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

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88
very good
2,686 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,686
Reviews:
1,262
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
250
Gots:
342
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,686 |  Reviews: 1,262
Photo of gimmedanger888
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i wont lie to you guys, i got pretty excited about this beer, when i saw it, but i was highly dissapointed, it smells kind of coffee-ish, and i kind of has a bite to it. has a great head tho, and it also has great lacing as well, i would drink this beer again but only if it was on sale, because i paid 8.99 for a 6 pack haha. i looks really good too, it is a really dark beer. and its pretty good

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a black brown with a huge light tan head
S-a nice chocolate presence with coffee in the background and an assertive sweet creamyness
T-the coffee and sweetness becomes much more apparent with very little hop presence which lets the more bitter malt flavors balance which the cream very good i'd much rather have this than a coffee with cream and sugar in the mourning
M-medium body with a slightly too agressive carbonation i feel if it was a bit more reserved it would take the smoothness to the next level
D-this is a very satisfying beer it has a good taste and great balance and could easily be enjoyed through the night

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Photo of russwaddell
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful brown head that lasts forever. Almost completely opaque. Tons of lacing.

S: Mild coffee aroma. Also pretty sweet. Not overpowering.

T: Great sort of sweet and sour notes up front. Alcohol comes on real strong for it's strength and is extremely well balanced. More sour after the alcohol warmth fades, and the sourness sort of drifts into a long, slightly smoky, slightly chocolaty finish.

M: I like my stouts crisp, and this delivers all the way. Sometimes darker beers with this much head and opacity just end up too thick, but that is not the case at all here.

D: I could drink a few in a row in the winter and maybe two in a row even in the summer time.

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

Beer poured a deep chocolate brown color with a HUGE tan head that took a long time to dissipate. Lots of toasted roasted flavors. Coffee, some cocoa nibs. A bit bitter but too much. Needed less carbonation for me to enjoy. I was getting too much of a coffee soda feeling. Beautiful beer but I would rather drink a different stout.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The beer wasn't nearly as dark as I expected, I've seen some quality brown ales as dark as this this before. It's dark brown and a deep chestnut brown color when held to the light. What really saved this beer was the lacing in my opinion. It has a thick bubbly head that sticks around and provides generous lacing to it. The smell is good, it has a slight coffee aroma to it but more like a flavored coffee or a coffee with cream and/or sugar added to it, as opposed just straight brewed black coffee. Pretty well malted and believe it or not a subtle hop smell. The taste is good, sweet toasted malts with a coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Slight bitter aftertaste from both hops and coffee, tastes pretty nice overall. Mouthfeel is good, but not quite as creamy as I expected for a "cream stout." Still it's not bad, decent carbonation and overall it's closer to the full bodied end than anything else, at worst a heavy medium with a slight coated bite at the end from the hop. It's incredibly drinkable, went much faster than I expected.

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Photo of zackcg
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

A - pours a deep dark brown-chocolate color with a toffee brown head which doesn't last long.

S - sweet milky chocolate-caramel notes blended with a well balanced malt and hop profile.

T - Heavy richness, dairy-like in fact, sit over a slight bitterness with a mellow hop bite.

M - On the fizzy size, was anticipating a super-smoothness but was moderately carbonated. Sweetness on the palette.

D - I could have a couple of these, definitely a good candidate for a float as well.

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Photo of steveh
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy Oatmeal for my 150th beer review. Haven't had this too often, I think I was stouted-out many years ago and this one fell by the wayside.

A -- Very dark, near opaque, with vague red highlights and a long-lasting, thick, tan head (that actually starts out very chocolate milk colored, but settles lighter).

S -- Mild chocolate and roasted malt notes with some dark fruit esters back.

T -- Big roasted grain flavor up front, vaguely nutty, finishing with some dark fruit (cherries, currant) flavor -- even some milk chocolate character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very creamy to finishing sort of dry. Medium to full bodied.

D -- Very nice to cure that Stout craving. Not a dry or oatmeal by any means, but definitely a nice hit of roasted malts and a complex character.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was one of my favs, along with nearly all other SA beers, over a decade ago. I wonder if they have gotten worse, or if I have gotten better. This one seems to have fallen particularly far from grace; whereas Boston Ale is as good as ever.

A - Very dark brown with a wee tan-ruby head clinging around the edges. The head looks like it has soap in it, with the irregular bubbles floating around.

S - The aroma is mostly roasted malt that is semi-rank; it ends up smelling quite a bit like stale coffee.

T - The taste is only scarcely better than the smell; where I remember it tasting like cocoa and French Roast, I now get impressions of day-old, half-empty Styrofoam coffee cups. There is a mild hoppy bitterness, but it is somewhat metallic. Blahhh. My repulsion and undewhelm-ment leaves my powers of observation willfully diminished. It is not the worst beer ever, but that is hardly a shining endorsement.

M - The feel of this beer evokes one of my top five least favorite beer adjectives: chalky. Need I say more?

D - I do not like it. I cannot recommend it. It is not offensively bad, but there will almost always be a better option.

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Photo of mempath
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours an expected dark but massive sticky lacing. super froth head center...like surf before a storm.

smells like fresh brown bread out of the oven and slightly cooled. even a sort of 'cork' smell. toasty/malty/biscuity.

very nice run of flavors over the palate...immediate sense of taste and mouthfeel...initially, getting a viscous toastiness...then a more fluid, slight hop bitterness edges out in a slowly drying finish. alot going on in a few seconds. sweet grains and dried fruit. and of course, creamy...

it's not that this is extremely complex, but it hits on all pistons where it should be. solid, reliable, different enough, very drinkable and sessionable (for sure). pretty much an exceptional stout

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle came with the Brewmasters Collection variety 12 pack

A - an opaque shoe polish brown with a beige frothy head about 1 1/2 fingers.

S - hard to detect an aroma but what I do gather is roasted coffee, malt, sugar cane syrup with some caramel depth.

T - the first thing I notice is something subtly dairy - like whole milk followed by roasted coffee finish. Also gathering some malty flavor. Slightly bitter - lemony finish.

M - slightly more than medium bodied. Noticible carbonation that seems sparse - but I'm okay with this. Mild creamy texture.

D - Gulping, not a sipper.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a great creamy head that stuck well to the glass. Smell was woody smoky, charcoal and chocolate too. Taste was light at first, little watery for my liking but finished well, very smoky with some sweet form caramel and chocolate to balance. Very drinkable stout, not bad at all just not spectacular.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was good!
Pours dark nealy black with a copious head with very good retention and side lacing.
Smell: Roasted and burnt malts galore. Breads chocolate and especially coffee dominate. Hops not so evident but the malts are so good the imbalance (for me) is not a problem.
Medium to full bodied, creamy, on the sweet side and smooth.
Has a little bite that leads to a dry finish and after taste.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large 4 finger lush fluffy froth head, That reatains nicely and looks creamy. Crater-like indentions sinking through. Light brownish tan head. Lots of good looking thick, sticky lacing. Dark brown, close to root beer in color. Light is visible and cherry-orange highlights can be seen.

The nose is a delicious cocoa, milk and dark chocolate. Roasty malts.

Lots of chocolatey goodness. The taste is sweet milk chocolate, some roasted malt and a lasting really nice cappaccino finish.

Light/medium bodied nice carbonation. Smooth, creamy and goes down super easy.

This is very drinkable, and Im sure people who arent huge fans of stouts would still love this. Probably would be a good stout for beginners. I read on the "Beer float" post someone made a float out of this, and after you try this, you can imagine just how good, & delicious that would be.

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Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears completely black with a frothy, foamy, thick off-white head, which dissipates very slowly and leaves great lacing. Almost looks like a root beer float from above.
Smells strongly of coffee, roasted malts and some sweetness. The taste follows the nose fairly well, adding some vanilla and chocolate in as well. The sweetness in the nose may come from that vanilla and chocolate taste. The end/aftertaste has a nice hop tang to it, but there's not too much to overpower the rest of the flavors.
The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, but there is still a good amount of carbonation and it is very thick. The drinkability is great, and it is so easy to put a few back without feeling much at all.
I love this brew, picked it up on a whim, and I'm so glad I did.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with no light penitration at all into a Brittish pub pint glass. Keeps an awesome fluffy toffee colored head. Doesnt stick around after a few sips but keeps a lacing all down the glass.

The smell can only be described as roasted malt and hops. The hops are kind of sweet smelling. Not in a wierd way. Perhaps some dark chocolate as well.

At 1st taste its all chocolate. Its a very rich dark or non sweetened chocolate that finishes with a little bit of hop and roasted malt. Whats nice is you'll noticed the after taste has a bit of a peanut taste. Also toasted. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavily carbonated but yet very smooth.

Not overly complex but a very nice beer. Whats very nice is that this the 1st Sam Adams I've had in a while without a metallic taste.

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

Appearance: Aggressive pour. Black body, 3 finger white foamy head. Incredible lacing.

Smell: Coffee, caramel, sweet. Roasted malts, a little chocolate.

Taste: Curdled milk? That might be it. Chocolate and caramel come through once it warms.

Drinkability: Low alcohol, sweet taste. I can't drink too many stouts without getting full but I put back a few of these.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pint glass.
A: Poured a very deep brown, nearly black color. Almost a one finger head that quickly faded from the middle out.
S: A lot going on here. I first pick up on a smokey, petey aroma. Accompanying that scent is some carmel, chocolate and coffee aromas which blend well together. Very pleasant. I find that as the beer warms a little, the smokieness fades and the carmel/chocolate really come out.
T: Taste is in accordance with the smell, though I expected a bit more. A hint of smoke was quickly overtaken by the roasted malt sweetness along with notes of chocolate and coffee. There was a minor hop taste at the back, but not overpowering by any means. As time went on, I found the flavor to become more mild, which is unusual.
M: I really enjoyed the full, creamy mouthfeel. It wasn't too much and I found it to finish nicely with just a hint of alcohol at the end, balanced perfectly with the roasted malts.
D: Considering the slight ABV and the tastiness of the brew, having a couple is a distinct possibility. Additionally, the beer is relatively light for a stout.

I have to say, this was a nice surprise and a beer I look forward to having again.

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Photo of MorningBeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured this beer into a sam adams sensory experience glass. Has a dark brown, almost black color with slightly lighter brown, ruby hues around the edges. Hard pour produced a two finger head. A little swirling of the bottom of the bottle gave a frothy and creamy top that stuck around briefly. Nice cobweb lacing.

S: Coffee and carmel scents. I get a hint of roasted nuts and chocolate. It's a great smell that makes you want a taste.

T: Much like the smell, with a little cream. Moderate complexity and medium bodied, smooth, and just enough carbonation as it finishes to set it aside from some other stouts I've tried. The taste enters the mouth just before the beer hits the tongue in a pleasant way.

D: I can only drink one or two of these beers in a sitting. It's a little sweet but keeps you coming back to it. Like other sam adams beers I've tried, it gets better as you drink it down a bit. Definitely a good beer in the morning or late at night, all year long. For some reason, I like to enjoy this one alone rather than in the company of others.

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

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. It had a three finger tan head that is very foamy/frothy and was gone quickly. The beer left minimal lacing in the glass. The color of the beer is black and when held in the light is beet red. The beer smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and maple syrup. The beer tastes of smokey malt and light hops. This beer has a light body. The mouthful is lightly carbonated and foamy. This beer has a nice aroma but falls short on flavor. This is a average cream stout.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with 2 finger white head, some lacing on glass, when held to the light ruby highlights show through

S: the nose is sweet with milk chocolate, molasses, and some roasted notes to balance it out.. some roasted barley and coffee

T: almost matches nose directly, but the sweet chocolate is more pronounced. This beer has a great balance between sweetness and roastiness and it is overall very tasty

MF: somewhat thin body for stout, medium carbonation

D: this beer is highly drinkable, probably my favorite out of the standard lineup from SA

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this beer a try in a couple years and wanted to give it a whirl. Actually haven't had anything Sam Adams in a while.

Poured into a pint glass; the color is a dark cola brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A small tan head sits atop. The smell really pulled me in...very pleasant roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel...but not too sweet. Taste smacks of caramel, but light roasty malts make up the backbone. There's some nice soft carbonation to keep the sweetness in check. I think this is a really nicely balanced stout. Maybe it's just my mood right now, but this hits the spot.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very very dark with golden tones and amber in the corners. MInimal tan head.
Sm. Caramel! first and foremost. Smells like candy in a good way. A bit of chocolate too. Malty and bready with some hops back in there.
Ta. Again with the caramel/chocolate, kind of sweet and creamy (duh) with a mild finish. Just a balancing bitterness...pretty well hidden.
Mf. Smooth, a bit thick, and creamy.
Dr. Easy easy. Wish there was another cold one.

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Photo of jwillcourt
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured conservatively from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Very dark brown, near black, and ruby around the edges. Head is a full inch and comprised of many bubble sizes. It dissipates to a spotty froth. Head retention and lacing are average.

S - Smell is mostly sweet malt and cocoa, with a little coffee and grassy hops. The powdered milk smell came out towards the end.

T - Follows the smell. Mostly sweet malt and milk chocolate, followed by a slight coffee and hoppy bitterness. Initially, a cola and metallic bitterness overwhelmed the aftertaste. I wasn't sure I could finish the glass. As it opened up, this aftertaste started to fade and the cocoa and milkiness came through.

M - Medium body but frothy and way too carbonated. It feels very light for a stout. Chalky finish. Started to feel a little sticky after awhile.

D - Low alcohol and controlled sweetness gives it good drinkability. Harsh metallic aftertaste and over carbonation take that away.

This beer was a real jekyll and hyde. Initially, it did not smell like much, had an unpleasant aftertaste, and the frothiness was too much. Over time, it started to smell, taste, and feel much better. I will give it another shot someday.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Nice dark brown beer, just a bit of color gets through if held up to intense light. Head is dark tan, 1+ finger, and lacing is tight and fluffy.

Nose is full of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. There is also a hop tang. Smells are full and pleasing.

As for the taste there is a slight hop bitterness, sweet dark cherry and vanilla along with the coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A mouthfull of beer to be sure.

Full body, and chewy with a slightly sweet finish and good carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability is good. and there is a general pleasing fullness to this beer.

A good beer for a snowy Winter's night when the budget requires something in the more sane range.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Mug.

Pours a deep coffee brown. Sits almost black in the mug, letting a bare hint of brown light around the edges. Foamy, thick, cream colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of oak, coffee, bare hints of smoke and alcohol.

Where to start on the flavor? A medley of coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, and whipping cream. Lingering roasty finish that's otherwise pretty clean.

They pretty well hit the nail on the head here. Full, creamy, foamy mouthfeel.

Yeah, I could drink another. Piece of cake.

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