Estival Cream Stout
Ska Brewing Co.

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #758
Ranked #24,613
3.84 | pDev: 10.42%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jul 25, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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)

Aug 26, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jul 15, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 25, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Aug 30, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Nov 22, 2014
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JMBSH from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 28, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of milk chocolate, cream and toffee. Sweet, creamy flavor with a good dose of milk chocolate and caramel sweetness.

Sep 15, 2014
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roblowther from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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!!!!

Jul 02, 2014
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Ricelikesbeer from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jul 02, 2014
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freduardo from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sep 08, 2014
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JMC_TM from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +18%
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!

Jul 19, 2014
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Sep 12, 2014
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Aug 25, 2014
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Aug 21, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 24, 2014
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mlhooper from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%

Aug 16, 2014
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inspektor from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Aug 07, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

Aug 24, 2014
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 26, 2014
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 02, 2014
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quite a solid summer stout, with very good refreshment. Mahogany-black color; coffee-colored, quick-dissipating head. Aromas of brown bread and almost-stale medium-roast and rich molasses. Very nice, surprisingly dry flavors: thick mesquite-honey, mild espresso, 85% cacao chocolate, cola bitters. Nice carbonic bite, despite the lack of visible effervescence. Smooth finish, with lingering bitters that are nonetheless somehow refreshing, even scantly citric, and sugars that evaporate nicely, leaving no heavy syrup hanging around.

Aug 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/9/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, lactose, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, lactose, spice, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas for the style and an interesting citrus flavor that makes sense due to the label stating this one was brewed with orange peels.

Serving type: can.

Aug 01, 2015
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jul 17, 2014
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Aug 07, 2014
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