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Estival Cream Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Estival Cream StoutEstival Cream Stout

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 3
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: roblowther on 07-01-2014)
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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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!!!!

roblowther, Jul 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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)

russpowell, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

oberon, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Veeblefetzer
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Veeblefetzer, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Slowpony97
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Slowpony97, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11%

LXIXME, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

JamesStreet, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -21.7%

tdm168, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Damian74Shensky, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Rymish
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Rymish, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

StoutItOutLoud, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

caustin90, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sonofliberty2, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Chilly_E
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Chilly_E, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KevinGordon, Aug 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

vwbus7, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

Immortale25, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

elkinbrown, Aug 14, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -0.3%

Canada_Dan, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

freduardo, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +11%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  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.

cbutova, Today at 01:52 AM
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

crobinso, Aug 03, 2014
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Estival Cream Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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