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Estival Cream Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Estival Cream StoutEstival Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by roblowther on 07-01-2014

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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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!!!!

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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)

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Veeblefetzer
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Hahnin
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great smell, though subtle. Taste is also subtle, but nice creaminess. A little oily, but in a good way. Great beer overall because the finish resonates and the carbonation is perfect for a milk stout

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Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of HedgehogConsulting
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I picked this up thinking it said cream ale.... Literacy is apparently not my strength. It feels like it is 105 degrees outside, so I was pretty disappointed when I saw my "ale" was the color of coffee... Heavy and thick and .... Freaking delicious! It's like beer, iced coffee and chocolate milk had a super model love child. Really good. A keeper...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +10%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Estival Cream Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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