Chocolate Cream Stout - Beer Academy
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by liamt07:
3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from the brewery, 625ml into a tulip.
Black body, milk chocolate coloured head. Great lacing and good retention. Nose of bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate liqueur candies. Light roast, but it's on the sweeter side of things overall. Taste has more dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, a touch of roast and some copper pennies on the back end. Light creaminess. Medium full feel, lighter medium carbonation. Simple, but far removed from some of the best in this style.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 00:21:22 | More by liamt07
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3.76/5 rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Chocolate and cream leads me to think black and white, but this Chocolate Cream Stout is black and... brown. Its frothy head is espresso coloured and, as the bottle's sediment rushes in with the second pour, its body also develops a more brown (in contrast to its initial black) hue. It has a visible murkiness that drains all the gloss from its complexion.
The bouquet smells of pure cocoa (not cocoa powder but a literal brick of raw, unrefined cocoa). It has a smoky, sooty air, a natural and crude earthiness as well as overtones of coffee bean and nut oils. It smells of a cocoa so pure and fresh you'd only likely be able to obtain it from a cocoa farm in a country that grows it - not the stuff stocked on supermarket shelves.
Though not full-bodied, the beer has enough flavour to simulate chocolate brownies and a shot of Caffè Americano. In addition to the roasty (almost hickory-like) notes there's also a streaky nuttiness that is mostly cashew-like but can be sweet and resemble filberts. The aftertaste has a mild fruitiness; I could definitely entertain the notion of grapey, turkish delight flavour.
The stout contains a bit of buttermilk taste but isn't cream-rich; it actually flirts with tart lactose-type twang but get's away in the end with a velvety chocolatey texture. It is similar to a beer float, with milky vanilla notes registering on par with dry, roasted cereal malts. It's unquestionably lacking in depth and richness; it is a beer that's to be freely enjoyed.
In light of all this economic turmoil, I'm all for taking a page from the Mayans and Aztecs who used cocoa as a form of currency. (Sounds like a delicious bail-out plan to me!) Were this the case, Beer Academy's Chocolate Cream Stout would probably be traded as coin rather than bill but would be something worth investing in nonetheless, especially if you prefer safe bets.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 20:08:00 | More by biegaman
Chocolate Cream Stout from Beer Academy
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