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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 Northtexan
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour into the glass. Thin, wispy head. Very potent smell of caramel and vanilla. It tastes like it smells, with the caramel really shining through as the biggest flavor. Only problem is it takes on a bubblegum taste as it warms. Overall, I really like it, and will get it again. Nice sweet dessert stout great as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a very dark jet black color with less than 1/2 finger head into a snifter.

Wonderfully prominent aroma: butterscotch dominant, chocolate, and coffee.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

The taste was intensely butterscotch candy, vanilla, and finished with slight bitterness and some hoppiness.

Overall, an excellent beer. It is underrated on this site. The aroma and taste stand out- one my favorites from the brewery. The beer has the strength of a strong stout; it's distinctive candy aroma and taste are finished well with a hoppy bitterness.

Excellent for food pairing. I tasted it with chicken, and a salad with vinaigrette.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this stout from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured an extremely heavy, dark as night shade of black. Serious blackness. It was creature from the black lagoon blackness. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the tan head was only about 1/2". The head quickly dropped to a skim. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S= This one smells of cooked (burned) sugars, syrupy schnapps, chocolate, and well, creme brulee.

T= This is one sweet, liquid dessert of a beer. I found flavors of dark sugar, sweet coffee, milk, caramel, mild toffee, and a sweet heavy schnapps-like flavor I cannot quite define. Alcohol is nearly absent until the finish, where it feels like the sweet alcohol finish of a lower abv liqour.

MF= This is one heavy mother. Carbonation stayed amazingly well throughout.

D= A sipper for sure, but a unique and excellent brew that everyone should try at least once!

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Photo of r0nyn
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours super dark, murky brown that is completely opaque, which is expected of stouts. Minimal caramel colored head that all but dissipates into nothingness. The smell is super, super sweet. Vanilla is the most obvious scent, but after a few more sniffs, I can make out coffee, chocolate and the tiniest malty backside. It's like sniffing a milkshake made with Kahlua. Wow.

Sweetness is definitely the order of the day here. I tasted the coffee, cream and vanilla on the front end, which was definitely a unique experience. It was sweet, but not a saccharine sweetness since that would have been a little too much even for someone like me who prefers his beers not too bitter. Speaking of bitterness, the hops assert themselves after the first few seconds, reminding you that you're drinking beer and not a milkshake. It finishes off with both sweetness and bitterness, the hoppy zip and the creamy lushness combining to provide a back end that is quite pleasant. For a brew that has 10% ABV, I certainly didn't taste it at all, as it was masked behind all the other flavors that came out to play. The beer's full body and minimum carbonation allow for the stoutness to really shine through. Nice and thick, which is how a stout should be.

For someone like me who enjoys beers that aren't too hoppy, this is a great drink. Thanks to the wonderful smell and balanced taste (with very well-hidden alcohol content), this is something I would most certainly drink again. Definitely have to check out the other Southern Tier offerings after this.

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Photo of rhong187
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9oz pour from a nitro tap

A - jet black, with a mocha colored one finger head. the nitro tap obviously enhances this score..

S - no doubt about the aroma, complete creme brulee sweetness. strong vanilla notes, sugar, and faint chocolate aroma..Southern Tier really has a knack for completely nailing the nose on their brews

T - don't know if I could drink any more than the 9oz I was poured. This is incredibly sweet, and extremely rich. a perfect dessert beer.

M - light carbonation, and you can barely detect any booziness.

Definitely a great dessert beer to be shared among 2 - 4 people. One of the only stouts that my girlfriend will drink. Another great stout from the blackwater series.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had to write a full review because this beer seems a little up or down with people.

It is a milk stout and to me comes off more of a barrel aged beer..

Poured into a standard pint glass...

Very dark pour, thin head, not much retention, very sticky lacing.

Smell is super duper sweet... toffee, caramel, butter.... again smells super sweet like candy.

Take at first sip was very sweet, a little too sweet for me and I like sweet.... but it's all what it described... creme brule.... toffe/caramel/butter/whipped pecan taste. Bery sigary...most people don't know what it tastes like but southern tier nailed it... has a perfect taste of creme brule with that perfect burnt taste to it that is also in wee heavy.... mouthfeel was good, a little sticky but not to heavy and not too light....

Overall this was a great brew that is more of a sipper... alcohol is noticeable but my biggest thing is it was a little sweet.... had it in summer and probably better in the winter. But they nailed the taste just a tad too much..

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Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but as a dessert offering this is a fine selection. Don't try and pair it with a main course, it really would be a poor match. Also if you don't like a sweet note in your beer then this would be one to avoid.

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Photo of quikxsxilver
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(my first review!)
Poured from 22oz bomber

A - Deep dark brown with minimal macchiato-looking head

S - Very pleasant but strong and sweet. Reminds me of creme brulee, coffee, caramel., butterscotch.. if Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series was an actual beer it would probably smell like this

T - I would drink this after dinner as a coffee-dessert drink. Very sweet vanilla, sugary taste rounded out with roasted syrupy coffee flavor

M - Medium/low carbonation, not too hefty on the body... lingers after drinking in a pleasant way

O - Pretty delicious if you're looking for a sugary sweet dessert beer! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local D's six packs for 9.50 a while ago. Cracked it tonight for no reason

A - Pours jet black. No light can escape it's pure blackness. A strong pour produced a great looking mocha head with very lacing. Pretty nice.

S - OMG really the best part of the beer! Smells of pure vanilla bean almost like an ice cream. Smells so strong I can smell it a foot away as I type. Amazing.

T - Well it's was pretty awesome. The flavor masked the ABV to the point of drinking it warm un-noticeable. However it really only has a mild tone of vanilla masked with the slight coffee and chocolate tones of the Imperial Stout. Not as overwhelming and "sweet" as most describe it here so is everyone's tastes buds better than mine. Peculiar...

M - Actually quite medium bodied. ST is know for high ABV and great drinkability and this one is a perfect 5 here.

D - Well I may have to wait a year and try this again. Maybe I need more bitter to really enjoy this candy of a beer? Maybe the batch needs more age or less age? It's not terrible and I could easily drink another but alias my expectations were too high again but this doesn't affect my review, A grade beer all the way!

Edit: And just to be clear the beer is now 10 percent by volume. They really need to change that.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft served in what I can only describe at a small Weissen glass, an 11 oz pour was served.

A: very dark stout with a slight coppery head not much lacing on the glass. the head though small lingered for sometime.

S: wow! strong vanilla and caramel scent, sweet smell just like a creme' brulee or vanilla custard, very very heavy vanilla smell.

T: this is a sweet beer with strong vanilla flavor and cocoa/caramel flavors. it had a nice hop bitterness which rounded it out well. as the beer warmed it got a bit hoppier.

M: this felt thick on the tongue, probably due to its incredible sweetness. though thick it did have good effervescence.

Overall: nice dessert stout that I can drink again and again though I would have enjoyed a smaller pour as this is a rich and very sweet beer. you can skip dessert and just drink one of these, have a glass of water on hand to help relive the palate.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep cola black. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. These are fat, but dissipate quickly, leaving sheets of spotty lacing and aggregates of bubbles around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears standard. As we sniff, the first thing we notice is a creamy milkiness and an outrageous butterscotch. Vanilla works its way in, with warm buttery diacetyls, charred and roasted chocolate malts, and rich caramel. There is a steely coffee bean, with a sugary sweetness of cream cheese cake frosting. It certainly smells like dessert. Our first impression is in surprise that this doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. As we sip into it, we first get notes of fresh vanilla bean, bitter coffee bite, and sweeter caramel malts. Softer notes of buttery sweetness and cream comes through with warmth. The latter notes persist through the swallow and the peak, balanced by more bitterness of thick coffee steal, and light earthy hops. Vanilla bean remains strong throughout, pulling us to the finish single handedly, where dirty coin, caramel malt, chalk, and mineral mix together for the finale. This is smooth, and the aftertaste breathes of white sugar, heavy creamer, a little booze, vanilla extract, and buttercream frosting. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip has a softness, with nice froth, slurp, and cream. There is a thick creamy coating over the tongue and palate, and the lips are left stuck together with residual sugars. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great, but it’s a dessert sipper.

Overall, what we found to be the best component of this brew was how well it represented both the dish and the style. The nose was insanely sweet, but perfectly attuned to all of the flavors, with butter, white sugar, vanilla, and a crispy char. At the same time, coffee and chocolate flavored malts crashed throughout, giving a depth of flavor, and a seriousness to the palate. The nose was crazy sweet, and made the drinker cautious at first, but the following sip was excitingly bold, and fitting to the beer, and the desired flavoring goals. This is definitely one of the best within the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series.

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Photo of gskitt
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick looking pour. Cascading and building head. Didn't recede. Streaked coffee ice cream colored head.
S- Real creme brulee's wish they could smell like this. My goodness, incredible. I haven't tasted this yet and am beginning to wonder if it will ruin it.
T and M- super creamy and long-tasting. Its a vanilla bomb. Very sweet up front but tightens up nicely and ends bitter sweet to even bitter roasted notes. It truly is desert in a glass.
D- Wow, no, not more than a glass. Sugars and ABV will get to ya!

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Photo of sullie519
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best smelling beer I have ever encountered.Aromas of vanilla butterscotch and mocha.The taste is a little off from the smell and carries more mocha and coffee the the traditional french dessert.I have had it bot on nitro ( I think by mistake but awesome) and reg pour...You never taste the high alcohol content..but more of the same flavors as there Mocha stout..Either way great beer as long as you only have 1 or 2 ...little sweet due to the lactic sugars..great for an appertif or before dinner drink

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Photo of dspolanco
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep Black, looking everything like the Imperial Stout it is.

Smell-This is where the beer differentiates from other stouts. It smells scrumptious, huge vanilla notes, huge butterscotch notes. It simply smells amazing.

Taste-Just like the smell, big sweet vanilla and butterscotch notes upfront. Towards the end comes the bitter chocolate notes and helps cut the sweetness beautifully.

Mouthfeel-Full

Overall- This is a great dessert beer. I wouldn't drink it everyday however for special family occasions its a great dessert. Southern Tier doesn't disappoint again.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark, no light passes through. Almost no head. Small ring stays around the edge. Huge vanilla & caramel nose. Some coffee too. The first sip is very sweet & intense. You almost need to drink a little to get past he sweetness. After the initial shock the flavor is very reminiscent of tiramisu instead of creme burlee. Definately a dessert beer. Mild carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Once you get past the first taste and it warms a little this is a very enjoyable beer. The 24 oz. bottle would be a great dessert split between four people. I don't think I would like more that one at a sitting but I'll keep one in the around for friends.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for CampusCrew for bringing this over during a recent brew day for us to enjoy together.

This beer exceeded my epectations as a well done desert beer. It is a sweet beer with very vanilla fwd aroma and flavors, but balanced very nicely without being cloying or overly sweet.

Appearance was dark coffee brown/balck with a good tan head that faded away almost permenantly.
Aromas of distinct fresh vanilla beans, dark malts, coffee, caramel and chocolate.
Tastes as it smells with appropriatte hop support for sweet and malt balance.
Mouthfeel is semi slick and medium carbonation which fades away as the beer warmed.
Overall drinkability was very enjoyable to split a bomber with 3 or 4 folks as a night cap. It would be tough to drink more than one of these, but it lives up to the name and is right on for what I was hoping.

In one word. Impressive.
The aroma was a standout feature for sure.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a large snifter.

A - Black liquid with a nice sized tan head which dissipates to nothing quickly.

S - This smells like pure vanilla, with some butterscotch aroma in there as well.

T - Taste has the vanilla all the way through, but gives way to a fairly smoky characteristic. Remains sweet, but finishes with a tiny bitterness on top of that vanilla taste. Some alcohol peeks up for a second.

M - Big bodied and very creamy.

D - Is very nice and smooth. Has a very sugary taste reminiscent of its namesake dessert. Quite interesting.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber dated 7/16/11 into my Duvel tulip.

A – Deep cola brown with a tiny bit of tan head produced. Spotty lacing.

S – Wow huge cream soda smell. Has almost a burnt caramel aroma and definitely sweet in the nose.

T – Umm…like the smell has a huge creamy taste. Remember those little caramel squares you had as a kid well this tastes just like that. Just a huge caramel flavor. It also has the taste of the burn top layer on a real crème brulee. Just a bit of the alcohol shows through at the end. Not much but you do feel it.

M – Creamy baby. Wooo…

O – First try of this and I am extremely impressed. This is a clone of a real crème brulee. It is just a rich and creamy brew but not too sweet. Glad I bought a few.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/15/15. Pours black. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

World class rich nose of vanilla, cream and light caramel. It screams crème brulee. Underneath is a light coconut aspect.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments. Carbonation is world class with a perfect body / carbonation balance that really allows the complex flavors to open up. The middle has a burst of effervescence while the finish is pricky and finely bubbled.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Had the alcohol remained covered and suppressed the very slight astringency, it would be world class. It begins with a wave of vanilla that floats above cream then shifts to vanilla over caramel. The middle has a hint of roast oriented bitterness underneath. From the middle to the finish, chocolate and coconut notes emerge. The finish is a slow sweet fade of slightly sweet vanilla with a touch of alcohol flavor and astringency.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"It's like Candy"

I've served this beer at two dinner parties and the comments are always the same.... "It's like candy" Quite a nice sipping beer and very interesting. I think this is a great example of a beer that is wonderful if used properly. God forbid you came in from a hot day and popped a bomber of this....
On the other hand, after a nice meal on a cold night in front of a fire, this is perfect.

Pretty much a step back from black this beer is dark and syrupy thick. The head is tan in color with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was perfect. Fresh Vanilla.... Some coffee notes as well. Just fantastic. I've seen a couple of folks take a couple of minutes just smelling the beer.

Flavor is "candy like" and hits the Crème Brulee name on the head. A strong vanilla flavor takes center stage in front of some nice stout flavors. Roasted malt bitterness brings some dark coffee flavors that work well with the vanilla. Very creamy...then a nice hop finish. Very sweet.

Mouth feel was VERY thick and syrupy. Drinkable like Amaretto or another type of after dinner drink. One to savor and enjoy.

I'll continue to surprise guests with this dessert companion.

Nicely done.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark as dark can be, with a thick pour, that almost reminded me of maple syrup. tiny dark kahaki bubbles.

my goodness, the smell is amazing. The the Vanilla just grabs ahold and wont let go. Every time you go in to catch something else the Vanilla just invites you back. has a little earthyness, and a slight coffee overtones.

taste is rich heavy sweetened coffee, almost with too much creamer, and about 10 packs of sugar. Vanilla isn't as big of a flavor as i would have expected out of the smell.

Milky, and smooth. The carbonation is a pleasent sting that leaves just enough but takes away just as much. Leaving you with that glass in your hand, just begging to be devoured. I would consider this one to be heavy bodied.

overall this is one of the better stouts i have had, and would compare it to a mixed youngs chocolate stout, with a left hand milk stout.

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Photo of BrutusOrca
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - thick, black with no head after inital pour.

Smell - smelled great as labeled. Just like creme brulee.

Taste - good flavor at first, little too sweet for me, then a bitterness follows.

Mouthfeel - too heavy almost syrupy for me, would have liked a smoother finish.

Overall - not bad a good winter beer for sitting in front of a fire to enjoy. Wouldnt drink more than one in a sitting due to the heaviness associated with the beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is strong butterscotch with a lot of sweetness and some vanilla. Definitely a different aroma. The flavor is butterscotch, praline and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and very drinkable, but I can't see myself drinking more than six ounces at a time since it is so sweet. This beer would serve as a great stand alone dessert.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy and bubbly khaki-colored head that left generous rings and a few gobs of lace on the inside of the glass.

S: Huge nose of vanilla bean! Maybe a little caramel and/or butterscotch, as well.

T: Sweet vanilla with fleeting flavors of dark fruit, caramel, black cherry, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, hops, and butterscotch.

M: Very sticky, oily, and sweet. Coats like paint-this beer is a palate destroyer.

D: Incredible sweetness is balanced by dry, roasty malt, bitter hops, and a touch of tingly alcohol. Have this one at the very end of your session, just like dessert.

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Photo of utfiero
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- near black with mahogany hint. Medium head tinted mocha foam.

Aroma- coffee cup with splash of coffee topped off with vanilla liqueur.

Taste- Wow! Starts sweet dominated by vanilla like the first vanilla float, then gets a bit roasty, finishing with a dry lingering hint of hop. This would be a perfect brew to add vanilla ice cream to for desert or make a beer float!

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 7/20/2013.

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