Cream Stout | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Cream StoutCream Stout

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bucko on 03-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 51
Photo of tvv375ia
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I just picked some of this up so maybe it has come out of retirement because I don't think that it is old stock

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with a little ruby on the edges with about a 2 finger head that fades quickly

S-not big on smell but what there is has some carmel malt

T-much like the smell, some sweet carmel malt with a little roast coffee and cream

M-on the thin and watery side with a lot of fizzy carbonation like a soda

O-not bad and easy to drink but not as good as their moo joos

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Photo of Tballz420
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brau Brothers Cream Stout is a pure-black colored brew, with a small khaki head which doesn't last too long. The body is completely opaque and does not admit any hues when held to light.

The nose is pretty light, but mainly focuses on dark and roasted malt.

The taste is pretty light as well, chocolate malts, fairly sweet, almost has some soda flavors in it as well. The mouth is light and wet.

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Photo of iadler
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown with an off white two inch head

S- Subtle vanilla, coffee, chocolate and some roasted malt notes

T- More of the same with some coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, and vanilla

M- Slightly thin and watery mouthfeel with some creaminess. Thin to medium body

O- Not a bad brew and pretty average, but disappointing after trying their Moo Joos, which was much better IMO.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of six varieties in a Brau Brothers Brewing 12-pack sampler.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown long neck bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Dark opaque brown, almost black. Brown one finger foamy head that faded quick and left a frothy tan cap.

Smell: Sweet malts, bread, a little chocolate. Subtle, but nice aroma.

Taste: Sweet and creamy up front. Flavors of cappuccino, bittersweet chocolate and biscuits. Definitely a high roasted malt profile, which would be expected of a stout...the sweetness cuts the malt just a little. Little to no hops detected. A satisfying, if subtle, stout.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and creamy. Good medium carbonation that fits the style well.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I'd love to try it on tap or from a cask sometime, if they have it available. Overall it's a decent creamy and slightly sweet stout.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$1.49 for a 12 oz bottle

A: deep black, opaque beer, poured a nice tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer and ultimately lacing on the side of the glass
S: medium nose, not overly sweet but roasted malt
T: thin taste, roasted malt, watery
M: thin roasted malt but for 5% not bad, more like a session beer in mouthfeel, somewhat watery, very little finish
O: no offensive tastes but just lacks character and body

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with a slim cap of light tan foam slipping off fast to a thin ring and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is firm and chocolatey with a nice creamy sense to some sweet buttermilk, dashed with a bit of graham cracker, creamed coffee, and vanilla.

Taste is a simple rendering of some dark and sweet chocolate creamed pie, tanged with oatmeal and tannin, a bit of date and raisin slivered in along with a decent tone to some roasted malt and lighter coffee bitterness lingers of the tail end as it finishes. Some tangyness is left over and sticks well into a lasting tone late.

Slender, creamy, smooth tangy mediumish body. Perhaps a tad thin in the mid range but not withstanding any loss of tone in its flavor profile and has a nice building of textures and leftover flavors lingering as it finishes.

A nice surprise. A pretty solid little cream/milk stout.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black with a minimal tan head.

Smell: Bordering on a porter.. roasted malts and chocolate. Some sweetness here to remind it's a cream stout.

Taste: Very malty - Mild roasted though and mildly sweet. Just a little bit creamy. Hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Not as sweet as other cream stouts and somewhat porter like, but not necessarily like a 'good' porter. Not really what I was expecting. For me, it's probably more drinkable that a typical cream stout would be, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nearly opaque brown-black with a thin brown head which quickly dissipates to a ring. Leaves a little lacing. Almost looks like it's flat.
Smells like a porter to me. Cocoa and sweet creamy notes, a little bit of roasted malt and char. There's a faint unpleasant tin smell.
Roast and some bitter chocolate on the taste, a touch of smoke on the finish. Some coffee bitterness on the aftertaste as it warms up. Ends pretty dry.
On the light side of medium bodied, kind of flat. I would like some more creaminess or viscosity, and a little more carbonation.
Pretty smooth and easy to drink, if not particularly engaging.
This is a pretty middle of the road beer. Some pleasant enough tastes with some flaws and nothing outstandingly good.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black color wtih surprisingly very little head. What head there is collars around the glass in a slight tan color. Slightly smokey, dark roast coffee aroma. Decent coffee aroma. Slightly sweet with a coffee taste. Some bitter roast flavors along with some leather tastes. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a slight smoky taste. Overall, not bad but nothing that makes me stop in my tracks.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this brew into my glass I was impressed with how dark and thick it is, like a cross between melted chocolate and molasses. Because of this I expected it to be rich and hearty, I hate to say it isn't as dense as it looks. The body actually seemed a bit watery for the style. The flavor seems under-pronounced with a small amount of toffee and cocoa coming through. It's passable but I won't go out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.31/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Very very dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head that left lacing

S- Roastyness and chocolate malt

T- Sweet chocolate malt and expresso

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonated

D- I really liked this, but I'm a stout guy anyway. It is a good offering from the Brau Brothers company.

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Photo of blackearth
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a pitch black body with a thin light khaki head. Aroma of faint roasted malts, raisins and black licorice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and slightly watery. Flavors follow the aroma, but nothing very special about this beer. Drinkability is okay, but I won't be reaching for this one again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a freshly kegged and nitro-tapped sample at the brewery.

Brownish black color with a beautiful cascading effect that results in a massive puffy light brown head.

Chocolate malt and coffee in the nose.

Lots of rich toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite rich and tasty.

Here is where the nitro makes this beer shine. Completely smooth and creamy feel from beginning to end.

Good drinkability. Just an all around enjoyable beer on nitro. Nitro is new to this beer and it is working beautifully. I will be looking for this one on tap again.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice, dark, thick brown, almost black beer. Huge head, but it's what I expect from a stout.

S: Great big malty smell, however, it seemed to be fairly one noted, still great smell.

T: Same with the smell, the one note factor came into play again, the taste was smooth and refined, but didn't hit the multiple flavors I'm looking for in a beer, however, that does come with most of the cream stout territory.

M: Very smooth, and finished well, allowed for some dancing on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability, not something I'd kill for to have again.

Overall, good beer, but I've had better stouts, still, I enjoyed it. Cheers

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Photo of katan
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque black color. Head formation is extraordinarily light and not at all retained. Not much filming. Carbonation appears light.

S - A fairly monotone smell of roasted barley. Seems almost burnt. No off smells, diactyl or DMS.

T - Starts with a smooth sweet note, certainly favoring the lactose. Mid-stream develops some bitterness that is more coffee than anything else, with a hit of yeast bite. Finishes with a light roast flavor. Aftertaste is moderately strong with some burnt notes coming through.

M - Moderate body - not thin nor thick. Probably light for what I would prefer from the style. Carbonation which wasn't apparent, does give it some tongue bite.

D - Very easy drinking stout - smooth drinking and light on the palette. Is somewhat filling as I approach the bottom. ABV is manageable.

I try not to look, but I have to admit I'm surprised by the low overall reviews for this beer. I think it is a solid milk stout.

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Photo of climax
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good stout appearance. just about black with a creamy tan head which faded to a film

nose had typical stout cues (slight chocolate and coffee), however i couldn't help but sniff past a strong fishy sour tone, they faded a bit luckily. yeast and ripened banana were also present

taste was much more pleasant than the aroma thankfully. very good in fact. sharp roasted coffee and dark chocolate. vanilla and a lighter fruity bit is in there as well. no astringency/fishy flavors as noted in the nose.

medium body with a definite blast of carbonation, stiff carbonation served up a somewhat of a cottony feel. finish was pretty dry

not a bold/brash heavyweight stout. but definitely a drinkable, pleasant stout with ample flavor

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.26/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Light-brown head, low-moderate retention. Black beer, looks like it would maybe like to let a bit of light through, but it seems generally opaque.

S-Butterscotch with caramel and a hint of dairy-choco-sweetness.

T-Butterscotch with a dry chocolate that makes its presence known. Bitterness is assertive, coupled with a slight, lingering roast. Finishes with roasted malts, bitter coffee, and a slightly medicinal twinge.

M-Medium-light body is lacking, feels awkward and finishes cloying. Too dry-ish feeling in the finish. Medium carbonation level.

D-Low. The flavor is not really in line with the style, and it's generally not an easy-drinking brew. I like what Brau Bros. have to offer, but this one isn't one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of swingdjted
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The bottle cap unscrewed very easy - which worried me that the beer was not properly sealed.

The pour produced little head (possibly due to the above) even during an increasingly assertive speed. The head was maybe a half inch, but dissipated almost immediately with no lace. The lace never appeared throughout the drinking process. Color was as described by other posters, almost black, but not completely opaque even in a wide brandy snifter.

I loved the smell. It reminded me of good dry Merlot of all things. I was excited to take my first sip.

Taste wasn't very good - sour and curdled, as mentioned before, like bad cream. It wasn't bad enough to be a drainer, but not good enough to recommend or buy another 6-pack.

Mouthfeel was thin and light on first taste, but that bad cream taste made it feel rather thick, almost nauseating to the back of the palate and throat.

Drinkability - well, see above.

I will give it another honest try since I have a 6-pack, but if I feel the same, I'll just save the extra bottles for others that might want to try something new. I likely won't buy more.

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Photo of casemw
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark Brown with 3/4 inch tan head that fades thin.

S-Not a huge aroma. Hints of nut, chocolate and rasins.

T-Not my favorite stout, but pretty good. Doesn't have as much flavor as I would have liked, and most of that comes at the end.

M-Pretty light for a stout. Very smooth.

D-Only 5.0% abv, so a very sessionable beer.

Overall a pretty good beer. I doubt I'll ever see it again in the south, but if I do I will be sure to give it another try.

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Photo of ArmOnFire
1.12/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was excited to see this on tap at a restaurant attached to my hotel in Ames, IA (Old Chicago).

Tasted sour, and quite repulsive. I asked the bar tender about it and she stated she didn't think anything was wrong with the keg, tap, etc. I suggested she investigate, or at least tell someone who could as I didn't want anyone else to have the same experience.

Hopefully, this is an isolated incident, but having this negative experience I would not recommend this beer to my friends.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. Pours pitch black with a tan head. The aroma and flavor focus on sharp dark-roasted malt element. On the palate that leads to smoke and a mild dark chocolate note and finishes with a bitter mix of black grains and hops. Overall, this isn't a great beer, but it's not bad. Worth a try if you're into stouts.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a mixed 6 pack bought on a whim. No bottled or freshness date to be found.

a- pretty opaque dark brown with a 2 finger creamy light tan head. Shows faint reddish brown notes up to the light.

s- thick roasted chocolate malts and really heavy lactose. there is a slight sour milk character which surprised me. A pleasant balance.

t- the flavor is quite weak. A sour lactose hits upfront with roasted chocolatey malts and caramel. The weird sour, even cheesy cream character lingers long after the finish along with some coffee. It almost tastes as though the "cream" here has gone bad.

m- a thick and creamy medium-heavy bodied beer. does not go down smooth at all. carbonation is very subtle, almost nonexistent.

d- well it's a heavy milk stout that tastes sour somehow. I couldn't see any reason to drink more than one of these. It's unique for sure but not in any way I want to keep going with.

I honestly wonder if this has gone bad or they messed up this batch. I've never tasted a milk stout that tasted so much like bad cheese with roasted chocolate. Weird.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with a small head. Not much retention

S: Sweet chocolate smell, nothing else.

T: There isn't much flvaour, a bit of sweet chocolate. You really have to search to find the flavours, but I'm still having a hard time finding any.

M: Slightly watery.

D: eh, it's okay.

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.06/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

WOW....I didn't think a beer could get worse than Fuel Cafe but I was wrong. I am ashamed to admit this crap is from Minnesota. What in the heck is this stuff?

Smells like something that a horse gets rid of from its back end!!!

Can anybody say sour milk? Cream stout? Yeah right, it's more like buttermilk stout mixed with rotten eggs.

I just wasted money on a 6 pack. The whole thing went drown the drain. The bottles were under so much pressure, that I didn't want them sitting in my house for fear of them exploding as they all have clearly turned into crap. There is no CO2 in the bottle but instead all of the gas has turned into methane.

Note to the guy that wants a bottle of this....there are six on their way to the water contamination treatment center here in town. When you get there, just look for the brown crap that smells like everything else. Tasting is up to you.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am surprised with the negative reviews for this beer! This is very solid cream stout, with all the typical stout flavors of mocha, cream, savory "meatiness", chocolate, coffee, etc. The smell, color, head, and mouthfeel are all quite nice. Definitely an enjoyable Minnesota craft brew.

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