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

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
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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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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,691 |  Reviews: 1,263
Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -7.9%
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 -19.1%
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 +6.9%
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 -12.2%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of magine
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark chocolate, has a tan head that fades and settles to a nice lace layer on top. Nice sticky lacing.

Has a chocolate, roasted caramel malt smell.

This brew tastes very creamy and smooth; a nice blend of roasted malts and hop spice. The brew tastes very good - not over done at all which makes it very drinkable.

This brew is very drinkable, tastes smooth and is light enough (not in a bad way) to get a case and enjoy all night. The flavors really shine through.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery Pint Glass

A: Poured semi-vigorously a creamy, course, 1.5 finger head that dissipates semi-slowly leaving surprisingly impressive layered lacing. Color of the beer is dark dark amber that is almost opaque.

S: Smells like coffee flavored milk (NOT coffee with a little milk). The smell is very distinct and covers the faint alcoholic nose well. I also detect a nice sugary aroma.

T: Starts really creamy that flows nicely into the middle. There is a hint of coffee that fades, and then re-emerges toward the end, lingering and producing a nice aftertaste. There's a bit of alcoholic bite to this which I'm a little surprised about, but at the same time, it works well, serving to tie the flavors together.

M: Really silky and smooth and really lathers the inside of my mouth with a thin coat of heady goodness.

D: This is definitely an impressive stout coming out of Sam Adams and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again. Surely a very welcome surprise from a beer that I honestly didn't expect much from.

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Photo of CarlP2
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall mug.

A- Deep mahogany brown with a khaki colored head that recedes to leave a cap on top of the beer and plenty of lacing on the sides.

S- Strong smell of roasted malts and some chocolate.

T- Tastes a lot like the smell, strong roasted malts, with some bitter coffee. Finishes with the roasted taste, with a small hint of hops.

M- Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with average carbonation.

D- Not something to drink all night, but I could sip on a few of them.

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Photo of daledeee
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came with a sampler and has been in my frig for a while.

Poured a dark clear brown with a smaller light tan head
Nose is coffee and chocolate and smoke, but mostly vanilla

Taste is slightly smoky with chocolate and a good dose of vanilla.

Mouth feel could be more full. This is probably the weakest point of this beer. Pretty drinkable. I am just used to the imperials now!!

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Photo of cpmau11
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A nice once inch tan head, body is black, great lacing and head retention. Aroma smells of chocolate roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Taste is great, tons of malt sweetness, chocolate and roast dominates most. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is alright, but nothing too special. Drinkability is good as most milk stouts are.

Overall, this is a nice milk stout, nothing overwhelming, but the aroma stuck out to me, very robust. Flavor is good but becomes slightly bland towards the finish, lacing continues throughout the rest of the beer.

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Photo of mrkc
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a fairly average bottle, not especially slender or thick, containing 12 Oz - about 35 cl in proper units of measure. The glass is dark, though translucent, and there's two labels, one around the neck, either of which seem reserved and appropriate. Interestingly, the cap was flimsy, and my bottle opener cut right through it.

This is a whispy, quiet beer which pours easily, and with minimal carbonation. It's a deep oak colour in my glass, with a razor thin ring of tan head. I'm immediately struck by the smell of cream, burnt molasses, and of yeast. Tasting it, this stout is smooth, clean, and with little bite. The cream doesn't stand out in this beer; instead, I'm drawn to its aftertaste, that of roasted coffee. There's just barely a sweet note, but it's lost in a big malty wilderness. At 4.7% ABV, it isn't terribly alcoholic, a fact that's reflected by the lack of even a hint of ethanol in its aroma.

It's drinkability is impaired by its particular combination of flavours which quickly wears out its welcome. However, this stout would make a fine dessert beer. A solid offering.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black, opaque. The head is light brown with decent lacing.

Smell: Coffee molasses, brown sugar.

Taste: A lot like coffee, with some dry cocoa mixed in. It seems a little sweet at first, but the aftertaste is more of a mild dry cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and stingy (in a real good way).

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Full of flavor up front, but ending quite mildly.

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Photo of xx99mustangGTxx
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahhh... my first review on BA.

Appearance: Deep ruby-black color,good 2 finger thick head with an aggressive pour, good retention

Smell: Big roasty malt aroma, cant smell much hops through the malt though sadly

Taste: Big roasty malt flavor with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee flavors, nice hop bitterness not too strong but balanced well, somewhat smokey flavor

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, finishes kind of dry

Drinkability: Wouldn't want to try to slam these down but I would sip them all night

Notes: overall my favorite stout and probably my favorite beer from sam adams, it's definitely one that i would keep around for a while

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hardly any tan head. Obviously no head retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown. Kind of red hued caramel.

Aroama: Chocolate, caramel, milk, earthy hops. It has big robust roasted kind of smell. Reminds me a lot of the Sam Adams Honey Porter. Not to bad.

Taste: Big roasted malt taste. Caramel, chocolate are both big flavors. Again, reminds me of the honey porter. Has a milky flavor. Big malt flavors, backed with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Creamy robust feel. Ends with a big malty flavor, kind of dry and a burnt flavor.

Overall, this is a decent offering from Sam Adams. Good reasonable stout. Pretty drinkable. My bottle is going fast. I would have this again.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice dark beer with no light showing through, big tan head that settles to a minimal head, slight lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is completely coffee and a sugary sweetness.

T: The coffee from the smell is the main flavor along with a dark roasted malt flavor and a sweet finish. No wonder they call this the "Espresso of Beers". I really like this.

M: Not too thin and not too thick with slight carbonation and a coating on the mouth after you swallow.

D: I could drink this all night and the ABV isn't that bad so you wouldn't get completely bombed.

One of my favorites from Sam Adams and I plan to keep this in my rotation.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown body topped by a frothy bark tan head standing a couple inches tall. The head has some great stamina! The lacing this beauty leaves is also worth noting.

S - Cough syrup & dark chocolate.

T - Chocolate flavors with a sweet coffee note. There's a nice accent throughout each pull of this brew.

M - Super smooth throughout. The finish is solid as it offers a nice tingle.

~ I'm a big fan of most Sam Adams brews and this one is no exception. I'll happily tip these back while recommending my friends do the same.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cream stout poured a nice dark brown which turns black as it fill the glass. Creates a 1 inch head, which shrinks after a while but stays there. Pour it in a cup and you'll fool somebody into thinking it's a coffee.

Smell of chocolate powder and coffee, with some malts in there. Cool but not too fancy.

Noticeable initial malt sweetness properly contrasted by dark chocolate flavors and roasted barley bitterness. Burnt flavors linger for a while, which I find quite pleasant. Great taste.

Medium body, but feels rather thick for a beer of this ABV. Much appreciated since stouts around this ABV tend to be watery. This one is indeed creamy.

Deadly drinkability. Perfectly balanced, creamy feel, and low ABV make for...yes! a perfect session beer. If it was any cheaper around here, I'd drink it all day long.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- earthy brown, thin tan head

S- Toasted and Roasted malts with a vanilla sugar tone

T- Creamy with sweet roasted malts, little nuttyness and hops thrown in and faint vanilla oak finnish.

M- Nice feel, could be a little more creamy for my taste.

D- very drinkable, not overpowering in a sweet sense

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Photo of qchic
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipping this out of the fridge, I am looking forward to this one warming up a bit. Pours black and only a little light gets through the slimmer bottom of my SA perfect pint glass. Good head retenttion and lacing. Aroma is all malt. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and nutty toffee with a little smokiness. The flavor does not mirror the aroma as much as in some other beers, with tangy dark, dried fruits (raisins, prunes) coming through, finishing dry and bitter. Carbonation is right where it needs to be, body is medium, and without sweetness, I could easily drink a couple of these.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic by Sam Adams and one of their best beers in my opinion.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth. Was beautiful

smell: good hops, and slightchocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, sweet but not too sweet at all.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: probably one of the best regular stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A small beige head forms and recedes to a ring in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Some astringent roasted malt at first. A bit of lactic milk. Chocolate, coffee, and smoke follow. Even some dark fruits can be detected. Smells enticing.
T: This is great. A huge roasted malt flavor with chocolate, coffee, and tons of smoke. Some caramel sweetness and darks fruits as well. The flavor lingers on forever.
M/D: A full body that is well carbonated, rich, and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink. Something I can quaff with no problem.

What a great relief in the armpit of airports that is known as Atlanta International. I really enjoyed this. I remember this being to much for me when I first tried it years ago. Its amazing how much our tastes change over time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

sa cream stout
3 dark as night, head on the soda popinsky side. have to swirl and whisper encouragement just to coax a ring into sticking around for a spell.
4 smells perty nice, though. deeply roasted malt aromas combine with chocolate malts and an unmistakable milk stout sweetness. you can sense the astringency as well.
3.5-4 nothing surprising in the flavor. solid and appropriately acidic, balanced by lactose. the roasted notes are mostly distinguishable from coffee at first, which i think is a good thing. the aftertaste could be mistaken for java, though.
4 swishing about the mouth brings out extra creaminess. nice medium body for the size of this beer.
3-3.5 personally not my favorite profile, but this is clearly a competent, sturdy brew--especially considering the abv. might be a good one to have around in case you're having a piece of cheesecake or some fried eggs and the mood strikes... cause the more i have, the more it becomes espresso (with just a touch of cream).

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 74.5% out of 100 with 2,691 ratings
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