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

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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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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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Photo of jmarvin4189
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
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 +2%
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 -11.5%
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 -10.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +19.9%
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 -5.1%
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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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,722 ratings