We chanced on this Friday night at Sunset Cantina in Boston. We were looking for dessert and since they didn't have a Young's Chocolate Stout (at least not that we could find amoung ALL the beers on the list), we decided to try this. And were hooked. It was described as "liquid crack".
The description from www.fullpint.com is right on ...
Appearance: Dark mahogany with rays of burgundy when held up to the light. Nice, 3/4″ creamy head with good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Just like the name says, creme brulee. Lots of vanilla, caramel and custard. There are just a hint of the horizon hops; you’ve really got to be looking for them and take several tiny sniffs to catch them or the sweetness overwhelms your sinuses.
Flavor: Like dessert in a bottle. Make no mistake, this is a very sweet beer, however it’s not as syrupy as the name might suggest. The typical flavors of the stout are very subtle and there’s hardly any hoppiness. Lots of vanilla, maple and cream.
Mouthfeel: Only slightly syrupy (kind of like pure maple syrup that they sell to tourists in Vermont as opposed to the thicker stuff you get in the grocery store). Has a good finish that lingers just long enough.
Drinkability: This so sweet that I don’t think I could drink more than one glass in a sitting. It’d be kind of like eating too much birthday cake. I’ll be saving the rest for another day.
I've been back since then and it turns out they have a chocolate ice cream made from it too. I haven't tried it yet as I had already ODed on the beer.
Alas, it appears that every liquor store in Boston has sold out for the season. I heard reports from a couple of stores of people coming in and saying "I'll take whatever you have of it."
Fortunately it appears that Sunset Cantina and Sunset Grille have more of it on tap. [Edit 2008-10-05 ... and Christopher's in Porter Square Cambridge allegedly has some kegs of it that they are saving for colder times.]
P.S. I might just have to drive to Smofcon. Southern Tier is apparently southwest of Buffalo in Western NY State.