Irish Cream Stout
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Irish Cream StoutIrish Cream Stout
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
American Stout
Ranked #360
Ranked #24,741
3.67 | pDev: 16.08%
Jul 16, 2022
Jan 06, 2022
Irish Cream StoutIrish Cream Stout
Notes: Raise a pint to good fortune with the deliciously lucky Irish Cream Stout. This Irish cocktail inspired Stout features hearty dark malts with a subtle balance of hops to create a dark ale of comfort with a sure-fire salute to the famous spirit. Sláinte!
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown color with beige edges and a finger of head. The nose has that classic Bailey's note. The same sweet Bailey's note is upfront in the flavor profile. Unfortunately, the stout qualities are lacking as there is only a faint astringent roast on the finish.

This one was worth trying once but it's definitely built more for Bailey's fans than for stout fans.
Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25
I meant to try this months ago around, you know, St. Patrick's Day. Whatever; it has a "best by" date of 6/22/22. Not that that really tells me much. It could have been bottled in October for all I know.

Two solid fingers of tan head over a dark brown body. Lil bit o' sticky lacing. I don't even have to stick my nose in there like a pretentious ass to tell you that this smells like my morning coffee (shut up buttbag Irish cream doesn't count as drinking in my home it just tastes good). Yeah, heavy irish cream on the nose to the point where it kind of obscures everything else. There's maybe an Oreo cookie note in there too. Smells real sweet. Taste underwhelms sorely. Irish cream thinned out with dirty 'ol garden hose water. Ick. Further sips are proving slightly better, but the mouthfeel on this is just a thin, watery mess. Zero heft. I'm sure there's a way to do this right (imperialized and aged in bourbon barrels?), but this ain't it.
Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Irish cream aromas abound from the start, which is wonderful. Thin light caramel head. Well carbonated, black
body with a dark chestnut sheen in the light. Decently full bodied but not syrupy. While it smells sweet, it is properly malty and bitter as stouts are, with subdued lactose. It is brewed with milk sugar but I'm not picking up on it as an entity discernible from the Irish Cream flavoring, and it's definitely taking a backseat to the roasted malt. The Irish cream flavor holds fast but it's like drinking a Baileys that doesn't mask the alcohol as well, cept the bitter here is from the roasted malts and not the alcohol per se. After taste of roast espresso. I overall enjoyed this one but it didn't blow my mind or anything. I would definitely have it on draft on a St. Patty's Day sometime.
May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by DaveAhl from New Jersey

May 17, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours clear, dark brown in color with one third inch head. Smells rich and sweet. Taste is Irish Cream, vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, sweet. Not as over the top as other Southern Tier stouts. Nice and gentle. Get hints of the drink without hitting you over the head. Fine with a six pack, no need to get more.
May 02, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 6/21/22.

Looks very good in the glass, dark brown body with a creamy business-like head. Rings of lacing.

Creamy vanilla aroma.

On tasting, fortunately not as sweet as the nose would predict. There is a nice roast and slight bitterness to cut through the cream. There is the feel of whiskey without the actual booze.

Mouth between full and medium, finish a creamy roast.

Overall, ST accomplished what it set out to do with this one. It's an okay beer, but I'm in no hurry to reach for another one.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look: Pours a dark brown; almost black color with a one finger beige head of foam. Low retention, very light lacing.

Aroma: Almost smells like root beer on the nose. Brown sugar, caramel, bubblegum, banana and vanilla.

Taste: Interesting. Reminds me a lot of cream soda. Upfront there is a milk chocolate and caramel taste, with gentle suggestions of cherry and brown sugar. There is a condensed cream / whipped cream / vanilla extract flavor to it somewhere in the middle. Ends on mildly bitter flavors of roasted malt.

Feel: Light-mid weight. Relatively thin.

Overall: Pleasant and interesting. Almost like a root beer or coffee liquor style beer. Not my favorite. Not horrible.
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very dark -- not quite black -- brew with modest off-white head. The nose makes me take notice: What *is* this? The beer is redolent of Cocoa Puffs or Chocolate Rice Krispies. Or maybe graham crackers? Malted Milk Balls? Yeah, it's a bit like all of those things. It smells -- in an agreeable way -- like some sort of artificial chocolate confection.

The beer is medium-bodied and surprisingly filling for its modest 5.8% ABV. The carbonation is just right.

It reminds me a bit of the old Samuel Adams Cream Stout but is much more assertive. A highly interesting stout which I will have to try again sometime.
Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with nearly no head. Not bubbly. SRM of 23. (3.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of vanilla and artificial creamer upfront. Sort of turns into caramel creamer, chocolate, and hints of coffee. (3.75)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of caramel and creamer upfront before a bitter Irish Cream and coffee flavor in the middle. Some smooth chocolate off the finish with a mild bitterness. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Finish is smooth, slightly astringent from the Coffee and Irish cream, but then flat. (3.25)

Overall: This beer tastes pretty much like Irish cream, artificial caramel creamer, cheap coffee, and vanilla. All of the above. Not really pleasant, but drinks like Irish cream I suppose. Not great flavors. The body is flat without carbonation, and not getting much nitro here either. Wouldn't seek this one out again. (Final Rating: 3.52)
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by Raime from Korea (North)

Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On tap at Pour Taproom in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This is pretty artificial smelling (and tasting), with sort of cheap and sweey whiskey-like aromas, Bailey's, milk chocolate, and marshmallow cream.

I really wanted to like this, but it just feels thin and artificial. It just feels like some sort of Bailey's extract was added to a thin milk stout here. There's some chocolate, and a kind of weird off-brand sweetness.

This is light bodied, creamy, and not all that drinkable.

Southern Tier stouts can often run too thick and too sweet, but sometimes they also run too thin and too sweet, I guess.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by JamesLeung from Florida

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Pouringpro from Connecticut

2.37/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2
Always have enjoyed Southern Tiers quality brews and creativity.
I was taken by surprise.

The Label is Very Misleading!! The Words to me meant an Irish style Cream Stout.
The word Cream as in the Cream ales of years gone by, did not mean adding a bunch of chemical flavors to an ale! Or yo a Stout.

I understood after first unnatural flavored slug what they meant by Irish Cream “Stout”.
A polite way of saying you are trying to capitalize on the “Carbomb” drinkers.

Brew a stout and load it up with the flavor profile of a cheap Irish Cream Liqueur.
Bump up the alcohol content and you have created a dud Irish Car Bomb Stout.

So to Describe my tasting experience;
The beer explodes in your mouth, destroying your tastebuds. In a daze you sip again hoping you were confused by your preconceived notion that this was an Irish Stout on the creamy side. Wrong! It is a syrupy mess. Nice try though.

The key to the success of the now politically correct named “Irish Drop” Aka Carbomb was the great taste of the Guinness followed by the liquid ice cream shot of Bailey’s and Jameson’s ( note the original shot had Kahlua in it) . So Tasty.

But to have to suffer through an alcohol laden
Chemically created Irish Syrup Stout. Nope!

Well, I have to drink it so.... I will try adding a scoop of my Bailey’s, Kahlua and Jameson’s Ice Cream to it and hopefully get some enjoyment.

Note: the scoop of Bailey’s, Kahlua and Jameson’s Ice Cream on top of a pint of Guinness is called the “B.I.G. Float!
Bailey’s Irish Guinness!

So time for a Southern Tier Sunday Stout!!
Or just if like me you bought the 6 pack,
add Guinness to the STICS and it is actually drinkable.
Mar 21, 2022
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Rated by RLowry315 from New York

1.37/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Unrecognizable as a stout. Undrinkable.
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours dark. Creamy foam. Sour smell. Sweet creamy body. A little bitter. Not really that great. Tastes like sour milk somewhat. Not up to the usual Southern Tier standards.
Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Best by 2022/06/21
Pours a fizzy foamy almost 1 finger tan head with moderate retention, very dark almost black color, fair messy lacing

Nose starts with Bailey's Irish cream, to the point of artificial like, very creamy, a hint of chocolate and roast, lactose milk sugar, but pretty much all Irish Cream

Taste brings more Irish Cream like Baileys but a bit less dominant than the nose, some bitter stout notes with a bit of roast and creamy chocolate, lactose sugar, some mild spicy hop bitterness, a little fruity note, a touch of a minty like character late probably coming from the Irish cream, getting more spicy hop bitterness with minty notes late, drier finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fair creamy, med-higher frothy carb

Overall mixed, the nose was all Irish Cream which is OK if there is beer there but there really wasn't, taste had more balance so nicer but the spicy bitter hop on the finish was a bit clashing,
Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Mar 17, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by timgower from Massachusetts

1.64/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
If you like super sweet stouts with lots of obvious additives, this is for you. I found it to be like drinking a Thin Mint. The pour looks like a stout, but a soon as you take a whiff, you are in CandyLand. Taste follows: Strong artificial-tasting chocolate and mint. Overpowering and leaves a bitter, sour aftertaste. Not my thing.
Mar 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by BltByKrmn from New York

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Sinister from New York

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by kuhndog from New York

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 3.37 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark, opaque brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma and flavor feature sweet cream, Bailey's, dark chocolate, mint, and black coffee - with a few extra sugar cubes, for good measure. Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied, and somewhat cloying. Overall it's a nice dessert stout at a moderate abv, but I could do with less sweetness.
Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Danzifer from Ohio

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Solid black appearance.
Light carbonation, slight creamy thick feel,above average body. Overall a nice body.
Aroma is chocolate mint candy,bailey's, chocolate cookies, malt,with mild coffee. Comes off just a bit artificial.
Taste doesn't stray too far from the aroma,sweet but not a syrup bomb.
Overall its a very good novelty beer,does well after dinner on a cold night. Pound a few ain a row after mowing the lawn? No,wouldn't work
Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Irish Cream Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 06/21/22", and sampled on 02/23/22
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's been so long since I've had Irish Cream that I doubt I'll be able to remember what it tastes like. This has poured a very dark mahogany brown body beneath an inch of creamy khaki colored foam. The aroma is sweetish, and... maybe like vanilla? It's unusual, and there's definitely more to it than vanilla but I can't put my finger on it. On to the taste then... it's interesting. There's definitely a chococlatey and lightly roasty side to it, but it's also got a lot of vanilla and some fruitiness to it. At this point the head has dropped but it's maintained a thin cap and there is some minor lacing left behind. I can tell that it's made with lactose but I'm not sure why. I don't think that I can actually taste it as much as I feel it. That's interesting because it popped right out to me whereas sometimes I don't even notice it. There's also some bitterness which I find a little odd because this one doesn't seem nearly as sweet as some of their other dessert beers. It finishes a bit harsh, dry, and herbal (minty) with a little bit of a spiciness, but no real spice flavor. That can't be alcohol, can it? How strong is this? It's just 5.8% so no, it's definitely not alcohol. I have to say that sometimes I like unusual and weird things in beer because they're intriguing but this is just distracting. It's pleasant upfront with some sweetness and chocolate and caramel, but then that unusual character comes on across the middle and then lingers in the finish. The label says that it's a "STOUT WITH NATURAL FLAVORS". Usually I don't mind flavorings but this one comes off as a bit medicinal, and I think it's too strong for the base beer that it's in. Despite the lactose it also seems a little thin for what it's trying to be. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp, and I think, astringent. That might just be the lactose on my teeth, but maybe not. In the end maybe I'm just not understanding it, but it's definitely not my cup of tea.
Review #7,801
Feb 23, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours a dark mahogany bordering black with a caramel colored head

Baileys coffee and vanilla in the nose

Taste follows the nose. There is some bitter carbonation in the back, but this is a sweet mess.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 3.28 by Cameron_S from Florida

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by Keith27614 from North Carolina

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Best by 6/21/22"; drank 2/17/22 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Marshmallow, mint & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Strawberry, mint & chocolate syrup flavors; it's very artificial tasting, but the notes are mild enough for this to not be cloying.

One is enough, for sure, but this is better than it has any right to be.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Feb 17, 2022
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