ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 22oz bottle from once upon a vine. pours an extremely dark brown, damn near black, with a thin khaki head and bubbly lacing. aroma is incredible with huge notes of vanilla cream, butterscotch candy, warm maple syrup, and freshly baked yellow cake with chocolate icing, with a touch of roast coffee, and toasted coconut. flavor is excellent as well with big, creamy notes of french vanilla, toffee, burnt caramel, and espresso with a touch of nutty malts leading to a beautifully sweet vanilla and roast coffee finish. palate is full bodied, creamy, smooth as silk, and amazingly sweet with medium carbonation. overall, an amazingly underrated (how in the world is this not rated 4+ ?!), decadent, and one of a kind, dessert imperial stout.
douglas88 (8011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber shared by Eric. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. The aroma was very unusual; loads of caramel, sweet sugars, butterscotch, a Werthers original- loads of candy note. The flavor tasted like something your Grandma would give you; creamy sugars, butterscotch, just so sweet. I don’t think I could drink more than 2 ounces of this. Try drinking 22 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream- I dare you. I can’t hate this entirely, it is what it claims to be and is a niche beer, lots of people love it, just not me.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i was so excited about this beer when i poured it, aroma was soooooo sweet, caramel, vanila, burnt malt, beautiful dark brown head, deep brown body...so promising...right up until i drank it...sickeningly sweet, overwhelming vanila and toffee, more than i think i have ever tasted in actual creme brulee. i cant imagine how they made this without syrup being added...the sweetness persists through the whole realm of the flavors and then some hop bitterness comes in very very late....kind of sad this wasnt better.
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After dinner only. I would imagine rating this beer would depend on when one has it. Definitely not a lawn mower beer. Best when the weather is cool and you want something sweet. Goes great with vanilla ice cream.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Total dessert in a glass. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Strong aroma of vanilla with some lighter notes of roasted coffee and caramel. The aroma of vanilla is so strong that to me it comes across as artificial. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is very sweet with loads of vanilla and more touches of caramel and coffee. I will agree that this one tastes very much like creme brulee but to me it’s more a novelty than anything. I couldn’t drink 22ozs of it.
tmongoose (2074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW. poured from bomber bottle with friend and the closer to room temp this beer got the better it tasted. it was so sweet and the vanilla and burnt sugar was outstanding and the caramel flavor lingered for along time. its almost black to pour and smallish head. like all southern tier products it has an almost oily texture. but this dessert beer is very very good. just wish i would have bought more when i had the chance.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(re-rate 8/11/09) Shared bomber. Pours black bodied with dark brown circumference and minimal light tan head. I can never get over the aroma from this thing...from the time you pop the cap to the last drop! Initial nose is sweet vanilla overload, dark coffee/toffee undertones, and you definitely can smell the candied creme brulee resemblance. Taste starts surprisingly syrupy and smooth, almost slimy. Lots of vanilla, some roasted coffee and dark cola with a tad of the 10% abv coming through. Interesting note - I paired this beer with make-it-yourself creme brulee dessert just for fun, and after sipping on the beer then taking a bite, the ensuing sip of beer opened up tremendously revealing a sweet milk chocolate component and pronouncing the coffee/toffee/caramel taste even further. As it warms near the end the alcohol becomes a little more hot and undesirable, but overall this is very well done and a unique treat.
(oriiginal rating 9/15/08) Bottle, shared w/ and compliments of danielcurtis81. Lots of sweet, syrupy, creaminess in the nose. Amazing taste of sweet vanilla, cream and coffee, and maple syrup. A++ for the effort on this one of a kind stout.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2010 Wow, this beer has all kinds of stuff going on. Pours very dark brown with a brownish head to it. Smells amazing. Very sweet with aromas of vanilla, caramel. Flavor is also very sweet with the vanilla being the very prominent flavor. Massive beer that tastes like dessert in a glass. Had a 22 oz bomber that would have been perfect if I had 1-2 people to share it with.
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing aroma that filled the room. Flavor was not as intense but was helped by the smell. good overall
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a light brown head. Aroma is pure caramel, vanilla, smells great! Flavor is vanilla, caramel, coffee. Taste like a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. But if that was 10% abv. Hides the alcohol well. Nice syrupy mouthfeel.