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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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Ratings: 2,704 |  Reviews: 1,265
Photo of imbibehour
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. Leaves a faint brown head with lots of lacing bubbles, color of beer is simply brownish/black not syrupy.

Bouquet transmits a malty cocoa nose that is reminiscent of powdered Quick instant Chocolate, with some creamy hints. Very good bouquet.

Taste though and mouthfeel doesn't translate into the enjoyment that is on the bouquet as much. There is very little flavor on the palate and it's a bit wet in mouthfeel and body. The aftertaste leaves a very weak tobacco note almost as if from cigarette smoke.

Great looking and smelling beer not as exciting to taste, but EASILY drinkable.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pour resulting in a two finger head of light brown. Clinging lace with good lasting power. Color is a 37 on the SRM Beer color chart. Almost black, but can be seen through in strong light. Smells like chocolate, black coffee, and Marciano cherries. Has flavors of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and sweet malt. Good sweet finish with just a little tart on the back of the tongue. Wonderful feeling in my mouth, soft palate, and the back of my throat. Good flavor, good price, not too hard to find.

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Photo of NODAK
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma carries definite notes of dark chocolate and some coffee as well. Somewhat roasted, somewhat sweet.

Taste has a body of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts...a little bit of a sour note as well. Finishes with the roasted chocolate and a bit of bitterness as well. If there's a lactose or sweet quality to it, I'm not getting it. Seems more like a light stout to me with a bit of sourness.

So all in all, I'm not quite impressed. I'd hoped for a silkier, sweeter beer. I ended up with a somewhat thin stout that doesn't stand out.

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Photo of epicness
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It was like looking into the night sky. Black like water in the Gulf of Mexico. Frothy and fluffy tan head with tons of lacing. Based on first look, it seems like a BIG beer that is going to be very filling. I was shocked it find out this was only 4.9% ABV based on the look.

S - Roasted coffee is the dominant scent in this brew. There's also hints of chocolate and caramel stuffed in here as well.

T - A chocolatey coffee taste hits the tongue on first taste. It's a pretty bold taste, but what surprised me is the sweet vanilla finish which I was a huge fan of. The sweet vanilla in the finish also gives way to a sweet milky taste.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Very little carbonation if any at all.

D - If you like the taste, it's a very easy beer to drink. Goes down without a fight. Due to the full taste and feel of the beer, I'm not sure you could drink a whole bunch of these. It's more of a dessert. One or two of these and you'll be full and satisfied.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color with ruby highlights. Rocky head of off-white foam
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint chocolate
Taste-Chocolate and caramel notes, coffee with cream, earthy hop note. A bit of a dry finish.
Overall, certainly a serviceable sweet stout, creamy and drinkable, if a bit understated in flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a creamy mocha colored head that sticks around a little while

S - Sweet with caramel notes. Roasted barley comes through pretty well

T - Roasted caramel, sweet after the touch of bitterness wanes. Some coffee hints, but not overwhelmingly so.

M - Creamy, not overly carbonated and smooth.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I liked it, and given the low ABV%, it could make a good holiday drinker for all day celebrations.

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Photo of jrc64
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown. Almost black. Aromas of expresso and chocolate are evident. Taste is wonderful and creamy. Smooth coffee flavors with slight hints of chocolate and some cream. Very nice beer for a cool winter night. Great everyday stout. Sam Adams is a class brewery and this one is another product.

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Photo of foogerd
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tons of times never got around to reviewing it here goes...
A- black or really dark coffee brown body whatever it is you definitely cant see through it, gorgeous thick creamy coffee colored head really tons of lacing , this head never dies out
S- really creamy sugary milk smell thats dominant, some coffee and chocolate roast as well
T- tastes like desert tons of milk chocolate and slight roasted coffee to back it up really well balanced in terms of the coffee/chocolate ratio neither one is overdone
M- silky like soy milk, one negative in this brew i think is the watery feel to this, needs more thickness in my opinion
D- tasty low abv never gets boring its always drinkable

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before date on bottle is Oct. of this year. Pours an opaque deep, dark brown. Not black though. Inch and a half of creamy head that slowly dissipates. Very good lacing. Cocoa and coffee with cream on the nose. Nothing overwhelming but still nicely balanced. Medium/light body and very smooth mouthfeel. Almost has the texture of a nitro stout. Carbonation is just enough for it to keep its rich texture. Very nice milk chocolate roasted malt on the palate. All this from a highly sessionable beer. Definite winner in my book even though I tend to go for the Russian Imperials. There is a lot to the name of the beer, too. Creamy in the Irish tradition but with a slightly trumped up flavor profile done American style.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a nice tall pint glass.

A-deep and rich chocolate tone to the body, highlighted brilliantly by a dark red thats very pleasing to the eye with a thick roasted tan head that stays and leaves sticky lacing.

S-a welcoming scent of roasted malts and chocolate, nuts and dark fruits come through. there is a certain hoppyness to it but not strong enough to really be noticed.

T-chocolates and roasted malts hit the toungue, a little bold to start but the rich body of this beer is balanced nicely by the vanilla/fruit notes near the end, its not complex but im not sure it has to be, a very nicely brewed stout.

M-the style says it all. creamy and medium bodied. little to no carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

sam adams should be proud of this one. ive had several from different brew dates and theyve all been excellent.

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Photo of obrendano
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle to a Best Of Baltimore pint glass

A - dark clear chocolatey hue. massive thick light toasted color head, sticks around even after many sips, and coats the glass with nice lacing

S - light cocoa, chocolate and coffee scents, dark fruit is slightly present

T - sweet, creamy initial sip followed by a toasty dark malt with a bitter twang and many notes of chocolate all the way through the finish

M - each sip brings in a cocoa powder tasting head with fine carbonation. meduim bodied and powerful flavor

D - when chilled or sat to a few degrees below room temperature this is an easy brew to finish to the last drop. all the flavors are balanced and complimentary and it is made with care. good stuff

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle (best by 9-2010, tasted 8-19-2010) into a Sam Adams sensory glass produces a tall creamy small bubbled and light tan 3 finger head. Stays around for a while but eventually reduces to very slight cap. Leaves awesome lacing. Opaque brown-black color.

Aroma is sweet, semi-floral, and malt. Taste was sweet roasty mocha bitterness giving way to slight nutty and unsalted cracker. Light carbonation hits midway, smooth and creamy on the tongue, and finishes wet. Lightly pleasant bitterness and cracker lingers on in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is good -- I would find it hard to get tired of this pleasant brew. Very mild-mannered and unobnoxious. I felt like Goldilocks: not too much or too little bitterness, not too much or too little sweetness, but just right. So drinkable this one disappeared extremely quickly!

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Photo of jimj21
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into tulip glass. Bought as part of a six pack. Freshness date is marked on the side of the bottle. Pour produces about three fingers of fluffy, tan head. It recedes after a couple minutes leaving a good amount of lacing. Pours a very dark brown with very little to no light getting through.

Smell is primarily malty, with hints of chocolate and espresso. Some spicy hops are there too. Would score higher if the aromas were more discernible.

Everything I found in the nose is there in the flavor. Malty sweetness is at the forefront. As it moves on the tongue, I pick up a bit of chocolate. Roasted flavors are there, but not as strong as the sweet ones. Roasted bitterness actually becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Hops add a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Medium to full bodied. Very creamy. Carbonation is actually a touch too high, but that's a minor complaint.

Very drinkable, and not too high ABV. This is a good example of stout that is easily available. It is right to the style. It fits in with the rest of the Samuel Adams lineup, as it might not be the best of the style, but it does not disappoint. That said, this is one of Boston Beer Company's better beers.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Very dark brown with two fingers of tan head with average retention and laces the glass like crazy.

Smell: Very powerful roasted malt aroma with underlying hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, and a light hop note.

Taste: Starts with some caramel malts and then gives way into a strong chocolatey roasted taste. Underlying hints of vanilla tie into the back end which finishes up with a light coffee and hop bitterness. Almost like a vanilla cappuccino.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich with low carbonation. Smooth and a little bit creamy.

Drinkability: Drinks easy but watch out - this beer fills you up fast!

Final Notes: A delicious beer to pair with dessert or as an after-dinner treat. I bet it would make a delicious vanilla ice cream float too. One of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of jazer
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another dark one. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I really expected this one to be bitter. I am pleasantly surprised at the clean crisp taste this one delivers. An average smell despite the strong appearance. Feels really chewy on the pallet and holds a strong head. Probably would only drink a six-banger to have my fill.

Recommended, if you're desperate.

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Photo of jazzbone
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle, "Enjoy before" December 2010 notched.

Appearance - Pours a thick dark brown, 1-2 finger dark tan head, some lacing

Smell - Bittersweet chocolate is really prominent, little hops if any come through. Creamy coffee and that bittersweet chocolate and a hint of molasses.

Taste - Damn. This is definitely a dessert beer. Nice and rich, roasted flavor. Finish is smooth with just a bit of hops. Good balanced matliness with the bittersweet chocolate, coffee taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, a bit too high for me, really smooth, nonetheless.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The ABV is low enough that you can easily have more, and the rich chocolaty/coffee flavor leaves you wanting more.

It's not perfect, but this is a great milky stout. I highly recommend.

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Photo of merddyn2002
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

by far, not the best cream stout i've ever tasted but this is drinkable. If you do a side by side with this and Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark the creamy dark will win every time, but still a good substitute if the Leiny's isn't around. Dark earthy chocolate notes. Rich creamy head with excellent lacing. Great dark rich aroma. Finish is a little on the earthy/coffee side. I would buy again.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lot of the time America's largest Craft Brewery, Samuel Adams, gets a bad rap by Canadians. And its completely irrational, but I do understand why. The only Sam Adams beer that we have widely available to us here in Ontario is the Boston Lager; a relatively straight forward, 4.9% Vienna Style Lager. Its a very well done version of a Vienna Lager (however I enjoy Brooklyn's lager more), but the style itself is pretty simple and one sided. People are judging a brewery that creates 21 different beers a year by its more simplistic brand. Not fair.

Its tough in Ontario, because we really just don't have access to the rest of Sam's beers. But when you are in the U.S., try to get out there and sample what he's got to offer. I grabbed a variety of singles of Samuel Adams last time I was in buffalo, and just the other day I opened up their Cream Stout. This is an English Style Sweet Stout brewed with roasted barley to give it a nice full and round body. It is 4.9% abv and has been brewed since 1991; this beer has been put through the ropes, so lets see if it came out a champion.

I brought out the Cream Stout and let it rest a bit so that I could pour it cool around 7C (45F). This isn't a big rich stout, it is a sweet stout of mild strength, so it should be relatively roasty with a clean and fresh bitterness to it - thus cellar temperature would be too warm; out of the fridge for 10 minutes is perfect. I do love a big, rich and powerful stout, but there is something to be said for an elegant and refreshingly roasty stout. This Cream Stout fits the bill.

The cream stout poured cleanly building a deep black beer in the bottom of my snifter. Sam Adams claims that he beer is a dark mahogany... I'm not sure what mahogany furniture they are looking at but I had to really glare at this beer to pull mahogany out of it. Really it was close to pitch black with hints of ruby brown peering meekly out the sides. The head built up densely to a one inch beige khaki colored light brown foam. The beer sat very calmly showing no signs of excitement - except for in my eyes.

The nose was soft with easy hints of roasted malt, light coffee beans, notes of cocoa and lightly floral hops. It smells fresh and slightly crisp. The malts are very gentle, as are the hops - and what does come through bears a distinctly smooth and quenching sensation to it.

Don't go for sips here, almost treat it like you are drinking a refreshing pale ale. Right away you will notice the cooling and smoothly fresh sensation of crisp roasted malts falling down your tongue and washing over your cheeks. Its very cooling, that is actually the best way to put it. I wouldn't say quenching, the hops are smooth and just there to balance out the beer. But the roast itself is reminiscent of freshly ground coffee dusted over a block of snow. Does that make sense?

There are touches of light sweetness coming in the back, and hints of caramel and chocolate. The malt though is mostly roast, and the hops are mostly supportive. This is not a complex beer, and you shouldn't really expect that of it. What it is, is an easy, refreshing, and freshly roasted stout with a delicate and silky mouthfeel. Oh, I didn't even say that. The mouthfeel is light, but it is smooth and gentle. It plays the perfect role with what the beer is, and is meant to be.

This fits a different category for me than most of the stouts I drink. I usually find one when I am looking for a decadent, richly flavored, and mouth watering creamy beer. Of which I can really only have one, or two. The Cream Stout though I would pick up when I want roasty refreshment and an easy drinking beer, without the crispness of a pale ale. I would also try it with roast beef, coffee cake, smoked cheeses, or spicy foods.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date was notched at July 2010.

A - Deep brown to black - classic stout appearance - with tan two finger head.

S - Plum aroma comes off while the head lasts. Roasted barley malt and something coffee-esque, reminiscent of a good mocha. Hops are present but very much in the background.

T - My first word was: "Mmmmm!" My first thought was: "Complex." That was unexpected. This may be off but I seem to have a flavor-memory of Rochefort 10 coming back strong - not the same but alludes to the same flavor. Sweet chocolatey, molasses, brown sugar start is interlaced with carbonation. Fruity hop bitterness at the back. Smoky aftertaste.

M - Medium to heavy body with light carbonation.

D - Begs for another after the first. Relatively low ABV and fantastic balance staves off cloying... you can drink more than one - and truly enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of bgildea
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a thick whiteish tan head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Really nice complex smell. Sweet chocolate, caramel, and some nutty smells come across very nicely. A very nice overall sweet smell.

T: Nice flavor of roasted malts and hints of chocolate come through. There's also a slight copperish aftertaste that is probably from the brewing process. The copper taste always bothers me with beer, but besides that, it's pretty good.

M: Pretty thin beer. I was expecting a little more chew to it, so I was a little let down. Very little carbonation as well.

D: The beer is drinkable. It has a nice balance of flavors that will get me to come back. A good cream stout, but not the best.

Overall: Overall the beer is enjoyable. A nice taste of roasted malts stands out in this beer. Not the best cream stout I've ever had, but I would recommend this to any stout drinker to try.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weissbier glass

A - Nice dark color, pours nice tan head. Deep darkness, head dissipates a bit, leaves some lacing.

S - Nice creamy smell. Aromas of mocha and chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. Fulfilling aroma.

T - Immediate taste of freshly dark roasted coffee holds its own from beginning to end, delicious. Almost a bitter coffee flavor with a malty consistency, completely satisfying.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Chewy, not too thick, perfect carbonation for this style of beer.

D - I like the drinkability for this style of beer. It's not too much, not too thick. I can easily down a 6 pack and possibly crave another glass or two. Not something you want to drink with heavy meals, but perfect for topping off a night.

This is some of Sam Adams' best offerings. Simply has a delicious taste that completely satisfies.

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Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Jet Black with on finger dark tan head. Some lacing.
S: Very chocolaty, roasted malts.
T: Sweet, smooth, very chocolaty, coffee and burnt malts, no distinct bitterness.
M: Sweet and creamy.
D: Very nice drinkable dessert beer.

Nice sweet stout. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of leipsicbob
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review here.

It's been in the refrigerator overnight, so it is COLD!

A: Looks good, quite a head, sort of like lightly toasted bread in color. about the consistency of whipped cream.

S: Smells like most beer at first, then gets a sense of grain & something I Can't rally place, but it is definitely good.

T: WOW! Creamy, a good grain taste, with some not-very-subtle overtones of coffee - I like that - and some chocolate. A definite aftertaste of coffee (But I don't remember noticing it the first time I drank it) to it.

M: A bit bland, no real carbonation to "fizz" it, and the creaminess seemed a bit weak. Not bad, mind you, just a bit weak.

D: Yes. Not as heavy as Guinness to me, less "edgy. too. As I finish this review I'm already looking forward to my next one.

Do I like it? It's been my favorite from Sam Adams ever since I discovered it @ 1 1/2 years ago. A Great Winter Beer. but I enjoy it all year around!

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Very dark brown almost black with tan head of about one finger, head sticks around at about a half-finger. Smell is very chocolatey and malty. Taste is fluffy with a chocolate flavor and a minor bitterness on the end. Feel is fluffy and full with a slight dryness. Overall a great drinking beer and one I will come back to again.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown, almost to black, creamy mocha head lacing all the way down.

S- Milk, malts, chocolate, coffee. A nose overload, unfortunately I get booze and it's overwhelming all of these great smells!

T- Creamy chocolatey milky Wow! I get coffee and malts and a slight bitter finish. Just a great one for me.

M- Rich and creamy just awesome

D- Super awesome drinkability. Even in the summer. It's a go to if you're jonesin for a stout.

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