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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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3,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 257
Gots: 550 | 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 NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Dark black under a small tan head. Very little lace or retention.

S: Big caramel and vanilla, very pleasing. Some roasted malt in the background. Very good.

T: Caramel not quite as prominent, but there. Vanilla there as well, roasted malt is a little bigger. Hops are surprisingly apparent as some pine character. Bitter finish is that of both hops and roasted malt, hint of alcohol. A lot going on and a bit out of balance at times, but still tasty.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly. Drinkability is pretty good, a very tasty beer, especially if you like caramel. Good beer.

NCSUdo, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of jmich24
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jmich24, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

dpgoblejr, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Bfarr
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Black color with red highlights, light tan head and poor retention. Chocolate and burnt butter/caramel and vanilla aromas. Caramel and coffee with light chocolate finishing milky. A fairly long coffee and hop linger. Creamy feel with a bite and tackiness.

I think this may benefit from some aging to take the bite out of the beer and meld flavors for a more malty beer. However, I love the burnt sugar flavor that really came through and it’s a fantastically unique flavor ruined by an unfortunate linger.

Bfarr, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -22.9%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle Poured into pint glass.

A: Black with a hint of brown, about 2 fingers worth of dark tan head. The head settles to a nice layer of foam... Wonder full lacing. Just a beautiful looking Stout.

S: WOW !! is smells like Creme Brulee right off the bat then there is a coffee/chocolate layer at the finish. Lots of wonderful things in this smell.... Caramel, Vanilla, sweet milky maltiness, coffee and chocolate. It is Creme Brulee !!

T: Taste follows the smell to a T... Again Creme Broulee taste all over this... Sweet malty backbone with, sweet caramel, vanilla notes, milky sugary presence, some roasted coffee with a hint of sweet milk chocoloate. Then at the very end is a warming alcohol note. O yes the 10% ABV shows up. That is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M: Full body, creamy and smooth with a noticeable booziness to it. Carbonation is dead on for the style. Finish is a little on the dry side.

D: This is a wonderful slow drinking beer.... But not to slow, there is a window of opportunity. Right out of the fridge it good, about 15 mins of warming to wonderful, after 45 mins the alcohol takes over... One will do you but it is all you need. I'm thinking this is more of a dessert beer.

If you see this beer.... Grab it and give it a try. Another great beer from Southern Tier

mralphabet, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of dtivp
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

dtivp, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of BierJager89
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of hellhammermario
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

hellhammermario, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

harsley, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Robyn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Robyn, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

twowheelssoar, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

DrMindbender, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

sammo, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.98/5  rDev +28%
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.

Dave1999, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

minterro, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of FrankShirley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

FrankShirley, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
3.5/5  rDev -10%

AnalogErik, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Petey_the_Quiet, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of blknikon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,658 ratings.