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

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2,679 Ratings
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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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Photo of jmarvin4189
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - a black color with a finger of off white head that goes away quickly.

Smell - has a very sweet caramel smell to it.

Taste - has a roasted caramel taste to it. It has more of a roasted flavor that is strong.

mouthfeel - a watery smooth with little to no carbonation picked up.

Drinkablility - Not a huge fan but i'm not generally a stout person either, was nice for after a long Monday at work though.

All in all if you like stouts with a roasted flavor this would be for you, it is easier to drink than most stouts since it isn't as thick and goes down much easier but when I look for a stout its not something i want to slug back, its a relaxing beer that takes a while to drink.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown, a frothy, off-white head that had great retention and left a ton of lacing everywhere.

S- Smells of toffee and coffee notes, and roasted malts. Fairly mild but smells good.

T- Bitter coffee and roasted flavors right up front, which fades into a nice, mellow sweetness.

M- Very creamy, carbonation is here but not over the top and the body seems to be pretty full. .

D- Very easy drinking. It goes down smooth, and at under 5% ABV, it's easy to have a couple of them.

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Photo of karait95
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark red color, flashes of light can pass through, the head is not very large, disappears relatively fast with a beige color.

S: A toasted smell is persistent and predominant also some slight sweet aroma can be sensed.

T: Very bitter flavor, the sweet tasting in the beginning is rapidly displaced with the bitterness, also a slightly acid is felt.

M: Due to the bitterness and acid flavors it is not the greatest mouth-feel, you can feel the medium and creamy body but is not impressive.

I expected more from Sam Adams...

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Photo of zaq37
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A- Black! can't see through it, shined an LED light through it and what little bit of light could be seen was deep red, pretty cool. The head bubbled up about and inch but went away fairly quickly leaving a very small layer of light creamy brown.

S- Dark malts, chocolate, toast, very rich aroma.

T- deep malt flavor, lots of malt, a slight burnt flavor but not overpowering or unpleasant. Lots of chocolate. very little hop flavor.

M- nothing special, very average, creamy with a fairly long finish.

D- not bad, i prefer other dark beers, this just seems slightly bland, now it's not that it's bad, it's just that other beers are definitely better. i would drink this again, but i have definitely had better. my chances are buying this again are medium to high. again it's not bad, but I've had better.

overall i was not impressed with this beer, but i am still a fan of Sam Adams and applaud them for their efforts. The flavor was not quite up to par with what i like but it was still a great beer.

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

i poured it in to a pint glass, it had a nice dark, almost black body with a dark brown head, which dissapeared rather quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate and malts. The taste is very nice, the chocolate hits on the back of the tongue followed by a little of the hops. It has a heavy mouth feel, but a good one. If you like dark beers this is one to try. I'm not a big fan of dark beers but i like this one and will try other to get my pallet to taste it.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Sam Adams beer line. Many ask how I can drink a dark beer. The chocolate and Carmel mixed with hops makes it what it is. No doubt about it, this a man's beer. Only bad thing about this beer is its cost. 8.99 for a 6 pack. Although I did find a discount for a 12 pack for 10.88, still a great beer

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an almost opaque mahogany with minuscule ruby highlights when held to the light. I got about a finger of khaki head which dissipated quite rapidly, and lacing stuck around all over the glass.

S: Roasted to the max. The smell is almost burnt, and there is a slight sweetness in the background.

T: The roasted character still dominates the profile, but its not as "burnt" as in the aroma. There's a big malt sweetness that's cut by the coffee roast flavor and a mild hop bite at the end.

M: A solid medium-body brew. It has a nice creamy sweetness and an appropriate minimal carbonation level.

D: Not my favorite stout, but definitely a solid beer. It's very easy to drink, although not too complex or strong in flavor. I will definitely seek out more examples of this style in the future.

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Photo of wikk3d
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours very dark dark brown with a brown foam head that takes a little time to settle. It's almost see through. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Aroma - Now I've had this before, but for some reason this one smells a little foul. So from what I remember, it has a very robust chocolate smell with a burnt undertone. The one I have at the moment has a tinny smell to it.

Taste - Very strong taste of cocoa, coffee, and dark chocolate. Although it goes down very easily. It's not overpowering.

Mouth - It has a very rich after taste. Very filling beer that you can feel as it goes down.

Drinkability - This is a beer that I've come to time after time after a long night of work. It's a great desert beer I'll have at night instead of a cup of coffee. Not something that you can really sit back and enjoy a few of. But definitely a beer that will leave you craving for more.

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

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- black. 1.5 fingers of head with fine lacing.

S- roasted, chocolate, mild spice

T- burnt, dry, molasses. Not as sweet as one would expect.

M- earthy, slightly astringent, medium to heavy body

D- rich, liquid bread. A definite repeat.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amazing black with a thick espresso head that sticks to the glass. Absolutely beautiful.
S- Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, very roasted, yet just a tad sweet.
T- Taste is well rounded. Very roasted, with that coffee and chocolate flavor staying strong, yet not forgetting to include the hops. Just absolutely a well rounded stout.
M- Smooth, a bit creamy, but overcarbonated.
D- Absolutely one of my favorite beers. Just a well done and easy drinking stout. Sensational.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Best by September, 2010

A- jet black with flashes of brown, two finger mocha colored head. Head is VERY puffy, leaves some really nice lacing.

S- dark coffee with aromas of roasted malts with a slight bit of bitter chocolate in there too. Getting some dark fruits too...nice.

T- bitter chocolate with some dark fruits is what I'm getting. Some roasty goodness too...pretty nice, actually.

M- the feel of this sucks. Its VERY watery, worse than something like a Guinness. I like my stouts, even weaker ones like a milk stout, to have SOME body to them. Not a huge fan

D- drinkable, but could be so much better. If the body was just more there, I'd be able to drink this like water...unfortunately, I'll be drinking it in place of water because thats what it feels like. Sucks.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brownish color, getting close to black. Not tons of head, minimal lacing, but it looks like a solid stout.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, malty, you do get some cream on there with a little vanilla sweetness.

T - Actually pretty good. Creamy with some coffee and chocolate notes. Very sweet with a slightly biter follow through.

M - Full bodied, slightly over carbonated.

D - Easy drinker, but not quite as easy as it should be for the ABV.

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Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a nice tan head that lasts for a while and nice lacing.

S: Has a roasted malt and chocolate aroma with traces of coffee and caramel mixed.

T: Starts with a coffee and chocolate up front and continues with sweetness & bitterness combined.

F: A nice smooth creamy texture.

D: Goes down easy. Although it might be a good session beer to some, I would only be good for a couple due to the constant coffee & sweetness. This brew is well worth a try.

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Leffe Goblet

A- Inky, black, zero head, thin off white ring crowning my glass.

S- Roasted malts, sugar, vanilla, faint cherries, raisins and milk chocolate.

T- Cocoa, burnt coffee, roasted malts, sugar, milk.

M- Quite thin, crisp carbonation, sticky on the lips.

D- Very drinkable, much thinner than most milk stouts but I think that might be a plus.

Overall a good stout. Kind of forgettable, but still a solid effort.

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

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The cream stout appears a dark brown color with some dark redness about it along the edges. Fluffy tanned head appears with 2 fingers of foam that retains fairly well. Stringy amount of lace clings along the glassware. Aroma has a nice blend of dark grain seeming like chocolate, some citrus hops blended with some mineral character and some fruity yeast. Taste includes some citrus hop character along with chocolate notes from the dark grain and a bit of the mineral character plays in the back of the flavor as well. Lingering flavor of dark grains like chocolate and a hint of coffee is noted as well. Medium bodied, it has a prickly amount of carbonation. Slight bitterness is left in the mouth tasting of darkly roasted grain. Pretty easy drinking, it has been more than a year since I last had this and it seems even better than before. I would surely drink this again.

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

Pours almost black with reddish-brown undertones. Decent head and some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, malt and a touch of smoke.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, malt and mild bitterness, There's a hint of honey as well. Tastes very much like it smells. A bit light for a stout, but that's not really a problem here. I think the balance of flavors is excellent. Perhaps Sam Adams brewery's best regularly available beer.

Mouthfeel is fabulous. Sweet and creamy with residual bitterness and roasted, smoky flavor that lingers.

Drinkability is also fabulous. I could even do this stout as a session beer.

For a good brewery that's quite popular, I feel Sam Adams makes some very fine beers. Creme stout is exceptional, and a top regular offering for this brewer. A very tasty brew indeed. Excellent value.

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Photo of Ragedman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle marked Sept. of 2010.

Pours near black. Looks just like a stout should.

Smells of chocolate, malts, and hops. Has a slight coffee hint also.

Taste is far to light for a stout. Very creamy and little carbonation. Chocolate and coffee are predominate. No alcohol taste at all, guess thats why its only 4.69%.

Mouthfeel is amazing, very smooth (like Keith Stone), creamy, just enough carbonation.

Because the flavor and ABV is so light I don't see how a person could not drink three in a few hours. This is a great beer to just chill with, fishing, camping, whatever. Not huge in flavor but it makes up with mouthfeel and the drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color is opaque and black with no highlights. Medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is light malt. Flavor is roasted chocolate and just a hint of hops. Smooth. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, best before Jul '10

Pours an extremely dark brown, garnet when held to the light. Forms a one finger dark tan head of medium sized bubbles, head disappears fast to leave just a ring around the glass.

Smells of malts, slight roastiness and coffee

Tastes smiliar, coffee and sweetness hits the mouth first, then a roasty and bitter aftertaste.

Strangely, although the head disappears, there is a biting carbonation on the tongue, not true to the style, but still thick and smooth.

Very drinkable, strong flavor, but not really what I was looking for in a stout. I like big heads that last forever and velvety smoothness, so I was a little let down, still a good beer, though.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts with some notes of chocolate. Tastes like it smell, malts and chocolate with a touch of bitterness. Feels rich and creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown into a Duvel tulip glass. Two fingers of frothy tan head that slowly receded to a thin ring. Just a bit of scattered lacing.

Exceptional aromas of caramel, sweet cream, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Carbonation on the low side, and a fairly light mouthfeel for a stout. Malts upfront followed by more caramel and a long finish of slightly bitter chocolate and almonds. Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but still very pleasant and highly sessionable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, and some coffee. The brew tastes just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of cream and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's smooth and creamy with decent carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I think this is a very sessionable stout. I also think this is a good all around brew, it's one of my favorite Sam Adams beers. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it before. I'm surprised it took so long for me to finally review this beer!

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Photo of hayes31
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I was pretty surprised at how good this beer looked and smelled. You can practically see how think it is with its rich, dark color, and its smell is great. Surprisingly strong and complex, which I didn't see coming. It has a sweet undertone which complements the front taste nicely. It runs over the tongue nicely.

Overall a great beer that I didn't expect to be that good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Pretty good foamy lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of chocolate and caramel bread and faint coffee.

T - Tastes of espresso with cream, bittersweet chocolate, and a bittering essence on the back of the toungue.

M - Good carbonation that leaves a bubbly coating in the mouth.

D - Very good beer. This is the first milk/sweet stout I have had and I will be trying more in the future.

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

Good stuff. Can't beat Sam Adam's price. It tastes very similar to much more expensive beers at about half the price. Unfortunately, it also has half the alcohol content, but you could drink these until the cows come home. Try doing that with a heavier content beer.

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3.94 out of 5 based on 2,679 ratings.
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