Samuel Adams Cream Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
How much is there to say about what a stout looks like? It's nothing out of the ordinary. Light tan head with some retention. If anything, the color is slightly thin, being a little less than opaque. Stouts can fare way better than this with lacing and head, nitro or not.
Roasty aroma with some lactic sweetness. Some dry chocolate and a slight whiff of coffee. Not massive, but promising.
Something astringent sinks the flavor profile. Way too chalky and acidic and thin, like the back end of a Guinness. Needs some kind of hops to round out the flavor. The roasty aroma doesn't carry through real well into the flavor, only showing up a bit in the finish. For a milk/sweet stout, it's surprisingly not sweet, allowing that back end to dominate. It is nearly a dry Irish one in my mind. Seems off style.
I expect a bit better from a stout. It feels like an ordinary ale, and doesn't have anything especially smooth or full about it. Carbonation seems a bit rough even.
Hm, I don't think this is a particularly good effort. Didn't they include the Brown Ale previously? That would have been better. Now with this and Coastal Wheat, one-third of this pack is not something I'm thrilled to drink, pending the Noble Pils that I'll try soon. Left Hand or Bell's have done this style way way better, and the cheaper price here won't encourage me to make this a repeat buy. Disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2010 06:57:02 | More by ommegoose
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