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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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3,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,293
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 238
Gots: 491 | FT: 27
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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-02-2012 23:48:38 | More by AmitC
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

07-05-2013 19:29:30 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of Dave1999

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%

04-30-2013 19:12:41 | More by blknikon
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-19-2014 04:41:54 | More by mcdsports
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For my 101st rating: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVvwcgQpyqU

A & S: SUPER intense sweet and rich scents, smells like baileys or a cappuccino, cake batter. Can defiantly smell the vanilla bean. I can’t stop smelling it! Smells better in the bottle then in the glass. Burnt black colored beer, looked pretty thick when poured, but not after that. Heads is very weak, its has a tan color and fades quickly. The head turns into nothing about 2 mins into drinking it and leaves not lacing.

T & M: Very sweet upfront. It becomes more bitter as the sip progresses. I other aspects it like most stouts: coffee and dark chocolate are both present. Not much going on hops wise, but I don’t think it would work better with this beer. Butterscotch is also present. Smooth and then turns more crisp. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very filling, and very hard to drink a full bottle.

O: It was interesting. I liked it for what it was and I would recommend it, but I don’t see myself buying it again, not only for taste but for price (8$ per bottle). Great for like a post-meal dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:38:55 | More by minterro
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-11-2013 02:42:51 | More by Atomicskis5
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-09-2013 04:06:19 | More by alelover
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-24-2011 04:59:16 | More by EasyReader
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-05-2013 23:23:23 | More by emottram
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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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

09-28-2013 21:17:28 | More by EB1
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-07-2013 17:48:55 | More by csmalley
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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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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
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two stemless snifters.

A: Pours a rich, velvety, dark brown with a latte-coloured head gracing the top.

S: Smells like...creme brulee! I guess this is a success because it has all the burnt sugar, custard, vanilla and cream smell of the dessert.

T: Pretty close to smell. All the above flavours come through, but there is the slightest hint of diacetyl. It is also VERY sweet and a bit cloying. There is no roast at all in this (due, I'm sure to the lack of roasted malts), so that makes it a bit one-note.

D: Surprisingly, the alcohol isn't as hot as I thought it would be. Instead its just sugary and sticky. Mouthfeel is like a glass of warm whole milk.

Overall: OK, would I want to have this everyday? No. Is it an ideal dessert beer? Yes. If you willingly drink a beer called "Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout", how can you diss it for being "too sweet"? That's the whole point! There are no false claims from the brewer, this is what it is. Its a saccharine, one and done, dessert in a glass and sometimes...it just hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:37:15 | More by JohnnyChicago
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-14-2013 21:24:09 | More by Hopheadhiker
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So this beer is great in the main sensory aspects (taste, smell) but not really in all the finesse things. It's opaque black, but there isn't much head, retention, or lacing. It smells like pure butterscotch. Delicious... it tastes like it too. Like butterscotch candy sandwiching a fleeting bit of dark malt/coffee taste. This is a beer hidden within candy. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is thin, however, and it's over-carbonated. I could still drink it for most of the night, though. Another robust offering from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 04:24:22 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2012 00:58:03 | More by hinemk76
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-08-2012 03:41:43 | More by mobrockman
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-20-2012 23:10:25 | More by irishgreensoda
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-15-2012 18:39:37 | More by PeteRiz
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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
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score.

no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and the sweetness wears on you. at least me. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; the bomber is going to be a bit much.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. for reasons already stated, i don't find this to be a hugely drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:43:06 | More by perrymarcus
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.