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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)

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Reviews: 1,391
Hads: 4,338
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 388
Gots: 952 | FT: 32
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 10.00% 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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with some light shining through tan around the edges.
smell: Creme Brulee! vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. There is no subtlety to this...truth in advertising.
taste: More of the same. No mistaking this for anything other than what it is...Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout.
overall: This is sure a love it or hate it beer if ever there was one and i loves it. Awesome.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served this one slightly chilled. Definitely much warmer than the recommended 42 degrees.

Pours out very dark, but not quite as opaque as other double stouts. Ruby hues show when held to the light, and it's actually rather transparent towards the end of the glass. The head is beige and leaves full lacing to start and a partial coat on top.

The smell of the dessert wafts from the just-opened bottle. This is a fragrant beer! Vanilla, caramel, custard, butterscotch, a slight sourness.

What a delicious package this is. Sweet and lush vanilla, followed by milky caramel, with a butterscotch finish that adds a mild bitterness. Souther Tier hit the bullseye with this one (and it actually tastes a lot like that particular candy). I can't remember a beer where the caramel flavor tasted so removed from the roasted malt. It's pure creamy caramel initially, but the back end packs some roastiness. It almost reminds me of the espresso kick in a latte. Hopping is really subtle here, like with Choklat, but maybe even less evident. The light sourness works here too. I can't believe this is 10% abv.

Mouthfeel is chewy and filling. Maybe I can't help but take a huge swig every time. It's fluffy rather than creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Great. I would revisit this one every year. It does not drink like a 10% beer to me at all. It goes down easier than a lot of regular stouts. I'm sure the alcohol will sneak up on me, because I downed this fast. Yeah, it's really sweet, but I don't mind. I know some couldn't handle more than a snifter of this, but I really didn't have trouble with a bomber whatsoever. Well, the last 4-6 ounces were a little work. I was tempted to pour some over a bowl of ice cream, but didn't want diabetes. I hope I'm not annihilated by the sugar low later on. Nonetheless, this brewery continues to do great work.

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Photo of rand
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to oversized wine glass

Was looking to trade for this, but while I was visiting my hometown of Seattle, I noticed Whole Foods carries a few Southern Tier offerings.

A: Pours a jet black with plenty of carbonation and forms a frothy 1/2 inch head in the wine glass. The head is mocha colored and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, what an amazing nose. I'm not sure if it smells like creme brulee, but the title gets you ready for its desert-like character and the aroma answers. It smells of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, all of which flood your nose through the alcohol volatiles. There's bready malts and yeast in the distance One of the most powerful and unique aromas I've picked up from a brew.

T: Mocha is probably the first taste you'll notice, followed by the caramel and vanilla. It's strange vanilla bean is the only non-traditional ingredient, as its chocolate tones dominate. These flavors all combine and carry through the swallow with pastry-like character, but hop bitterness, which wasn't very prevalent in the smell, combines with alcohol to break up the sweetness, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Finishes sugary and caramelly with just a touch of drying hop bitterness.

M: No surprises here - rich, oily, chewy. One of the more viscous brews I've come across, but given the title and the 10% ABV it was expected.

Drinkability and notes: At first sip, I thought this was one of the better beers I've tried. Southern Tier really nailed the desert flavors they were striving for, an accomplishment upon which the beer should be judged. However, I was drinking this alone and about halfway through the bomber the beer became a little thick and filling. Of course, this was no surprise...it's a big-ass beer, and you know that going in. Probably best to share. I need some water.

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Photo of Slynger
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a lid of very fine, lightly creamy, light tan bubbles.

The nose is all caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch, and cream, and it's really nice.

The flavor back's it up all the way. Sweet for certain, caramel, cream, french vanilla, and butterscotch, with dark roasted coffee providing balance and a light bitterness. Full bodied and milky smooth with a light carbonation.

Really a great beer. No dessert necessary as long as you have some Creme Brulee (IMS) around.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is a vanilla bean BOMB, very nice, malty, some hops, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of vanilla, with the big three dark ones. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, different brew from other Imp. Stout's, way to go ST.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass- INAO (INAO or Port glass recommended, as this is certainly best suited to small pours and contemplation, not pint glasses and pounding.)

A- Nearly opaque brown/black. Fairly restrained foam.

S- Huge, seductive aromas of caramel, Madagascar vanilla beans, and café au lait rocket from the glass into orbit. Impressive.

T- Massive, rich, sweet caramel, vanilla, and roasted malt utterly conquer the senses. This IS creme brulee.

M, D- Viscous and syrupy sweet, one must respect and understand this dessert beer as one would a tawny or vintage Port, or the venerable Don Pedro Ximenez Sherry.

Comment: What a wonderful end-of-the-day drink to share with friends! (Even my wife loves this)

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. A 2009 bottle that says the ABV is 10.0%.

a - Pours a dark brown with a little bit of carbonation and 1.5 fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing.

s - This is one amazing smelling beer. Very sweet with lots of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and malts. Maybe a little chocolate.

t - Follows the nose. Lots of butterscotch and very sweet. Some vanilla and malts as well. Aftertaste is more caramel and butterscotch with hints of booze.

m - Medium to full body with light carbonation. Very thick and creamy.

d - Thought this was a great stout. If you like sweet smells and tastes, you'd probably like this; if you like butterscotch or caramel, you'd probably love it. The only knock I can see against it is a 22 oz. bottle being too much to drink by yourself due to the sweetness. Personally this isn't a problem for me as I enjoy sweet caramel/butterscotch, but I know some people who can't. Either way, this could be a great stout to share with some friends with dessert.

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Photo of jfro
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark as the midnight sun, with a tan head,

S- WOW! there is some vanilla! caramel. Smells like cake honestly

T- creme, maple, vanilla, like a creme brulee from Butterwoods (all in the WNY region know this place)

M- Thick, viscous, heavy

D- one of these after dinner would satiate you

I rate this beer rather high, and I think it is fantastic, I understand if people do not like it, but wow, this is definitely an "imperial" milk stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 10/7/08. Thanks to Deuane for the hook-up!

A - Pitch black body with the faintest burgundy highlights around the edges and a thin mocha-colored head that receded to a patchy film and left decent lacing. The sucker is impervious to light!

S - Vanilla bean... and lots of it! Wow! Caramel sugars, fresh cream, some roasted malt and mild coffee. Pretty much smells like the dessert after which this brew is named.

T - Flavor brings all of the classic creme brulee flavors into the mix. Vanilla, caramel and confectioner's sugar are all at the forefront. Hints of roasted malt, mild coffee and bitter chocolate also make appearances.

M - Full bodied stout with a very rich and creamy mouthfeel and super smooth texture with only a bit of mild prickle from the carbonation. Finish is sweet with a touch of bitterness to balance.

D - Another big double-digit ABV beer from Southern Tier that blends envelope-pushing innovation with superior drinkability. This is definitely a dessert beer if there ever was such a thing! Definitely one of the most unique stouts I've come across in my beer travels.

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Photo of jillmart
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

A- Dark brown, almost oil black with basically no head.

S- True to its name, it smells like creme brulee. It's an obvious, almost overpowering smell.

T- Likely what you would expect a creme brulee beer to taste like: caramel and cream.

M- An overwhelming creamy feel.

D- I've never had a beer quite like this one. It's a great idea and well-executed by Southern Tier. Because it's 9.2 percent, I'm glad I only had a half pour at Trappeze, as I had just spent the earlier part of my evening at the Terrapin Brewery. I let everyone at the table try it, and it had favorable reviews by all, including the one non-beer drinker in the group.

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Photo of Omnium
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Total black with a big two finger thick frothy tan head medium lacing
S - Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, whipped cream, smells liked an awesome dessert
T - Super sweet overall, but not that sickening diabetes inducing kinda sweet, just like a rich piece of cheesecake. Caramel, toffee, whipped cream, milk chocolate, vanilla beans.
M - Creamy rich, a little alcohol burn.
O - Out of all of ST's Blackwater stuff, this is by far the richest, and all of them are equally good dessert beers, but this one is just really awesome.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im reviewing this not so much as an imperial stout, but as a beer trying to taste a lot like creme brulee.

Looks pretty nice, decent head. Could have done with more lacing.

It literally smells like creme brulee. That is a joke. If you search there are some imp stout elements, but it is so spot on with the creme brulee thing i cant help but give it a 5.

It tastes amazing. Super sweet, but so much desert-y goodness. So glad I bought this.

A true luxury. I think the mokah is the best in this series, but for what this beer is trying to do, its hard to fault.

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Photo of aepb1
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, dark brown with a tan head

S- Vanilla and caramel, creme brulee! I hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Not nearly as strong as the nose -- malts underlie it all with the vanilla and caramel creme brulee taste staying with you for a while afterwards

M- Full bodied and creamy

D- Quite a unique beer! It really tastes like creme brulee! A lot of fun to return to.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good initial 3/4 finger head with decent retention and a nice dark brown color.

Smell is of caramel. Not caramel malts, but straight up caramel, like a caramel candy. Underneath are notes of cream and chocolate, but only if you really pay attention, because the most awesome smell is of caramel. It even masks the vanilla. But I love it and I can smell it from a mile away.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Upfront there is a bit of caramel sweetness with an undertone of vanilla. The vanilla really creeps into the nose on the swallow. This is followed by incredible smooth milky and chocolateyness that makes the beer incredibly smooth. Hop bitterness helps to balance the beer out, but I'd like it to be a tiny but tamer. EDIT: at first I have this complaint, but the complaint is quieted as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy and this is one of the most interesting beers that I've ever had. I could drink it for a long time. For some the caramel might be too much after a while though. I don't really notice the 10% abv all that much.

Thanks to seanpachfddfa, or however you spell his crazy screen name, for the sample

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Photo of dcloeren
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cervezas in Miami. Review from notes.

Poured a deep brown with 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the edges.

The aroma from this beer is amazing! It smells just like fresh baked creme brulee... even down to the carmalized sugar. It's almost unbelievable how great this aroma is.

The taste follows the nose and is a little over the top sweet... but I dont really think I can dock it for that considering it tastes exactly like creme brulee. Pretty boozy on the back end... but I'm not complaining.

Medium bodied with copious amounts of carbonation... Maybe a tad too much. Carmalized brown sugar aftertaste coasts the mouth.

Overall, I don't think that anyone could do a better job at pulling of a stout with the name Creme Brulee. I thought this beer was exceptional and really well done. A perfect dessert beer in my opinion.

I will note that I did not review this beer to style... I reviewed it based on the fact that it is named "Creme Brulee" and judged it based on how well it held up to its name.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch bottled on June 28th, 2012. 22 oz. bottle split 3 ways with 2 friends.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a finger of a brown head.

Smell: Smells like vanilla frosting. No joke.

Taste - Taste is vanilla in your face with slight burned malts, chocolate, and a tinge of alcohol but not even close to being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall: One of the most unique beers I've ever had. Absolutely 1 in a million. Insane. Great beer.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who said you couldnt turn many peoples favorite dessert into a beer? This "beer" hits creme brulee on the head.

Pours a Hershey Chocolate Brown with mocha bubbles lacing down the glass.
Smells extremely sweet of vanilla, toasted marshmellow, sugar and toasted malts. Everything to be desired in Creme Brulee.
Tastes extremely sweet, toasted chocolate, burnt sugar, Vanilla been overdose, and malty goodness. Malt is really an aftertaste with so much sweetness off the front. I would describe this as a Starbucks"ized" beer. Everything has been added to this beer to sweeten, enhance and uplift. A delicious beer that would make a great after dinner drink with company over. Looking forward to finishing the rest of this beer.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a stout should look. Dark black beer with a thin tan head.

Smell: Wow! Butter and vanilla hit first and hit hard. Very big and very sweet. A bit of coffee and alcohol linger in the background.

Taste: Starts with the sweetness of the butter( more butterscotch in the taste) and vanilla and moves on to the roasted coffee flavor to cut back the sweetness. Finish is a combination of the bitter roasted flavor and sweet vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick with little carbonation. Very strong flavor left behind after each sip.

Drinkability: Very good, unique beer. It may be a bit too big to want more than one, or even to finish a bomber, but it is definitely worth seeking out and trying. Not for everyone but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of alkemy
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bomber…

A- It’s black for all intents and purposes. Very thin ruby highlights around edges of glass when held directly to light. Finger of tan head fades quickly to a faint hint of suds on top.

S- Nose is full…vanilla, nutmeg, custard, burnt sugar, and faint maple syrup. It’s got a dough-like quality in the aroma as well. I can’t discern any alcohol here. The smell really makes you want to dive right in.

T- As expected, it is quite sweet. Reminds me of a strong vanilla cappuccino. Lots of vanilla and a pretty good bit of caramel. Taste really follows the nose. The alcohol is felt going down more than tasted. Delightful.

M- Very smooth, and the level of carbonation seems appropriate. Personally, I’d like to see it a touch thicker, but that’s a typical complaint of mine.

D- Unlike many sweeter, high alcohol beers I’ve had, this one has a finish that leaves me wanting more. I’m not much of a sweet-tooth, so it’s quite surprising how much I enjoy this beer. 12 oz. would be a better serving, as this big beer does wear on you, but I can't penalize the beer a bunch for that.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a thinnish, short-lived, light beige head.

Smell: Oh-so sweet-smelling aroma crammed with full notes of roast, vanilla beans, charred sugars, caramel, chocolate and burnt cream.

Taste: Strong flavors of dark caramel, chocolate, roast, unbaked cookie dough, honey-soaked oven-toasted nuts, and fresh vanilla. Tons of sweetness throughout. Southern Tier, like the Indians, used every part of the vanilla bean. Creamy milk, fire-licked sugar crust. Touch of roasty bitterness, but, let's be honest, nowhere near the level needed to even begin to temper the dessert-like sweetness. All of the flavors race across the palate on the way to the coffee-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Creamy, velvety, succulent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: All kinds of fantastic. Very yummy, very luscious, very enjoyable. Highly recommended, but beware, as this is a true love it or hate it brew. Hopefully, you'll be in the love it camp.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep dark brown pour crowned by a clingy 2” cream to tan foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Big vanilla bean nose over hints of chocolate. T: starts with a touch of cocoa and then a burst of vanilla takes over the beer. F: Full body, medium carbonation with some alcohol warming on the end. O: Does suggest crème Brule. I often find vanilla beers too cloying and somewhat artificial tastingbut this one is well balanced and works.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, deep brownish black with a 1” of brown, chocolaty head with great retention. Nose is intense vanilla, a hint of roasted malt, and very mild alcohol esters. Taste is rich vanilla and caramel with just a hint of a coffee like malt flavor. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, bold, and full bodied.

Dessert in a bottle. This is an amazing beer!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a large, dense, and persistent tan head. Thick, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls

Aroma: Profound aroma of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and coffee, the aroma is so palpable, one can almost taste it.

Taste: Opens with a massive wave of vanilla and caramel, followed by a surge of espresso. Later in the taste, bitter cocoa comes to the fore. Throughout the taste, the vanilla is omnipresent, at first dominating, and then as a pronounced undercurrent. There is a modest hop presence, or perhaps it isn't modest, but is overwhelmed by the vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Nonetheless, its serves as a counterpoint to the sweetness of this beer. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness and a sweet vanilla and caramel flavor. The high alcohol content (9.6% ABV) is superbly concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely excellent, a stupendous and over-the-top dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas in June of 2013, for $9.99 plus tax for a twenty-two ounce bomber.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Yeoman9459
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip from a 650mL bottle.

Appearance - looks great, like an imperial stout should of this high of alcohol percentage. Little head. Black in colour.

Smell - vanilla and caramel, smells like creme brulee, almost as though it was a liqueur.

Taste - the taste follows the nose perfectly, pretty much no alcohol taste, warming if anything.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, no carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - another exceptional beer from Southern Tier, it is exactly what you would expect it to be.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.