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

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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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: 2,691 |  Reviews: 1,263
Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +7.4%
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 -15.3%
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 -7.9%
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 -12.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +9.9%
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 +1.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +15.8%
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 +9.4%
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 -7.6%
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 -18.8%
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%
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 +3.8%
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%
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 +10.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -2.8%
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 +8.7%
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 +4.1%
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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