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

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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 katan
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 5/2008

A - Pours a very dark reddish color, with lots of head. Dissipates slowly. Can not see much floating haze.

S - Has an interesting malt smell, partially roasted barley. Not much in the way of hops smell. Not very strong or overbearing.

T - Light initial flavor that rolls to a very strong malt/sweet flavor. Can detect notes of burnt coffee. That may be also because it has that cream flavor that goes often w/ coffee.

M - Thick and creamy. Doesn't have alot of carbonation in it. Very smooth.

D - Easy drinking, lightly filling. Low ABV allows for multiple drinks easily.

Good beer that my bro turned me on to. Would drink again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a mug, had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of brownish-colored head and good lacing.

S: Coffee, some cream and malt came through the most in the aroma.

T: Very rich taste. Roasted malt, coffee, some hops and just enough cream to make it interesting.

M: There was a good amount of carbonation, along with a smooth finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. For a stout it goes down exceptionally easy. It has lots of personality and is nicely complex.

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

A: Poured an appropriate jet-black. Nebulous, thick, and creamy tan head that left prominent lacing on the glass.

S: Creamy nose with an initial hit of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and the burnt maltiness I know I'm about to taste.

T&M: Taste is wonderful. Initially creamy and smooth, with the taste of smooth roasted malts emerging on the tongue. A hint of dark, bittersweet chocolate malt and coffee. Hops definitely balance the flavor of the malt well. Aftertaste is that of coffee with cream--a wonderful finish! Mouthfeel is excellent, with little carbonation and a creamy full body. Feels less like a "real" stout, but that's why it's a cream stout.

D: For a stout, this is the most drinkable I've ever had. I could have this thing anytime, any place. Stouts don't make for good session beers, but this one comes as close as any I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nutty brownish black hue with a nice solid foamy head and sparse lacing.

S: Lots of malt with small hints of smoke and cocoa.

T: Lots of charcoal up front. A bit of creamy sweetness in the middle and it finishes with a slightly bitter cocoa taste.

M: Medium carbonation with average body.

D: Not too bad.

Overall: a nice example of the stle. It's not the best milk stout out there but it is a quality brew that is easy on the pocket.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of a biege head that qucikly recedes to a foam ring at the edge, but it does manage to leave some decent lacing. Body is black.

Smell- chocolate, milk, caramel, dark fruit such as raisins, prunes, and plums, and some roasted malt. Simple, and mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Chocolate, milk, and dark fruit flood the tongue upfront, and through the middle as well. On the finish, there is a very small taste of herbal hops, and yet more milk and dark fruit. The aftertaste is hearty roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. A little bit creamy.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, and it is entirely sessionable.

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Photo of Overlord
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one strange beer.

Pours a strange semi-opaque brown color. Medium sized tan head.

Taste is also weird: some coffee tones, chocolate notes, and more of a bubbly feel than a smooth, stout-esque consistency. Not sure how to judge this. I don't have many milk/cream stouts, and I didn't much care for this. Didn't seem much different from a porter, actually.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a descent layer of creamy tan head. The nose is tame but pleasant with notes of sweet barley, molasses, coffee, and faint, general fruit character. Tastes of dark roast coffee, dried dark fruits, dates, cherry and drying bitter hops imparting a little citrus towards the end. Finishes with notes of dry cocoa powder and fruity sweetness. Full mouthfeel with a nice weight and a good creamy carbonation. Nice addition to the winter sampler.

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Photo of kbeals
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using a slow pour the beer develops two fingers of a nice brown sugar colored head. Beer is opaque, with excellent lacing throughout the duration of the beer. Smells of roasted malt, with a rich dark chocolate undertone. Taste was about the same, malts, a bit of bitterness at the end. Overall, a very smooth beer, creamy, but not real heavy. Carbonation is pretty light. Drinkability is excellent, I could easily drink a few of these since it's a relatively low ABV. Definite recommendation.

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

This beer pours a nice solid black with zero transparency, coloring similar to Guinness. Poured a nice ½" tan head. It smells really nice; a bit of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Good flavor, although it doesn't linger on the palette as long as I'd expect, at least compared with some other heavy or milk stouts. It's not very bitter, which would make it great for anyone looking to get into some stouts. This is a medium-to-heavy beer with a good mouthfeel and low carbonation. I'm tasting it outside of its ideal season (mid-winter, in my opinion) but I'd drink a few of these during a tasting session.

Paired with a nice cheesecake or after-dinner cigar, and you'd be pretty happy. This is certainly good enough for me to consider putting on tap next fall. I'd compare it with Berkshire's Coffeehouse.

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

Shifting my pour from a 45 degree angle to a vertical stream, this stout produced a rich, thick, tan head, and the bubbles appeared to shift down through the foam to where they came. I waited a few minutes for the head to subside, trying to peer through the very opaque seal brown beer below. The aroma from swirling shifted from chocolate to frothy coffee and back again, with a little hint of cream.

This cream stout's roasted grain character comes through strongly, with the slightest amount of hop bitterness along for the ride. A slight hint of cherries hides behind the roasted grain, which also tempers a mild sweetness within its medium body and carbonation.

Overall, this stout's dark appearance hides a pearl of creamy, fruity sweetness.

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Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Gregis
Pours mostly black with a nice medium sized lasting head. Smell is roasty malt, and sweet cream. Taste is nicely medium to dark roasty malt, semi creamy milkiness and the body is nice and neither thin nor thick. Pleasant creamy roasty hazlenut like taste with soft carbonation and extremely mild bitterness that is hardly there at all. No harsh or strong burnt tastes either and it makes this a delicious and friendly beer. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of hyland24
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

It poured black with a thick almost 3 inch dark tan head. Looked like a rootbeer. Not as thick as I would have expected from a cream stout. Left a foam brown lace that stuck to the sides of the mug long after the final sip.

It smelled malty and bitter with hints of espresso and a strong alcohol presence.

The taste was good but nothing spectacular. The taste started off coppery metallic with hints of espresso, slightly malty followed. It finished slightly bitter with a fairly strong alcohol taste.

The beer was thinner than I prefer for a stout. Not overly carbonated but not as creamy as I am used to with this style especially with the name cream stout.

Its a good beer overall, but nothing spectacular. If you see it, try it but dont go out of your way for it. Not a session beer as most stouts are not but I would drink more than one.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness mug.

A - Poured black with a thick and foamy tan head that all but dissappeared after the first sip. Quality lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma with lights hints of burnt semi-sweet cocoa.

T - Slightly sweet and smokey up front followed by a bitter, somewhat metallic finish.

MF&D - slightly more carbonated than I would have expected. Coats the mouth well and gives off a warm alcoholic finish.

A good choice for the winter drinking or with a chocolate dessert. A decent example of this style.

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Photo of Popkorn615
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color, turning into a black body with a very nice bubbly and carbonated ½ inch head that slowly dissipates. The carbonated head never fully disappears and eventually reduces in size to 0-1mm by mid-drink

S - A malty, roasted nutty, and sweet smell with a hint of choclolate.

T - Deliciously malty and hoppy leaving a slight walnuty and dark chocolatey (but very pleasant) aftertaste. Nothing about this beer is too strong - the ingredients seem to be in a fantastic balance.

M - Moderate thickness, filling, and very smooth when going down.

D - A great beer to drink with a meal. It feels as smooth and looks as attractive as drinking a soda without being too thick or too thin. I could most definitely enjoy multiple Sam Adams Cream Stouts in one sitting, with or without a meal in front of me.

Sam Adams Cream Stout is a fantastic tasting beer, and the Sam Adams name definitely lives up to its reputation of being one of the best domestic beers with this selection.

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Photo of cbleary
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Mmm, this is a tasty brew. The beer poured with a deep black body and a huge light brown head. It has lots of rich roasted malt and strident grain with hints of chocolate. It also featured a good deal of English hops that kept the beer well balanced. SA has a very good beer here. I'd get it again.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark roast chocolate and dark fruit. Subtle sweet characteristics.

Pretty much pitch black. Great head - cream and nice.

Bitter front of heavy roast, rich chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, espresso, heavy bitterness.

Medium thin body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty good ale.

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Photo of RobH
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite Samuel Adams beer. Definitely a high quality beer. Nothing extreme here, just a damn solidly brewed beer with terrific taste.

The color is dark and inviting with the contrasting creamy hued head.

Don't let the word, "cream", scare you away from this one!

A great nose and a velvety mouthfeel leads to fantastic taste sensations all across the palate.

This one is a home run for Samuel Adams and probably doesn't get the full respect it deserves simply because so many people tend to write off Samuel Adams beers since its such a large craft beer company in relative terms.

There's no reason to make excuses for having this beer at the top of your list of favorites in my humble opinion.

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

Eye: The beer pours pretty much black, with some dark brown highlights. Head is tan, creamy in appearance and has great retention, lacing could use some work. Looks like a great beer.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, toffee, roasted aromas, and caramel all come out in the nose of this brew. Also there is a sweet french vanilla cream aroma behind all of that.

Tongue: Ohh, very nice. I really like the finish on this, goes from a sweet milk-sweet flavor which melds to a cappuccino to a roasted barley flavor. Overall, there are notes of chocolate and roasted flavors throughout, but the flavors that come out closer to the finish are what really grabbed me. This is one of the few SA beer's I've had that I've not been able to detect a metallic twang.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Body is full, but I feel that it missing something, not sure what though. Perhaps its the carbonation, and even though it is low I think that it takes away from the would be otherwise velvety body. This is a beer that I'd not be opposed to buying again, I'm not sure how this is sold, but I don't think that is in sixers....don't quote me on that though. I don't buy or drink alot of Sam Adams beers, I acquired this one through a friend. I think that I'd rather explore more of this style before coming back to it though. Definitely a good beer though, don't pass this one up.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into NERAX imperial pint glass.

A: Nice dark brown, not quite black. 3/4 in. tan head which drops to a thin covering. Good lacing that sticks around to the bottom of the pint.

S: Coffee and some very faint chocolate and smoke. Not an overwhelming aroma, but not bad either.

T: Coffee and smoked malt are right up front. There's a touch of chocolate and caramel sweetness in the undertone. A slightly bitter/metallic finish, but it's not bothersome. Solid, enjoyable taste.

M: Generally good. Not as creamy/rich as many stouts out there, but still has a full enough body to let you know you are drinking a stout. Carbonation felt a little harsh.

D: With an ABV of under 5% this has session written all over it if you are a fan of the dark.

Notes: This is one of the better "Brewmaster Collection" brews I've had from SA. I wish it had better bar distribution as it would make a great alternative to the usual dry stout triumvirate of Guinness/Murphy's/Beamish on offer at most places.

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

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color with a gigantic three finger, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were excellent.

Smell: Very rich in roasted and chocolate malts. Light coffee scent mixes well with faint toasted nut and caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts here are as nice of a blend as I've had in this style. Secondary toasted nut and coffee flavors really bring it to life. Light hops are noticeable and provide just a slight bitter taste toward the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, very creamy and smooth. It's carbonated very well and is extremely drinkable. Its tame ABV adds to its drinkability. Overall, this is a very fine beer. Perhaps Samuel Adams at its finest.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.79/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a gold cap and Sam Adams cream stout logo. 2007 date

Appearance - Pours a dark black with a 1 inch tan head. Thick lacing around the glass. Looks like a damn fine stout.

Smell - Very faint smell. Lite coffee aroma, and a touch of faint chocolate. Not as aromatic as I was expecting.

Taste - Cofee, and bakers chocolate are the first that come to mind. Flavor doesn't hold very long, and not much of a creamy taste. Dry and bitter in the finish, and holds through for awhile in the aftertaste. Nothing in the taste or mouthfeel to really hold it together. Kinda bland

Drinkability - Disappointing to say the least. I was looking forward to a good Sam Adams brew. If you're looking for a stout to keep in your fridge to hit up a few times a week, there are better options. St. Peter's cream, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam are just a few that provide a better experience in my opinion.

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Photo of jdg204
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been looking for another good everyday, non-imperial stout for standard enjoyment. Sierra Nevada has a real good one, but I'm always game for something different from Sam Adams. Enjoyed from my brandy snifter.

Appearance - Nice opaque black color with a lovely creamy, frothy, slightly off-white head.

Smell - Roasted/ milky aroma was quite pleasant.

Taste - Great roasted stout flavor with a nice creamy, dairy undertone. Carbonation overwhelmed the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel - Like Lancaster Milk Stout, it was too carbonated which meant you had to take your time sipping to allow the palate to recover. Good aftertaste though.

Drinkability - Pretty happy with this brew overall, think I've found another solid go to for mainstream stouts. SA usually comes through pretty solid and this was no different.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours up black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Smells like Roasted malt, a hint of sweetness in the background.

T - It's a pretty good cup of coffee, I guess. Roasted flavor overpowers everything. There is a hint of sweetness, but it's fleeting.

M - It's got a nice creamy feel, and is full bodied.

D - The coffee flavor is strong, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of dnichols
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer at a local tasting event involving 17 beer buddies and 17 tasty beers from east of the Mississippi and Canada. Great night, great friends, great beers...can't go wrong.

A: It poured a thick black body with a dense chocolate head that was sticky and lasted forever. It generated a dense and lingering lacing that marched down the glass with each sip.

S: It had a dominant aroma of dark sweet roasted malts with chocolate and dark fruits detectable.

T: This beer is all about the chocolate...sweet milky chocolate with hints of bitter bakers chocolate. There is a bit of peppery bite and coffee flavor but they are definitely recessive flavors that need to be pulled from the mass of sweet malts.

M: It was a medium bodied beer with a creamy smooth mouth feel. Low carbonation and a modest ABV did little to clean the palate resulting in a sweety almost oily aftertaste that made sure you remember what kind of beer you were drinking.

D: It was a rich and creamy brew with lots of chocolate flavor, however its fine malt richness also made it a very one dimensional drink. One and done brew that is best stocked for a winter brew or as an after dinner treat.

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

355ml bottle bought from the Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured almost completely black with only the slightest hint of brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some nice sticky lacing clings throughout..

Aroma - Strong dark chocolate mixed with some caramel, cocoa, roast malts, coffee, quite nutty, brown sugar...

Taste - Some light smokiness, good roasted malt bitterness, creamy dark chocolate, definite treacle / caramel sweetness, strong dark coffee, slight liquorice notes...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied... at under 5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A very good and well balanced stout... well worth a try...

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