Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cinnamon Roll Imperial AleCinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #3
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,311
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
237
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
89
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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adamette from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Live review.
Poured from the 12 ounce bottle that my brother Pete gave me as a part of a 6 pack of "extras" that he had a while ago into a clean, clear glass. Thanks Pete! I looked but do not see any "enjoy by" or "bottle on" date on the bottle. There is the following printed near the base of the bottle "09091934B11953" Could that mean bottled on 09 09 19?

A: appearance is Healthy light brown 2 inch head over a dark copper, cloudy body but some light still filters through. Excellent look. Reminds me of the top of a ....Cinnamon Roll...

S: Some distant cinnamon and malt in the smell and even some bakery fresh pastry. Amazing smell. Given the name and the look and the smell, this is shaping up to be a great beer!

T: Taste follows right along from the smell. Excellent, satisfying sweetness brought with the malt, the expected cinnamon and a depth that is reminiscent of the pastry or breading of a cinnamon roll. Again, amazing. What I do not get is a boozy kick of any kind which will surely make the drinkability of this beer quite high indeed. Way late in the taste (it took a few minutes to realize this) I did get a sense of alcohol but to me it is well obscured.

M: mouthfeel of this beer is amazing. Somehow there is a softness to it (the malt goodness, the cinnamon?).

D: drinkability, overall this beer is a winner. It has been my experience in the past that Southern Tier beers are either loved or hated (Creme Brule, Pumpking come to mind) and I suspect that his one will fall into that trend. I, for one, love this beer!

Apr 12, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Craft Brewed in Nashville, TN.
Carpe Brew Em snifter.

A burnt orange color with lighter shades of orange as well. Nice butter colored head of 2 fingers, receding quickly to a thick ring leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is definitely cinnamon roll. Lots of sticky cinnamon dough and vanilla and caramel, with slight soap.

Flavor opens with huge cinnamon and earthy cinnamon stick, followed by sweet vanilla icing, nuttiness, and a good body of caramel and bread dough. It's spot on. Some slight orange juice at the finish.

Feel is a touch thin but still stays medium bodied, is a bit cutting and hot, but has a nice dryness and stickiness to it. Kinda like a Rye ale.

Overall, this beer is really tasty and if you're considering buying it, definitely do it. Very good.

Apr 05, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a brownish amber hue, the color of cinnamon syrup. Minimal head but lots of bubbles.

Bouquet:
Like walking past a Cinnabon bakery. Warm cinnamon, sweet caramel and cream, and an almost illusory presence of vanilla.

Taste:
Cinnamon comes searing to the top like a fireball candy. What follows is sticky sweet caramel, hints of maple, vanilla, and cloves.

Feel:
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tingly warmth, and a creamy mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

Overall:
At first the cinnamon was positively overwhelming, so I let the rest of the 4-pack age for 3 months. Aging it mellowed out that burning cinnamon and allowed the backstage elements to come forward. I suggest you do the same for optimal enjoyment.

Dec 25, 2019
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Oak & Stone in Sarasota, FL. Smelled fantastic! Taste was initially great but I was soon overwhelmed by the heavy cinnamon flavor. I was also a bit disappointed by the ABV (8.6%) given the higher ABV many of their Imperials seem to have, could have been higher. Overall, worth tasting.

Nov 21, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Nov 03, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Oct 06, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jul 02, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
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

Feb 24, 2019
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Feb 02, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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!

Jan 26, 2019
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jan 13, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Jan 11, 2019
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ckval1972 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Jan 03, 2019
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haines710 from Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Dec 27, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Dec 24, 2018
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Dec 17, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Dec 16, 2018
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mpruden from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Dec 15, 2018
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Oktoberfest from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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b11 from New York

2.56/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Dec 08, 2018
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Hunamaga from New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is reddish-brown, with slight off-white head.
Smells of cinnamon, sweet icing, some caramel.
Tastes just like a cinnamon bun. Cinnamon is overpowering at first but followed by sweet vanilla icing and lactose sugar. Some minimal hop bitterness.
Feel is medium, a little cloying at times but alcohol is well hidden.

Dec 06, 2018
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Handsome_Steve from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Nov 27, 2018
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KonigObHops from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Nov 22, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a minimal foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of cinnamon, hops and fruit. Tastes of cinnamon, fruit and caramel. Sweet and tasty.

Nov 20, 2018
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%
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!

Nov 20, 2018
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