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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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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,698 |  Reviews: 1,265
Photo of JKrout
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +8.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.4%
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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Photo of MDekker
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a dark blackish brown with a nice light brown head that hangs on as I drink it. A little lacing on the way down.

S: The aroma is malty sweet with roasted coffee notes.

T: Not a punch in the mouth like many stouts, but a clean, refreshing licorice, malty flavor, with subtle coffee-like bitterness in the finish. No lingering aftertaste. Just...pleasant.

M: On the watery side of creamy. Not too chewy.

D: Really goes down easy, and I could keep drinking them if I wanted too. I love the big stouts (KBS especially) and the sweet stouts haven't always done it for me, but I like this one.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty thin body, drinks down fast and smooth. Has a nice coffee and roast flavor combo that doesn't overpower, just slides in and I've got to say pretty good beer. Particularly for the price I paid.

Picked up a 12 pack sampler of Sam Adams Winter Beers on the super cheap....so sample away I will and decide if I should go purchase more.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving notes - 0.5L Augustiener glass, room temp
A - Light and balanced chocolate and roast in the aroma. No hops.
A - head three fingers tall, tan with wide range of sizes. Black and opaque with some amber hues around the edges of glass.
M - Thick and smooth with low carbonation.
T - Very subtle flavors compliment this full body. Roast and chocolate flavors come along with a sweetness and very subtle fruit notes.
D - Very smooth and drinkable stout.

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Photo of Strand
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a Samuel Adams Cream Stout in the 12-pack sampler that Sam Adams puts out. I am not a stout fan, but this one was the best stout I've ever had. It had a smooth taste, a nice coffee finish. It looked like a normal stout, with a thick creamy head when poured into a pint glass.

Sam Adams did a great job brewing this one, as it's the only stout I have ever particularly liked. A good stout for people like me that don't like stout. Keep up the good work Sam!

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Photo of Riccymon
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Sam Adams winter pack, bottle notched best by March.

Poured an oily (in consistency and color) black from the bottle with a finger of beautiful brown head that dissipates to a film on the surface. Cream Stout has a pretty pungent nose to it with a burnt roastiness that had me simultaneously thinking coffee, charred wood, and milk. The taste largely matches the smell, with flavors of roasted malt, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate on my palate. This beer just has tremendous flavor without being over the top in any way. The only aspect I'd really dock is a thinner body for a stout, though it's not watery by any means. Drinkability is pretty high, as good as Cream Stout tastes and as balanced as it is.

What a great beer!

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Photo of Patrick999
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Raises a typical high fluffy head in my Stone imperial pint. Good color - opaque, brown on the edges.

S - Light milk chocolate.

T - Just like the smell, light and roasty, milk chocolate. Tasty, just not a lot to describe it.

F - Fairly creamy, appropriate for this style and strength.

D - A good beer, and I'll drink it...it's just that it tastes like any number of other stouts. Not exactly the most distinctive beer out there.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black but some light can come through. Thin light tan head formed at the top.

Smells of coffee with hazelnut creamer in it. It's not strong but it's there. Also some burnt toast smell.

Tsares of burnt toast in the aftertaste which is the strongest taste. The taste is very light for a cream stout. It's not sweet enough or creamy enough. Not super bad but not super good.

Mouthfeel is not viscous enough or creamy enough for the style IMO.

Overall I probably won't buy this beer again. I will actually probably pour this one out and drink something better. Not because it is really bad but just because I have alot of awesome beers to drink in my fridge.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this Milk Stout was a nearly opaque black with a full three fingers of sand-paper colored head. The retention was moderate and the lacing, in curtains, was excellent. The aroma was of cream, roasted malt, light chocolate, a touch of spice and hints of coffee. The flavors started bitter and coffee-ish, then went into toasted malt and some creamy sweetness. As it warmed up I tasted more chocolate notes and it left a little coffee-like slick on my tongue at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation low and the body medium/full. This is not the best Milk Stout available, but it is definitely the best one widely available and it's also one of Sam Adams best offerings. Try it.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like most Sam Adams beers it is solid, however, not fantastic. Also like most Sam beers it is light and very drinkable. It is a very solid beer. It's not a superstar however, it is one you won't mind in your starting lineup. One of the better beers out of this specific brewmasters collection.

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Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Black with just a hint of red when held up to a bright light, very thin tan head that disappears quickly. Less lace than expected for the stlye.
S: Chocolate and roasted grains, a little sweetness from the malt comes through.
T: Again chocolate and roasted grains, the sweetness of the grain combined with the chocolate malt makes me think of cola for some reason (not in a bad way). As it warms the bitterness of the roasted grains begins to dominate.
M: Creamy but not thick. A medium level of carbonation leaves a tingle on the tongue and helps keep this from being cloying.
D: A very nice example of a cream stout. Given how easy this is to find, anyone who likes the style should give it a try. This makes for a nice end of the night beer given the low alcohol. I will certainly buy this again. Recommended.

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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is the standard from BBC, though this one carries the additional banner of "Brewmaster's Collection." Short description on the back label: "We like to call out Samuel Adams Cream Stout the cappuccino of beers . . . it's dark, smooth, and sweet. The roasted chocolate malted barley imparts a mellow sweetness and a deep black color to the brew." Best by May 2009.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium brown head. This settles slowly, initially leaving behind a half finger of foam, and finally falling to a thin coating. Great lacing. The beer itself is a dark, dark brown, essentially black, and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong roastiness upfront, with hints of coffee and anise. Undertones of caramel and marshmallows.

Taste: Slightly burnt marshmallow lactose sweetness upfront, lingers well into the finish. Slight roastiness in the finish, but all in all, a creamy and easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is great, thick and mouth coating.

Drinkability: I picked a six pack of this up to have something in the refrigerator to grab when I didn't feel like sitting down and reviewing one of the many semi-rare beer I have been collecting. I had forgotten how solid of a brewery BBC is. Might not revisit this one specifically, but I need to have a six pack of Sam Adams on hand more often.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/6/2007 (bottle.BBAug):

Pours an inky black colored body, wit ha good sized head, light brown in color. Has a very malty, and strong coffee aroma to it. Has a light bodied coffee taste. Not too bad, I like the sweet stouts and this one seems to be a good example of the style. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,698 ratings
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