Imperial Cinnamon Roll Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Imperial Cinnamon Roll AleImperial Cinnamon Roll Ale
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Imperial Cinnamon Roll AleImperial Cinnamon Roll 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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Reviews by Knapp85:
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of teromous
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The top left of the front label says: "DOB 10/10/17 09:58AM"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown color and it has a short off-white head. The head fades pretty quickly leaving only a ring.

Aroma: There is an aroma that smells just like red hots or atomic fireballs.

Taste: The beer has a strong cinnamon flavor up front which is followed by a slightly toasted character with a touch of burnt sugar and charcoal. The burnt character gives it a touch of bitterness which also does taste a bit like the caramelized and burnt sugars found on a cinnamon roll. All-in-all the beer tastes much more like a red hot candy or atomic fireball than an actual food item made with real cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: There is just a touch of heat from this beer and just a hint of bitterness. It has a medium body and it is very easy to drink. It finishes wet but never sweet.

Overall: it's an interesting beer that has flavors which approximate the "Cinnamon Roll" namesake, but tastes a lot more like cinnamon candy. If you are a fan on cinnamon candy then this is right up your alley. It has somewhat of a toasted flavor but it really lacks that toasty, bready malt character that can be found in many other beers. I would recommend it because it does have a lot of flavor, but again, it should be noted that it tastes more like red hots.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/10/17, so 2 months old.

looks brown and dark in the glass, but when held up to the light, is a deep amber color. the head is tan and small, eventually dissipating to a faint cover and solid ring.

Well they nailed the nose on this one, as ST often does with their dessert beers. smells exactly like fresh cinnamon rolls, minus the heat.

taste is loads of cinnamon, but it's not harsh, bitter, or hot, as some other cinnamon beers tend to be. This palate is enjoying this.

mouth is close to full, cinnamon and slightly sweet on the finish.

overall, and enjoyable beer to sip over an evening. 8.3abv is quite well hidden. I doubt i could drink anything else tonight, and close to the end, I was beginning to tire of the cinnamon, so perhaps a 12oz would have been better.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a dark ruby amber with a modest head that soon diminishes to a nice ring. Tons of cinnamon in the nose...and mouth. Malty otherwise with hints of brown sugar. Personally, I think the cinnamon is overwhelming the other flavors, just beware of it and you will not be unhappy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

you have to like this sort of thing, but man oh man this is unique. southern tier has a long and impressive history of making strongly flavored, extremely delicious, and highly desserty beers, and this is a great continuation of that trajectory. it is not inspired by or modeled on a cinnamon roll, it literally is a liquid one, a truly unique and incredible beer right here, whether or not you like it, you have to respect it. it pours a lightly bubbly caramel to deep red color, lazy looking and rich, but the nose is the best feature hands down. the cinnamon is so intense, but its not hot or spicy or anything like that, its natural still though, just cooked, or rather baked and warming, with some toffee, caramel, and caramelized brown sugar notes as well. i even get the buttery pastry bit and the confectioners sugar based glaze or icing on the top, its all there, it makes me hungry, and literally smells exactly like a cinnamon roll, hardly like a beer at all. this all translates to the flavor really well, the sweet desserty cinnamon and the bready roll parts are there for sure, i cant believe how intense this is though, like, even after a few sips it gets to be a lot. its too high quality to be a novelty, but i cant imagine drinking more than half a bottle or so, its that rich and sweet and heavy feeling, amazing to taste and sip on for a little while, but it isnt sustainable. they were smart to go with the little bottles on this one, a bomber, even for two or three dudes, would be way too much, at least i think so. i really enjoyed this though, and have never seen anything like it. really impressive commitment to the cinnamon roll flavor, they absolutely nailed it. this will be a fun one to have around holiday tables this season!

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a goblet a deep amber/brown with a thinner but lasting off white head atop.Rich buttery caramel and cinnamon in the nose,very rich and warming.The cinnamon really bites up front on the palate,quite spicy with a buttery tinge in the finish with some alcohol sweetness coming thru.The cinnamon is large and in charge on the palate....maybe to in charge.Still alot of good stuff going on here.

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Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. A gooey cinnamon treat in a glass...You get all of it..Big cinnamon, sweet roll and amazing glaze..Southern Tier makes excellent dessert beers. This is up there with their best...Certainly one of the best smelling beers I have had...If you like cinnamon rolls, this one delivers.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Skabiski
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cjtuggle
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company "Cinnamon Roll"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 09/29/17..." and sampled on 11/07/17
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a clear, surprisingly dark ruby-mahogany body beneath a two-finger thick head of frothy light tan that then drops steadily to a creamy 1/2 finger thick head. Looking back at the color I guess that makes sense, it's kind of like the color of baked cinnamon, I was just expecting it to be lighter for some reason. The aroma clearly displays cinnamon, and there's a sweetish cake-like or bready note as well. Ah, there must be vanilla in there as well. The cinnamon really dominates it though. Wow, the flavor is similar, it really is like a cinnamon roll. Fascinating. The cinnamon is still a little bit much, but it's balanced by sweetness, and probably suggested sweetness from the vanilla, and it doesn't come of as harshly spicy. I'm finding a light bit of fruitiness as well and I wonder if that's from yeast, or are they using some Ceylon mace as well. It's also sweet but it mostly dries in the finish, it's not too malty or sweet, and I think it kind of needs that - if it were drier it wouldn't taste so much like a cinnamon roll. Hmmm, maybe I'm wrong, maybe there's just a touch too much bitterness to it and the spice that's there would do the work that's needed in the end. So, maybe a touch too bitter, but that's better than sticky sweet for sure. Looking back the lacing is OK, not great, but it has spider-webbed the whole glass so that's good. The head has become just a creamy collar though. Wow, this is definitely a dessert beer, I'm not even halfway into it and I've had enough. Definitely a sipper. And I could see using it in cooking but why bother, just use cinnamon and vanilla instead. It would probably pair well with several desserts though, so there's that. It might be interesting next to a tart cherry pie. Medium bodied and gently carbonated. So... what started out in my mind as really impressive is less than that now. It's great but it's also very one-sided. A beer that's strong like this, and full of flavor, a sipper, I usually reserve for just nipping at while reading before bed but in this case I think even that might be too much. A half a glass? Yes. Share this with friends.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. THE nose is absolutely spot on for a cinnamon roll. The taste is really sweet and has a ton of cinnamon. The cinnamon may be a bit much on the palate. Glad I tried this but it is not a beer that I’d want to drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & hazed hazel color with a pinky of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

T: Tons of cinnamon,

T: Follows the nose, tastes just a freaking cinnamon roll! Breadyness mingles with sweetness & cinnamon stick , plus dryness up front. Plenty of breadyness, contributing to dryness mixes with the sweetness & cinnamon as this warms. Finishes as it started

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Another really nice dessert beer from these guys, pretty drinkable despite the ABV & what's going on with this one

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Photo of Jaytown1
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 beergorrilla
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 DaveCash
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Cinnamon Roll Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 165 ratings