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

very good
2,686 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

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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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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, solid taste, not too chocolate, but a nice taste of it. Nice foam, sort of creamy, I could put a few of these back for sure. Not overly thick, outside of the chocolate I am having a hard time tasting much else, slight aftertaste is there but nothing major. Good after dinner beer or winter beer for sure, not sure why it is in the spring mix pack but still a good choice all the same. It gets my endorsement.

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Photo of vacax
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and ends up black in the glass wth brown-red edges. Capped with a thick layer of dark tan foam with high retention and a middling amount of lace evident. Aroma has raisin and a mild nutty sweetness to it and a spot of roast. Aroma is fine but restrained. The flavor has a pleasant nutty and fruity sweetness to it that is nicely tempered with a present but not burnt roastiness. Great balance between sweetness and roast, never is overly sweet or roasted. Feels smooth and soft though a touch on the lighter side though luckily with low-moderate carbonation. Very drinkable stout and avoids the problem of an overly sweet cream stout. Very nice, one of the top five Sam Adams releases.

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Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, opaque chestnut brown topped by a foamy light tan head. Large sheets of lacing.

Milky aromas up front are fleeting, followed by a subtle roast and fruity esters. A touch of cocoa, but light on the stout on the whole.

More of the same on the palate, with a greater emphasis on the milkiness. Again there is subtle roast and chocolate, with a touch of coffee. Yeasty notes are subdued.

Light to medium bodied, soft and rounded and creamy. Mild in flavor, but makes up for it in mouthfeel and drinkability. Short, quick finish makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Gives a significant amount of creamy, thick brownish head upon a moderate pour. Very dark with reddish brown fringing. Not completely opaque but pretty close. Retains head for a decent amount of time 4

S: Pretty standard imperial stout-like qualities. More of a chocolate scent than a coffee one. Almost a butterscotch taste in there too, something I'd describe as a mysterious sweetness. Roasty without being extremely bitter.

T: A bold starting flavour, but finishes weakly and leaves you wanting another sip. Roasty with rich chocolate notes and undertones of mocha. A little watery, but still good. Sweet like a milk stout should be.

M: A little watery and flat. Uninspired. Didn't quite get the carbonation right, although it is pretty smooth.

D: Very easy to drink, and low abv. Good for a pitcher of this stuff for sure. Not an amazing stout, and I've had better, but its certainly quality and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of berley31
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an moderate-sized, light tan head that appears fairly creamy. Body looks jet black, but gives off ruby highlights when held to the light, and appears very clear. Fair lacing.

S: Mild roastiness, with notes of chocolate... some milky sweetness as well.

T: Moderate roasted malt dominates, with the chocolate still apparent. Not overly sweet at all, with a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: A really tasty milk stout that I could stick with for a long time and be happy. Easy to drink... would make an excellent session ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/near black complexion with a touch of off-white foam. Disappates quickly.

Light caramel/chocolate malt smell. Reminded me of a box of milk duds.

Creamy taste, lighter stout, smooth in the mouth. Some chocolate taste, backed by a modest hop. Milky mouthfeel. Quite smooth.

Good drinkability - easy drinking and flavorful. Nicely done.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is basically pitch black (or extremely dark brown) with a tinge of red which is visible when held up to the light. Upon pouring, ~2 fingers of creamy tan head forms and retains quite well. Lacing is good, but not great.

Barley and dark chocolate malts are the strongest scents; their roasted character is evident in the smokiness of the aroma. I also detect subtle hints of caramel and hops.

The flavor matches the nose in terms of both content and balance. The dark chocolate flavor is quite nice, but not overpowering. There is a subtle milkiness/bitterness taste at the end and the roasted character is apparent all throughout the tasting.

This medium-bodied beer is very smooth and creamy. It's not too dense, but quite "hearty," nonetheless. Overall, a pleasing sensation.

A pleasing taste and smooth mouthfeel make this very drinkable. It's definately a sipper. The subtle smokiness is a somewhat relaxing sensation.

I wasn't quite sure what to think about this beer. It's very, very good, but not entirely unique. I can't penalize it for being good despite this, so I gave it a high rating. It's definately not disappointing, but I don't know what to say about it that would set it apart from others of this style. I really love the dark chocolate flavor, though. Definately try this if you haven't done so.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown translucency. Thick, billowy off-white head. Smell is outstanding - very food-like, toasty and nutty, yet light at the same time. First taste is upfront and bitter, a bit thin with a slight metallic bent. Mouthfeel is suitable though, with a pleasant cottony finish. Nuttiness shows up again at the very end. Very good.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a glass. The head had decent retention. I like the full gamet of qualities in this beer. I would love to try it on tap, as I find stouts especially to be superior on tap. Mouth feel for this beer is better than most I have tried. I got this one in a Sam's variety pack and have been enjoying all of them thus far.

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Photo of Threelittlefish
2.12/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing special from this stout. I was expecting more but the beer is mediocre at best. If it's the only stout available I'll drink it. The head was nice and thick thick and slow to dissipate. The initial smell after the poor left me without emotion or anticipation. Not overly bitter taste like Guiness, but too thin in body. Not sweet enough finish for a cream stout. This beer left me with an empty feeling.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before June, 2010. Pours dark brown, black in the glass with a one finger beige/light brown head. Maintains an okay cap but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is decent chocolate, roasted malts, a little burnt, a bit of coffee and caramel, the slightest bit of hops, along with a lactic quality.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, a little coffee, roasted malts, caramel, a touch of sourness.

Thinnish mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

OK sweet stout, some hype lead me to believe it would be better. I did enjoy the second bottle more which was served at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of rrski198
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark dark red. not jet black. beige head, great lacing.

S: nothing amazing. pretty standard

T: For a sweet stout, not bad, not amazing. Average.

M: Big carbonation. Not over powering. smooth.

D: Smooth. Could have more than one. For an average, non imperial, stout, this is good. Good beginer beer for drinkers looking to have a stout outside of guinness.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black with hints of ruby red, big head that is slow to settle, creamy looking and light tan in color

S: Smells like dirty beach water, some mild malt smell in the background, but not that appealing

T: Definitely some chocolate malt here, but it isn't really sweet, just some good roasted flavor, the hop presence adds a slight balance, but never really take over the flavor from the malt

M: Maybe a tad shy of medium, very dry

D: Drinkability is pretty good, sessionability is definitely up there for a darker beer

Notes: I wasn't overly impressed by this beer, however the flavors are pretty solid. The only real complaint I have is the smell. It is not appealing at all, however, I didn't get a chance to compare it to another beer because my buddy gave me this out of his mix pack. The flavors are nice, but not super impressive. Like most Sam Adams, it is a solid, approachable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of snpub540
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black hue with brown rounding out at the edges and bottom of the glass. Nice amount of lacing left after the 2 finger head fades to a ring of bubbles.

Bready malts, chocolate, and coffee round out the malty smells. Creamy smooth flavor. Nice dry woody hop finish.

Mouthfeel is too thin to be a stout. Definately wish there was more to it. Drinkability is good. Smooth balance between sweet maltiness and bitter hops.

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Photo of Brettster
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to an english pub glass. Poured a coffee black with a thick tight foamy tan head with nice lacing. Hints of roasted barley, chocolate, and a definate coffee note. Has a nice roasted flavor with strong hints fo coffee. Has a slight hop finish. Very well balanced. Medium bodied and very creamy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty stout.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Looks pure black at first but it has red highlights. Creamy tan colored head that leave some lacing behind.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, spicy English hops, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Roasted barley noticeably stands out, with nuances of chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel and a light spicy hop note at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very creamy and smooth. Mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: One of the better low abv Stouts. Easy drinking and flavorful - just great.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin frothy head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Some faint aromas of sweet malt and roasted grain. A decent amount of sweetness.

T- A weird metallic taste initially that settled into a lightly roasted malt flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate with a tangy finish.

M- A bit thin with decent carbonation.

D- Overall a decent brew that didn't live up to standards.

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Photo of nastley3
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured from the bottle this beer had lots of head, and laced the glass. An extremely dark beer, it had a very roasted taste to it. The mouthfeel was great, it was an extremely creamy beer. It had a definite chocolate/mocha taste to it and yet this wasnt overpowering. Overall a rich and delicious beer.

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Photo of heissebier
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer as part of the Samuel Adams Brewmasters collection, which has turned out to be a fantastic purchase!

Appearance- Pours a dark black with reddish highlights. Fantastic dark brown head with excellent lacing. Now this is what a beer should look like!

Smell- Coffee and a slightly sweet chocolatiness. True to its name, there is also a nice creamy aroma, as well.

Taste- I'm in awe. Unbelievable quality for a beer that only cost a little more than $1 a bottle (in evanston, birthplace of the prohibition mind you). It's nothing too surprising, just a really well done stout. Dominated by coffee flavors and chocolate. A little sweeter than most but still packs a punch. Slightly roasty, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel- Once again very well done. A thick and creamy body goes down smoothly and a pleasant roastiness lingers in your mouth.

Drinkability- Mr. Adams, you may be a macro, but you still make a damn fine beer. The slight sweetness and creaminess make this an incredibly drinkable stout, and at a good price.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

C. Clear enough, for a darky
H. Dark Brown
N. Would you like some Malt with that...straight malt hints of coffee and chocolate

Off initial pour we have a nice foamy tan head. The beer is amazingly clear (which is to be expected from S.A.) for a dark beer. 1st taste and I feel like I am chewing on a nice chocolate and coffee flavored toffee. This is a pretty thick and chunky beer if I say so myself. She is pretty and quite refreshing to the palate, easy to drink, and like a good girl....I mean beer she invites you back for more. The flavor does sort-a change a tad at the end, leaving hints of alcohol fluttering around but dies out quickly. Not the most complex stout that I have had, but I would say it is a great entry beer for someone that might want to adventure over to the "dark side." Worth a try, just as any of the Samuel Adams are....

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal stein. You wish you were me right now.

A: Black as night thru sunglasses with a slight amber hue when held to the light. Very clear with a tan head that looks pretty.

S: Coffee, sea water, heavy cream, toasted malt, dark chocolate and black cherries all come through in this one. Complex for a Sam Adams brew.

T: Creamy with a smooth mouthfeel. Slightly salty and malty with minimal hops. Solid stout.

D: If you like stouts, I'd say this is a decent choice.

Value: I'd say this was the most impressive brew in that mixie 12 pack. For 13 bucks that thing was a steal.

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Photo of browncrayon
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass. Pitch black as you'd expect, with a tan head.

Smells fairly sweet. There are also scents of coffee and toffee from the roasted malts.

This one tastes very bold up front, then the taste completely vanishes after a few seconds. It tastes like coffee with a bit of sweetness. It's also fairly bitter and as I'm drinking it I start to notice it's a bit sour. Perhaps that's from the milk/cream element? I've never had a milk stout before so I can't say if that's the intended effect, but once I picked up on the sour aspect I couldn't really let it go and it intensified the warmer it got.

The mouthfeel really isn't thick or heavy at all, much more watery, but it is very smooth. It's more carbonated than you would expect. Again, I don't have too much under my belt when it comes to stouts, but I like them to be a bit heavier than this. The thinness of it kind of freaked me out, as though I was drinking bitter iced coffee, not a stout.

Overall, I don't think I'd pick up another one of these. The bitter and sour notes had me struggling through the end of mine, and it certainly didn't fulfill the stout craving I've been having the past few days!

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,686 ratings.
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