Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by NJBeerguy:
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well do you want to drink your dessert? If so this is a beer for you. This is one of the most unusual beers I've had in a long time. The color is dark as night. It's pour was absent of a head. It does have a very distinctive nose, that of sweet caramel(how did they do that?). Taste, well it as close as can be to handing you a spoon to crack the burnt sugar crust from the top of the glass as one can get. The question begs to be asked; is that really a creme brulee nose or have we gone way over the top with vanilla?, is it aged in wood giving off the vanilla?, is it extract?, or did they dare to use vanilla bean? Which ever this beer has a sweetness throughout that I thought the alcohol would balance off. All I get, almost all the way though, is that singular taste of creme caramel, with a sweet vanilla taste that leads into the finish. This beer is a one trick pony, I was looking for balance but got one flavor, yes a very good flavor and one which I personally like for it's named after one of my favorite desserts but, Is this what a beer should be? Shouldn't it be like a great piece of literature, a beginning a middle and an end? This beer has a beginning the nose of sweetness, a middle of creamy vanilla custard, with no end. It's a beer to be revisited, for at 10% ABV I suspect and hope that, the too much sweetness will subside. For a different taste do give it a try!
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2008 03:06:35 | More by NJBeerguy
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4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2013 - On tap. Part of a flight which included So. Tier Creme Brulee, Java Head, Imperial OAT & Founders Breakfast Stout.
Uber flavors here. Doubt there's any vanilla left in Madagascar after they made this. Chocolate, some coffee & just enough sweet to hit the spot. Not just for the freak effect, this is an excercise in what can be done. Well crafted and well dangerous at 9.6%.
12/20/11 After tasting this from a bottle some time ago (Thanks, Steve) I was so glad to see it untethered. This is one of those rewards for those who venture beyond their comfort zone.
Captured in my glass are a classic, though light stout with high caramel and vanilla notes. Nothing slaps your face except the uniqueness and, as Martha Stewart used to say, 'that's a good thing'.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 17:01:56 | More by seedyone
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,541 ratings.