First Posted: 12/5/2014
Description – Sam Adams’ Cream Stout pours deep black with a soapy beige head that has moderate retention and leaves behind a thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of rich roasted malts with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee with backing hints of vanilla and pine from the hops. The taste follows the nose with bitter dark chocolate being the most prevalent flavor up front backed by coffee, toffee, and vanilla with a wonderful touch of bitterness from the roasted malts and hints of hops. The low carbonation and medium body create a stout that is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. The creamy flavor and texture is present throughout this beer that leaves behind a semi-dry finish. Fans of stouts will absolutely fall in love with this beer and it has enough flavors to entice all craft beer fanatics and newbies. Sam Adams’ Cream Stout is another must have stout this winter. The 4.9 percent ABV makes it a great beer to have during a night out with friends.
Food Pairing – The rich roasted malts and creamy body of the beer make for a great pairing with a wide variety of foods, the question is do you want something complimentary or something to contrast the beer? For a lovely complimentary pairing try it with a hearty pot roast dinner. The malts will blend wonderfully with the gamey meat while the gravy will mix into the creamy body of the beer. A more simplistic dinner pairing, also complimentary, is a burger, but go light on the toppings. This beer could be overwhelmed and not add the desired flavors to this dish. Try with an array of chocolate desserts such as: chocolate lava cake, chocolate brownies, or chocolate ice cream. For contrast at dinner, try pairing with a creamy, cheese based soup whether it is beer cheddar, broccoli and cheese or potato and cheese, the cheese base will contrast the roasted malts and enhance the creamy body of the beer. A wonderful dessert that will both compliment and seemingly contrast the beer is a fresh vanilla bean cheesecake. The addition of the vanilla will give further depth to the flavor profile and enhance the chocolate notes from the beer and the creamy body and dessert will blend for a perfect match.
The Final Word – Sam Adams Cream Stout is proof that despite how large a brewery can become, if they stay true to their roots, they will always make great beer. In a craft beer market saturated by the “next big thing” a straight forward, well balanced and easy drinking cream stout is always a welcome sight.
The right characteristics and light ABV of this year round beer make it a fantastic go-to beer during the winter months. While fads and breweries come and go, well brewed beer is timeless. Be sure to stock up on this world class stout this winter and while you’re at it, grab a bottle or two of the wonderful Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout for a lovely complimentary beer.
Where can I get it? – Currently available in 12 oz. bottles at: J & H Beer- Plains Twp, Goldstein’s Deli- Kingston, Wegman’s- Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre