yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Southern Tier Crème Brûlée is a brownish black ale with a dense, rich beige head that leaves incredible lacing. It has a very strong vanilla aroma that fills the room. Wowza! It’s quite sweet with a touch of roastiness. It smells like crème brûlée. It’s full bodied and quite smooth with a reasonably clean finish. It’s quite sweet and vanilla is the dominant flavor. There’s caramelized sugar in the taste with a nice bitterness at the finish. It tastes like crème brûlée. It makes for an awesome dessert beer.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GEEZ, dessert anyone. The nose on this one is amazing. I dont know of any desserts that smelll this good. Pours a dark dark brown with a head that goes away pretty fast. A mild nuttiness and a type of creaminess that comes across like one of those fancy flavored coffee creamers, like hazelnut or something. Interesting is the best word that i can descrbe this. Not bad, but not one of my favorites from these guys
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown in the glass with a generic-looking head, and not much of it. Astounding aromas of chocolate, butterscotch and butter. Pleasantly dry on the palate and on the finish, with a burnt sugar caramel flavor. Tastes a tiny bit artificial. I’m not sure I need a bomber of this, but it’s a creamy, respectable beer if you take it slow.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. I had this last year and (falsely) remembered it being dark brown to black in color, but it’s actually more of a medium brown with unexpected hints of red. If I could give this beer more than 10 points for aroma I would... this may be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Lots of carmel, vanilla, straight up sugar... it smells like melted dulce de leche ice cream, if you can imagine that. Not as thick in the mouth as the nose would lead you to believe, but still pretty heavy. Taste is everything described in the aroma, with a bit of an alcohol bite and something that reminds me of well water... iron? Rust? Not sure. Very roasty flavor. As a whole this brew is pretty delicious. I’m not an expert on cellaring, but it seems the flavors could meld a bit and this would be better with some time in the bottle.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 22oz courtesy of bmartin08 and wow. how you make a good imperial stout smell like candy and taste like creme brulee with a bitter roasted finish, i do not know. but they have done it.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Holy smokes! This beer smells just like cheesecake! Vanilla, caramel - is there any beer in this thing? Flavor is way to sweet for my tastes, sugar, sugar sugar. A sip and a smell is all you need for this one.
drowland (7095) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is great! the aroma is toasted caramel and cream with wafts of vanilla and roast - it smells almost exactly like a dessert. The flavor has those characteristics as well as a burnt/roast backing with layers of sweet complexity and even a hint of hops. Quite tasty!
pete4999 (1295) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown, nearly black. Whitish tan head, fades quicker than hoped. Immediate smell of milk chocolate and caramel. Smells like a piece of chocolate cake, very rich scent. Very sweet beer with a delicious roast aftertaste. Tastes like caramel, but just enough bitterness to not make this sickening sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty much what I was expecting...sweet, roast aftertaste..delicious.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with thick creamy head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Huge aroma of butterscotch and burnt toffee. The flavor is as advertised. All the qualities of crème brûlée are here: creamy butterscotch, toffee, caramelized sugar, vanilla, lactose. Insane. There’s also coffee, bitter hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and a subtle bitter finish. Not my cup of tea, and certainly my least favorite of the series. But if you love the real thing, then you might like this brew.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a mostly black body with a tint of red to it. Inch thick, very creamy, milk chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a boat load of creamy lacing. Aroma is extremely sweet and liqueur-like. Very aromatic as well. I can easily smell this from several feet away. Like a Werler’s butterscotch candy mixed with Bailey’s and vanilla extract. Some chocolate and rum covered candies too. Just barely a hint of roast and cherries. The taste is just as sweet. From now on when I think of "dessert beer," this will come instantly to mind. Just a touch of roast attempts to hold the vicious palate attack together, but the intense, carnivorious sweetness dominates. A little more towards the chocolate souffle rather than intense vanilla and butterscotch, but still plenty of creme brulee taste. Finishes with a light cloy and loads of sweet aftertaste with a little too much of a rummy taste. Palate is rather light and slick with a subtle dry aftertaste. Overall, way too sweet for my liking, but I give them credit for brewing exactly what they claim this to be.