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: 4,158
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 353
Gots: 845 | 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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Ratings: 4,158 | Reviews: 1,426
Photo of case4816
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown in colour, like dark coffee. Head foamed up to about half an inch, but then shrunk down to a light lacing.

S- Very heavy on the vanilla bean smell, first thing that comes through. Can also smell some of the lactose, very creamy. Also nice roasted malts come through, and a slight bit of hops at the end.

T- Tastes just like a French vanilla, or even a Creme Brulee! it's wonderful. The roasted malts come together with the vanilla to blend into the French vanilla flavour that is very strong but not overpowering. The lactose sugars come through as well with a nice creamy feel. Also the alcohol comes through fairly strong, but it not too strong or bad in any way. Hops are detectable at the end with a wonderful bitter finish that lingers for a short time.

D- I believe I have just found my new favourite stout. So tasty and easy to drink or sip.

Photo of edchicma
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black...minimal head..very inviting. Smell is butterscotch, vanilla and malt..mmm. Taste follows the smell...butterscotch, vanilla shake, molasses in the back. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full-bodied. Drinkability is very good considering the abv. Not a brew you would drink all night, but like a decadent dessert...absolutely excellent.

Photo of LordofWord
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally unique, decadent dessert beer. Money, baby.

Photo of NoahSYGG
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the most original beer that I have ever tasted. It tasted like I was drinking caramel sauce. It was sweet and delicious. It had a thick mouthfeel. Served ice cold, it tasted like I was drinking a milkshake. I couldn't sit there drinking it all night, but I couldn't think of anything I would rather drink with my dessert. This is the best tasting beer I've ever had. And they hide the fact that is 10% alcohol very well.

Photo of ChaserBD04
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely dark. I didn't even get bronze highlights when subjecting to light but then; I have weak lights. Still, basically opaque. Poured into an imperial pint glass and had decent lacing. Color is amazing.

S - Open the bottle, creme brulee. This beer is as advertised. Extremely strong hits of vanilla and caramel make this smell like a dessert you can't ignore. Best smelling beer I have ever had.

T - Tastes as smells. As others have noted it might be a bit much for more than one 22. I feel like I could drink this all day but I might be heaving in the bathroom after the third one lol. This is a great beer to sip on a cold day by the fire. Even after a heavy meal, the taste is perfect.

M - The caramel, for me, really hangs around. It is tinged with vanilla but thick in the mouth. Not a beer that can be drank quickly.

O - This beer delivers on all it advertises and more. I recently discovered a new love for milk stouts but this one goes above and beyond. Maybe it's the vanilla or caramel but this is a beer you can't put down.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very good-looking beer (though I may be under the influence of its intoxicating perfume), black with glimmers of orange and an air-pocked latte-tan head. Only fair retention, but lots of pretty lacing.

Smell: So... much... delicious... vanilla! Huge vanilla character that blends with the chocolate and caramel malts to create: Oreos! Root beer floats! Butterscotch! And of course, creme brulee! This deserves higher than a 5. Oh well.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, decadent, and silly with vanilla - yet balanced. Big butterscotch sweetness floods the palate, carrying bits of raisin, graham cracker, and oatmeal with maple syrup here and there. The sweetness is intersected by the coffee and dark chocolate bitterness of burnt malts, plus a spicy bit of fruity hops and alcohol. Devastatingly complex, extremely sweet and tasty - an incredibly delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, creamy, and mildly carbonated, but somehow, not too heavy.

Drinkability: This is an amazing beer. Share it.

Photo of auxiliary
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color, nice large tan head with some crazy lace on the glass. Looks good.

smell - For real, I can smell this about 2 feet away. Chocolate, sugars, vanilla, and caramel to die for.

taste - Very sweet with a little bit of a bitterness after taste. So smooth, silly.
Taste of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

mouthfeel - Full body, sweet.

drinkability - I tasted this before and ran to track 84 RI to get it on tap. Very good. I hear it is strong to drink on your own. It should be used as a after desert drink.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier Creme Brulee 2008 Vintage, on tap at The Blind Tiger in Manhattan, New York.

Appearance: Served in a snifter/chalice, this Brulee looks crazy dark and huge! Barely any head, only a thin tan line that dies soon. Some withish bubbles remain on top, but other than that, this is dark as fuck. Color is deep ruby, almost black, mighty opaque.

Smell: Creme brulee anyone? Intense vanilla, coconut pudding. The aromas are more intensified than in the fresh version.

Taste: More of the same, but so much more smooth than in fresh Brulee. The vanilla tastes like just-picked pods from the vine, slightly sun-dried. Dark sugars and liquid chocolate. A tad of wood and bourbon at the end, faint but present.

Mouthfeel: As in the other vintage Southern Tier beer I had this afternoon at the Tiger (Choklat from '07), the mouthfeel is outstanding and irreproachable. Smooth, creamy, not boozy despite the high ABV. Nourishing, chewy, delicious. Medium body, low carbonation, full flavor. A tad of burning booze at the end. Yum!

Drinkability: Super nice, just like the mouthfeel. Well balanced, never overwhelming despite the fairly one-dimensionality of the body. Pure joy.

Photo of Greggy
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thin head in my large snifter and recedes rather quickly. Leaves some decent lacing. Body is pitch black.

S- I wish I could put a 5.5 here.. Easily can be smelled across the room. Huge caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso.

T- Absolutely great espresso huge vanilla, caramel, graham cracker, chocolate, butterscotch, with an excellent butterscotch, caramel, and espresso finish. The finish is long and delicious.

M- Silky smooth with just a touch of carbonation. The finish is wonderful.

D- Alcohol is insanely well hidden. This isn't by any means a session beer, but it's tremendous. This can be a touch cloying, so splitting a bottle isn't a bad idea.

Photo of JCarey
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark black with big, tan head that sticks around and leaves a lot of thick lacing.

I forgot the name of this beer real quick and when I went smell it I said, Woah! Burnt sugar. Well, duh. More butterschotchy, roasted notes than vanilla, really, but this thing smells like a creme brulee, or even more a vanilla frappicino from *$s.

Super sweet. Tastes like the smell. I feel like I'm drinking a frappe. Sweet, flavored espresso. Holy crap this beer is a sipper. Dessert in a bottle.

Mouth feel is just as creamy as it should be. Nice and thick, smooth, Alcohol is well hidden. Bravo.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 10% ABV. Black color, with no highlights at all. Having said that, it is not completely jet black. Frothy mocha head, which trickles down to a thin layer after a minute.

Amazing caramel, vanilla and cream aroma. Exactly like creme brulee. A bit of chocolate and roasty notes in the background, but the vanilla is the big note here. I literally smelled this thing the entire time, probably one of the best aromas I have ever noticed.

Pretty sweet up front. There is a hint of the stout base, with a roasty component, and a bit of chocolate. A nice midpalate of caramel and lots of vanilla bean. A bit of creme rounds things off.

A bit on the sweet side, but not quite cloying. Certainly a dessert beer, and a sipper too. Good body and carbonation. Wonderful blend of flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticable. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic beer.

Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had twice on tap at Cambridge Common over the weekend. With all the hype plus my past experiences with the Blackwater Series, I think my expectations were set pretty high...this one did not let me down. Served in a snifter.

Black with a garnet hue to it. Light beige head that leaves a fine skin coating that eventually resides as a lace webbing.

Smells like vanilla custard. Butterscotch. Based on the smell alone, this beer deserves its name 100% already.

Tastes sweet, low on the bittering end, kind of heavy but very smooth. Almost like a liqueur. Not hot but a tad boozy. The butterscotch seemed to prevail when it was cold but the vanilla really comes out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is again smooth, I'm thinking there's go to be lactose added to this one...? Very nice.

Drinkability: obviously not a session beer but this stuff is delicious. Sip and enjoy. Liquid dessert indeed. I've got some questions for Phin, hopefully I can talk to him a bit tomorrow at the Publick House.

Photo of galleech
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black but not as viscous as many Imperial Stouts

S -Vanilla, may be overpoering to some, but this is like a Siren's call to me.

T - As expected a strong vanilla flavor on the attack. The roasted masts show on the midpalate and and finish, leaving no doubt that this is in fact a stout. Also a strong bitterness shows on the finish.

M - A little thin for an Imperial stout but not watery. The mouthfeel really seems to stay out of the way and let the flavors do the talking

D - Very easy to drink even with the strong vanilla taste. There is absolutely no trace of of alcohol heat despite the 10% ABV

Overall I love vanilla and I love this beer. This is a very straightforward beer. if you like stouts and you like vanilla you will like this beer. Hell even if you like one out of two you will still still like this. This is highly recommened for both the beer drinker and and for someone trying to get into craft beer of imperial style beers.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a wonderfully dark rich color that is black as as bottom of a swamp on a moonless night. The head is moderate, white and leaves a very decent lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is superb, this smells like creme brulee, vanilla, ice cream , coffee, chocolate and mmm, mmm good. One of the best smelling beers I have smelt in a very long time.

The taste is remarkable as well. The alcohol is obvious, but not overwhelming. The hops are very present and well balanced with the incredible sweetness of this beer. the flavors just work wonderfully. The vanilla is very strong and dominant. The hops come in under the sweetness and balance out of the palate. This is a fantastic beer.

The mouthfeel is rich and satisfying, a tad heavy, but perfect for winter.

Overall this is an extremely excellent beer and is extremely drinkable. I will absolutely be drinking this one again.

I highly recommend this one.

Photo of reds2harleys
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Luv Southern Tier - Enjoyable brew, very tasty.

Photo of hagbergl
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Southern Tier Crème Brûlée. Glad to finally get around to reviewing this excellent beer. Review is from notes. Poured this from the standard 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass and shared it with my girlfriend, who absolutely loves this beer.

Appearance (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée pours a motor oil black body and is topped by a rather minimal one finger beige head that bubbles up from the depths before settling down and reducing to a small beige/tan ring. The black ale appears calm and completely opaque. This is a beautiful imperial stout.

Smell (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée smells like...crème brûlée! It's simply amazing how wel it mimics the smell of sweet custard and caramel. I detect notes of vanilla (this baby is aged on vanilla beans), condensed milk, butterscotch, dark chocolate, some coffee bean roastiness, and a slightly sweet hint of booze. Now THIS is how an imperial milk stout should smell.

Taste (5/5): The flavor follows the nose: vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and a hint of coffee bean-like bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol presence throughout, but that's to be expected and is never off-putting; rather, it beefs up the flavor profile. The flavor components in this beer compliment each other well and combine to produce a wonderful synergy. This beer's taste is very bold–the usual reaction from someone who's trying it for the first time is "whoa!!!" Very flavorful and potent stuff, indeed.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée is mildly creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. It is lightly carbonated and isn't very "active". This "stillness" lets the beautiful, creamy smoothness of the beer shine. For being such a heavy and sweet beer, it's very drinkable, though most people (read: non-stout heads) will find it to be a little too big and bold to drink the whole 22 oz. bottle. So share with friends.

Overall (5/5): Oddly, this has been one of the favorite beers of the summer, and has found its way into my fridge and glass more often than any other. And while the warm months aren't the typical time one gets a hankering for a big, roasty black ale, the number of times I've had Southern Tier Crème Brûlée this summer is a testament to its greatness. I recommend this beer highly. It makes a great dessert beer.

Photo of shacawgo24
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Black as cow spots body with brown edging. Creamy, chunky khaki tan head that is one finger thick. Great lace. Head could be more mountainous. If so appearance would get a perfect score.

S-Vanilla. Maple syrup. Buttery. Burnt sugar. Roasted malts. Cheesy. Plums & raisins. Hint of astringency. Smell is lovely. But a tad behind taste in terms of strength. This factor and the astringency which gets stronger with time puts a 4.75 ceiling on smell, almost perfect.

T-True to name. Tastes like liquid crème brulee. Butterscotch even. Resin swirls throughout the body. Dank pine. Great bitters blanketed by even greater sweetness. Grass & hay are unexpected. Subtle coffee.

M-Medium body goes down slick. Low high carbonation, a small sizzle. The sip is a sweet start, a sour dark fruit medium finishing off to a medium bitter finale. So sticky your lips stick to the glass. Body does water down and the already low carbonation doesn't help much. But the sour twang combined with the sweet desert flavors give the mouthfeel memorable depth.

O-What a digestif! Top shelf milk stout. Southern Tier makes the literal "sweetest" brews around. Enough hops as well to cut against the super sugar blasts make Crème Brulee a "bitter-sweet" treat.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: A half-inch of egg shell colored head sits atop a straight up black beer. It pours like motor oil and almost no light gets through this.

SMELL: Imagine smelling creme brulee and you can pretty much imagine this smell. Spot on, except along with the vanilla and huge caramel smell is a touch of raspberry. This smell amazing.

TASTE: The taste is basically exactly the same as the smell. Intense vanilla along with that same, huge caramel flavor. A hint of berry and a touch of coffee provide some complexity along with just a hint of Columbus hops to provide balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, silky and creamy. This beer has an enormous body and is thick and mouthcoating, as I would have expected from that motor oil pour.

OVERALL: Exceptional. This has instantly become a favorite, one of the better beers I've had. Perfect as a dessert beer. Yes, it is pretty sweet, but that's what this beer is meant to be. Very well done, Southern Tier.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours black that doesn't let even a tinge of light in around the edges, fine coffee/mocha colored head. Smell is overwhemling, much like creme brulee - vanilla and lactose are dominant, while dark roasted malt and coffee are more in the background.

Taste is mostly in the front of the mouth, smooth but slightly bitter dark malt with medium roast coffee, with the sweet lactose and vanilla beans also prominent. This certainly lives up to its name, as it tastes quite a bit like creme brulee, while it is certainly a beer incarnation of it. Incredible to savor, somewhat sweet and dessert-like. This is exceptional, the only thing it lacks is a back-of-mouth feel, which may be difficult to achieve in such a liquid.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally sweet which balances out the roasted malt bitterness and then some. Moderate-low carbonation. Very drinkable, it is like dessert in a bottle, not something to rush but it is easy to keep drinking.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. One finger fine medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Delicious crème brulee aroma wafts out of the bottle as this is poured. Dark, sweet malt, brown sugar, vanilla aroma, smells delicious. Very sweet, butterscotch, brown sugar, sweet malt and a hint of coffee with a very light hop kick at the end. Very creamy and full bodied. This is a bit sweet, but absolutely delicious.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a deep cola brown hue with fluffy tan head foaming up about 1 cm and fading rather quickly to a sturdy edge layer and wispy island.
Aroma is Very sweet with chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, sweet caramel with a bit of roasted note. Very strong nose sweet sugary candy bar or melted chocolate is what I can think of with every whiff.
First sip reveals a very smooth yet kind of thick body with very fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is as expected....sweet. I get brown sugar and maple syrup mixed with milk chocolate and caramel. No real hint of ABV and definitely no hops to be found in this brew. Drinkability is high and I would do this one again, although splitting the bomber is probably a good idea. This one snuck up on me a little by the end of my glass.
excellent big malty brew with lots of interesting complex flavors!

Photo of FosterJM
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

110th review on BA
Bottle to snifter

App- Poured a very dark brown with some rather large glugs for lack of a technical term into the glass. Produced a nice two finger head that lasted for quite some time and had some excellent lacing as well.

Smell- As soon as I popped the cap I was hit with the smell wofting to my nose. Big smells of carmalized sugar, vanilla and cream. It smelled like a dessert just as I was hoping.

Taste- I love the normal creme brulee dessert. I have wanted to try this beer for quite some time and wasn't dissapointed. I loved it was sweet. Some people knock it for that. Why? Its claiming to be a Creme Brulee stout. Thats awesome and they nailed it. Vanilla mixed with a creamy booziness.

Mouth- It was sweet but lush and very well done. It was a medium body with a low carb which allowed flavors to come through and create a great mix.

Drink- I wasn't dissapointed which is great. Some people will love this, some wont. This deserves to be tried as something different that I think people will come to appreciate. Now to trade for another one.

Photo of radioscooter
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came recommended from Dave at HO1KB. Since nobody has any of the ST Chokolat stout this year - and that's the best of the Chocolates in my opinion, I thought I'd give this one a whirl.

Pours as a stout should - black with substantial creamy caramel top. The label info is wonderful and lists their recipe, which is very cool. Love the hard-coated-custard history.

Smells outlandishly nice. Just. Like. Creme. Brulee.

Here's the thing, don't bother with this unless you like dark, sweet (but not overly so) toffee, vanilla flavors. Of all the extreme flavored beers, this one truly lives up to the description. Much like their Chocolate Stout does.

It is reminiscent of the Bourbon cask beers, but without the ass-kicking and super alcohol taste. This is just right. Like Baby Bear. For perfect mouthfeel, get a glass that you can force a heavier head and take in some with each sip.

Creamy, Vanilla, Toffee, Coffee, Custard.
Just a delight.

Buying more of this one. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite American breweries.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown and settles black like most stouts. I had to force the head into accumulation, but what appeared was a luscious tan creme that quickly settled into large bubbles and then promptly disintegrated. It obviously has no interest in retention.

S: Smell is absolutely incredulous: coffee, vanilla, condensed milk, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, it's like a delicious Yankee Candle. I don't even want to drink it, maybe just freeze it and put a wick in it and light it and fall asleep to it in the bathtub with a warm cloth draped over my eyes and Barry White playing in the background.

T/M: Oh, but I will taste it: low to medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel, coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla bean, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, a sliver of hop bitterness in the finish, just unbefreakinglievable.

This is a dessert beer if there ever was one. Add some corn starch and put this in the oven for 30 minutes at 450° and let's make this into a cake already, that's what I'm going to do. No wait, I'm going to pour this into that bathtub I was sitting in while smelling a candle made out of it listening to Barry White serenade me about how delicious it is while I drink it from a gem encrusted chalice. If it were just a bit thicker, I think it would be perfect, but this is the apex of dessert beers as it were.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Photo of WesM63
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large CBS snifter

A: Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black with a tiny 1/2 finger mocha head. Minor head retention and lacing.

S: Holy moly, this thing smells like heaven on earth. Vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee and chocolate. The vanilla is huge and beautiful, there is NO hint of alcohol in this what-so-ever.

T: Spot on the nose. HUGE amounts of vanilla, maybe the slightest hint of alcohol, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: This beer is beyond excellent. I'm not sure how they get away with it, as it tastes nothing of alcohol or even beer. Pure deliciousness. This is one of those beers that lives up to and in some cases exceeds the hype. I want more!!

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,158 ratings.