sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strange brew, indeed. Small offwhite head thats short lived. An almost black colored brew ceptin for the slight ruby red glow goin on. Nose is laced with caramel, lots! Vanilla and faint coffee roast. Body is med/full, silky on the palate with a soft carbonation and somewhat chalky. Lotsa vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, coffeeish, sweet malts, coconut, Impy Stout?? Got me, cant find it! Sweet,all the above in the friggin finish. Not disgusting but damn close i think?? Hmmmmmmm.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Vanilla of Choklat. So nice and rich and smooth. A lot of alcohol present but it doesn’t bother me. A bit hot but all the sweetness really takes over. A lot of vanilla, like an adult vanilla milk shake. Like a spiked vanilla candy martini beer.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with no head. Very distinct vanilla nose with some caramel. Tastes very much like a Worther’s Original candy. Smooth finish. Almost not like a beer, as with the rest of the Blackwater Series.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was amazing. One of the most unique beers I’ve had recently. Imaginative, unique and impressive. Had this at my wedding reception and again when I returned to Ohio. Heavy vanilla aroma with milk chocolate undertones. Gorgeous dark brown color with creamy nitro-like head that sticks around. Flavor is chocolate, coffee (hints), toffee, carmel, and vanilla. Literally, it tastes like someone poured stout over a creme brulee and served it to me. In fact, if you’ve never had creme brulee, don’t even bother rating this until you’ve had it so you can properly rate the uniqueness of the beer. Well done Southern TIer.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan/off white head. Smells of caramel, chococlate, cocoa, lots of vanilla. Tastes sweet and chococlatey with lots of vanilla and spiciness. Not my thing, but decent.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste are similarly ridiculous. Lots of caramel, butterscotch, lactose, over the top sweet malt. It’s hard to tell this is even a beer. Mouth is smooth and creamy. This is the 2nd ST brew that I really didn’t care for. And this one was really bad. I was probably good for 6oz. and that was all.
coldbrewky (1490) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Great good god, another overwhelming pretentious Impy. Nose must be pulled rom glass and then it assaults you with a tsunami of vailla and wet slimy oakiness. Creamy? Clotted cream and margarine tones followed by vomitouriously sweet malts lead up to a lingering burnt finish. Not sure iof they are attempting to over impress me or kill me. Thin head dissipates expediously on top of the deep deep brown. Very little light gets thru the glass. Droopy consistent lacing. I finished half the bomber and poured the rest. Enough is enough. After thinking about this trainwreck I had to re rate and lower my score.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, fine, reticulated lace. Lots of caramel in the aroma, but big doses of chocolate and vanilla fight for prominence. Thick and smooth mouthfeel, full body, lots of richness. Quite sweet, but in a good way, and a very subtle bitterness is welcome at the finish.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The intense butterscotch flavor is the first thing you noticed upon cracking this baby open. Smells incredible. Very dark brown beer with a disappointingly thin head that vanished quickly. Flavor is an incredible mix of roasted malts and butterscotch. It actually tastes almost exactly like a caramel frappucino in the best possible way. A very delicious beer which holds the 10% well.
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark red with a thin tan head. Nose is heavy butterscotch and caramelized sugar. Flavor is incredible! Caramel porter by Saranac tried to be butterscotchy and failed. Southern Tier pulled it off perfectly. Not too sweet. A slight taste of alcohol. Slightly roasted bitterness on the finish with a nice warming effect. Mouthfeel is full and slightly oily. Lacing, like the head, kind of disappointing.