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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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Ratings: 2,698 |  Reviews: 1,265
Photo of charlesbyrd
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -3.3%
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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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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