Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by stevenseg:
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Crème Brûlée Stout from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York comes in at 10% ABV.
The aroma hit me like a burning truck full of vanilla ice cream, but no sign of hops. Typical I would be critical of this, but this is supposed to be a sweat treat. Its sniffage is a pleasant mixture of vanilla and coffee, capped with a shot of Kahlúa, and lightly toasted.
This imperial stout is very dark in color, and the head is dense and velvety, which indicates that Guinness-like texture.
The beer list at Dirty Frank's, the joint I found this alcoholic cavity, appropriately states, "Drink your dessert," as this is virtually crème brûlée in a glass.
Served a little chilly at first (Southern Tier suggests 42 degrees in a snifter), let it warm as you sip to leave more taste and aroma at the bottom of the glass and experience its full flavor and the fire of alcohol that hits at the tail of every sip.
It's criticized for containing more sugar than hops, but this is not supposed to be a chugger. Instead, this stout is the brewers' version of ice wine or port. I would not drink another right after because it is just too rich and powerful. Instead I would cap off a dinner containing a rich cream sauce with just one pint or even split a 22oz. bottle. I can definitely feel my craving increase.
Serving type: on-tap
07-17-2009 07:16:32 | More by stevenseg
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4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle with a dark brown color, no head. Has an amazingly sweet vanilla, sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is the same sweet vanilla, but also has a bitterness that prevents it from being too sweet. I can’t help wish this was a pure sweet stout, but maybe it would have been too rich. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is a delicious beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 21:26:42 | More by brutusmuktuk
4.01/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter
Pours inky black with 1 finger of frothy milk chocolate-colored head that quickly recedes to a thin collar with sticky lacing. Luckily I am a fan of vanilla because the roasted vanilla beans launch a merciless assault on your nostrils. There's also a fair amount of butterscotch, with some coffee and custard in the background.
The aroma lets your tastebuds know exactly what's coming. Sweet, creamy, toasty vanilla is accented with buttery caramel notes and just a bit of mild coffee. Very faint bitter chocolate. The texture suits the flavor profile perfectly--it's soft and creamy and glides through the mouth. Not as heavy as some other big stouts but does have some thickness with a slightly chewy quality.
It seems this is best served slightly colder than most stouts--the flavors are strong enough to come through at a lower temp. As it warms the vanilla can be a bit syrupy and cloying. I thoroughly enjoyed it (much more so than ST Choklat), but couldn't see myself drinking more than 10 oz. or so , as the sweetness is best in moderation. I brought it to a dinner party to share as a dessert beer and it served that purpose admirably.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 14:23:04 | More by glass_house
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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