Cream Stout - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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3.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Bittersweet chocolate brown with orange-bronze highlights at the margins. This stout isn't quite opaque, but a fairly bright light source is required to figure that out. The malted milk ball colored cap is on the small side and isn't as richly creamy as I'd like.
Soft alarm bells are going off in my head as I assess the aroma. The beer smells roasted malty and chocolate-like and all those other stouty things, but it also smells sour. I hope it's simply the usual lactic sourness of a milk stout and not something more sinister.
Brau Brothers Cream Stout is a letdown. Beer of this style, in my opinion at least, should be either malty sweet or roasted bitter or balanced between those two. A little tartness is fine (and appropriate), but I don't believe the brewers meant for this batch to be this sour. More malt sugars would have helped cover up what may have been a brewing mistake, except this is anything but a big stout and malt sugars are in relatively short supply.
The 'chocolate and coffee notes' claimed on the attractive silk-screened bottle are noted, even if the beer isn't 'complex and packed with' them. This could be a pretty decent cream stout if it was fleshed out a little. I was unable to find the ABV, but I'd say it's somewhere in the vicinity of 5.0%.
The mouthfeel is too light no matter the ABV. In fact, it's lighter in the mouth than the average porter. As is often the case, more chocolate or black or roasted malt would have a chance to turn a forgettable stout into a memorable one. For the last time, stouts oughta be stout... or least not skinny.
I'd never heard of Brau Brothers Brewing prior to seeing their beer at Blue Max on a recent trip to Minneapolis. It looks like they've been around for a little more than a year now. My hope is that this bottle of Cream Stout isn't representative, either of this particular beer or of the rest of their lineup. Any new brewery deserves time to work out the kinks.
07-18-2007 13:17:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
1.93/5 rDev -40.4%
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, it's pretty flawed.
02-14-2008 04:59:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.8/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
07-22-2007 10:15:53 | More by feloniousmonk
3.53/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-01-2008 02:26:31 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev +13.6%
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).
04-10-2007 04:00:50 | More by Bighuge
3.95/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
12-30-2010 02:29:24 | More by tavernjef
4.05/5 rDev +25%
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...
04-21-2007 05:09:34 | More by ZAP
4.4/5 rDev +35.8%
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 Bells Kalamazoo Stout, and Old Rasputin.
06-24-2007 16:46:40 | More by KarlHungus
3.83/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
10-08-2007 22:51:12 | More by morimech
4.3/5 rDev +32.7%
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.
01-02-2010 15:46:44 | More by jera1350
3.2/5 rDev -1.2%
pours out an opaque black colour, some crimson hues as well. there is a huge frothy, tan head which sticks which leaves plentiful lace. dark roasted malt aroma, ripe fruit, some java and toffee notes, a bit of lactic sourness, and a ghostly hint of flowery hops. tastes of sour fruit, a bit of smokiness in the malt, dark chocolate, and some bitter coffee notes. a nice floral hoppiness gets lost in the mix, but is duly noted. the sourness seems a bit overdone, overshadowing the dark roasted notes that are needed to balance this sort of brew. the body seems on the light side, but doesn't seem to distract from the extremely smooth, albeit a touch watery, mouthfeel. drinakbility is nice....wouldn't be a problem to put down a few of these. improves as it warms a bit.
i don't like pairing beer and sweets, but i find myself thinking some strawberry cheescake would be a fine compliment to this brew.
overall a nice stab at the style. tone down the lactic sourness and amp up the malt and bitterness ever so slightly, and this would be a very nice cream stout.
12-28-2007 23:26:44 | More by budgood1
3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black color wtih surprisingly very little head. What head there is collars around the glass in a slight tan color. Slightly smokey, dark roast coffee aroma. Decent coffee aroma. Slightly sweet with a coffee taste. Some bitter roast flavors along with some leather tastes. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a slight smoky taste. Overall, not bad but nothing that makes me stop in my tracks.
10-15-2010 23:48:49 | More by kbutler1
3.75/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
05-23-2009 02:21:29 | More by katan
2.8/5 rDev -13.6%
A: Whole lotta carbonation going on with this beer, its going to take two pours so that it doesnt over flow everywhere. Dark cola color which allows the light to slip through easily. Head is full abd made up of medium sized latte colored bubbles. Each sip leaves a ring to measure how many swallows are in this beer.
S: Lactose, day old coffee, aluminum, grape juice, some faint mint and powdered cocoa.
T: Begins with toasted bread with the slightly charred aspects to it. Quickly a sour nature occurs along the realm of red grapes and flat cola this flavor makes me question whether or not this bottle has been compromised, but you never know. Next comes aluminum, lactose and day old coffee. Finishes sour and unattractive.
M: Medium to full body and soft.
D: Not digging on this beer. I hate when beer take this sour personality to them. Im going to finish this beer but under duress.
06-28-2007 04:54:01 | More by Westsidethreat
2.48/5 rDev -23.5%
$1.49 for a 12 oz bottle
A: deep black, opaque beer, poured a nice tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer and ultimately lacing on the side of the glass
S: medium nose, not overly sweet but roasted malt
T: thin taste, roasted malt, watery
M: thin roasted malt but for 5% not bad, more like a session beer in mouthfeel, somewhat watery, very little finish
O: no offensive tastes but just lacks character and body
05-06-2011 00:10:34 | More by wisrarebeer
3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
Brau Brothers Cream Stout is a pure-black colored brew, with a small khaki head which doesn't last too long. The body is completely opaque and does not admit any hues when held to light.
The nose is pretty light, but mainly focuses on dark and roasted malt.
The taste is pretty light as well, chocolate malts, fairly sweet, almost has some soda flavors in it as well. The mouth is light and wet.
09-24-2011 21:38:39 | More by Tballz420
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
12-06-2010 01:29:46 | More by JackieTH
2.93/5 rDev -9.6%
Brau Brothers Cream Stout pours a rapidly collapsing finger
of foam over an opaque black brew. The nose is dark fruit,
and toasty malt. The flavor is mellow dark malts- with mocha
and espresso notes, and a mild grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel
is round but with a bit of crispness too. Not a bad stout at all,
though it's kind of one dimensional. Could be this is a good
choice for somebody who wants to try something a bit heavier
for the first time.
06-28-2007 06:51:22 | More by shadow1961
3.65/5 rDev +12.7%
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
04-15-2009 04:23:19 | More by climax
2.23/5 rDev -31.2%
Poured into a pint glass.
A-Light-brown head, low-moderate retention. Black beer, looks like it would maybe like to let a bit of light through, but it seems generally opaque.
S-Butterscotch with caramel and a hint of dairy-choco-sweetness.
T-Butterscotch with a dry chocolate that makes its presence known. Bitterness is assertive, coupled with a slight, lingering roast. Finishes with roasted malts, bitter coffee, and a slightly medicinal twinge.
M-Medium-light body is lacking, feels awkward and finishes cloying. Too dry-ish feeling in the finish. Medium carbonation level.
D-Low. The flavor is not really in line with the style, and it's generally not an easy-drinking brew. I like what Brau Bros. have to offer, but this one isn't one I'd seek out again.
04-01-2009 20:35:57 | More by CHSLBrew
3.95/5 rDev +21.9%
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.]
08-20-2007 00:33:00 | More by Chaz
4.25/5 rDev +31.2%
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.
10-08-2008 02:42:35 | More by sacrelicio
3.23/5 rDev -0.3%
Looks nice, pours black with cola coloured highlights around the edges. Finely and fairly vigorously carbonated, about 2/3 of the beer (12oz serving) made its way into my 16oz pint glass, needless to say is was topped by a mountain of tight, pale tan head. Excellent retention, and sticky gobs of lace are being left behind as the huge head gradually subsides.
Hate to say it but there must be some kind of infection going on in here, and it seems to be relatively common based on peaking at the other reviews. Lactose sweetness is absent, and is replaced by lactic acid sourness. Milk chocolate, creamy and nutty malts, a metallic twang playing of the lactic acid, as well as a leafy and earthy quality also present.
This is one funked up cream stout. Creamy milk chocolate meets sour spoiling fruit. Call me a crazy mofo, and im certain this is not what the brewer intended, but im digging this. Mild hint of char appears after the creamy, nutty chocolate before being swept away in a wave of sour fruit funk. Gonna quit trying to review this by style and just go based on its funkeduposity, after all if this was labelled a raspberry belgian stout or something like that this is more or less what i would expect! After the tart blast of something that reminds me of raspberry crier notes of espresso emerge and give way to the decaying, leafy hops.
Fairly light in body, perhaps the unwanted microorganism fermented what was supposed to be left behind to make up the full body attributed to this beer by the label. Also feels somewhat spritzy. Creamy yet one tart mofo, with nice balance between chocolately malts, a touch of char, and a light dab of earthy, leafy hops.
Was worried after only smelling that this would be a drain pour. No such worries anymore, despite being horribly infected and not representative of the lablelled style this is an interesting and tasty brew. Also easier to drink than the intentional fruit beer i drank last night. Hopefully this brew was just sitting on the shelves for too long, or six months in the cellar was too much for it and that the problems are due to oxidation and not infection. I may never know the answer. Would i try this again? Guess i may be a sick mofo cuz my answer would be yes, as long as my digestive tract suffers no ill effects. Have another bottle, if its drastically different will rereview. Thanks to chonyr for this most interesting brew.
04-08-2008 21:49:57 | More by demcorhip
Cream Stout from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
76 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.