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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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1,373 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,373
Hads: 4,251
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 371
Gots: 894 | FT: 30
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% 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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Reviews: 1,373 | Hads: 4,251
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to EPseja for this one.

This is kind of a weird, novelty type beer so this one is hard to judge with any style guidlines in mind. With that being said, I am judging based on overall flavor and feel without any consideration for style.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black color with a tan head. Very creamy and thick out of the 22oz bottle into a white wine glass.

Aroma is basically butterscotch and cream. Flavor is the same. My family makes Buttery Nipple shots for Christmas and this tasted exactly like that (kahlua, butterscotch shnapps, and irish creme liquor). Really sweet and pretty overpowering.

This would be hard to drink alone. I split this with three other family memebers and barely finished mine due to the sweetness and cloyingness. A good dessert beer and somewhat of a novelty. I could see myself drinking this again in the future. Beware of the sweetness and butterscotch in this one!

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.28/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What is trinity cream? Pours a midnight black color with very little hue throughout. A very prominent and soft tan head with good retention and lacing. Not sure for how long as it was a dumper.

The nose has WAY too much vanilla coming out. Put the glass now and still could smell it. Let it breath for 10 minutes, still the vanilla is obnoxious. Some butter and milky notes. No beer notes to speak of.

The taste is super sweet and like the nose is dominated by vanilla. Super sweet with a "hurts your teeth" sweetness. There is a fake cream/lactic thing that really emphasizes the sweetness. Almost like condensed milk. On the back end the vanilla comes out and really overpowers everything in the finish. Some minor roast, but really where is the beer.

The body is waaay too sweet. Overall this is not beer. This is a dumper. How can you drink this?

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PatronWizard...you're the man!!!

A: Poured somewhat thin and brown that transcended into a dark and seductive abyss. The beer also exhibited a nice white and frothy head that eventually went away after a few minutes.

S: When my girlfriend and me took a big whiff of this mighty beer, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks and ordered a caramel frappicino (not sure about the spelling there, lol). The aroma consists of a overwhelming caramel presence along with hints of whip cream and vanilla.

T: Awesome! Along with the caramel and vanilla qualities, the flavor has a nice and subtle roasted coffee character to it that almost makes this beverage seem to be anything but a beer!

M: Not as viscous as you might think, but still above-average for a stout. A medium-body beer that I thought that could have had more body, but this is not a knock on the beer itself.

D: Other than the subtle hints of alcohol warmness at end of the sip, this beer seems to nothing like a beer at all. Very smooth along with a rich flavor that I would find hard for anyone not to enjoy.

Overall: After enjoying Southern tier's Oatmeal stout and Choklat, I thought that this particular brewing company couldn't brew any other beers better than that. Simply put, I was completely wrong in thinking so. The Crème brulee is one of the most delicous beers to ever touch this palate, and I hope it will again someday soon. A must, must, must try!!! Cheers!

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Photo of BACTAdam
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of srroos
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a small brown head. Smells like butterscotch, vanilla, and expresso. Gives the impression of tiramasu more that creme brulee to me. Taste is dominated by burnt sugar, with notes of butterscotch and espresso following. Full bodied as expected for an imperial stout. Alcohol is very well hidden.

A very interesting beer all around. I'm very glad I tried this one, but not sure I'll be seeking out more. Ignore all the critics; try this if you can!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with barely translucent mahogany edging. A thin, partial head developed with the pour and quickly dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics are pungently filled with butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and espresso. Sweet and lush.

Full bodied, chewy and thick. A highly creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla, butterscotch, burnt sugar, and chocolate lead of the palate. Roasted malts and espresso follow through along with sweet cream and warming alcohol.

Finishes with lingering vanilla, butterscotch, and burnt sugar.

A very unique beer and would pair well with many desserts. Sweet and rich and a great one to share.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured black with a creamy 1/2" tan head that diminished to nearly nothing in a few minutes, agitation allowed for a reformed cap

S - delicious! Sweet creme brulee crossed with dark chocolate and espresso! Vanilla too? Nice. A touch of fruitiness and yeast is present as well. So far so good!

T - very sweet at first, maltiness then sweeps across the palate, followed by coffee and syrup, bittersweet finish with hardly any hoppiness at all. Some notes of biscuits but the vanilla/malt/caramel sweetness was nearly overpowering. Alcohol is present throughout. This is where it starts to go down...

M - thick and heavy with moderate carbonation, chewy and syrupy

D - decent for a 10% brew but the thickness and sweetness only lets me do one of these in an evening

Overall - not a bad beer to try for kicks but nothing spectacular. Way too sweet and sticky. Something new to try for the record books. Perhaps it would benefit from aging?

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notebook.

A- Black as night, no head, slight lacing after a swirl.

S- Wow! Creme Brulee in a bottle! Sweet sugar, vanilla, cream, and a touch of white chocolate.

T- Burnt caramel, cream, super-enriched vanilla, touch of smoke and chocolate.

M- Thick and chewy. Medium to high carbonation.

D- Not overly drinkable, but a fantastic nightcap/dessert beer. Super sweet and is for sure a Creme Brulee clone in liquid form. How did they get all this into a beer?

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured some of a bomber into a wine glass...why not?

It's pretty black looking until held to some light, when ruby edges show through reluctantly. The thin tan head does not last nor does it leave any lacing.

OK, this smells like dessert. I mean rich, chocolate and vanilla, burnt caramel enhanced by the intermingling of alcohol that is not at all prominent. Rich and buttery dessert, I mean I usually don't look for it in a beer, but I am intrigued and interested.

The taste has the same caramelized sugar and vanilla thing going. Buttery toffee notes. Yes it too has dessert written all over it, but the alcohol burn is much more pronounced. There is a dryness to this imperial stout that starts in the middle and rides with the sweet flavors all the way through the bitter hoppy finish. I tell you there is a lot going on behind all this dessert.

This could be an iced specialty coffee, some sort of blended and chilled hot chocolate, or it could be dessert liquefied. Mouthfeel is big and smooth, the alcohol dryness is not overdone. Really the only thing that could be is the vanilla but taken in small sips even that is pleasant.

I hear bad things about this beer...and I understand that tastes vary so I am glad I tried it for myself. Recommended for the adventurous and the uninhibited. In a word...


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Photo of edchicma
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black...minimal head..very inviting. Smell is butterscotch, vanilla and malt..mmm. Taste follows the smell...butterscotch, vanilla shake, molasses in the back. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full-bodied. Drinkability is very good considering the abv. Not a brew you would drink all night, but like a decadent dessert...absolutely excellent.

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Photo of ZAP
1.66/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The more I drink this the more I realize I'm not a big fan of this beer. Some people love it...others hate it....I'm in the later category now.

What this tastes like are those werthers candies....I never liked them either....just too rich and sweet and over the top for me....butterscotch, toffee, french vanilla...it's all too much more me..

I even tried pairing this with a Padron Maduro cigar and that just about made me even sicker to my stomach..

I like this brewery and I respect that others may like this but to me it is one of my least favorite beers or all-time

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small tan head that quickly settles to a very thin cap. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass. I smell vanilla extract, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Like drinking liquid butterscotch. Alcohol warming on the finish. Nothing is there to clean the palate so it has a cloying sweet aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bit of a sticky consistancy from the sweetness. Not the easiest beer to drink. Very sweet and cloying and with an ABV up at 10%. Best shared with several people then horded to oneself. I will finish this bottle and that will satisfy me of this beer for quite some time.

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Photo of Tolann
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and a small tan head. Very near opaque.

S - Vanilla, Butterscotch, really sweet and rich.

T - Big butterscotch taste. Very sweet and rich. It's a good example of a desert beer. Tastes sinful

M - medium to heavy mouth feel. Smooth and milk-like. Low carbonation.

D - Wish I had some ice cream to go with this. Something to enjoy after dinner, but not something to drink all nite. It's very big and impressive.

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Photo of hero27
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
10% abv

Pours a dark mahogany..modest head of tan foam.
Few beers will grab your attention in the aroma department as much as this one will...amazing aroma of freshly brewed cappuccino, creme brulee, white chocolate, & butterscotch. Truly incredible...while I was drinking this, several other people in the room actually commented about how great it smelled..that may be a first for me.
Flavor of heavy butterscotch, vanilla, white chocolate, and sweet caramel malt. A tad on the sweet side for me, but that's a minor flaw in what is a spectacular beer from Southern Tier.

Overall, an incredibly unique gem that needs to be tried at least once.

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Photo of dalion037
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique beer. I'm not sure if it is a dessert or a beer but here goes. It looks good for a stout and smells and taste like butterscotch. The mouthfeel is that of a silky smooth stout. I rate it low on the drinkability scale only because it was too sweet for a more than a rare occasion drink.

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Photo of trafordboy
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of midaszero
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque brown with one finger of off white head and good lacing

S - strong butterscotch sweetness and lots of malt

T - Butterscotch that taste a little burnt. Very sweet

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Couldn't drink all the time but it is enjoyable and awesome to share with friends

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.03/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Acquired this in a trade with Yamar18.

Appearance: Pours dark with one finger mocha head. Poor retention. Almost totally opaque. A little light can be seen through when held to light. Shouldn't be able to see light through an imperial stout.

Smell: Strong vanilla (smells like an Irish car bomb!), sweet chocolate and super rich caramel.
Wiseman Justin thinks it smells like an irish car bomb but slightly worse. Somewhat sickly. Alcohol shows through. "Note after drinking this for a couple of minutes, the smell of it makes me nauseous. - Wiseman Justin"

Taste: Super sweet. Again tastes like an irish car bomb (but worse). Wiseman Justin "I'd definitely rather be drinking an irish car bomb, should I chug this?" Has a definite liqueur aftertaste. 2.0

Mouthfeel: Really syrupy with medium carbonation (fairly high carbonation for an imperial stout). Thick body and dry, alcoholic aftertaste. There is really nothing terribly bad about the way it feels in the mouth area of the body.

Drinkability: Ranking this is easy, I have no desire to finish this beer let alone drink another one. In addition with a 10% alcohol score the ability to drink these is also hindered. Wiseman Nick says he could finish this one, but he'd probably feel sick. Wiseman Justin: 1.0 Wiseman Nick: 1.5

Notes: "it's just gross, and It's just bad"

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with foamy coffee colored head. Aroma of vanilla bean, custard, chocolate and roasted coffee maltiness. Tastes like a sweet desert. Very creamy custard with lots of vanilla and roasted caramel maltiness and some butterscotch. Sweet and roasty with a dry bitter hop finish.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark opaque brown that was almost black. There was no significant head, but instead a little island of mocha foam on the top with a ring around the glass. Smell was mostly sweet sugar, with just a touch of burnt to well emulate the creme brulee smell. No other aroma was noticeable. That taste was smooth, slightly over sweet, more like store bought frozen creme brulee than a freshly made one. It had a slight alcohol after taste. Felt solid in the mouth, coated extremely well with no carbonation, but a bit of bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol was masked well, but hit quickly, and it was too sweet to do anything but sip slowly.

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Photo of pvllbum
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this thanks to my guy at binnys reccomending it. Poured a nice dark brown almost black out of a 22 oz bomber. The aroma was like creme brule. Sweet and cinnamony. It tasted just like it smelled and was very smooth. I had to leave the drinkability down because i couldnt finish the beer it was just too sweet to knock out in one sitting.

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Photo of ericlawton007
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black, but not the darkest in stout appearances, not too much head. Smells like what its titled. Thought it would be too sweet from the smell, but the malt and hops definetly bittered the vanilla bean aroma. First pour from the bomber was a little sweet, but the second pour, which had come closer to room temperature was almost perfect in balance. I usually like my stouts to gain most of their flavor from the hops and yeast, but southern tier makes some great flavored stouts. I would definetly recommend this as a dessert beer after a late night dinner.

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Photo of mkabull
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had the usual appearance of a stout nice tan/light brown head . The first smell caught me off guard with a big wiff of dessert like sweetness . The taste backed up the smell "wholely dessert batman" this is the ultimate after dinner beer . Mouthfeel was very heavy close to syrup like but great for a dessert type sipping beer . The drinkability was good but with the alcohol level and heavyness it brought down the drinkability

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Shared with a buddy for dessert.

Black, brown hued.

Smell is straight up brown sugar cookie dough. I swear. With some Bailey's. Sweetest smelling beer ever. I literally can't believe how sweet this smells.

Tastes ridiculously sweet and rich. Almost sickeningly sweet, yet yummy. Vanilla liquer. Bailey's Irish Cream. Cookie dough.

Thick and creamy, smooth as silk, like making love in a bottle. Uh, yeah.

Quite possibly the most unique beer experience ever.

I knew it would be different, but this is crazy. I'm trying to judge it for what it is. Good thing I had a buddy to help (not that I wouldn't down this smartly if need be). RICH!!!!

Overall: awesome once a year beer

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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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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.