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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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1,373 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,373
Hads: 4,248
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 370
Gots: 888 | FT: 30
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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Photo of RichWolfe
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really my thing, and I'm a big fan of the seasonal flavored offerings from Southern Tier (the pumpkin Warlock stout in particular). Smells great, I'll give it that much. But it's too sweet on the front-end, with a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sweet beers, and especially milk stouts, but I think this is my boundary. These guys make some of the best "flavored" brews out there, and this is no exception. Dark black pour with minimal brown foam. Vanilla and alcohol dominate the nose with just a bit of malt-syrup coming through. Mostly vanilla initially in the sip, followed by a nice cooked sugar and dark chocolate finish. Very creamy mouthfeel, and any aftertaste is just pleasantly sweet.

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Photo of bwood06
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer is opaque and ultra dark mahogany, almost pitch black in color. Head is more creamy than frothy but thin and retained nicely. Some carbonation clinging to the edges of the glass but not much. 4/5

S - Reminds me very much of vanilla ice cream. Vanilla bean and lactose aromas are the most prevalent right off the bat followed by a dark sugariness that is paired with fresh dark wheat bread. No real hop profile present. 4/5

T - A ton of vanilla right off the bat leading into a sugary milkiness. Then comes a bit of dark chocolate bitterness as well as hop notes that reflect an earthiness and a grassiness. Lingering bitterness on the back end but also a lingering sweetness. Just a touch of booziness at the very end, despite the high abv. The high amount of vanilla and sugar seems to hide any real maltiness to this beer but there is a just a touch of fresh wheat bread flavor to it. Taste reflects the dessert namesake very nicely. 4/5

M - Some light carbonation tickle is present but no real carbonation burn. Full bodied, heavy, and chewy with a drying finish that lingers. Creaminess dominates the feel throughout due to the lactose. 4.25/5

O - Excellent dessert beer offering that has a very nice balance between sweet and bitter with a lean towards the sweeter end of things, perfect for pairing with dessert. Heavy but not overly so, which allows the drinker to fully enjoy the entire bottle in a sitting. 4/5

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Photo of JohnDee
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with a thin head and only a little lacing. Smells and tastes strongly of vanilla. Dense and sweet, but balanced with just the right amount of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is forward, but, again, well balanced. Overall a very tasty stout.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting for three years not particularly to age it but rather just didn't open it. Pours the part-extremely dark. Aroma is superb. Burnt sugar, vanilla, heavy cream, confectionary, cocoa nibs and hint of roast coffee. First taste is chilled and matches the nose. I like the fact that I can really pick out each characteristic. As it warms dimensions change to extremely sweet, as it hurts the teeth, and more coffee roast is apparent which I like. Feel is sticky on the lips and low carbonation. Overall I cannot compare this to a fresh bottle but I do not believe aging this has any dramatic effect, as I imagine. Loved it colder much lost luster as it warmed. Irregardless, the title fits the part. In that respect this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thick browny cream head. nice looking brew.

smells like pure vanilla, i'm a vanilla over chocolate guy so i find this different from most stouts and i love it!! hits me right in the face. like a vanilla milkshake. very very sweet.

taste is odd, it's very sweet but is an off-vanilla flavor. doesn't taste as pure as it smells. not a bad taste but the smell is deceiving afterthefact. does have a hint of vanilla-alcohol to it.

goes down smooth but leaves an awkard vanilla-alcohol flavor at the end. at 9.6% it's not bad, the best i could relate this to would be an 80 proof Root Beer vodka, tastes mostly like root beer but the alcohol isn't perfectly concealed. a 40 proof root beer vodka conceals much better, a la this beer at 6-7% would be ridiculously easy to drink.

not a bad beer but i've had better. smells fantastic but the taste leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark oil black with a fairly thick and creamy latte head. looks great.
oooooooo that smell; vanilla, cocoa, caramelized sugar. yum.
tastes unexpectedly like a creme brulee, vanilla caramel chocolate. close to a milk stout. VERY sweet.
mouthfeel is awesome, thick, creamy, spot on for me. not sure what everyone else is fussing about. thick beers are amazing, especially when they are this sweet and dessert-y.
overall, i wish i could get these in a 6-er to share around and keep. kind of expensive for the one big bottle.
great dessert beer though.

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Photo of byronic
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours nice and dark with a small cream head. Smells quite nice all be it a bit sweet. Unfortunately this was where the appeal ended. The taste is sickly sweet and resulted in an instant headache, the feel is sticky and leaves behind a viscous coating.

Was looking forward to this one and was left very disappointed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep dark brown pour crowned by a clingy 2” cream to tan foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Big vanilla bean nose over hints of chocolate. T: starts with a touch of cocoa and then a burst of vanilla takes over the beer. F: Full body, medium carbonation with some alcohol warming on the end. O: Does suggest crème Brule. I often find vanilla beers too cloying and somewhat artificial tastingbut this one is well balanced and works.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely not my favorite. As many others say this beer was way too sweet. I found this aspect, along with a surprising soapy taste in the back end to make this beer unpalatable for me.

I fully admit this is my opinion, and I can appreciate the other aspects of this beer outside of the taste.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yuck. My nephew summed it up perfectly when he said that this tasted like drinking a melted candle. The taste is too sweet and syrupy and there is a horrible aftertaste that clings for a long time. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Kevin67
2.34/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of beerchic
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of CycleDad
2.16/5  rDev -45%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
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

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.