estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Bottle. Smells exactly like creme brulee. Dark brown to black body, very small tan head. No alcohol in the nose. Tastes much like creme brulee, but with some bitterness (probably more from roasted astringency than hops) in the finish. Butterscotch as well. Hides alcohol nearly perfectly. Interesting.
Acknud (1035) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little too sweet for me. Aroma is heavy of vanilla. caramel and other sweetness. Taste reminded me too much of liquid cake and not enough of beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to iowaherkeye for bringing this bottle to his ’farewell to Iowa’ tasting. Poured a dark brown color with ruby light shining through and a light tan head. Smelled of coffee, vanilla, and butter. Medium to full bodied and very sweet. Syrupy with a bit of roasty bitterness. I tasted butterscotch, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla. A small amount of this stuff would make a nice additive to a cup of coffee (if you like flavor in your joe) or as an accompaniment to a slice of chocolate cake. Didn’t really do it for me as a beer as it’s sweetness and melange of flavors was cloying. I’m glad we shared this at a tasting as there was no chance I would have finished one of these on my own.
jake65 (2447) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso (as a bonus) - Thanks! Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. The rich aroma of vanilla and butterscotch fill the air. After a few tastes, I wonder aloud ’How in the hell do I rate this?’ This is unlike any taste I have experienced in a beer. A rich butterscotch and vanilla flavor that gradually increases in burnt character as the glass warms. Truly a liquid example of the dessert that inspired this beverage. A marvelous dessert beer.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cannot over emphasize how much I suggest that the 22 ounces of this sucker be shared with 3 or 4 others. Very promising aroma of butterscotch, caramel, candied popcorn and dairy creamer followed by a ridiculouly rich, creamy, toasty tan head(which tasted amazing by the way). That promise quickly faded about 4oz. in while realizing that the beer was never going to gain any complexity. A never subtle barage of sugary waves bombard your senses as you work through this glucose beast. Waaaayyyyyyyy to sweet for my taste, especially throughout a 22oz. pour. Tasted like a thick version of those fake syrupy french vanilla concoctions that a bad coffee shop would make. Great, full 2%dairy like mouthfeel saved this rating from being in the cellar. This beer could be enjoyable as dessert at around 4 oz. to a serving. Totally unbalanced.
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Standard color and head for the style. An aroma of butterscotch extract overpowered everything else in my sample. Taste was bitter butterscotch with a slight roasted toffee finish, very little malt characteristic with this one. I love Imperials but this was a poor example of the style.
pepsican (1397) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good god! Thanks(?) iowa herkeye. Black pour with a thin off white head. Vanilla(!!!) aroma. Flavor is vanilla, cream, sugar, caramel, banana, powdered sugar, and a bit of orange citrus. Finished with an amazingly cloying sweetness. I can’t say I hated this, but I feel bad for the person that tries to drink more than a few ounces of this.
tomthompson89 (1842) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice beige brown head, black as tar body. nose is awsome!!!! it is Creme Brulee!!! burnt brown sugar, chocolate, and caremel. taste is a little too much, good but i dont think i could ever drink a pint by myself, sweet caremel,and sugar and vanilla extract. little bit of alcohol is in here too. extreme to say the least but very cool they tried it. Might mellow with ageing.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black with a brown head. Aroma smells exactly like a good creme brulee. Cream and caramel dominate. The flavor is creme brulee mixed with chocolate, caramel, and dark malts. Lots of coffee at the finish. Smooth and silky and hides the alcohol well.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma the most powerful and pronounced I have smelled to date. Immense amounts of caramel. Literally smells like a river of caramel. Coffee and chocolate blaze through as well. Flavor is an amazing blend of caramel, chocolate, and loads of espresso. This is like no beer i’ve ever experienced and is a great example of a rut-breaking impy. This is truly a dessert beer. Palate is smooth and caresses the mouth and tongue. Wow.