beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour reveals a black color with brown highlights and a thin brown head. Very very sweet aroma of Bailey’s, coconut, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is sweet, sticky, cloying and oh yes, it’s sweet, there’s vanilla, chocolate, coconut and Bailey’s in there along some bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. If Southern Tier wanted to make a super sweet desert liquor, I think it’s a success, but the sweetness is too much for my tastes.
ben4321 (4881) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Norm’s, 8/25/09
Aroma: Tons of vanilla/butterscotch, really does smell like creme brulee, yummy!
Appearance: Dark brown/black color, thin brown head, moderate lacing
Flavor: Very sweet (be warned), this one drinks like a liquid creme brulee mixed with malts, I found it quite good, but I have no doubt that others will not, malty and sugary
Palate: Absolutely 0 alcohol burn (this is really 10%?), medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy
I don’t see how you could dislike the nose on this one (unless you don’t like creme brulee, and then why in the world did you buy this?). I would think that this beer would be really neat to cook with, I wonder if any restaurant is making a stout brownie or something using this? It is damn sweet, a true desert beer for sure, but damn tasty. I would love to drink this while chowing down on some of the famous Little Italy creme brulee. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I really am a sucker for a good (but it better be good) gimmick beer, and I’m not going to apologize either, this is really good. It is weird for sure, but it really works for ye old taste buds.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at McGrath’s. No idea this was so strong. Smells just like the real thing. Sweet flavor up front with a nice bitterness behind it. Still, couldn’t drink too much of it because of the sweetness.
Nejhleader (1374) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
very different. Has a sweet butterscotch aroma and taste. Good creamy body, appreciate what they were going for, but I thought this was a weird taste for a beer.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really did not expect to enjoy this beer as much as I did. Pours a motor oil black with a thin beige head. Aroma is huge, sweet, big on the caramel, and vanilla, lighter notes of black licorice. The flavour is also very very sweet, which normally I do not enjoy, but it works for this beer, huge vanilla and caramel flavour, with lighter notes of maple syrup, root beer, butterscotch, toffee, and raw sugar. The finish is a burnt roastiness bitter that helps even out the sweetness of the beer. Syrupy mouth feel. I really enjoyed this beer, but can easily understand why most will not, it is EXTREMELY SWEET.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is the weakest aspect, not much in the way of head and a near black pour with minimal lacing.
Smell is exactly as advertised, heavy caramel, sweetness, sweetness, and sweetness.
Taste is, according to my wife, Creme Brulee to a T. I have never had it, but what I can say is that this is an ultra sweet drink, with a cream taste, toffee, and caramel background. No hop or alcohol presence.
Mouth is medium/big in feel and carbonation.
Pretty easy to drink at first, gets much tougher because of how sweet it is.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Okay, just to preface my review, this beer was one of my me and my friends’ favorite beers of the summer. We had it by bottle several times, and also found a Champps by us that had it on tap (which was awesome). The bottle, with cows on it suggesting milk, was offputting at first, but little did we know that it was protecting a hidden treasure. Pours deep brown, nearly black, with a creamy brown, thin head. The aroma is outrageous. It smells like creme brulee. Period. That taste is outrageous. it tastes like creme brulee turned into a fantastic stout. Period. Please do yourself a favor and buy a bottle or two. Good for fans of stouts and sweet beers alike.
obguthr (4769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. Dark brown, thin off white head. It certainly tastes of creme brulee, but also has some more recognizable beery qualities. Delicious caramel malt and ash are present. The balance is decent to a point, but it takes a hard right toward overly bitter in the end, tasting of bark and black pepper I find this bitterness incompatable with the main premise. It also leaves the palate unpleasantly filmy. Great complexity and more than a novelty.
zizzybalubba (1644) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine. Dark, almost black, pour with a thin brown head. Aroma of butterscotch and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and roasted coffee. I think it’s incredible that all of these flavors come through so powerful in a beer. I do grow tired of it before I am done, however, and have looked for good ideas to finish the bottle (a shot or two in a cup of coffee isn’t bad but my favorite is a shot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream). A great, unique beer.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Black with garnet highlights and a creamy, tan head. Pretty good head retention.
Aroma: Caramel, milk chocolate, lots of vanilla, very creme brulee like! The nose is pretty powerful and my significant other thought it smelled like a creme brulee candle.
Taste: Creamy caramel, hints of milk chocolate, very sweet, loads of vanilla, slight burnt malt note, sort of a burnt bitterness in the back. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a rich, thick mouthfeel. Medium, vanilla finish.
Overall: I love the concept, but I thought this one was too sweet and had too much vanilla. Perhaps it will mellow with some aging.
Rebuy: Yes, if just to see how it ages.