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Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout

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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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Photo of thisisshsas
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark opaque color that you always want to see in a stout.
S- not the best smell. It almost has a phosphate side smell, maybe its my glass.
T- lite taste for a stout. THe barley taste gives it a little bit of a sweet chocolate taste.
m- becomes more sweet the longer that it stays in your mouth. very enjoyable.
D- is very easy to drink, suprrising for a stout. It could be in the Guinness level of session stout.

not my favorite stout, but an easy one to drink with a tasty flavor. recommended as a beer if you like Guinness but not Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with off-tan head that retains ok but not great.

Nose has dark chocolate, roasty malt, faint fruits, and hot cocoa packets.

On the palate dark chocolate & roasty flavors come through nicely. Hops balance, but aren't too assertive. Sweet stout, yes with the milkyness, but not very sweet in taste overall - just the absence of big bitterness like other stouts.

Finish is pleasing and this stout is very drinkable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep dark black color. A decent tan head.

S: Lots going on here. Produces a sweet mixture of caramel, coffee, espresso coffee and chocolate. A great combination and very fragrant.

T: A creamy mixture of caramel and chocolate. Not overly sweet, but creamy. Some hints of espresso on the back end.

M: A sweet, creamy mixture left on the tongue and palate. Not overpowering, but leaves a great taste.

D: Not sure how many I could have in a sitting. I don't think it could be a session beer for me, but I could enjoy 2-3 for dessert.

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

careful slow pour into a tulip gave two inches of dark tan head, beer is dark dark brown, caramel highlights.
not a lot of smell, picked up a rich maltinesss pretty standard to stouts.
tastes is much better, really rich for a sweet stout, deep roasted malt flavor., rich smooth mouthfeel too,
love this beer, will buy it again soon.

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Photo of Natural510
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch-black from 12oz bottle with very thick head which leaves an uninterrupted coating on the glass.
Smells of milk chocolate, malts & a decent hop character.
Very smooth milk chocolate flavor. The sweetness is subtle rather than up-front as with other milk stouts. Caramel and coffee are present as well. It is a malt-bath with a nice creeping hop kick and finishes with the slight chalky dryness of an Irish dry stout.
Creamy, smooth, delicious in the mouth, with a reverberating hop twang.
This was a nice surprise. Many times BBC will brew a flavorful beer which is still "safe". This one is bold all the way, and one of the best sweet stouts I've had yet.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Black in color with little to no head after pouring from a bottle. Hints of coffee in the nose. Clean attack with a roasted malt flavor. Smoky flavors and a relatively clean finish considering the flavors swirling around. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not as creamy as the name suggested to me. I typically enjoy any of the Sam Adams Brewmaster's collection but this one was not one of my favorites.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sure am glad this is 4.69% alcohol and not, say, 4.75% -- that'd be way too much.

Pours a dark brown -- nearly black. Probably the darkest beer that I'm going to get at my local supermarket. I'm holding this up to a 60 watt bulb, and am only able to see a mahogany outline of the glass. The head starts out nice and thick, khaki in color, then settles down into the beer, leaving only a skim and a light lacing. Still, a nice looking beer.

Smell becomes more evident as it warms, but there's a lot here -- dark roasted barley, some coffee hints, and some dry baker's chocolate. Smells nice indeed.

Sweet up front. The tip of your tongue is coated with a creamyness that falls back into a dry chocolate bitterness at the end. Pretty tasty indeed. It's not as sweet as some milk stouts, and for that I am thankful.

Mouthfeel is rather thick, thanks to the residual sugars hanging around, but the bubbles seem too large. Granted, they're only .005 of an inch big, but your tongue knows what I mean. I bet this would have a fantastic mouthfeel on a nitrous tap.

Drinkability -- A sweet brew. Sweet like a dopplebock, but it doesn't bite you back like you'd hope for. But then I don't know that any milk stout does. It's great for the style, but I wouldn't want more than one, even on a cold night.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 +3.8%
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 +18.6%
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 +2%
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 +9.2%
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 +11%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 -4.3%
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 +13.5%
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 -17.1%
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 -2.3%
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 -9.4%
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 +4.6%
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 -8.2%
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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