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

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2,674 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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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 webbcreative
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 26, 2009
daaaark brown! 3 finger head. taste of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, all to be expected. this is sweet of course, but not overly sickening sweet by any means. This is really creamy and smooth, very easy to drink! this is a good, solid, go to brew! BUT left hand has this one beat...

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

A thick black brown color with a very healthy light brown head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is sharp molasses coffee malt, definitely a bit tart. The flavor is tangy chocolate malt and bitter coffee bean. Smooth and heavy body though drinkable for the style for sure. Somewhat warming but not much alcohol evident. The coffee bitterness dominates the finish with a subtle hint of smoke. Pleasantly carbonated, very agreeable and recommended.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head that lasts for a short while before dying down to a very thin tan ring leaving only the smallest traces of lacing.

Smells of light chocolate with some cinnamon and sugar.

Taste reveals notes of chocolate, caramel and light coffee.

An overall full bodied stout that is very smooth. I only have the 2 that came with the winter 12 pack but these are definitely worth having around and probably one of the better offerings from SA.

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

12 oz bottle poured slowly into a pint glass

A: dark brown with almost no head, gone without a trace after a minute or two

S: earthy and slightly smoky chocolate malt aroma

T: well balanced bitter hops bite, dark chocolate malt undercurrent, and a touch of smokiness, fading to bitter

M: surprisingly carbonated for a beer with so little head

D: pretty decent, especially if you go slow

This is one of my favorite Sam Adams beers and a good bargain when it's on sale.

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

Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 4.69 %

Reviewed @ home, 11/29/08, bottle>pint glass
A 4.5 - beautiful dark malty brown color, nice 1.5 finger head, nice retention and lacing
S 4.5 - Bready aroma, hints of cocoa/nuts/malts
T 4.0 - malt on palate, semi sweet finish
MF 4.5 - medium carbonation, medium-full body
D 4.0 - Nice brew for a stout. Well done Sam Adams team. An accessible go to if in need of a stout.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark nut brown in color, almost inpenetrable by light. When held up to light the faintest ruby hues shine through. Big creamy brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Just a beautiful beer here.

S - Big notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of fresh roasted coffee beans underneath. A light spiciness underneath as well. Very nice aroma.

T - Big roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate dominate the tastes of this one. A light bitterness comes through to provide a little balance, but this one is still very sweet. An excellent example of the style.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very creamy smooth. Good carbonation without being overpowering. Very easy drinking.

I almost always find Sam Adams beers to be good examples of styles, but this is the first one that I would say borders on great.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label had a best by notch on side. It was a dark brown with mahogany highlights. No visible carb and no lacing. It had an average sized brown head that settled into a collar.

The aroma was creamed coffee with unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel malt in the back as well as light hop aroma. Aroma was good but very weak. The taste was also good but weak. Starts out smooth and creamy and then the bitter kicks in and ends with a slight bitter aftertaste. It's missing the sweet kick that I enjoy in the style. Tends more towards a regular stout to me. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer that continues the string of Sam Adams beers that just don't impress me. They are nice, average beers but none seem to excel in their style or stand out in any way. Mild recommend if easily gotten or borrowed from a friend. For me, one and done unless a try on tap.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.Pours black with a thick fluffy coffee colored heading. Smell of coffee and sweet molasses is immediate.Also hints of milk chocolate. Taste is very smooth and a kind of watery taste if you catch my drift.Has a dry aftertaste but still very smooth.Lacing all the way down the glass. I had this with a chocolate covered caramel and it tasted great. One of my favorite's from Sam Adams

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one of the first sweet stouts I ever had and its still one of my favorites.
The stout pours very deep brown, but enough light will show you that its not black. The head is whiter than milk chocolate and not sizable, it dwindles to a wisp in about a minute. However, there is decent lacing on the glass.
Smells of sweet breads like pastries, cinnamon rolls and bear claws. Plus chocolate, alot of chocolate.
The taste is the same with the bitter chocolate flavor coming through strong. This is indeed a sweet beer, with strong malt character and delicious flavors.
The mouthfeel is nothing offensive, nothing thick or slick or overly carbonated. And I have no idea how a stout could be more drinkable than this, low abv, not too filling, and tastes great.
Most of you have probably tried this, but if you haven't, I highly recommend it as one of Sam Adams' best offerings.

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Photo of sauron681
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark chocolate color with a great tan thick head. Yes, in one of the new sam adams glasses! i finally got one.

Aroma is of lactose, chocolate with maybe a hint of coffee as well. Has a slight bitter aftertaste but smooth and clean. Starts sweet with a medium/mellow mouthfeel that lingers. Well carbonated but not overwhelming. Super lacing throughout the session. The longer into it, the more apparent the chocolate overtones are.
This is an excellent "unwind" beer or long conversations appropriate.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This stout looks great with a opaque body and a creamy tan head.

This stout doesn't necessarily have a strong aroma, hints of coffee/chocolate

Mouthfeel is another great one from sam adams. very smooth, full body

Starts out sweet, moves towards a dull bitter, then gets sweet again at the end

overall impression and drinkability are very good. This is one of my favorite stouts, and I like a wide variety of stouts

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you'd expect from this type of beer, creamy, malty and a strong flavor of milk chocolate. There are background flavors of dark fruit, caramel and coffee. The hops presence is very mild but enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, a stout isn't really the type of beer that I would session with, but this would be one of the first ones I would look for if I did.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick non translucent black with a quarter inch frothy head. Has pretty low head retention and leaves a spotty to no lace, medium carbonation. Smells of sweet milky & creamy notes, maltyness and hints of buttery nut notes. Absolutely wonderful! Some tartness that tingles the senses as well, pretty balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a wonderful mellow vanilla like creaminess with buttery nut flavors. Very rich and dessert like! Some nice earthy notes with a touch of hop bitterness, has a malty finish. Very well balanced! Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and a bit creamy, has some lively carbonation on the palate as well. Full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I could easily enjoy a couple of these on any given day. So rich and hardy, filled with flavor, such a dessert! I loved the balance between the sweet & creamy, and the earthy & nutty. This beer is very inviting in both smell & taste. Its very very good, you must try this. Can't really say much else but don't pass this one up. Cheers!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep caramel brown liquid fell from the bottle and came to rest under a cap of quickly dissipating foam. A sweet aroma of chocolate and roasted malt laced with warm caramel wafted above. On the palate, prickly chocolate flavors are followed by smooth coffee notes. A slight mix of bitterness from the hops and the darkly roasted malt works its way in toward end where it finishes creamy and medium bodied.

This is quality, beautifully balanced stout; a smooth drinker, and drink I will.

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Photo of nms1987
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, near black, with some ruby coming through on the edges if you hold it up to light (same of kind thing that you can see in coffee or cola).
Plenty of beige head with some staying power.

Nice roasty smells of coffee and lil dark chocolate. But mostly coffee.

Yay! Onto my favorite part... drinking the beer!
I'm not sure if this is really a "cream stout". It doesn't really taste like it.
It does taste pretty good though. Bittersweet and roasty.

M...Nice. Full but not filling mouthfeel.

D..Tasty and session-able

PS-Like the bottle says, it really does taste GREAT as a topping on plain vanilla ice cream. The combo of the stout and vanilla ice cream gives off a cappuccino-like flavor.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like bitter chocolate, coffee and - as per its name - cream. Dark and thick, with a nice, sticky head. Smells strangely like a White Russian. Really tasty, but somehow tastes almost as if it isn't really beer. Still a really excellent stout, if perhaps too rich to make a real night of.

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

Pours black with dark brown edges. Two fingers of foamy tan head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of coffee, sweet cream, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet cream, and coffee with a touch of vanilla and some bitter hops in the finish. Medium in body, moderate to low in carbonation. Very smooth and silky with a nice sweetness that makes this stout very enjoyable and easy to drink. Sessioning wouldn't be a problem at all with its low alcohol content, good stuff.

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Photo of dwpiercetx
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to beer. It's the only craft brew that is worth a flip at my HEB. I can sit down and relax while drinking this one...anytime. It's not too heavy but has a creaminess to it. Black coloring...tan head. Lacing all the way down the glass. I even HB'd one that I could match it with. Still waiting on the conditioning. If you were to ask me which beer should be a staple in everyone's fridge...this one. The price is better than other stouts too.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick tan head that lasts for a moderate amount of time. Lacing lasts till the last sip.

Amazing smell--coffee and chocolate dominate the aromas with some caramel in the background.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with some crispness from the carbonation. Tastes just how it smells: coffee and chocolate upfront, followed by caramel. Finishes bitter and leaves a coffee aftertaste.

Very balanced stout and easy to drink.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: Mildly agressive pour yielded a think bubbly cappacino colored 2 finger head. Dark dark brown color, barely transparent.

Smell: Smells like a frappachino mixed with a guiness mixed with some peanuts. Very nice and intruiging aromas, dark malty and true to the style.

Taste: Tastes very very nice. One of the best stouts i have ever had. I wasnt too keen on the other sam adams but this is from the brewmasters collection and it stands out. In past years i havent found it to be very good but this year its amazing. Tastes like a cappachino with sweet milk froth. It has some vanilla and hazelnut flavors that come through as well.

Mouthfeel: Here's where it lacks for me. Judging the style which to me should be low carbonation yet have some bubbles to keep the beer awake, this beer has the opposite. Its way to carbonated for me and I have to put aside the bubbles when judging the taste, but on the mouthfeel, its off. For the style its off, as a beer as it self, its delicious.

Drinkability: I would session this beer like none other. Low abv just like the style, flavors surpass many others like it, and its extremely drinkable. Its on my go to for stouts and a great alternative to SN stout and guiness for me.

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Photo of CMW
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour Samuel Adams Cream Stout into my pint glass I immediately notice how dark this beer is. It pours a deep brown, almost black with some deep red highlights throughout. When I hold the beer up to the light, you definitely see more brown than black. There is a nice tan head formation that stuck around for awhile and after it dissipated left some decent lacing around the side of the glass. The pour is one thing I truly enjoy when having a sweet stout.

The aroma is exactly what I expected from the genre', but this is not a bad thing. I detect coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. I also pick up the sweetness although it is not overpowering. The hops are present, but this is a layered aroma and they are secondary.

Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt dominate the taste, although they are not the only flavors. There is a sweetness here that reminds me of a cappuccino. There is also a slight bitterness which seems to work well with the sweetness of the beer. This beer has a creaminess that I enjoy without excessive carbonation.

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing. Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate and a little malty. Tastes like creamy chocolatey coffee with a nice malty smoothness. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and smooth, low carbonation. A tasty brew with a nice blend of flavors and is very smooth and nice to drink.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boy has my palate evolved! Ten years ago, this might have been in my top 3!! I remember whipping this one out on special occasions like Thanksgiving. Don't get me wrong, it is still a quality product, but the extreme and craft companies are making the old standbys seem more and more vanilla!

I mean think Guiness and then think Founders!

A: Seriously dark pour with a thin off white/brownish head that disappears rather quickly.

S: The smell is the highlight of this one as of my last tasting. Sweet coffee and cream. Think Grande Mocha Latte!

T: this is a smooth sipper w/ a mellow hop finish. It is indeed creamy and malty. I have to say that it has a bit of a stale finish and reminds me slightly of diet cola.

M: Somewhat watery, but again I've been drinking viscous Imperial Stouts and other extreme brews so how do I rate? The creaminess adds to the mouthfeel, but it is average.

D: The smoothness of this brew provides slightly better than avaerage drinkability, but the stale aftertaste would prohibit me from opening a 2nd one.

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Photo of bluesoul
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into standard pint glass. Looks just like a cola, with one finger's worth of dark brown foam. No lacing which may be my glass.

S - Hoppy to the nose, also a touch of chocolate sweetness. Overall a full smell.

T - "That's interesting" was the first thing that crossed my mind on the first sip. Unfortunately, my first impression was a bit off. It's actually rather complacent for a stout, a slightly rough malty profile with very little hop bite in the finish. Not getting the appeal with this one just yet.

M - Has quite an alcohol bite to the finish. Carbonation is good, aftertaste is not quite clean. Weaker body than the stout label would have one believe.

D - It was only with the help of having food that I made it through this beer. Just not going for this one.

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

A nice tan head of good size fades rather quickly and leaves good lacing. Black brown and opaque. Some activity visible from the top.

Smell is sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A layer of burnt toffee as well. More stuff unfolds as it warms including dark fruity esters.

Taste is smooth coffee with cream. Burnt toffeee is a stronger facet here. Charcoal and bitter chocolate. Finish is Mild floral hops and lingering roasted grains. Clean coffee and pumpernickel in the back of the throat.

Feel is a strong suit. Medium weight it is lighter than you might think. Porter like. Creamy carbonation and a quenching nature add to the pleasure

Very easy to drink and session.

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