Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)

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Ratings: 4,159
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 353
Gots: 846 | FT: 34
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008

The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.
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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed April 11th, 2012 at Hopjacks, downtown Pensacola, Florida.

In appearance, this beer is a dark, dark brown with mahogany highlights. Beautiful sheeting courtesy of the one-finger, incredibly fine head.

Smells like creme brulee and sweet cake batter.

Very sweet and very bitter. Tastes a lot like creme brulee (surprise!). Also, some vanilla and an unexpecyed resiny hop finish.

Thick in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

Much more drinkable and delicious than expected. I really like this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a strong and sweet aroma of butterscotch and vanilla beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel, brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is practically like having dessert; it goes down very easily and there's not a trace of the alcohol content in the smell and taste.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky dark Tootsie Roll brown with khaki head; toffee and caramel candy/sugar beet notes; toffee and caramel candy flavors; mouthfeel is medium with big chewy candy tongue coating; rich sweet malt, toffee and caramel - like drinking liquid creme brûlée dessert.

Photo of ifixufly
4.98/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One the best stouts there is.

Photo of womencantsail
1.47/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki colored head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: The amount of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and burnt sugar in the nose is nearly unbearable. I felt like I got a cavity just from smelling it.

T: I thought the nose was bad, but jeeze. This is pure, unadulterated sugar. Butterscotch, burnt sugar, vanilla, caramel, and some sugar on top for good measure. A bit creamy, but who really cares?

M: The body is medium with a low carbonation and a tooth rotting sweetness.

D: I'm pretty sure I am diabetic after having taken a few sips of this beer. So unbearably sweet and sugary without any sort of balance.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As Southern Tier does with all Black Water beers in the series, this one oozes with creamy goodness of chocolate cream pie, to the point that I forget that this is a 10% Milk Stout.

Very strong aromas of, well... Creme Brulle. Strong vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Very well balanced and mouth watering. A light hint of cola comes in the end.

Flavors of vanilla and powdered sugar start off in as well as any beer imaginable. Soon, strong coffee, chocolate, vanilla, heavy cream, and merange (sp?) engulf the beer and dive heavy into a Khaluha-like alcohol taste and strength. Very nice but that extra sweetness begins to take the form of aspirtame from time to time.

Quite heavy on the palate due to light carbonation, heavy sweetness, and firm maltiness. Bitterness seems to come from a lot of directions; hops, bitter cocoa, coffee, and again that aspirtame bite. Finishes a bit cleaner than expected with a deep chocolate and vanilla linger. I would probably prefer this beer without the disjointed bitterness.

Again, this is not a desert beer- It is the desert!

Thanks JNN4V

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a small 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small amounts of lacing slide back down into the rest of the beer on the drink down. Smells exactly like creme brulee. Very sweet milk, vanilla, and caramelized sugar aromas. Taste is a bit different than I was expecting. Up front there is a pretty bitter roasted malt taste that develops into a sweet cream, vanilla, and caramelized sugar aftertaste. The bitterness fades after each sip leaving the creme brulee flavors on the palate. This beer is definitely less sweet than it smells. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer that smells and tastes very similar to the creme brulee dessert. I split this one with my wife and she absolutely loved it. This and the Choklat are the best ST Black Water Series beers that I have tried.

Photo of TheRyanCarey
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth with a touch of sweetness, even used a bottle for a batch of ribs on did in the crock pot that gave the ribs a nice sweet note to them that even carried through sometime in the smoker

Photo of jren
2.36/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was shocked how much this reminded me of artificial sugar and fake vanilla. This was the first large format that I didn't continue past half a glass.

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the few ST beers I havent had the chance to try,(it came out after I moved away from western NY)if you like creme brulee you will like this beer.Poured a jet black with a frothy one finger light mocha colored head,minimal lace was left as it settled rather quickly.Wow it cant get much more spot on in the aroma,burnt sugar and hefty vanilla/caramel aromas, with slight roast as well.Dessert in a bottle,the only problem is it gets cloyingly sweet in a hurry,big vanilla/caramel flavors with some mollasses as well,only a hint of dry roastiness comes through.My wife loves it and is finishing mine,I respect the job ST did in making this beer,its just to sweet for me.

Photo of don1481
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a super-dark brown, almost pitch-black. Very slight head disappears rapidly. No bubbles to speak of.

Smell: The smell alone is its namesake in a bottle. This smells just like I was sniffing creme brulee. The burnt sugar? Check. The vanilla sweetness? Check. That delicate hint of cream? Oh yes. This is a 5 on the smell factor.

Taste: Definitely has the stout base of note, but man does the creme brulee taste come through here as well. The coffee, chocolate notes of the base blend so well with the burnt sugar and the vanilla. While not quite the perfection that the nose brings to the table, this is really good. I would definitely consider this a dessert stout, but it's not so sweet that it makes you sick. Very nice. A slight bit of booziness kicks in as you drink through this.

Mouthfeel: Kind of a boozy aftertaste with a little bit of stickiness. Pretty much standard fare for this genre of beer at this ABV.

Overall: Definitely a nice once-in-awhile dessert treat. Not something to be had every day, but like with a delicious, rich, sweet dessert, something to savor every now and then.

Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black color, with a tan-ish head that dissipated much quicker than I would expect. Body looked to be very syrupy, thick, and sticky. Sweet aroma, full of vanilla and cream with hints of caramel and burnt brown sugar on the back burner. Taste is heaviest on the vanilla, with a slight milkiness to it, followed by caramel, brown sugar, and toffee notes coming in at the end. The vanilla taste is very, very dense and syrupy and sweet, almost sickeningly sweet. It feels like my teeth are being coated with layers of sugar. The 9.6% ABV starts coming through as the beer warms up and it makes the heavy vanilla sweetness even heavier and a little too overbearing. As expected, thick, syrup-like body with carbonation that was a little too low.

Wonderful smell, wonderful idea - I love creme brulee. However, I feel the execution was off on this one. It was a little too overpowering with the vanilla and the sweetness wasn't balanced, thus making it difficult to drink during the lower half of the glass. I'd like to see this one toned down and refined a bit, I think it has a chance to be very good.

Photo of ricke
2.54/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Almost black with a small beige head that leaves some lacings on the glass as it settles.

S: Very strange. It smells more like pasty or cookies than a stout. Burnt sugar, vanilla, toffee - well, it smells like creme brulee. Beneath this massive wall of dessert-like aromas, some muted aromas or roasted malts and a hint of coffee are noticeable.

T: An absolute mess. It's cloyingly sweet with overpowering notes of vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel and toffee. I get the exact same feeling of pastry, cookies or other desserts that I got from the smell. Some stout flavors or roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate beneath it all. The finish is quite bitter, but the bitterness is off queue and fails to level the sweetness. A hint of wood at the end.

M: Full-bodied and creamy thick texture that makes the beer quite heavy.

D: Too strange and too sweet to ever get interesting. It's definitely one of a kind, I'll give the brewery that. And the fact that it tastes so much like creme brulee is quite impressive. But it still isn't a good beer. It's basically just a cloyingly sweet dessert disguised as a stout, and if I want a dessert, I'll get a dessert, not a beer.

Photo of punkindrublic50
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To sum it up: smells and tastes exactly like you would picture liquid crème brulee to taste like. And that's a good thing. Appearance in like a big thick glass of old fashion soda, with a head that quickly disappears but leaves a crinkling of lace on top. Flavor is straight crème brulee, with a little alcohol present. It is drinkable - I split a half gallon growler with one other person to start the evening - but any more than that and you'll start feeling sick. At almost 10% alcohol it will put a good dent in your sobriety, and unfortunately because of all the sugar it was brewed with the hangover is definitely worse than normal.

Still, this is a great beer that is absolutely worth trying. It may sound sacrilegious but I would even consider pouring it over vanilla ice cream and serving it as dessert to beer and non-beer lovers alike.

The perfect definition of a dessert beer.

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Creme Brulee pours a beautiful dark dark brown color with some red highlights. A sticky, quickly dissapating head fills up a bunch of the pint glass when I pour. The aroma is overwhelming, really beautiful. Huge vanilla and cream smells, as intense as the Jah-va and Choklat Black Water brews before it. A rich, intense beer drinking experience -- no real hints of the huge ABV here. Pretty easy drinking mouthfeel and carbonation wise, but the flavor is so intense that I would be shocked if someone could drink two of these in a row. Kind of like eating two creme brulees in a row -- why even try? A wonderful beer with a lot of killer qualities that could easily be cloying and terrible but just isn't. Another winner from ST.

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had with JDV and pint sized.

A-Dark and stout looking
S-Like werther's or nips caramel butterscotchs.
T-Huge blast of cloying caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. So sweet and overpowering with lingering butter in the mouth. Did not like this and did not think it tasted like Creme brulee.
M-Thinner than expected and leaves an unpleasant lingering film.
D-I could drink this all night- for 1 million dollars!! Not a fan. Won't try again. Glad to try the novelty and thought it would be good paired with food but not standing alone.

Photo of sgoodship
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 1pt. 6fl.oz bottle, it frothed up a good 1.5 finger head. A craggy cream head with fizzling as the carbonation made it's way through it. Some carbonation visible in the lower half of the dark reddish brown - almost black brew. Nice lacing.

S: Crème brulee does come to mind immediately of course. Unbelievably sweet smell - especially after pouring. On closer inspection, it's a very sweet caramelized sugar and vanilla smell with a touch of alcohol and sourness. Difficult to pick out more subtleties because it is amazingly bold.

T: Taste pretty much in line with the smell. Sweet vanilla, butter scotch and sweet sherry beginning. Moves into coffee and bitter chocolate and then too quickly into a stronger alcohol bitterness - a little rum-like finish. The aftertaste is a continuation of the finish but with a lactose sourness.

M: Lively with carbonation at the start. Medium/full bodied. Creamy, kinda buttery and smooth to the finish.

D: The heavy alcohol and amazing level of sweetness was a bit much for me. A small bottle would have been just enough - a bomber was difficult to get down. I would recommend trying this beer. It's quite an experience and the smell is amazing. I get the feeling it's a very polarizing drink - some hate and some love.

Photo of blackearth
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from the Blatz Beer Cave in Milwaukee, WI. Poured gently into a snifter, this beer was black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of caramelized sugar and taffy; it really does smell just like creme brulee. Full bodied with a smooth mouth feel, this beer had over-the-top flavors of burnt sugar, vanilla and cream. It taste a little too much like real creme brulee. I'm not saying that is necessarily bad, just that 22oz. is a lot of it to drink in one sitting. And I split the bottle with my fiancee. It's definitely a sipper.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a half inch of creamy light tan head on top. Aromas smack you in the face as you're pouring the beer. Big, sweet dark malts collide with massive vanilla and caramel aromas. Creamy with burnt sugar tones, almost candy-ish. Chocolate flows through as well. Smells like creme brulee! The aroma is bold, interesting and enticing.

First sip brings a sweet, creamy dark malt body upfront. Bold vanilla and caramel swirls move in and out. Burnt candi sugar flows into a rich creaminess. Chocolate notes are there. Finishes off with a candy like sweetness and a touch of bitterness. A bold blend of vanilla, caramel, lactose and chocolate. Creme brulee yuminess!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with mellow carbonation. Goes down smooth. Quite rich overall and I'm glad I'm splitting the bomber with the girlfriend, even though I could see drinking it all myself. Another bold, crazy flavorful beer from Southern Tier. Ranks up there with Kuhnhenn's example.

Photo of JasonA
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with the lightest of brown hughes at the edge of my snifter. Very little head, though swishing of the glass will present lots of lacing.

Vanilla sweet cream (creme?), almost root beer'ish. Some ABV, the smell almost reminds you of a Bailey's. Lightest tinge of hops, with some black patent malt. Dont get any other malt, but that could be the root beer.

Yum yet difficult to place. The malt bill is strange, almost like the vanilla is over powering it. I can taste it, but it is not by itself, strange. Some biscuit at the end. Wanna say some coffee in there also.

Creamy. Sits delicious in the mouth. Almost want to sip swirl, sip swirl, sip swirl. At no point can i get a mouthful to oxidize while swirling. Might be a tad to vanilla'ly but that might be by design. Tough to grade as a simple Imp Stout, so Im grading as a Imp Milk Stout

I would wonder how this ages, I might need to get a bottle or 2. Will definitely get back to this.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was black in color with a very thin tan head.
The aroma was vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt.
Vanilla taste, sweet chocolate, and espresso.
Nice enough beer, but way too sweet for my taste.
I could probably drink one of these, but would have a tough time drinking the whole 22oz in one sitting.

Photo of marvin213
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good and black like a sweet stout should, accompanied by appropriately tanned head that hinges on the edges. Smell is spot on! Dude talking blueberries? I'm not feelin' it. I'm not even a fan of the custard, but the name on this brew next to its nose...is PERFECT!

I'm a tad confused on the relatively cold serving recommendation--mine might be a little on the warm side (like you'd want most other stouts). Sweet, caramely butter, though, is a great warm, way for me to kick my feet up after arriving home from vacation. It's absolutely dessert in a bottle, and the mouthfeel is so creamy smooth and buttery it's ridiculous!

I've sorta steered clear of Southern Tier here lately, but their dessert beers (this and Choklat) are second to none!

Photo of generallee
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz. or 650ml bottle in to a snifter.

Appearance: A big, thick and foamy head sits on top of a very dark brown and opaque body. Its head is dark tan in color and it slowly fades to just a very thin covering. Lacing is rather sparse and slick as it slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is strong and noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. The big bold sweetness of caramel and vanilla bean hits the nose. Under that there is a hint of roasted malt and sweet boozy alcohol like butterscotch schnapps.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet!!! A thick, heavy caramel flavor dominates the over some creamy vanilla notes as well as a hint of dark powdery chocolate. Hop flavor is well hidden with just a slight bitterness sliding in near the finish. Also there is a mild warming from its 10% abv. The body is heavy and full with a syrupy slick, sticky texture. Its carbonation was mild which added to the slickness.

Notes: Its thick sticky body and its unchecked, unbalanced sweetness made for a very slow sipping beverage. It's not exactly my cup of tea but cheers to Southern Tier for pushing the boundary with a very interesting beer.

Photo of Chitex78
1.9/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Undrinkable. Upset I got 2 bottles.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Been sitting on this one for a while. Finally got a chance to crack it open. Poured an inky jet black with not much head at all. Very thick and viscous like motor oil. Smells of LOADS of caramel, vanilla, sugar, lactose. Basically like dessert. Taste is overly sweet. Tons of caramel, vanilla, cream, lactose, sugar, flan. It's not that it's bad, and the aftertaste is very enjoyable. It's just that it is WAY over the top sweet. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily, not too much carbonation, very slick. Coats the mouth. This is the first beer that Southern Tier have tripped up on, in my opinion. I couldn't get through a pint of it. Far too sweet. I do wish that I had some vanilla ice cream though to pour this over. That would probably be very tasty and enjoyable.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,159 ratings.