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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

A: Deep brown body with produces a thin khaki head; not as thick of a pour as other cream stouts. The body is opaque to light. Minimal lacing.

S: The nose on this beer isn't huge but you do get quite a good whiff of many roasted aromas - coffee beans, milk chocolate, hot cocoa, toffee, burnt toast. Very pleasant on the nose.

T: Much like the nose with many roasted notes - the coffee notes definitely take charge at the beginning of each sip, but there are also hearty hints of milk chocolate, toffee, caramelized sugar and burnt toast. Mid sip, more of a buttery/nutty flavor (diacetyl) stands out. Overall, a smooth flavor profile throughout the body as the flavors transition nicely. Finish fades into faint chocolate and coffee hints at the back of the tongue.

M: This stout is not overly thick; carbonation is moderate and its presence cuts through the oily slickness on the body. Still goes down smooth, just not as velvety/creamy as other milk stouts I've tried.

D: Lower ABV - obviously a good choice for a sessionable stout. Can (and have) downed a couple during a single evening with pleasure.

I enjoy the Cream Stout and it's probably the Samuel Adams variety I purchase most often. That being said, it's a solid, second or third choice, as I would probably take a Young's Double Chocolate or a St. Peter's Cream Stout over SA, simply because those two examples have pair the same flavors with a much more lush, creamy mouthfeel. Nonetheless, SA Cream Stout is a delicious, cheaper, and more readily available alternative and one that I would recommend as a good introductory beer for someone looking to get into stouts.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As expected, this brew poured very thick and dark into my mug. The head was very coffee-esque, as the bottle itself suggested it would be, and the lacing was erratic but present. Smells of cocoa and butter, very aromatic and pleasing to the nose.

Tastes as I thought it would, also there is a slight negative tinge to the aftertaste that I wasn't too content about. But it's not that detracting from the overall experience of the beer. "The Cappucino of Beers" is a good label for it; Sam Adams themselves dubbed it that.

Mouthfeel is very... um, creamy? Haha. Very good going down. Drinkability is average.

Overall it's an alright beer, but one of my lesser favorite Sam Adams. Just because of that awkward aftertaste.

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Photo of rhenning
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into these slightly tapered glasses I have around...

Pours almost black w/ about two fingers of thick tan head. Subsides to a covering of tan suds with lots of nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is of chocolate cake, malt and hints of roasted coffee. I love the way this smells.

Chocolate, carbonation and malt right up front, with alcohol mid palate, bitter hop bite, and a finish of charcoal and lingering smoke.

Mouthfeel is milky and smooth, but could be a wee bit thicker.

High drinkability. Not overly sticky or cloying sweet. I can have several of these. A great session stout.

I must really like this one, because it keeps finding its way into my refrigerator at the end of a long day. Though good cold, the aromas really come out as it warms.

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Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was a best before date on the label.

Appearance: It has a very dark brow color that is very close to opaque in appearance. On top the head, which is dark tan in color, starts off thick and creamy then slowly settles down to thinner layer that has good retention lasting to the last sip. Its lacing is slick and slides down the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and malty nose with a pleasant roasted character and a touch of chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The taste starts off with a smooth malt flavor that builds a nice roasted character with the same hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Hop flavor is mild and adds only a slight metallic/herbal presence. The finish has a nice slow, somewhat dryer roasted coffee fade. On the palate it has a very creamy and smooth feeling. It has soft carbonation and a good solid medium to full body.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This is a very tasty stout with a nice slick creamy texture that I really enjoyed!!!

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Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a061183 for this one!

A- Typical black stout color with a tan 1 in. head.

S- Mostly roasted malt but I think I picked up on a slight vanilla aroma as well.

T- Tastes a lot of baker's chocolate and coffee, a little of bread, and there's a slight smokiness present near the end that kind of stays with you.

M- Very smooth in the mouth, although I think it's carbonated just the slightest bit too much for my taste. I'm probably nitpicking a little with that last part.

D- Very session-able and easy to drink. I kind of thought it would be a little sweeter from the ice cream suggestion on the bottle. Overall though, a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a stout, it's dark with a thick tan, fluffy head; just what I look for in a beer.

Nose has the dominance of chocolate and roasty flavors, again, just what I'm looking for.

The taste is great, with bittersweet chocolate flavors giving way to coffee and hops.

Extremely creamy in the mouth, not surprisingly. Good lacing.

It was hard to sit back and enjoy this because I couldn't wait for the next drink.

Needing only a bit more alcohol, this beer has it all.

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Photo of digitalbullet
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark. Little to no light can penetrate this stuff. Thick dark brown head. It looks fantastic
Smell: Light coffee tones with sweet barley mixed in. Faint whiff of chocolate in the background.
Taste: Definatly not what I expected. It has a light coffee flavor with a hint of sweetness. I expected more sweetness from a cream stout.
Mouthfeel: Very good carbination. No complaints.
Drinkability: Good. Will try again. I don't know if I would have it with ice cream as they recommend. I don't think it is sweet enough.

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Photo of yael6666
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Dark black color with a white-brown lasting head, and good lace that stays.

S:The aroma comes in layers, you get hit by a sweet chocolate at first, then black coffee and at last bitter chocolate.

T:Roasted malts, chocolate and coffe notes all over it and balancing hops that gives the exact amount of bitterness to this hail beverage.

The aftertaste is just great, sweet dark chocolate with a great espresso and at the end the sweet bitterness keeps you drinking...

I think my favorite beer of the year, i can say im in love

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a big 3 finger frothy, creamy head with good lacing.

Smells like chocolate/coffee/caramel/malt with very faint alcohol scent.

Tastes like roasted coffee beans and "roasted chocolate malted barley". Thats straight from the bottle and is about as accurate a description as you can get. I also think that the "Cappuccino of Beers" is a legit description.

Mouth feel is buttery smooth with light carbonation and drinkability is very high.

Smooth, smooth suds right here folks. Deee-licious. Definitely one of my favorite SA's brews. If not my favorite.

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Photo of TommyW
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a rocky, tan head.

S- Mix of sweet, toasted and burnt malts. Very nicely layered.

T- Creamy nature upfront. Nice mix of sweet and roasted malts balanced with some hop bitterness. Pleasant burnt flavor lingers on the finish.

M- Nice creamy feel, especially up-front.

D- Highly drinkable for me.

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

Appearance- Pours an opaque, jet black liquid with an inch of creamy dark tan head with lots of lacing and excellent retention.

Smell- Slightly sour and bready yeastiness and a slight hint of roasted malts.

Taste- Very smooth and rich roasty malts, slightly sour and a dry finish, some dry biscuit, with mild hops dimishing over a few minutes.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated with just a hint of crispness in the bubbles. moderately heavy bodied.

Drinkability-Flavorful, but not heavy. A great and fulfilling go-to-anytime stout.

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

The appearance is certainly promising. This brew is a stubborn black that barely shows off some deep brown in the light. The head pours a tall and dense foam , leaving some lacing clinging to the glass.
The aroma is some dark chocolate, roasted coffee, lots of malt and a little bit of a smokiness. Very toasty as well. Complex.
Flavors of big malt up front balance nicely with hops, and in between are bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and that astringent flavor that makes a milk or sweet stout; almost like dandelion extract or milkweed that adds a natural, earthy bitterness of its own. It is not sweet, per se, more on the milk stout side, and a nice smoky flavor rounds it out. It's got more "toastiness," for lack of a better word, than any other brew I've ever tasted.
A great smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation adds to the overall effect.
This one is as drinkable as they come and well worth trying.

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

From the Brewmaster's Collection mixed case, this will be served at cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. Best by May 2009.

Appearance- Pours a clear, burnished brown with red highlights. The bisque, two-finger head rises and then pops away slowly... lacing is full and lush.

Smell- Chocolate malt registers first to my nose, followed by the most subtle coffeelike aroma... grains and a suggestion of hops are there lingering in the background.

Taste- Malty and chocolatey, I love the fact that it's not overly sweet... the fullness and honesty of the ingredients totally work here, creating a mellow interprestion of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- In a word, dreamy. The texture, in its sublime perfection, is creamy like a milkshake... unbelievable. This is a dessert beer that I would gladly have another, and then maybe one more... well done.

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

Appearance: Poured very dark with a dark brown head that slowly dissipated. Heavy lacing stuck very well to the glass.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Very strong coffee and chocolate flavors with some roasted characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkabiity: Easy to drink, even with the strong flavor.

One of my favorite beers from Samuel Adams.

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

A - The beer poured very dark with a reddish hue. The head was very thick and kept its form.

S - The beer did not come off very bitter, but very sweet with the creamy chocolately, coffee after taste. The beer was not complex in trying to identify different flavors.

T/M - This beer was very creamy, sweet, and smooth. It was a very refreshing beer. One of my favorites and I will probably be stocking my fridge with many.

D - This is one of my favorite beers. It was not heavy and had a very nice taste. It very was refreshing.

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

poured deep brown to black, dark tan head was bubbly and kept a film

nice strong smooth nose, bitter/sour coffee notes and chocolate. as it warmed it brought forth diacetyl and creaminess with ripe fruit as well

taste was smooth and satisfying. nice bitter hop presence. coffeeish and a dry dark chocolate finish which was excellent

feel was crisp at first and lead to a creamy goodness. finish was dry and still sharp

really drinkable stout, went down easy and no faulters along the way. excellent

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Photo of teejay76
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with my bro-in-law. Drank half (great on it's own) and used the other half on a beer float. It was good but became awesome when I made it a vanilla ice cream/beer shake. I highly recommend the shake...

Appearance - Poured a dark red/tan color.

Smell - Heavenly. Strong hops mixed with chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel.

Taste - Wow, this was like drinking a dessert.

Mouthfeel - Rich creamy goodness.

Drinkability - Great beer, highly drinkable.

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

This is a pretty good cream/sweet stout but not as richly flavoured, sweet, or thick and a little too burnt-bitter compared to what I want for that kind of stout. That said, it is overall a very good all-round stout and tends to seem more like a cross between a sweet stout and an Irish-style dry stout.

Almost black, it has a medium, creamy tan had steadily shrinking to a permanent 1/4 inch creamy top and leaves a little creamy lace.

The aroma is very nice, stewed pruens, yeast, heeavily toasted bread - almost burnt but not quite, burnt sugar, hint of chocolate.

The taste is similar with a little coffee and chocolate, darkly toasted bread, sweet prunes, some burnt caramel, tending a bit towards a roasty bitterness, esp. in the finish, that dominate the light sweetness. It has some black pepper and maybe molasses but it seems a bit thin in overall character and definitely feel to me.

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

This is definitely a creamy milk stout, although not all that sweet, surprisingly. The beer pours a thick inky black color with a nice tannish head that retains fairly well and laces nicely too. The nose on the beer is loaded with toffee, butterscotch, caramel, some chocolates, and lots of sweetish malts. There are some coffee aromas in there too.

The taste is quite good. It doesn't have the charred or charcoaly burntness of say an imperial stout, but more a deep roasted, toffee, chocolately character that is quite good. The beer is a touch drying on the back side and does have a slighly smokey, maybe oaky taste in there as well. There are some bittering hops that keeps the beer in check and prevents it from getting too far into the chocolate milkshake realm. The hops are well blended, maybe a touch leafy, and nicely complementary to the combination of malts. The beer does have a slight butterscotch aftertaste along with some roasted chocolates. The mouthfeel is a tad oily, but the aftertaste is pretty slight. This is a full bodied beer and surprisingly mild at only 4.69 ABV, which I thought would have been higher. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Best by date of March 2009 stamped on the side of the label. Whew...just made it.

A Satisfying generous one inch head that stuck around for 3 to 4 minutes. Great looking dark dark brown body that does allow some direct light to show through as a deep deep burgundy. Nice look.

S Really pleasing, inviting dark malt with vanilla smooth and creamy. There is even a creamy vanilla latte note and I really like the smell. I am already pleasantly surprised.

T Roasted malt hits me first and then that great creamy smoothness rounds everything out. I have had plenty of stouts in the past that have a biting harshness to them but this cream quality smooths that right out. There is even a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. This really works.

M Smooth is definitely the word here with this big beer of dark malt, creamy notes and a touch of sweetness. There is a welcome complexity to the mouthfeel.

D One or two only for me but I do not think that it is intended to be more than that.

Notes: A pleasant surprise and one of my favorite from Sam Adams.

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

Poured into Pint glass

Appearance: The appearance is jet black with an off white, tan head that dissipated after a couple of minutes.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, and a general sweet aroma.

Taste: Roasted malts with a mild hop balance. There is a strong coffee presence in the background as well. Very impressive brew. Highly flavorful.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is highly carbonated and has a creamy texture.

Drink ability: To sum it up, very drinkable, yet complex beer. I highly enjoyed this one and buy it often.

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

12 oz brown bottle with a brewery fresh date that can be clearly seen.

Appearance: Very dark, but has the red sheen when held towards the light. The head was tan and stuck to the glass quite nicely.

Smell: The smell is quite nice, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The smell alone is enough to put me in a great mood.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This beer is creamy and smooth, with a bitter chocolate taste. It has a nice balance of flavor, not too sweet and not too bitter. I have noticed that the closer this beer gets to its freshness date, the mellower it becomes.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is very easy to drink, and I buy it very often. It is readily available in my area, which makes up for the lack of other stouts. Besides a botched pour, this was still a great brew, and a stout to introduce non stout drinkers too.

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

A - Dark dark reddish brown, almost dosn't let any light through. Dark tan rocky head and good retention and lacing. Very appealing sight to behold.

S - Roasted malts come through, not bitterly but sweetly. Some latent creaminess and coffee. Not complex, but very appealing.

T/M - Bitter burnt roasted malts, tempered by a creamy sweetness. Not heavy at all, rich and creamy. Coffee flavor comes through like cappucino in the aftertaste. Very nice.

D - I just love this stuff, so it gets top ranks here from me. Not heavy, delicious, low alcohol. Not complex. All winners for a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my glass. There was a barely noticable head with little retention, that left only a beige lacing. The appearance was dark brown, almost black. Aroma is dominated by the roasted malts, with coffee and chocolate aromas present. The taste also has the malts strong and upfront. The coffee and chocolate flavors offer great flavor to compliment the sweetness of the stout. The sweet finish also leaves the palate clean after each sip. The mouthfeel is only slightly carbonated with a full body. The drinkability is high because of the low alcohol content and the flavor, which is not overpowering.

Overall, this is one of the best beers that Sam Adams offers, in my opinion. A great offering from often underappreciated brewery.

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

I pour this beer in a standard pint glass. It poured a blackish brown cloudy color, with about a two finger coffe color head.

The smell was a malty coffee, with chocolate, and vanilla.

The first sip I could really taste the coffee bitterness. There was still a hint of sweetness with the chocolate not overpowering the brew.

The mouthfeel was not as creamy as I would like. It was lightly carbonated, and smooth.

I really liked this beer. The rich brown color the smooth feel, and the flavor make this beer a great after dinner drink.

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