Salted Caramel
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Salted CaramelSalted Caramel
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #77
ABV:
10%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,569
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
333
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New York, United States
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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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Reviews by ajm5108:
Photo of ajm5108
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tad watery with little head. Aroma has lots of caramelized sugar and sweet lactose, with maybe a little bit of salt as well. Not sure how well it approximates caramel (a little too sugary) but it is certainly candy-like. Flavor definitely has more of the salt element, and it kinda threw me off a little bit. There is definitely some nice soft roasted malt, dark chocolate and the aforementioned caramelized sugar, but the strength of the salt overpowered my palate somewhat. It is very decadent like the other Southern Tier desert beers, but that was expected. Overall it is good, but I think there could certainly be some fine tuning done.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours jet opaque black, tan film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of chocolate syrup, caramel, sea salt, vanilla, pecan, and oak.

Flavor is of caramel, chocolate syrup, biscuit, mesquite, vanilla, burnt oak and lactose.

Body is full and viscous. Light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Boozy warmth going down.

Very tasty dessert beer. Drinks very slow, intensely rich. Worth trying.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good smell and great taste, which is 100% salted caramel buttercream. Tastes exactly like a cupcake, not a dark salted caramel chew but a light frosting. Dark brown but barely see thru, thick tan head that fades slowly. Medium carbonation and body. Not to be drunk with food... it's not a dessert beer, it's a dessert. Would buy again for the flavor, excited to try the other Southern Tier dessert beers.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Tall 12oz bottle pours a motor oil black brew into my snifter atop which a thick, foamy nutty tan head forms. The cap reaches about a centimeter high with pretty good retention. A few small sheets of lace stick on the glass with sparse spots.

S- Dessert in a glass. The aroma hints at heavy sweetness, vanilla and... caramel. Not your usual toasty barley caramel but the kind that you usually find on a good dessert menu is captured in this smell. The roasted grains back it up with dark chocolate, burnt barley and coffee notes. Mostly about the caramel but creme brulee actually comes to mind as well as that classic Souther Tier lactose hint.

T- Caramel still runs the show with a massive cloying sweetness right alongside it but the roast makes more of an impact here with some burnt bitterness showing in the finish. Bitter dark chcocolate, salted sweets, vanilla bean sweets, dark roast burnt coffee beans, buttery milk sugars (like a Cow Tail candy), charred barley and boozy notes.

MF- A rich, thick body with a decadent silkiness that results from the very creamy and chewy consistency. Carbonation is padded by this texture and despite its fairly high level it comes down very smoothly. The finish brings some heat from the alcohol.

One of the better big beers by Southern Tier since the release of the Blackwater classics and blends. This brew utilizes the classic milk sugar and roasty base but boosts the caramel alongside some salt for a unique beer in its own right. Not for everyone and extremely sweet but the name should warn anyone of that.

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Photo of SmangTown
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured very little head which faded just as quick. A very dark color. Smells amazing. Very caramelly. Tastes very sweet (if you don't want something sweet don't bother). Caramel and saltiness are balanced nicely. Still has a little boozy kick to it at 10%. Has some roasty notes to it as well. Was very light for an imperial stout. Smooth as well, not being too carbonated. Overall was a little too sweet for what I wanted but still very good overall. I'd say the smell is better than the taste but still great taste.

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottle date not evident.

A: Pours a jet black color with almost no head. Brief head is khaki in color and fades quickly.

S: Mostly strong aromas of salted caramel with lighter notes of chocolate, vanilla, and sweet and toasted malts.

T: Taste is caramel off the bat followed by chocolate, vanilla, milk, and coffee with very mild hoppy bitterness. Ends with slight caramely saltiness. Sweet, but well balanced and not overly sweet.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with light carbonation.

O: Overall, this is an awesome dessert imperial stout. The salted caramel flavors are balanced well with the malt and hop notes. Would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of Jdells09
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CjMcGarner
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyLema1
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown/black, with a thin tan head
S: sweet and salty
T: mix of sweet and roasty, with a hint of salt
F: creamy mouthfeel, deep finish
O: I'd rather have more creamy than roasty finish

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Photo of robroc
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lccrunchy
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DubiousGopher
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dalizzie
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle.

(L) The color was dark brown. Quickly dissipating khaki head.
(A) Smell was sweet dark malt. Smelled more toffee than salted caramel.
(T) Taste follows aroma. Toffee toffee toffee. Wish I had some more salt to balance out the caramel.
(F) Full bodied and rich. Creamy, not much carbonation.

Too sweet for my tastes. Might let remaining 5 bottles sit to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of Coopersbeer
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a ton of great beers since being turned onto craft brews quite a while back now. Love many styles but am a tried and true Stout guy. And this one is off the hook! The appearance and mouthfeel screams classic Stout. Mildly carbonated and beautiful black. Had from a bottle and hard poured it. A bit of head remained after a few minutes, laced a bit. The smell is definitely chocolate and caramel. Yes, all that matters to me some, but my bottom line on any beer is the taste. And my oh my! My taste buds, anyhow, get the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla right off the bat, then it finishes up, to me anyway, like a classic Imperial Stout. Unbelievable flavour! Very smooth as well. Stout fans, it's a must try. On the fence about Stouts? Well, try this one and you'll be sold.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jon7487
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Salted Caramel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 333 ratings