nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
danmans (5) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
njduckman (6) - USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured with less than a finger of head. great aromas of vanilla and burnt sugar. full mouth feel with a slight creamyness. front flavors of the cream and vanilla. finishes with coffee and chocolate.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. just released. pours thin dark brown with small off white head that didn’t last long. this is extremely aromatic and they nailed the creme brulee aroma, tons of vanilla! this is loaded with vanilla flavor as well, some lactose, debittered expresso, and graham cracker. alcohol is well hidden but the body is pretty thin. more like liquid creme brulee than a beer but I’m sure many will really get into this one.