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

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2,683 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 Borgs
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - The head is somewhat thick, but doesn't last, except for a light layer on top. It's a very dark, cloudy beer

Smell - It has a robust roasted, chocolaty aroma, with a slight hoppiness to it.

Taste - You can definitely taste the combination roasty, chocolaty, coffee-y flavors. None of the flavors are overpowering.
Mouthfeel - I can definitely sense the creamy smoothness on the mouthfeel. It feels like a medium- to heavy-bodied beer, with Take another sip and let it wander. Note how the beer feels on the palate and its body. Light, heavy, chewy, thin / watery, smooth or coarse? Was the beer flat, over-carbonated?

Drinkability - I would love to have another right now, except that I bought a variety pack, & would also like to try a couple of the others that I yet to try.

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Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a nice frothy tan 1-2 finger head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice roasted smell with chocolate, coffee and caramel notes.

Taste: Very big flavor with roasted notes up front with a hint of hoppy bitterness. This gives way to a hint of dark chocolate followed by coffee and smoke. Aftertaste has hints of coffee and a smokiness which is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: A little high on the carbonation and not as thick as I'd prefer with a stout.

Drinkability: High drinkability, especially for a stout. You could down a few of these without thinking twice.

Overall: I would definitely recommend this beer. This is a very solid stout. Another nice offering from the guys at Samuel Adams.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, creamy oak color with some lighter amber highlights. Put up a finger and a half of fluffy light tan head.

Smells like coffee, caramel malts, some chocolate truffle, and maybe a little bit of cream. Smells sweet.

Good stuff on the tongue, first comes the caramel maltiness mixed with some nice milk chocolate, followed up by a creamy and slightly bitter dark coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel was where the beer went downhill a little bit, it was a little bit thin for a stout. I want it a bit more thick and syrupy, maybe just a hint less carbonation either. Decent though.

Overall, this is one of my favorite offerings from the Boston Beer Company. A tasty stout that's a pretty solid looker as well, just needs a little improvement on the mouthfeel. Either way, it's really drinkable and I could definitely see myself drinking two or three of these in a sitting, something I don't normally do with stouts. Good showing, Mr. Koch.

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

12 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours an almost opaque very dark red, appears black not in the light, medium sized light brown head forms, slowly settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very sweet and roast, chocolate milk, some roast, big caramel, honey, powdered milk, a touch of roast, some licorice, biscuit, very malty and sweet, nice.

Taste is similar, very sweet and malty, some iron, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar, powdered milk, a bit of licorice and some dark fruit, honey, sweet in the finish, but a little watery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable stout. Capable milk stout but far from my favourite.

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Photo of advill88
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with slight reddish hues and a thick frothy white head. Chocolate and creamy roasty smell, with a light roasted creamy sweetness in the taste. Mouthfeel is, again, very creamy and fairly heavy bodied, with a light carbonation. This is one stout I could drink all day. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How much is there to say about what a stout looks like? It's nothing out of the ordinary. Light tan head with some retention. If anything, the color is slightly thin, being a little less than opaque. Stouts can fare way better than this with lacing and head, nitro or not.

Roasty aroma with some lactic sweetness. Some dry chocolate and a slight whiff of coffee. Not massive, but promising.

Something astringent sinks the flavor profile. Way too chalky and acidic and thin, like the back end of a Guinness. Needs some kind of hops to round out the flavor. The roasty aroma doesn't carry through real well into the flavor, only showing up a bit in the finish. For a milk/sweet stout, it's surprisingly not sweet, allowing that back end to dominate. It is nearly a dry Irish one in my mind. Seems off style.

I expect a bit better from a stout. It feels like an ordinary ale, and doesn't have anything especially smooth or full about it. Carbonation seems a bit rough even.

Hm, I don't think this is a particularly good effort. Didn't they include the Brown Ale previously? That would have been better. Now with this and Coastal Wheat, one-third of this pack is not something I'm thrilled to drink, pending the Noble Pils that I'll try soon. Left Hand or Bell's have done this style way way better, and the cheaper price here won't encourage me to make this a repeat buy. Disappointing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have heard the talk on this beer. After being disappointed on this years "winter larger" I felt compelled to try one of their highly recommended beers.

A - Dark as Dusk so dark you can't see through it. Head is nice with creamy lacing.
S - Smells of coffee and chocolate malt.
T - Pretty smooth coffee malt flavor. Could use a bit more bite but pretty nice.
M - Goes down smooth with plenty of flavor to go around.
D - I may try and find a sixer of this in PA. A nice beer by Samuel Adams that makes up for the Winter Lager.

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

Pours a coffee color with all kinds of lacing and some mocha head.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee like malt.

The taste is smooth and well balanced for a stout. The nice roasted malts create a bittersweet chocolate flavor with a mild hop bite to balance in the finish, very smooth.

Low carbonation, and a nice medium to heavy mouthfeel make this a bit creamy on the palate.

While stouts are not my favorite style this appears to be one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of Jfo1987
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very appealing head; big and long lasting. Huge chocolate and coffee flavor midway through that is very satisfying. For me this beats out a Guinness in that department. Mouth feel is also better with this stout to me.

This definitely made a big impression on me. Like drinking a coffee flavored chocolate bar. I'll be in heaven if I ever found a stout that I liked better than this.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown color, shiny, the foamy head is fat, looks like bitumen on a chocolate cake, excellente lacing;

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, burnt milk and cookie;

T: Like the smell, roasted malt, a lot of chocolate and cookie, tastes like beer mixed with oreo cookies;

M: Slightly dry, very bitter with a sweet end, medium body and low carbonation;

D: Like drinking a beer made with oreo cookies.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma had mixes of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Poured a dark color, like black coffee, with a thick brown tinted beige head. The taste was a mix of roasted malts, sweet cream and dark cocoa. Overall like a cup of coffee with some cream added to it. Good amount of thickness, could be more thick but I'm not complaining. Not too strong for a "stout." Combined with a multitude of flavors, this beer is great for any occasion and could be used ot get others into beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big meh, pours like a beer soaked in some brazil nuts. Little bit o foam, toffee and nut aroma.

Looks weak for a stout. Dirty color, nothing rich jet black to it. Tastes like more toffee, a lil coffee, a christmas mixed nuts sampler, and like someone put a cigarette out in it the night before. Tobacco, but with ash as part of the flavor profile.

Resulting mouthfeel, gets some points, because its not as harsh after a few sips. Can't recommend this one, its the bottom of the barrel for stouts.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Savored from my Sam Adams perfect pour glass.

I haven't had too many cream stouts before, but if this is a typical exapmle of that style, I definately want to have more.

The beer is a very dark brown with slivers of red at the edges of the glass. The foam was thick and coffee colored. The aroma was blessed with helpings of toffee, coffee, and a bit of cocoa. The flavor was rich with the same essences. Thick in body, but not too heavy on the tongue. It finished with a sweetness I much admired. DEFINITELY a repeat buy.

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Photo of mjurney
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Dark Brown-Black color, creamy head, lacing looks pretty good on the glass.
[Smell]: Light aroma. Some Roasted malts, dark chocolate, hint of coffee.
[Taste]: Sweet roasted malts up front, dark chocolate, hint of burnt caramel/coffee, slight nutty at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied (little too light for its style), creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is moderate, smooth finish with slight nutty aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Pretty drinkable, but I prefer heavier bodied for this style, but still it's pretty good stout.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a typical stout black. The head is an average size, but fluffy. Lacing was great.

I smell roasted malts, a little bit of sweet lactose, and a subdued overall sense of smores.

The faint smores aroma follows through in the taste. I definitely get a sense caramel, molasses, and dry dark chocolate at the end. Notes of dark chocolate dominate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, and as far as sweet stouts go, it's super easy to drink.

This stout is a pleasure. Very round, broad flavors that are gracious in a bold way.

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

A - Pours extremely dark brown to black with brown head. Nice lacing on the glass as the foam settles to a thin ring.

S - Lacking a bit in aroma. The dominant smell is roasted malts.

T - Molases/ dark fruit and roasted malts. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with a nice mix of sweet and dryness with a lingering bitterness.

M - Moderate body. Becomes creamy if allowed to sit in the mouth prior to swallow. Warming.

D - Drinkable

Good mass production stout. Easy to find and tasty.

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Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by may 2010

pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that left notches down the glass

smell of sweet sugar and cream

taste is great - has a nice light coffee with cream and chocolate flavor

mouthfeel is light well carbonated that is both crisp yet still has some creamy smoothness

drinkability is great - good flavors and low abv make this stout a year round pickup

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Photo of Duxx
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black color with a beige 2 finger head that lingers as you drink. The smell is roasty with an astringent note from the unmalted barley. There is also a slight smokiness. The taste follows the nose with roasty, Smokey and sweet flavors. The mouthfeel is slightly thin but I like the slightly more assertive carbonation relative to most stouts. The drinkability is good. Not to heavy.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours deep mahogany with a creamy, tan head.

Pleasant aroma of sweet milk chocolate and maybe a graham crackerish malt. Not a lot of complexity.

Medium bodied, lactose sugar and sweet chocolate pie with whipped cream on top. Pretty smooth, makes me think this would be a good beginners stout.

Overall, not something i'm going to be running back to, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of coffee, hops, hint of dark citrus, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of smoke, hops, hint of coffee, hint of wood, hint of tea, and a hint of Euro yeast. Overall, like a Baltic Porter and an Export stout mixed, very tasty and complex, but not much of a Milk Stout.

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Photo of bump8628
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a notch in the label that promises brewery fresh taste before April '10.

Black with ruby highlights around the edges and a creamy tan head.

Faint aroma of creamed coffee and not much else.

Taste is again rather one dimensional in the coffee direction, which I don't mind in this style, except that it comes off as cheap stale coffee rather than rich and robust. This, coupled with a slightly sour aftertaste (similar to that found in Guiness) is a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel is solid and carbonation is spot on.

This was one of the first craft beers I tried and I remember it being much better, but it's been several years and I guess my tastes have changed. Still, it's a serviceable stout and not bad when it's part of one of the seasonal twelve packs.

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

A-Near pitch black with a thick, billowy tan colored head that hangs around for a while and leaves great lacing. This is a good looking beer.

S-A very appealing nose. Very malty with coffee, chocolate and caramel notes.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a bit of hops. Its good.

M-A little lighter than the stouts I am used to, but it is a bit creamy with a little more carb bite than expected, but its not bad at all. I would like something a little chewier.

D-For a stout, this is very drinkable, especially with the low abv.

Overall, a nice one from SA.

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Photo of TLove
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

Hints of heavy cream, vanilla, and a little bit of nuttiness. The color points to some roasted malts and chocolate. ABV at around 5% and a head with phenomenal retention. Lightly carbonated.

An interesting, creamy stout with supreme drinkability. A little thin compared to others of similar capacity such as St. Peters Cream or Lancaster Milk Stout, but really excellent consistency and a perfect session beer.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into drinking darker beers. Picked up a six-pack for old times sake, and figured I'd finally review it. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, with three fingers of frothy, off-white head that subsided very slowly. Plenty of lacing

Smell: Sweet toffee and coffee notes, and the faintest scent of roasted malts. Overall a very mild aroma, and each scent is subtle.

Taste: Bitter coffee and roasted flavors right up front, which fades into a nice, mellow sweetness. The coffee flavors linger into the aftertaste. Not as sweet as most milk stouts, but there's enough sweetness in there to provide a backing to the roasted flavors. Like the scent, all of the flavors are mild - almost to a fault.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but carbonation is prickly. Would have liked to see this one a little less carbonated.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. It goes down smooth, and at under 5% ABV, it's easy to have a couple of them. It's also a great beer to introduce people into darker beers with. Obviously it doesn't compare in flavor to a RIS, but it's not supposed to - it's a different style of beer. I haven't had a milk stout in awhile, so after drinking mostly RIS's recently, this kind of beer will taste much more mild, and almost watered down - but it's still a great, enjoyable beer. One of Sam Adams' best.

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Photo of drizzam
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An aggressive pour yielded a huge fluffy tan head atop a dark opaque brown body. The head retention was marvelous and left beautiful lacing. Great start!

S - Sweet caramelized malt, bitter chocolate and just a hint of roasted coffee. Nice smelling brew.

T & M - Smooth and creamy with a medium bodied mouthfeel. The sweet caramel malt body is accented by the hints of bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee I smelled in the nose. Not much in the way of hops and it seemed like I tasted a bit of a metallic twang when I first started drinking it.

D - This is a very solid brew...I'm enjoying it very much after working all week and not drinking. Low ABV adds to its quaffability. I could see myself picking up a couple sixers and making this a regular staple in my fridge.

Thanks to my buddy cdkrenz for hooking me up with this extremely tasty brew!! I owe ya bud.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,683 ratings.
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