Maverick34 (2483) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at blind tiger. At first I thought it smelled like vanilla then I realized it was like burnt butterscotch. Alcohol was not well camouflaged and it burned on the way down. Hard to drink really.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft @ sunset grill - my excitement to try this brew quickly faded as it was just an overly sweet mess; jet black with huge aromas of caramel and butterscotch; spot on for the aromas; nothing offensive in the brew, just way too sweet and i couldn’t finish; body is on the light side despite all the sugars; most of the stout characteristics are just simply overwhelmed rather than complimented
jredmond (5894) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012 Several Four oz glasses at NYBrew Fest. Pours dark brown with small brown head. The aroma is strong vanilla, caramel and deliciousness. Once we got to the Southern Tier section we whored out for a good 45 minutes. :::SECOND TRY::: Bottle Split with RyGuy. Pours pitch black. Aroma is incredible - vanilla, sugar, creme brulee. The taste starts off sweet, finishes with a mildly bitter, roasty flavor which is a great contrast. No alcohol present. +0.1
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
High rating as this is what it is. Creme Brulee in a bottle. Sweet, tons of rich carmel sugar and vanilla. Take hold of the palate and lingers for hours. Mission accomplished.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a very rich chocolate brown with a tan head. There is a huge nose on this thing! Strong aromas of vanilla overwhelm the bouquet. This beer is SUPER tasty!!! There are very big flavors running around on this thing. Lots of vanilla cream, cheesecake, and even a touch of maple syrup flavors. Very rich, I’m not sure I could drink an entire bottle by myself. This beer is great, the only thing is that I felt it might be a little too thin on the mouth feel to be called a stout, but who’s counting.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours oily black with a thin light brown head. Overwhelming aroma of vanilla and caramel. Smells like dessert. Taste is pleasant, coffee, caramel, vanilla, slight bitterness. Not bad. I could imagine this as a Starbucks beverage.
EithCubes (5183) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Finally time to crack this sucker out of the fridge; she counts as my 50th impy rating, at least as things are classified now. Bomber. Aroma is immediately and powerfully vanilla, both beany and medicinal, spilling over the lips and flooding the room. Dead on custard with the sweet caramel sauce spooned onto ice cream (vanilla bean, of course). Light lactose. A liquid candy bar! Pours a very dark ruby, essentially pitch black, with a scant light brown head. Tastes as it smells, but with a little unrefined booze and even a few burned / smoked sensations. Butterscotch. Kind of a syrupy, goopy mess, and though I appreciate its uniqueness (this is instantly identifiable, and pretty true to the stated Crème Brûlée target), but I didn’t even get through a quarter-bottle before the cloy turned me off for good. Perhaps better appreciated among four or five friends after dinner.
JK (4835) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is certainly intense. The aroma has butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor has loads of vanilla and sweetened cream along with sugar. Incredibly sweet, and a beer can be sweet, that is fine by me. But why they would bottle this in bombers is a mystery to me. Put this one in a nip.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dessert was a vital and integral part of dinner when I was growing up, and not necessarily limited to just dinner. Any meal had the potential of finishing itself off with a deliciously decadent treat. Many times I would find myself wondering wistfully if there were a way to take some of my favorite deserts and bottle them up so I could enjoy them any time, at home or even on the go. While I don’t think on-the-go would quite work in this instance, one of my top three favorite desserts of all times has been brewed and bottled for my quaffing pleasure. Stout + crème brulee = beer ecstasy.
This brings me to Southern Tier Brewing who has accomplished such a seductively dangerous objective. Their Imperial Crème Brulee Stout. She came to me with her sweet seductive gaze and I was smitten immediately. An almost absolutely black stout, my Imperial Crème Brulee poured into my glass, filling its depths like a black hole as it sucked almost all light out of there. Her nose whispers to me of sweet, almost burnt caramel, much like you’d find on top of a crème brulee, tons of fresh vanilla bean, and fresh cream. If my eyes were closed and someone set this beer in front of me, I would swear on smell alone that a plate of fresh crème brulee had been beset before me. Her body is creamy and smooth like milk with vanilla bean and caramel caress my tastebuds. A bit of a bite right in the finish, as if to express her naughty side. Other than that though, no real presence of hops, just viscous, oily, and tongue coating imperial stout pleasure. A lingering chocolate and vanilla finish balances out this nearly perfectly brewed and bottled creation of a crème brulee.
I’m all for a dessert brew, and the Crème Brulee Stout fits my desires perfectly. I could sit and smell this beer for minutes on end, taking in her mouth-watering aromas before I even touch her body with my lips. Delicious.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-09-11. Pitc black body with a modest creamy tan head. Huge aroma, sweet, vanilla and caramel, slight spice note hiding in the back. Similar flavour, sweet prominent vanilla wit caramel touches, mocha notes? More of the light spice, barely there roast. Very smooth rich medium bodied palate, light carbonation suits it. (4+) Really nice, but I’d have a hard time drinking more than a little bit of it in a sitting. Bottle courtesy of swoopjones shared by tuqueboy