Cream Stout | Dick's Brewing Company

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Cream StoutCream Stout

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 78
Photo of gandres
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
black opaque, medium brown foam
good, not a lot of aroma, some aroma of toasted grains
low bitterness
lively carbonation, not long finish, bitter aftertaste
very good beer, ok to repeat
drank: 11/6/2016 12:38 AM

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Photo of nqdell
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout but not much of a cream feel. Poured from a bottle into a glass. I only point that out because of the self proclamation. Otherwise a great stout.

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Photo of sommersb
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 11-08-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pours with a crazy, massive tan head of 6 fingers. I think this bottle has some over-carbonation. Each pour from the bomber leads to the same crazy foam. Color is black and almost entirely opaque, with some slight ruby edges seen. Good retention and very good lacing.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts and coffee, but there's not a lot in the nose here.

T: Flavors are of smoked, roasted malts, with a bittersweet character. Seems a bit too dry for the style.

M: Features a medium level of carbonation and somewhat thin bodied. The finish is dry and has a coffee-like aftertaste. Reminds me more of an Irish dry stout than a milk/cream stout.

O: Overall an OK beer, but I found it needing improvement in every area.

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Photo of loren01
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black color, small tan/white head no lacing
S: Not too much. Roasted grains and slight coffee
T; Slight sweet maltiness up front followed by more bitter roasted grains and coffee flavor also some grassy hop flavors
M: Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Medium bodied goes down smooth and creamy
O: This beer is ok, it needs something more though...smell was almost non existant. A bigger malt bill might make this one real good.

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Photo of liveandletdie
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks very much like coca cola. Might have some carbonation issues. Color is black with little tan head. Smell has some coffee, sweetness, and other stuff. Tastes decent, very simple- not a lot of flavor. What they did put into this seems like they didn't put enough because i'm not tasting a lot of flavor. Not much after taste. It is smooth which a cream stout should be. But the mouthfill is kind of watery, not thick like a stout should be. Not sure if there was a carbonation issue on this one...seems kind of flat. Just not doing it for me, not enough flavor or thickness for my likeing.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with some dark ruby highlights when held up. There is one finger of pale tan head that quickly recedes to a layer of foam on the surface.

Aroma is quite good, milk chocolate, light roast, smooth espresso and some creamy caramel.

Taste follows the nose to a point but is not quite as smooth all the way through, it begins with dark chocolate and roasted malt. This moves into a bit of coffee and mild astringency, finishing with cream and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Not quite as smooth and creamy feeling as most cream/milk stouts.

Overall this ale is quite drinkable and good, but I keep comparing it to Central Water's Brewhouse Coffee Stout, which is one of the best sweet stouts I've had, and it just can't compete

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Photo of harrymel
2.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 07/07/10
22oz for $4 at Huck's in Spokane, WA
Poured from bottle to SN Pint

A: 2 fingers of brown foam fall to reveal surface within 2 minutes of pour. Black beer which I cannot judge clarity on.

S: Strong toasty, coffee grains. Unfortunately, this smells like it has too much black patent malt, very dry scent, like charcoal, hint of sharp chemical scent.

T: Very strong toast flavor is accented with notes of coffee, and hoppy resin. Not impressive. Finish is very dry and toasted to a crisp.

M: Low carb and body reminds me of a rauchbier. Unfortunately, there's no smoke here to balance the charred feel of this beer.

D: This beer leaves one wishing the octane were a little higher. Needs more body. Quite a bit of improvement available here.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - bottle

A - Pours an obsidian black, with near-zero head, leaving a thin, light brown lacing.

S - Smell is dominantly roasted espresso, with notes of chocolate, and molasses.

T - Taste is of bittersweet espresso, with malty chocolate flavor, and somewhat bready, almost cookie-like malts for balance.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Light carbonation.

D - This one ranks pretty high in drinkability IMHO. Borderline sessionable. More so than Lava rock porter I also tried from Dicks.

Overall - A nice example of a stout w/lots of roasty, coffee-like flavors. I think the Porter from this brewery is better, but that is mostly a preference. A solid, approachable stout overall.

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Photo of blackc5
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, a bit too cold, but let it warm up before drinking.

A - Very dark black with a nice mocha colored head. Fades somewhat quickly, but does leave moderate lacing.

S - Mild aromas of milk chocolate, molasses, toffee and dark roasted malt.

T - Adequate flavors of sweet chocolate, coffee and burnt caramel, nicely bittered. A bit of smoke as well.

M - Surprised some mentioned it being watery, as mine seemed quite thick and creamy. Smooth, yet a bit dry in finish.

D - A decent but not exciting stout. Easy to finish, but left me wanting a bit deeper flavors.

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Photo of youradhere
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a cask at Jakes 5th anneversary party. This is the bourbon oak aged version. Pours dark with no head and little carbonation- almost still as can be expected from a cask pour. Dark black body give way to flashes ruby around the edges in the sunlight. Really light body, smooth with just a hint of the bourbon oak aging. Smith light roast malt, sweetness with a light tannin/hop bite.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pint glass to reveal dark wooden brown and chocolate head that smoothed out into an unshimmered lake.

S: The nose was a properly sweet chocolate malts but not overpowering.

T: The flavor will not overpower you on this one. As it follows the nose, the low key nature retains it's character. Notes of coffee and roasted barley come around along with bitterness on a moderate scale.

M: Very thin to say the least. I would have expectd something at least medium to give the beer it's proper sense of fullness.

D: A quality beer that needs to be toughed up a bit perhaps or moved away from the porteresque parts.

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Photo of beertunes
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very slightly translucent black, no head so no retention or lacing.

A sweet aroma, not overly or sticky sweet though, with solidly roasted scents blending well with a trace of hop. The flavor had more of a coffee flavor than the aroma had led me to expect. The beer was very smooth and balanced across the tongue with a sharp coffee flavor on the end.

The body was very good. Full, smooth, flavorful and balanced are the aspects I appreciated most. Drinkability was excellent, having multiples of these would be a joy.

Overall, as with most beers from this brewery, this may not be the best of it's style, but damn it is certainly worth drinking when this is the style you're in the mood for.

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Photo of capra12
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed at The gingerman NYC solo from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep mohagundy with little cream colored head.

Smell: Dark malts and earthy with hints of licorice.

Taste: Opens with a subtle sourness which is then taken over by an earthy over roasted coffee which carries over into the finish leaving a roasted and earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again but recommend this to those who seek a roasted, earthy grainy brew withe a subtle sour profile.

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Photo of BDJake
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with a finger of tan head and decent retention

S- roasted malt and sweetness

T- like fresh-brewed coffee with lots of sugar and creamer

M- a bit highly carbonated, but medium body

D- decent, but i'm not used to over-the-top fizziness in stouts so it must be an acquired preference. Overall it was pretty good. I was just scared for the longest time of trying it due to the name, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, with a thick, creamy dark head which left plenty of lacing as it dissipated.

Smell: roasty with a very well-balanced and delicious smelling mocha aroma.

Taste: nice coffee and roasted barley flavor with a kick of bitterness. There's a little sweetness, but it's not overdone.

Mouthfeel: creamy, though possibly a tad over-carbonated. I think it works, though.

Drinkability: since it is not super heavy, at least for a stout, I give it good marks for drinkability too.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, ddep brown with a nice white head.Nose is cocoa and Has a great chocolate malt taste, bittered with hops but not too much. Tasted like a little chocolate milk to me. Very nice, subtle, sweet and smooth at the same time. Very good representation here.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: sooty black, not an gleam of light in this one. No good icing on the top as it fizzled away rather quickly. Lace was crusty and meager. Poured more like a porter

S: barley flakes, grains, malts, and definite cocoa and chocolates (fudge even)

T: mild to dark flavors all around with the grains and roasted malts. Dainty faded coffee tones and a slight bitter chocolate and fudge finish in the mix. Towards the finish I was feeling a warm and sugary lactose vibe

M: finishes just dry and almost smokey. Body is soft, but I would not go as far as to call it creamy. Body is not to par for what I like in a cream stout....not enough chunk

D: decent showing for a stout and worthy of a point. However a shortage exists in the cream stout category. Sort of a one dimensional beer that asserts itself and does not do much more

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured nearly a full-on black color, looked oily, with a thick tan head that bubbled down very slowly. The smell was quite nice and complex: chocolate malts, dark bread, a little bittersweet chocolate flavor, and some cocoa. The taste was smokey coffee and chocolate malts, bitter malt flavors, burnt coffee grinds, and a pinch of something light and sweet tucked somewhere in there. The taste was good, but not quite as complex as I would have liked, separating this beer from the really great stout flavors. The mouthfeel was a little too carbonated and thin for my taste, especially for a beer with the word "cream" right there in the name. The beer was drinkable, and I liked it enough, but I think there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on cask, and it was amazing! I wonder how having this in bottle form.

A- Nice dark and black. The head is very thin, and disappeared quickly.

S- Lots of coffee and roasted/burnt malts are there. I'm getting a slight hint of chocolate and vanilla. There is something that is very sweet present for sure.

T- The coffee taste is there for sure. This almost tastes like watered down coffee with a slight touch of chocolate added in. But yeah the roasted coffee burnt malt taste is very overpowering and has taken over.

M- The mouth is very thin, thinner then I would have thought considering how thick this looked.

D- Easy to drink for sure. I think this one was better on cask. Its still good, but almost tastes/feels like it should be a porter.

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Photo of HatTrick
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich black with a creamy head that reduced to just a very very thin layer on top. Didn't leave any lacing. Smells a bit hoppy, of black coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes strongly of coffee, a little of chocolate, malts, a little cream taste - an unusual creamy taste... Feels pretty good going down, nice bit of carbonation, and medium bodied. Leaves a nice bit of bitter-coffee flavor. Easy to drink. Seems like a fairly good beer. Not exceptional but still good. I am a fan of cream stouts and this isn't too bad.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of stouts but this one was quite good. Huge tan head that went away rapidly,
Good amount of lacings. Aroma is cocoa and roasted malts. Taste is some coffee, cocoa
Nice roasted malts, bitter hops. Alcohol a bit noticable but O.K.
Pretty well balanced for the style.
Mouthfeel is just right for a Stout.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of daythree16
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black with a huge three-finger head that slowly fades into a thin film.

Smell is awesome. Roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and milk chocolate. Also, a hint of what smells like marshmallow. It honestly smells like s'mores. Taste doesn't measure up to the great aroma. Mostly roasted bitterness with a burnt coffee finish. Hardly any sweetness to be found. There is a metallic quality that is pretty unpleasant as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. There isn't really anything sweet or "creamy" about it. Drinkability is not very good for the style. I'm a huge fan of sweet milk/cream stouts, but I probably won't buy this again.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint consumed on-tap last Tuesday at the Baby Bar in Spokane for $2 (gotta love Tuesdays).

Poured a dark brown color with a moderate sized moch colored head that dissipated fairly quickly but not entirely, leaving a skiff of foam atop the beer. Spotty lace.

Mildly chocolatey in the nose, paired with a coffee-ish roasted malt scent. Smelled good without being too demonstrative.

Like the aroma, the taste of this beer delivers the goods but in a fairly unspectacular way. There's a modest cocoa-ish sweetness that is matched with a similarly amped bitter, coffee-ish flavor. Mildly acidic, with a slight dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

A decent stout, not something to write home about but one could be sipping a lot worse. I'd drink it again, certainly for the Baby Bar's Tuesday prices!

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Photo of RJLarse
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass. $5.

A dark near opaque appearance. Chunky tan head is moderately resilient.

Smell is faint a sweet charcoal scent.

Taste is a smokey bitter flavor. Sort of plain.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for a stout.

Very drinkable but very plain for a stout.

I'm not sure what the cream aspect is, usually it means a mix of lager and ale. This not a good representation of either.

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Photo of Crosling
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice looking ale, a dark brown with a fully formed creamy white head. Dull aromatics leave much to be desired and not much to describe. Flavor seems incomplete at its core, almost homebrew-like. Lacking richness and malt complexity, it only possesses very light notes of lactose and stale dark malt.

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