Cream Stout – Kaktus Brewery
4.3 % ABV 20 IBU
The Kactus Cream Stout, on first glance, looks like your standard Stout style. The pint sports an average head of a half an inch served (but I’m sure there would have been more if allowed room). The head is frothy and light brown, medium thick, housing a contrasting black base body color underneath. The aroma is full of nut-like barley, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes with the expected roasted essence every stout should contain.
Overall Rating is 4 of 5 Beer Mugs
Reviewed by BierHead, MrHoppy & BeerMan
BeerMan 4 of 5 Mugs
Despite the dark impenetrable black color of the stout it’s a surprisingly light drink. Other cream stouts can be thick but this one is light for its style while still hitting all of the right flavor notes. I’d imagine for a hardcore stout-head the light mouth-feel might be a complaint. It’s a hard complaint to justify when you consider that the flavor suffers little, if at all, from the beer not being as heavy as your usual stout. I’m not a major stout head but I think it really does only differ in that respect to any other I have had.
The reason I’m taking time to harp so much about the light mouth-feel of this stout is that, sitting outside in the warmth of the early summer while sampling a pint of this beer, it was surprisingly refreshing. If given the choice, I’d rather avoid stouts like the plague in warmer months because of the typical heavy oatmeal-ish texture that is usually comforting in the cold but painstaking to drink in the summer heat. That’s not the case with Kactus’ Cream Stout. I will likely order one again… whatever the forecast.
Mr Hoppy 4 of 5 Mugs
Let me start by saying I’m not much of a stout guy, hence the name Mr Hoppy. With that said I thoroughly enjoyed Kaktus’s Cream Stout. An average size foamy head with great lacing. Soft creamy carbonation (nitro) with a dark brown color. Inital wiff of this beer produced a ton of aromas ranging from carmel to roasted cookie and hints of coffee. Very drinkable body with a creamy mouth feel that lives up to it’s name Cream Stout.
BierHead 4 of 5 Mugs
Hello my fellow beer enthusiast! For my first rating of a brew I had the opportunity to visit Kaktus Brewing in Bernalillo. They had a Cream Stout on ‘NITRO!’* So of course I had to try it. The first thing I notice is a huge alive head slowly forming (perhaps too much nitro). After a couple of pours and settling time it is really quite a beautiful beer.
The Aroma of the beer is roasted, grainy, slightly smokey, and with espresso rather then coffee notes. There is a citrus hop coming through and earth tones present. It is interesting on the nose. The flavor is of dark roasted grains and some malty sweetness. More of an espresso flavor than coffee (as in the nose). The mouth-feel is a bit heavy with some creaminess from the nitro*. I really enjoyed my pint (so much I stayed for a 2nd).
Great job Mike Waddy and Mark Matheson (brewers). I do my rating a little differently. I would give this beer a 3.91 out of 5 according to my scale. Rounded, it gets a 4 out of a 5 beer rating on the ABQBeer.com scale. Remember, all opinions on this site are just that… opinions. We would be pleased to hear your opinion as you sample some of the same beer we write about on this site.
-A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.
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