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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Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I killed a six pack of this over the 4th of July weekend up at the cabin in Galena.

A - Black and thick-looking with a big brown four finger head. This looks rich and creamy.

S - Dark chocolate, espresso, whipped cream, and whole milk. I can almost smell some white cake icing.

T - Bitter and rich, like good dark chocolate. There is a nice hop quality to this that I really like. It's very much bittersweet.

M - Full bodied and gritty, like strong espresso. The finish is nice and long, and filled with dark coffee and rich chocolate notes.

D - Great! This is one of SA's best brews IMO.

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Photo of Garzan72
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was something I havent had before. It smelled great and tasted good. The mouthfeel was also pretty good. What I liked the most about the cream stout is the after taste. It kinda stayed with me for a little while. If offered this beer again I would definitely drink it.

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Photo of charliedango
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Traditional appearance of opaque black body with slight translucent ruby red near head. Foamy head which dissipates rather quickly into fine lacing. The smell is quite different than many other stouts I've had in the past as it has a much sweeter smell. The taste is incredible. It's more carbonated than I usually like in a stout, but when mixed with the sweetness it seems to counterbalance one another perfectly- A peppery/carbonated delivery with a sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel carries most of the effect of the carbonation, but still feels a little meatier than most highly carbonated beers. Overall I would have to give Samuel Adams high praise for this one. While I feel as though many of their other beers hang in the shadow of higher quality import beers, their cream stout is a true force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oil black pour, slight tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Milk chocolate aroma with a hint of espresso. Much more pronounced chocolate and bitter coffee taste, plus some roasted malt and even a hint of smoke at the end. Nice carbonation- silky smooth. Very enjoyable

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Photo of happygnome
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice non transparent black color with about a half to three quarter inch head that doesnt dissapear too fast leaves a bit of sticky lacing as the beer level in the glass falls
s: roasted chocolate malts, ice cream (i couldnt think of anything and buttery as others have described really doesnt fit in my opinion) hints of a slightly piny bitterness
t: roasted chocolate malts, hints of cream like dairy cream
m: full bodied beer little carbonation

very good, i havent had a ton of Sam's offerings but this is probably the second best, if not the best bbc offering ive had

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer that Sam Adams puts out. I'm a big Stout fan and this one does it.

The pour is a nice deep brown with a heavy dark tan heead that lasted through the beer.

The previous butter smell comments are on point, with a light roasty smell.

The taste is as named a creamy vanilla, chocolate, nutty, roasty taste.

Goes down very smooth could drink this all night.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a conical pint. Poured a beautiful thick molasses brown, almost black. Thick tan 2-finger head that dissipated to about a quarter inch that lasted the rest of the drink. Pretty good lacing.

Smelled of butter, fresh bread, chocolate, espresso beans, and a hint of sweet malt.

Good carbonation. Smooth. Taste of toasted chocolate, bread, hops. Hops and malt well balanced. Finished almost a maple syrup? as it warmed. Excellent brew by the guys at Sam Adams.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single of this whilst on a business trip to Utah a few weeks ago. Drank it and took some notes in the hotel and just now getting around to reviewing it online.

Poured a dark brown, almost black color, with hints of red that shine through when held up to the light. Thin, tan head that leaves very little, if any, lace. The nose was sweet and malty. Slightly smoky as well. Strong vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel mixed in for good measure. Tasted roasty, nutty, again with a milk chocolate presence. Began to get sweeter and smoother as it warmed up, and finished sweet as well. Mouthfeel was dry but full-bodied and smooth.

This was a tasty brew here. I would definitely revisit the Cream Stout from Sam Adams. I'd love to try it on tap as well. A fine sweet stout if ever I had one.

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Photo of comingbackdown
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The Pour:
A huge, dome-with-a-hole-in-it creamy tan head.
Pitch black beer, no see-through here.

The Head:
Maybe it was just the pour, but the head actually ran over the mug...

Consistency and viscosity.
Rich, sticky, very much like motor oil, but pleasant looking. It just keeps lacing down the mug, perfect lacing, which surprises me. I don't see dead perfect lacing that often.

The Nose:
Caramel, barley, coffee, chocolate.

The Taste:
Caramelly at first, then a strong hit of chocolate maltiness. The feeling is comparable to having the wind knocked out of you. Roasted malt and hops add a touch of bitter. This turned me off at first but I enjoy it now.

The Mouthfeel:
Slightly gritty, like partially melted chocolate.

The Aftertaste:
Chocolate to the extreme, sweet. Almost too sweet, with a tiny, nearly undetectable hint of hops at the very last, as if they're saying "Hey, don't forget I was there in the beginning too!"

This doesn't seem sessionable. It may make a good treat, or a good breakfast beer, but you probably wouldn't want to serve this at a
kegger or go hoist a few of 'em at the local pub with your drinking buddies.

Other than that, a good beer. My first stout, and definitely not my last. :D

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Photo of xare
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent appearance for a stout, dark body and tan head. Head laces very well.

Aroma is a blend of buttered malts, a touch of hops, and some caramel & coffee aromas.

Buttery caramel melts into your mouth at first, then as that goes down the hatch, some dark bitter coffee/chocolateness hits you. It begins out sweet then ends bitter for a balance. Interesting and definitely a flavor that appeals to me.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. A bit of soapiness at the end from the hops but goes down smooth.

Definitely would drink more of this, I'm drinking this in summer and it's actually easier to drink this than you'd expect from a stout. Would happily purchase sixers and drink this straight up for a while.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark opaque brown with 3 finger brown head. Decent retention, settles to thick tan cap. Great lacing.

S - Buttery aroma is most prevalent, followed by caramel and general roasted malt character. Coffee/earthy aroma hiding in the background.

T - Butter and caramel early palate, with a dying sweetness that segues into bittersweet chocolate and eventually a coffee-like aftertaste. Intense but short-lived earthy bitterness to balance out the relatively sweet malt.

M - Lightly carbonated, medium to full bodied. A nice, slick stout.

D - Easier to put back than a lot of stouts. Robust, but not overdone on the roasted/blackened malts. Excellent balance.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out dark to black with a thick tan head that doesn't disappate fast.

Taste is heavy. Hints of oak and coffee. This isn't a "everyday" beer. It's a filling brew.

Smell is light (could just be my stuffy nose). It's not very strong, but hints to the same tastes.

I don't know if I would buy this beer again. It is my first sweet stout, so I may just not be a fan of the style.

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Photo of ph2001
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours smooth with one finger of head that leaves quickly. near black in color, with slivers of carmel color against the light. very mild creamy malt smell.

sweet flavor that is very mild. there is a bite to it that is also very mild. creamy, medium bodies. very drinkable.

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Photo of rye726
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definately one of my favorite brews from Sam Adams. I wouldn't call it a sweet stout, but it is still quite good. It is a near black color with a tan head. The nose has roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and subtle hops. Chocolate covered coffee beans balance well with the dry burnt malts. A thin body also make sme see this as more of a dry stout. A good pub beer and excellent on tap.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very deep dark brown nearly opaque unless heald directly to the light.
S-Rosted malt as well as hints of chocolate very small hints of coffee/espresso
T-Almost exactly how it smells the chocolate comes out for in the flavor than the nose though
M-Very smooth and very well carbonated this is a very smooth stout.
D-Style considered this would not be the 1st stout i reached for but it is very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of ericj551
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours a deep black with an ample light brown head. The aroma is a faint roastiness as well as some caramel. The flavor is sweet upfront, with a bit of roasty astringency and a smooth creaminess. I don't know if its the power of suggestion, but the beer tastes a bit milky. There is a nice bit of chocolate in the finish. Overall this is another solid beer from Sam Adams, but nothing too exciting in my opinion.

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Photo of AZTEX
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very good beer.

I poured from a bottle straight out of the refrigerator.

The mouthfeel is a little light for a stout. The aroma was very good with hints of chocolate and espresso. The taste was a little sour when cold, but became more robust as it warmed up. At its peak, the taste was roasty, malty and espresso tasting, with a medium amount of hoppiness. If it has been in the refrigerator, I would recommend letting it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. The appearance was a nice milk chocolate color; I poured about a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.

Overall this was a very good stout; somewhat lighter than most, but very refreshing on a warm spring day. I will definitely drink again.

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

A- Dark Brown almost black, with a thin tan head it didn't last long, but some of it stayed on the side of my mug.

S- Roasted malt notes with hints of coffee.

T- Nice roasted malt taste with a rich creamy body, a slight but pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M- This is a full bodied creamy beer that coats your tongue a little, as stated before a slight bitterness, but it is all good.

D- This is a fine beer from Sam Adams and I good drink a few of these in a setting.

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Photo of tankg
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite from this brewery. Bought a six a while back and found one more, with a 2/08 freshness date. Didn't notice any problem...

Poured in a pint glass. Dark color, so-so head, but may have been a bad glass. Smelled of coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate.

I dig this beer the most. With over 600 reviews, 'nuff said! A Salud!

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Photo of everetends
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a Sam Adams sampler from Grub Mart in Jacksonville. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice black with a good sized tan, slightly more brown head. Head did not last very long at all though. Descent lacing with what head was left.

S: First hit is of deeply roasted malt. Coffee (espresso), and chocolate come more prevalent as beer warms.

T: Much of the same. A creamy, rich, roasted malt flavor. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate round off the taste.

M: This beer doesn't linger very long and isn't as heavy as I thought it would be and was looking forward to.

D: This is a decent beer. A little on the sweet side. Couldn't drink too much of this at a given time. Good as an after dinner pint.

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

Pours nice and black with a thick tan head. Great smells of coffee, roasted malt,and chocolate blend perfectly together. Did not have a heavy feel like I expected and was easy to drink. Tasted as it smelled with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hopps and espresso. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into my Sam Adams Black Lager glass. Dark murky brown color shot with ruby tones around the edges; thick tan head perched over the brew and left clumps of lace behind.
Nose has a lot of chocolate and malt notes with a lesser amount of dark fruits and mocha java.
Taste has a nice malty flavor accentuated by the tastes of coffee and cream. Add the touch of fruit and the faintest hint of butterscotch in the finish and you have a solid stout.
Feel: medium- to light-bodied, a bit watery initially.
Overall, a pretty solid effort for the style. Made a good addition to my breakfast after a 17-hour workday.

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

Nearly pitch black body with a hint of ruby. Nice light brown lacing left down the side of the glass shows the remnants of a sizable head.

Coffee and sweet roasted cream in the aroma. Very nice, and a little bit light.

The above sums up the taste too. Great flavors here. A touch light.

A good bit of carbonation here. It left a big head, but less carb would have made for a creamier mouthfeel.

One of my top 3 beers from Sam Adams. I love this beer. Nearly everything you want in a milk stout.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark and black, with a ruby lining in the light. Light amount of light caramel head.

Smell: Roasty and brown sugar smell. A deep molasses smell almost comes out in the background.

Taste: Brown sugar and dark chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. The roastiness and the creaminess work really well together. They both impact my taste buds at the same time, so it's pleasant to try to sort out what all is going on. The chocolate aftertaste really makes me think of dark chocolate, and it very enjoyable. It's almost like a little dessert drink.

Mouthfeel: The right amount of carbonation to tingle the tongue and highlight the sweet flavors contrasting with the roasted flavors. The carbonation doesn't make me think creamy in how it feels, but maybe like a cream soda is creamy. I feel like the body is a little masked by the amount of carbonation. Still, feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very enjoyable cream stout. It feels a little more fun to drink than a stout. Almost how great it felt to get a quarter and get a soda from the gas station. The carbonated tingle and the distinct sweet and bitter flavors keep every sip fresh in my mind, and makes me look forward to the next.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by 6/2008 notched on the label. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark opaque brown with a rocky, inch and a half tan-colored head. Webs of sticking lacing with excellent adherence present during the session. Scents of chocolate and malt, followed by a less intensive lingering coffee-scent. Flavors of roasted malt, milk chocolate and a hint of cream, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel, good consistency without being too full-bodied and a touch of carbonation. very drinkable brew. Extremely sessionable; I've already had four.

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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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