Beer Review #153
Southern Tier Brewing Company has become something of a big player in the American craft beer market. For a craft beer company, they command a surprisingly large presence on local beer racks, a presence rivaled perhaps only by Sierra Nevada. To date, I've reviewed perhaps two dozen of their beers. Of particular note is their Blackwater Series: Warlock, Creme Brulee, Choklat, Choklat Oranj, and now Salted Caramel Imperial Stout. The three that I previously tasted were superb and I was happy to wrap my lips around this one.
If you were stranded in a winter wilderness without food and only beer, you could easily survive on these brews. Creme Brulee, Choklat and Salted Caramel are all huge, dark, rich beers. Some would call them 'dessert beers,' but each could easily pass for a main course. Salted Caramel is no exception.
Weighing in at a hefty 10%ABV, Salted Caramel is no damsel. She's the Femme Fatale in the black dress, who will knock you on you ass if your not careful. The Salted Caramel moniker is no boast, as both play prominent roles in the flavor. Himalayan pink sea salt is a wise addition that cuts through the sweetness of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, as well as hints of crackers or flaky pie crust.
The nose is creamier than the taste. Werthers candies, or cowtails come to mind, as well as hints of chocolate and coffee.