Salted Caramel Imperial Stout
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Salted Caramel Imperial StoutSalted Caramel Imperial Stout
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #179
Ranked #5,559
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
Jan 27, 2022
Mar 16, 2016
Salted Caramel Imperial StoutSalted Caramel Imperial Stout
Notes: We brewed Salted Caramel to pay tribute to one of our favorite sweets. In the same vein as salted caramel chocolates and truffles, our Salted Caramel stout is the perfect balance of sweet decadence and savory salt. Perfect alone, or enjoyed as a float.

Southern Tier Salted Caramel takes a base imperial milk stout (brewed with lactose), Himalayan pink sea salt, and caramelized sugar, to mimic the flavor of the candy. Much like other beers in the Blackwater Series, this dessert beer finishes at 10% alcohol by volume.
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in a snifter glass from a vintage 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Semi thick but still a little thin black coffee body with medium bubbles to the body. Tan head rose initially half a fingers length off the body.

Smell: Light melted brown sugar.

Taste: Complex chocolate feels like milk and dark chocolate meshed with sea salt coffee and vanilla bean. Toffee sweetness is a touch overpowering, no complaints here.

Mouth: Super sticky with a medium carbonation. Candy syrup finish which lingers to your palates.

Overall: Good brew, a pastry stout before the term existed. Think of a brownie reinvented as a beer.
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
When it's time for desert, Southern Tier is a go to. A clear Imperial pint glass has been filled by one and a half brown 12 oz. bottles of this. It pours with a color like a cola, a deep dark caramel. Not particularly generous with head nor lacing, it really won't matter to the overall. A sweet caramel candy aroma is intensely filling the area. The taste can't be far from that. It's not, although it's not as sweet as the nose predicted. Salt is there and it helps tone down some of the sweetness. There's a pronounced vanilla characteristic to the caramel flavor. The malt base is ample enough to carry the flavors and a hop finish at the end. That hop inclusion at the finish defines that an ale is being consumed, not a soda pop with alcohol in it. Once again, Southern Tier has nailed a desert stout.
P.S. The ABV of this offering was 8.6%, so we're not all reviewing the same beverage, although the label is the same. Recipes change and it would be a positive for Beer Advocate to take notice of that.
Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by skisonic from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks a light brown, like a soda from the fountain. Light head. Smells of vanilla! Heavy. With a sweet, almost nutty undertone. Bitter as hell, quite a strong vanilla flavor with carried on a robust juicy body. Light, easy to sip for such heavy flavors.
Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by cubsfanpam from Illinois

Jan 10, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by GracelandII from Virginia

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

1.69/5  rDev -59%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
This beer is absolutely terrible!!! First off, this is a new release of this and is a Porter, not a Stout. The positive reviews are likely from folks who had the stout ... which is no longer available. So how is the Porter? Awful!

It tastes similar to a more medicinal version of that drink which was popular for a minute around 2017 called Not Your Father's Rootbeer which was an alcoholic root beer which tasted more like cream soda mixed with shampoo and suntan lotion. This beer is vile and just about every aspect of it is unpleasant.

I get barely any salt or carmel. There is an astringent note of Bactine and the faint note of cream soda which is almost immediately covered up by overwhelming soap flavors. It's cringeworthy and would make a better steak sauce than a beer, tasting like carbonated H&P British Steak Sauce.

The mouthfeel is weak and soda-like and there is carbonation like soda but with zero foam. I really don't know what brewmaster signed off on this gross concoction. I literally threw 3 bottles away after drinking the first one. At near $20 for a 4 pack of bottles, it's almost criminal to sell this. It's worse than most Red's Apple Ale wine coolers.

Do yourself a favor and, as good as Salted Carmel Porter sounds, do NOT touch this beer with a 10 foot pole.
Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Maillard from Ohio

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Shelbs90 from Montana

1/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
worst beer i’ve had lately. it was atrocious. smelled disgusting. tastes like 100 year old carnival candies dropped in the dirt. would not recommend to anyone.
Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 5 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by glass_house from Ohio

Jan 30, 2019
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Reviewed by The_Coach from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Well done. Like this one a lot better than the Creme Brûlée version from Southern Tier. There’s no mistaking the salted caramel flavor, but it doesn’t go so far overboard you can’t tell it’s a stout beer.

My biggest problem with it is that it’s so hard to find. Every other beer in this series is much easier to source.
Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Oct 19, 2018
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Rated by gasanesthesia from Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Damned good stuff! The best of the AMAZING Blackwater series. Please bring it back in Bombers!
Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 4.7 by SnackDaddy from Alabama

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got to christen my new NASA Kennedy Space Center pint glass with this brew, I am so glad I did...

A beautifully black brew with little head and no lacing gives way to the most delicious of scents of nutmeg, chocolate, and caramel that I have ever had a beer produce to my nose. The only thing the beer lacked was a scent of the 10% ABV, hidden behind all those scents and even hidden behind all the flavor from the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy, but not enough to overcome the considerable carbonation this thing puts off. If it weren't for that it would have been absolutely amazing. A very good dessert beer and another great offering from ST.
Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by pm0719 from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
-Brewed with seasalt and caramelized sugars. DOB 08.21.17. Consumed in chalice 03.05.18.

A: Dark viscose pour, coffee colored, has a creamy 1/2 inch walnut toned head that was very stable and lengthy. Small micro-effervesce on the glass walls with a speckled lacing on the interior. Really love the creamy texture and coloring of the head when swirled, like a mocha topping.

S: Big candy caramel sweetness, milky cocoa powder with some peanut candy chew scents. Big dessert style aroma, sight hints of sea salt with a soft and beautiful bitterness and milky chocolate richness @ 10.0% shows no detection of it's alcohol strength. It's big sweet nature just may give you diabetes.

T: Big roasty flavor, deep rich bitterness of freshly ground coffee beans, oily and aromatic, with loads of vanilla and caramel creamer to balance. Milky chocolate and cocoa sweetness, roasty sweetness of caramelized sugars, earthy bitterness and some burnt campfire marshmellow. Silty ash with a touch of that sea salt blending beautifully together with the sweet caramel. Nice finish of roasted bitterness and ash that gently lingers behind with a light dry touch.

M: Heavy milky creamy weight, softly carbonated with a bittering roastiness around the tongues edges.

O: Overall sweet and enticing dessert style beer. Big bold roasty nature is balanced beautifully with caramelized sugars and vanilla sweetness. Milky chocolate and cocoa powder bring some extra sweetening to the pot. Very favorable first impression aroma and flavor wise that stays with you the entire drink. Great drinkability, at 10% you would never suspect the alcohol. Outstanding per style with a very good range of aroma and flavor and nice adjuncts such as the caramelized sugars and sea salt provides a nice innovation and twist. Outstanding big dessert style that will fill you up.
Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head which retains well but slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of straight caramel on the nose with a bit of chocolate and roasted malt
T: Taste is slightly salty upon entry with a huge blast of caramel followed by some chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Still very caramel forward and sugary sweet. Swallow is a little more salt along with another hit of that caramel character with a little lingering roasted malt
M: This beer is fairly thick in body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel from all the residual sugar. Carbonation is slightly prickly which is a bit higher than I would like it to be while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer tastes like what they were aiming for. It's a huge beer that tastes like caramel with a hint of stout. Kind of loud and very sweet on the palate which definitely makes this one a dessert beer. Not bad if you like dessert stouts or super sweet stouts but not one I personally plan to revisit.
Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by deereless from Colorado

Feb 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Krajnyak from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great look and smell. I got a supriingly balanced caramel flavor, but the salt seems to gone in too much at the end. It’s not overpowering, but definetly identifiable. I’m just not a fan of that aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid brew and worth a try.
Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 16, 2018
Rated: 3.06 by rab53 from Washington

Feb 13, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle served in a goblet. 23 May 2016 bottling date.
Smooth, full mouthfeel with partially hidden alcohol. Clear dark body with a weak beige head.
Loads of caramel aroma and flavor yet very good complexity. Sweet, but at an appropriate level for the style. Mildly bitter (and excellent) aftertaste removed the hazard of cloying sweetness suggested by the aroma. Some salt and dark dried fruit notes.
Excellent with dark chocolate.
Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2017 edition.

L: Inky black pour with 1 finger of brown head. Falls fast with a solid rim of lacing.

S: Caramel and cocoa... roasted sugars. As advertised... smells like a dessert.

T/F: Burned sugars and sweetness. Mild char... strong caramel and chocolate presence. Mild vanilla and hazelnut. Medium to thick bodied... sticky and warming. Picking up some of the sea salt near the finish.

O: Delivers what it advertises... a big sweet dessert stout. Great flavor... thick and warming... boozy. A sipper for those cold winter nights, and seeing as it's 10 degrees out in PA right now... just what the doctor ordered.
Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by jrb378 from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by scratch69 from Missouri

Dec 30, 2017
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