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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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Ratings: 3227
Reviews: 1270
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 Stinkypuss


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a snifter. Nice inch of light brown head, that became a fine lace.

S. Vanilla cream in the nose. Its Creme Brulee afterall.

T. Follows the nose in a very sweet vanilla chocolate stout. A robust roasted malt feature is complimentary to the lovely sweet lactose.

M. Creamy and smooth. Milky. Great.

D. Very drinkable, though tends to ruin the palate to other beers. Good night cap, change of pace beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 04:28:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BACTAdam

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm becoming a huge fan of Souther Tier primarily for their Black Water series of big beers. This is yet another one that blew me away.

A strong, incredibly wonderful smell of pure vanilla extract hits you the minute the cap is poppod on this bomber. An aroma so strong you can smell it across the room! Pours a deep black with only the slightest hint of opacity. The head is a thin foamy tan that sticks around for a little while. The taste is amazing- lots of deep vanilla notes, hints of carmelized sugar, a bit of an alcohol burn and the faintest hints of hops at the back of the tongue. When it's cold, the bitter hop bite is more noticeable in the after taste. As it warms, the creme brulee flavors release and the bitterness disappears. While vanilla has a very stong presence in this beer, a lot to do with the aroma, it is not one dimensional.

Southern Tier is not shy about their unique flavors for beer and the flavors never taste artificial which is what make them even more impressive. Amazing job on this one! I only wish I had bought more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 18:23:50 | More by BACTAdam
Photo of Vengeance526


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (cvfish) for providing a sample of this. And he got it from what may have been one of the last honest trades by one of BA's Most Wanted on the bad traders list! Thank God he wasn't a victim...

Pours a dark black color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. I only sampled about half a glass of this so its entirely possible I may be shortchanging the appearance a bit.

Wow, this is a very sweet smelling brew. Butterscotch, espresso, and brown sugar are clearly evident in the aroma.

The taste is very true to the name...creme brulee is definitely there, a very pronounced butterscotch with notes of rich coffee, sugar, and vanilla. Very sweet. Amazing.

Thick but not overbearing. The ideal dessert beer. Maybe this would be too rich for some, but I thought it was amazingly drinkable for being such a sweet treat. I would love to have to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 05:57:58 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of stevenseg


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Crème Brûlée Stout from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York comes in at 10% ABV.

The aroma hit me like a burning truck full of vanilla ice cream, but no sign of hops. Typical I would be critical of this, but this is supposed to be a sweat treat. Its sniffage is a pleasant mixture of vanilla and coffee, capped with a shot of Kahlúa, and lightly toasted.

This imperial stout is very dark in color, and the head is dense and velvety, which indicates that Guinness-like texture.

The beer list at Dirty Frank's, the joint I found this alcoholic cavity, appropriately states, "Drink your dessert," as this is virtually crème brûlée in a glass.

Served a little chilly at first (Southern Tier suggests 42 degrees in a snifter), let it warm as you sip to leave more taste and aroma at the bottom of the glass and experience its full flavor and the fire of alcohol that hits at the tail of every sip.

It's criticized for containing more sugar than hops, but this is not supposed to be a chugger. Instead, this stout is the brewers' version of ice wine or port. I would not drink another right after because it is just too rich and powerful. Instead I would cap off a dinner containing a rich cream sauce with just one pint or even split a 22oz. bottle. I can definitely feel my craving increase.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 07:16:32 | More by stevenseg
Photo of Wheelinb


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be really amazing. While I am not a fan of anything sweet, there are so many flavors going on here that the sweetness is balanced out. Pours dark black and the aroma makes your mouth water. It smells like some dessert just pulled from the oven. There is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors going on. While this is utterly delicious, I found it hard to finish the whole pint because of how rich this beer is. Needless to say I truly enjoyed drinking this beer and will seek it out again. If I were Tracy Morgan I would take this beer behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 19:37:27 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of kenpo23


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, they went for it and they nailed it!

A - Poured dark ebony with a temporary head.

S - Smells just like creme brulee. I defy you to differ!

T - Now come on, its called creme brulee...if you dont expect it to be very sweet than dont even bother. The caramel flavor is amazing with a great aftertaste of vanilla and alcohol.

D - drinkablity was as good as you can get for a drink that tastes like dessert. If you love dessert than you're going to think this is a great addition to any meal or a good substitute when a pint of ben & jerrys just wont do.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:57:53 | More by kenpo23
Photo of snaotheus


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a giant goblet

Pours thick and very dark, basically no head -- looks like heavily used motor oil. Smells of caramel and creme brulee, chocolate and coffee. Smells delicious.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, and even more surprisingly, the sweetness doesn't seem over-the-top or unpleasant to me (maybe my mind will change toward the end of the bomber, but it seems unlikely at this juncture). Caramel and vanilla and chocolate and coffee still -- the chocolate and coffee provide enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. It reminds me a little of the flavor of a very strong coffee with some vanilla creamer in it.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, but heavy and thick, a little sticky or clingy. Despite its strength and sweetness, the coffee/chocolate bitterness keeps it from being overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:33:28 | More by snaotheus
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black. To be expected from this stout. A very limited white head was present. Little lacing.

S: Awesome sweet, caramel smell. Dead on for Creme Brulee.

T: OMFG! This beer is spot on. Tastes incredible. Definitely a sweet dessert beer.

M: Good and a tad thick which is perfect for this beer.

D: I could drink a lot of these but I think I would get over the sweet flavor really quick. But after 3 I'm sure your senses would dull since this bad boy is 10% abv. Great beer. Non-beer drinking women would maul a baby panda to try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 19:35:01 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of jeremy2027


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tunic glass

Black as night one finger tan head that dissipates quick.

WOW as the name implies its straight up Creme Brulee straight to the point.

Amazing, great beer just think a five star Creme Brulee with Booze!!!

Not as you would expect with this rich of a beer, it is mouth coating but not really chewy.

Amazing beer I need to get some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:40:27 | More by jeremy2027
Photo of olimpia84


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured part of the 650ml bottle into a chalice.

A: very dark brown to the point it's almost black. One finger copper head that dissipated quickly. No lacing present.

S: an exquisite combination of dessert aromas greet you in this beer. The predominant smell is a strong, yet elegant, fragrance of vanilla accompanied by hints of caramel, coconut and toffee. The vanilla smell is simply excellent and unlike anything I've tried before.

T: this beer definitely pays a tribute to its name. It follows the nose beautifully with a strong start of sweet vanilla taste with notes of caramel and milk chocolate. Afterwards some malts are felt in the palate giving a slight coffee taste. It ends with a kick of bitter liquory sensation. This last part is not exactly my favorite as I feel that the transition from the smooth sweetness dessert part to the strong bitter alcohol is a bit harsh and doesn't have a good 'bridge' to connect the two. If it wasn't for this 'issue' I would have given the taste a score of 5. Regardless. this beer has an excellent taste.

M: smooth feel with low carbonation. This beer is medium to full body, leaning more towards the full body part.

O: what else can I say that hasn't been said in my review? This beer gets the job done beautifully and is a perfect option for pairing it with desserts. The vanilla presence throughout this beer is fantastic which is a plus in my case because I love vanilla. However, I can see some people having issues with this beer as it can be perhaps on the excessive sweet side. This was not an issue with me however, and it's why my review is full of praise. Highly recommended and will definitely go back for some more!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 20:52:24 | More by olimpia84
Photo of DoubleJ


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is one of the more famous "love or hate" beers that one can find. The opportunity showed itself and I was there. On to the beer:

Dark as expected, but it does have some red colored hues. The lacing that it gives off is decent. The nose is a wallop of caramel and a shot of coffee. One thing is easy to decide, I love it!

Upon tasting it, I wasn't sure how sweet the taste would be despite already smelling it. It is sweet, but not SWEET! This is about as sweet as one could go without being cloying. Fully loaded with caramel and a shot of espresso and roast that lingers in the background. The alcohol hides itself well. It's medium heavy, and surprisingly it is easy enough to drink.

I'm a fan of Southern Tier Crème Brûlée, and proud to admit it. Don't like it because you think it's too sweet? Good. More for the rest of us. Afraid to buy a bomber in fear that it may give you diabeetus? Good. More for the rest of us.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:54:29 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of babbules


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this guy out of a 22oz. bottle I picked up at the local boozery. Very stout-like in its color and pour. It had almost no head at all, and a powerful vanilla smell. The flavor is amazing, but very sweet thanks to a heavy dose of lactose. The only negative thing I can say is that it finishes thick and sticky, and even someone who really likes stouts would have trouble drinking alot of it. Overall, a great dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 18:55:28 | More by babbules
Photo of tlazaroff


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible! I don't know how they did it, but it smells exactly like Creme Brûlée. Big vanilla and even bigger maple syrup, right up front and sticks to your nose for a while. Just a wonderful smell.

Jet black with subtle brown highlights and fairly viscous looking. The head is a medium tan, thin, but provides attractive lacing.

Tastes just like creme brûlée, too. Maple syrup, & vanilla dominate. Its very sweet right up front and through the finish. It almost tastes a bit doughy, and is thick, too. Lower end of carbonation but a full body make this beer a true desert beer when you combine that with it's other qualities. I like it, a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 00:37:51 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of jonrx

New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is such a divisive and love-it or hate-it type beer.

Personally, I loved it.

A -- Not much of a head when poured, but quite black. Looks and feels substantial.

S -- Intense smell of fresh Creme Brulee. Some coffee hints and hints of chocolate, as well.

T -- Immediate sweetness. This is possibly the single-most sweetest beer I have ever had. But I love it. I love Creme Brulee, and this beer really captures that well.

M -- Substantial. Very thick, very heavy. Hard to drink quickly.

O -- Amazing. I love this brew and would order it over and over again. But, at the same time, this is definitely a beer that divides people and I can see why.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:11:12 | More by jonrx
Photo of cavemanlawyer1999


4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black into pint glass with small toffee colored head. Aroma is coffee and creme brulee (go figure). Taste up front is bitter coffee that becomes very sweet sugariness. Mouthfeel has a bit of a bite, but feels a little thin. Very delicious beer if you can stomach the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:10:10 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
Photo of corey0212


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with the faintest brown highlights at the edges, small tan head fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. The smell? In all likelihood, this is the most impressive smelling beer I've ever had....the vanilla bean is just exploding out of the glass, sweet melting butterscotch, and just a tiny bit of milk chocolate trying to claw its way through the vanilla bean. Taste is all about the bean! Crazy amount of vanilla bean flavor, just overwhelms the palate with its sweetness...this truly is a dessert beer. A touch of alcohol taste on the back end, nothing overt. Silky mouthfeel, not too sticky given all the sweetness. At 10%, this one is perfect for sharing. Really just a fantastic effort from Southern Tier. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:45:39 | More by corey0212
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa, quite sweet as well. In the taste, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit nutty. Like drinking a creme brulee. A smooth, big body mouthfeel and a dry, small bitter cocoa aftertaste. FANTASTIC smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Hides the 10%, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 00:47:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bluejacket74


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown (almost black) with a half inch tan head. The head goes away quickly, not much lacing. The aroma is great, it smells like butterscotch and vanilla, similar to what a creme brulee would smell like. It tastes pretty much like it smells, but with the addition of some roasted/burnt malt and a bit of chocolate. The tastes starts off sweet, but there's some bitterness in the finish. With that being said, it's still a mostly sweet brew by far. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's very creamy, rich and smooth. Alcohol isn't very noticable. Drinkability is pretty good too, but I don't think I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time. I think it's a pretty good dessert beer, I'd definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 22:57:36 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of joeren

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA, Although my wife didn't care for it, my daughter and I thought it was a great desert beer. The color is deep waxy brown and the head is a beautiful dark froth. A 22 oz. bomber is just the right size to share with 3 to 4.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 21:45:12 | More by joeren
Photo of scott27


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is my first review here so here goes....

Served in a Dogfish Head 22 oz snifter glass. Slow pour yielded very little head, save a nice velvet lacing around the top of the glass. Appearance was jet black. Smelled of vanilla beans, birthday cake, and obviously of creme brulee. Southern Tier does a great job with using great aroma type hops in combination with unique add ins, which in this case saw Columbus hops paired with vanilla beans. Taste was candy sweet with a delicious vanilla and fudge after taste which seemed to linger on the taste buds. Detected a nice hidden bitterness, undoubtedly from the Horizon hops used. Mouthfeel was in the medium range. With sweet stouts, I would say that the mouthfeel was not quite as thick and creamy as Youngs Double Chocolate, but not as thin as Mackeson or Lancaster Milk Stout. In regards to drinkability, I would not have anymore than one of the 650 ml bottles that Southern Tier puts this in for several reasons. First of all, not only is this stuff 10 percent, but as with many other Southern Tier stouts (Oatmeal and Choklat) the alcohol is very well hidden beneath the sweet, candy like flavor. In short, this stuff will knock you on your butt if you are not careful. Secondly, one would probably not want to drink too much of this because of the intense sweetness. Being a stout drinker, I generally have one of these and follow up with a nice hoppy stout or porter like Guiness or Victory Storm King. Overall, the more and more I drink Souther Tier beers, the more I appreciate their craftsmanship and orginiality. It is a shame that this is a seasonal as I just happened to luck out and find a bottle at a local liquor outfit. The new batch comes out in June and I plan stockpile!!! I may even try and save a Choklat and mix the two together! A great sweet stout...highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:05:51 | More by scott27
Photo of noslenwerd


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. Not quite as thick as some other stouts but comparable to any other milk stout

S: Smells like butterscotch and sugar

T: By far the sweetest tasting stout I have ever had. All kinds of dessert like flavors in this one... Butterscotch, vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel... Super sweet but very tasty as a dessert type of beer.

Summary: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I can see how some purest might think this is too sweet, and i would agree to a point. If this was just a little less sweet it would have been a 5 on taste. But this is a beer everyone needs to try because it is so different. Will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 00:40:15 | More by noslenwerd
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bottled poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a jet black that doesn't seem to have any head. There is a little cling to the glass but nothing to write home about and there is no carbonatin activity.

S- Damn this beer smells exquisite. I get the strong vanilla notes right when I open the beer. I am not a huge vanilla fan but for some reason this really is appealing to me. It's weird there is a strong vanilla presence but it doesn't seem to be overwhelming or overpowering. It simply is a nice smelling pungent beer.

T- First off I am getting the vanilla presence here in the taste as well. It starts off with the vanilla flavors then mellows out and I am getting a smooth alcohol type finish. Very drinkable even though it is a pretty strong beer.

This is a great tasting beer. However this is not the type of beer that you could knock back two or three. This beer should be reserved for a special desert maybe, but something that compliments and not overpowers. I would love to have more of these but like I said this is not the kind of beer where you put down three in a night. A special brew that should be reserved for special reasons.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:26:58 | More by cbros
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one liter growler into a pint glass

A- Pours jet black with a one finger mocha colored head. It looks absolutely beautiful, and is lacing all the way up the glass after a sip

S- Oh. My. God. Smells like the greatest thing ever. Its sweet, its smoky, its...amazing. Smells exactly like a good creme brulee

T- A little bit of vanilla, some smoke, some chocolate, some coffee...sooo good. This is a really amped up milk stout. Wow...

M- Not thick at all, pretty thin actually, which is a little surprising for a stout. Regardless, its fine with all of the sweetness to it.

D- This is one hell of a beer. The sweetness limits how much you can drink, but lord...its so good. This growler will be gone within the hour.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2010 22:42:09 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of STEG

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a difference some C02 and a year makes. I and last years batch on bottle and was seriously underwhelmed, at the time it smelled good but that was it. This time around however, it wa on tap at the lazy boy saloon.

Poured pitch black mostly opaque into a flutish glass. Small tan head shimmered in the sum everytime I tipped the glass to drink it.

Smell is wonderful, there is no other word for it, vanilla is dominant with burnt sugar, coffe and milk chocolate hiding in there somewhere.

Taste has vanilla and caramel as the dominant flavors with some chocolate coffee and toasty malt undertones. It reminds me of Saranac's Caramel Porter, injected with steroids soaked in vanilla. There is also an alcohol sweetness due to the abv which amplifies the vanilla.

Mouthfeel has a definite syrup character to it due to the abv and is still relatively viscous and heavy.

Drinkability is interesting, after a nice dinner this was great for a desert. Drinking it otherwise may be a different story.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 22:09:48 | More by STEG
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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle as instructed on the label. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a light brown slightly less than half a finger brown head that faded leaving a brown ring around the glass with almost no side lacing.

S - Wow, just wow. Never had a beer of any kind that was without a shadow of a doubt exactly what it claimed to be. This claims to be a creme brulee stout, and well..this is liquid creme brulee. You've got the sugary sweetness, of course, but more of a burnt carmel aroma with a very enticing kick of vanilla. Cant stress enough how much this smells like creme brulee.

T - Much like the nose this is huge on the sugary malts and burnt carmel flavors. This is really good stuff. The vanilla could be a bit stronger though. Very close to tasting exactly like a creme brulee.

M - Not sure what others were drinking but my bottle has plenty of carbonation. Low/medium carbonation but still maintains that creamy typical stout feel in the mouth. Considering that this is an imperial stout I'm really impressed by how this feels.

D - From what I understand this is a love/hate type stout. I most certainly don't hate this! Really, really delivers what it promises. While I couldn't drink this every single night, I wish I'd picked up some more to enjoy midwinter in front of the fire.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 06:09:49 | More by rudzud
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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