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

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2,688 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: 2,688 |  Reviews: 1,262
Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. brown longneck from a Winter Variety 12-pack .

A: Dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tight foam head that slowly settles with nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, chocolate

T: Nice burst of dark roasted grains, roasted coffee, chocolate and sweet cream…yes cream and a nice bitter roasted grain aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin but well balanced and enjoyable from start to finish.

D: Really liked this and will buy again, hopefully before next years variety pack.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black (of course), wearing a beautifully dense head like a crown.
Chocolate is prevalent in the aroma, along with some woodiness.
Flavor is full of roasted malt, smoke and a some leafy notes.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, and it finishes very dry.
This is a very good stout, though it seemed more like a dry stout than a cream to me. It tasted a bit like a cigar, which makes me imagine it would go quite good with one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with only some reddish hues when held up to the light, very good head and lacing.

Smell mostly has a coffee aroma, some caramel melded in, could use a little more chocolate scent.

Taste is mostly bitter from the roasted malt and coffee. Slight caramel lingering and a bit nutty.

Not sure if milk/sweet stout is really the right category, it is really smooth, but could use a more creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of association330
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy 1/2 finger head that settles to a nice cap with good lacing.

S - The rich scents of chocolate, good coffee, and roasted malt all come through. Smells great.

T - Very roasty, with coffee flavors predominant, and a little bitter chocolate. Moderately bitter finish, mostly from the roasted coffee flavor, not so much from hops. Perhaps so roasty that it's a little unbalanced.

M - On the light side of moderate. In fact, I'm not sure it 'feels' much like a stout.

D - Pretty quaffable, though maybe a little overpowering.

Overall, it's a decent, readily available brew for a cold winter night, but I have a feeling that there are better stouts out there.

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

From the Winter Classics 12 Pack.

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a finger width of creamy tan head that retained nicely and left some great lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, chocolate sweetness, and a little coffee. Very pleasing.

The taste matches that wonderful aroma. Deep roasty notes of thick chocolate sweetness and coffee. A little bit of hop bitterness even raises it's head towards the finish. The mouthfeel is a thick medium with a nice creamy texture.

Wow, this a nice Stout and one of the best beers that I've had from Sam Adams. A great taste and low ABV make this a perfect Winter sessioner.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy and thick head which minimizes quickly but leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The color is an inky black that no light can penetrate.

Aroma is terrific, a sweet, nutty, milky thing with a huge roasted leaning, but not at all burnt.

Dark roast coffee and baking chocolate are at the forefront of the flavor. The lactic element from the aroma takes a back seat in the flavor, but still manages to appear, taking on a mellow sweetness like steamed milk. Would've been better if the roasted flavors were balanced by something sweeter, they're a bit too dominant. Mouthfeel is okay, but too carbonated for the style. A thicker, creamier glide across the tongue would've been nice, something a little less tingly than this.

In the middle of the session I wiped off three tiny flecks from my lips of what looked like coffee grounds. I'm certain these weren't on my lips, fingers or glass before this. Could it be some toasted malt nasties that avoided the filtration process? It would be much more believable if this were a small brewery; maybe this is Sam Adams' very unintentional way of keeping it real?!? Didn't bother me in the slightest, just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else had the same thing happen.

Go for this is you dig stouts, it's decent, and a particularly good call for cold winter nights (which this is not, and which seem to be rarer and rare lately, don't they?).

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this, but I did, and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep, deep brown, just less than black body with a tan head. The head had good retention but left not much lacing.
Smell: Very roasty, very, very roasty. Hints of chocolate aromas.
Taste: Just as roasty as the aroma, much more of a chocolate presence than was originally in the nose.
Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth.
Drinkability: Rather tasty.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a huge head that was wicked dark brown but surprisingly laced quickly, almost looking like a frappe at one point. Sharp aromas of malt and chocolate in general with its smell. More caramel/coffee flavors in the taste but its a bit weak and too hoppy near the finish. The moutfeel is a bit watery but it has decent carbonation. Overall, nothing too strong or out there for typical drinkers but I wish it was more spectacular.

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Photo of guitarninja
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Beer pours dark chocolate brown with a thick creamy bread crust colored head - leaving a decent lacing. The beer seemed to slide down the glass (a little watery) as the drink went on.

S: Malty dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, cloves, very nice!

T&M: Charred barley balanced w/ hop bitterness starts things off. Smooth, creamy, almost chewy, dark (bitter) chocolate & roasted chestnut slides off the tongue. Finishes with coffee, cream, and the warmth of the alcohol.

D: A tad filling, but not so thick that you couldn't have 3-4 of these on a winter's night!

Notes: I love this beer! Not only my stout of choice, but maybe the beer I'd mention in the "What's your favorite Sam Adams?" adds. And unlike most stouts, not a bad session beer on a cold winter night!

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Photo of slyke
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cream Stout pours almost black with a finger of tan head that laces some and falls to a lasting, but thin cap after a few minutes.

The smell has elements of chocolate, lactate sweetness, and coffee. The taste incorporates the same with the sweetness leading and the coffee most prevalent at the end of a taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied a pleasing aftertaste. Drinkability of this beer is very good. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of madjr80
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a a glass. The head quickly disappeared. It appeared kinda syrup like while flowing out of the bottle. The smell was semi sweet, but not too overwhelming. It taste some what of a oatmeal/chocolate stout. More of a heavy feel to it, but not too heavy that you couldn't have 2 or 3.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Cream stout pours a nice dark ebony black with a frothy brown milkshake looking head. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate mocha. Hints of espresso. The taste is incredible, milky smooth with roasted aftertones. The best stout I've had and one to always have in my fridge. This is a perfect winter beer, fire, sweats and a nice cream stout. Excellent.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of favorites from Sam Adams.Even though I prefer dry stout, I think SA's Cream Stout hits the mark.

Pours a dark ebony with plenty of red hues went put against the light. Nice light brown two finger head forms at the top of pint glass. The aroma was muted -mainly rich malts and some fruity esthers. The taste was slanted towards a choclate, caramel, sweet malt base. However, by the middle roasted malts and charred coffee beans broke through. The finish was rather sweet with some bitterness. Like I said, dry stouts are my cup of tea, but I wouldn't pass this one up if offered. One of SA's best beers.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Sweet Stout from SA pours mostly black with some thin woody highlights. The rocky, beige head recedes to a few thing whips of lace just above the surface. A good looking stout although not completely jet black.

Caramel and cream as well as some sweet milk chocolate and black coffee. Molasses and some more bitter cocoa come out as well. Just a bit of a nutty character fades in to the espresso. Very nice; probably the best smelling SA brew I've had.

Dark cocoa and heavily roasted malt. Some sweet milk chocolate is accompanied buy a slight smokiness or maybe a character reminiscent of a Scotch Ale; a bit acidic. Bitter sweet with espresso and burnt raisin. A nice note of leafy hops comes in at the end along with some more juicy dark fruit. Very well done. More depth than most SA brews. Probably my favorite by the boys from Boston.

True to its namesake, this brew has a creamy and slightly thick consistency along with moderate carbonation for a stout. Slick and somewhat juicy in the finish. Really nice. As I said, probably my first choice from Sam Adams.

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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt caramel and chocolate

T - Malt with caramel and chocolate

M - Creamy and very smooth

D - A very good beer would be good with dessert or for relaxing they need to make the mix pack bigger for the holidays or I need to buy more next year

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany, reddish tint, vigorous pour resulted in a significant tan head that dissiapted relatively quickly leaving great lacing.

S = Cappaccino, roasted ground coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate, some bitter hops notes underlying the sweet smells of the malt.

T = The smells noted are their in the taste but it is a little too watery. Still very good, but could have been a little stronger. Taste of coffee is very strong, but the bitterness is tinged with a little too much of the flowery aspact of the hops. That said, this is tasty.

M = Again (and this may be an influence on my perception of the taste), it is a little too thin. I would have liked a heavier body and more mealy mouthfeel. It is a little too thin. However, my entire mouth is definitely coated with the flavors and it has along lasting finish in the mouthfeel not just the taste.

D = This is a very pleasant stout. I wish it had been a little thicker, but definitely worth drinking again and could certainly be used for session drinking given the ABV.

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

Bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Classics pack

Black with a nice pillowy light tan head. Roasty, chocolaty, with a lactose-like sweet smelling aroma. The flavor is a sweet chocolate and mild coffee mix with only a tiny bit of roastiness in there as well giving it a stout feel. Mouthfeel wasn't too thick, making this pretty easy on the palate, and not too hard to drink.

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Photo of slagle9480
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather nice stout. Nothing to write home about, but still quite decent.

I liked the caramel and coffee-esque approach to the brew.

Stouts are becoming my favorite type of beer and Sam Adams' Cream Stout will always be welcome in my fridge.

Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of SA.

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

Appearance - Black with a coffee-colored head and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - Milk chocolate, coffee with cream and caramel-like sweetness.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, cappuccino. Milky but not overly thick; more medium-bodied. Light carbonation helps to accentuate the creamy texture.

Notes - A nicely done English-style stout. Low in alcohol but with plenty of flavor and character.

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

From the holiday pack.

A: Super dark brown mocha head with some lacing.

S: Coffee with some roasted malt. Little bit of sweetness as well.

T: Sweet malt. I would almost say the creaminess is part of the taste if that makles sense. I also got a slight taste of wood. No clue on that one.

M: Med silky body.

D: Easy drinking for a stout but the sweetness kind of kills it for me. Too much of a good thing.

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Photo of americanaqualung
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit thick with a fairly thick foamy head. Very dark beer with very little redish-brown light passing through.

S - Has smells of chocolate with light hints of coffee. Very pleasing smell.

T - The taste is of a very strong roasted malt and fairly strong hop. The coffee flavors come through on the tasting, yet chocolate doesn't seem as strong on taste as the smell would indicate. Overall a fairly sweet taste with a slight bitter bite.

M - The feel is thick and a little sticky on the tounge with a dry, slight bitter after taste.

D - While this is a bit sweeter than I prefer my stouts and porters, it is a fairly nice beer. I think this would make a better stand alone beer or an after dinner beer due to the flavors and sweetness.

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Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head with good lacing on the sides and surface. Nose is chocolatey with dark fruit notes and an underlying sweetness. Dark roasted malt in the front with a bit of coffee flavor. Becoming sweeter with some herbal hops. Light lingering bitterness mostly from the roasted malt. Pretty balanced and tastey. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. A very solid beer overall and one of my dads favorites.

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

Someone got me a sixer of the Sam’s winter beer assortment. The cream stout was a pretty big surprise.

Pours a nice thick black with a hint of red, making an extremely dark mahogany. A pretty thick caramel color head appears immediately, and sticks around for almost half the glass. The head dissipates slowly with lots of lacing.

This one smells of chocolate malts. It reminds me of the smell of a fresh box of Gertrude Hawk Peanut Butter Smidgens. The chocolate really comes out in the nose.

The first sip reveals a smoky flavor that took me completely by surprise. I was not expecting it, but it was quite welcome. Because of the Cream Stout nomenclature I thought I was going to get smooth and light. What I got was a smoky open, a thick chocolate malt backbone, and a slightly bitter finish. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but just enough to dance on the palate.

I tried this in late December. It’s freezing cold outside, and this is a great stout for the season. I was expecting something smooth, light, and sweet, but what I got was a deep, rich, complex, bitter, roasted, and smoky treat that I will definitely search out in the future.

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

appearance – Pours black color. Nice tan head, and lots of lace.
smell - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate here.
taste - Roasted malt and dark chocolate here again. Some hops here to balance it out.
mouthfeel - Creamy and bitter here.
drinkability - Very good, had this from the winter pack, but is brewed year round. Would purchase this again.

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Photo of esch
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Great color. Head dissipated too quickly.

S: Strongly of roasted malt. A bit of coffee and chocolate peeking through.

T: A little smoky. Must be from the abundance of toasted malt. Not as sweet as you might imagine from the aroma. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Aggressively carbonated. Very light on the palate.

D: This is a pretty good beer. Could stand to be a tad sweeter, but it makes for good drinking on a cold winter evening.

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