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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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3,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 3240
Reviews: 1272
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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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a deep pitch black with a thin off-white head. The smell is incredible, smells like sugar and vanilla, just like a creme brulee. Taste follows suit, there is a deep rich oak like character with a lot of alcohol flavor. Tastes very much like caramelized sugar and cream. Low carbonation, very viscous mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the most delicious milk stouts I've had in a long time. I highly recommend giving this a try if you can get a hold of it.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 00:27:04 | More by scvance
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1.76/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

growler pour into a pint glass
courtesy of JC

A: pours completely black, topped with a cappuccino colored head that drops to a thin film and leaves a little bit of lace.
S: Butterscotch, vanilla, smells sweet
T: tastes very sweet, cloying, lots of vanilla and caramel, kristine thinks of butterscotch, a little bit of dark roasted malt in the background along with a hint of alcohol heat.
M: Creamy and mouthcoating with a little astringency.
O: Reviews had made me think this was a very polarizing beer and now that I have tasted it, I can see why. If they dialed back the sweetness/vanilla/creme brulee flavor by half and made it more of a sweet stout with some of those flavors, then I think it would be a much better beer. As it is, this comes across as a horrible mess. I can't imagine drinking even a 6 or 8 ounce pour, it is just too sweet/overwhelming. This is a drain pour for me.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2013 00:28:16 | More by wspscott
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. From a growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange 8-27/11

A: Completely black with a great head with a lot of sticky lacing.

S: Very sweet dessert smell. Vanilla, butterscotch, some caramel.

T: Very sweet with just a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Vanilla, butterscotch and caramel.

M: Full bodied with soft carbonation. Thick and creamy.

O: I liked this, but I will not be getting a growler again. Definitely will and have got bottles.

Serving type: growler

09-23-2011 21:42:31 | More by drowninginhops
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...This is incredible stuff! The smell is superior, makes me think I am about to eat dessert, which I guess is the point :). The taste is not unlike the other beers I have had from Southern Tier, the strong Stout taste bouncing against a very sweet flavor. This is great stuff, you have to give it a try.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2011 01:02:49 | More by CS1971
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Houblon Chouffe tulip.
L: Black, not as dark as the other Black Water Series but nonetheless black. Creates huge tan, froathy head about 3 little piggies tall and this piggy sticks around, literally. NOICE!

S: Smelled it outside of the growler before cracking, no jive. Smell is popping, one word...vannnnillllaaa....fresh vanilla beans but also roasted vanilla coffee notes, like a late or something. Maltage!

T: As good as it smells. Creamy, milky,vanilla, mmmm. This is a treat I could enjoy anytime, especially dessert. Dark ambrosia...where's the alcohol?

M: So thick and delicious it is barely a liquid.

O: Another spectacular brew from Southern Tier's Black Water. Heard it was a little too sweet but its perfect for me. Killed the whole growler and now I'm seeing that abv tag.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2011 20:24:32 | More by Brewski4Drewski
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Black pour with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S: The smell is really sweet. Predominantly butterscotch, with some vanilla and chocolate mixed in as well.

T: This has one of the most interesting tastes I have ever encountered. Butterscotch mainly, really a lot like creme brulee, but in stout form.

MF: Creamy and oily body.

D: Not very good. Took me a while to put down one glass.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2011 04:26:46 | More by russwbeck
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 32oz growler yesterday. Poured into Durvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black and a thin tan head built at the top...really nice pouring beer.

S - Dessert!!!! Smells like irish cream with whipped cream. Smells like Bailey's. Fantastic!!!

T - Tastes like it smells. Bailey's Irish creamm...minty, sweet, like mint chocolate ice cream.

M - Thick and rich...doesn't really feel like a beer, more like a milkshake.

D - The ultimate dessert beer. With a nice ABV taboot, possibly the perfect beer to have post dinner when you've got a bit of a sweet tooth and are seeking out a night cap. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of in an evening.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2010 01:11:21 | More by cosmicevan
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler at the Brass Rail, Campbeltown. The sweet smell of Creme Brulee filled the air as I popped open the top of the growler. As I poured the hazy dark red/brown brew into the glass a finger width carmel head appeared. As the head dissipated and laced its way around the glass, I noticed that light barely penetrated through the ruby red haze. The smell was intoxicating. The Aroma of Creme Brulee dominated along with a hint of caramel. The taste of caramel sweetness hits the pallet along with a heavy dose of malts followed by pronounced hop bitterness. The taste of alcohol is present as all the flavors blended together like Creme Brulee mixed with rum! The unique style, American Double/Imperial Stout has been brought to fruition! The mouthfeel was rich, heavy and sticky. The thickness of the beer adds to the dessert like experience. The dessert, Creme Brulee is never served in great quantities due to its richness. Just like this beer, rich in character, is meant to be savored in small quantities. Drinking this beer was a great experience, one that I would highly recommend. A case of the Southern Tier Creme Brulee is one you should lay away only to be awaken on winter nights.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2010 03:28:55 | More by Chugg
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence-Pours a rich dark brown and gives rise to a small tan creme-colored head, the head recedes rather quickly. It doesn't quite have that motor-oil thick consistency in the pour that you get from the richest Imperial Stouts.

Aroma-Creme brulee, it smells like creme brulee, plain and simple. It's exactly what it says on the tin, to to speak.

Taste-Vanilla and creme come forth first on the palette as well as the taste of bittering burnt-sugar, very much akin to the creme brulee namesake. It may be just me but I detect a certain kind of oakey flavor. Caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee mingle with the predominate vanilla taste while the burnt-sugarlike bitterness prevents everything from becoming sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel-In a word; creamy, very, very creamy. It fits the flavor and what they were going for with this beer perfectly.

Drinkability-A single bomber, or in my case a single 32oz growler, is plenty; this is definitely more of a dessert beer, best drank after dinner or on its own when one is in the mood for something very sweet.

Notes-I can see why this is a 'love it or hate it' beer, but for those of us like me who enjoy a very sweet brew now and again this is something to seek out now and again.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2010 21:59:09 | More by Manoftyr
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color. Poured with a healthy, dark beige foam that slowly dissipated. Intensely sweet vanilla aroma with mocha, butterscotch, dark caramel and cream in tow. Boozy notes also begin to peek through as this warmed. This honestly smelled like a pastry, maybe tiaramasu. Incredibly smooth, slightly thick feel, with rich, tight carbonation up front and a milky stickiness at the end. Creamy, sweet vanilla flavor up front that slowly tapers as a tangy bitter hop bite rides overtop. Charred malt flavor beneath that slowly intensifies to the finish accompanied by smooth vanilla. The feel and candy-like sweetness is reminiscent of Pumking. 

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:24:48 | More by IronLover
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is s pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet sweet vanilla and cream, butterscotch candy, lactose, caramel, and a little char.

Taste: Tastes like a flan pudding. A little booze, burnt caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness, and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy silky smooth, full bodied, a little sweet, low to medium carbonation, and like drinking a desert.

Overall: Smells sweet, tastes sweet, and is still sweet. I like it, but the sweetness could be a bit overbearing for most. Still an enjoyable beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:00:26 | More by Flounder57
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West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small light tan head that retains shortly, leaving a thin layer floating on top

S- pure butterscotch, I've never smelled such authentic butterscotch in a beer before. Also notes of coffee, milky lactose, toasted cream, caramel, pure sweetness

T- sweet and malty with notes of lactose, a hint of coffee, brown sugar, charred cream, licorice, the caramel/butterscotch actually comes though on the finish and lingers on the palate long after finishing

M - medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish

O- it's sweet, but I didn't have any trouble drinking 12oz, loved the aroma, unlike anything I've experienced. Base stout was mostly sweet, the butterscotch aftertaste was what made this one a winner, great beer

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:14:27 | More by Treyliff
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with tan head.

Vanilla bomb with caramel, and butterscotch.

Vanilla and butterscotch, cream, roasted burned malt note. Amazingly dessertlike.

Rich creamy mouthfeel.

This was unique and kind of amazing. That said, the sweetness limits the overall drinkability. Worth a try if it appeals to you.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:51:49 | More by Strix
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4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Black as cow spots body with brown edging. Creamy, chunky khaki tan head that is one finger thick. Great lace. Head could be more mountainous. If so appearance would get a perfect score.

S-Vanilla. Maple syrup. Buttery. Burnt sugar. Roasted malts. Cheesy. Plums & raisins. Hint of astringency. Smell is lovely. But a tad behind taste in terms of strength. This factor and the astringency which gets stronger with time puts a 4.75 ceiling on smell, almost perfect.

T-True to name. Tastes like liquid crème brulee. Butterscotch even. Resin swirls throughout the body. Dank pine. Great bitters blanketed by even greater sweetness. Grass & hay are unexpected. Subtle coffee.

M-Medium body goes down slick. Low high carbonation, a small sizzle. The sip is a sweet start, a sour dark fruit medium finishing off to a medium bitter finale. So sticky your lips stick to the glass. Body does water down and the already low carbonation doesn't help much. But the sour twang combined with the sweet desert flavors give the mouthfeel memorable depth.

O-What a digestif! Top shelf milk stout. Southern Tier makes the literal "sweetest" brews around. Enough hops as well to cut against the super sugar blasts make Crème Brulee a "bitter-sweet" treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:16:59 | More by shacawgo24
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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cola brown, flat and small vanilla cream head builds and vanishes equally as quickly. Barely any lace on the glass.

As far as sheer power goes, this beer takes the cake. Vanilla, sweet creme, cake batter, Starbucks Frappuccino rising from the glass like a decadent and calorie filled perfume. There is no way to pick out any nuances from the malt, it's dessert in a glass.

The roasted malt and sweet lactose is quickly overwhelmed by the vanilla flavors in this beer. I get a bit of coffee, milk chocolate and nuttiness then it's all vanilla syrup. A decadent beer, like latte or a sweeter tiramisu. Finishes sticky with obscene amounts of sweetness, some cocoa and more vanilla. Sweet tooth eat your heart out.

Less body than expected, easy to put down if you aren't sensitive to how cloying this could get. Mild carbonation and very sticky and syrupy malt. Alcohol is easily ignored.

Anyone who doesn't like sweet desserts won't like this beer. That being said I thought it was delicious, the vanilla character is so powerful it's mind blowing. I'd have it again in a heartbeat but It's also necessary to share.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:20:06 | More by rawfish
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2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into pilsner glass. Drank with dessert (banana cream pudding)

Appearance: dark brown color with tan foaming head; minimal lacing
Smell: caramel, milk, vanilla, maybe maple syrup? very sweet... too sweet for my liking
Taste: better than it smells; sweet, but not overbearing. The aftertaste is slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: thick; kind of like coffee with too much cream
Overall: goes together well with desserts like pudding and ice cream, but still too sweet for my taste. It's nice to try unusual brews every once and awhile, but I probably won't seek this one out anymore

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:39:18 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A friend of my discovered this at a bar in downtown Harrisburg, PA. 100 beers on tap. We love going there and trying new things. Unfortunately the beer I ordered I did not like. My buddy said "ooo creme brulee, that sounds interesting". We were blown away. Seeing the scores this beer gets is a little surprising, as they're good, but not as good as I'd expect.

Appearance: Very foaming head. tan in color. Otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell: I smell alcohol, pancakes, maple syrup, vanilla, sweetness beyond sweetness.

Taste: This is such a sweet dessert beer, I can barely tell it's beer. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake. It taste like the sweetest beer you could imagine. I couldn't imagine a beer being any sweeter. Vanilla is definitely strong. I also get a pancake/vanilla cake flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. The taste matches the mouthfeel

Overall: Hands down one of my all time favorites. When I'm out and see bombers sold separate, I pick one or two up. Despite how much I like it, I can't bring myself to buy a case. Price probably has a lot to do with it. This beer is a great beer for people who don't like "beer". Many people think beer is just beer, but this is one of the craft brew scene's beers that could make them think otherwise. Make people realize there's more to beer than the handful of light beers served everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:09:40 | More by EvoRich
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2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I believe this may be the most outrageously flavored malt beverage I've ever tasted. I won't go so far as to say "beer." Actually, a malt liqueur is exactly what it is. Start with a shot glass or a tiny wine glass of it. Chocolate milk taste, only intensified and scorched, and blended with some kind of blackened malt brew. To say this tastes like vanilla is like saying gulping 151 rum is kind of hot.

It's not totally sweet, it's just that the flavor seems to channel the sugar receptor right to the brain. I suppose this might be good with some equally sweet dessert so you could pretend this is Drambuie. I guess the key to whether you would score this high or not is how much you like that totally sugary sensation, like Mexican candy or Greek preserved fruit. I give it an "N" for Novelty.

Dark brown in color average carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Some sharp notes which we may thank the carbonation for. Bitter aftertaste adds to the confusion. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:53:51 | More by mactrail
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with a tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, and it slides down the side of the glass like a slug.

Smell - Overpowering butterscotch aroma. Light vanilla cream and alcohol manages to peak through.

Taste - Butterscotch doesn't dominate on the flavor profile quite like on the nose, but it smacks the tongue first, and with gusto. Good punch of vanilla and bourbon-like alcohol flavor follow-up to the gut by mid-taste. Chocolate fudge flavor creeps into the picture near the end, then the haymaker that dominates the aftertaste and I'm out for the count. What a flurry of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick with low carbonation. On the verge of syrupy. Snappy alcohol bite that lends to a dry finish. Not the easiest beer to get down.

Overall - The ultimate dessert beer. I'm not even sure if I can finish this entire bottle, it's so rich. I can see why they'd want you to pair this with vanilla ice cream. Heck, even a bit of milk might go along way. I cannot underestimate how rich this beer is; five ounces in and I think I just developed diabetes. Amazing for what it is, but nothing I'd want to drink on any sort of consistent basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:11:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to crack this with my breakfast in place of coffee today and am quite glad I did. This stout pours an almost black mahogany color with almost no head and very little silky lacing. The nose is delicious; butterscotch, vanilla, coffee, and just a little booze. It is actually one of the most satisfying smelling beers that I've ever had. The flavor follows the nose but unfortunately the butterscotch flavor overpowers the coffee flavor that would of perfectly balanced this stout. It is still very tasty and satisfying. The mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky but this is actually a good thing because the lingering flavors of butterscotch and the small amount of coffee that lives just in the tail. This was great with breakfast but would be equally awesome with or even as dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 14:39:34 | More by lochef81
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to just a faint cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by butterscotch with faint vanilla and a hint of booze.

Taste is of sweet butterscotch and vanilla with some hop bitterness. Alcohol is detectable but, not overpowering.

Texture is full bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting take on milk stout. A sweet dessert drink with a light alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:31:21 | More by Furlinator
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter with a deep brown/black with some transparency around the edges, and a small off-white head. Smell is true to its namesake, with a powerful scent of burnt caramel. Taste very much mirrors the nose, with a burnt caramel taste dominating. Hints of vanilla and sugary fruit come through has it warms up a bit. Nice consistency in the mouth, leaving a sweet caramel coating behind. I enjoyed it, truly a desert beer as its name indicates.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:49:10 | More by OneEye78


3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque beer with about one finger of head. Head dissipated quickly but still left lacing (probably due to high sugar content).

S: Amazing. Whats on the label is what goes in your nostrils. A creamy mix of rich butterscotch, vanilla, and sweet cream. Creme Brulee. Like it says.

T: I suppose, in order to mask the 9.5 ABV it would take a lot of sugar and vanilla. It definitely shows in this beer. A very sweet desert wine (as advertised on the label) that has a very thick butterscotch flavor with what might be the slightest hint of porter. The vanilla and butterscotch is quite overpowering.

M: The sweet creme feel is definitely there, a full, smooth, almost too far... Its good, don't get me wrong, but when the consistency almost approaches maple syrup in the mouth, it might be time to back off the crazy amounts of sugar.

O: I must say, this is a decent desert beer, in small quantities. I almost feel like I need to go run several miles to deal with the guilt of having drank what amounts to basically a creme brulee watered down with alcohol. I would drink it again if a friend offered after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:27:44 | More by JOPA_FRESH
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Stone Snifter.

Looks decent upon first pour. Rather thin looking but still very dark and black. Smell is actually very good. Smells like a small batch cake batter spiked with booze infused butterscotch. Super sugary and sweet. Taste is not nearly as good as the nose and was somewhat sad. Great smell - mediocre taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:34:12 | More by hops202
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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,240 ratings.