Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
22oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/13. Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black, with a thin tan head and thick ring at the edge. Plenty of delicate strands of lacing.
Smell: Tons of vanilla and buttery toffee. Maybe the barest hint of orange with a really good swirl of the glass. A dessert in a glass.
Taste: Bitter roasted malt, vanilla, buttery toffee, black coffee, hint of pine at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, creamy. Good carbonation, but I think the mouthfeel would be even better if the carbonation was a tiny bit less.
Overall / Drinkability: Very well done beer and definitely a dessert complimenting beer. When I had this with vanilla ice cream as recommended on the bottle, the bitterness really came out and complimented the ice cream. Sweet aroma with bitter roast compliment to the ice cream. Once I finished the ice cream and let my palate rest a bit, then all the sweetness in this beer came out. Even then, the sweetness was tempered by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. While I want another bottle to crack open right now, I know I should not have a second one of these in a sitting. That being said, a big glass of this beer with dessert is fantastic.
09-01-2013 23:18:31 | More by damndirtyape
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottled on 6/10/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black; khaki head that fades but leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are extremely unique. It's basically a vanilla overload. It's smells exactly like cream soda. There are subtle alcohol notes in the aromas, but nothing overwhelming. There's some cocoa malts in the mix as well. The flavors are pretty intense. Alot of people say this beer is extremely sweet, but I never really looked at it like that. It's actually pretty bitter. The chocolate notes take a backseat and sometimes become completely unnoticeable. Alcohol notes are noticeable in the flavors. It's not boozy, but it's there. Mouthfeel is on the full-bodied; active carbonation. It's not milkshake thick, but it's far from thin. The flavors start off rough around the edges, but to be honest, it surprisingly becomes easier to drink and more enjoyable the more you drink. It really opens up as it warms up.
Hate it or love it, you have to appreciate it. It's very unique and one of the most polarizing beers out there. I definitely like it more than I dislike it. It's good. Everyone should try this at least once.
09-01-2013 04:20:20 | More by BB1313
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
Bottled on 6/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a dark tan, 2.5 fingers tall head. The head has some decent retention and loves light lacing along the sides of the glass.
Immediately upon pouring, your nostrils are assaulted by an overwhelming scent of intensely sweet vanilla and creamy, slightly tart smelling custard and not much else. As beer warms, the sweet facade starts to open up, allowing some sweet chocolate notes to surface. A very light alcohol presence cuts through the layers of vanilla as well.
Very similar to the nose, you're struck first by very sweet cream and vanilla. Building alongside the sweetness, is a faintly herbal twang of hops. Behind this hop presence, is a thick, creamy chocolate malt coating that resides on your palate up until the lightly bitter, off dry finish. Long lingering notes of creamy chocolate, bitter espresso bean and even more vanilla. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well.
Thick and very creamy with moderate to high carbonation.
Wow, this beer is extraordinarily sweet and intense, just like the desert it is named after; It truly is uncanny how strikingly similar the aroma is to actual Creme Brulee. I was hoping that some of the stout elements would be a bit more forward in the aroma, but they definitely shine through in the finish of the beer. Overall, this beer is too intensely sweet for my tastes, but I can definitely see this beer as a fitting after dinner treat. Very unique.
08-31-2013 19:41:27 | More by flayedandskinned
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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