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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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3,716 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,716
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 263
Gots: 569 | 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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Photo of zaphodchak
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
Photo of zhanson88
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
Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ant880, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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
Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Poured from bottle into a CCB sniffer. Pours a thin black with just a wisp of a head that only sticks around for just a bit. Moderate lacing. Pretty average looking for the most part.

S- Can smell the vanilla beans from about 2 feet away. Huge butterscotch aroma as well. Brown sugar for days, sweet molasses/maple sugar. Hint of alcohol. I'm not joking on the smell of this one. It is intense. If overpowering was what they were going for, then they hit it on the head. I am very intrigued and worried at the same time. Can't see any way it has any balance.

T- Intense flavors I got from the nose, with some cream and toasted caramel. So sweet it is cloying. Sweet vanilla up front, mellows out some in the finish before and odd, harsh, astringent finish. Balance is off...as expected. Just too much IMO.

M- Seems to have a nice body for the milk stout style. Warmth of alcohol present in the throat, but not too bad. Drinkability suffers because of the harsh sweetness, but the carbonation isn't bad.

O- Just wasn't for me. There is no denying the nose of this beer is intoxicating. I see what they were going for, but they went a bit too far with the butterscotch and sugar and the direction seemed to get lost from there. Honestly, I could always do without butterscotch. Can't knock ST for trying, but I won't be drinking again. I had a tough enough time finishing this bottle.

Bottled on 6/12/13
Consumed on 7/9/13
$8.99 for 22 oz bottle

Bosoxfan20, Jul 24, 2013
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 SaisonRichBiere
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of srw
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
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +2.8%

EasyReader, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +2.8%

maxcoinage, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

HeadyTheElder, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

TechBrew, Aug 02, 2013
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 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 HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -10%

HumphreyLee, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend recommended this beer to me, and picked up a bottle. Breakfast of champions on Saturday morning!
Pours out a deep rich black color, light maple malty hues throughout the glass.
Rich smell of carmelized sugar, vanillas, touch of toffees, very light cocoa undertones, dominated by the overwhelming smell of caramelized vanilla sugars.
flavors is exactly like the aroma-a delicious, mouthfull of caramalized vanilla sugars, exactly like the delicious crust found on top of a well prepared creme brulee'
The mouthfeel is med/thick. Normally I wouldnt prefer a stout this sweet, but for something conceptualized as an "Imperial Milk Stout", this is perfectly balanced.
Southern Tier does fantastic work with these Over the top coffee stouts. I have previously drank Jah-va, and found it to be outstanding. Well done.

czfreeman, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Michaeldmanley, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Focusf111, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +28.5%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of srgj88
3.5/5  rDev -10%

srgj88, Jun 27, 2013
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 tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RobinLee, Jul 28, 2013
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,716 ratings.