Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cinnamon Roll Imperial AleCinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #6,101
4.03 | pDev: 10.67%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Cinnamon Roll Imperial AleCinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of EnderFett11
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass which resulted in about a finger of head that didn't last long. Medium-brown color. Smells like Cinnabon, which is amazing. Taste isn't quite like that, but is definitely a cinnamon roll. Borderline too sweet, but is still quite drinkable on its own. Thinking it might go well with pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, or mixed with rum or something else. Excellent beer, and looking forward to trying with more combinations.

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Photo of EMV
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed copper pour with 2 fingers of off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Apple cinnamon and spice. Sweet... smells like a cinnamon roll.

T.F: Cloying and sweet. Kind of nauseating... strong cinnamon. Apple, spice, and lactose/sweet. Did I mention that it's sweet? Awful sweet... and nearly undrinkable. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue. More cinnamon (complete with cinnamon belches) at the finish.

O: I'd rate this lower, but I'm guessing this is what they were going for. I found this to be undrinkable (and the last 1/3 of the pour wound up in the drain). If you like super sweet things with cinnamon this might be for you. As for me... never again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16-9 oz brown bottle - DOB 10/1/2018

Southern Tier Imperial Cinnamon Roll has a hazy dark amber body with a 1 1/2 finger foamy off-white head that reduced to a cap of foam. The nose as the name implies is dominated by strong aromas of cinnamon along with notes of sweet brown sugar. The taste matches the nose with dark malts added, As you guessed it - it really tastes like a cinnamon roll. The mouth feel is high-medium to full bodied and is smooth and a little chewy. Carbonation is moderate.

Imperial Cinnamon Roll sure makes for a good desert beer or a late night cap. Its drinkability is only limited by its rich and sweeter flavor.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brownish red color. Medium carbonation with around a medium body.
Aroma is everything cinnamon roll with the spice being forward. Sweet malt, bread/yeast/pastry with just a bit of alcohol shows up also
Taste is definitely cinnamon roll with the spice being forward. Its sweet but not over the top to me. The doughy pastry shows up in the taste and really brings the cinnamon roll flavor all together
It delivers all the flavors advertised with a well hidden abv. This isn't a knock a few back after mowing the lawn type of beer but as a novelty beer it works well

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Photo of REDAMI
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into Chimay goblet

L - Cloudy chestnut colored pour, minimal cream lacing, no head.

S - Strong cinnamon, custard-like vanilla, yeasty bread, cinnamon french toast-ish.

T - Cinnamon, lightly sweet, rich eggy pastry, like a cinnamon roll without the icing.

F - Very dry, almost grainy on the tongue. The flavors linger without being cloying.

It's what it says on the bottle, a cinnamon roll in liquid form.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better like cinnamon! Ha ha! BBB with Leah after buying Ford. Nice color! If you like cinnamon you'll enjoy this one. Leah liked this one for sure! Another good Southern Tier!

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

It tastes like a malty cinnamon roll. At least the flavor is accurate, although I could do without the maltiness. The cinnamon is a bit too strong for my liking, to the point where it does overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If the name didn't tip you off, it will be obvious. This is a big bad dark brown ale with tons of spice. It overwhelms all, including alcohol.

It's a nice sipper. The sweetness would be enough to cover a few more abv next time, boys.

Highly recommended. Sipping a sample at John Harvard's b at Holiday Valley.

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Photo of ckval1972
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the beer most true to its name - truly smells and initially tastes like a cinnamon roll. I'm giving it a pretty high rating on delivering on what it portends to be but not sure I'd get this again - it's simply not my style. As others have mentioned the finish / aftertaste is pretty boozy and not consistent or complementary with the delightful initial taste which I'm certain is nearly 95% driven by the wonderful smell.

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Photo of haines710
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way too much fake cinnamon. Too me this tastes nothing like a good cinnamon roll and nothing like beer. I tast no hops or malt. Just sweet like a bad frozen cinnamon raisin bagel.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a dessert beer if I've ever had one...

From the moment I poured it out and took a sniff, this was definitely a dessert beer. The beer smelled of cinnamon roll, close your eyes and you would be thinking you were sniffing over an actual cinnamon roll - no bones about it - amazing, really. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly creamy and the taste followed the smell with a nice blend of malts and even some hops for good measure. I was expecting something subdued but got a smack-in-the-face and unexpected sweet beer. There will be some that will turn their nose up to this, but accepting this to be what it is, you can place it in your line up for an evening of drinking at just the right spot...

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single for my wife and I to split.

Surprising spot on smell and initial taste of a cinnamon roll. The finish is where this one fell off. Too much cinnamon which resulted in a bitter/burnt lingering taste. It's a shame because it starts out well. Drinkable but the finish is too off putting. One and done.

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Photo of 57md
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish copper with a shade under a full finger of head. The nose is straight up cinnamon roll as is the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky. The only shortcoming is the body is thinner than I expected for this offering.

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Photo of mpruden
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer's creation date was 10/17/18. Poured slightly hazy brown into a tulip glass, leaving a 1/2" beige head. The nose is like sweet cinnamon rolls, and in that way the beer lives up to its name. Noticeable carbonation, medium mouthfeel. The attack is quite sweet; the finish is a rather discordant sour/bitter, with noticeable alcohol. We paired it for breakfast with a baked egg-and-cheese casserole and pan-fried goetta; it went OK with the eggs, less well with the goetta, better with the gingerbread cookie we had for dessert, but the finish was still somewhat discordant. We have a four-pack, and will try pairing the next bottle with unsalted nuts or some other kind of dessert — possibly sautéed apples sprinkled with cinnamon.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The smell is definitely by way of your local food court Cinnabon. Taste is marginally less so but still on target. Pretty strong cinnamon aftertaste, which is okay but could be toned down a little.

This is good, but like other Southern Tier offerings in the dessert beer realm, I wouldn't reach for a second bottle immediately. I'm looking at you, Creme Brulee. Still, another feat of alchemy from the folks at Southern Tier.

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Photo of b11
2.56/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is an easy review to write: there's roughly 3 to 4 times the amount of cinnamon in this beer than there should be. The aftertaste is unpleasant, from the excess cinnamon, and while drinking you taste nothing but cinnamon. This beer is a mistake.

What's interesting is that if you consider Southern Tier's chocolate stout you see that they create it successfully largely because the chocolate does not overwhelm the beer, there's some subtlety, compared to so many other chocolate stouts.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dessert beer. The smell is intoxicating - cinnamon rolls!
Deep brown color, similar to Coca Cola with a thin head and very little lacing.
Drinks easily, like a stout but isn't as full bodied. I'd recommend this for a Christmas party or holiday get together. Definitely will get this again.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in the bottle at a local craft beer store as a part of their Christmas Ale table.

The beer pours a dark cola color with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is exactly the same as a Cinnabon Cinamon Bun!

The initial taste is super sweet and full of cinnamon. The middle is full of cinnamon with a bit of caramel. The end is just one big cinnamon bomb, with a hint of vanilla as it warms on the tongue.

The mouthfeel of this beer is relatively crisp.

I am not sure there is any beer in this beer. This beer is exactly what it says it is... The cinnamon is the main ingredient, and the thing tastes just like a Cinnabon cinnamon roll.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky umber with a medium head that poofs. nose; big nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet bread, brown sugar, & raisin. taste; thick bready malt, cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin, nutmeg, slight artifical sweetener, & mild earthy hops (pretty much follows the nose). medium+ carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. a pretty nice novelty brew that holds up to the food it’s mimicing, and could probably pass for a pumpkin/pie beer. a bit much for more than a single though!

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first words out of my mouth upon tasting this ale were, “wow, that’s good!”

Southern tier takes the cake on desert beers, and this is no exception. It tastes exactly like a cinnamon roll. Really.

Pours a deep, reddish amber that’s pretty clear. Not too much head.
Nose: smells exactly like a cinnamon roll! Cinnamon, vanilla, sweet icing,
Taste: alcohol is a bit prominent, but the flavors of cinnamon, spices, and brown sugar and icing sweetness follow and linger for a bit on the palate. Being that it’s an ale rather than, say a stout, it drinks much easier and is not as heavy as other desert beers I’ve tried.

So yummy!
However, this is a strong beer, and I enjoyed it less towards the end. This would be good served as a desert beer and best enjoyed as a smaller glass (IMO).

How they managed to make this smell exactly like a cinnamon roll, I don’t know, but it’s amazing!

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Photo of RemDog517
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mocha brown with minimal head. The smell is nice, like cinnamon buns baking in the oven. Sweet start with sharp cinnamon flavor. Not a bad tasting beer, but just a hair “off” in the cinnamon flavor... I think it’s the hops that add a back end tartness that just doesn’t marry with the sweet. Overall, not bad makes a fine sipper that warms you up with the 8.6% alcohol.

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Photo of Orions_Belt
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

L- Poured a couple of these bad boys into my big 'ol beer mug. Razor thin head that dissipated quickly, lacing was nonexistent. Coca-cola brown with visible bubbles.
S- Smell was incredible! Akin to baking cinnamon rolls in the oven!
T- Taste is where it honestly teeters off for me. I am an absolute fan of flavored beers but this one is just a little off. Without a doubt the cinnamon is there, but alcohol is upfront. At 8.6 abv I can understand why but it really feels like having an upfront alcohol taste defeats the purpose of a sweet ale like this. Would easily be a 5 on the taste if not for the upfront alcohol taste.
F- Can't go wrong with an 8.6 abv, warms ya right up!
Overall- It's okay, not the best I've ever had. Honestly a tad disappointed. This looked soooooo good in the store but I'm kinda let down at the upfront alcohol taste, really ruins it. If they can fix that it'd be an easy 5.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, aromatic, delicious beer - but it doesn’t remind me of a cinnamon roll! Looks nice, deep honeyed brown color with loads of fluffy white head that slowly fades and some nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells mainly of cinnamon, spice, pumpkin and malt. Tastes of cinnamon, spice, pumpkin, a little ale, malt, caramel and vanilla. Really reminds me more of a cross between a pumpkin spice latte and the frosting off a piece of carrot cake. Smooth mild slightly creamy mouthfeel, great carbonation. Higher ABV was well-hidden. I was a little torn by this beer - great flavors, just didn’t live up to the “cinnamon roll” billing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am finishing my New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713) by delving into my Bottle Backlog for the last time today.

From the Bottle: "Imperial Ale with Natural Cinnamon and Caramel Flavors Added"; "Why the hell not?"

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a decent C-Line pour into the awaiting glass, but I was disappointed by its lack of creation of head. I continued with a vigorous in-glass swirl which raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head that puffed up & then suddenly exhaled, falling like a soufflé when the oven door is slammed shut. Wow! It left some decent lacing, so I was not too bent. Color was Brown to Deep Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like my raison d'etre when standing the Midwatch - fresh hot cinnamon rolls coming out of the oven to be drizzled with frosting! 8=O Cinnamon and a bready maltiness were the watchwords in this one. They really nailed the essence of a Cinnamon Roll, but was it an American Strong Ale? Gotta review to Style, kids. It turns out that it is a catch-all category, so sky's the limit! Mouthfeel was medium, at best. I was kinda underwhelmed & I wish that it had been a bit fuller, frankly. The taste was exactly like a liquefied cinnamon roll - bready, slightly sweet, very spicy with cinnamon. Mmm. I felt like I was being lulled into Lullaby Land with this one. It was the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Phew! Finish was semi-sweet to semi-dry. I cannot deny the spices their drying quality, but at the same time, it was kinda sweet. I'm so conflicted! YMMV. I give up!

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 215 ratings