Saturday, February 12, 2011

Samuel Adams - Cream Stout

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

From the Boston Beer Company's 'Brewmaster's Collection' comes the Samuel Adams Cream Stout. The style is typically known for its extra sweetness and a creamy body. The creamy consistency of milk stouts is often achieved by adding lactose, which is unfermentable, to the brew kettle. The Cream Stout shows a very dark body, nearly impermeable by light. The creamy tan head is substantial in size and boasts excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma carries fairly light roasted malt notes, with substantial chocolate and coffee hints. The mouthfeel is creamy, but with a tingling carbonation. While I generally think of oatmeal stouts of having the most creamy texture, I was expecting less biting carbonation than is present here. The solid roasted malt character of the beer shows up nicely backed by a slight sweetness. The chocolate from the nose comes through quite bittersweet. The finish is strong with a moderate smokey aftertaste. The flavor throughout is very consistent and borders on an underwhelming flatness.

Final Verdict: B-

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