Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by didgeridolphin:
Northern Mariana Islands
4.73/5 rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Your experience of this beer may depend considerably on context. Let me explain:
The first time I had this beer I was with 6 people and we were spending an evening tasting extreme beers and strong cheeses. We worked up to some very flavorful brews prior to opening the Creme Brulee Stout. I can't remember what cheese we happened to have at the time, but it was perfect. Honestly, I thought this was the best beer I had ever tasted.
Now fast forward a bit: I bought several bottles for friends, and more for myself. The next time I had it, my wife (who had also loved it on the "introductory night") and I opened a bottle to sip by itself as we planned to have a relaxed evening together. After our first sip, we both looked at each other and said "What were we thinking?!" It was hard to even swallow a few sips -- like trying to drink some type of super sweet syrup. Yeech!
We had already bought more bottles, so for the next one we decided to have some unique and very flavorful cheesecake. The first half of the bottle was again among the finest we had ever had. However, we could not finish the entire bottle (it kept quite well re-capped for a few days, however).
This is definitely an extreme beer, with intense flavor and considerable sweetness. If you attempt to drink it by itself, or if you are planning to drink much of it, I think you will be quite disappointed. However, if you either build up to it with other extreme beers prior to drinking it -- and / or if you pair it with extreme food (rich, cheesy, and sweet), you may just find that this beer gives you a totally resplendent and unforgettable evening. So, my rating is assuming that you follow the above precautions and don't plan to have more than about 1/6 of the bottle for yourself that night. Otherwise, you are likely to rate this beer a 2 or below...
I hope this helps you to enjoy one of the most unique and flavorful beers on the market. And I do believe that the quality of the ingredients used must be outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 11:53:52 | More by didgeridolphin
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4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
On tap at the Local Taphouse, way back in October 2012 I think. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark brown colour, lovely nitro head; yellowish beige nice and dense, retaining beautifully. Looks beautiful.
Fuck. Me. Holy shit that smells as good as God's favourite fried chicken restaurant kitchen. But completely unlike a fried chicken restaurant kitchen, more like caramel, toasty and sweet and vanilla custard. Notwithstanding it just smells amazingly different for a beer, it just smells fucking delicious. Holy shit.
Taste is similar. Bit of roasty malt around the edges, but loads more of that milky, custardy goodness. Yeah, caramel with slight nutty edge and some slight darker edge which needn't be there but still makes you feel like it's keeping it more grounded. Retains a bitterness on the back but for the most part, amazingly sweet desserty beer, so smooth and creamy. It's becoming a cliché in my tasting this beer but holy shit.
Smooth, velvety. Just a whisper of booze on the back. Lovely feel.
About as miraculous a dessert beer as you could dream of. Sweet, delicious, yet without being bogged down in its own self satisfaction. Slight edge to keep you drinking, as if more enticements were needed.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 01:18:21 | More by laituegonflable
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,517 ratings.