Cowabunga Cream Stout | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rumrunner on 08-19-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a pint of this at Pizza Port Solana Beach a few nights ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body shows brown edges when held to light. A creamy, light brown cap sits on top and retains well, dragging modest lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, lactose, chocolate creme, and light leafy hops. Sweet and pleasant with just a touch of bitter roast.

Taste: Half & half and cocoa dominate the first few sips (in delicious fashion). Toffee and pine resin emerge in the finish and carry the aftertaste. With time, dark chocolate and roasted malt also enter the fray. Great balance amongst the flavors!

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy with tons of fine carbonation (a bit too much for me to call this "velvety"). Balanced and very smooth flavor-wise: mildly sweet with low bitterness all the way through.

Overall: Exceptionally smooth, flavorful, and balanced. This is the best milk / sweet stout I've come across to date!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a squatty off-white, creamy head. Good lacing. Chocolate malt (the milkshake, not the grain) aroma and cream. Loose mouthfeel. Creamy milkshake taste with some roasty bitterness, more from the hops than the slight coffee flavors. Some vanilla and oats/cereal flavors. Dry, sweet finish.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a thick brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of laces.

This beer has a slight malt aroma. It smells sweet. It has a very slight chocolate aroma. Also, I got a slight coffee aroma.

This beer tastes of sweet burnt malt. It has a good caramel flavor. It is hoppy for a cream stout. The hop flavor is enjoyable.

This beer is very creamy. It is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a sweet malt aftertaste. This beer is low in carbonation.

This beer would make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild non aggressive flavor makes for a plesent beer. I have hid this one before, and I will have it again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach, then again at GABF 2009. Black in color with a creamy off-white head that lasts. Aroma is coffee with cream, roast, and chocolate. Smells great. Flavor is slightly sweet roasted malt, coffee, milk, chocolate, and some nice subtle dark fruit flavors. Very well done for the style. Palate is smooth and creamy with medium body and soft carbonation. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black color with a dark mocha head. There are initially a lot of small bubbles, but after letting the beer sit for a minute, they disappear.

S: The smell when cold is not quite as impressive as after a few minutes of warming up. Coffee, some chocolate, and a hint of sweetness on the finish.

T: Lots of roasted malt, a hint of coffee, a touch of chocolate, and a great sweetness and creaminess to round things out on the finish.

M: A bit of a creamy feeling on the tongue, a bit more carbonated than I normally like for the style, but still great.

D: A nice sweet, low alcohol, easy drinking stout.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on nitro at the Pizza Port Solana Beach with meatball pizza. Poured a nice creamy dark brown/black color, with lots of tiny bubbles cascading up into a creamy mocha colored head. Good notes of dark chocolate, Greek coffee and cream. Low alcohol and easy to drink.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Pizza Port in Solana Beach on 10/2/04. Being that I love stouts, I was very much looking forward to this beer. The beer is VERY dark with no light passing through it even when held up to a bright light. It is a brownish black glass of sweet goodness. It had less head retention than I'd like out of a stout. It thinned quickly to a lacy covering. The flavor comes together well though. Notes of cherry and hops open the flavor parade while the rest of the beer is roasty with a bit of burnt toast. It's not the best stout ever, but it certainly did not disappoint.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. Solana Beach Pizza Port.

A wonderful cream stout that was not overly sweet.

Poured a very dark brown. Absorbed the light. Big frothy off-white head with great retention and excellent lacing. The scents were evenly distributed cream, kahlua sweet coffee and milk chocolate. Just enough burnt scents to even the sweetness out.

The taste was heavy vanilla cream with milk chocolate. A creamy espresso and a burnt buscuit flavor at the end. Some hops for a friendly bite. The flavors are very well balanced. They work in conjunction to provide many flavors which are not too complex to confuse the palate.

A medium bodied stout. Not a heavy thickness. Some carbonation gives a crispness to the finish. This stout drinks very well. A wonderful surprise for the first time I have tried it.

I wish it was a permanant offering but then that would give me one more reason to head south.

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Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Very smooth mouthfeel (not very often I mention mouthfeel this early in a review). Taste is caramelly sweet with chocolate and a bit of coffee; again, this is a sweet beer. Almost surprisingly so.

Quite good. Don't know how often I'd want a full pint.

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Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cowabunga Cream Stout from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 12 ratings