davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle 650ml. Full marks, I love it. Aromas of liquorice, dark fruit, alcohol, spice, and a hint of chocolate. Taste starts sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black with a thin off-white head. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours midnight black with a dark tan ring of fizz. Smells very grainy and malt, lots of roast character and a touch of bitter hops. Taste is big, bold, bombastic: lots of dry roast bitterness, hints of chocolate, and a faint touch of alcohol burn. Full-bodied with a chewy texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier (Imperial) Oat finishes with a touch of bitterness and a lesser amount of heat. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle. This beer is just so perfect that I can’t complain much about it. The nose has a lot of roasted and coffee flavors to it, but it’s not overpowering. I can imagine a better smell from a beer. And that is the only thing I see as a "flaw" to this. I love this so hard. Hugely flavored, but easy on the palate. A great example of an Imperial Stout. hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
Bomber pours thick and black into a snifter like motor oil. Opaque as beer can get. Had to pour aggressively to get a small head - dark tan in colour. Wow, what a stout. Aroma of all the best stouts - chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, hops as always from southern tier, but not so much alcohol. Considering it’s 11%abv, I don’t hint the insinuation of such in the aroma. The same applies to the taste. All roasted chocolate on the tongue - absolutely delicious. Leaves a creamy, oily layer of smoothness on the palate with a taste that lingers until the next sip. Again, wow, what a stout. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99
Aroma: nice, coffee, roasty, quiet. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful design, black, opaque, little head, staying lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: expertly balanced, coffee malt, full hops, very strong, expertly crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: highest quality, smooth texture, long dark finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A beautiful, rewarding, and expensively crafted brew. An absolute repeat, and a favorite, real value, high craft. 20 out of 20.
jerich01 (16) - USA - JUN 17, 2010
This may be my second favorite oatmeal stout... This is my first Southern Tier beer but I’m inclined to try the rest if they are all this good. 9er (98) - Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Dayum good smooooooooth beer!!! Southern Tier is the shit! They make a consistently exellent product. This particular beer is semi sweet, slighty carbonated, robust, strongish yet mild, not bitter, resin-a-plenty, gentle raisin, a tickle of vanilla and brown sugar, caramel on the nose, actual chocolate and plenty of oats to make this a close reacher. SUPERB beer. Grown man’s beer at 11%. Second fav stout behind Lion Stout and third favorite beer behind Samichlaus Classic v2009. GTown (127) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Pours black...tan head...Carmel, hops, chocolate, coffee,...mmmmmmm. This is the finest Oatmeal Stout I have tasted. Great beer!!! Enjoyed it today in my hometown of Geneseo, NY. Served in a 13oz. glass only. The ABV is actually closer to 13%. This is a brew to be appreciated...Cannot wait for their "Imperial Coffee Stout" to come out...RERATE 11/05...’05-06 batch is out. I swear it’s even better! Frothy tan head sloppin’ out of the glass and on the bar...Great aroma...tastes like my first kiss...Don’t wake me up til Christmas...Mamma... DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. This one pours deep blackish with 2 fingers of deep brown head, definitely one of the darker brown heads I have ever seen. The aroma is blackstrap molasses, roasty dark patent malt, chocolate syrup, ovaltine. The palate is very rich, oily, complex, and hefty, giving flavors of dark roasty malt, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some mid-palate blackberry notes, all melded together very well, and giving a super smooth, creamy finish with no detectable alcohol. This is truly an amazing beer. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pours deep, dark brown with a small brown bubbly head. Strong aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, lactic sugars, light roasted coffee, and some piny/herbaceous hops. Sweet lactic and bitter chocolate flavors hit hard upfront like a bitter malted milk ball, then quickly recede into slightly bitter roasted coffee, and grassy/piny hops, but keeping up that sweetness as an undertone all the way through. Would’ve certainly pegged this for a milk stout if I didn’t know better. Palate is full, creamy, a bit grainy (like chocolate with high cocoa content), fairly sweet, and oily. That’s a damn fine impy stout that is sure is sure to drink nicely for years to come. Delicious.