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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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3,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 3224
Reviews: 1269
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 esch


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, not quite black. Almost like motor oil. Very clear. I tried to coax some head out of this but I couldn't get more than a few mm of "creme brulee" colored bubbles that quickly retreated. Swirling the glass leaves huge legs.

S: Good lord. I hate to say it, but this beer smells almost exactly like creme brulee. Intense aroma of charred sugar. You can smell this beer from across the room. Bring it up to your nose and things change into vanilla and molasses. Incredible sweetness. No hop aroma. Faint alcohol tingle in the nose.

T: Amazing taste of caramel and vanilla mixed with high levels of malt sweetness are the first things you'll notice. Sweetness is quickly met by a bitterness that almost seems out of place, I'm not sure if it's the hops or the malt roast. Things finish a touch to the bitter side with some hints of bourbon, but I'm not convinced it's a bad thing. You need something to help cut the initial flavors. No hop flavors.

M: Medium high body, medium carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present and lingering.

D: This is certainly an outstanding beer. It seems ST achieved exactly what they set out to do. That being said, I feel like this should be packaged in 12oz bottles. 22oz is way too much sweetness for me to handle. Creme Brulee Stout is a bottle to share, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:31:05 | More by esch
Photo of lpayette


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Received in trade as an extra from the generous Lofgrep.

The appearance isn't all that impressive with little carbonation to show off The color is very near pitch black. The little bit of head that is present does produce some lacing however.

Smell is apparent from the start, as opening produces TONS of creme brulee notes. Strong coffee aroma as well.

Taste- A little too burnt on top I think this creme brulee is. From the smell I expected this to be super sweet and delicious. The extra roasted characteristic however was a bit much for me.

A sipper for sure, and a desert beer at that. If this were just a little bit sweeter, I'd be all over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:54:04 | More by lpayette
Photo of dirtylou


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, purchased at barriques on PD, shared at a BBQ after dinner

appearance: pours a cola-mahogany tone into a pint glass, big mocha head with little retention

smell: the aroma certainly comes out to bite you. This beer was described to me as similar to a gas-station capuccino by a shop-keep at a highly rated chicago shop. The aroma certainly seems to support that - vanilla bean is potent, along with sweet white chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon?, and milk

taste: it's certainly interesting and one person in the room proclaimed it the best stout he had ever had (not dealing with a robust population with this guy though). It's overly sweet in my opinion and really does kind of remind me of overly sweetened gas-station coffee. But, i will digress and step back to realize i am drinking a beer, and the flavors captured are unique and fascinating. Smooth swirls of vanilla, white chocolate, milk chocolate, butterscotch, molasses, light bourbon, and toasted sugar tease the palate making this an ideal after-dinnner beer.

mouthfeel: sweet and creamy

drinkability: not something i could drink a lot of, probably not even a 22oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 17:04:20 | More by dirtylou
Photo of seaoflament


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dyan for this beer, I'm a sucker for sweet stouts ;o) Shared this bomber with a friend since I had trouble finishing the last Imperial beer from Southern Tier (Choklat) because of the sweetness.

Poured uh, dark, with about two inches of foam, good retention.

The aroma was pure bliss, loads of vanilla. The first thing that came to my mind was vanilla wafers and cookies. Then the beer opens up to coffee, roasted malts, lactose, French vanilla crème and coffee beans. A decadent dessert beer! I wish I had some Häagen-Dazs ice-cream right now!!!

The taste is a rush of vanilla beans, lactose sugar, sweet milk chocolate, crème, roasted malts, and lightly roasted coffee. I also get some crusty, sugary, bread flavor and cookies with café au lait. Finishes with some French vanilla coffee beans.

Not too syrupy, very sweet but a pint can easily be finished. Hardly any alcohol detected, shocking that this is 10% It could use a tad more carbonation.

I need some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 04:07:54 | More by seaoflament
Photo of jwinship83


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- big black body with with a very small coffee colored head.

S- strong butterscotch with some chocolate.

T- about what i can smell with a hoppy finish and a touch of coffee

M- very thick and chewy. just the way it should be.

D- this was very good, but the odd and intense flavors made it hard to think about having more than one. another solid offering from Southern Tier

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:59:56 | More by jwinship83
Photo of jmalex


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

In celebration of my first anniversary, I'm opening my first bottle of this and sharing with my wife. She's obsessed with it already.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black into my Unibroue tulip. A small latte brown head forms but immediately drops to a small collar with a small hazy patch. The small head isn't surprising given the hugeness of this beer.

SMELL: Yep, this is a Blackwater Series beer. Southern Tier's signature of MASSIVE aromas shine on this one. Vanilla, caramel, coffee all assault the nose leaving no room for anything else. Oh, except a very significant alcohol bite. Almost spirit-like.

TASTE: The alcohol is harsh up front, but it smooths out nicely after that. Vanilla and caramel are big as a significant roasted quality comes on toward the finish. The finish itself is a dessert-like sweetness, letting you know exactly what part of the meal this should be paired with.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth, especially for the size. The body actually doesn't seem as full as it could be but is still quite thick. Carbonation is low as it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Well, the alcohol gets in the way. But it's too delicious to knock down any more. Age should help this beer considerably.

Well done again, Southern Tier. Another seasonal, another rousing success. Perhaps I'll have one left from my stash for next anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:53:34 | More by jmalex
Photo of happygnome


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark opaque black color with about a half inch of head that doesnt disspear too fast but when it does it leaves a thin layer of lacing across the entire brew
s: strong vanilla aroma, hints of coffee and chocolate in the background very sweet also in the background is a caramely aroma, very desserty, no hints of the alcohol even though it weighs in at 10%
t: strong vanilla in the beginning followed by coffee and chocolate with notes of sweet sweet caramel
M: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a fantastic brew

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 17:50:14 | More by happygnome
Photo of Cakanator


4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sierra

Pours dark as night with a great brown/mocha head. Aroma is dead on carmel vanilla, pretty much think I'm smelling creme brulee. Pallet is heavy but is the sweetest thing ive even had. Rich flavors present this as the desert beers of all desert beers.

As a side note I have had this from bottle many times already from Table & Vine northampton. It is a tad bit sweeter in bottle than on draft, but not overpowering. Poured it on some vanilla ice cream... amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 14:27:26 | More by Cakanator
Photo of ckeegan04


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as night with a thick frothy brown head. Fades slowly leaving a thin solid layer of foam on the beer with excellent lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla goodness. Truly does smell like a dessert. Very sweet with hints of caramle and chocolate in addition to the strong vanilla nose.

T - Sweet vanilla flavor up front. Followed by a somehwhat burned chocolate/coffee taste. A spicy hop flavor quickly emerges and fades away. A somewhat off bitter taste lingers after the drink.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly rich. A very interesting take on the stout but the finish of the beer leaves a somewhat unpleasant taste. Not a bad beer by any means (and one I would certainly recommend trying at least once), just not a great beer. A very slow sipper to cap the evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:22:04 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of pwoods


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RoyMunson for the trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly black, opaque. A 1 finger worth of cream colored head forms and holds for a minute or two. Decent lacing.

S: My first thought was cream cheese based icing... like my grandma made for her famous Red Cake, and similar to my Moms Carrot Cake. Added to this is a great milky chocolate with a few hints of high cocoa added in the back. Some freshly brewed coffee compliments the icing and chocolate character making me feel like I'm eating dessert just by smelling this. A nice thick whole milk character, like that of Creme Brulee(duh), rounds things out.

T/M: More of the same from the nose. The icing is toned down a bit, making way for the fresh black coffee followed by stronger milky chocolate and then back for some more of the icing. Body is silky smooth and not too heavy. Alcohol does sneak through just a bit at the end and actually dries thinks upon. Sweetness gets ridiculous about halfway through.

D: Retardedly drinkable for the first few ounces... then it's hard to get it down.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:59:00 | More by pwoods
Photo of tpd975


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capone's

A: Pours a dark black hue with an average size yet solid head. Good retention and spotty lace.

S: Aroma is out of this world. Tons of sweet creme, chocolate, and caramel up front. Hints of Butterscotch candy push thru along with a big blast of vanilla.

T: Wow taste almost as good in the bottle as it does on draft. Tons of real vanilla bean and butterscotch. Hits of chocolate and coffee push thru. This is a well crafter brew that many brewers would love to duplicate.

M: Medium in body creamy as hell.

D: Nice. Somewhat sweet so it is not one you would pound, but I would take it over the real thing as a dessert any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 22:20:19 | More by tpd975
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Been sitting on this one for a while. Finally got a chance to crack it open. Poured an inky jet black with not much head at all. Very thick and viscous like motor oil. Smells of LOADS of caramel, vanilla, sugar, lactose. Basically like dessert. Taste is overly sweet. Tons of caramel, vanilla, cream, lactose, sugar, flan. It's not that it's bad, and the aftertaste is very enjoyable. It's just that it is WAY over the top sweet. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily, not too much carbonation, very slick. Coats the mouth. This is the first beer that Southern Tier have tripped up on, in my opinion. I couldn't get through a pint of it. Far too sweet. I do wish that I had some vanilla ice cream though to pour this over. That would probably be very tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:02:47 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a wine glass. Deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Fair amount of carbonation for the style. Huge aroma with lots of vanilla and toffee. Full bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel. More vanilla, toffee and a little coffee in the flavor. Alcohol is apparent. Plenty of lacto sweetness. Not much bitterness to balance. A good dessert beer. I enjoy sweet stouts, so I really liked this.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 19:08:39 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to orcasteve for sending these my way.

Holy Shit!!! This beer has some body! Pours a nice thick black with ruby highlights and a nice light tan head. (quite vigorous pour) Nose is some cream, slight coffee, sugar. Taste is sugar sugar sugar. Jesus god. This is most defenitely a desert beer. Super vanilla cream and slight coffee flavors. mad sugar. Mouthfeel is awesome, outrageously viscous and milky. Drinkability is very good for the abv, but is defenitely hampered by the ridiculousness sweetness. If you are looking for a dessert beer, this is most defenitely one for you. Jesus god is this beer sweet. Quite delicious, but don't expect to drink more than one, as this bitch is filling as hell. Doing so would induce a diabetic coma. Impressed again with southern tiers beer with extras. A fantastically unique concoction. Super interesting brew. Git some!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 07:29:42 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of TasteTester


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review was just found after cleaning my apartment. After looking at some recent reviews, it seems there are a lot of mixed emotions. I, for one, loved this beer.

A-Black, oily. Light caramel colored head that didn't last.

S-I was preparing dinner next to this glass and could smell it. The aromas are strong, but well balanced. It smelled like a cold drink you would get from Starbucks. Coffee, caramel, vanilla beans, sweet malts.

T-Everything I smelled, I tasted. The alcohol started out mellow as this beer was colder than a recommended temp for a stout. As the beer "warmed", the alcohol bite intensified.

M-Creamy and smooth. Flavors linger in between sips.

D-I wish I could make a trip to souther tier and try this on tap (if it is available). Will be getting more and sharing with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 05:15:03 | More by TasteTester
Photo of Rainintheface


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mostly black in appearance with a thin ring of mocha circling the glass

S: Damn outstanding. Butterscotch, and plenty of it, wafting from my glass and bottle. caramel and faint vanilla.

T: similar to the aroma with light coffee and burnt sugar added

M: creamy, very sweet, full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Splitting a bomber is the way to go. Very much a dessert brew but I'll have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:07:21 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of czfreeman


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend recommended this beer to me, and picked up a bottle. Breakfast of champions on Saturday morning!
Pours out a deep rich black color, light maple malty hues throughout the glass.
Rich smell of carmelized sugar, vanillas, touch of toffees, very light cocoa undertones, dominated by the overwhelming smell of caramelized vanilla sugars.
flavors is exactly like the aroma-a delicious, mouthfull of caramalized vanilla sugars, exactly like the delicious crust found on top of a well prepared creme brulee'
The mouthfeel is med/thick. Normally I wouldnt prefer a stout this sweet, but for something conceptualized as an "Imperial Milk Stout", this is perfectly balanced.
Southern Tier does fantastic work with these Over the top coffee stouts. I have previously drank Jah-va, and found it to be outstanding. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 16:49:55 | More by czfreeman
Photo of stemcell001


2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It poured a nice very dark brown with light tan head. I served it chilled and warmed up nicely by the end. At first, the smell hits with vanilla minimal to no hop aroma. The first taste was vanilla, but more of a butterscotch. There was a slight alcohol sting at the front of the sip. This confused me as the bottle said 10% ABV. As the beer warmed, the butterscotch taste became more pronounced and almost artificial in taste. It was nearly unbearable. I like big off-beat beers, but this one misses the mark for me. I would love to see what Southern Tier could do if they toned down or eliminated the vanilla from this stout. It seems they brewed an ale for people that don't like too much beer taste in their beer and nearly succeeded. I doubt I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 12:24:56 | More by stemcell001
Photo of Greggy


4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thin head in my large snifter and recedes rather quickly. Leaves some decent lacing. Body is pitch black.

S- I wish I could put a 5.5 here.. Easily can be smelled across the room. Huge caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso.

T- Absolutely great espresso huge vanilla, caramel, graham cracker, chocolate, butterscotch, with an excellent butterscotch, caramel, and espresso finish. The finish is long and delicious.

M- Silky smooth with just a touch of carbonation. The finish is wonderful.

D- Alcohol is insanely well hidden. This isn't by any means a session beer, but it's tremendous. This can be a touch cloying, so splitting a bottle isn't a bad idea.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 03:24:57 | More by Greggy
Photo of SteveO1231


1.55/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up this bottle from Manchester Liquors. I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

The "Butt Water" series with the screening of cows on it.

Pours a dark black with slight caramel highlights. thin tan head and bubbly lacing.

this beer smells exactly like a french vanilla coffee from dunkin donuts. almost like caramel corn.

what the hell! the taste in no way matches the aroma whatsoever!

very heavy on the palate, a ton of caramel/toffee sweetness up front that has a funky imitation taste. the back end has a dry bitterness that is musty, earthy like tree bark, and leaves a dirty metallic aftertaste in my mouth.

i wonder if someone is pulling a prank on me and switched the brew inside with an over syruped two week old coffee from starbucks.

this beer makes me want to quit drinking beer all together.

i cannot believe the hype on this beer, you've got to be kidding me!

awful! F! get this thing away from me!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:47:17 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of DIM


2.23/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a very dark brown. It poured with a thin, light tan head.

s: Big butterscotch aromas leap out of the glass. This had a liqueuresque quality that rubbed me the wrong way. I have to admit though, it did smell a bit like creme brulee.

t: Up front, this had huge butterscotch notes with a little vanilla. At the end, there was the flavor of burned simple syrup and more faintly, bitter roasty malts. There was some heat here that became pretty strong as it warmed.

m: Decent body with mildly fizzy carbonation.

d: This does pretty closely approximate creme brulee. There is something mildly "off" here that I couldn't get past. I'm glad I opened this with several people, because I had trouble finishing one wine glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 09:48:40 | More by DIM
Photo of Murchmac


2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this one and really wanted to like it.

Big tan espresso head that disappears quickly, dark dark, mud dark...

Sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, kinda like grandpa's breath after a werthers original and brandy

Big taste, like drinking a heath bar at first, slowly gives way to vanilla, hot alcohol.

Nothing left but bitter stingy aftertaste. Like a vanilla cognac or something.

Nice effort I just didnt like it... I wanted too. Too alcoholy and vanilla for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 20:54:30 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Calico

New York

1.73/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Extremely dark brown, near black, with very little head. Some lacing.

S: Like vanilla extract and butterscotch.

T: Like flavor concentrates: butterscotch, vanilla, and maybe some of that chocolate cheesecake flavor from Nature's Flavors that I ruined more than one dessert with. Everything over the top, much too intense. Like trying to drink an overly-flavored dessert made by a very heavy-handed chef. The butterscotch, above all, stood out - and that's a flavor I really detest. This didn't seem to be a diacetyl-induced butterscotch, but something added - from a bottle - in the secondary. (I know that's not what they did; it says on the bottle they used real vanilla beans, for one - but it tastes like flavor extracts.) Aftertaste is of saccharin.

M: Sort of slippery. Coats the tongue and will not let it go. Almost puckers the tongue with the intensity of the flavors.

D: I could not finish it. The sink, I'm afraid, got part of it. I would have gladly given it to someone who could appreciate it properly if they'd been there.

I am definitely not part of the target market for this beer. First off, I should have read on the label the part about it being a milk stout. Oops. No wonder it upset my stomach. I can't have any milk product that hasn't been turned into hard cheese or yogurt without my innards complaining. Second, I had a big sweet tooth about 15 years ago; I would even have dessert with lunch sometimes. These days, however, given the option of a sugary dessert or an IPA, I'll pick the IPA every time. It just doesn't occur to me to eat sweets.

Southern Tier has been one of my favorite regional brewing companies. For now I'll stick to their IPA and Phin and Matt's, and hope their next big beer is more to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 15:35:24 | More by Calico
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a deep, impenetrable black color, with a gorgeous light brown head. mild head retention and nice lacing.

S: huge aroma of vanilla beans, not just plain vanilla. caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. it smells like a french vanilla coffee creamer.

T: it literally tastes like a damn creme brulee, with some coffee. wonderful roasted malt flavors, with some caramel, vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, and some lactose.

M: definitely full-bodied. huge palate, with a wonderful bite that is hidden. perfect carbonation level for this dessert beer.

D: well its definitely a dessert beer and absolutely delicious. I shared it with two non-beer lovers and it was a huge hit. well worth a try, but it is a little sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:27:51 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of tedpeer


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Poured very dark brown, with a thin head that quickly subsided to a thin ring around. No lacing.

S - Vanilla (What did you expect?), butterscotch and a hint of alcohol.

T - Vanilla, then roasted coffee, with a very slightly bitter finish. Has a slight alcohol heat in finish also. Sweet.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation.

D - Are you kidding? With the sweet, and the alcohol, one's the limit.

I can't ID the issue I have with the taste, it just doesn't do it for me, mostly because of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 22:09:55 | More by tedpeer
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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