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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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3,870 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 299
Gots: 644 | 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:
Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008

The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.
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2.23/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle. It was $8.50 from Beer Run in C-Ville.

Appearance: Its basically opaque. Thin light brown head is pretty short lived. Every time you tip the glass, you get a sheet of lacing left behind, but it fades quickly too.

Smell: You can literally smell this as you pour it. It has the strongest aroma of any beer I've ever smelled, but it doesnt smell at all like a beer. Smells like caramel and vanilla-- like a bowl of ice cream with that fakey caramel syrup. It smells really good, even my six year old thinks so, but again-- not like beer.

Taste: Very sweet caramel and vanilla. Some pretty sharp alcohol. From the middle of the tongue and all the way back, I am assaulted with a very bitter, very burnt flavor that is not good. I can tolerate and even enjoy the insane dessert like sweetness, but that bitter burnt flavor is just bad. A stout that has burnt and bitter flavors is often good, but not when paired with all this sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Its a little thin for a beer this big actually. A little undercarbonated too.

Drinkability: I've been looking forward to trying this. I was expecting an overly sweet beer, which I got, but I did not expect the awful, burnt bitterness that lingers. I put a wine stopper in the second half of the bottle, and put it back in the fridge. I'll probably dump it. EDIT: I went back to it an hour or so later. This stuff is undrinkable. Drain pour.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick and has a khaki head.

S - Pure, unadulterated vanilla bean and a little sugar sweetness. Literally a joy to sniff.

T - A sweet vanilla shake from the start that develops into vanilla bean goodness. The end is a little bitter, which detracted a bit for me.

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Has a smooth, velvety body.

O - A vanilla bean bomb... The way people talk about this, I was expecting a sweet concoction and it wasn't.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finall caved and bought a bomber of this stuff. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours deep black with dark brown highlights on the edges. Even a rather vigorous pour yeilds only a half inch of mocha colored head that fades rather quickly into a thin thin ring around the glass.

S: This is unbelieve able, the absolsute definition of what an exteme beer is supposed to be. Just an ungodly punch in the face of sweet vanilla ice cream, caramel, coffee and wholo milk, and milk chocolate. Just about the sweetest, richest beer smell there ever was and ever will be. Creme soda smells less like creme than this beer does. Just something to behold.

T/MF: Taste and feel is a bit different than the intial smell. Where the nose relies on vanilla and sugar to get its point across, the taste has much more of a milky, chocolate and caramel coffee character. Little bit of tabcoo and slight earthy hop kick on the back end but this beer is mostly smooth sailing thoughout. Feels like velvet on the tongue, yet at the same time feels just the slightest bit thin in places. Closes smooth and leaves a strong, lingering sweetness on the tongue that just lasts and lasts.

D: Too big to be taken on alone and too sweet to truly enjoy a 10 or 12oz pour, this beer certainly tastes amazing and there are probably few around like it, still does not change the fact that this beer may be too big for its own good.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/09/10).

A: Pours tick and creamy motor oil black with 1.5 fingers of a mocha head with nice retention and some sticky, patchy lace.

S: Intense smell of butterscotch and some subtle hints of creamy sweet milk chocolate, and some sugary coffee. Smells like a rich dessert.

T: Sweet butterscotch assaults the palate with layers of creamy sweet milk chocolate and some hints of sugary coffee. Not necessarily a creme brulee, but certainly a rich, sweet, and creamy beer. This has got to be one of sweetest stouts I have every had.

M: Fulll-bodied with a nice heavy creaminess and low carbonation. Extremely rich and quite cloying.

D: The drinkability is severaly hindered by the intense sweetness making it a chore to finish this bomber. One 12oz. snifter is plenty for me.

Overall this Imperial Stout is another extremely flavorful offering from Southern Tier. A little to sweet for my tastes, but this will certainly please many Milk Stout fan. Worth a Look.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a thick pitch black color with a bone white cap. Retention is decent for the abv

S: Light alcohol burn, tons of butterscotch / lactose / butter / vanilla and sweetness. Absolutely spot on impression of creme brûlée. Not really too much depth, but ST nailed what they were trying to do here

T: The nose is better than the taste. Lots of bitterness coming through, less sweet than I imagined. Tons of vanilla and lactose in the flavor along with a butterscotch finish. Alcohol is apparent

MF/O: thick and viscous (the other blackwater series beers are bigger), creamy and smooth feel, medium carbonation. Overall pretty good beer, definitely a sipper

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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Dark brown pour, black in the glass with toffee-brown around the edges and a thin brown head that dissipated rapidly with spotty lacing. Smell is huge caramel and toffee, with malts hidden in there somewhere, and a tiny hint of alcohol. Taste isn't as heavy on the caramel/toffee as the smell, but it's definitely there. Sweetness explodes up front with the trademark bitter coffee/chocolate of a stout only coming in to finish off. Leaves a bit of sticky aftertaste; mouthfeel is full and creamy. It's a slow drinker because of how sweet it is; this wouldn't be an every day beer, but it would pair amazingly with desert or as a nightcap.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,870 ratings.