Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is drinkable [too bad I have a six pack of it]. The beer does not hold a head [classic test is to drink a beer first, then pour the "test" beer in the emptied glass ... this avoids the head being affected by soap residue]. A little over carbonated. The roasted barley character is there and that is positive. However, there is a slight tangy flavor that doesnít quite belong. It doesnít taste like a Guiness Extra Stout would where they "sour" it a bit, but yet, it almost tastes a little of lactic acid. I donít taste or feel the "cream" that is in the name. I expect the sweetness of lactose in a cream stout and it was not to be found [but perhaps it was converted by a bacterial culture?]. Color is good and a bit thin on the palette.
Sorry Brau ... this beer just doesnít light my fire.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice thick dark black color. Light is only visible at the sides of the glass. It has a nice frothy tan head that likes to hang around for the ride. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee mixed with a hint of cola and milk. Smells very tasty. Lots of chocolate flavors. Obviously very malty. The taste trails off a bit a the end and finishes with that coffee flavor that comes through in the aroma. Easy to drink, with a creamy mouthfeel. Not bad at all.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark black with medium tan head.
Aroma is strong coffee, dusty chocolate and licorice. Slightly smokey burnt malt underneath.
Flavour is again coffee and burnt malt with some licorice cut with an astringent bitterness that is almost overwhelming at first but softens as you drink.
Canít quite get my head around this. One sip Iím cringing and the next sip Iím mulling it over...
after4ever (7481) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, Dodd! This is a very drinkable little stout. Pours black with a towering, surging, foamy tan head. Plenty of stringy lace showing. Nice-enough cola and liquorice nose. Rich creamy body. Plenty of sharp, stingingly lively carb. Chocolate, charcoal, liquorice on the mid-palate. Mild sweet finish. Not bad. Not much personality, but not too shabby.
ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Nice creamy head at poor. Aroma is nice! Creamy vanilla coffee. Head disapates after about a minute to leave a very nice veneer of foam over the top of the beer. Color is black, way black. Sweet malt taste, followed by roasted coffee. Weird acid tang for just a second before the bitterness touches you slightly. Leaves you with a slightly dry mouth. Very good cream stout. For 4.95 a sixer i had to give it a try. I think Degarth got a bad batch. This isnít the best, but it ainít to damn bad either. Went good with a peanut butter sandwich.
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours dark dark brown with tan head. The aroma is a bit on the mild side with sweet and roasty malts, mild licorice and a bit of burn malts. The taste is all roasty maltiness mixed with mild malts sweetness. Those notes are balanced by sourness and malt astringency and not much else.
ChainGangGuy (4753) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a creamy, off-white head.
Smell: Dark malt aroma sullied by an odd, sharp, lactic fruit scent. What now?
Taste: Dark malts with a bit of chocolate. More of that lactic sourness present in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Ugh. Frankly, itís pretty flawed.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Dark brown, bordering on black pour...creamy tan head...average retention...some drip lacing...nose of artificial vanilla...sour mash...chocolate...some roast...could be infected...flavor is sour as well, just seems a bit off, donít know if this is the way it is or a bad bottle...medium bodied...average carbonation...finish is sour as well, medium length, with some chocolate and malt notes...would like a re-rate.
kyzr (1331) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to skyview. Dark brown with a nice brown head. Nose of an au sec coffee reduction. Flavor is tangy with chocolate and coffee. Body is medium with a lot of carbination. Almost soda style.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, nearly black,with a small, soon-gone head, ...
Cola greets the nose at first, and cream, light vanilla, with a touch of anise. Espresso twinges, and light cocoa.
Nice and smooth on the tongue, blast of bitterness, bittersweet espresso tones, than cool and easy, caramel and chocolate. Lighter bodied, for a stout, big time drinkability, ...but at times feels too much like a vanilla cream cola. Not quite enough body or substance, Dr. Pepper meets RC...with Mr. Pibb on the side.
Not something Iíd recommend to real stoutophiles, but not a bad beer at all, just could stand to be better, I think. But, still, as I drink it down with affable ease, i like this beer, you bet I do.