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

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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Reviews: 1,422 | Ratings: 4,445
Photo of YouSkeete
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a black appearance. Very short tan head, turns quickly into moderate lacing.

S: Heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate, pudding. Cake frosting and bread pudding are two aromas that i can clearly decipher. Small hints of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T/M: Not far from the nose. Big creamy vanilla flavor right away. The richness is almost like a pudding or custard of sorts, much like a creme brulee. Very mild french toast-spiciness. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans are overpowered by the big notes of vanilla and cream. Rich, and very very sweet overall body. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: The definition of a dessert beer. Extra sweet and rich in flavor. Pretty good, but not the greatest.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

poured 22 ounce bottle to snifter

A: black, no head

S: rich carmel, vanilla

T: rich rich rich, one small glass then it started to make me sick.

M: thick full body

D: i could only drink one 10 ounce snifter of this then I had to blend the rest with old rasuputin.

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Photo of DevilSaint78
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass thanks to Go Griz.

Pours super dark with a bit of hazelnut colored foam. The foam subsides fairly quickly. Strong smell that reminds me very much of Starbucks Coffe Liquor but with a bit more vanilla. Initial reaction is WOW a big smack in the face of vanilla sweetness, which shouldn't be surprising with something labeled as Creme Brulee, but still is. As it gets warmer, the sweetness mellows leaving you with a roasty chocolate body with a vanilla finish.

For a Stout at 10% it goes down very smooth, but more than a glass would be too much. A tasty dessert very which went very well with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance:(4)
Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a dark tan, 2.5 fingers tall head. The head has some decent retention and loves light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (3.5)
Immediately upon pouring, your nostrils are assaulted by an overwhelming scent of intensely sweet vanilla and creamy, slightly tart smelling custard and not much else. As beer warms, the sweet facade starts to open up, allowing some sweet chocolate notes to surface. A very light alcohol presence cuts through the layers of vanilla as well.

Taste: (3.5)
Very similar to the nose, you're struck first by very sweet cream and vanilla. Building alongside the sweetness, is a faintly herbal twang of hops. Behind this hop presence, is a thick, creamy chocolate malt coating that resides on your palate up until the lightly bitter, off dry finish. Long lingering notes of creamy chocolate, bitter espresso bean and even more vanilla. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Thick and very creamy with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
Wow, this beer is extraordinarily sweet and intense, just like the desert it is named after; It truly is uncanny how strikingly similar the aroma is to actual Creme Brulee. I was hoping that some of the stout elements would be a bit more forward in the aroma, but they definitely shine through in the finish of the beer. Overall, this beer is too intensely sweet for my tastes, but I can definitely see this beer as a fitting after dinner treat. Very unique.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall light tan head tops a pitch black beer. Great retention and lacing.

Heavy caramel in the aroma. Very sweet. Not much else to mention its hard to get past the caramel sweetness.

Intense dark roasted malt in the flavor. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee. More bitter than I expected.

Heavy, thick velvety mouthfeel with a delicate carbonation.

A decent beer, but I got sick of it pretty quick. If you're in the mood for something really heavy with intense flavor, this may hit the spot.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a Sothern Tier Crown.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head

S- Cream, Vanilla, Very dessrt like

T- Vanilla, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish.

D- Full in the mouth, coating.

I hate sweet beers. This is a sweet one. This is dessert. I knew it coming in, and I love Creme Brulee, so I enjoyed this one. Can you really call this a bear? I would rather drink this than eat the real thing.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Black, opaque beer, very opaque and very black. Poured no head to speak of, though attractive light-brown bubbles appeared with the glass was swirled.

S-Thick with vanilla, be it vanilla bean, vanilla pudding, or vanilla candle. An almost harshness was hiding beneath it, perhaps a slight alcoholic harshness.

T-Overwhelmingly vanilla. However, as I sorted through the vanilla flavors, I was able to find some dry roasty malt underneath, pushing through when it was able. The harsh alcohol in the nose was not present in the flavor, instead showing through as a smooth alcohol, fading into a nice, strong hop bitterness into the end. (Did I even sense some barely perceptible hop flavor? Maybe.) Finishes with a pronouned vanilla, semi-sweet.

M-Slick, full body. Feels like drinking an oil spill (though probably tastes better). Viscous on the glass and within my mouth. Carbonation was low, perhaps a bit too low.

D-Moderate, due partly to it's immenseness. The strong, at times overwhelming vanilla to hijack the rest of the beer's flavors, but in the end still helped provide this beer its unique character. Enjoy as a desert wine, and share the bomber.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger khaki shaded head. It certainly looks like a stout, that's for sure.

S: HOLY SHIZNIT. The level of vanilla, caramel, and cream I pick up on the nose is absolutely ridiculous. Of course, the sugar level is probably ridiculous, but I don't care. The aroma is amazing.

T: The flavors, however, aren't quite amazing. Having said that, this is probably the most caramel-forward brew I've ever had. Seriously, there's so much caramel and vanilla, it's fuckin' ridiculous. No balance between the sweet and bitter qualities at all. But honestly? I kind of like it, even if the sweetness burns the palate.

M: I'd really like the feel to be fuller/creamier to properly support all of the over-the-top sweetness. Because of that, this is *VERY* hard to drink. The low carbonation doesn't help it feel less cloying, either.

O: SAH-FUCKING-WEET. Sure, it's actually flavor is nice, but this is so hard to imbibe it's not even funny. Share this with about 4-6 people and you'll thank me later.

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Photo of blackearth
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter glass. Deep mahogany colored with ruddy orange higlights. Low head of soapy bubbles despite a vigorous pour.

A full and deep aroma of caramel and vanilla and malted milk balls.

Rich flavor of caramel and vanilla, some toffee and Frangelico notes. Fairly sweet, tending toward cloying but the balancing bitterness reaches in and offsets it. Mid-mouth moves to a sharp bitter chocolate, mild espresso notes, but always with an under-riding flavorful sweetness. Very rich, the ABV is well hidden.

Moderate mouthfeel, a bit syrupy and thick. Not overly drinkable, a bit much.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Large 650ml bottle purchased in Ottawa. Cows on the label, fun.

SMell - Creamy creamy. So creamy. Vanilla with a slight cafe mocha overtone. Almost like a vanilla caramel late from a nice coffee shop.

Taste - Smooth Stout, very smooth. Starts creamy with strong vanilla flavor, as the vanilla sweetness dissipates, a smooth stout comes into play, but quickly a sharp bitterness like a strong extremely dark espresso rears its head and lingers around. I think the bittnerness is a bit much at the end, but overall, a beautiful, a nice sipping beer for sure.

Certainly different.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown pour yielded a black beer with very little head - some bubbles around the edges, a mote or two of lace

S: vanilla (creme brulee), maple syrup, cocoa

T: vanilla bean alcohol mellowed out into mild coffee and chocolate with a maple syrup sweetness; vanilla throughout

M: the alcohol and vanilla were evaporating right into the roof of my mouth; fairly lightweight for an imperial stout; sticky caramel sweet

O: I'll go with this being a bit sweeter than I'd like - the vanilla vapors lent it some dryness on the finish, but it was very richly filling (i.e., I only wanted a little after I'd had some). Southern Tier has a talent for making strong, sweet, flavor-driven beers - this is a beer for someone who wants to be drenched in vanilla rather than, say, hinted at.

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Photo of brdc
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown, reddish accents on the edges, minimal, short lasting tan head.
Very very sweet aromas; chocolate, vanilla beans, sweetened milk, honey.
Medium bodied, lacking a bit of smoothness for something so sweet; taste is not as sweet as the aroma, but quite close. Some warming alcohol is not enough to balance. You need 5-6 people to go through one bottle. Nice, but way too sweet.

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Photo of jale
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost black with a dime of light brown head.

S: Huge sweet butterscotch, creme brulee ice cream or candy aroma. I have'nt tasted it yet but the aroma leads me to think this will be overly sweet.

T: Sweet butterscotch and creme brulee candy to start. Only a hint of alcohol heat. Lactose and some burnt sugar. Nice vanilla and then bitter coffee in the finish.

M; Sticky medium-thick body with average carbonation.

O: This is a dessert beer for sure. Would like to have seen more malt backbone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours black with a slight mocha head. The nose is really quite extreme--even for this series--as it brings forward loads of sweet cream and vanilla along with burnt sugar. In the back are some roasted malts, coffee, and light chocolate flavors. The taste really brings the sweetness forward and it gets to be quite cloying. The mouthfeel is rather thick and a bit of an alcohol burn sets in toward the end. I would really have a difficult time drinking more than 4oz. or so of this, though the nose is incredible.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured

Black liquid

Very sweet creme brûlée aroma

Taste of sweetness and then quickly to roast beer

Burnt coffee aftertaste

Interesting beer

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Photo of Rish907
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised how boozy this one was.. had it a bit cold at first and didnt taste the sweetness at all.. let it warm up for a while, then it changed and became a better beer. Not quite creme brulee and not dessert like. The smell was really sweet however, like Creme Brulee. Has a sort of harsh and bitter finish that lingers on your palate which I didn't expect. Not the best, not the worst. Give it a B/B-. If I want dessert beer, I will stick with Chocolate Rain!!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours black but with a reddish or mahogany hue around the edges when held up to the light. It has a fat cream head of mocha colored foam that fell slowly to a cap and ring and drippy lace. Refreshed with each turn of the glass.

Nose reminds me at first of vanilla cake batter int he mixing bowl. Strong scent of vanilla. There is some sweet and creamy chocolate but not that much. Then there's a little coffee. As it warms the nose continues to change subtly. It smells like creme brulee, then like coffee liquer and finally like those maple sugar candies. really sweet. The vanilla is bitter and reminds one of booze but there's no actual alcohol on the nose.

Taste is rich. Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, and toffee. Just and endless malt. Strong, bitter vanilla, a touch of chocolate and light coffee, the burnt sugar and buttery cream. There is a touch of hop bitter at the back as well and it finishes pretty bitter. The maple sugar taste is heavy toward the end of the drink. There's some alcohol on the palate and it warms gently on the way down.

This is definitely a desert beer. It's velvety and smooth but it has a hard edge to it from the strong vanilla and the alcohol. It's creamy and tastes a lot like cream. As it warmed the malt became nutty and toasted on the nose. I can't say I would buy this again. It was hard to finish the small pour I had but it seemed to grow on me. Tasted like a liquer and not really like a beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is overwhelmingly sweet - butterscotch, caramel, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is as sweet as it smells - toffee, hazelnut, cream soda, lactose, and Werther's candy.

I like the smell much better than the taste - it's difficult to drink 22 oz of a beer this sweet.

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Photo of spoony
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle (dated December 30, 2015) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated April 9, 2016.

A-A normal pour produces a fat finger of dense, mocha head. The head drops to a thick cap that hangs around above a nearly black, opaque liquid. No carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is hugely sweet with massive amounts of vanilla. The vanilla is almost overpowering. Underneath the vanilla I sniff some milky mocha-java, caramel, brown sugar, and a nuttiness that suggests pralines. Really sweet....

T-The taste is also hugely sweet and almost cloying with the vanilla flavor. There is a bit of lactose sweetness, but I mainly taste butter caramel and brown sugar. I guess this is what I should expect for a beer named after a dessert famous for having burnt sugar on top. Oddly, however, there is a little punch of hoppy bitterness on the mid-palate. Seems out of place here.

M-The body is soft and somewhat chewy. It is on the heavy side, which amplifies the sweetness.

O-I have been warned about the sweetness in this beer, but I still had to check it out for myself. Even as a dessert beer, the vanilla is too much for me to want to drink more than just a sip. Maybe over ice cream would be the ticket?

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Photo of Jammies
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- a thin layer of foam. No retention and minimal lacing

S- very sweet. Smells like dessert. no booze present and can smell the milkiness

T- tastes like dessert as well. Very slight hotness, and slightly dank aftertaste. The more I drink, the less I like it.

M- creamy yet light, pretty smooth

O- The smell is intoxicating. The first sip is delicious, it's just too much dessert in a glass.

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Photo of JimmyK77
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was served this in a snifter without being told what it was. My first reaction was confusion - it looks like beer: dark like stout with a nice, slightly off-white head. But the aroma caused me to think it was a godiva-liqueur like cocktail. Truely, this smells like creme brulee! And since that's what they were going for, kudos to them. My nose was owned by the vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar aromas. Flavorwise - right on track. Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar - suitable sweetness for a beer named after a luscious dessert.

It got of track though on the back of my tongue with a residual bitterness, combination of burnt sugar and hop bitterness, that I didn't like in combination with the sweetness. It really has the bitterness of an American stout and I think that creates conflict with the 'creme brulee' aspect. I think a richer, smoother European stout with the vanilla and caramel notes (maybe even subdued a little) would be completely sublime.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Black with a hint of light brown. Poured almost two fingers of frothy, milk chocolate brown head, that retained well, but left little lace.

A: Wow this one's sweet. Vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, and marshmellow. Caramel malts, and some very subtle earthy hops, and I stress very little.

T: Sugary sweet. The vanilla and butterscotch are over the top. This is for sure a dessert beer. A little espresso flavor finishes it off.

M&D: Little carbonation and a full body, make for a viscous brew. Drinkability is very limited due to the sweetness, number one, but the ABV at 10% doesn't help. Overall, good for an after dinner drink, but way too sweet for my taste. But still a very interesting brew. Skal.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip. The pour is dark black with about a fingers worth of opaque white head. This one looks thick and rich! This smells inviting. It just smells like caramel. Super rich caramel. Not much else to the nose but this smells like a dessert. This is a dessert beer. The taste is sweet caramel and not much else to it. I feel like I'm drinking a glass of caramel, after a few sips this will be a bit much. I also wish there was a little more to this. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy but I expected that so it's not really offensive. It drinks nicely and I'll enjoy sipping on this for a while.

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Photo of SShelly
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured at a big group tasting, interesting concept.

Aroma is butterscotch and candy, very sweet smell with vanilla and a little bit o spice.

Flavor is initally all butterscotch, smooths out to a kinda creme brule flavor, flavors are way over the top.

kinda gimmicky and I wouldnt want more than my 4 oz's but all in all it is what it says it is and is well made.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.