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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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3,673 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,673
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 260
Gots: 553 | FT: 28
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with a head the shade of Nesquik. Pretty decent lacing too.

Holy hell, this really does smell like creme brulee. I mean, it smells really good, but this is downright bizarre. So on the nose that it's kinda scary.

The flavor is like a cup of coffee with some creme brulee flavored creamer. Again, the accuracy is startling. It's big and sweet up front with deep roast coming through in the end.

Mouthfeel is beautiful. Beyond full bodied, though not chewy. Silky smooth.

This is where it gets sticky, no pun intended (ok, maybe a little). I had no problem polishing off a bomber. On the other hand, I could easily go a year or more without the desire to have another bottle. And seeing as I had to have a good friend bring it back from NYC, that won't be at all difficult.

BigJim5021, Oct 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

DruC4, Apr 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Adkins1203, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of nick76
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is typical for the style with a dark red brown color bordering on black with an average head for the style. The head is foamy and fizzy making it not quite right bu still nice. The aroma is probably the best I have ever encountered. It has the richest Creme Beulee I have ever encountered, maybe even more than the real thing. Outstanding! The taste is not as impressive but still quite good. It has cream, chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, and bitter hops. The bitter hops ruin what could possibly be one of the best combination of flavors in any beer. The mouthfeel is only average bordering on thin and not right for the style. The drinkability is seriously hurt by the astringent hops but this is a seriously good beer!

nick76, Sep 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

beerman999999, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

mcdsports, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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!!!

martyl1000, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to tprokop7 for this one.
I'm eating some apple pie and splitting this with my wife.

A- Very dark, almost black. There is no head with this one. There is a slight ring of brown/tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S- Caramel!!! Lots of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. There is also the strong smell of the 10% alcohol. In a way this reminds me of a Tortuga rum cake.

T- There is the sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Although I'm getting a strong coffee and roasted/burnt malt taste as well. Perhaps that is supposed to represent the burnt sugar on top of a Creme Brulee? One thing I'm finding is that the sweetness of the caramel lasts through the whole taste. Its going nice with the apple pie.

M- The mouth feel is good. It isn't too thick or too thin. Average feeling American Double IS.

D- This is strange to drink, it is sort of an outlander in terms of style. I think the burnt malt taste is right on with the style, but I reviewed this with the knowledge that for the #2 and #3 criteria, this beer is going to stray off the beaten path of this style of the beer. Over all it isn't too bad, but not blow your mind. It is tasty though. Something to sip on and drink on occasion.

Wetpaperbag, Nov 04, 2008
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

AmitC, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

TheNightwatchman, Apr 14, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One ifnger foamy tan head from a very high pour. Dark brown body.

Overpowering butterscotch nose with faint coffee.

Incredibly sweet and cake-like, but with a more bitter finish than I recall from tasting it on draft. Like butterscotch candy in coffee. Faintest trace of cherry?

Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, chewy, but with an almost glycerin finish.

Some hops that as I said, I didn't notice the one time I tasted it on draft. More balanced in bottles. Share and sip; a bomber is enough for five people at least.

zaphodchak, Sep 11, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown color, almost pitch black in the glass, but not quite. About 1 1/2" of tan head forms, which has nice retention, and pretty much non-existent lacing.

Smell: Tons of vanilla beans right off the bat. It's pretty hard to get past that, to be honest. Once I do, there is some toasted caramel in there, as well as perhaps a bit of roastiness. Smells pretty much exactly like crème brûlée.

Taste: Toasted caramel malts and mild roastiness form on the front end. The middle and back end are dominated by vanilla and custard flavors. Very sweet....borderline too much so.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body starts off thinner and more prickly with carbonation than I was expecting, but as it warms gets extremely creamy and smooth. Overall, this was an interesting beer to say the least. Very true to the name. I had a bomber to myself, but would have been satisfied with one pour. I would say I'm biased towards maltier, sweeter beers most of the time, but this was a bit much. As I neared the end of the bottle, it got exponentially harder to drink. Adjusted my score accordingly.

zhanson88, Sep 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ant880, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

srw, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of auxiliary
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color, nice large tan head with some crazy lace on the glass. Looks good.

smell - For real, I can smell this about 2 feet away. Chocolate, sugars, vanilla, and caramel to die for.

taste - Very sweet with a little bit of a bitterness after taste. So smooth, silly.
Taste of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

mouthfeel - Full body, sweet.

drinkability - I tasted this before and ran to track 84 RI to get it on tap. Very good. I hear it is strong to drink on your own. It should be used as a after desert drink.

auxiliary, Aug 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

EasyReader, Nov 24, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Apr 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

WoostaBia, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Feb 09, 2014
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,673 ratings.