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RATINGS: 1482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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“a stout of great contention” We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.

By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. 9.6% abv • 25º plato • 195º L • 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle pours black with a light tan head. The aroma on this is perfect. It smells like sweet caramel and chocolate. I could smell this all night. Has a light mouthfeel. I would have expected more body to this beer for an imperial. Flavor is right on. Sweet notes of caramel, creaminess shines through, some roasted malts, and vanilla meld together nicely. This has a lot of alcohol coming through. Its pretty hot right now. I can’t wait to age some of this and see how it does down the road. Overall this is a great brew. I thought I was drinking creme brulee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2008
Tap at Ginger Man. Dark black beer with a thick stick brown head. Aroma is absolutely loaded with sweet caramel (like those little Kraft caramels you get at halloween) over a thick heady vanilla character. Flavour is quite boozy and rich and the alcohol really stands out. There isn’t a whole lot of stoutiness either, with little in the way of chocolate malts or roastiness. In many ways, it reminds me of Saranac’s Caramel Porter. Fairly chewy on the back, but this is so sweet and sticky that it’s really hard to get through even 10 oz. It does smell great, but I still don’t really care for it at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Wow, not that they didn’t warn you but this is simply dessert in a glass! It poured opaque black in color with a thin brown head that completely dissipated away pretty quickly. The aromas were quite sweet and showed off tons of butterscotch, crème and vanilla. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied, rich and mouth-coating. There was some wood in the mouth that I don’t detect in the nose as was as some coconut. I can see how a lot of people would not like this but as a dessert replacement it really hits the spot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
22 oz. Dark coffee color with a dense tan head. I can smell this from a mile away - so sweet smelling. Vanilla, root beer/cola, some alcohol. Light smokiness, some cocoa. The sweetness is interesting, and it smells, good but it’s almost distracting... The flavor is a little more balanced, balance being a relative term with this beer. Big sweetness and vanilla up front, giving way to a bitter almond and hoppy finish. Roasty. It’s a fun beer, I think you have to be in the mood for it, but it’s definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danmans (5) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2008 does not count
22 oz. bomber. Pours with a lacy head which dissipates quickly. Appearance is a pleasant soft brown with a slight hint of gold around the edges. Smells overwhelmingly like vanilla and caramel. Mild coffee in the back. Tastes just like it smells. Vanilla, caramel, coffee and cream soda. And alcohol. Not too overpowering though. I find it balances the sweetness in the brew. Granted, its definitely a dessert beer and it should be rated as such. To compare it to traditional imperial stouts would be foolish. Its a novelty beer and an experiment in my humble opinion. And a damn good one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1704) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is crazy, vanilla and caramel...very sweet. Flavor is very much like a coffee flavored creme brulee. Very sweet, with a bit of a bitter end. I’m likng the uniqueness of this, but I’m sure this will be a love it or hate it kinf of beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bomber. Deep brown pour with a medium head. Intensely aromatic; sweet custard, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla that can turn your stomach if you were expecting beer.
This is reminiscent of the pumking, in that it treads the line between drinking a beer and drinking a pie. To call it a dessert beer isn’t doing it justice. It’s a lot like drinking Brach’s creme-filled caramel Royals. Just too sticky sweet to be enjoyed. Southern Tier has officially crossed the line in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2008
This was a surprise to see when i walked in to the local store a 22oz bomber with a chocolate and vanilla flavor and has hints of coffee and the beer has a sweet and sticky resin left on the glass overall it was a good beer.CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Pours a thin but sticky looking coffee brownish black with a minimal brown head that consists of bubbles, really does look like a cub of joe. Has the aroma of a syruped french vanilla latte that one would get from the gas station out of the machine. It tastes like the french vanilla latte from the gas station as well! ha! Sweet sugary creamy vanilla overpowers notes of coffee and brown sugar. Despite this, I still think its pretty tasty. Medium/light sticky viscous body, quite syrupy with subtle bubbles carbonation. Very rich and definitely for late night or relaxing... but then when else would you attempt to down an imperial stout?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Generously shared by some locals at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours deep brown with a wisp of a head. The aroma is strong and wonderful, sort of like like Bailey’s Irish Creme. I dig it. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. The flavor profile is fairly simple here. There is lots of hazlenut andvanilla, with a backdrop of dark chocolate. Tons of residual sweetness, and not much dark roast or bitterness ( a little more of which could have taken this beer to the next level). Alcohol is well hidden. Overall this enjoyable. It’s one dimensional and definitely a rich dessert beer- but that was probably the intent. I don’t recommend attacking a 22 ounce bottle by yourself. An 8 to 10 ounce serving is about all I can handle.

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