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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Reviews: 1,363
Hads: 4,183
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 355
Gots: 861 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks great.... smells great.....tastes great......only can handle a sample though.. it is a cgreat tasting beer just way sweet. worth trying if you can get a sample or don't care about having half a glass and throwing the rest out (231 characters)

Photo of Kevin67
2.34/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A sickeningly sweet, artificial taste that was hard to place and a texture in my mouth like motor oil and lidocaine. The numbness in my mouth from this horrible beer lasted all day, but the taste was still on my tongue the next. Worse than a hangover. The people who rave about this have obviously never had a great Crème Brulee because this doesn't capture the taste or feel of one at all. (391 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creme Brulee - Southern Tier Brewing

Imperial Milk Stout

ABV - 9.6%



APPEARANCE: As I began to pour this beer it slowly came gurgling out like it was waiting for an invitation. Black motor oil liquid that devours the glass into a deep darkness. Small amounts of a milk chocolate rim variations sit underneath a dense latte colored head. Dense and tightly bubbled head that has a long lasting retention.



AROMA: Imagine taking the best creme brulee you have ever smelled, chopping it up and snorting it. Ya that's what this beer smells like. Its insane I can smell the intense vanilla from 2-3 feet away. Loads of caramelized and slightly burnt brown sugar join the vanilla as dominate aromas coming forth. If you can get beyond the vanilla and sugar there is a very creamy milk aroma and marshmallow that gives way to a slight coca dusting. It honestly smells amazing I've never gotten this much vanilla on the nose of any beer before, outstanding!



TASTE: Liquid custard, heavy cream, vanilla Nesquik tons of lactose that adds a residual sweetness that is delicious as a creme brulee is. There is a slight break in the upfront sweetness that shows some malt characteristics, caramel, nuttiness with some light espresso flavors. The presence of vanilla is undeniable, although it doesn't quite dominant the palate as it did on the nose.That leaves room for the caramelized and burnt sugar flavors to join in on the fun. As this beer begins to warm up it does reveal a layer of the traditional stout flavors, with some bitter chocolate and roasted malts that tie this beer together and really round it out.



MOUTHFEEL: Low plus carbination with a medium plus body. Almost drinks like a melted creme brulee milk shake, with a very creamy mouthfeel. The nearly 10% abv can be detected and i think its a welcome reception to remind myself that this is a beer after all.



OVERALL: Its funny to read all the reviews and see how people are bashing this beer for being to sweet. Did you not read the label and see its said "Creme Brulee" and "lactose sugar" ? I for one new exactly what I was getting into, I saved it for after dinner, late night when i was ready to drink my dessert and it did not disappoint. It drinks like liquid creme brulee, that a stout was poured on top of and then flamed. Whats not to like about that? The nose on this beer is in the top I have ever let my nostrils consume, amazing. My only complaint i would say is there is a thin line when letting this warm up, its nice to get the stout flavors to come out but let it get just a tad warmer and it does start to get a medicinal, astringent thing going on.



RATING: 4.6/5 Zombie Heads! (2,674 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter about a year old

A: pure darkness in color no light getting through very little head

S: lots of vanilla it smells exactly like creme brûlée

T: very sweet lots of vanilla the beer tastes exactly like it says creme brûlée

M: nothing outrageous but has a nice body

O: this beer is a lot of gimmick but I love it. It is over the top sweet but tastes amazing, this is one though that doesn't open up at room temperature so if you like it cold it is just as good. (502 characters)

Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer overall. Very decadent and rich. My only complaint is how cloyingly sweet it can be if you don't have some salty food to balance it out. A definite sipper! (168 characters)

Photo of beerchic
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose is straight up vanilla and burnt sugar. Taste follows the nose with added butterscotch notes. I liked this, even though it is very heavy and sweet. Dessert only beer that gets better as it warms. (200 characters)

Photo of CycleDad
2.16/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap in Jacksonville, FL. Think cream soda with sweetened coffee. Way too sweet but that should have been expected with "Creme Brûlée" in the name. Stopped after a few sips. (178 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little overwhelming. Too much vanilla, too sweet. Artificial sweeteners? Odd chemical taste at the finish. Not something I'd go back to anytime soon. (155 characters)

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't want to give it a bad review. It's a hard one for me to fully appreciate because it is too sweet for a guy with a minimal sweet tooth. It's really good if sweets is your thing. (184 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, with little to no head. White thin layer left on top.

Smell is vanilla and cake batter. Reminds me of when my mom would let me lick the whisk after doing some baking.

Majorly sweet. Confectionery sugars and vanilla upfront. Cake battery goodness and finishes with warming alcohol booziness.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected.

Smell was incredible. Taste was good as well but I think it would be better as a lower ABV, but that is just me. The mouthfeel was what would be expected from what would be a higher alcohol content brew. If it would have been say 6-7% and had a little more body (think, more Katy Perry less Kate Moss) this would be a nearly perfect across the board.

Very good offering. Solid brew. Basically have to nit pick to find something wrong with it. Would buy again, but highly advise to share it with a couple other people to share the experience with. (897 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 650ml bottle with my wife. Served in a snifter 4/20/2015.

A- Darker brown body, opaque, thick brown head with excellent retention time, fair amount of lacing feeding a thick, creamy film and collar.

S- Smells of pure sugar and vanilla bean aroma. That's all it is. It's very authentic, but it's very rich and sweet.

F- A tough one to drink more than a few ounces of, but it's very impressively vanilla-forward with some roasted, burnt malt. It pretty much tastes like what you'd expect. Very intense vanilla bean sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, as stated above, tough to drink due to how sweet it is. But otherwise it's put together reasonably well, good carbonation.

O- Jeezus, this is very sweet and not all that easy to drink. Not a favourite of mine by any means, but it is an interesting concept that they've taken to such an extreme. (850 characters)

Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - black, stout-esque. Tan foamy head, hangs on a good while
S - smell gets a 'wow' from me. Sweet sweet burnt vanilla. Nailed it.
T - very vanilla, toasty malt, bitter finish. Kinda weird. Not bad by any means.
F - fairly creamy, not too carbonated.
O - this beer smells awesome, sweeter than actual creme brulee. Maybe that's why I was let down by the taste, because the taste has beer-like qualities. I am glad I tried this beer, not sure I would get it again, unless I am in the mood for something extremely vanilla. (521 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of burnt sugar and vanilla
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 6 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins very sweet with vanilla and cream, bitterness of burnt sugar rolls in for the finish. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4 (487 characters)

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

overly and artificially sweet. does have a nice mouthfeel. looks and feels pretty good but the taste is and smell is sugar with a slight toasted dark malts/cream (163 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/11/13

Pours dark brown, one finger head. Remains afloat for sometime.

Holy vanilla and burnt sugar! He nose really hits what's its label says. Strength if the vanilla is unlike any aroma I've ever I've had in a beer.

Taste is big rush of vanilla with caramel mixed in. Sweet cream starts to blend with the vanilla. A little alcohol bite in there too but this is liquid dessert.

Feel is smooth and very creamy. Carb is on the lower side but it's what's needed with the profile.

I saw that this was going to be sweet but I wasn't prepared for the prominence of vanilla. They really hit the mark on what they were trying to accomplish, but it's definitely a novelty type beer that I probably won't go for again. With all the candy and chocolate his Easter morning, I was compelled to finally open this and satisfy my curiosity. (847 characters)

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just too sweet and intense. Maybe you could pour some over vanilla ice cream. I put some in my coffee and it tastes like vanilla creamer. But there's no way I am going to be able to drink much more than a shot glass at one sitting. (234 characters)

Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but as a dessert offering this is a fine selection. Don't try and pair it with a main course, it really would be a poor match. Also if you don't like a sweet note in your beer then this would be one to avoid. (245 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again I find milk stouts too rich for me. It seems like there is a protein element present that is off putting. This one looks great and the body is nice and thick. The nose is strong butterscotch which would be quite nice if it were toned down a bit. It's just too sweet and strong. The taste is similarly overloaded to the point that I finds self just trying to get it down instead of spending any time with it. I don't want to knock it too much since others seem to be high on it, just coming to the conclusion that this family is not for me. (551 characters)

Photo of GeeL
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call a "novelty beer". It's made with a specific purpose: to taste like something. It's not a quaffing beer, it's a slow sipper as you sit around the table after dinner; or maybe with dessert or even AS dessert. If I were rating this as a quaffing beer, the score would be much lower.

Look: dark, just like a stout should. There's a thick creamy head that things out. There is little to no carbonation; however, it is not a "still" beer. As I swirled the glass I could see how thick the beer was based on the "legs" on the side of the glass. It looked like it would be thick and sweet.

Smell: like Creme Brulee, butterscotch, vanilla, cream. Smelled like dessert.

Taste: this beer needs to be warmer than usual. It's surprisingly balanced for such a sweet beer. It tastes just like creme brulee, this beer could be served as a dessert. It was fun tasting it, but more than two 4-6 oz servings would have been over the top.

Feel: it's thick. Not very carbonated, almost undercarbonated. More carbonation would have resulted in acidity on the palate that would have distracted from the overall taste and experience.

Overall: this is meant to share with friends. Don't serve it too cold. Have it as dessert. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Split a bomber with my brother in law. Poured into a stemmed flute. A little of something is good but a lot of something can be bad. That describes this beer. Too sweet, too much vanilla. 2.75

A - black with a half finger tan head. 3.75
S - too much vanilla - 2.5
T - cloyingly sweet, malty, vanilla, 2.5
MF - med heavy body with a sweet finish. - 3 (350 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Interesting brew. Drinking on tap at The Bier Stein in Eugene.
A: opaque black beer, very much what I expect of a stout. Leaving minimal lacing and had a small head.
S: Smells like creme bruleè even through my stuffy nose. Very inviting, fantastically done nose, spot on.
T: my taste buds are a little out of wack as of late but this beer opens pretty generic stout flavor. A sudden wash of sticky sweet mixed with hop bitter as one would expect from a beer that smells like custard. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.
M: pretty basic, smooth stout
O: a good beer, I sure enjoyed the novelty of it. Good to share. (617 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong coffee notes, and the promised sweetness and vanilla. Obviously a bit on the dessert side. Good, and not just "for what it is" -- although you've definitely got to be in the right mood. (192 characters)

Photo of Wbstevens1
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as imperial milk stouts go this one is without a doubt my favorite. Strong caramel and vanilla notes complement and somewhat tame the high level of sweetness. Although this is one of the sweetest milk stouts I have had, it is not overpowering as long as you only have one or two. An excellent "dessert beer." VERY hard to find in my area but well worth the search. (371 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Black like oil. Minimal head that disappears quickly.
S - Fantastic aroma! Caramel, vanilla and coffee and other sweet things I can't think of right now.
T - This may be my favorite desert beer. A sweet stout pushed over the edge with caramel and vanilla with a touch of coffee. And then you feel a bit of alcohol burn that reminds you are NOT at Starbucks or Dairy Queen.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - One of my favorite beers, and certainly my favorite milk stout. I could drink this all the time. (545 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DoB: 6/6/13

Almost 2 years old sitting in my cellar for that long.

Look dark rich color with tan thick head.

Rich caramel flavor- intoxicating

Very sweet strong caramel flavor, really nailed the Creme Brûlée.

Thin taste, almost feels like its robbing such a great beer with such a thin mouth feel. (307 characters)

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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