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

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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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Photo of CMUbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown body with a medium-dark, creamy-looking, three finger khaki head forming off an easy pour. Some lacing from the get-go.

S: Nicely roasted malts with just a touch of char quality.

T: Roasted malt flavor is lighter than the nose suggested, but is still nice. Hints of milk chocolate accompany nicely. Some oxidation. Sweet overall.

M: About as light-bodied ad the ABV would suggest.

O: A nice offering from Sam Adams and not a stout I would turn down, especially given the price.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with a half of a finger off-white head that quickly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer, with a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar.

Taste: Like the aroma, dark bread and lots of roast and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied sugar. Think toasted bread served with coffee and creamer.

Mouthfeel: Medium with much more carbonation that I was expecting in a cream stout. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 4.9%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a good stout, but nothing special. I’d drink it again, if offered, but there’s a ton of other stouts that I’d get over this!

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Photo of ahommell
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark. Creamy, Foamy head that measures a good full finger. Thick. Sticky. Head is a darker tan in color.

S: Not much scent at all. Maybe I should get my nose checked. What I do smell is chocolate and cream.

T: Creamy. Sweet. Roasted Malt. Dark Chocolate. Taste comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Magnificent.

M: Light for how thick the pour was. Lots of carbonation. Not as smooth as most cream stouts, but very very good. I would pair this with dessert. I think ice cream, chocolate cake or cheesecake would pair very nice with this.

O: One of my favorite cream stouts in that it isn't like other cream stouts. I am impressed with all of the carbonation and the taste aspects.

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Photo of Smock19nathan
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was given a bottle of this from a friend that finally found it in our area. I was very excited seeing that is had such good ratings and i am a sucker for dark beers ( especially stouts ).
The pour was about 2 finger, and the head lasted the whole enjoyable time i drank this beer.
The smell was coffee, caramel, chocolate, and slight hops. The taste was out of this world for me. The chocolate was overall the leader of the pack once it hits the taste buds and slide back the flavors pour from chocolate to coffee to finally a faint milky caramel sweetness. Then the great part the pallet opens up for the final hint of alcohol to make this combination a favorite of mine. From cool summer nights to hot humid days i believe i would enjoy this beer no matter what.

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Photo of Eando35
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found a six pack of creme stout and had to try it. When you smell it you can definitely smell the coffee. You taste that and the caramel but not the chocolate, which isn't a bad thing. The beer was close to black in my glass but tasted great. Probably should have gotten it in the fall, but overall, a good Sam Adams.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black with just a little light showing through. Off white to tan head that's nice and creamy and lingers throughout the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

Sweet and roasty, pretty subtle. Picking up some chocolate and a touch of coffee. Very pleasant, but would like a little more.

Very much like the nose, a super well balance between the sweet and the roasty - nothing takes over and nothing lingers. Tasty dark chocolate, the usual lactose sweetness and just a touch of roast. Very very nice.

Fairly heavy, semi light carbonation, very creamy and smooth. A dessert, yet refreshing at the same time.

Very impressed by this one. The balance is perfect - not too sweet, not too heavy, just a great example of the style.

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

Big fluffy head, beige in color. Very dark brown. Still opaque.

Lightly lactic and nutty. Nicely roasty with that evening milkinesd that tames the aroma. Light creamed coffee and milk chocolate.

Nutty, bready, and permeated by notes of roast barley. Lactic notes are tamer. Some coffee. Not particularly sweet, nor dry. Some hop bitterness, but dominated by pure unadulterated maltiness.

Medium-light body. Some carbonation in the form of leftover coarse bubbles that blend in from the surface. Decent.

Enjoyed this more in the past. Always works. Satisfies the craving. Tasty.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. This is one I’ve wanted to have for a good while now. The aroma is of sweetness with chocolates and coffee. The taste when it’s cold is bittersweet chocolate and subtle bits of coffee. As it warms up, roasty flavors become much more prominent. The look is pitch black with no light getting through... a creamy cinnamon head fluffs on top as well. Lacing is decent, but patchy. Mouthfeel is smooth but not too thick, making this 4.9% beer nicely drinkable. Overall, a very respectable beer.

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Photo of socon67
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with a brown foam that is quite active. Slight lacing is noted, and foam retention is very good.

S - Scents of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of smoke. As it warmed some subtle scents of caramel were present.

T - A light stout that has a roasty malt flavor with some sweetness of chocolate. There is a finish with some smoky flavors. I found this to have many of the qualities of a smoked porter, but more cocoa and less smoky heat.

M - Feels almost like its on nitro with such creaminess. A stout that can be had any season. Easy drinking but with enough complexity to appeal to the masses.

O - One of my favorites of the year round BBC offerings. A must try.

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Photo of EarthRocker
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a glass. I let it warm up to a bit closer to room temperature. I stumbled upon this brew by near pure accident. I asked my wife to pick me up a few stouts while she was out - I'm typically fond of nearly any stout, so I was sure she'd get something I liked. Out of a few different beers she purchased, this jewel was in the mix.

Let me state that, I'm typically a religious craft beer guy. Some might still consider Sam Adams craft; I'll leave that for debate among the readers. But when I opened this up, I was very taken back. The beer poured very dark - I definately wouldn't call it black, but it was about as brown as you can get. A pretty good head on it, with a very strong coffee smell.

When you take your first sip of this beer, it's likely going to be a roasted coffee taste with hints of caramel. But as you drink, the strong bitterness goes incredibly sweet, finishing off with a very pleasant taste and mouth feel. The only reason mouthfeel got a a 4 from me is because the carbonation was a bit intense.

I'm usually very touch and go with beer. I love stouts, porters, and just your good dark ales, but I love these sweet stouts. And this Sam Adams Cream Stout has to be one of the best if you like a sweet beer. I'd even go as far to say that this brew just might be the chocolate milk of the beer world.

Very drinkable beer. I've purchased it several times. This would be a great way to introduce someone to a stout, or just beer in general. Great stuff.

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Photo of Kendo
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is brownish-black with a half-finger tannish head. Leaves a little lace.

S: Coffee is the first impression - day-old coffee with some chocolate syrup.

T: First impression, flavor-wise, is also the coffee. Straight-up coffee but also roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweetness - molasses, maybe? - and a hint of general roastiness. Finishes more sweet than roasty.

M: A tad bit thin and a little bit too much carbonation.

O: Decent, for what it is - i.e., a lighter-style, easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of Dools9
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB March 2013 poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown bordering black opaque color. Nice two fingers of khaki brown head, good retention after the pour, tons of lacing left behind.

S: Getting creamy, lactose sweetness, some mild coffee and chocolate, some nuttiness light roasted notes.

T: Big roasted malt character upfront, slightly smoky, chocolate and lactose sweetness follow, slight bitter coffee and lingering roasted finish. Reminds me of a nut brown.

M: Light end of medium feel, very smooth, a soft creamy feel, and very sessionable.

O: Pretty impressive brew here from Sam Adams. Gunna say this is one of the better beers I've had from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of jrnichols
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich dark brown. Opaque when help up to the light. Head is thin but creamy.

Smell: Sweet with hints of chocolate and a little nutty. Overall, smell is not particularly strong.

Taste: Creamy flavor with a little coffee-ish bitterness. Rich and malty. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and nutty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and just a little bubbly.

Overall: A nice smooth refreshing stout. Not terribly complex but definitely enjoyable. The smoothness and the low ABV make this a good session beer. Being a big fan of stouts, I can't say it's my favorite but It definitely satisfies the craving.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served about 40, allowed to warm a bit before evaluating.

A - Opaque nearly black with about a half inch of foam on a generous pour that dissipates to a persistent light brown ring.

S - Sweet and malty with significant chocolate, faint coffee roasty note.

T - Rich, big roasted character carried well on the creamy mouthfeel. Toasty biscuit quality in the malt as well. Bitterness comes through late, more as an aftertaste, but still with a sweetness like you'd expect in a very rich chocolate.

M - Rich, thick, creamy, and complex. Smooth and rewarding. A delicate balance between the smoothness early and the carbonation, which you get a bit later.

O - This is a very good example of the sweet stout style. Avoids the harsh tannin bitterness that is too often found. Well worth a try.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been drinking a lot of Stouts lately. Tonight I tried 3 different ones. LHMS-Nitro, Terrapin Moo Hoo and SA Cream Stout.
Alone I would probably have rated this beer a higher. But in this grouping it is very average. It is very drinkable and a friendly stout. It is not overly sweet or bitter. It is very balanced. It has an unusually high amount of carbonation for a stout. I poured it like I pour most stouts straight down to the bottom of the glass and the foam almost over flowed my Duvel Snifter. It reminded me of soda water more than anything else. Black soda water with a huge head that quickly dissipates to about 4 fingers. The carbonation was so strong it maintained an 1/16-1/8th inch head until I finished the beer about 20 minutes after the pour. It just kept reforming. And it wasn't lacy and was a fully formed head that covered the entire top of the beer.
If it was the only stout available I wouldn't have a problem sessioning this beer but if I had the choice I would look for a more unique stout. I would say it is my 5th choice of a cream or milk stout. It was good but just average for a milk stout and would probably be a good choice if you were introducing someone to dark beer.

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

Served in a Guinness glass at 45 degrees F.
Then, served from the bottle at 38 degrees F. (My preference)

Appearance - Deep, rich, dark brown with nice, light tan head which holds up nicely in a glass. Looks on the thin side for a stout.

Smell - Malts: sweet, chocolatey, nutty. Hops: mellow and floral, but barely there.

Taste - Rich cocoa smacks you in the face, leaving behind a little bit of chocolate malt and some light-roast coffee.

Mouthfeel - Perfect from the bottle. Thick, nearly viscous, little thinner than a milkshake. Not as thick and milkshakey from a glass, but still rich.

Overall - Easily one of my favorites. For the Guinness die-hards, a great, slightly less filling choice with a higher ABV and more complete flavor. Do yourself a favor and try it.

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

Almost pure black in color with a nice, tan creamy head.

The smell and taste is of dark roasted malts.
Some chocolate and coffee notes come through in the taste as well.
The hop bitterness is mild.

Not as sweet or as creamy as some milk stouts that I have had.
I would have liked a little more sweetness, but that is a minor point.

Even though the ABV is only 4.9%, this beer is very filling.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with fluffy 3 finger tan head. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, slight smokiness.

T - Chocolate, tobacco, smoke. Lingering sweetness. Some coffee notes as it warms. Slight earthy hops.

M - Creamy and smooth.

O - Very well balanced, medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark chocolate brown with dark mahogany highlights. Tan head with good retention and lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, sweet cream (malted milk), nut.

Soft chocolate and coffee notes that are slightly bitter give way to a creamy mouth feel with burnt malt nutty flavors. This is followed by a sharp sting from carbonation leading to bitter herbal notes keeping the mouth lively. The mouth feel is wonderful. This a delicious cream stout with a nice sweetness balanced out by bitter notes making it more savory than sweet - excellent.

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Photo of Mojo
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

This beer pours up a deep obsidian, as black as the darkest night, as black as my ex girlfriend's evil heart. There is a one and a half finger head the color of caramel with good retention and lots of lacing. The smell is coffee and roasted nuts. Taste is very sweet and malty up front with a very dry bitter coffee and roasted nutty finish with some mild sour lemon notes. Mouthfeel is nice, full and satisfying. Pretty good offering.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark opaque brown almost black. Great lacing and thick head with tiny bubbles. This is the best quality of this beer. It smells boozy. The taste is definite roasted malts and then booze. It has a decent body and good carbonation. I would pass this up in the future for other stouts and at the price it was being sold for there are definitely better stouts.

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Photo of KingSlayer
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
poured a dark coke like colored liquid, little to no light passes through, 1 finger creamy white head.
nose composed of milk chocolate and bit of coffee, mildly sweet, palate like bitter sweet chocolate milk, very pleasant silky medium to full body, nice carbonation, overall palate and nose are just ok but the creamy-ness of it really stands out, nice smooth stout to start out.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown nearly black with a large foamy tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: coffee, chocolate, slightly sweet

T: dark chocolate and coffee up front, sweetens slightly in the middle, finish has nice hop bitterness

M: medium with a mouth coating feel

O: pretty nice offering from BBC

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Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Dark Cola colored brown/black with 1 finger of brown head.

Coffee, cream, caramel and milk chocolate.

Big flavors of caramel and some milk chocolate. Medium roast coffee with creamer and a few spoonfuls of table sugar. A light lingering bitterness catches on the finish.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and smooth.

A very nice little Cream Stout. Easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great go to stout. Pours dark black as tan head cascades to place , lace and sticky glass abound.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocalate, and coffee.
Taste of roasted malts, creamed coffee, sugars but not sweet.
Mouth is smooth, cream, and not too bittir

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