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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (with a best by date of 4/2010) into a nonic pint glass. Temp. of beer at the start of this tasting is right about 50 degrees.
This is a beer i've always been curious about and for some reason i've never gotten my hands on one until now.

The beer is as close to pure black as you can get without quite being there. There is just a subtle hint of light peaking through in the form of a dark ruby red color.

Smell is really good. Chocolate,vanilla, cappuccino with a touch of roasted nuttiness.

Taste is coffee icecream. Plain and simple. The coffee isn't strong but it's definitely there. Slight aftertaste of chocolate. No bitterness anywhere.

Mouthfeel is lighter then your typical stout but considering this one is under 5%abv it's pretty much right on. A slight creaminess on the finish.

Overall Samuel Adams Cream Stout is pretty much what i expected. It's not going to knock your socks off but thats not what its intended to do. It is an easy drinking smooth stout that is extremely sessionable. I would recommend this to someone thinking of getting into stouts. This one is very drinker friendly.

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Photo of bob3701
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Note this sample is 5 plus years old. Head disapated rapidly. Black as night, no light shines through when held up to light. OK lacing. On the sweetside tastewise. Strong hints of chocolate. This beer is very smooth and silky. Well done and has kept well too.

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Photo of beer272
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Looks great dark as midnight, beautiful lacing.

S ok

T Initial taste great but the roast grain comes in the end with a slight burnt taste. That lowers the taste.

M great body with super minor graininess.

D I nice drink!

Bought a 6 pack for $8.55 today

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Photo of CHL
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this beer one month past the freshness notch, but it's very agreeable. Dark, with a sticky and persistent head, it's a good-looking brew. The smell includes coffee, chocolate, and also the cream as advertised.

The taste is fantastic. I'm often disappointed by milk stouts, but this one is both complex and honestly sweet from the milk sugar, but without overpowering the dark malts, chocolate, caramel, smoke, and coffee. It's thick with flavors. I don't detect much for hops (perhaps due to age), but I don't mind at all. The body is very smooth, substantial, and with enough carbonation to perk up the taste buds.

Very drinkable for a stout. Enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SA Cream Stout is a dark brown in color with a respectable cream colored head. The head faded as I drank to a heavy collar. It's aroma is roasted malt. The taste is roasted coffee, though not sweet at all, more of a mild bitter taste. The mouth feel is thick, full bodied and good carbonation. Drinkability is good as taste not objectionalble and ABV is low. Not bad, but I would have expected a milk/sweet stout to be a little sweet.

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Photo of beertownbaron
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1" brown head that slowly dissipates. Color is black, but light still penetrates it. Decent lacing.

S- Smells roasty with faint hints of chocolate. Not a very stong smelling brew

T- Tastes creamier than most stouts, as the name would indicate. Something roasted is in there, similar to the smell. A bit underwhelming.

M- Watery, with a bit of carbonation.

D- Not overly impressed with this brew. I think the cream taste weakens the stout, as well as being a bit watery. I like my stouts thick and strong, so I guess this just isn't the beer for me.

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Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with reddish hues when held up to light. Tall tannish head with an unrelenting retention and plenty of frothy lacing.

Smell is on the sweet side consisting of coffee and roasted almond. Hints of banana come to mind as well. Very complex and inviting.

Taste is impressive. Incredibly smooth with lots of roasted chocolate and coffee flavor. Hops are mild yet still provide enough bitterness to give the beer a little bite and balance out the sweet molasses character. Roasted flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

Medium to full-bodied brew with mild carbonation. Smooth mouth feel and very easy to drink.

I am very impressed with this offering from Sam Adams. Very flavorful and complex. A bitter-sweet treat to be savored.

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Photo of Duttonic
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Samuel Smiths pint glass.

A- Deep, dark chocolate in color. Little light seen, except around the edges. Poured one finger of medium tan head.

S- Chocolate, bread, nothing jumps out at me.

T- Earthy aftertaste, almost like dirt. Strangely metallic, but not unpleasant. Chocolate, coffee, unsweet brown sugar.

M- Great mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, tingly, like mildly carbonated cream. Very good feel.

D- Low ABV would suggest that this is a highly sessionable beer. I agree. I was expecting sweeter and more choclatey, but this is an all around good beer.


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

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a jet black in the glass with a thick tan froth. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, charcoal, light earthiness, & roasted malts dominate the nose followed by a flavors of charcoal, cereal, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, & a subtle spicy hop finish. Great mouthfeel and nice lacing. Overall a good beer....would go great with BBQ burgers!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; only light that comes through is on the edges. Poured a 1 finger dark tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken lacing.

S: Vanilla and bronw sugar. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate in the background.

T: Somewhat consistent with smell; roasted coffee balances with a creamy sweetness of brown sugar.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Big, rich and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Rich flavors, yet balanced. Wasn't sure what to think of the borwn sugar sweetness.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a rich, dark body that is jet black in color. The head is a tan/light brown, frothy and about a finger thick. Good head retention in this beer as well. Even held up to the light, this beer allows no light to pass through.

S - Tons of chocolate and caramel hit the nose initially with a slightly bitter malt body. There is also some faint toffee and cream notes. Very sweet nose with a slight bitter nip to it that makes it very enticing.

T - Lighter than I was expecting, especially after the dark body and rather strong nose, but still enjoyable. Like the smell, the taste is right up that ally except toned back a bit. Plenty of caramel and toffee blast the palate along with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Cream and roasted malts, which are probably part of the bitterness, are also present.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Creamy toffee and caramel hit the mouth initially. Next comes the carbonation that provides a nice balance between the sweet caramel and toffee notes and the bitter malts, which left as the beer exits. The carbonation could be better just along with the toffee, caramel, and bitter malts, but I am splitting hairs. Overall pretty solid stout but there is room for improvement.

D - I put this a little low because it is not as full as I would like from a stout. The beer appeals to a larger crowd that probably appreciates the medium body much better than they would if it were heavier. However, I personally like heavy stouts, especially in the colder months.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Freshest by notch is set at feb. but i believe this means next year.

A:Pours pitch, opaque, inky black with two and a half fingers of light brown bubbly head that doesn't stick around too long.leaves a decent amount of lacing as the head resides and as i drink it.

S:Black coffee comes out first followed by burnt toast.after the first few sips the cocoa smell comes out as well as the faintest bit of grassiness.

T:Almost the exact same as the smell except the chocolate didn't really come out until i got about halfway through the glass then i was greated with a subtle bitter-sweet dark chocolate treat.not quite sweet enough for the style though

M:Now this is were this beer shines. the mouth feelis,well,creamy!
By creamy i don't mean super thick just that it coats the mouth yet it's completly thirst quenching.not super dry like a lot of stouts.very refreshing!

D:A bit filling so i would'nt recommend too many of these in one sitting.

Overall a decent beer but i was expecting a bit more.seems more like a porter than a milk stout.good beer but there are much better in this style.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Nov. 2009. Cutting it too close to the drink by date?

(A)- Pours a deep black with a mediocre tan head that dissipated almost immediately to merely bubbles. Did leave some bits of lacing.

(S)- Creamy vanilla and molasses with a light roasted coffee background.

(T)- Some roasted coffee amidst a creamy sweetness that is mostly brown sugar in flavor. Has a cola-like background.

(M)- Good carbonation with a simple but balanced flavor profile.

(D)- A good stout that I think is better fresh considering I remember loving this beer the first time I had it. Has a kinda fake tasting sugar sweetness, but is better than any BMC product out there.

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Photo of OLaw
2.36/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 oz bottle individually, let it cool to ice-cold, and prepared to enjoy...

Unfortunately, I had to wait 'til my next beer to enjoy. This was bad. I had hoped for so much more based on a good reputation.

The appearance and smell weren't bad - smelled like a strange stout, which I expected was the cream flavor. Appearance was solid in the glass.

Then I tasted. It tastes like I poured milk into a Guinness. Not good. The mouthfeel was like a regular Sam Adams, not a stout. And drinkability was very poor given the above features, although I suppose if it tasted any kind of good I could drink lots given the watery mouthfeel.

I say: Avoid.

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

Appearance: Deep brown, not quite black. The head is thick and dark.

Smell: Slight coffee smell and roasted malts.

Taste: This beer is nicely balanced. No denying it's a sweet stout, but that aspect is leveled out with a slight malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Goes down pretty smooth, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Rather drinkable for a thick stout like this. I could have a few of these if I was in the mood for a stout session, especially with the low ABV.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. It's only my second Milk/Sweet Stout, but if it's representative of the style, I'd like to try more.

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Photo of vdread
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout
bottle to glass

pours out a near black color with some red coming through around the edges. rocky mocha colored head clings to the sides as i drink. smells strongly of coffee and dark malts. tastes of coffee milk and sweet roasted malts. it's nice and creamy as the name suggests. good mouthfeel, med. full and creamy. the great taste and low ABV would make this a great session beer.

for a cream stout, i really like this. it's more like a thicker, creamy porter but it's very satisfying.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark brown/black with a good strong head. Nice surprising laces.

S - Smells rich. Slightly sweet but mildly bitter at the same time. Its very roasty for sure.

T - Theres definitely a little bit of coffee that shows itself...which i didn't's very slight mind you. Nice roasted malts, with a tad bit of smokiness. It's a little bitter in the finish, but the creaminess balances it out.

M&D - Feels good, sort of thin, but nice nonetheless. Great drinkability, simply put.

Its not fantastic, but for not being a micro brewery, Sam Adams has a great assortment, and this is definitely a notch on the good side.

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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep black with a tan/brown colored head. Some nice lacing going down the glass.

S: Mostly burnt/roasted grain and coffee aromas. A very clean and fresh feel to it. There is also an almost "sweet" aroma coming off of it, if that makes any sense?

T: A very good sweet coffee and roasted grain flavor. There is a slight bitterness from the roasted malts. Not as overpowering in flavor as some stouts. I really like how the strong flavors and bitterness from the malt is balanced nicely with the sweetness present in the beer.

M: A little on the light side. Wouldn't say watery, but it could use a little bit more body.

D: A very nice sweet stout. Definitely one of the better that I've had.

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

Pours a nice black with a white head that dissipates into a ring. Good lacing.

Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, and bitterness. Slight hint of cigarettes, which is disconcerting.

The taste is almsot exactly like the nose. Nice smooth creamy flavors. Chocolate, coffee, and mocha are present.

In the mouth it is creamy and full-bodied. Great presence with just enough carbonation.

Very drinkable. There are better examples of this style, but it's still a solid beer with no glaring defects. Another great Sam Adams product.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Unibroue tulip, Oh what an awesome glass.

At first it reminded me of Edmund Fitzgerald, but it doesnt compare to that beer (not that its even trying to), but honestly, not much can.

A- Upon the pour it is evident that this beer isnt too thick. Its dark mahogany brown that is pretty transparent, at least enough to see lots of little effervescent bubbles rising to a off white medium sized head. There is moderate lacing and not great head retention but a small cap lasts most of the duration of my glass.

S- Powdery cocoa, smokiness, charcoal. Nice although some what under-powered.

T- Unsweetened chocolate, caramel malts. Mostly sweet but balanced nicely with some bitterness that seems to be from a nice combination of roasted malts and hops. The bitterness seems to be there the whole time throughout the sip but it lets the creamy sweetness take the wheel and drive for a while, then on the finish the bitterness lingers but remains faint.

M- Thinner than Id hopped, thicker than I thought it would feel after just seeing it. It is quite smooth, however. Not too sticky. a nearly dry finish.

D- Nice drinkability. This is almost porter-like. Very sessionable. Nothing displeasing about this beer at all. Finishes clean and smooth. Im ready for another.

I feel like this beer is playing it safe. Whats there is great, however, things could be pushed closer to the edge to create a really really nice beer, but Sam Adams is in the business of selling to a huge market so you dont typically find them pushing the envelope.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a medium beige head which collapses into a very rings of lace. Nose is bitterweet chocolate and roasted malt, but not very strong. Initial sip reveals a creamy and rich mouthfeel with just a hint of hops background. Taste echos the nose, and burnt coffee taste comes in at about mid glass. Seems a bit watered down for a stout. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

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

This is one of the first good beers I drank - had this one when I was much youger on occasion.
THANKS to S.A. for this!

A poured from the 12 ozbottle into my goblet. rich, creamy, thick tan colored head. two full fingers but dissipated a bit quick. big time lacing. puours a deep dark caramel brown but NOT black.

S Malty Chocoloate just a bit subtle.

T : not a BIT of hops here: sweet caramel, chocolate maltiness I dont get a bit of coffee here.

M: really, really great. THICK and creamy. NO noticable alcohol taste. but carbonation is a bit understated.

D: a bit rich to drink by the half dozen, but this beer is really really great nonetheless.

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Photo of jt31914
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Dark as night with a small amount of head and carbonation; this is exactly what you want in a stout.

S: Smell of chocolate and cream is noticeable; very smooth and rich smell. It is pleasant to the nose. A hint of smoky/charred odor as well.

T: Tastes good; not a lot of bitterness, very sweet and pretty smooth. The chocolate hits the most in the finish; very creamy taste indicative of the name. It does feel almost a little too creamy to me, but very good.

M: Bubbly and smooth in the mouth; very nice mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable stout; smooth and tasty.

Good stout, this is one of the first cream stouts I've had and I think they may just be a bit too mild for my taste.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A rich, dark brown color fills the glass that blocks out most light, with reddish brown tinting around the edges. There's a decent half-inch tan head that slowly recedes into a tin top coat. Leaves a good amount of lacing that clings to the glass. Roasted maltiness dominates the smell, but is accompanied by an assertive chocolate scent with some traces of caramel and vanilla.

There's a bitter kick right off the bat that lingers throughout the whole sip. Hops are obviously prevalent, but there's also a nice malty sweetness as well. Very nice nuances off coffee and vanilla coat the palate and tongue. There's a neat bready quality that characterizes the finish, along with some pleasant chewiness. Bit of lingering aftertaste that's both bitter and slightly sweet at the same time. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied, giving the brew a satisfying thickness while being sleek and smooth at the same time. Medium carbonation serves to accent the flavor qualities and add to the enjoyable feeling.

Drinkability is good, limited only by how much stoutiness you can tolerate. It's only around 4.7% ABV, but the fullness of it will keep you from drinking too fast. Overall, a really lovely brew that I would definitely drink again.

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

Very, very dark beer with a creamy tan head. Some stickiness.

Smells mostly of dark malts and roast coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate.

Very pleasing taste. Light and creamy. Chocolate, coffee and roasty notes. Well balanced, not at all harsh or overpowering. Light hop bitterness and no hop flavor that gets past the dark malts. Just the right sweetness.

Extremely smooth feel. Almost like a nitro tap pour. Very drinkable, especially for a stout.

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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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