TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sampled this at the Williamsburg Gathering but got a bottle from Bon Vivant. Rating will come from the full sample. Black pour with mahogany around the edges and a thick, foamy tan head. Nose smells almost exactly like creme brulee. Some vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and coconut. Bits of toffee throughout. Taste lets a bit more dark chocolate and coffee in but retains the vanilla, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. The alcohol begins to come through here as well. The body itself is kind of thin and has a weird bitter astringency to it. It really detracts from the beer at times. Carbonation is also a bit thin on the palate. Finishes with more caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, hints of coffee and coconut. Though I enjoyed this beer, this is more of a "one time thing" than a beer I could drink on a regular basis, even if that basis is monthly.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Bottle courtesy tpd975. Thanks Greg for another wonderfull treat from Southern Tier. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is freaking insaine, tons of sweet cream, toffee, caramel, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and toasted nuts. Taste is the same as aroma but slightly less prominent and a touch of alcohol. Full creamy mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a sweet finish. I have no clue how Southern Tier packs so much aroma and flavor into a beer but I know that they have to be cheating some how. Freaking delicious.
Nuffield (4020) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really satisfying and luxurious beer. Wonderful vanilla-caramel qualities in both aroma and flavor, strong but not sickly or out of whack. Rich stout qualities. Good (above average) palate. Alcohol is not apparent. Easy drinking. Would be great with ice cream. Excellent beer.
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Midnight black little head, aroma is vanilla, heavy, full bodied, light carbonation, sweet, vanilla with roasted malts and caramel.
Kinz (3711) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours absolutely jet black, not a peep of light coming through, nice initial tan head fades to just a trace. Aroma is a massive shot of vanilla, light caramels, and mocha. Sort of like creme brulee with a shot of espresso on the side. All components in the aroma are perfectly integrated. I could keep smelling this all night, just amazing. The closest thing I can recall to this was Bell’s Expedition through a Randall packed with vanilla coffee grounds. Just stunning. The flavor is essentially a match, but on the finish, there is just a faint trace of spruce oriented hops to remind you that yes, this is in fact a beer, and the additional bitterness brings out additional coffee notes, as well as prevents it from being cloyingly sweet. When I first started this, I thought that it was a great beer, but not particularly drinkable in more than a small snifter. As I polished off the snifter, my perception on this changed. As it warmed, the hops began to show a touch more, edging this closer to the range of dangerously drinkable. I can see how people might not like this, but I thought that it was amazing. Southern Tier is really, really impressing me. Perhaps the best "desert" beer I’ve ever had.
blipp (7902) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma is simply incredible. Vanilla, caramel, cream, chocolate, espresso, coffee, even maple syrup. Has a thinner body than I expected. Flavor starts way sweet with vanilla and caramel and finishes with abit of coffee. Much like Choklat, I found this to be way to sweet to drink a lot of. It looks and smells incredible, but I couldn’t drink that much of it. That being said, this would be a great desert beer, but I would never want more than like 5 oz. of it at a time.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head (had to go off my buddies, I did not get much head out of mine). Aroma was creme brulee and some alcohol, not overly powering, matched and enhanced the flavor very well. Tastes of caramel, coffee and chocolate come through in a manner that is not overly sweet. Seemed a little thin for an imperial and the finish was not quite bad but not very good either. Overall I was quite impressed with this beer and very much enjoyed it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Puzzl for this! Dark brown pour with frothy tan head and spotty lace. Extremely complex aroma; Vanilla, roast, cream, and liquor. Creamy flavor combined with vanilla and burnt sugar. Sticky palate. Slightly dry finish
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark with a white head and frothy lace. Aroma comes out with silly amounts of vanilla and sweet cream. Flavor is much the same, way to sweet, too much vanilla, too much creaminess, nothing resembling subtlety. The powerful flavors drown out any complexity that might be there. Tastes a lot like Baileys, while that might have its place, I dont see its place as a beer.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black body with no head formed. Very sweet caramel and vanilla aroma. Indredibly strong nose. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, liqueur, a bit of roasty bitterness. Very sweet all around. Sticky syrupy palate. This is just too much.