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

very good
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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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,686 |  Reviews: 1,262
Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a dark, nearly opaque black hue that displays ruby-like hints when held to the light. Gives rise to a slightly creamy, bubbly brown head that dissipates slowly and displays good retention, leaving nice thick rings of lace along the length of the glass.

Aroma is rich and milky-sweet, with scents of chocolate and roasted malt. The only downside is a faint metallic aroma, which mostly disappears as the beer warms a little.

Medium-full in body, with a nice, rounded, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet cream, chocolate, roasted coffee and burnt toast fill massage the palate, with a slight bitterness in the middle, finishing slightly sweet and roasty and lingering briefly.

Decidedly balanced, tasty, and drinkable. Great as a dessert beer, a nice sociable brew, or an accompaniment to a meal. A great stout that is accessible and fairly easy to come by, and one that would make a great introduction to stout.

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Photo of tommy78
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very black, chocolate colour with some head out of the bottle. If you hold the drink up to the light, you'll see a bit of red in the colour. The smell is chocolately, with a smoky odour to it. The taste complements the smell: chocolate taste immediately, with a bit of sour aftertaste. Feels very smooth around the mouth; leaves a coffee-like taste. I was very impressed with this cream stout. The cream stout goes really well with a regular cheese pizza. Another good drink from Jim Koch!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very nice pour... a big, opaque deep brown, only visible by the highlighting on the edges of the glass. A fat head of creamy tan / pale brown... has a bit of rockiness as it recedes.

S: Chocolate and a nice, mellow roasted malt. Nothing too out there. Just warm, subtle, and nice.

T: Roasted malts, a nice chocolate and coffee blend, almost more like a mocha latte. Nice, easy going flavours.

M: A hint of creaminess, though it's a little light. A little bite of carbonation on the tip of the tongue, smoothing out with some foaminess.

D: Nice one, Samuel Adams. One of the better offerings and something I hadn't been able to find in singles at home before, sadly. A good beer that is worth picking up again.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost perfect black but the tan head fizzles a little quicker than I'd like although the lace situation looks promising early. The nose is a coffee blast with sweet malt, roasted flavors and a touch of the expected chocolate. The label isn't kidding when it brags of being the "cappuccino of beers".

The flavor is a bit more muted than I expected after the sensory attack of the smell. There is some toasted sweetness but the expected heft really isn't there. There is some hops noticeable but since their only real purpose seems to nullify the deep malt experience I was promised, I'm not that excited. The finish is creamy as promised but the texture is thin and cola-like in nature.

A bit of a disappointment. I figure to drink better stouts this winter.

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Photo of horshack7
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of a winter classics twelve pack it pours black as night with a thick tan cream head.

Aroma: The malt aroma is massive coming out of this wonderful stout. Tremendous chocolate notes along with coffee. Great hints of burnt hops that rise out of the top of this beauty.

Taste: A slight crispness to it at the start then it gets smooth and creamy. Big time chocolate espresso flavor with great notes of burnt hops. The dark roasted malts are incredible every flavor there is gargantuan.

Notes: This work of art is so drinkable such a prime example of a winter brew.Cheers

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked this up in a holiday classics 12 pack.

Appearance: dark, dark brown with a thin white head....i see a lot of bubbles in this pour
Smell: burnt toast, coffee
Taste: burnt toast and coffee....a little watered down though
Mouthfeel: light body...too watery
Drinkability: probably do a few in a night

Overall, not one of Sam Adams best beers.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An extremely dark brown with a two finger tan head that leaves very nice lacing.

S: Sweet cream and sugar with a hint of roatesed malts.

T: Sweetness, vanilla, and cream up front with with roasted malt and chocolate notes in the background.

M: Smooth and creamy though there is some bit of carbination. It finishes bitter and dry.

D: This is a bit on the sweeter side to enjoy a few on its own but with some sweet or bitter food would be fine.

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Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a stout-like blackness with a tan fluffy head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Taste is malty with a smooth creamy chocolate mocha aftertaste. Not really heavy, so drinking 3-4 or 5 of these would not be a problem. Carbonation is not too strong, really good lacing as you are drinking.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/21/08. Bottle. Pours dark black, with a thick light tan colored head. Tastes of coffee, roast, vanilla, and oddly I got a strong taste of buttered popcorn. Weird. Sort of reminds me of a porter actually. It was a decent beer, but the buttery taste was sort of off-putting.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

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

From the Samuel Adams Winter Classic mixed holiday seasonal pack, a 12-ounce bottle poured into a dimpled seidel yields a deep mahogany body capped with two bubbly fingers of fine tan foam. The head recedes to a patchy sheet that leaves fine wisps and rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is warm and chocolatey with a whiff of cafe au lait sprinkled with savory dark malt.

The taste is surprisingly non-sweet and is laced with dark chocolate and mildly bitter black coffee. A grainy, lightly tangy lactic maltiness works well with the mild bitterness and just a bit of mellow chocolate-cola sweetness creeps into the profile as the drink progresses toward cool room temperature.

SA's Cream Stout has a nice fluffy medium body and a low abv that makes it an exceptionally quaffable brew.

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Photo of skillerified
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, reddish at the edges. Tan colored head that starts about about a finger and a half and fades to a cap. Good lacing.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt and some black licorice are on the nose first. A second, deeper sniff gives it a little bit of that softer, sweeter milk-like scent that cream stouts often have (although I don't recall this one mentioning any lactose products in the ingredients). It's not bad, but there are definitely better ones out there.

The first couple of sips are actually surprisingly tasteless. It's just a sort of generic, dark malt flavor. Nothing jumps out as bad, but really that's because nothing jumps out at all. The finish offers a lingering roasted coffee flavor. Quite underwhelming on the palate.

Smooth and sweet early. Ends on a coffee-like bitter note. Very light bodied. Just a hint of carbonation to make it somewhat refreshing (for a stout of any kind anyway).

It goes down easy, but it doesn't really taste like anything. Strange for an SA brew (in my opinion anyway). I can't say I totally disliked it, but there just isn't much to really like either. Plus, there are definitely better options for the style.

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

Appearance: Black with a nice creamy head with good lacing. The head is a nice tannish color.

Aroma: Chocolate and coffee, malts. Pretty good.

Taste: Good. The chocolate malts and coffee come through great here. Nice amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness as well. Tastes great

Mouthfeel: Creamy and nice carbonation. Has a nice little crispness going down, and it is really smooth too on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very much so. Low ABV, creamy, great taste.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and nearly opaque black. A soft pillowy brown head lasted quite a while before receding. Laced nicely.

Smell is a mild chocolate, coffee aroma.

Taste is smooth chocolate and coffee. Very nice mild stout flavor without the bitter bite of many over roasted or impy stouts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It lives up to its name.

This is truly a session stout.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dense, tan head, a nice black in color, little to no clarity whatsoever, excellent lacing as you continue to drink this brew.

Smell: Rich chocolate malts and coffee beans are an excellent combination in this.

Taste: The maltiniess combined with the toasty characteristics makes this one enjoyable to drink. Toffee, caramel, ginger, chocolate are all top notch and stand out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, yet bold enough to keep my attention. Medium carbonation and just the right amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a stout you can always go back to and enjoy, I call this the "smart stout" because it's not overkilled like alot of other Stouts on the market.

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Photo of MP72
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black with a tannish head. Once again from the winter sampler pack.
S- Very chocolately almost like a hot chocolate.
T-Balanced the hops kept the sweetness in check , this had a very chocolate and coffee quality to it.I loved the tatse.
M- A little high in carbonation but still cream as the name implies.

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Photo of quikfish13
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark pour into an even darker body. Came up with a nice milk-chocolate colored head. Light lacing around the rim of the glass. No see through at all.

S: Comes strong up front with milk chocolate, white cream and coffee smells. A tiny hint of brown sugar perhaps? It just reminds me of baking with chocolate in a weird way.

T: Mild hop undertones come first with the heavy cream like mid section. Roasted barley chocolate malt are my best guesses to create an almost cookies and cream like quality. Good mix of bakers chocolate in there as well.

M: It's good, very smooth with a nice bitterness at the end.

D: I could definitely see myself quaffing down a few of these at my nearest pub. A very good social beer.

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Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light brown head, 3 fingers in height from a hard pour, nearly black in color - holding up to the light reveals dark brown-red. Very nice lacing as the drink progressed.

S - Malts, slight coffee and dark chocolate hints. Toasty.

T - Malt, malt, malt. Chocolate and coffee flavors primarily, caramel hints on the aftertaste. A bit of an alcohol bite, which is a little less then desirable, but the creaminess of the chocolate/caramel malts makes up for it. Overall, very very sweet.

M - Smooth, easy, but not watery. Doesn't leave a residue as I find some other beers tend to do. Very clean, but full of body and character.

D - It would be impossible to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting. It's just too thick and creamy. I'd say it was the perfect "dessert" beer because of the sweetness, however it's so filling that I wouldn't suggest it after already having a full stomach.

Overall - A great beer to sit down and enjoy. Nothing I'd drink casually, though. Only something I'd drink if I was in the right mindset to sit back and appreciate its complexity. Very warming. Good stuff! Cheers!

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Photo of Japerrault
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with small, tan, quickly dissipating head. The beer was dark with ruby showing through.

S: Chocolate, and black licorice were mostly noticed, but roasted maltiness definitely was present.

T: Roasted, dark chocolatey flavors. No hops noticed, but mild bitternes in the aftertaste shows they are there to balance.

M: Medium body, with a mellow creamy feel.

D: The chocolate flavors and creamy feel made me want more. This is an easy drinker.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really love the Winter Sam Adams Sampler. Fantastic Stouts and Porters. The only thing missing is the Cranberry beer...oh that is right, that one was in there as a filler....and it was horrible.

One thing going for the Cream Stout is the lower alcohol level. At only 4.7%, won't knock you off of your feet. So, just sit back and enjoy a wonderful Cream Stout. Sip it, Slam it, put a nipple one it....whatever. This is good beer.

Why can a Macro Brewery like Sam Adams get most of their beers so correct all of the time and the other Big Boys can't even come close? Take lessons....I and many other BAs refuse to by most of the macro crap.

A - Good. Dark Brown to black. No head or lacing present but ok.

S - FRESH like a beer should smell. With this low of an alcohol content, you don't want to cellar this one too long. Burnt Marshmallows. Graham Crackers - the most I have ever smelled in a beer up to this point in my life of a BA reviewer.

T - Oh yeah. Love it. Cream. Fulfilling. Smooth. Balance. Almost, and I said, almost perfect. Just not quite.

M - Like a good cream stout should feel like.

D - "Hello sir may I have another?"

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was part of the Winter sample pack,drank both while doing yard work. Pour was light black if there is such a word with a thin tan head that went down but stuck around a while. Aroma is of dark roasted malt (big suprise there). Where this beer shined was the flavor,just a simple sweet creamy dark roast,very easy to drink, and the mouthfeel was full and creamy. I deem this "pretty good stuff"

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark...almost black...a nice tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing

S - Good amounts of chocolate and roasted caramel malts

T - The chocolate is right there in the front...followed by a coffee after...nicely blended and very creamy...hence the name

M - Thick and creamy

D - I was very happy with this stout...a definite keeper!

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Photo of sevopie
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with brown edges to it, light brown head. Laces well.

Smell - Bitter chocolaty with a tinge of hop and roasted malt.

Taste - Cocoa/chocolate and coffee jump right out with some malt and vanilla flavors. Most of the bitter seems to be in the chocolate flavors, and sits very well.

Mouthfeel - Lighter than I was expecting from a stout, and somewhat heavily carbonated.

Drinkability - This would be even higher if slightly less carbonated, but the taste is fantastic.

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Photo of medic25
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Winter Sampler pack. Dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Malty aroma. Taste is easy drinking; burnt malt, a little bit sweet and chocolatey with elements of coffee. Finishes very nicely, not at all harsh or bitter. This would be enjoyable year-round.

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Photo of mcbackus
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow my first rate on BA and it is a milk stout. i cant believe i like this beer one if my least favorite styles of all. pours a very dark chocolate brown with a quick tan head. with some soapy bubbles on theedges. the aroma is very caramelly with plenty of sweet chocolate and very littel roast. the palate is smooth and creamy as one would thinkg with a more bitter chocolate taste but still some sweetness good finish with a touch of roast.

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

A- Opaque dark black with small brown head made up of tiny bubbles. Head turns to a rather small light creamy covering.

A- Fruity sweetness with notes of chocolate and a solid amount of roasted malt.

T- Slightly sweet flavor with notes of chocolate and coffee that stick around in the aftertaste. Finishes rather dry emphasizing a rather bitter aftertaste.

M- Full bodied with a very creamy feel. Low carbonation.

D- I obtained this in a winter Sam Adams sampler and it is a great cold weather beer. A little heavy to be a session beer. Would go great with some nice chocolate.

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Samuel Adams Cream Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,686 ratings.
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