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

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2,683 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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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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Photo of azorie
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into mug at 40F. Nice dark brown head with lots of lacing, this beer clings all over the inside of the glass. Proper stout black color.

S: dark roasted coffee, soft bunt malty front end and unsweetened chocolate. no hops detected. You know this is a stout, some sugar sweetness of coffee creamer comes through.

T: butter coffee and chocolate with burnt almonds and toffee, its very nice, sweetens is perfect balanced with the hops. You get a burnt roasted malt back end bite.

M: thick and creamy and silky, decent carbonation, its perfect for the style.

D: Easy to quaff, by far one of my top stouts as I seem to have it around a lot. ages well, I can drink a 6 pack way too easy.

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

Pours black with an attractive, almost creamy, tan head that settles slowly over the course of several minutes. The aromas are of milk chocolate and dark chocolate, with bitter coffee layers becoming more apparent on the palate. My favorite quality in this beer is weight and texture. It's extremely mouth filling and hefty, yet luxuriously smooth, like a silk-covered sandbag. The feel of it alone will keep me coming back. Finish is long and roasty. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours black with ruby highlights and with a finger of bubbly tan foam that drops to a film and leaves some nice streaks of lacing on my glass. Nice roasted malt aroma, with slightly stale coffee grounds, tobacco, vanilla and chocolate providing the major components. I imagined it would be sweeter and more intense, or with a slight lactic edge, but it actually smells a lot more like an oatmeal stout. Mark the card the same for the flavour - without knowing the desired style in advance I'd have wagered some good money on this being an oatmeal stout. It has that same slightly smoky tobacco character that the style has, and the sweetness is far too restrained for a milk/sweet stout. This doesn't mean that this isn't a pleasant beer (it is), but it just isn't what I expected. Some nice coffee and chocolate notes join the tobacco and work well with the slightly fuller mouthfeel, though its dragged down a little by some overly-active carbonation.

I picked this beer up because it had solidified its position in BA's top 100 session beers, but on the basis of this performance I really cannot understand why. It's a pleasant enough brew, but really lacks anything to put it ahead of the pack. To place it in the top 100 beers with an ABV of 5.5% of less seems ridiculous to me, especially considering the quality company it keeps there.

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Photo of RichieS2
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Perfectly opaque, absolutely no light was getting through. Very little head that dissipated quickly.

S - Fair amount of sweetness from the malt and a brief hint of the brew's dairy origins.

T - It hits the palate and as expected is sweet. As you roll it around there is the subtleness of coffee that is followed by equally subtly hops.

M - Very heavy as it sloshes around the mouth, it goes down quite smooth.

D - It's heaviness means one is enough.

Worth noting that this is the darkest beer in the Sam Adam's line-up.

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Photo of Beejay
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black with Ruby hues when held to the light. Big creamy tan head.

S: Sweet, slight bit of milky-ness. Smells a bit like dried cocoa powder.

T: Starts with some nice roasted malt flavors, followed by a tart kick. Ends nice and toasty with a malt kick.

M: Low carbonation with plenty of carbonation. Almost a little too much carbonation.

D: Quite accessible. A good starter stout, but not enough complexity for my tastes.

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

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

Appearance is dark with some reddish brown around the edges topped by a billowy light tan head that slowly settles leaving nice sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice roasted aroma with coffee and sweet malt with some hints of vanilla in there as well.

Taste is similar to the nose with a nice dose of roasted malt with some coffee and a minuscule hint of chocolate in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Perhaps just a little more then I;d prefer for the style.

Drinkability is great. Goes down nice and easy and has a pretty nice flavor to it. A good choice for a session brew. There are more complex and flavorful examples of the style but still not a bad choice. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark ruby red with a tan, rocky head.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, very faint roasted malt.

T/M - Creamy and full-bodied like a milk stout should be. The first impression is a hint of cocoa with a muted but sweet flavor of roasted grain throughout.

D - This is a tasty enough brew that goes down very well. I would pass it up for some better executions of the style but this beer doesn't give you anything to complain about.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have never tried this one from SA.
Very nice super dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of toasty malt and sweet chocolate, very inviting. Taste doesn't fail. Nice mocha malt flavors. Very nice and creamy with a lot of flavor and texture. Maybe just a little too much carbonation, but its a minor flaw. This a stout to have when you are having more than one. Great flavors and low ABV. One of the best brews from Sam Adams!

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

Deep mahogany brown color with thick, fluffy, tan head. Great retention.

Soft, roasted malt aroma with some raisin and milk chocolate notes. Plenty of roasted character for the taste with more chocolate notes and a bit of roasted coffee.

Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth, creamy, although perhaps a bit too crisp.

Overall a great, easy drinking stout. Lots of drinkability and an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the original stouts I came across when getting in to craft beer. Time to revisit. Samuel Adams Cream Stout pours out a very dark brown color that is only a shade oe two away from being black. Healthy finger of tan heading creeps up after a rigorous pour. Nose is of sweet milk, chocolate, and fresh grains. More of the same comes in from the taste. I may not be doing it justice, but all the complexities within this beer are kept so perfectly in check, it is a wonder how they do it. Mouthfeel is completely moderate. That compared with the low alcohol level places this beer amongst the most drinkable of stouts that I have ever come across. All I can say is wow, this beer is totally exceptional . How I went on such a long hiatus without having this beer I do not know, but having this single bottle has rekindled my interest. Cheers to the world's best example for this style.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This area passes with a good grade. This practically black, but anyone can see how dark brown it is. Not too much foam or lacing. A bit flat-looking when compared to other stouts.

Smell: Basically the same smell as Guinness, only stronger. Therefore, I like the smell of this better.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It's not terribly smooth. Kind of a combination of Guinness Draught and Extra Stout. Tastes like the former, feels like the latter. Therefore, it's not as creamy as Draught (although it is still creamy) and not as strong in the malt as Extra Stout. Coffee and chocolate malts. Lots of carbonation present.

Drinkability: It has above average drinkability. Loses points when matched up against other stouts.

Overall: This is worth a shot. I really believe it's a combination of the 2 most well known Guinness styles. Some people might like this compromise better, I don't. It's still good.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, not quite black with caramel fluffy head.

Smell: Sweet with a whole bunch of vanilla and caramel. The malts smell nice and roasted and bring up the rear of the smell.

Taste: Sweet and creamy vanilla come through immediately with a bunch of caramel maltiness in the background. Extremely smooth and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet very clean.

Drinkability: This is by far my favorite SA brew. It really takes the idea of a sweet stout to the extreme. I can drink these all day.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unimpressive look. Even with an aggressive pour, only a one-finger head that dissolves quickly. The beer itself is clearly dark, but quickly reduced to a deep red when put to any sort of light. Meh.

Smell makes up for it. cream, coffee, dark chocolately malt.

Taste is pretty good too. Sweet and creamy, with that overload of chocolate malt riding the first wave, followed by an unexpected but enjoyable cameo from some hops. Turns out to be a pretty balanced beer.

Fairly thick, creamy, soft carbonation. That and the fairly low ABV yields a reasonably drinkable stout.

Other notes: This guy almost seems like a sweetened, slightly watered porter. Kind of mixed feelings about it -- plenty of other stouts I prefer more, but this is not at all a bad beer. Typical of BBC, a solid entry level sweet stout.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nearly completely opaque, if you can manage to get a strong light through it you get a cola-ish hue. Small brown-ish head. There is some evidence of carbination if you observe the side of the glass closely. I'm a newbie to this style of beer, so I can only say it looks ok overall.

Smell - Very roasted, somewhat sweet, a hint of chocolate. A couple of different things,smells interesting.

Taste - Roasty, almost like a smoked flavor. If you examine the after taste you will find some of the chocolate (more like cocoa). Not really sweet as the nose suggested. Slight hop presence on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Not really creamy at all. From a newbies perspecive maybe a bit more carbonation than fitting for this kind of flavor.

Drinkability - This is a really foreign style of beer for me but I can't say that I'd drink more than one of these at a time. This seems like something better suited as a food pairing than a standalone. That said the weak drinkability is not because there is anything bad about it, but more of a personal preference and unfamiliarity with the style.

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Photo of irisier
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle. Labeled with standard Samuel Adam's logo with freshness date marked on side.

Appearance: Deep black colour. Slight ruby tint through the light. Thick tan head that subsides to a decent lace.

Smell: Powerful roasted and slightly sour smell. Charred and smoke hints. Barely perceived a woody type smell also.

Taste: Pretty sweet upfront but followed quickly by strong and smooth roasted malt flavor. I'm sure there's hops in their somewhere, but they're pretty meek when compared to the malt. Finishes with a bite of bitterness from burnt flavors that linger. Smoky and carbon type tastes as well. More bite than your typical milk/sweet stout. No lactose that I could perceive.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pretty creamy with more carbonation that most stouts. Not overly heavy. Goes down pretty easy.

Notes: Not bad. I think this stout could be better if the flavors mellowed a bit and blended more. However, I like that most of the bitterness comes from black malt and roasted barley. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a milk stout or not. I certainly didn't taste any lactose.

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

Poured into a mug...

Pours a near pure black brew with a massive, foamy tan head on top that has very nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate and caramel.

Tastes of chocolate and roasted caramel with a mild hop finish.

Silky smooth and creamy in the mouth - delicious.

This is a helluva stout. Nice, not too big, but really one of the better brews (if not the best) from Samuel Adams. Great anytime...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a few red highlights. The head is mild and light tan in color.

S: The nose is roasty with a slight sweetness and perhaps a touch of creaminess.

T: The flavor is a bit one note and relies heavily on the roasted malt. There is a bit of coffee flavor and some bitterness along with a sweetness on the finish.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly tingly carbonation.

D: I enjoy a good milk stout, but this one was not quite as sweet as I generally expect for the style. Still, some decent flavors and perhaps a good introduction to the style for people that aren't familiar with it.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an almost opaque black; a little light got through. Two fingers of thick, tan head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a nice, half finger cap.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cappuccino. Also, oddly, a dust bunny smell, though it fades as the brew warms.

Taste: The chocolate from the smell has a less roasted quality; it's much closer to milk chocolate. The coffee bitterness is faint.

Drinkability: Cream Stout is nice and smooth. At first taste it was close to epitomizing the style for me, but it lost a lot of character as it warmed.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a solid black wit ha fluffy 2 finger brown head that lasts a good amount of time and leaves good lacing as it goes down.

S- Roasted malts with a creamy smelling milk chocolate and a strange sweet woody almost dusty smell that I can't put my finger on.

T- Great dark roasted malts hit you up front with a great milky chocolatey backround. Alittle bit of coffee but barely noticable.

M- Medium body with lower carbonaton and a slight bitter dryness on the toungue.

Overall I got to say I was pretty impressed with this brew. Normally Sam Adams is pretty average and lame but this brew is definitely worth trying.


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

Sam Adams brewmaster's choice case = brown bottle, with the Sam Adams signature etched across the top.

aroma = coffee, chocolate, malty

pours a thick dark coffee black. gives the impression of it being red at first, and then settles into a deep dark perfect stout color

taste - to me, it lacks a finish. the finish is smooth, but without a lot of malty punch. to me, the mouthfeel is not as good as other stouts. It finishes sweet and smooth. Like a well schooled jump shooter.

the drinkability is good. I'm giving it a 5 here... it's a good beer.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black(?) with a moderate head that yields mild lacing.

S: Burnt malt and an unsual/sick smell of copper. Penny-like. Ehh.

T: Decent balance between chocolate malts and a burnt metallic finish. Not as awful as the scent of the beer would indicate. Not nearly as heavy as one would expect.

M: Good carbonation, not as chalky or chewy as would be expected. Perhaps slightly watered down in comparison to other (better) stouts.

D: ABV is around average to below average, so this one can be sessioned. Since it's not as heavy as it might seem, that also helps it's drinkability. Though, if I want a good sturdy stout, I'd probably reach for a RIS such as Rasputin. All in all, a decent interpretation, and sticks close to style.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,683 ratings.
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