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

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2,674 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 TeamSeabass
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with a medium coffee colored head that holds for a couple minutes.

Smells like caramel & light roasted coffee; dessert-like. The smell becomes much more subtle after the head goes away.

Taste is nice. Roasted coffee is dominant flavor. It comes thru more after the drink, much like real coffee. It has a creamy component to it that keeps the malts from being too sharp. Sometimes a malty beer can taste too much like burnt toast, but this one is good.

Carbonation is modest but its still there and I think its just right for this beer.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Jet black with small tan head. Decent retention. No lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

T - Sweet malts at first that finish off with a really nice coffee bitterness. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M - Very good - decent carbonation and medium body. Little residue left behind.

D - Good - could have a few. Seems to be very balanced.

A very solid beer from Sam Adams.

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

Poured into a tumbler glass.

A: Opaque dark brown colored liquid with a tan head that recedes to a nice ring with sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some faint coffee and a hint of baker's chocolate.

T: Sweet maltiness leads to a nice bitter coffee/ baker's chocolate flavor that linger on the tongue.

M: A bit light in body for a sweet stout. Makes it a tad slick on the palate.

D: Very drinkable, very flavorful, if only it was a bit sturdier in body.

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

A: Dark coffee with with lighter, but still dark brown highlights. Impressive beige 2.5 finger head that yields commendable lacing.

S: Sweetened coffee and toffee. Sweeter earthiness.

T: Sweet chocolate malt up front with a bitter and buttery end taste.

M: Dryer than expected, not as smooth as I'd hoped.

D: Sweet is the word of choice for this beer. Not the best, not the worst. A worthy effort.

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

A: Beautiful dark dark brown. Had a nice creamy-tan head that reduced nicely to a thin finger thick top with nice lacing left in the glass.

S: Smelled strongly of bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, a little smoke and molasses.

T: Tasted great, of chocolate, cream, carmels. Nicely sweet yet not too sweet. A gentle blend of sweet malts yet not over-powering.

M: A nice stout feel, mild carbonation.

D: Easy to drink; goes down very smooth. In my opinion a great stout at a nice price. Wish I had more to enjoy.

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

A: Not quite black, but the darkest of browns. A big, fluffy brown head sticks around awhile and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Creamy smell - coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, some smoke and charcoal hints.

T: Roasted chocolate malts and some lactic sweetness accompanied by charcoal and earthen hop flavors. Far from one-dimensionally sweet, a fairly astringent finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, as expected. Medium bodied with a touch of dry astringency at the finish.

D: This is a good one from SA. Not nearly as sweet as some other cream stouts, but rather complex and well balanced. I could drink a few of these.

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

The appearance is a deep dark brown, nearly black. Light at the edges only, and even then just barely. Tall fluffy pockmarked head. Good.

Burnt barley smell. Dark cocoa and coffee. Has an undercurrent of cola. Definite semi-sweet chocolage and cocoa. Some sweet caramel deep in the sniff.

The roasted coffee malts in the taste have a second wave of caramel. Sweet and bitter both. Bitter and sweet both. Chalky and dry. Good stuff.

Chalky and ashy feel. Kinda thin; smooth enough. A solid stout. NIcely balanced and sweet enough not to punish.

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Photo of JayNH
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a tan head

S- smokey, sweet, very coffee-like. A little bit of an alcohol scent.

T- smokey and sweet. Leaves a burnt coffee taste in the mouth.

M- smooth and a little creamy. Mild carbonation.

D- These go down smooth. Nice balance of sweetness and burnt flavor. I definately could enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of kflorence
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice, thick tan head.

S: Smell is smokey, dark, but slightly sweet and malty... almost coffee-like.

T: Taste is smokey with hints of chocolate and spice, then a slightly bitter aftertaste, maybe a bit too bitter for my taste.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, though slightly syrupy. A little heavy, but expected for a stout.

D: A little heavy, but drinkable. Very tasty, I could drink a few of these.

For a mainstream company, this is a very good brew. Really one of the first stouts I'd tried and really got me into the category. Kudos.

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Photo of malcontent
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sturdy, tan head sits atop the expected, opaque black body. They nailed this part of it.

Lactic sweetness rings out clearly as do mild trappings of roasted barley. There is also a bit of unwelcome sweet-smelling grain on the tail end, however.

Roasted flavors rush out to greet me much more eagerly here than they did on the nose. Sweet cream is buried on the finish but certainly delivers the goods. Lingering bitter chocolate creates a satisfying, rewarding brew.

Not as full-bodied as I like from a milk stout but is smoother than smooth and makes for an easy choice. This is a solid, large-scale sweet stout and every bit the equal, if not the better, of the industry standard (Mackeson). That is somewhat ironic given that the latter is brewed out of the former's Cincinnati location. I'd still take a Bell's Double Cream or a 3F's Moloko Plus over this, but the accessibility factor makes this a welcome addition to my drinking repertoire.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle notched April. Stored in the fridge, but warmed for 30 minutes before pouring.

Color is jet black. Only when held to the brightest light does it reveal ruby tints around the edges. Head is clumpy and tan with many large bubbles. A vigorous pour only produced about a finger of head which dissipated fairly rapidly. A fairly thick layer remained, however, and lacing is very nice.

Smells like a 70% cocao chocolate bar. The slightest touch of coffee aroma and alcohol linger around the edges. No hop aroma to speak of.

The flavor begins with a pronounced hop bitterness that fades into a strong chocolate flavor. The lactose comes through, but only slightly. As the beer warmed the burnt flavors of the roasted barley came through a little clearer. Very flavorful and complex.

Creamy describes the feel of this beer perfectly. It slides over the tongue nicely without being oily or sticky. Similar to drinking a glass of milk. Nice body. Carbonation is a little strong, perhaps.

This is not the kind of beer I would want to drink all night long. The flavors are very forward and complex. My palate would call for relief after a few. However, it is perfect for the style and definitely something I will buy again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a winter brew pack.
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Lots of lacing.
Nice cocoa and coffee aroma.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, bitter hops. Hops play second fiddle to the rich dark malts.
Slightly sweet overall.
A well crafted cream stout. Not overly filling for such a rich brew. Good value too. $1.35 US for the 12 ounce bottle.
Quite sessionable due to the relatively low abv.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown with a one finger head which leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of toffee and coffee.

Tastes are again of toffee and coffee, with a bitterness as it goes down. Mouthfeel is kind of like a carbonated milk.

It goes down very easily, and I consider it one of the best from Sam Adams.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

and last but not least; 12 ounce bottle pours dark brown with a one finger tan head. nice lacing.

roasted malts with biscuit on the nose. no off odors.

roasted bitterness on the tongue. some chocolate flavoring. bitter chocolate aftertaste.

full body. good carbonation. i like this beer. another good beer that comes in the holiday pack. will drink again.

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Photo of eporter66
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

I picked up the Samuel Adams Winter Pack, and I am looking forward to trying some Sam that I have not had before. The Cream Stout was the first one I wanted to open, being a newly converted fan of Stouts.

A - Pours a dark black, with not much head and dissipates down to a ring around the edges. Some red/ruby highlights went held in the light

S - A buttery caramel and coffee aroma.

T - You definitely get the caramel in the beginning, and that burnt roasted flavor hits the back of the mouth, that's where the bitterness hits. The aftertaste leaves hints caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors on the tongue.

M - smooth with a silky (to match the buttery smell) feel over the tongue, lightly carbonated, good medium body

D - I can see relaxing with a few of these on a winters night. It is not overly sweet or heavy, which allows you to have a few.

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours into a very pretty beer-jet black with a mountainous head. It has a very sweet smell. There are hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. The main flavors are chocolate and coffee, both are pleasantly sweet. The beer is very sesionable and easy to drink. Even though the beer is full bodied it has a wonderful creaminess too it. A wonderful beer that I really should have more often.

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

Pours with a slight head that quickly subsides away. Beer is dark but not completely opaque, some lightning around the edges. Smell is slightly sweet and acidic. Taste is smooth, milkly almost with lots of light malty sweetness. Notes of dry and acidic tartness. Not terribly coffee like, just dark and sweet, mouthfeel is good, covers entire palate, a very nice brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sizable tan head. Black with ruby highlights.

Smells of roast malt and bitter chocolate with some oak tang.

Tastes of roasted barley with creamy smoothness. Not as sour as most milk stouts nor as bitter as most oatmeal stouts--kind of an inbetweener. Creamy mouth but no ridiculously so (as I was hoping for). More drinkable than heavier stouts.

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Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It had a deep brown color with a two finger tan head. The aroma of coffee, cream, chocolate and soft and roasted malt. The taste was a bit different, the coffee taste was slightly bitter, the cream taste was slightly soured, and the chocolate came as a hint. I felt that this beer was a bit out of date. I am going to re rate and see if the results are better.

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Photo of gabe23
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a quickly dissipating 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S - Very nice. Malty with a touch of smoke, coffee, and chocolate.

T - The taste matches the aroma, though a bit more muted. Roasted malt leads the way, accompanied by a bit of coffee bitterness and unsweet chocolate. Smooths out on the finish with a nice balance of sweet and sour.

M - Smooth in the mouth with the right amount of carbonation for a cream stout.

D - A bit heavy for a session beer, but much more drinkable than a lot of milk/cream stouts on the market. This is a good stout, and the fact that it's readily available and inexpensive is a bonus.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this one, but it fell just a bit short. Nice dark brown (to black) in the glass with ruby highlights and a sizable foamy head that disappeared quickly but left a foam edge and lacing. A touch of tart hops along with a subtle smoky roasted malt in the nose; initial taste was similar, with a bit more up-front sweetness. The beer finishes with a bit of annoying alcohol taste that keeps it from being as good as I had hoped.

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

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

Appearance is pitch black except for some red highlights along the bottom of the glass. One and a half inch tan creamy looking head sinks to a thick cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma has a nice lactose sweetness going on with notes of chocolate, a light fruitiness, and a very light coffee and earthy hop presence beneath that.

The taste is milk chocolatey up front with the lactose sweetness hiding beneath the roastiness a bit more than the aroma. Fruitiness comes out midway through and is reminiscent of plums. Towards the end the roastiness becomes more bitter and akin to coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very creamy texture, carbonation is a touch too high perhaps.

Actually a pretty good cream stout and one of the better Sam Adams beers that I've tried next to the Black Lager. Worth a try if you are into milk stout.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer realy turned me on to Stouts. This is an unusual sweet stout. Most sweet stouts kill me. They are too sweet that I can't enjoy it. But this one is not the norm. It's so balanced with the chocolate and coffee notes.

It pours a beautiful thick black, that gives a thick creamy dark tan head that stays around until the fat lady sings.

The aroma has both coffe and chocolate notes which I love. I hate it when it's too chocolaty. The coffee malts really bring balance.

The flavor is the same as above. Not too sweet with a nice soft lingering bitterness.

Medium to full bodied. Very smooth.Very very smooth.

Very drinkable. A nice rendition of the style.

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

A: Garnet red color borders on black. Foamy tan head has OK retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Mild overall. The smell of cocoa struck me first. Coffee and burnt oak aromas followed.

T: The taste starts out with a nice combination of cocoa and coffee. A burnt bitterness follows with a slightly acidic twist. Finishes very dry.

M: The medium-light body feels creamy, but has too much fizz for my tastes.

D: This is a nice session stout. Not the best or most complex take on the style I've had, but quite good when judged on its own merits.

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Photo of eagles22
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice dark color with a tannish 2 finger head

Smell: like a cappuccino ...lot of coffee and nutty smells

Taste: is kind of dry and lots of coffee and also malts and toffee hints of chocolate

Mouthfeel: is nice i like it ...nothing special but its easy to access

Drinkability: is high i drank a boat load of these the one night ..very easy to drink

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,674 ratings.
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