alongside this, with bitter and mildly fruity hops in tow. It seems that much of the bitterness is provided by the roasted malt, in a very coffee-like way. Hops provide an excellent reinforcement to this. This would be wonderful to use in chocolate desserts, and of course pairs beautifully with them. However, this fine stout needs no pairing to provide great satisfaction and enjoyment. A bold and impressive stout that is a favorite of mine in this style.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.
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