See The Stars
Creature Comforts

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.9%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 9.6%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
217
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Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
97
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Reviews by PG2G:
Photo of PG2G
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of the_trystero
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Really one dimensional. Tasted blind last night and it was just a major sugar bomb and quite boring. Not sure of the hype on this one. Tasting blind almost no one thought it was barrel aged.

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Photo of ndepriest
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells almost purely of bourbon. Viscous and sweet but not cloying. The maple really starts to shine as it warms up. Having had this roughly around the same time as CBS, which I found to be overly sweet, I feel confident in saying that Creature Comforts really nailed this one. If there's such thing as balance in a maple barrel-aged stout, it can be found here.

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Photo of mgr78704
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good solid stout that didn't have the nose I was expecting. Did side by side with Morning Wood from Funky Buddha which had much more prominent maple. Also had a slight hoppiness and bitterness at the end that I don't love tasting in stouts.

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Photo of Sonnysideup
3.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: night sky dark, nice thin head, nothing special, it's just a RIS
S: Chocolate and maple... not much booze
T: tasted just like a chocolate chip maple pancake.. not much booze or barrel at all.
F: it was good, nothing outta this world, but something I would enjoy again.

O: I dont get the hype for this, but hey, to each their own. A damn good first offering from CC as far as BA stouts to be bottled. looking forward on how this develops.

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Photo of hypohophead
3.25/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Where on earth is the maple? Tons of stout characteristics, chocolate and coffee but the maple is non existent. Slight vanilla butterscotch taste with a charred aftertaste. Kinda boozy too. Should have known that people were hyping this for trade value. Oh well. Not recommended.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Managed to luck into having a friend who got a bottle, so we did a side-by-side with CBS. There was a clear winner.
L: black with a thick tan head; decent retention that eventually faded to a ring around the side and stuck to the glass.
S: Maple and bourbon are most prominent, but I also get a little dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of roasted barley. A delicious, intoxicating aroma that invited the drinker to savor it.
T: the maple is prominent, but not overpoweringly sweet. I am not a huge fan of sugar bomb imperial stouts (many just seem underattenuated), but this is a perfect example of achieving maple flavor without cloying sweetness. I'd happily drink a full pint or more. Also noticeable immediately are vanilla and oak notes from the bourbon; once again, these are masterfully balanced and blended with the backbone of the beer: noticeable roastiness from the barley is accompanied by a slight suggestion of smokiness, as well as dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Definitely the best-balanced flavored imperial stout I have encountered, with delicious and distinct flavors that don't hide the fact that yes, this is a damn good BEER; rather, they accentuate and enhance what was almost certainly a great base beer.
F: thick, chewy, viscous, but at the same time, startlingly and scarily drinkable. Alcohol is so well hidden it's not even funny; only indication is the flavor of bourbon. Would definitely go back for a second round of I could; not cloying or overwhelming in the least.
O: holy heck, this is the definition of a world-class beer. Stunningly well-made and balanced for such a big beer. My experience with the top-of-the-list imperial stouts has been limited to CBS, but this was distinctly better. It belongs somewhere up there and I'm praying to the beer gods that Creature Comforts makes this beer again. Great job fellas!

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Photo of lafoodie8808
3.54/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, talk about something that doesn't live up to the hype. Had it in a double blind taste test with other maple stouts. Not even remotely comparable to things like:

CBS
Maple Fayston
Pugachev Black Maple
etc.

Really thin beer that is totally one dimensional and incredibly sweet. They must have been taking lessons on stouts from The Bruery but only learned how to make it a beetus bomb.

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Photo of jdominy
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate to be able to attend the launch this past Saturday at the brewery, as well as taste the beer (and it's sibling "See The Sunrise.") I've been holding frequent StoutFests, and we've been drinking a lot of stouts, including ALL of the highest-rated stouts on here. I'm a lover of stouts, primarily coffee stouts, but also good porters and imperial stouts, the bigger the better, and there's few bigger than this one. For their first stout release (although this was one of their first beers they made upon opening), they've hit a grand slam with this one. I've been a fan of Tropicalia, Athena and Tart Cherry Athena, as well as the popular Southerly Love, but this one is bigger and better than all of them.

Unlike CBS, it's not overly sweet, it's more balanced, and the maple and bourbon notes play more nicely with the stout. It's still not a chugger, but it's a pleasant sipper. After drinking one, I found myself wanting another, unlike when I drink CBS. I also think they nailed the mouthfeel on this stout, it plays on the tongue as long as you want it to, with a rich, syrupy mouthfeel that fades away in sweet maple and bourbon. Doesn't taste overly boozy, and the alcohol doesn't show hardly. The nose is beautiful and clean, and very sweet.

After I finished this stout, I tried to think of what I could do (or would do) to improve it, and I couldn't think of a single thing. It's literally everything I want in a good stout. Great mouthfeel, nice chocolate and maple syrup notes, beautiful aroma and like dessert. There just aren't many out there as good as this one, and I'd say it's definitely in my top five beers of all time.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired this past weekend at the brewery bottle release. 2015 vintage, released 9/12/15. Served in, appropriately enough, a long stemmed See The Stars glass.

Pours oil black with just shy of two fingers mocha head. That dark foam settles to an thin island of froth that nearly reaches the healthy ring around the edges. A gentle swirl of the glass reinvigorates the surface retention. Only a few scattered dots of lace left of the way down.

A welcoming amalgam of fantastic aromas greet my nostrils from the first whiff. Roasty malts, cocoa, maple, bourbon, wet oak, faint coconut and subtle vanilla. Delightful.

The nose was a mere hint of the lush, decadent flavors going on here. Maple, chocolate, bourbon, rolled oats, caramel, faint coffee, molasses, vanilla and a soft, pleasant reminder that we're dealing with double digit abv. Smooth, melding of flavors with a beautiful balance of sweet and roasty. Absolutely delicious.

Rich, full, velvety, creamy body with gentle carbonation. The finish continues to balance the sweet maple bourbon and bitter roasty stout with layers of maple, bourbon, dark chocolate and caramel.

Creature Comforts made sure all stops were pulled as their first imperial stout, their first barrel aged bottles and their first brewery release coalesce with See The Stars. This is a truly outstanding world class beer. I'm very glad I made the trek to have an opportunity to try this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VinceMig
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at the Brick Store tap takeover.

There isn't much more you can ask for in a beer like this.

Delicious bourbon nose.
Thick and creamy body.
Delicious sweetness from the maple that plays with the roast of the stout.

Just a very well-crafted beer. If you like BA stouts, then you'll be hard pressed to find a superior one.

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Photo of Jamato14
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely believe the hype on this one. It's absolutely delicious. Super thick and extremely well balanced. The bourbon and maple syrup blend perfectly together so neither component overpowers the other. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms. This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had, let alone one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 vintage in a 750mL on 11/21/2015 (starting FOBAB off right!) split 4 ways, so 6.3oz pour.

L - thick, viscous, black with a small tan head and a little lacing. Super thick

S - Maple bursts out of the bottle the moment the cap was removed! Maple syrup, roasty chocolate, and a hint of coffee and oak. A little bourbon but not much booze on the nose.

T - Amazing. Layers upon layers of maple, bourbon, chocolate, and roastiness. Some coffee flavors hit after the maple starts it. Sweet milk chocolate throughout the flavors and maple continues to open up with more oak and vanilla notes as it warms. Should be drank at aging temp or warmer. Drinkability is great. No heat or booze at all.

F - thick, viscous, smooth. Could drink this very fast. No booze, no heat.

Overall, just a phenomenal beer. I really do not understand how there seems to be some varying reviews on this. If for some reason they had some inconsistency in the bottles, I am extremely glad and fortunate to be on the winning side of that. One of the best beers I have had by far. I love these maple syrup type beers and this one certainly is elite, world-class, etc. I'd love to get more of this and pour some on some hot pancakes!

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Photo of vicinandp
3.23/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a utter disappointment. Luckily I had this after the hype train had gone but holy shit talk about all hype and not delivering. First off this beer was as thin as beer can get, absolutely no body when you expect a big stout. I know it isnt a must but seriously this was like water. Absolutely no maple on this when I had it. This reminded me more of a BA old ale/barleywine than a big stout. Very sweet, not dark lord sweet but too sweet for my liking. Honestly this was just a mess of a beer.

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Photo of Asalsberry
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should start by saying I'm from Georgia and a massive fan of Creature Comforts and so many of the things they do (my profile pic is from one of their releases.) Fresh Tropicalia, Athena/Paradiso, a lot of their Brett stuff and other beers they do are absolutely fantastic.

This beer, while enjoyable, is not exceptional in any way other than perhaps sweetness (which for me is not a good thing). From the pour the beer looks the part; thick, oily black with a very thin, tan head. The excessive sweetness takes over immediately on the nose. The nose is heavy on fudge, maple syrup and leaves just a trace of barrel. The taste seems to follow the nose but on such a cloyingly sweet level I had a hard time finishing a 12 ounce glass. The mouthfeel was everything you want in a big stout. Unless there was some bottle variation, I can't imagine how people used the word "thin" or describe it as lacking in mouthfeel. They cannot have been drinking the same beer I was. The mouthfeel may honestly be the best part of this beer.

Overall, In a 4 or 6 ounce pour, this beer would be rich and decadent, a true dessert beer. In a 12 oz pour it took me an hour plus to finish. I'm still proud of Creature, as an up-and-coming brewery, for a solid first BA stout offering... but I would like to see them step up their game for their next limited release stout.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Let me say I enjoyed this. The mouthfeel was elite and nearly as good as a TG stout. Nose was very sweet, not a ton of maple as I hoped. The tasted followed suit, kind of like a black tuesday with some maple.

For the bad news: This is not worth what it trades for. Keep your whales, you dont need to tick this beer.

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Photo of dreingold
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts, nice roast character lots of chocolate, bourbon vanilla beans, maple.
Taste: Full body, light smooth alcohol, finished sweet but perfectly balanced, maple notes linger on the tongue while vanilla refreshes. .
Appearance: When it is darkest, men see the stars
Overall: The only issue with this beer is finding an occasion worthy of such a beautifully crafted stout.

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Photo of DerrickW
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't normally wax poetic about beer, but this beer deserves such treatment:

Look: Black as the darkest night with a small khaki head.

Smell: Notes of bourbon, chocolate, roastiness and decadent maple syrup.

Taste: One sip will have you seeing stars. The flavors are so perfectly blended with this beer that one never overpowers the other. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon and rich maple syrup. The maple shines throughout your entire pour and makes itself more known as the beer warms up.

Feel: Thick and silky smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Coating but not cloying.

Overall: What an amazing offering from Creature Comforts. I've had the pleasure of having CBS on tap recently and while that's one of my favorite beers, I'd put this one slightly above it. The flavors work so well together and are so incredibly balanced. It truly is a world-class beer and a phenomenal drinking experience. Seek out if you can.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Creature Comforts

Pours a silky dark brown with 1 finger of mocha head. Little to no light through the edges, head recedes to a thin mottled film.

Aroma is dominated by notes of baker's chocolate and barrel character, vanilla. Very sweet, hints of maple (not prominent) and roasted malt character.

Taste/mothfeel are huge. Viscous, chewy stout with enough carb to hold the beer up but not so much as to distract. An initial wave of prominent barrel and mildly detectable bourbon give way to a huge note of smooth bitterness of baker's chocolate that lingers through and beyond the end of the sip. Maple emerges as a sweetness alongside the chocolate notes. Malt character is sweet without being overly roasty, smoky, or fruity. This stout settles right in the middle and showcases huge chocolate and maple notes, even moreso as it warms. This is a huge sipper, but doesn't come off overly boozy.

Overall Creature Comforts did an excellent job with this. It is unquestionably the best beer I have had from GA, and is conservatively a top-20 all-time beer for me. I couldn't find much to dislike about this beer, despite trying.

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Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the 2015 release event.

Look: pours oily black with a very small tan head.
Smell: Bourbon, heavy maple and coffee almost.
Taste: Very boozy but not overwhelming. Maple shines through but not intensely sweet.
Feel: Velvety and chewy. Carbonation seems subtle and the richness coats the palette in the nicest way.

Overall: What an incredible stout from CC and great first forray into bottle release events (thank you sb 63). The pre release hype for this one was heavy online and it does not fall short in any way. Looking forward to aging one of these for a couple of years.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely epic. Be beer is a beautiful obsidian black with a small khaki head. The beer smells of maple, bourbon and chocolate all blended to perfection. Not overly boozy nor sweet. I could drink this all day. Overall a great beer by Ceature Comforts

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Photo of 3-Ball
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wulfie85
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer here, but not as great as I was expecting. Ton of maple on the nose and tongue, but thin for my taste. Some of the flavors seemed to muddle each other a bit at times as well, but overall very enjoyable

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Photo of wheresblue
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this at a share on 3/26, so the bottle was close to a year old. Lots of maple syrup on the nose, but it was not overpowering in the taste. It was a little thin for an RIS, probably because of the lower ABV. Overall I really enjoyed it and it is work seeking out

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 217 ratings