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

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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
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3.93/5
Very Good
2,698 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,619
Reviews:
1,265
Ratings:
2,698
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Ratings: 2,698 |  Reviews: 1,265
Photo of gerardoluna
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] Good Deep dark brown color, thin head [ is light brown ]

[Nouse] Chocolate, some roast malt, coffee...

[ Nouse ] Sweet flavor creaminess and some roasted notes is smooth not full body. A lot of bubbles in the carbonation.


Serving type: Bottle in LAredo TX

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

A- Deep dark brown opaque espresso color body with a neat tan latte color head that leaves beautiful lacing

S- Smells like lots of roasted chocolate malts and some good balancing hops

T- Tootsie-Roll chocolate sweetness with some creamy savory flavor and a hint of bitter hops. Combines to taste like semi-sweet milk chocolate.

M- Feel is creamy and light.

D- I could drink many of these in one sitting

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Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled and in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beers body has a respectable blackness. Some ruby opaqueness to light is present. The head is tan approximately 1.5 fingers high. Good lacing remains behind on the glass marking its rapid passage.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted coffee aroma. A bit of cocoa and maybe a flash of smokeyness.

Taste: The beer delivers on well toasted, roasted and slightly scortched malt. A ghost of cocoa and charcoal smokey flavor plays around my mouth. Dam good stout!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side. The carbonation breaks up the body some more. The beer is velvety smooth. I could drink several of these in a session. Very easy to drink and dam tasty. A replacement for the piss poor Guiness I have been drinking.

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Photo of sliverX
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poored a dark brown almost black, when held to the light it shines through brown, little tan bubbles that left no head barely any bubbles around the edge of the glass
Smells of sweet cream with roasted malts and a cola note
Tasted like someone took a pint of Guinness and topped it of with a Coke
Mouthfeel was bit on the thin side
Woulnd't be something I'd search of I like my stouts a bit "bigger"

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Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout is a very dark raspberry brown in color with a cappuccino-colored head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted malt, chocolate and maybe wood. There is a bit of cereal in the nose. It is relatively smooth and creamy, medium-bodied and a touch metallic at the end. Sweet dark chocolate dominates the flavor. It has a nice roasty background and not much bitterness. Good stuff!
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

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Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - huge head to it, dark in color
S - smells sweet, some vanilla; there are also hints of burnt malts
T - this one tasted kind of strange to me. It started with an interesting sweetness. Some vanilla and chocolate tones. There are some nice burnt malt on the finish
M - creamy and smooth
D - this is a pretty easy drinking. Goes down smoothly and is enjoyable throughout. This is a good session stout--not too powerful, but at the same time it is flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, thick layer of tan spongey foam with great staying power

Aroma: subdued hints of roast, chocolate, dark brown sugar, old saddle leather

Flavor: medium malt sweetness straddling a smooth roast/coffee bitterness; unsweetened chocolate, burnt caramel, roots, and a hint of vanilla cupcakes; finishes semisweet with a gentle roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, slightly astringent

Other comments: This is a pretty good stout. Not the best in the country, but a good one in a pinch!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Black beer with some deep highlights. Appears to be mostly opaque? Brown frothy head, provided 1 1/2 finger on a vigorous pour. Good retention and nice lacing as the head slowly reduced.

S-Primarily roast and some sweetness, also chocolate maltiness.

T-Roasty and chocolatey malts, with more sweetness than was present in the aroma. Some butterscotch.

M-Medium, almost med-high carbonation, perhaps a bit too much for the style. Medium, slick body. Not spectacular, but a solid feeling beer.

D-A decent enough beer. It's one of the better from the holiday sampler pack, in my opinion. Enoyable to consume while preparing some holiday gifts.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from holiday sampler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance-I have a hard on for dark beers and this one is no exception. Simply beautiful dark brew with a head that starts out bright, almost looking like a pepsi but settles into a thicker cream color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell-Exceptional. Sweet coffee is what this reminds me of.

Taste- Excellent coffee aftertaste hits me as I type this, actually rasiing my initial score by .5. Other hints of cream. As Wayne's World taught us, it's not just a clever name. The least Samuel Adams like of the sampler thus far.

Mouthfeel - A bit too carbonated which overrides the wonderful taste at first.

Drinkability- Goes down easy, very drinkable.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, like a good cream stout should be. poured with a half inch of slightly carbonated head. Nice lace retention.

Smell: Deep roasted hints with a slight sweet coffee aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wow this one is rich that instantly adds a little color to the mouth. You do get hints of a sweet caramel taste coming through. Really it's main tasting point is a deep malty toasted flavor that makes up the bulk of the beer.

Drinkability: This is one to cuddle up to on a cold night. Very warming. While not too high in ABV, it is deceptively deceiving. Very nice attempt at a cream/sweet stout.

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

Working my way through the 2008 Holiday 12 pack.

A-Deep opaque black with an equally deep tan head with craters. Looks like a good stout should

S-Heady aroma of dark chocolate and some cherries in the background

T-Hints of coffee combine with a cherry nuttyness and a bit of smokiness Very little drying hops on the back end and a very clean finish. Very tasty and not as heavy as I expected.

M-Well balanced overall with a robust but not overbearing mouthfeel.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. A good choice for the holiday 12 pack.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a near opaque nature, with dark ruby red color highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Was topped off by a moderately frothy rocky tan head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass quite nicely.

S: fresh cherries, sweet caramel, light coffee hints and a nice roasted barley malting.

T: The initial flavor was rich deep roasted chocolate with licorice. There was some coffee and light roasted barely but was the sweet nature and chocolate malt that really made this stand out.

M: full bodied, very creamy and velvet like with a strong carbonation.

S: Really good, smooth, and light on the swallow. A sweet drinking cream stout that was hearty and rich making this a very good try.

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Photo of Gish
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Coffee and malts, a little subdued though

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Tasty, but seems a bit more like a porter than a stout to me.

M - a bit thin and over carbonated

D - enjoyable, the lighter body means I could drink several of these easily

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Opaque, dark dark brown. Poured with one finger head that recedes slowly over the next few minutes. Comes down to a thin film with a ring on top. Leaves generous lacing on its way down.

S: Kind of a roasted coffee smell with some chocolate hints. Overall not very fragrant, despite vigorous swirling.

T: Nutty at first, with an overt roasted malt / chocolate flavor. No aftertaste to speak of. Finish is a little dry. If I can editorialize, this is what I think a stout should taste like.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Creamy. Sticky finish.

D: I have some better go-to stouts, but if this were on sale, I'd pick it up again. I'm definitely in the mood to have another.

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

A - Deep deep dark brown, I can barely see through it. Nice brown head which retains itself all the way through.

S - Not very fragrant for a stout but there are hints of coffee and chocolate with a slight sweetness in the background.

T - When I think of a cream stout I think of something like this. Nice and heavy, great roasted flavors all fused together with a nice bitter/dry taste.

M/D - Not a lot of carbonation which is nice to see, heavy body but not thick. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Very easy to drink and the flavors get more complex the longer you drink it and as it warms up.

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Photo of Greggy
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a creamy 2 finger tan head over a black body. Some clinging lace is present.

S- Notes of big nuttiness, cinnamon, and chocolate (although the least on the nose).

T- Starts out with a some nutty notes with chocolate then quickly goes very dry in the mid palette. It's very strange after that. There is some dry almond notes and hints of hops.

M- Low carbonation is ok, but the overall finish is off.

D- Although the ABV is low, this really isn't much of a cream stout. If this was labeled nut brown, I'd be thrilled. Swing and a miss, Sam Adams. Another big let down from the winter craft pack.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The color was a very dark brown, maybe not fully black, but very close. The head poured about one and a half fingers and it disappeared quickly leaving a small amount of lace on the sides.

The aroma smelled of dark roasted barley and plenty of chocolate to go along with it. A very nice smell to this beer.

A very nice smokey taste to this beer. I get a good dose of coffee and more chocolate barley to go with the taste. There may have been a hint of hops, but I did not get any bitterness out of this beer as I figured would be the case.

The beer is very light and not as much body as I would have thought.

This is a very pleasant experience on a cold winter night. The release date of right around Christmas is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color, but yet slightly translucent... Rich tan head (had two bottles, one with a big head and with a one finger had off of identical pours)... Good lacing... Coats glass well...

S - Malt... Milk chocolate... Toffee... Butter... Hint of ginger snaps... Mild coffee... Very very nice...

T - Roasted malt... Artificial sweetener... Way down on the finish is a slightly hoppy backbone... Not overly complex, but still enjoyable...

M - Creamy carbonation... Smooth... Slightly bitter finish.. Medium to full bodied... Slightly chalky texture...

D - Solid milk stout, but far from best of class... A nice addition to the Samuel Adams winter pack... The low ABV is a nice plus which makes this drinkable...

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Photo of aeminter
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this beer I really like the dark smoky almost chocolate/coffee aroma. It has good head retention and nice lacing. I personally prefer a thicker more viscous mouth feel. (Yes, I like to chew my beer.) This is not a staple item for me but one to keep in mind.

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Photo of turamarth
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:Poured into a pint. Nearly pitch black, with some translucency at the bottom of the glass. Very light tan head that starts off creamy and shrinks to a thin head. Lacing seems to be pretty nice.

Nose: Milk Chocolate right off the bat. A very malty nose.

Taste: Very bold malt flavor, maybe a light hint of hops. Has a very coffee-like aftertaste, reminds me a lot of a mocha latte. Chocolate milk up front. There also seems to be a penny/copper/metallic flavor some where in there that likes to cut up between the coffee and milk flavors. Not so good.

Mouthfeel: Has a decent consistency. Good carbonation. Leaves my mouth feeling a little thick after the drink.

Notes: I'm a little bit disappointed with this, being an avid coffee drinker/barista. I don't know if I can willingly finish the glass. We'll see though

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Photo of scaliasux
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown, opaque. Short tan/light brown head with good retention.

Smell - Toasted malt. Caramel and coffee. Hops not prominent.

Taste - Sweet toasted malt. Coffee with maybe some caramel sweetness. Just a hint of floral hops in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full, creamy. Very pleasant.

Drinkability - Simply a well-crafted stout. Rich and tasty - perfect for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my wifes favorite beer so I have had it quite a few times. She had a few left in the fridge so I grabed one to drink while I cooked dinner. I poured froma 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark brown almost black with a touch of ruby red. It poured with a scant 1/4" head that retreated very fast. It left a few spotty lace rings.

S- I found the smell to be a little on the meek side. Nothing to bold or intriguing. The dominate smell was chocolate malts that reminds me of chocolate milk. It also had hints of vanilla and brown sugar.

T- Again, it comes through with that nice chocolatey goodness you get in the smell as well as some subtle hints of coffee and smoke. It also has a nice sweetness that remindes me of dried fruits with a very light hop presence that shows up in the finish.

M- This is where this beer lacks to me. It seems to light and over carbonated for a stout. It remindes me more of a porter than a stout.

D- All in all this is a pretty drinkable beer. I usually go for something a bit heavier, but this is a good session beer. Like I said it's one of my wifes favs. and I do drink it with her from time to time. Cheers!

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Photo of Vendetta
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
October 24, 2008

Pours deep black, thick head, thick lacing. Smells of malt, not much else. Tastes bready, malty, thick, dry. No roastiness. Unique stout. Palate is creamy, head tastes fabulous. One of the better Samuel Adams brews. Recommended.

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

Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head and some minimal lacing. Smells sweet and creamy, even a bit like fresh milk. There are some vanilla and chocolate notes as well, but the milkiness dominates. Smells dry rather than sweet. The taste is also very dry, and there is a bit of roastiness up front and a bit of ash on the finish. In between is some dry chocolate and milkiness as well as some sustained light bitter roast akin to unsweetened strong coffee with cream.The mouthfeel is dry and slightly mouthcoating. I like the lack of sweetness in this beer. It makes for quite a different interpretation of a milk stout, but one where the creamy lacticness still comes through, and the ash at the end adds some complexity. Nice.

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Photo of TeamSeabass
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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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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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