ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has roasted vanilla beans pretty prevalent. The body is medium, certainly not as dark as many other imperial stouts. The taste is fairly simple but nonetheless enjoyable. The taste of vanilla beans and caramel certainly make this taste like a crem brulee. The lack of complexity in terms of taste keeps this from being an exemplary imperial stout.
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Rattle’N’Hum. Dark pour with nice head. Caramel/Butterscotch aroma is nice. Flavor is way too sweet not a fan of this. No chance i could finish an entire pint. Only redeeming qualities are 10% and girls who don’t like beer might like it.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I feel that this could have been a really enjoyable beer if it wasn’t so over powered with vanilla and burt sugar flavor. A little too sweet.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours a jet black with a tan head. The nose is pour caramel and vanilla, utterly splendid. Potentially within the top ten beer noses I’ve ever experienced. The palate continues what the nose started, giving hints of caramel, hops, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of maltyness, and graham crackers. A work of art. The beer also belies its abv, as there wasn’t a touch of alcohol in the palate or the nose. A very well-crafed beer, and another specialty classic from Southern Tier.
MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap straight from the brewery pub. Good dark almost black color with a nice creamy brown head. Big flavors of the caramel, toffee, and vanilla brought out in a way I’ve never had before or at least this strong. Very sweet and milky. An awesome stout and has quickly became one of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and stout in general. The only thing that dissapointed me about this beer was the fact I couldn’t get it in a growler because it sells to fast at the brewery:(
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 On tap at Rattle ’N’ Hum (NYC): I just don’t understand how somebody can drink 14 ounces of this "dessert" in one sitting (4 ounces was definitely enough for me). It’s incredibly sweet and full of creme flavour. The aroma and similar tastes of this sweet stout stands true to what Southern Tier is famous for- it’s ability to make brewed beer taste like melted dessert. It’s delicious. And it’s high in alcohol. Girls will love it- a Great substitute for a roofie- it will knock her out... Legally. #056 on 09072009, DG.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, shared. Pours almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly sweet with vanilla bean dominating. The taste is roughly the same, though overall this beer was too out of balance for me. Something, anything, to balance out the overwhelming sweetness would have made it a winner. As it is I couldn’t take it for more than 5 sips.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 SIMPLY PUT, THIS BEER IS AMAZING AND THERE IS REALLY NONE LIKE IT , IT POURS PITCH BLACK WITH CREAMY TAN HEAD AND AT %10 IT TASTES LIKE SWEET CARAMEL AND COFFEE YET STILL HAS A MALT BITTERNESS, IMAGINE A GREAT DARK COFFEE BREWED WITH FRESH VANILLA BEANS ADD A LITTLE CARBONATION OF A GOOD BEER AND SOME SWEET ALCOHOL FROM KAHLUA AND THATS WHAT THIS TASTES LIKE SOME GREAT DESSERT BEER OR ANYTIME BEER REALLY , INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS AND A REAL CULINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT!
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very strong vanilla with slight coffee notes. Flavor is sweet vanilla, creamy, with chocolate and coffee notes in the back of the palate.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a big tan head. Incredible sweet vanilla and butterscotch aroma. Very sweet flavor, butterscotch, vanilla, cream and a little sweetened coffee. Smooth and creamy body, excellent beer, tastes exactly like a Creme Brulee stout sounds like it should taste.