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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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3,542 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,542
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 239
Gots: 510 | FT: 29
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 martyl1000


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

OMG. I don't care what anyone says about this being the Disneyland of beer, I f-ing love it. Granted, the sweet cream and vanilla are a bit over the top. But I do love me a sweet double stout.

With all the exaggerated names in beer--"pie", "cake", etc.--I assumed this one was like all the rest, all hyperbole and disappointment. But this, this is real. Believe the hype.

The aroma has the buttery caramel put in mind by the tan, rocky head. One can't say enough about this aroma -- it's like an Octapus Car Wash employee has squirted the "vanilla" fragrance into the vat of this brew.

One could say it's sickeningly sweet, that is, if this beer weren't so delicious. Holy bejeezums. This one has shot to near the top of my all-time list. the only drawback is the sugar-sweet is just a bit too pronounced.

Two months ago I came within five minutes of getting this on tap at Dexter's Pub during Mad Craft Beer Week. I'm so lucky to find this on the shelves, today, so far into summer. Thank you Star Liquor!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:13:39 | More by martyl1000
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-14-2012 20:18:35 | More by TaylorK
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-18-2014 01:31:43 | More by mpenning13
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-20-2011 20:10:20 | More by weaselchew
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from trade with cbriggz. From notes:

Poured a black with a light tan head.

Aroma is pretty much dead on creme brulee.

Taste is also dead on creme brulee. Picked up something similar to Kahlua as well.

As advertised. Creme Brulee through and through. Be careful with the abv, it's masked very well and sneaks up fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 23:31:40 | More by pwoody11
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4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a Bomber (22 oz) into a tulip. Bottle has ridiculously philosophical description that made me chuckle a bit.

A: Black with a mocha head. The darker the better in my book, and this is black in any light.

S: Nose is amazing. Vanilla custard desserts and chocolate. Vanilla is probably my favorite flavor, and in no beer has it ever been more abundant in the nose or taste than this one.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla custard deliciousness. It would be perfect if it had been oaked a little, and if it weren't so sweet. That's the thing with this beer, the reason why a lot of people don't like it as much as I do (and it pretty much ruined all other beers for my girlfriend, she went bananas over it), it's too sweet. Now I have a huge sweet tooth, and this was overly sweet for me by a bit, so I can see why it gets an 87, but I LOVE THE VANILLA, so it's an A+ in my book.

M: Full bodied and quite smooth, nearly perfect.

O: Loads and loads of my favorite flavor on earth, vanilla, so of course I'm going to give it an A+. Overly sweet, yes, but still absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 20:12:45 | More by BierJager89
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North Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pure black with no head just a tiny bit of white round the rim.

Smells exactly like creme brulee, quite amazing really.

The taste like the smell is creme brulee.It's amoust like a strong stout with liquidised desert in it. There's also a bit of alcohol in there but not too much considering the abv.

The mouth is creamy and medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

All I can say is this is amazing, southern have made a beer that tastes exactly like creme brulee. If I was in a resteraunt with the wife this would finish it off nicely. I couldn't drink too much but a 22oz was perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:49:44 | More by Dave1999
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-10-2013 00:36:10 | More by Rau71
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

12-30-2013 16:58:38 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-17-2012 23:52:41 | More by juicebox
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:58:05 | More by Slynger
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-17-2012 00:04:38 | More by kirkse
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-02-2012 23:48:38 | More by AmitC
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-08-2012 03:41:43 | More by mobrockman
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-19-2014 04:41:54 | More by mcdsports
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-11-2013 02:42:51 | More by Atomicskis5
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-07-2014 23:37:46 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured the stout into a snifter glass and an off-white tan colored head did form but quickly retreated to a slight layer along the top. First aroma and most pronounced is the vanilla. If there is any others I'm not getting them. Well, I guess the milk/cream aspect is quite prevalent too. Tastes like a very sweet, vanilla, creme brulee; as it should. The carbonation is quite decent for a stout and the smooth, creamy texture is pleasant as it finishes. Warming from the alcohol is a yes and the alcohol content is hidden considering all you taste is sugar sweetness. In the end, this was a delight to drink though I only could do half the 22oz cause it was so rich. I really enjoyed this stout but the high-level sweetness is probably not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 18:04:13 | More by dpgoblejr
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-24-2011 04:59:16 | More by EasyReader
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-14-2013 21:24:09 | More by Hopheadhiker
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint, 6 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle has it pegged at 10% ABV (9.2% listed here ATM).

A- Pours a deep, dark brown / black, and completely opaque. Vigorous pour nets ~1 finger of brown head, which is fades rapidly into a thin ring of foam, and an incomplete, oily island.

S- Major butterscotch and vanilla....very, very reminiscent of it's namesake. Nailed so astonishingly, it must be a 5.

T- Wow. Not much needs to be said other than "liquefied crème brûlée." A moderate alcohol warming and kick on the finish. I love crème brûlée, so unsurprisingly, I love this.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Fairly thick and full....good.

D- Good as a slow sipper, and quite smooth and easy drinking considering it's 10 % ABV ....but so rich, that it can only carry you so far. Not exactly a chore to consume the entire bottle solo, but might be best to split in the future.

Future outlook: I'd been told that this one was out of sight, but kept looking for the right time to indulge myself....Merry Christmas to me. These beers that shoot for such unique "mimicking" flavors seem to so often fall short, but this one impressed the hell out of me. I'll be happy to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 04:59:27 | More by DoctorDog
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2012 00:58:03 | More by hinemk76
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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 dtivp


2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep black, a thin light tan head after a vigorous pour with very little lacing.

Aroma was very sweet of vanilla, brown sugar and caramel.

Taste followed the nose and name, a liquid Creme Brulee, very sweet of vanilla, caramel, burnt brown sugar and sweet cream.

Mouth Feel was medium body, a little thin for a stout, very little carbonation, creamy and very sweet.

Overall buying a beer named Creme Brulee, I was expecting sweetness, however,it was little too over powering for my taste. Stronger coffee or bitter chocolate would have added some needed balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:48:27 | More by dtivp
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured ½ of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. The pour formed a nice, thick two finger head the color of melted caramel. The head slowly dissipated leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is dark brown/black that only allows in a hint of light around the edges (when held up at eye level).

The nose is wonderful! Lots of butterscotch and vanilla up front followed up by toffee and caramel. Can't wait to taste this one!

Sweet vanilla hits the palate first. This is followed up by a slightly boozy caramel flavor. Finishes with an alcohol burn that is reminiscent of a good bourbon.

Medium-Thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.

Drinkable, but the sweetness combined with the booziness will limit the single night consumption rate.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:34:11 | More by mgbickel
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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