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

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

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3,245 Ratings
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Ratings: 3245
Reviews: 1272
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.3%

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

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008)
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Photo of Fulkrum78


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft in Asheville, NC at the Thirsty Monk South. Pors dark with a nice light head. Smells just like creme brulee, and you can pick the aroma up from a foot away. Taste is sweet and rich, you even pick up something reminiscent of the burnt caramel you'd expect. The alcohol in this beer is present and noticeable, but the sweetness goes a long way towards balancing it out.

All in all, a great dessert beer. I'd happily drink it again!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:45:50 | More by Fulkrum78
Photo of codysjb


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Brown and Black, decent head but doesn’t last too long.
S: Vanilla, Crème, and Caramel overwhelm while there some coco in the back. Definitely some alcohol that comes out.
T: Syrupy and vanilla flavor and caramel flavor are huge, extremely sweet beer.
M: Vanilla fills the mouth with a sugar like sweetness, and some booze on the end. Very very sweet and flavorfull.
O: Great, not the best beer ever made but a beer like nothing else I’ve had. Sooo sweet. (A)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 15:56:37 | More by codysjb
Photo of acevenom


4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with thick light tan head and lots of visible carbonation along the side of the glass. Cracking the cap open revealed tons of vanilla in the aroma. That is the case when the beer is smelled and there's some nice dark chocolate and toffee. This is a very vanilla forward stout. The best description for the flavor is dessert in a glass. The vanilla from the aroma is present in the flavor with chocolate, toffee, and coffee like roastiness. As the beer warms up, it almost tastes like a brownie. The body is full with a thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. This is an excellent beer. Definitely one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 18:51:04 | More by acevenom
Photo of BrandonOakes


4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A-Light brown head, dissipated quickly. Very dark brown in the light, almost black when not in light.

S- Smells like a vanilla/butterscotch candy. Coffee was there, but almost as if it were a vanilla latte from a coffee shop. The sweetness is remarkable.

T- Tastes like a very light coffee with a few vanilla/butterscotch shots in it. the vanilla/butterscotch lingers on the tongue for a good amount of time.

M- Crisp and light. Not as heavy as I was expecting, but with the amount of sweetness, it balances itself out.

O- The amount of vanilla/butterscotch in this took me by pleasant surprise. I was hoping for more roasted coffee/chocolate and a bit more thickness, but overall, the beer to me is very balanced and definitely something to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:35:50 | More by BrandonOakes
Photo of nlmartin


4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was lightly chilled and served in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a ruby opaque black coloration. The head is resolves to a thin light tan coloration. Nice lacing remains to mark the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: A combonation of vanilla, caramel and sugary sweetness hits my nose. A bit of chocolate and dark roasted malt supports the sweetness.

Taste: This delivers a straight on vanilla, caramel sweetness. This could have gone terribly wrong into cloying sweetness; however, Southern Tier pulls it off. The supporting dark roasted flavors keep the sweetness in check. Well played!...

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a big round body. This beer is very smooth. This is a very tasty and well made stout. Its sweet but it has balance. Wish I had a case of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 06:13:13 | More by nlmartin
Photo of beveritt


4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to Packforever1976 for throwing this in as an extra.

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label is typical style of Southern Tier and shows some cows, along with all the vital statistics for this beer.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of tan head. this settles slowly to a ring around the glass and an island of foam above the nucleation point. Very nice lacing as I drink. The beer itself is a dark muddy brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Holy crap, this smells like crème brûlée. Vanilla, eggs, cream, and a hint of cinnamon. Amazing.

Taste: Not as sweet as you might expect from the smell, but still very much like crème brûlée. Egg and milk creaminess upfront with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very slight roasted malt flavor in the middle. Finishes with slight coffee notes and a long, lingering fresh cream flavor. Slight alcohol sweetness, though the 10% ABV is hidden well. Slight alcohol warming as you sip this one.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: What can I say, this is an unusual one. Not something I would drink everyday, but it is hard to argue with what it is; Southern Tier tried to make a beer reminiscent of crème brûlée and they nailed it. Spot on.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 02:12:57 | More by beveritt
Photo of inthebeeraisle


4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from The Hop & Vine. Surprised to still see some of the choice beers that they had around.

A: This is a relatively flat beer. The head dissipated quickly. A beautiful dark color that shows little light when held up to a lamp.

S: This beer smells like caramel, chocolate, vanilla, & whipped cream. Awesome!

T: Rich, smooth, "It's just like chocolate creme brulee" she said.

M: Yeah the mouthfeel is smooth. I kind of thought I already told you that.

D: This is the best beer that I have have from Southern Tier so far. I love the Black Water Series, but their other brews are also quite choice as well. I highly recommend this beer, but it does have a very high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 05:38:14 | More by inthebeeraisle
Photo of gkatsoris

4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. No head at all; well maybe just for a minute or so. Black.

S: Honestly, this smells exactly like creme brulee. Tons of vanilla, and the malts balance it right out.

T: Sugary sweet. Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! Then the malts, then coffee finishes. Wow, this is desert in a glass.

M: Not too chewy, rather thin. But it suits. Because of the sweetness, the thinness is a good balance.

D: This may be the most "tastiest" beer I've ever had. It ranks right up there w/ Utopias because of its uniqueness. But I have a feeling one (okay two) and done - it had to rhyme right? How about two and thru.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:18:50 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of DJRoswell


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 22oz. bottle. I could not wait to get it home.

I poured it into a frosted mug and the aroma enchanted my nose as it poured a thick brown with a lite brown head. Man, my mouth was watering. This absolutely reminded me of the dessert. Chocolate and caramel mixed with a little spiciness. The taste was heavenly. Smooth and sweet with a nice bitter coffee finish. This was a heavy beer. i don't think I could drink all 22 ounces by myself. Definately a beer to share with a friend or two.

Overall, I would drink this one again and again.

Southern Tier hit another grand-slam!


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:31:27 | More by DJRoswell
Photo of oelergud


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall 650ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Dairy cows on the label.
Opaque black body with a creamy tan head speckled with small to large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Sweet alcoholic milk chocolate and vanilla scent, thick and creamy.
Excellent flavor, vanilla, milk chocolate, mild nut and round spiced incredibly delicious hops. Well balanced and an aftertaste of mellow relaxed hops.
Full and creamy body, residual sugars and a nice coating.
Great drinkability, great stout.


Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 03:50:01 | More by oelergud
Photo of coldmeat23


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees
Acquired from corey0212 in Comic Book BIF (Thanks so much!)

Super dark ruby colored liquid. Nice, quickly dissipating head. No retention. Minimal lacing.

The smell is pure Creme Brulee. No doubt about that. One of the best noses on a beer, ever. Lots of sweet cream and buttery caramel notes. Delicious brown sugar. Butter toffee. Tons of vanilla. My neighbors can probably smell this one, down the street. Powerful.

Much like the nose. Big Creme Brulee taste right upfront. Brown sugar caramalized with butter and vanilla. Lucious sweet cream. Big stout maltiness follows, which brings amazing balance to the sweetness. Coffee notes mix with hints of marshmallows. Very slight hop bite. Just a hint of the alcohol content.
This is almost perfect. With just a touch more sweetness and vanilla, then take down the bite of the hops a little bit more...perfection.

The mouthfeel could be just a tiny bit more full/thick. As it is, it's lovely. Very smooth and silky. Super easy going down.

If I had regular access to Southern Tier, this would probably be my number one beer choice, my have to have on hand at all times.
I could easily drink a bomber of this in three swallows, maybe even two. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 18:24:16 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of rye726


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has a huge vanilla presence along with burnt cream, roasted malts, fudge brownies and caramel. Quite impressive.

Taste is very sweet but still well balanced. Loads of vanilla over milky oats, cocoa and rich candies. Bitter hops through the finish.

Full body is nicely carbonated. Quite drinkable considering how much sugar they packed into it.

My least favorite of their imperial stouts, but still pretty damn good. A love hate beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:37:26 | More by rye726
Photo of Beerbythepool


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into New Belgium snifter and standard pint. My wife and I split the bomber so I was able to observe it in two different glasses.

The pint glass yielded a 2 finger head in a dark caramel color. Meanwhile my snifter only showed a thin head that didn't last long. I find that most beers don't have a big head in my snifter and makes me feel like I am missing out.

The color is very dark almost black. Little lacing.

Smell is sweet vanilla cream with caramel and vanilla bean. Puts dessert on your mind and you should definitely be prepared for a sweet dessert drink.

The taste is mouth watering. Molasses and dark chocolate and some licorice up front. Also vanilla bean and cream. Finishes with that burnt sugar flavor that I love on a creme brulee. That is my favorite part of creme brulee and I love torching the sugar. Can't believe that they can get that taste in a beer. Unbelievable.

It makes me want to chew when I taste the burnt sugar. This is a dessert in itself and you don't need food. Think of it as a creme brulee milk shake.

Although I say it tastes like a milk shake the mouthfeel is not overbearing. It has a creamy feel to it, but not too much to handle.

I usually record my notes and then enter the review in later, but this was so good for me that I am entering the review while enjoying the beer. This is a sipper and you can take your time to enjoy it especially with the high ABV. There is a slight alcohol burn on the back end, but this is a beer after all so I don't mind. Makes me want to try more of these Southern Tier offerings. I have a Pumking in the cellar and hopefully it will be just as good as this.

If you like creme brulee then you must try this beer, if not you will think it is too sweet. Job well done Souther Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 03:29:56 | More by Beerbythepool
Photo of chumba526


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears solid black in color with a light brown head.

It smells strongly of caramelized sugar and sweet vanilla. Wow this really does smell like Crème Brulee. I also get hints of butterscotch and sweet mild chocolate.

It tastes of sweet earthy vanilla, I get a bit of a lightly burn sugar taste. I get a mild chocolate and coffee type of taste to it. There is also a mild toffee type of a flavor. The beer also has a bit of a cream like taste to it.
The beer ends with a mild bitterness that balances the beer. Though this beer is sweet it is actually well balanced. This is a dessert beer but in my opinion it is not too sweet.

There is a low carbonation to this beer. It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel that complements the flavor of this beer.

For the style of this beer it is quite easy to drink: the beer goes down smooth.

Overall I am not a fan of sweet beers but this one has a nice balance. It is not overbearingly sweet like some beers. I almost did not buy this because I though it would be far too sweet. I am very glad I bought this beer. It is amazing how southern tier made this beer taste just like crème brulee.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:55:31 | More by chumba526
Photo of jeremyd365


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a nice dark brown with little tan head. Its nose was awesome from the get-go: strong coffee and vanilla... Very sweet. It's flavor was somewhat less powerful but still very delicious. It was full bodied and definitely one ill have again.. I'd especially like to try it on tap!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 11:29:01 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of jdaelhousen


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky pour produces minimal amount of head with a tan colored lace.

The smell of the beer is extremely sweet and dessert like, kind of like a souped up custard pie: notes of vanilla, toffee, nuts, carmelized sugar, and custard backed by a mild boozyness in the trailing nose.

At first sip, the sweetness of the chocolate, carmelized sugars and vanilla rise up on the palate. This sweetness continues well into the finish with a mild bitterness during the aftertaste. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, & toffee linger on the palate for ages after the final swallow making this beer a delight. Unbelievable beer. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:18:22 | More by jdaelhousen
Photo of genog


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black body color with a very light brown, chocolate milk colored frothy, and bubbly head resting on top. Aroma is about as strong a scent as I have ever had the privilege of noticing in a beer. Vanilla bean and burnt sugars pound your nostrils and make you back away quickly. Coffee, and hints of cocoa come around as well. Taste is very strong on malt and chocolate, but no alcohol presence is really noticed after how sweet this beer is. Drink slowly!
A very nice beer. I am glad I bought several.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 18:57:24 | More by genog
Photo of Buebie


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber, into a tulip.
Black as night, no glow around the edges of the glass.
2 finger light brown head, soapy bubbles head. Some thin retention.
Big vanilla aroma, swet malt, french vanilla cold press coffee, cream or somthing dairy like.

Taste...wow, its definatly a desert beer! This is some good stuff right here, big juicy vanilla creme, taste like a dark roast creme brulee. Vanilla bean, roasted malt, sweet cream, charred oak, caramel, mild grassy hop after the swallow and into the lingering flavor.
Very creamy and thick in texture.
No alcahol warming to be found in either the taste or smell.

This is one rich beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 01:12:34 | More by Buebie
Photo of tpd975


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capone's

A: Pours a dark black hue with an average size yet solid head. Good retention and spotty lace.

S: Aroma is out of this world. Tons of sweet creme, chocolate, and caramel up front. Hints of Butterscotch candy push thru along with a big blast of vanilla.

T: Wow taste almost as good in the bottle as it does on draft. Tons of real vanilla bean and butterscotch. Hits of chocolate and coffee push thru. This is a well crafter brew that many brewers would love to duplicate.

M: Medium in body creamy as hell.

D: Nice. Somewhat sweet so it is not one you would pound, but I would take it over the real thing as a dessert any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 22:20:19 | More by tpd975
Photo of trafordboy


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter like the bottle suggested. It has a pitch black body and a tan head that doesn't stick around too long. Looks like you'd expect an imperial stout to look. But once you take a whiff of it thats where things change.

It smells sticky of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. If you close your eyes you'd never think it was beer you were smelling. More like a bowl of ice cream. It says there is hops in this thing, but from the smell of it they could have been using rainbow sprinkles. I don't know if I'm supposed to drink this or get a spoon.

Thank god, it tastes like it smells. Its got a sweet chocolate taste thats coated in vanilla and caramel. This thing is a milk stout on steroids. Even after I swallow I can taste it. Its like my mouth is coated in vanilla candle wax.

As long as you have taste buds you'll enjoy this. Its like no other beer I've ever had. Has to be the best dessert beer out there. If you can drink more than one of these though you are my hero. Its a very filling beer. Job well done Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 22:43:15 | More by trafordboy
Photo of CRichardsMN


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with red highlights, creamy tan head of about 1/4 inch that falls to a ring and minimal lacing.

Sweet milk caramel, vanilla and a mild background of deep roasted malts and hints of alcohol. Candy in a glass.

This is definitely an imperial. Huge sweet caramel and vanilla front with a bit of roasted malts, has quite the kick of alcohol and finishes with the slightest hint of bitterness from something perhaps referred to as "hops". WoW.

Thick and smooth, slight carbonation and fills the mouth. Heavy bodied but does not coat the mouth.

Buy one of these to split as it is intensely strong but wow, there's a lot of beer in that beer. I'll be done (and happy) after one of these.

Impulse buy by my wife. We have tried other Southern Tier brews. Nice pick.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 23:44:30 | More by CRichardsMN
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep brown color with a finger measure coffee colored head.
Smell: Nice notes of malt and rich vanilla bean aroma. Its a great vanilla coffee scent that almost boarders on a caramel flavor.
Taste: It's a very roasty vanilla bean flavor. The malt gives a great burnt effect that really does make the beer taste like a creme brulee.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Great stout. Good weight, balanced flavor, not too sweet. Very good carbonation that makes the beer very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 22:15:52 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of teromous


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: It appears the same as what you'd expect from a stout. A rich dark brown/black color with a tan off-white head. Head retention is very good with decent lacing. It doesn't stick to the glass as much as I'd expect with a name like "creme."

S: Wow, I have had many stouts and porters that tout the vanilla name, but this is truly a strong vanilla and lactose smell. After opening the bottle cap it is evident that this beer contains both. Sniffing it of the glass there is more malt character present and it is amazing.

T: Well this tastes as good as it smells. I taste no alcohol and at 10.0% that is a feat with such light flavors as this. It is very very sweet and would probably go well with a desert or even something to drink during Christmas eve. There is a very slight hint of bitterness after drinking, but it is barely noticeable.

M: This feels like you're drinking a desert. It coats your mouth with wonderful sensations and even non-beer lovers could sip on this. It is a wonderful surprise when first tasting it.

D: Unfortunately this is too sweet for me. I love the beer but found that I quickly became tired of the sweetness of it. As mentioned before, it is very smooth and desert like, so pick it up if you have a sweet tooth! I recommend sharing with one or more people because I assume most people would have a hard time finishing the whole thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 23:53:44 | More by teromous
Photo of thekanna


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a barely perceptible ring of white head.

S: Gorgeous, syrupy vanilla extract and sugar with layers of creaminess and butteriness lurking underneath. Vanilla sweetness is overwhelming without being cloying.

T: Slightly medicinal and sour roasted malts lead to an aftertaste packed with vanilla bean, burnt sugar, caramel, and creamy perfection. Tastes exactly like how a crème brûlée should, but stands on its own as a fantastic liquid dessert.

M: Thick, oily, and coats the mouth, followed by low carbonation.

D: This is absolutely wonderful, and I bemoaned the fact that I had no more of this after I drank it all from my cup. An incredible beer, and one that I'll definitely return back to if I find it again in the store.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 05:37:04 | More by thekanna
Photo of GabrielM

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for this bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black, creme brulee-colored head on top.

S - amazing! Literally smells like the dessert if it were crammed into my glass.

T - same as the nose and title would indicate - it tastes like CREME BRULEE, but with a slight alcohol bite on the end, which is the only thing stopping this brew from being rated a 5. Really freakin' good!

M - liquid creme brulee with a little kick.

D - delicious and goes down really smoothly. Will be even better in 6 months to a year, so I guess I'm on the lookout for another couple of bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:27:39 | More by GabrielM
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,245 ratings.