Estival Cream Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Estival Cream StoutEstival Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: roblowther on 07-01-2014

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight black with a tan head. Pretty much as you'd expect, I suppose. Smell is oranges, cream, and coffee. The taste is like orange soda, cream soda, and coke....but less sweet. Like a convience store drink machine suicide with less sugar and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is much lighter than expected, closer to a porter than a stout. Definitely shooting for a "summer" stout, I'd imagine. It is definitely a sweet one, maybe like coffee and an orange creamsicle had a love child. However that would work. As a side note, mix this with some Lindeman's Framboise for a kick-a summer fruity drink-thingy!!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BBD of 11-24-14

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of khaki head. Good head retention & lacing (4.0)

S: Cocoa & cinnamon? (3.5)

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a little brown sugar & a little bit of sasparilla up front. More general spiceyness & chocolate as this warms, some dryness. Finishes dry with a little chocolate & faint hints of dryness & lactic acid, plus some mint lurking around (4.0)

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly warming (3.75)

Drinks, easy, a good take on the style, with some flair. Somewhat complex for the ABV & style (3.75)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear (when turned at a 45 degree angle and held up to the light) jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to dimpled finger thick layer covering the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with lighter aromas of chocolate, coffee, and citrus/orange peel. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of lactose/milk sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate and coffee with light to moderate flavors of sweetened orange (like the chocolate covered orange rind). Light amounts of bitterness in the finish, like what you would find in a cup of espresso.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: An interesting combination of flavors/aromas - orange, coffee, and chocolate - but it works, kind of reminds me of the dark chocolate covered candied orange peel but that is enjoyable. Nice beer for dessert and light enough in body to be easy enough to have in the summer.

Photo of Veeblefetzer
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer starts off well; a nice, smooth taste, sweet, but not too sweet. The aroma is good. It almost doesn't feel like a stout on the tongue. Nice malt flavor up front with a hint of chocolate.

The beer was not heavy at all; I was pleasantly surprised at how "light" it felt relative to other stouts that I've had lately.

The finish is a strong orange cream soda taste; it was almost overpowering. I found the cream soda finish to be excessively sweet for my taste. Having said that, I do think that Ska succeeded in getting the balance of vanilla, honey, and orange just right, and it did occur to me that a non-alcholic orange cream soda made by Ska would give the Zuberfizz folks a run for their money. (Zuberfizz is a soda pop company that is based out of Durango, Co.)

I suppose that, if the drinker is looking for a sweet, fruity finish to his or her stout, then this would be a good choice.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a solid quarter inch thick mahoghony colored head. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma is comprised of chocolate malt,lactose, with a sweet plum note in the background. The taste initially sweet due to the lactose,but there's a bitterness at the back of the palate from the dark chocolate malt. The mouth is thick,chewy,and yet creamy.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

getting an opportunity to review the last of Ska's four adjunct / "seasonal" stouts. the autumnal mole was too heavy-handed with the chiles. the vernal minthe was slightly better, but too close to mint toothpaste for comfort. the hibernal vinifera was easily the best, using the sweetness of red grapes to offset the acrid bitterness characteristic of foreign export stouts.

12-oz can to snifter, consumed on 8-8-2014.

A: opaque body, impossible to see through except at the very edges, where it is a very dark mahogany. very creamy one-finger khaki head, with small bubbles, adhering tightly to the glass, but dissipating within a few minutes

S: typical stout roastiness, but also lactose (especially as the beer warms), orange rind, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon. this smells like a lighter version of the "mayan stouts" springing up everywhere, with citrus to boot

T: the taste follows the nose, although the spice and honey are pretty muted. still, very solid take on an american stout. roasted malt, with mild hop bitterness

M: there is a creamy mouthfeel on this one, true to style, but not overly thick

Overall, I was really impressed with this one. Easily the best of Ska's seasonal stouts. Very drinkable, warms nicely too, unlike the Hibernal Vinifera, which I thought was a bit too phenolic toward the end of the can. I think the adjuncts are on point, adding little touches of sugar and spice to the base stout.

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says Best By 24 NOV 14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet malt aroma brings to mind vanilla, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Maybe also some dark fruit.

T- More sweetness as the mild dark roasted malt provides some bitterness to balance. More chocolate and caramel as this is a decidedly quite sweet stout which is OK by me. Yes, there's a honey taste as well but I wouldn't have guessed it if it wasn't stated on the can.

M- Slick and slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This is one of the sweetest stouts I've ever had and that's not a bad thing in my book especially since the roasted malt does a good job of evening things.

Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Last Ska beer brought back from CO over the summer.

A- Can is poured to a tumbler with a pitch black body and a medium mocha head. The cap has a creamy, frothy texture and pretty good retention. Mostly spotty lacing in medium quantities but some drizzle as well.

S- Deep roasted malts off the top with notes of dark cocoa powder and dark charred grains. Not much beyond the dark stuff for me here.

T- Orange peel definitely comes into play in this part of the beer. The big roasted grain profile of chocolate, roast malts and a certain toastiness mostly compliments the added orange peel. Orange peel adds a bitterness and really gets flavorful after a few sips, zesty citrus.

MF- Fairly thick bodied for the ABV at hand and a smoothness that comes from the added milk sugar, silky. Carbonation is at a medium-high level and it all finishes with that zesty bitterness.

Very solid roasty malt profile with rich chocolate coming to mind. The orange peel ends up being a main component of the flavor and works off the dark elements presented quite nicely.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A rocky, dark mocha colored head sits on top a midnight black body. The beer smells of dark, rich chocolate and sugar. The taste is more centered toward milk chocolate. I do not pick up on any honey that this beer is supposed to be brewed with.

Overall, I had higher hopes for this.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5%

I think that this was part of a recent package from the Mighty JenRay in support of The CANQuest ™, now back in full (fool) swing!
From the CAN: “Picnic – Recycle – Hammock – Dog – Days – Breed – Cultivate – Ripe – Sidereal – Recycle – Culminate”; “Brewed with Orange Peels”; “Seasonal Stout”; “Hand-Crafted”; “We use the finest Water, Hops, Yeast, Malted Barley, Milk Sugar, Orange Blossom Honey, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, and Orange Peels.”
I love the auditory nature of the Crack! and even more when a brimful craft CAN is revealed as the result. The best thing about doing an inverted Glug with a dark beer is the increased visibility of the pseudo-cascade. This one had it all. The three fingers of dense, deep-tan head evidenced great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) and there was ZERO light penetration anywhere. Nose smelled of orange and chocolate and yet not cloying. Mouthfeel was medium, but not really creamy. The taste was primarily semi-sweet chocolate, but the orange flavor was definitely there also. I could not pinpoint between the honey and the peels, however. It may have even been the result of the CANbination of the two. Great lacing appeared as I drank it. Finish was semi-dry with the Black Malt really leading the way, but restrained by the sugars imparted by all of the adjuncts. I always feel CANflicted when reviewing non-AIPAs, which are my favorites, so everything else seems to pale in CANparison. It was a decent beer, and I was glad for the opportunity to try it, but one would probably do it for me.

Photo of 303beer
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cascading head that's coffee in color. Didn't have much nose to it . Umm has a touch of orange to it and a light chocolate. Yup orange cream filled chocolate candy just not sweet as candy. Good find. Props to the beer man at mollys liquor who said drink this and to the brewers.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black and oily thick on the pour, with a tall, frothy, foamy, dark tan colored head that billows quickly, but settles into a sparse, big bubbled topping. Aromas of roasted mocha, sweet cream, and subtle chocolate notes. Pretty muted nose, overall. Flavors are milk chocolate forward, tangy and sweet, with subtle mocha/coffee bitterness, sweet cream highlights, and some earthy characteristics. Roasted notes throughout, and they build to a slight char character into the aftertaste, with a subtle mocha linger. Smooth, light bodied, with a lingering bitterness in the smooth, light finish. High drinkability.

Photo of OldeSchool
4/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours very dark brown to black with a dark tan head; the head is quite foamy and fairly persistent. Date on the bottom of the can says Best by 24 Nov 2014.
S: Malty, roasted and sweet. Smells a bit like an authentic cream soda.
T: Pretty much the same as the aroma; very smooth and goes down easily. Some vanilla, but I didn't pick up much in the way of honey, even though it is listed as an ingredient on the can. I'm partial to sweet stouts, and this one definitely delivered the goods. I picked up a bit of bitterness as it warmed, but it was mild at best.
M: Very full and creamy; typical of the style.
O: I really enjoyed this one; it's a very easy to drink sweet stout that I would recommend as an introduction to the style - when it's available, that is.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this newest beer from Ska's new seasonal stout line ever since I saw the sale sheet. I had this baby poured from a can into one of my Sam Adams perfect pints. It pours a deep rich black with a very thin line of tan head. The aroma gives off a hint of citrus with a defining roastiness and a hint of sweetness. The term cream stout is very well defined by the smoothness of each sip that is full of rich roasted malt with hints of honey and orange, and finished with just a little bit of chocolate. It lingers on your palate with some sweetness and roasted malt. Definitely worth a try before it goes away!

Photo of zander4dawin
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a dark black with thin mocha head. Smells is smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is rootbeer, vanilla, milk chocolate, mocha coffee, smoked bacon. Mellow full body, great beer.

Estival Cream Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.