Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Cinnamon Roll Imperial AleCinnamon Roll Imperial Ale

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The scent of our brewery on brew days is irresistible. Akin to the morning’s first brewed batch of perfectly roasted coffee, the aromas envelope you and cause the corners of your lips to curl into the slightest unconscious smile. In this brew, lightly toasted malts with subtly spicy hops blend into cinnamon flavors and creamy lactose sugar. Their coalescence is so uncannily close to fresh baked cinnamon rolls that it was impossible to name this beer anything other than Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale! Pairs perfectly with eggs benedict at brunch, after dinner, or next to the fire for an unforgettable nightcap.

Added by superspak on 07-17-2017

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SnackDaddy
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: An enticing aroma of cinnamon, malt, hops, lactose, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (not overly present), a ton of cinnamon (always present), some lactose (mostly in the finish), a little dark fruit (raisins), and a tinge of caramel as well. You can call this a one-note flavor - it kind of is - but it's still tasty. That being said, the other ingredients make good companions to it. Tasty stuff.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, unusual beer. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of rgk3
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stout glass, murky brown, like a darker apple cider with minimal off-white head. Smells are strong cinnamon and apple. Also a pumpkin pie crust smell (spice and flour/bread). Tastes just like it smells. The cinnamon is so strong that it would be tough to drink a lot of this. Drinking it in the fall, say around Thanksgiving, would be a lot better than a hot July night.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger foamy off white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- the aroma smells just like cinnamon toast; tons of cinnamon up front and the breadiness of the malt mimics toasted bread crust

T- loads of cinnamon, cinnamon & more cinnamon! Mid-palate does bring out some bready notes as well as an icing-like flavor, perhaps from the lactose addition. The finish gives some toasted malt that tastes like cinnamon toast, the cinnamon lingers long after finishing

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- it tastes just like a cinnamon roll, the only downside is that it's so cinnamon-heavy that it starts to become a chore after about 6oz

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

Photo of izraelc
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you like cinnamon go for it. If not don't bother. Smells just like a cinnamon roll. A little darker than I thought it would be. It's an odd combination of malty sweetness, cinnamon, and alcohol. I applaud them for thinking outside the bottle but some ideas are better left alone. I'm predicting heartburn and a headache will accompany a few of these.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my serious doubts about this beer, but wow....such a nice pleasant surprise. Pours a murky reddish brown color with little head that barely sticks around. Doesn’t look all the great. Then the aroma & taste. They really nailed the attributes of a cinnamon roll. The bread, cinnamon, melanoidins, raisins, and melted on white sugar....this just really works together tremendously. Feel is medium to medium-full bodied with some warming alcohols. Would be great with breakfast or brunch. I had this as a late night after dinner beer. Would definitely buy again for a special occasion. Simply not an everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: murky brown, thin tan head, very little lacing
S: cinnamon jumps out at you
T: cinnamon and caramel notes
F: good mouthfeel
O: not as sweet as expected, cinnamon there, but not overpowering

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Photo of shelby415
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaHealer
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark reddish brown. Nice tan head with some retention. Whittled down to a film after a bit. Left a little lacing.

S---Um, cinnamon rolls. They really nailed what they were shooting for. There's both cinnamon and breadiness, with a tinge of hot (red hots/Fireball whiskey) from the cinnamon as well.

T---Sweet. Actually tastes like a cinnamon roll as well. A little syrupy at the finish. I swear you can taste the frosting as well.

F---A bit syrupy. Mild carbonation.

O---They exactly hit the mark they were aiming at. Very nice winter sipper, but sweetness and alcohol level means it's not going to be consumed in large quantities.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsa7783
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a tawny ruddy hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of cinnamon and clove. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Jaytown1
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievable how much that first immediate sip brings you to a tasty breakfast. The initial aftertaste is a little displeasing which is why I only gave the tast a 4 but it is delicious upon repeated sipping. It was as surprising to see this flavor come from an imperial ale as opposed to a stout or porter. I guess I was expecting a thicker texture based on the flavor.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks hazy very dark brown, almost black. Topped by a foamy beige head. Medium retention, a thin ring and film always remaining and leaving behind spotty lacing.

Smells like tons of cinnamon, toast, pumpernickel bread, caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, and vanilla.

Tastes like cinnamon, toasted pumpernickel bread, allspice, clove, milk chocolate, vanilla, and raisins. Tastes like a cinnamon roll.

Feels medium-plus, almost full-bodied. Smooth, fills the mouth, moderately carbonated. Finishes just slightly sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of Curt3
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 11-4-17 for $4.49. Bottled on 10-10-17,

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is near perfection, full on cinnamon roll, nothing more, nothing less.

Taste is cinnamon syrup over a large malt base. Slightly off flavor. A tad sweet.

Feel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall an interesting dessert beer that paired pretty well with tacos tonight.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #300!!!!!

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Photo of IronLover
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep reddish brown in color with very good clarity. Poured with a moderate creamy, beige foam with medium low retention. Pretty much smells like a sweet, bready cinnamon roll with icing on top. Cinnamon aromas intensify as this warmed, reminiscent of redhots. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth feel through the middle with expanding boozy warmth from the middle to end. Cinnamon and spice flavors from the start that continue to intensify into red hots candy-like flavor. Medium light, spicy bitterness through the middle followed by spice and nutmeg flavors on the back end. Finished with lingering spicy cinnamon with underlying sweetness. Intensely spicy and sweet to the point where it was like drinking a pastry. Pretty amazing how the flavors are literally like a cinnamon roll. But I don’t like cinnamon rolls in my pint glass. This one gets points for look, aroma and feel, but it just is a little too much to drink a pint of it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Jojo's.

LOOK: murky brown, small off white head.
AROMA: cinnamon, apple, raisin, wine.
TASTE: cinnamon, apple, bread.
FEEL: Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth


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Photo of Ryan4120
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind. It looks like an ale...but more importantly is reminiscent of a cinnamon roll in terms of color of the beer and of the head.
S - tons of cinnamon up front with notes of sweet malt, vanilla, sugar, and caramel. Again, smells like a liquid cinnamon roll.
T - Follows the nose. Tons of cinnamon throughout with notes of sweet malt, sugar, vanilla, and caramel more towards the back end. It tastes like it claims: a cinnamon roll with a sugary vanilla/caramel icing on top.
F - medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - A cinnamon roll in beer form. It tastes great and spot on but it's definitely something I'd probably only be able to enjoy on a cold winter day due to the flavor profile and it's a beer you can probably only have a few of with how sweet it is but very well executed.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: January 12, 2018... OCCASION: finishing a good week of school with a holiday brew--in spite of the 60 degree evening outside!.... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf tulip... pours a dark brown-to-black body, opaquely supporting a thin, lacing of off-white head... bright, fresh bakers' bread begins the aroma, with strong cinnamon, anise and caramel suggesting a dessert in a glass... spiced candle and soft vanilla can be detected as well... first sip is thick, medium to full-bodied, with instant warmth--almost a fire--with a strong alcohol report accompanying its substantial weight... creamy, and worth pondering... cinnamon, sugar, caramel, licorice, toasted malts, vanilla, ginger and menthol all have a part to play in this profile... BIG, filling, and at times demanding... as seasonals go, appropriate and enjoyable... not one who enjoys cinnamon rolls in their usual form, I can appreciate this attempt but consider it a lesser part of the Southern Tier family of beers...

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