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

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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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Ratings: 2,711 |  Reviews: 1,265
Photo of aaronh
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours almost black with deep mahogany highlights, topped by a rocky tan head that fills my pint glass. The head slowly fades, leaving a thick, sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt and caramel, with a hint of hops. The taste is mild and sweet, with some roasted coffee notes and good bittering characteristics. A dose of caramel is in there as well. The finish is very clean, with just a touch of bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit refreshing for a stout, yet on the thin side. This is a surprising beer from Boston Beer. One of their better offerings and well worth the price for a sixer.

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this beer on the shelf, but had never tried it until today. Pouring reveals a reddish brown brew that's finished with a frothy brownish tan head. After pouring, the appearance changed to a very dark brown. I felt it had a slight caramel smell and the first taste had a slight bitterness aftertaste. Each drink felt smooth, slightly silky, from beginning to end. I liked this beer and being a dark beer lover, I can definitely recommend this and I will make an effort to drink these in the future, and tell my friends of it.

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Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby that only lets light through at the edge of the glass, head is creamy and holds well.
Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate make up the nose, very pleasant and mouthwatering, maybe a hint of caramel in it too.
The taste delivers what the smell promises, very smooth earthlike solid mouthfeel covering your mouth in a slick coating.
This is one of the best stouts I've had.


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Photo of jtw5877
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown hue with a thick tan head. Solid roasted malt backbone with a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. An old standby beer. Great for lovers of stouts & porters.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Cream Stout “Special Stout” gives a spectacular display of dark fluid dynamics and foam for a textbook perfect pour. The dark tan head is unusually lavish and well over two fingers consisting of small densely packed bubbles that have the consistency of whipped cream. To say the foam leaves lacing would be an understatement as large amounts of lace garnish the glass walls

Nose is what you would expect from a tour of Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory or if you have ever driven through Hershey, PA you will know what I am referring to.

Palate is a double rich malted chocolate milkshake, smooth and creamy for an absolutely marvelous imbibe followed by an aftertaste of a lightly drying coffee.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout “Special Stout” borders on being superlative.

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Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I popped open the bottle, I instantly caught a whif of what seemed to be a chocolate milkshake. It made my mouth water.

The head seems to be travelling down my glass, leaving a lacey remembrance of the opaque, black ale that was once there. Sad and wonderful at the same time.

The taste is two malt feet forward, one hop step back. It's definately not a simple beer by any means. It is not sweet, per se, but there is a suggestion of sweetness that makes the super-charged flavor that much more pleasant. There are certainly notes of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and a bit of a soulful, earth tone coupled with a leathery quality...I could totally see making dinner with this stout and a huge-ass, marinated and grilled portabella mushroom.

Move over, Red Wine! Yes, this would be a great substitute and/or cross over drink for a hefty, upfront red wine. If you like deep, dark Cabernets, this might be for you.

Sam Adams does not miss with this one.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark opeque look with a thin white head (not lasting or thick). Roast cocoa nose. The taste has upfront bitterness followed by a sweeter finish with cocoa notes. The beer seems to be lacking (smoothness) slightly in the mouth. The stout is good but not overwhelmingly impressive.

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Photo of nklatt
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown with a generous head that quickly fades to a thin layer that sticks around forever, leaving rings all down the glass. Smells of slightly sweet coffee and faintly of chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not quite chewy. There is a generous helping of both chocolatey malt and mild-mannered hops. Overall impression is that this is a well-made but rather characterless brew. Better than I expected.

edit: This brew matches exactly the BA description of this style:

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Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby in color. A slight beige head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Pretty heavy powdered cocoa aroma. Mild chocolate is right there as well. Silky smooth in the mouth. Very creamy. Lacing sheets the glass nicely. Taste is comprised of bittersweet chocolate, very slight lactic sourness and some subdued java tones. A light coating of sugary residue is left on the palate. Body is about medium. Overall, this isn't a half bad stout. Not as great as a Bell's, but nothing to pour down the drain either.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful SA product. The side of the bottle lends insight as to why it's called 'Cream' stout. Not just because it's sweet, but because 'back in the day' all other stouts were considered milk while Sam's brew was considered the cream. And there you are.

Pours smoothly and thickly into the glass with little fanfare and no splashing. I poured this into a standard pint glass although the bottle is 4 ounces shy, right? A fine aroma, reminded me of how Kahlua smells. Milk chocolate colored head, I didn't get much of one and what head formed didn't last very long.

Smooth on the drink, first impression is the chocolate and roasted grain, yielding in a few seconds to an initial coffee surge. That yields to a slight bitterness which doesn't really dry the mouth per se, just clears the way for this great resonating coffee finish, unlike the first. It's hard to explain, but the second coffee hit sort of combines with the olfactory after-processing of that first whiff. Sort of like the lingering smell of a freshly roasted bag of coffee beans, that smell is kinda in your mouth along with the taste, a great sensation I haven't experienced before. Maybe due to the reasonable alcohol level which doesn't clarify one taste component over another, but lets them meld happily.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A far cry in style from Mackeson's....this seems more like a coffee is very good, but hardly sweet....brownish black in color....nice lacing along the glass as you drink...nice tan little head to start things off...nose is burnt malts and java....body has a nice bit of carbonation (about perfect)....the flavor parade starts with huge bursts of coffee....followed by some burnt malt....smokiness...and earthiness follow and it finishes with a nice dry bite from the burnt malts and underlying hops...this is a very good stout..just not a "sweet" stout....

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out black, nice foamy light brown head that sticks. smells wonderfully gentle....nice chocolate malts overtones with a touch of hops. very inviting. tastes great....more chocolate malt with a very light earthy/smoke tease in the background. a touch of hops. a lack of bitterness makes for a nice smooth velvety mouthfeel, although the body is a bit light compared to other "heavy" stouts. due to the fact that you aren't hit over the head with huge and complex flavors and overwhelming bitterness (and relatively low ABV), it is extremely drinkable and i had no problem putting a six pack down over the course of an evening.

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Photo of hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves abundant lace. Strong toffee and chocolate aroma, roasted malt and a hint of hops. Delicious aroma leads to delicious flavor! Intense roasted malt, almost a burnt flavor. Chocolate and coffee stand alongside this, with bitter and mildly fruity hops in tow. It seems that much of the bitterness is provided by the roasted malt, in a very coffee-like way. Hops provide an excellent reinforcement to this. This would be wonderful to use in chocolate desserts, and of course pairs beautifully with them. However, this fine stout needs no pairing to provide great satisfaction and enjoyment. A bold and impressive stout that is a favorite of mine in this style.

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Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Also, nice smell, sweet, malty, and a bit like warm milk, but in a good way. It tasted like malt, charcoal, toasted grains. Quite balanced with a little hops at the end. Very smooth in the mouth, from soft carbonation and firm body. Very good stout.

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Photo of zakery
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creamy off-white head on a brownish black brew.

Smell: Toasty, sweet, with some licorice hiding in the background. There is a mild but persistent milk-chocolate smell.

Taste: Dark roasted malt, but with a fair amount of hops. Aftertaste has nutty roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Over all a good stout. Nothing spectacular, but good.

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Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with foamy beige head, and lace all over the glass. Roasted aromas with hints of chococolate and and coffee. Flavor is the same, roasted flavor with hints of chocolate. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, goes down real nice. Delicious and more drinkable than other stouts.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black as night with creamy brown foam jumping all over the glass. smells chococolatey and roasty. flavor is much the same. it is creamy smooth with a chocolate in the backround with an overall very roasty taste. it is simply delicious smooth and ohhh damn

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Photo of StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich brown to black color, tight thin beige head. Smells were lots of roasted malt, mostly sweet chocolate. Taste was much the same. Very creamy, smooth, sweet, chocolate malt. Maybe a little thin bodied for a stout, but still good for the style. A very good winter beer for me, sweetness doesn't bother me at all. A good beer to have in your fridge. I had this with my first ever lobster dinner. It was great.

Ed's Note: From my Christmas '01 Boston Trip.

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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid all-around, multi-purpose stout.
Dark ruby-black in color. Fantastic thick, fluffy head rises up and stays around.
Burnt malty aroma as expect. But I really didn't get much else.
Java notes on the buds. Faint chocolate. Some grainy, earthy tones. Just enough hops to tell that they are around. Flavors are put together fairly well, but seem toned-down from what they should be.
Body is on the thin side. Pretty weak by stout standards...redeemed somewhat by a silky texture.
It is an okay no-brainer stout. Availablity is a plus.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is intensely dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by an impressive, dense tan head. Although it cannot hold, the head reduces to a consistent rim around the glass and produces some nice Belgian-lace throughout the pint. The aroma is welcoming, and full of sweet dark malts: dark toffee, bitter chocolate, fresh cream and honey, and a soft roastiness not unlike spent espresso grounds. The full mouthfeel and gentle carbonation separate this beer from the chaff.... silky-smooth, velvety, almost oily - similar to, but fuller and more solid than a nitro-beer. The flavor is not complex, and balances between the front and middle of the tongue - light and creamy coffee atop bittersweet chocolate; all the while backed by a restrained bitterness that caresses the back of the mouth. The finish is creamy and just slips away. Really a unique beer. Not confrontingly sweet as many milk / sweet stouts are. Quite the gentle, introspected, giant. Very well done.

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Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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 -20.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -6.1%
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 -0.3%
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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