TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is very very sweet. Be prepared. Poured black and left nice lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate smashed together. Taste is very sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of alcohol on the finish. This beer is diabetes in a bottle. You probably won’t be able to finish the entire 22oz’r. I couldn’t, but it’s not because it tastes bad, just a little over the top with sweetness.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sean. I have heard many things about this beer, being either a love or hate thing. I had it in the fridge for several hours, so when I cracked it, it was way too cold to be consuming. I have also heard many things about it being ridiculous to have this in a bomber. I am not so sure about that. I could have drank my weight in this stuff, espeically once it got to a better temperature. Dark black color. Smells like a giant vanilla / roasted coffee drink with some alcohol in it. It IS sweet to drink, are there any hops in this? Rich, full of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, just all around a very unique and interesting beer. I could have drank the 22 oz myself, but more than one would leave you in hangover land. A nice dessert beer.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is HUGE! Over-the-top sweet butterscotch, maple syrup and vanilla that just explodes out of the glass. The taste is fairly sweet up front (not as much so as the aroma), then I got some black pepper, followed by deeply roasted malt (nearly charred), then maple syrup, and finally vanilla with the deeply roasted malt again. Good thick mouthfeel with a long finish. At times this tasted almost like a syrup-laden pancake, and other times it tasted like butterscotch candy. The almost charred malt is not something that I generally care for, but in this beer I think that it was necessary to offset the sweetness. My mother had one of those scented candles in the house once that smelled just like this, and I hated it. It actually made me feel nauseous at times. Unfortunately, this beer reminded me of that, which dropped the score some. So overall this was very unique and I can see how it is often love/hate--it should be in nip bottles instead of bombers though, because there is no way I would be able to finish this on my own.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a scant off-white head. As others have mentioned, the aroma hits you as soon at the bottle is opened. It’s very sweet with a lot of vanilla, and plenty of butterscotch, which makes it smell very similar to a Wether’s original hard candy or some Handi-snacks pudding. The flavor is a mixture of roasted malt with the vanilla and butterscotch flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky, with a lingering finish of burnt malt along with vanilla and butterscotch. The flavor and aroma are really over the top, but it’s definitely a beer that would be tolerable in small doses.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours deep deep dark brown with thin tan head. I could smell this from six feet away. I get knock you on your keyster vanilla, chocolate, coconut, caramel, brash nuttiness, butterscotch, rich fatty yummy Irish butter and loads and loads of WOW! It smells like a fresh box of rich assorted chocolate candy. The taste is just the same and just as decadent and amazing. It begins with slick yet chewy sweet rich goodness. Almost too rich to drink much of. I get a bit of heavy cream, coconut, dark chocolate, nuttiness, butterscotch, almonds, pecans, filberts and coffee. Holy cow this stuff is crazy good and rich. The alcohol seems just noticeable at times. I’ve noticed I haven’t dished out many 10s (and only for aroma so far) but this one is a no brainer.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black color with a tan head. Aroma just hits you in the face, I head it about a foot away and could still smell it. Basically smells like cold cappucino with extra vanilla, but very strong. Flavor was just the same. very strong vanilla flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee with a small alcohol burn. Very good but hard to finish a whole bottle because its sooo sweet.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer is like if someone opened one of those flavoring syrups they have at some coffee shops and poured it into a beer glass with a lot of food coloring. I could smell this beer from across the room when it was opened. It does pour a very nice deep dark color with a thin off-white head. My wife ended up drinking most of it and it was all I could smell for hours after the beer was gone. The smell is just cloying and horrible. I had to wash the glass out three times before i felt like the smell was gone. Flavor is kind of burnt coffee with hazelnut syrup. This is a huge miss for Southern Tier which is sad because they usually have really great beers. Blech.
Tmoney99 (9588) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with a moderate to an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted toffee with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Heavy butterscotch malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a heavy standout beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark, dark brown that settles black in the glass with a dense tan one-finger head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. The aroma has an intense butterscotch smell with a little vanilla, caramel and milk as well. It’s crazy sweet smelling, like a dessert. The taste continues the sweetness and is pretty one-dimensional in that respect. There is the milk and malt background but it’s really about the huge caramel, butterscotch and vanilla tastes which overpower all else. The mouthfeel is very stick, chewy even, with the sweetness just sticking to the mouth. This is an OK stout but I’d put it near the bottom of the Southern Tier Impy Series. Just a little too sweet for me.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009
<b>8/23/2008</b>: Moo! I like the cows on the label. They look funny and seem to say "drink me"... Southern Tier Imperial Creme Brulee Stout is very fragrant. Sweet, creamy butterscotch and intense vanilla just burst from the bottle and open up even more once this very dark brown beer (looks like coffee or cola) hits the the glass. There is a small, frothy tan-colored head that leaves a thin whispy crust on the surface. The flavor is sweet and smooth. It is very soft in the front and dominated by vanilla and caramelized sugar. This beer really does taste like creme brulee with a really nice roasty and slightly bitter finish (like semi-sweet and dark chocolate). Damn this is tasty! I can sense the strength of the alcohol, but the over flavors are so large that they keep the alcohol in check and forces them to meld together nicely. The bitterness also comes through in the finish as the beer warms which really helps to create a good balance in this beer. I kind of expected this beer to be really thick, smooth, and creamy, but really isn’t quite there. It has a medium-full body and is smooth, but it doesn’t have the creamy palate. That’s okay though as this mouthfeel still suits the beer pretty well. This is one big beer that is packed full of aroma and flavor and really delivers on the label’s promise of creme brulee. Nicely done and quite unique and memorable!
<i>650 ml. bottle / Alc. 10% by Vol. / 25° Plato / 195° L / 2-row pale malt, dark caramel malt, vanilla bean, lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon. Purchased at Dutch’s Pony Keg in East Hyde Park (Cincinnati, Ohio); $8.99+tax. Rating #178 for this beer...</i>