We’re back for liquor store #2 of 4. I know you’re all excited, but try to calm down. Also, this review might be a little more appealing because I review a Sam Adams beer, which can probably be found anywhere in the country. Also, it’s pretty good, so you might actually want to go out and try it. Yes, it’s another stout. Yes, it’s the first of two Sam Adams beers I’ll be reviewing. But like I said before, the selection isn’t too great out here. I might as well go for quality where I can find it.
Liquor store #2:
This is the closest one to where I live. It’s also the most cramped. When I was there, it was me and the guy I’m guessing is the owner — a six-foot-something beef-eating linebacker of a man. There was barely enough room for me in the store. The beer selection was pretty minimal. Probably the third best of the four. But the large store owner was probably the most personable of the four. I saw a reasonably-sized stack of our town’s competitor paper sitting on the counter and when I asked him why he carried their paper and not the Journal-Advocate, he shrugged and said, “The other one’s free.” Can’t argue with that. What a great guy.
Sam Adams Cream Stout
Sam Adams calls it the cappuccino of beers. Beer advocate’s top gurus rate it as one of their favorites. I think it’s somewhere in between. Cream Stout is just as dark as Breckenridge’s stout, but its milk chocolate head is a little smoother, with a little less retention.
There’s a good heaping of chocolate and roast coffee smell, which makes me want to roll around in it a little bit. But the taste was a different, tamer beast. You get a little bit of sweetness up front, but it soon fades with mellow, roasty malt in the middle and back. Some coffee sticks around, but not too much.
Overall it’s a smooth, flavorful, drinkable beer. Not much to hate on. There a lot of sweet, smooth, subtle flavors in this one, which makes me like it a lot. What it’s missing is a fullness in the mouth feel. It’s such a dark beer with so much flavor that it’s a shame there isn’t enough body to keep it around a little longer. I’ll give it a 91 or a 92. It’s delicious, but I wouldn’t call it perfect.