Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cinnamon Roll Imperial AleCinnamon Roll Imperial Ale
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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,128
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
163
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 25, 2022
Added:
Jul 17, 2017
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  56
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Nice amount of clingy lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy cinnamon and vanilla.

T - The taste is cinnamon, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and mild bitter hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a slick dry finish.

O - Solid. Cinnamon is not as in your face as I expected. Decent balance of flavors.
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Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Brian19876

4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Drove 2.5 hours to Cleveland southern tier to get this beer since never at the pittsburgh location. Such a bold cinnamon flavor. One of the best beers southern tier brewery makes
Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
draught
Rather murky, caramel color with some orange highlights. Smells like cinnamon toast without butter, at first, with a bit of a roca type toffee. The added cinnamon clashes with the hops and creates an unpleasant bitterness that overrides a lot of the cinnamon and black tea flavors. Body is a bit thin.
Nov 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2020
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Rated by majinsnake from West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
If you like eating cinnabons, then you will like drinking this. It is like a liquid cinnabon. It's gooood.
May 11, 2020
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Reviewed by adamette from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.34/5  rDev +8%
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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Rated by Confederates1952 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tried it for the first time and enjoyed it very much. Too bad it's only a seasonal beer.
Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by Satsuma from Florida

Feb 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by RickS95 from Indiana

Jan 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by km02600 from Michigan

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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
 
Rated: 3.83 by einman from Minnesota

Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Dec 20, 2019
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Rated by odement from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Like drinking a sweet roll....perfect
Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by Trboley from Ohio

Dec 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.47 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by ClePaul from Ohio

Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by Spluger from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.06 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Nov 09, 2019
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Rated by Saylor from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I like cinnamon rolls, Irish potatoes, etc but this has too much of a dry cinnamon taste
Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 2.88 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +10%
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
 
Rated: 4.04 by Ssitron from Michigan

Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Aug 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by dsshuck from Delaware

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.57 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.45 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 241 ratings