Samuel Adams Cream Stout…representing New England after taking on Irene…

In recognition of the northeast getting hammered by this bitch Irene worse than most of what we consider “Hurricane Alley,” I felt it appropriate to showcase a northeastern beer.  Also, this is a beer that is made for crappy weather, which we likely have not seen the last of.  With formalities out of the way, I bring you Samuel Adams Cream Stout.

I’m not going to give you the normal rundown of Samuel Adams and how they achieved their prowess in the craft beer industry.  You can actually get a pretty decent review of their history by going on YouTube to view all of their past commercials…it really covers most of the highlights fairly well.  I will say that without companies like Sam Adams (and Sierra Nevada, New Albion, and Anchor, among many others), the craft beer world would not be the magnificent Wonderland that it has become today.  I tip my hat to Jim Koch and the other founding members of the Boston Beer Company.  I’m still looking to possibly rent space in the factory to come crash every once in a while…

Back to the beer.  Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the stout presents with a decent head, dense like most stouts.  The head had a coloring similar to a glass of chocolate milk, and remained present throughout with a dense, heavy feel.  Typical dark, opaque, black coloring, the beer had aromas of bitter coffee and creamy sweetness, which balanced each other fairly well.  The flavor was very good, with hints of oak and coffee balanced with a base of a cream flavor character.  The beer was very light and crisp, as far as stouts go, giving it more of a Dry or Irish stout feel, compared to other offerings in the Cream stout genre.  The feel did not diminish the flavors or the overall presentation of the beer, however.  The taste was impressive, and that helped overcome the lack of body.  Very easy to drink, but falls a little short of some other Cream stouts.  Good beer on cool, rainy nights, especially during the fall season in New England.  And at 4.9%ABV, it is very sessional. 

The switch to higher ABV winter warmers will be explored later on here at BeerbyGarth, especially once Old Man Winter swings his loose-skinned turkey neck in our direction.  Until then, cheers all!

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