zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is a unique beer. Paired with chocolate cake. The sweet butterscotch aroma is amazing. Sweet heavy malts, vanilla and cream. Huge alcohol presence is masked pretty well. If there was such a category on RB as Imperial sweet stout, this would fit the bill perfectly. Experimental and innovative. A well balanced beer.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Super dark ruby colored liquid. Nice, quickly dissipating head. No retention. Minimal lacing.
The smell is pure Creme Brulee. No doubt about that. One of the best noses on a beer, ever. Lots of sweet cream and buttery caramel notes. Delicious brown sugar. Butter toffee. Tons of vanilla. My neighbors can probably smell this one, down the street. Powerful.
Much like the nose. Big Creme Brulee taste right upfront. Brown sugar caramalized with butter and vanilla. Lucious sweet cream. Big stout maltiness follows, which brings amazing balance to the sweetness. Coffee notes mix with hints of marshmallows. Very slight hop bite. Just a hint of the alcohol content.
This is almost perfect. With just a touch more sweetness and vanilla, then take down the bite of the hops a little bit more...perfection.
The mouthfeel could be just a tiny bit more full/thick. As it is, it’s lovely. Very smooth and silky. Super easy going down.
If I had regular access to Southern Tier, this would probably be my number one beer choice, my have to have on hand at all times.
I could easily drink a bomber of this in three swallows, maybe even two. It’s that good.
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown. Nose is ridiculous! Butterscotch bomb! Loads of sweet malt, cocoa, butterscotch, toffee, caramel. Flavor is more mild, but still insanely sweet. A good dessert stout. I could not imagine drinking this whole bomber though.
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours an opaque black with a dense, creamy, sandy-colored head. Plenty of stringy, sheeting lacing coming down the sides of the glass. Outrageously sweet and creamy, chocolate and vanilla nose. Serious candy bar overload. Drinkable, but just barely. Without a doubt smells like you are trapped in a Willy Wonka outtake. Creamy medium body, soft woolly carb. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, nougat, the taste that satisfies awaits you...provided you’re willing to brush and floss. Intensely sweet stuff.
Miksu (5033) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.65 l bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black color. Strong vanilla icecream aroma which can be detected from meters away. Sweet very strong vanilla flavor with coffeish roast, caramel and fudge. Hint of alcohol sharpness. Might be good dessert in small does, but the vanilla is really pungent and overpowering.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is a dessert in a bottle. rich taste as one could guess by the aroma. best to be enjoyed with a friend.
fcjack1 (258) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 99 Bottles. Pours dark brown. Not much head. Smells almost as sweet as it tastes. Good beer in small doses.
BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep black body supports an appealing chocolate head. Distinctive Creme Brulee aroma, saturated with diacetyl/butterscotch and chocolate caramel. Creme Brulee and roast barley are immediately recognizable on the palate, but come off too sweet. Some dusty coffee grounds on the finish along with a wave of charcoal dust and caramel. A chocolate caramel smoke vein underpins the Creme Brulee experience. Sturdy stout, but saccarine and, consequently, ultimately unenjoyable.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black with a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma with caramel, chocolate, and a little spice. Flavor is huge with creme brulee flavor. This is a dessert beer bar none. The Alcatraz is big too.