“Harkening back to the tradition of English sweet stouts, our cream stout has a rich smooth silkiness that differs from its Irish dry stout cousin. Dark roasted malts give this brew its ebony color and deep notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee for rich roastiness and a subtly sweet finish. Cheers!” 4.9% ABV.
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into my nonic imperial pint glass. Super dark brown/nearly black color, lightening slightly around the edges. Left a very substantial foamy, sudsy, khaki-colored head. Very nice lacing on the glass.
The first scent detected was a sweet, yeasty, bread-like aroma (I believe that is where the lactose sugars are represented). There are also undertones of overripe fruit, mixed with a hint of caramel or toffee.
Very mild malts and bitterness mixed with a little fruit flavor initially. Pretty thin and watery body for a stout, and very drinkable. Finishes moderately dry, without offering much complexity to the palate. A light amount of roastiness comes through after swallowing, but nothing much in the way of flavor. No discernible hops are present.
This beer is very easy to drink. The thin body and light flavor seem to demand I have more than one (or three). Weirdly, there is more going on in the nose than is delivered to the palate. Being the only cream/milk stout that I’ve been able to get my hands on, I don’t have much to compare it too. I really see its comparison to a traditional dry Irish stout, but with a little more fruity characteristics. Overall, I would like a little more flavor on the back end, but it is still a decent brew. 6.5/10
Fun Side Note:
Cream stouts (also called milk or sweet stouts), used to be sold and labeled as nutritious due to the lactose sugars in them. This style of beer was marketed for nursing mothers and athletes because of that.
The Boston Beer Company – Boston Massachusetts