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

Samuel Adams Cream StoutSamuel Adams Cream Stout
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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

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Added by Jason on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,691 |  Reviews: 1,263
Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adam’s Cream Stout: Very thick, dark chocolate beer. Not much or lacing, barest hint of Irish Rings. The aroma is not unpleasant but is very much cocoa, as is the taste, with hints of sweetened espresso in it as well. It is very smooth, and somewhat easy to drink, although it almost gave me heartburn because of its sweetness. Long lasting tastes of coffe. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of proc
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout is good, but rather mundane. Pours out to a nice dark color with little to no head. Taste is that of roasted malt, coffee and molasses. However, there are so many brewers that make quality stouts today, so this one, while good, isn't the best.

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Photo of doerickson
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black as midnight with a light tan head that dissipates to a fine thin froth, leaving lace all over the inside of the glass. Roasted coffee and caramel are up front in the smell. Roasted flavors followed by a bit of malty sweetness, which is balanced by more roasted bitterness in the finish.

A fine beer. Whenever I have it I seem to find that one is enough, but that one is well worth having.

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Photo of packetknife
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy head. Seems overly carbonated. Burnt chocolate, slightly sugary. Had hints of ~maple~. Nice creamy and smooth. A bit dry on the finish which was a suprise.

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Photo of marc77
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite attractive in appearance-- the tan head exhibits good retention, and the brew is very dark and clear garnet in hue when held to light. The aroma is a combination of both roasted malted barley and sharper unmalted roasted barley notes. As the brew warms, hints of caramel and toffee become perceptible, but definitely aren't dominant. Sam Adams Cream Stout doesn't have a particularly rich and complex flavor profile, but all the desired roasted malts are there and well integrated. Medium in body. The fairly high residual sweetness is well balanced by a semi - sharp roasted barley bitterness and a welcome hop bitterness. This is another well crafted Sam Adams. The best (and only as far as I know) mass produced stout. It's got lots of flavor for a relatively low alcohol brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome black stout, just barely translucent at the bottom of the glass. Pours to a big fuzzy head which sadly dwindles to a thin layer. Not sweet at all in my opinion, nice burnt malt flavor with a very successful mellow hop balance. This is not as versatile as some stouts but is plenty enjoyable on its own. Not creamy either, but this is explained on the bottle. My only qualm is it is almost flat tasting - despite, or maybe because of, the big head at the pour. Also the flavor disappears after you swallow - no aftertaste. Some might consider this a good thing, but I like a tasty beer to linger.

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Photo of bmills1608
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, pours a pretty thick creamy head.

My initial impression is that it is less sweet then I would have imagined, also less creamy for that matter. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors, there is some sweetness, but the finish is a bit on the bitter side. I was hoping for something more on the silky sweet side (like Guinness only sweeter) and less expensive. Quite complex overall.

Has a great smell too.

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Photo of hbis2gut
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually don't have this anymore. It rang such a note with my particular tastes that I nearly burnt myself out on it. This review column might entice me to revisit. Slightly sweet with some nice roasty-ness and bitterness, hints of chocolate, very drinkable without the cloying stickyness of many sweeter stouts. Nice work ...worthy note: the beer remained very consistent too over the course of my "relationship" with it.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

loved the mild sweetness,not to heavy and great head!Had no trouble drinking 6 of these wich is strange with me and stouts,again would love to have on tap!

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Photo of mophie
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this mainly because there was nothing else I wanted, and was very pleased with my good fortune. Beautiful, pitch black with a tan, creamy head (though it did not last as long as I would have liked). Smells of chocolate and espresso. Very creamy and smooth going down, with a complexity of mildly sweet flavors (caramel, molasses, chocolate), slightly balanced by a mildly bitter coffee taste. Fairly low alcohol, so it makes a nice session brew.

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Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a rocky head that sticks before eventually dwindling to a nice lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is great. A mocha flavor that finishes clean with almost no aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel as the beer rolls across the tongue and palate. One of my favorites. I can drink this anytime with anything.

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mildly-sweet stout. Prominent coffee notes with an Irish-style smokyness in the finish. Perhaps a little too much biscut at the very end. Overall it is fairly reserved, but lends itself quite well to smooth drinking.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a lot going on flavor-wise but they seem to blend extremely well. Sort of reminds me of Watney's (what ever happened to that?). Smooth and hearty. A nice desert accompanyment.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very deep dark brown color with a big foamy head that disappeared quickly leaving little lace. Malty, big coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma and taste. Not too sweet. Creamy and finishes great with a great aftertaste. For the price; this beer is a treasure. Cheers!

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Photo of xXTequila
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice stout but the head retention was dissapointing. it dissapeared to a thing ring that left little or no lace. tastes similar to iced coffee.

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Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date clearly scored on the side.

Appearance: In the glass ... a solid, pitch black beer in colour. The pour produces a magnificent three finger thick coffee coloured head that is extremely fluffy, foamy, creamy, sticky and lasting.

Smell: Big malty roasted aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke and earth.

Taste: A full-bodied beer with a very smooth, milky/creamy mouthfeel. Malt flavours are quite complex with a mild astringent roasted flavour followed by chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke, light blackstrap molasses and earth flavours. The soft hop bitterness seems to meld nicely with the roasted unmalted barley astringency, and balances out the malt profile. This is not a "sweet beer," however what is there is in harmony with the other characteristics of this beer and rounds things off nicely. Great slick and sweet coffee-like aftertaste with faint hints of smoke that linger on the palate.

Notes: This is simply an all-around perfect stout in my opinion. Its balance is incredible, and its flavours are well-rounded without any overpowering characteristics. I simply love this beer and could drink it all day long -- winter, spring, summer or fall. It should be classified as a major food group.

Label says "Specialty Stout," however this falls nicely into the sweet stout category, which also includes cream stouts.

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