If only because I have another STBC beer review to post I am going to pretend that this is a leap year and that today is still February. That way I can still consider this part of and the conclusion to my themed month of evaluations.
The bottle indicates that this one is “A stout with great contention.” I am not quite sure what that means, but I thought it was interesting enough to make note of it.
Now to close out STBC February ‘11 . . .
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Co. (Lakewood, NY)
Name: Crème Brûlée
Style: Imperial Sweet (Milk) Stout
ABV: 9.60% (on website) or 10.00% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a snifter.
Aroma: Sugary sweet aroma with notes of vanilla and faint roasted grains. A very full overall aroma. – 9/12
Appearance: Dark, dark brown (can see at edges when held to light). Slight (maybe one finger), light brown head that dissipates very quickly leaving very little trail. Opaque, though clear at the edge when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: Initial sweetness and a hit of vanilla with some nice roasted malt flavors after that. Good bitterness to it, having a black coffee-like quality from middle to finish. Lingering notes of coffee and vanilla with some dryness at the finish. – 14/20
Mouthfeel: Medium (toward full) body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Smooth with some roasted astringency at the finish. – 3/5
Overall Impressions: I was a little worried after aroma, but was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. The candy-like sweetness is not necessarily my thing, but I kind of enjoyed it (more than expected). The warmth seems to be well hidden with all of the sweetness to cover it up. After the string of stouts, The Wife has now declared that STBC is her new favorite brewery. – 6/10
Overall: Very Good – 35/50