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Cream Stout - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Cream StoutCream Stout

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76
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 25.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bucko on 03-14-2007)
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Photo of djschnabel
5/5  rDev +54.3%

djschnabel, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into a think sheet of lacing. The aroma is magnificent. Cream, milk chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of coffee. This beer just plane smells like happy. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and just as great. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a classic. I can see myself drinking this as much as, if not more than, I drink Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, and Old Rasputin.

KarlHungus, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Misfit138
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BEER REVIEW #100!

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Very very dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head that left lacing

S- Roastyness and chocolate malt

T- Sweet chocolate malt and expresso

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonated

D- I really liked this, but I'm a stout guy anyway. It is a good offering from the Brau Brothers company.

Misfit138, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a freshly kegged and nitro-tapped sample at the brewery.

Brownish black color with a beautiful cascading effect that results in a massive puffy light brown head.

Chocolate malt and coffee in the nose.

Lots of rich toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite rich and tasty.

Here is where the nitro makes this beer shine. Completely smooth and creamy feel from beginning to end.

Good drinkability. Just an all around enjoyable beer on nitro. Nitro is new to this beer and it is working beautifully. I will be looking for this one on tap again.

jera1350, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am surprised with the negative reviews for this beer! This is very solid cream stout, with all the typical stout flavors of mocha, cream, savory "meatiness", chocolate, coffee, etc. The smell, color, head, and mouthfeel are all quite nice. Definitely an enjoyable Minnesota craft brew.

sacrelicio, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered Brau Brothers Cream Stout at a local liquor store that was offering tastings one afternoon. A week later, I've gone back and acquired a six-pack.

Appearance is this beer's low point, primarily due to its lack of any head. Only a thin ring of tan at the top of black beer with dark red at the edges.

The smell is dominated by sweetness with notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste has a malty sweetness with the coffee and chocolate tones and a slight bite of hop at the edge of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is great. Full and coating, just what I've come to expect in a cream stout.

Drinkability is great too. I could spend the afternoon sipping this one or enjoy it with dessert. Recommended.

slyke, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown/black...minimal head..looks flat

S-Burnt malts...coffee grinds...no off notes at all....

T-Sweeter flavor than the nose leads you to believe...that is good with me as this should have a sweeter flavor...nice milk chocolate notes up front...more of a roasted maltiness to this....very smooth tasting and very enjoyable...

M-On the light side of medium bodied...low carbonation but not as flat as it appeared on the pour...nothing off with this one at all...

D-Now this one I like. Highly drinkable and highly tasty....a sweet stout that I would definitely call on again...lacking in depth and fullness but this is still a very nice brew...

ZAP, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
4/5  rDev +23.5%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of edbeered
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear dark ruby brownish black color with a scant white head. the smell is pleasingly of coffee and toasted chocolate malt. The taste is of toasted chocolate malt with hints of coffee and cream. It is smooth and full flavored, yet the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. This is easy to drink and is a nice cream stout. I'm glad it's available in the Twin Cities.

edbeered, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with a slim cap of light tan foam slipping off fast to a thin ring and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is firm and chocolatey with a nice creamy sense to some sweet buttermilk, dashed with a bit of graham cracker, creamed coffee, and vanilla.

Taste is a simple rendering of some dark and sweet chocolate creamed pie, tanged with oatmeal and tannin, a bit of date and raisin slivered in along with a decent tone to some roasted malt and lighter coffee bitterness lingers of the tail end as it finishes. Some tangyness is left over and sticks well into a lasting tone late.

Slender, creamy, smooth tangy mediumish body. Perhaps a tad thin in the mid range but not withstanding any loss of tone in its flavor profile and has a nice building of textures and leftover flavors lingering as it finishes.

A nice surprise. A pretty solid little cream/milk stout.

tavernjef, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Chaz
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black to the naked eye, it's actually a deep brown/burnt sienna in color. The two-fingered medium tan head faded a little faster than I'd hoped, but it left plenty of lace it its place as it subsided. The nose is all about the roasted and dark malts, which are ripe with notes of toffee, bitter chocolate, and light espresso, and some dark and bitter French roast coffee. There's also quite a bit of smoke, some milk chocolate and even a sweet-yet nondescript malt undertone. Seems like a winner so far! Sweet, creamy, lightly tangy (though plenty lactic) and *smokey* on the first sip, all accompanied by a brisk, cleansing carbonation. Tanginess becomes more assertive toward the middle of the palate, an although there isn't much bitterness here as per style, what there is also presents itself at the mid-palate, alongside roasty, smokey malts. Tanginess lingers, and it's almost 'yogurt-like'. Also reminds me a lot of cold-press coffee, and I'm wondering what might happen if they were to give this one a 'coffee treatment'. No doubt there's plenty of sweetness to go around, but this never feels too heavy, dull, or one-sided, and the carbonation keeps it interesting as well. Definitely smooth and creamy, and medium (almost leaning toward fuller) in body.

Brau Brothers Cream Stout is a very worthy addition to a long line of the sweet stouts that I've tried and enjoyed, although it might not (at first) suit those folks who are new to the world of stouts and have cut their teeth on nitro. I'm looking forward to pairing this with a couple of my favorite cheeses and also . . . carmelization!

[Served chilled, in a chalice.]

Chaz, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An almost black brew that has a large tan head that unfortunately quickly disappears. It leaves some lacing.

The smell is of roasted malts. A bit of chocolate and espresso. A nice smell but not really exerting itself.

I taste roasted malts and almost bittersweet in character. Chocolate, coffee, and a little smoke on finish. It may be a little thin in mouthfeel but I feel it has good carbonation. A good Sweet Stout.

morimech, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 I'd recommend to real stoutophiles, but nota 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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Vinmar
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Vinmar, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque black color. Head formation is extraordinarily light and not at all retained. Not much filming. Carbonation appears light.

S - A fairly monotone smell of roasted barley. Seems almost burnt. No off smells, diactyl or DMS.

T - Starts with a smooth sweet note, certainly favoring the lactose. Mid-stream develops some bitterness that is more coffee than anything else, with a hit of yeast bite. Finishes with a light roast flavor. Aftertaste is moderately strong with some burnt notes coming through.

M - Moderate body - not thin nor thick. Probably light for what I would prefer from the style. Carbonation which wasn't apparent, does give it some tongue bite.

D - Very easy drinking stout - smooth drinking and light on the palette. Is somewhat filling as I approach the bottom. ABV is manageable.

I try not to look, but I have to admit I'm surprised by the low overall reviews for this beer. I think it is a solid milk stout.

katan, May 23, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red. Crimson streaking. Thin light brown head. Moderate amounts of lacing. Aroma has got some of that chocolate and coffee thing going on, but also some earthiness to it. Almost like a muddy aroma. Flavors are pretty nice, but fairly light. And I DO realize this isn't supposed to be big and bold like an Impy, but still, I do think it's a little light flavored for the style. Some coffee bean and lightly roasted malts provide a bit of a base. Slight tannin like traits and a little chocolate as well. Medium bodied at best. Lightly carbonated and slightly creamy feel in the mouth. Decent enough stout, but nothing I'd need to go out of my way for (unlike their Scotch ale, which I WOULD go out of my way for).

Bighuge, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good stout appearance. just about black with a creamy tan head which faded to a film

nose had typical stout cues (slight chocolate and coffee), however i couldn't help but sniff past a strong fishy sour tone, they faded a bit luckily. yeast and ripened banana were also present

taste was much more pleasant than the aroma thankfully. very good in fact. sharp roasted coffee and dark chocolate. vanilla and a lighter fruity bit is in there as well. no astringency/fishy flavors as noted in the nose.

medium body with a definite blast of carbonation, stiff carbonation served up a somewhat of a cottony feel. finish was pretty dry

not a bold/brash heavyweight stout. but definitely a drinkable, pleasant stout with ample flavor

climax, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this brew into my glass I was impressed with how dark and thick it is, like a cross between melted chocolate and molasses. Because of this I expected it to be rich and hearty, I hate to say it isn't as dense as it looks. The body actually seemed a bit watery for the style. The flavor seems under-pronounced with a small amount of toffee and cocoa coming through. It's passable but I won't go out of my way to get this one again.

DesMoinesMike, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of isubsmith
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/black. Basically no head

Smell: Lots of roasted malt and coffee. I didn't get much lactose smell even after warming it up a bit. It really reminded me a of a porter rather than a milk/cream stout

Taste: Sweater than expected from the smell. Lots of roasty malt. Lots of milk chocolate up front.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very light carbonation.

Drinkability: As others mention, this is a rather drinkable beer. Nothing overly complicated in the taste but that can help with drinkability. Maybe not a session beer, but pretty good. I made a mixed 6 pack of Brau beers and would probably get a full 6 pack of this beer.

isubsmith, May 02, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. Pours pitch black with a tan head. The aroma and flavor focus on sharp dark-roasted malt element. On the palate that leads to smoke and a mild dark chocolate note and finishes with a bitter mix of black grains and hops. Overall, this isn't a great beer, but it's not bad. Worth a try if you're into stouts.

tempest, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of aliving1
3.5/5  rDev +8%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +8%

DaveMiller, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of JackieTH
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black with a minimal tan head.

Smell: Bordering on a porter.. roasted malts and chocolate. Some sweetness here to remind it's a cream stout.

Taste: Very malty - Mild roasted though and mildly sweet. Just a little bit creamy. Hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Not as sweet as other cream stouts and somewhat porter like, but not necessarily like a 'good' porter. Not really what I was expecting. For me, it's probably more drinkable that a typical cream stout would be, but not something I'd seek out.

JackieTH, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of six varieties in a Brau Brothers Brewing 12-pack sampler.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown long neck bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Dark opaque brown, almost black. Brown one finger foamy head that faded quick and left a frothy tan cap.

Smell: Sweet malts, bread, a little chocolate. Subtle, but nice aroma.

Taste: Sweet and creamy up front. Flavors of cappuccino, bittersweet chocolate and biscuits. Definitely a high roasted malt profile, which would be expected of a stout...the sweetness cuts the malt just a little. Little to no hops detected. A satisfying, if subtle, stout.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and creamy. Good medium carbonation that fits the style well.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'd love to try it on tap or from a cask sometime, if they have it available. Overall it's a decent creamy and slightly sweet stout.

ChopperSmith, May 25, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nearly opaque brown-black with a thin brown head which quickly dissipates to a ring. Leaves a little lacing. Almost looks like it's flat.
Smells like a porter to me. Cocoa and sweet creamy notes, a little bit of roasted malt and char. There's a faint unpleasant tin smell.
Roast and some bitter chocolate on the taste, a touch of smoke on the finish. Some coffee bitterness on the aftertaste as it warms up. Ends pretty dry.
On the light side of medium bodied, kind of flat. I would like some more creaminess or viscosity, and a little more carbonation.
Pretty smooth and easy to drink, if not particularly engaging.
This is a pretty middle of the road beer. Some pleasant enough tastes with some flaws and nothing outstandingly good.

busternuggz, Oct 29, 2010
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Cream Stout from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
76 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.