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

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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 cbleary
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -13.8%
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 +17.6%
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 +2%
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 -1.5%
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 +11%
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 -28.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -15.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +2%
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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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a thick foamy beige head. Some large bubbles in the center that stayed even after the head reduced to a froth. Could count the number of sips by the rings of sticky lace all the way down.

Sweet aroma of caramel, molasses, and cocoa. Hops have a faint metallic twinge.

Huge roasted malt flavor with coffee and a caramel sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice hop balance keeps it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body.

Easy to finish. One of my favorite stouts and probably my favorite Sam Adams product (and there are some good ones).

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brownish black color....alright alright it's basically black, but it doesn't block out the light completely like some other stouts that I've had. Nice head that stands about an inch tall. Chocolate and coffee notes can be detected in it's aroma. Taste is pretty smooth, but not quite as delicious, complex, or creamy as Mackeson's or Lancaster IMO.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good example of the style, but not top notch. I would gladly purchase this if the fore-mentioned were not available.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a nice thick black color, with only a hint of brown coming through at the edges when held to direct light. Head is tan and two fingers thick, though I had an unusually conservative pour, so it may be thicker. Retention is OK, but fades within a couple of minutes.

Smell: Fantastic, in a word. A dazzling array of malts assault the nose - caramel, choclate, cafe au lait, roasted - and all can be somewhat easily detected.

Taste: Nice roasted coffee introduction, that quickly mellows out into a thick and creamy chocolate character. Finishes with more roasted malt, and a hint of dark breads.

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Photo of hardy008
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This cream stout has a nice dark color and a rich foamy head which doesn't last real long. The smell and the taste are both of coffee and chocolate with a creamy taste. There is a medium mouthfeel which is good, but nothing special. I find this to be a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer has a great dark inky black color with a sticky cream colored head

S: this beer smells like a coffee covered in cream with a shot of chocolate maybe some whipped cream as well.

T: there is a very carbonated creamy there is an almost espresso and milk taste, i dont mean to rip off the flavor from the beer style, but it does fit the type which is why there is definitely some coffee in it at least taste wise

M/D: i could swallow tis beer all day, enough said

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Photo of babaracas
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with big fluffy tan head, lots of clingy lacing.
Smell: unsweetened chocolate, roasted malts, coffee + cream, smoked breakfast meats (canadian? bacon). Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel. The medium-sweet malt is balanced by a nice earthy hop bite. Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied with a super slick/silky and creamy feel. Incredibly drinkable sweet stout.

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Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights, and a light, creamy tan lid.

The aroma is light but pleasant. Chocolate and roasted malts with creamy mellowness.

The taste matches up nicely. Lightly sharp and sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a creamed coffee bitterness in the finish. Lightish in body but retains a milky creaminess and fresh, carbonated, effervescence.

Pretty good, very sessionable.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep brown/black with minimal tan head. Head subsides quickly leaving a thin collar which remains for awhile then disappears completely. When held up to the light very little light shines through-but one can see that the true body color is dark brown.

S-Nose is of medium strength. A sweet chocolate smell dominates, but caramel malt and toffee can also be detected.

T-Toasted malt upfront with hints of toffee-tastes very much like a coffee stout upfront. These flavors subside for the finish and make way for a burst of chocolate (tastes like chocolate milk). To sum this one up it starts off like a mild coffee stout and finishes like a milk stout.

M-Nothing special about this mouthfeel-but it is decent. Low to medium carbonation and a medium weight body-much lighter than most stouts.

D- This, like all milk stouts I have come across has a good drinkability. The flavor is full-but not too strong, the ABV is sessionable, and the mouthfeel isn't too heavy. Overall this is a good,sessionable, milk stout.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate caramel malts with moderate citrus hops and some cinnamon in the smell. Pours dark brown with a brown head. eTaste is watery with nutty malts preseant. Tastes a hell of a lot like Guinness Draught. Quite dry for a sweet stout, but goes down well.

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Photo of hdofu
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a chocolate mocha taste to this beer which lingers long after a sip. It has a smooth silk feel to the tongue. It is is dark as night color. It is an easy beer to drink and one well worth keeping on hand for special occasions like getting off from work.

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with 1.5 finger beige head. Good head retention with some lacing. Outstanding looking beer. Roasted coffee smell with hint of chocolate. Taste is great with roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and touch of hops to round it out. Only drawback is what I perceive as lack of thickness and over carbonation. Mouthfeel aside this is still one of my favorite beers and ease of drinkability allows me to enjoy several in one sitting.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall great beer. Very true to the style. Pours a beautiful solid black

smells of chocolate, some hops, great smell.

This beer tastes like chocolate velvet. Some coffee taste, bittering hops creep up every now and then.

Great mouthfeel, this beer is truly smooth and goes down easy. Fantastic beer, if you can get it, try it.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a small pint glass.

A--Ink black color to the body and a nice thick tan head. Head lasts the whole way through.

S--Chocolate, sweet smell

T--Chocolate, then nice hop, floral bitterness in the middle, then it finishes with a nice milk chocolate ending. Leaves me feeling like I drank chocolate milk.

M--Medium body.

D--Very drinkable. I could drink these all night and not get tired. Makes me wonder why they aren't pushing this line more than some of there other beers. Maybe one of there best styles brewed.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle I poured this into my Sam Adams glass where it rested a nice black with a tan head and nice lacing. Nose of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate, and some hazelnut. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts with some light hops. Nice finish, with some bitterness. Really nice brew.

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