dflb (75) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2017 Bought at Olive Ave. Market for $7.25, Estival Cream Stout is a stout brewed with honey and spices, and crafted by Ska Brewing.
The smell of chocolate and vanilla are sensed as you take a drink. The spices are subtle, but have a light bite on the initial take and anise is distinguished at the back of your mouth. The alcohol content is 5.8%.
Chocolate is dominate along with the vanilla creaminess, which has a very fluid feel. Orange peel is faint and easily noted in the watery finish. Honey provides a very pleasing tone to the finish.
Estival Cream Stout is a dazzling stout. The beer feels watered down. The water quality makes the brew refreshing and an easy drink. The honey character with the chocolate and vanilla body is an amazing combination to enjoy. This beer is delicious and is a diamond in the rough in this large craft beer industry.
Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.
For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.” drjay44 (3928) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2017
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with no lacing, over a clear brown black SRM 30) body......nose is cocoa, chocolate, vanilla,mild citrus tones, minimal hop tones, balance to the malts and additives.......taste is sweet with lactose, honey tones, moderate cocoa, chocolate tones, light vanilla, mild citrus hints, finishing with quite light hop bitterness, balance to the malts and additives......mouth feel, light almost watery body, no alcohol, low carbonation. The multitude of ingredients make for a very muddled beer in both aroma and flavor, in addition the body is way too light. BJCP 6/3/9/4/5 ozzy70 (1362) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2017
22 oz. bottle. Purchased in Durango and consumed while camping in Durango. Pour was near black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. Taste was mild sweet, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle. This is a straight down the line sweet stout that takes a slight turn with the addition of orange flavours from the peels. Interesting riff on the cream sickle.
ABUSEDGOAT (2933) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Black pour, tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, sugar, light cocoa, some vanilla, light caramel. Medium bodied, gimmicky and sweet.
Ernest (7917) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Incredibly dull and clumsy...fizzy soda pop head dies instantly and completely, extremely simple aroma with only the most basic/common stouty aromas (seems like such a waste of adjuncts), and very sweet and flabby in the mouth with almost nothing to balance. Another drain pour from Ska, I’m sad to say. zoucrew102 (2316) - - JUN 2, 2016
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with with notes of chocolate, honey and a touch of orange. Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head with decent retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt flavors with gentle chocolate sweetness. Finishes fairly smooth, but not as much as I would expect from a cream stout, with honey sweetness and a slight orange citrus character joining the party. Pretty good, but don't get enough orange as well as the body being a bit off. Strykzone (7854) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2016
12 ounce can. Pretty much black with a tan head. I smell smoke and roast. Early, I taste the orange zest and honey. Oats and huge malts with rich lactic notes and cocoa. Vanilla, cinnamon, and some flowers. Quite sweet. kerenmk (5373) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 14, 2016
Can. Black with a brown head. Roasty aroma with some caramel and some molasses, tastes of caramel, a little roasty with alcohol in the background and toffee notes. Smooth, medium body, some warm spices like cardamom in the finish.
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 25, 2016
Can shared at a tasting at the new LiBira brewpub. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of orange peels. Sweet flavor with chocolate and lots of orange peels. Medium-bodied. Decent.