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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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good Milk/Sweet Stout. Pours a dense brown color with plenty of ruby highlights shwoing through when held to a light. medium size frothy tan hed that quickly sinks to a covering of the glass. There are thin bands of lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild, some lactose,and roasted and chocolate malts. Taste is more robust. The chocolate and roasted malts are up front with the sweet lactose. There is some mild bitterness in the finish. Plenty complex for what amounts to a session beer.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, Average richness and no alcohol presence

A nice sessionable stout.

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Photo of hophugger
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color is very dark and does not want to let you see through it, fine by me !!, lol. Head is average and lacing is decent. Carbonation is just right on this beer. Taste is very good, with bitter chocolate and coffee up front and a hint of marshmallow and sweetness at the end. Aftertaste is good with a nice dark coffee lingering afterwards. Overall, a great beer in this category and was enjoyed!

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Photo of RobinLee
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Nose: Bit chocolatey, roasty, all around pleasant smell.
Taste: Roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, mildly sweet with a pleasant bitter finish. Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Somewhat dry, like the burnt bits of marshmallows or roasted coffee beans.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a one finger fine khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malt, graham crackers, mild lactose. Flavor is sweet, mildly toasted malt, crackers, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes semi-dry with slight hop bitterness. Medium, lightly creamy body. A nice milk stout that covers all the expected flavor notes. A bit light in flavor, but what's here is good and well integrated. A good, safe milk stout.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a great beer...

A - Dark brown. Bit of dark ruby in there held up to the light. Pours with a beautiful ~1.5" tan head, and leaves great amount of lacing.

S - Nose is of coffee and vanilla, maybe literally like vanilla coffee beans. Only complaint is that is was very faint, had to almost stick my nose in my glass!

T - Delicious. Tastes like chocolate/vanilla/caramel/roasted nut/coffee but it all comes in waves and finishes a bit dry but with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't go against the sweetness of the choc/van/coffee. Beautiful blend of flavors.

M = I would say medium bodied. I'm on my 3rd one of the evening and I am pretty full. Maybe a bit above average carbonation.

O - Great. One of my new favorites. Only reason I didn't give Taste a 5 was because of 1 oatmeal stout I've had that was the best stout I've ever tasted. This was good though!!!

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Photo of EvoRich
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Almost a pure black, not quite. About one finger of head which dissolves to a very thin layer in a minute.

Smell: Sweet, creamy and actually, milk.

Taste: A bit more bitter than I remember, but with a very little subtle sweetness. I really can detect and actual hint of milk.

Feel: A little thin for a stout. I'd say medium bodied, but with just a touch of creaminess. Also a bit more carbonation than I'd prefer but not bad.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. One of those go to choices that's always there when you can't decide. This was one of my original favorites when I first start drinking craft beer a year ago.

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Cream Stout pours very dark, and has a decent head and pleasing aroma. While it's a good tasting, easy drinking stout, it fails to deliver anything special in the way of mouthfeel. It's texture is a bit thin for my taste, but overall, it's a good stout if you're interested in trying out the style.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I would not call this a world class beer I do like it for a cheaper session beer that has a good smooth flavor and not too high abv.

The mouthfeel is where it loses my liking. Thin and watery. It just does not have the rich thick creamy feel or flavors that I would expect for a "Cream Stout" It does have some nice chocolate milk notes but not with complexity, kind of one note.

Overall not memorable but was easy to drink. A step up from the mass mega brewers but low end for a craft beer.

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Photo of BrandonLBC
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A--Pours a solid dark brown/black with two finger light brown head. Head fades slowly leaving big lacing around the glass.

S--Slight fruity hint right off the bat, but then quickly overwhelmed with chocolate and coffee. I wish it stuck around a bit longer though.

T--Coffee up front followed by a chocolate or something I want to call mocha. Finish is interesting as the little fruit hint comes back, almost like cherry chocolate cake, Very pleasing.

M--About the perfect amount of carbonation for a stout, I would say. It's decently heavy without feeling like total motor oil on the mouth. Very nice.

O--Sam Adams does some beers really well, and this is one of them. Very drinkable stout. Certainly not the most interesting stout out there, but definitely a great go to beer.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by June 2014.

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Photo of JHubner73
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a fan of stouts. I've had some that were smooth and rich and others that were like drinking hooch in a bottle. Samuel Adams Cream Stout, for my money, is one of the best-tasting stouts out there that you can buy pretty much anywhere.

It pours a rich, dark brown that leaves a nice tan, foamy head. The aroma brings to mind burnt caramel, toasted hops, and a campfire in the deep New England woodlands. Taste-wise it has rich, heavy overtones of caramel, hops, and barley all mingled in a smokey flavor. Very rich in texture and goes down smooth with very little after taste. At less than 5.0% ABV you can indulge in a couple and not feel like a stumbling idiot afterwards. The best way to enjoy these is in a frosty mug.

Overall if you're wanting to try a stout and don't want a high ABV, this is the one to dip your toes in with. Samuel Adams Cream Stout is my go-to stout. Chill and enjoy!

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Photo of msquared36
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical stout dark brown. Nearly solid lacing. Fruity scent when first poured. Unfortunately the smell dissipates rather quickly. Taste resembles root beer. Vanilla-molasses sweetness with a slight herbal quality. Finishes with roasted malt. The combination results in a dark coffee aftertaste, especially as it warms. Creamy with explosive, fine carbonation.

A drinkable and refreshing stout. A rare stout that feels more appropriate for summer (root beer floats) than late fall or winter.

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Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you ask my boy Jones, he'll tell you that I call Samuel Adams Cream Stout the "Holy Grail of Beers". I started drinking this beer several years ago - myself and a good buddy started "dabbling" into the darker beers over ten years ago, and stumbled (pardon the pun) onto this beer, and have been enjoying it ever since. Very dark in color, wonderful smell, very smooth drinking, with that chocolaty finish that I like...with a slight bit of a bite. I would classify this beer as my all time favorite. If you are a "stout" beer drinker, this is a must try...I think my boy Jones just finished up the last one he had - looks like we'll be searchin' for more soon!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before July 2014. Another new stout to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's; expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with some hints of ruby red near the edges of the glass when held to the light. Two fingers of bubbly frothy tan head. Leaves behind some fluffy scattered lacing. Looks good.

S - The smell is comprised of some tart lactose sweetness, reminiscent of a tart cherries at times, chocolate malt, mild roastiness, & notes of nuttiness in the background.

T - Taste follows the nose - cream, roasty chocolate, and a lactic tartness that brings to mind sour cherries. A subdued dry bready yeastiness on the finish there also, giving it a very "beery" sort of taste, if you know what I'm sayin.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and soft. Light bodied with good carb.

Overall, an enjoyable, but average stout offering from Samuel Adams at best. Well built and flavored for being such a low abv beer, and it is definitely drinkable / sessionable. I would have it again, but it's not worth seeking out.

Samuel Adams Cream Stout ---3.5/5

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I just never reviewed. Seems like a good time, lazy Saturday afternoon, working around the house, watching the Bruins game, etc. Enjoy before Jun 2014, so fairly fresh.

Pours a dark mocha colored fizzy head that hits a finger before fading back fairly slowly, decent lines of lacing, very dark black beer with a faint hint of light sneaking through the bottom at the thin part of the glass. Actually, the head seems to stick around forever.

Nose brings a little roast, little coffee, nice chocolatey with a little mocha and creamy milk chocolate, mild dry cocoa dust with a little biscuity like malt brings a malted milk ball like aroma, dried lactose and fair creamy aroma, hint of caramel too, more dried candy bar.

Taste brings more dark malts, a little roasty without being too overly roasted, hint of coffee with the roast, and a mild very slight acrid roasty flavor. Then chocolate, not a ton but enough, creamy milk chocolate with a little cocoa powder and again that malted milk ball, into a creamy but dry lactose like creamy flavor but not quite sure if it's actual lactose, probably not. Then a hint of caramel and mild bitter earthy hops on the back end round off the flavor. Finish is dry but a little sticky, more earthy bitterness, little more roast and chocolate.

Mouth is med bod fairly creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty good actaully, surprising that it's been around this long and still a nice beer. It doesn't hit a homerun, but for an easy drinking cream stout there isn't really anything wrong with it.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours crustal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, roast, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and moderate earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent cream stout! All around great robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and lactose flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a plastic cup during the Zippity Do Dah parade, Jackson, MS. Much better than the parade.

A: Dark brownish black with an inch and a half tan head that lingered. Thick foamy lacing.

S: chocolate, espresso, nutty, cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows nose. Nice and robust. Sweet and smokey. Very smooth and sessionable.

M: medium with medium carbonation. Almost chewy.

O: The one that introduced me to stouts a few years ago. A great gateway beer. Tasty with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of glakus
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot about cream stouts, and wanted to give it a try. I timidly bought this beer and am very happy with the smoothness and flavor of this beer. It pours a deep dark black, yet it doesn't have the strong heaviness that is normally associated with dark stouts.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a half-inch off-white head. Lacing is heavy; carbonation moderate, but tough to see because it's so dark.

Aromas: Smells like coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and espresso. It's a nice, appealing nose.

Taste: Follows the nose, but is slightly less sweet than I'd expected. Finish does have some sweetness, but on the whole it tastes more like a coffee stout than a milk stout to me. The old ad copy for this called it "the cappuccino of beers," which seems pretty accurate to me. All things considered, a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: Has the right amount of body - some thickness, but far from sludgy. Certainly not watery, but not the thickest stout I've had.

Overall: Pretty decent flavored stout. One of my favorite of the Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice light brown cream colored head with decent lacing on the glass. Really good body and taste. Was not expecting much. For a domestic mass produced beer this is really pretty good. Nice mellow flavor. I really liked this one. I will definitely drink the rest of the six pack.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 2/8/14 while watching the Olympics. Bottle was chilled down to under 30 degrees as it was on top of the freezer in the garage. LOL! Poured into a pilsner tulip glass.

Pours black with a 1-finger beige head with some patterned lacing seen. The aroma is of caramel & roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste is the same with a little hop finish BUT it is light and not bad. Overall, a great brew.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: Sweet, nutty, malt, caramel, toffee, and roasty notes nose.

T: Roasty, a bit sweet, some dark and milk chocolate, some medium roast coffee. Pretty tasty

M: Full bodied, a bit creamy, but not as smooth as you'd think.

O: Body could have been better, and I think the admixture of vanilla, anise and/or oak would have complimented this beer quite well. Recommended if you like stouts that aren't super robust.

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought last June and put aside for Fall or winter consumption. Best Before Oct. 2013, so it may be a couple of years old by now!

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Opaque black with a three inch tall tan head which dissipated slowly to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Dark smoky malt balanced with some hop bite. Mild smoky and slight dark chocolate aftertaste does not linger.

m: Medium. Good body.

o: A good, relatively mild, easy drinking stout, excellent with lunch or dinner.

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Photo of lechap
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really want to like Samuel Adams brews but until trying their Cream Stout, remained disappointed. I find their lager and ale to be too hoppy. The Cream Stout, however, was a game changer. It is not easily found in my area so anytime I come across a supply I buy several six-packs. It looks good, smells good, pours good, and taste good. My only negative is the head disappears too soon and there is little to no lacing.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark brown body, some light comes through at the bottom. Foamy tan head that hangs around and leaves some slight lacing.

S- Roastiness, some sweetness, some hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Mix off roasted malts and sweet malts. Hints of sweet vanilla, some milky sugar and I slight chocolate flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. On the lighter end of the stout spectrum.

O- Pretty decent sweet stout. Easy to throw down a few.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY. One of Sam Adams' best brews, for sure.

Pours a fairly opaque glossy black, with a one inch creamy looking head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like vanilla, chocolate, lactose, and a little bit of roasty malt.

The taste is similar. This one goes down very easily, it's awesome. Very creamy, with great chocolate and vanilla flavors. Not too sweet, which is nice.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, almost nitro-like mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

A real winner from Sam Adams, I'd love to try it on tap.

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