Cream Stout - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002

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Photo of liveandletdie
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks very much like coca cola. Might have some carbonation issues. Color is black with little tan head. Smell has some coffee, sweetness, and other stuff. Tastes decent, very simple- not a lot of flavor. What they did put into this seems like they didn't put enough because i'm not tasting a lot of flavor. Not much after taste. It is smooth which a cream stout should be. But the mouthfill is kind of watery, not thick like a stout should be. Not sure if there was a carbonation issue on this one...seems kind of flat. Just not doing it for me, not enough flavor or thickness for my likeing.

Photo of Thrasher
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon first sip, this seems similar to Dick's Lava Rock Porter but this stout is actually milder. At close to room temperature, this beer opened up pretty well, but it was less robust than the porter as well as having less roastiness, less fruitiness, and a more watery mouthfeel. There's a tiny ring of head and not much lace, very different than the picture on the website and what some other reviewers have said. The aroma has some interesting flavors: grain with a hint of animal feed. There's some chocolate and coffee in the taste, and again a paler-tasting grain quality with very little in the way of hops. Fortunately Dick's yeast doesn't get in the way either. The mouthfeel may be thin for a stout, and not really creamy either, but I thought it was fine. Could make for a decent session beer or a midday respite, but not a beer to genuinely engage the drinker.

Photo of ADR
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark color, close to opaque on the pour. Thin brown head and spread-out dotty laces. There a touch of expired milk sourness to the aroma, along with a trace of coffee. Body is on the thin side but the maltiness is decently complex, slight chocolate, java oiliness, and some sweet cherry. Becomes more astringent late in the flavor profile, but finishes with adequate bittering. OK beer, what it lacks is a creamier body and mouthfeel and it comes off as too sharp early in the taste for me.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of Magpie14
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: sooty black, not an gleam of light in this one. No good icing on the top as it fizzled away rather quickly. Lace was crusty and meager. Poured more like a porter

S: barley flakes, grains, malts, and definite cocoa and chocolates (fudge even)

T: mild to dark flavors all around with the grains and roasted malts. Dainty faded coffee tones and a slight bitter chocolate and fudge finish in the mix. Towards the finish I was feeling a warm and sugary lactose vibe

M: finishes just dry and almost smokey. Body is soft, but I would not go as far as to call it creamy. Body is not to par for what I like in a cream stout....not enough chunk

D: decent showing for a stout and worthy of a point. However a shortage exists in the cream stout category. Sort of a one dimensional beer that asserts itself and does not do much more

Photo of Elemental
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a great dark black color with a nice tan head.
Smell: a nice balance of hops and maltiness
Taste: Good taste but not what I expected. I think its a little tart for a cream stout. There was a little bit of residual sweetness but it had a dry finish. Slightly bitter and well balanced.
Overall: a good beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee big-time & a bit of cocoa

T: Baker's chocolate, roasted grain, & a bit of dryness up front. A bit of iron, more roasted grain & a touch of lactose as this warms. Finishes roasty with nice chocolate notes, plus just a bit of leafy hops

MF: Smooth with medium body

Drinks fairly easy, a good not great milk stout

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased on Liquid Solutions.

A: The stout was poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The result was an explosion of head that exceeded five fingers, that's right a whole damn hand! The head is a coffee and cream tan color. The body of the stout is thick and black. As thinner sections of the glass, some deep ruby colors emerge.

S: The nose is chalky, mixing roasted chocolate with sickly sweet lactose milk notes. The chalkiness upfront is fleeting but makes enough of a presence to be noticed.

T: Burnt grains and roasted choclate flavors are strong throughout, punched down by a slightly sour yet sweet lactose flavor. The beer has been in my fridge for a few months, so the hoppiness that others have noted has smoothed itself out, providing a blip of bitterness before allowing the chocolate to lead the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is dark, full of roasted flavors. The milk element is reasonably subtle.

D: A good solid drink. It's nothing extraordinary but it works nicely.

Photo of pbrian
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation, no head. Heavy on the roasted malt and coffee aromas. Very bitter from the heavily roasted malts. Syrupy mouthfeel. Did I mention flat?

Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of stouts but this one was quite good. Huge tan head that went away rapidly,
Good amount of lacings. Aroma is cocoa and roasted malts. Taste is some coffee, cocoa
Nice roasted malts, bitter hops. Alcohol a bit noticable but O.K.
Pretty well balanced for the style.
Mouthfeel is just right for a Stout.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of daythree16
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black with a huge three-finger head that slowly fades into a thin film.

Smell is awesome. Roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and milk chocolate. Also, a hint of what smells like marshmallow. It honestly smells like s'mores. Taste doesn't measure up to the great aroma. Mostly roasted bitterness with a burnt coffee finish. Hardly any sweetness to be found. There is a metallic quality that is pretty unpleasant as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. There isn't really anything sweet or "creamy" about it. Drinkability is not very good for the style. I'm a huge fan of sweet milk/cream stouts, but I probably won't buy this again.

Photo of Gusler
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an onyx color with a planetary sized head that is somewhat creamy in consistency and a nice light chocolate color, the lace formed is a thick and sticky sheet that envelops the glass. The aroma of toasted grain, vanilla, and sweet malt hit s your nostrils first, light coffee and fresh chopped black walnut tones also appear to be present, with the star sweet, nice malt presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops delicate and pleasing in their spiciness, sweet and somewhat chocolate bitter aftertastes pouts the cap on this drinkable if middle of the road stout, well worth a sample for the “Stout Novice”!

Photo of zacharius
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is hearty and a great representation of the style, filling like eating a bowl of cereal. Dick's cream stout has a great chocolate malt taste, bittered with hops but not too much. This beer pours a dark brown with little carbonation and almost no head.

Photo of nqdell
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout but not much of a cream feel. Poured from a bottle into a glass. I only point that out because of the self proclamation. Otherwise a great stout.

Photo of marc77
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate tan head settles quickly. Nearly black-- just a tinge of garnet around the edges. Deep, roasty, chocolately notes along w/ hints of vanilla and oak in aroma. Diacetyl aroma is quite strong, but couples well with the roasted notes. The low carbonation, silky mouthfeel and medium body accentuate the smooth roasted malt flavors. Mocha flavors fron the roasted barley and chocolate malt combination are quite assertive but enjoyable. Hop bitterness is moderate and when coupled with the roasted grain flavors the result is a taste bittersweet brew. Although highly flavorful, this stout isn't overly rich & and is thus very drinkable. I am reminded of a Shakespeare Stout "light"

Photo of aracauna
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's a bit of humor about this beer. First, the label really reminds me of Schlitz Malt Liquor. I mean, then the bull even looks the same. Then they have the balls to put Dick's and Cream in the name. On to the beer. The carbonation is a bit strong, the head booms to just a tad thick with an extrememly soft pour. Any hint of roughness and it would have gone out of control. The head is much like that on a coke float, thick, rocky, stiff and lasts forever. Even after letting it sit for 30 minutes between the first few sips and when I came back to it, it was still there, although reduced. The body is very dark, but flashes of mahogany appear at times. There's a bit of a fizz early on and if you lean the glass away from you, you'll notice a heavy wall of tiny streaming bubbles that normally stay hidden in the murky blackness hitting the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer. Too bad the flavor doesn't match up. Roasty aroma, dark roast coffee, a hint of dark chocolate. More dark chocolate laced coffee in the flavor, this time lightened with a dash of milk. The flavor is thin, almost metallic, though. Nice mouthfeel, actually fits the name, but not as creamy as some.

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured nearly a full-on black color, looked oily, with a thick tan head that bubbled down very slowly. The smell was quite nice and complex: chocolate malts, dark bread, a little bittersweet chocolate flavor, and some cocoa. The taste was smokey coffee and chocolate malts, bitter malt flavors, burnt coffee grinds, and a pinch of something light and sweet tucked somewhere in there. The taste was good, but not quite as complex as I would have liked, separating this beer from the really great stout flavors. The mouthfeel was a little too carbonated and thin for my taste, especially for a beer with the word "cream" right there in the name. The beer was drinkable, and I liked it enough, but I think there are better examples out there.

Photo of waltonc
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eh. Milk stouts are one of my favorite styles, so it was with much anticipation that I cracked open my bottle of Dick's Cream Stout, purchased from Bottleworks. Unfortunately, Dick did not fulfill my hopes with this mediocre stout. There just isn't a whole lot going on flavor-wise with this one. Overall, I was bored, and not compelled to finish it.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is strong roasted coffee. Nice beefy beer. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Photo of jreitman
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with dark brown head that tastes of chocolate. Strange burnt aroma that has some coffee in it. It is a very smooth beer with good chocolate flavors and burnt flavors and good hop bite to the finish. Malt sweetness pleasant, but pretty well balanced.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pint glass to reveal dark wooden brown and chocolate head that smoothed out into an unshimmered lake.

S: The nose was a properly sweet chocolate malts but not overpowering.

T: The flavor will not overpower you on this one. As it follows the nose, the low key nature retains it's character. Notes of coffee and roasted barley come around along with bitterness on a moderate scale.

M: Very thin to say the least. I would have expectd something at least medium to give the beer it's proper sense of fullness.

D: A quality beer that needs to be toughed up a bit perhaps or moved away from the porteresque parts.

Photo of kgotcher
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with big brown head. Head disapates fairly fast but leaves a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is chocolaty roasted malt bit of dark fruit and good dose of hops Mouthfeel has a medium body that is slick up front but finishes dry and bitter.

Taste is chocolate roasted malt with a sweet buscuit backdrop, Good flavor but still a noticably dry finish (astrigency?). Not bas but pretty basic without much complexity.

Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan lace lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of black malts and has dry finish. It has some hops in the background. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It's thich and full of flavor; a decent stout.

Photo of harrymel
2.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 07/07/10
22oz for $4 at Huck's in Spokane, WA
Poured from bottle to SN Pint

A: 2 fingers of brown foam fall to reveal surface within 2 minutes of pour. Black beer which I cannot judge clarity on.

S: Strong toasty, coffee grains. Unfortunately, this smells like it has too much black patent malt, very dry scent, like charcoal, hint of sharp chemical scent.

T: Very strong toast flavor is accented with notes of coffee, and hoppy resin. Not impressive. Finish is very dry and toasted to a crisp.

M: Low carb and body reminds me of a rauchbier. Unfortunately, there's no smoke here to balance the charred feel of this beer.

D: This beer leaves one wishing the octane were a little higher. Needs more body. Quite a bit of improvement available here.

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, with a thick, creamy dark head which left plenty of lacing as it dissipated.

Smell: roasty with a very well-balanced and delicious smelling mocha aroma.

Taste: nice coffee and roasted barley flavor with a kick of bitterness. There's a little sweetness, but it's not overdone.

Mouthfeel: creamy, though possibly a tad over-carbonated. I think it works, though.

Drinkability: since it is not super heavy, at least for a stout, I give it good marks for drinkability too.

Photo of JDV
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This silly beer pours a nice black color with a light creamy tan head. The odds of this beer smelling exactly the way it did were astronomical. For that fact alone I give it an 8 for smell. Creamed coffe, and roasty malt and hazlenuts wafted through my nostrils. Taste is roasty malt with a creamy finish and nutty flavor too. Medium bodied with a slightly bubbly mouthfeel. Good flavor and easy drinking. I loves me some dick cream!

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Cream Stout from Dick's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.