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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: 4,250
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 370
Gots: 892 | 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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Reviews: 1,373 | Hads: 4,250
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I gave this beer a try because I'm such a fan of the dessert, but I didn't have very high hopes for it. I figured it would be too sweet, or like melted ice cream with a bit of a malt taste to it. The balance of the beer really struck me. It was beer-first, though by no means was the creme-brulee a minor flavor. It didn't taste fake like some chocolate stouts or gimmicky like Voodoo Doughnut. It just tasted like a better than average stout with some very natural-tasting flavors added in. It would make the perfect dessert beer, but really it's not so sweet that it couldn't be enjoyed at any time. I'll likely buy again!

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

Black in color. Poured with a healthy, dark beige foam that slowly dissipated. Intensely sweet vanilla aroma with mocha, butterscotch, dark caramel and cream in tow. Boozy notes also begin to peek through as this warmed. This honestly smelled like a pastry, maybe tiaramasu. Incredibly smooth, slightly thick feel, with rich, tight carbonation up front and a milky stickiness at the end. Creamy, sweet vanilla flavor up front that slowly tapers as a tangy bitter hop bite rides overtop. Charred malt flavor beneath that slowly intensifies to the finish accompanied by smooth vanilla. The feel and candy-like sweetness is reminiscent of Pumking. 

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is s pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet sweet vanilla and cream, butterscotch candy, lactose, caramel, and a little char.

Taste: Tastes like a flan pudding. A little booze, burnt caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness, and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy silky smooth, full bodied, a little sweet, low to medium carbonation, and like drinking a desert.

Overall: Smells sweet, tastes sweet, and is still sweet. I like it, but the sweetness could be a bit overbearing for most. Still an enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small light tan head that retains shortly, leaving a thin layer floating on top

S- pure butterscotch, I've never smelled such authentic butterscotch in a beer before. Also notes of coffee, milky lactose, toasted cream, caramel, pure sweetness

T- sweet and malty with notes of lactose, a hint of coffee, brown sugar, charred cream, licorice, the caramel/butterscotch actually comes though on the finish and lingers on the palate long after finishing

M - medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish

O- it's sweet, but I didn't have any trouble drinking 12oz, loved the aroma, unlike anything I've experienced. Base stout was mostly sweet, the butterscotch aftertaste was what made this one a winner, great beer

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Photo of Strix
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with tan head.

Vanilla bomb with caramel, and butterscotch.

Vanilla and butterscotch, cream, roasted burned malt note. Amazingly dessertlike.

Rich creamy mouthfeel.

This was unique and kind of amazing. That said, the sweetness limits the overall drinkability. Worth a try if it appeals to you.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Black as cow spots body with brown edging. Creamy, chunky khaki tan head that is one finger thick. Great lace. Head could be more mountainous. If so appearance would get a perfect score.

S-Vanilla. Maple syrup. Buttery. Burnt sugar. Roasted malts. Cheesy. Plums & raisins. Hint of astringency. Smell is lovely. But a tad behind taste in terms of strength. This factor and the astringency which gets stronger with time puts a 4.75 ceiling on smell, almost perfect.

T-True to name. Tastes like liquid crème brulee. Butterscotch even. Resin swirls throughout the body. Dank pine. Great bitters blanketed by even greater sweetness. Grass & hay are unexpected. Subtle coffee.

M-Medium body goes down slick. Low high carbonation, a small sizzle. The sip is a sweet start, a sour dark fruit medium finishing off to a medium bitter finale. So sticky your lips stick to the glass. Body does water down and the already low carbonation doesn't help much. But the sour twang combined with the sweet desert flavors give the mouthfeel memorable depth.

O-What a digestif! Top shelf milk stout. Southern Tier makes the literal "sweetest" brews around. Enough hops as well to cut against the super sugar blasts make Crème Brulee a "bitter-sweet" treat.

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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cola brown, flat and small vanilla cream head builds and vanishes equally as quickly. Barely any lace on the glass.

As far as sheer power goes, this beer takes the cake. Vanilla, sweet creme, cake batter, Starbucks Frappuccino rising from the glass like a decadent and calorie filled perfume. There is no way to pick out any nuances from the malt, it's dessert in a glass.

The roasted malt and sweet lactose is quickly overwhelmed by the vanilla flavors in this beer. I get a bit of coffee, milk chocolate and nuttiness then it's all vanilla syrup. A decadent beer, like latte or a sweeter tiramisu. Finishes sticky with obscene amounts of sweetness, some cocoa and more vanilla. Sweet tooth eat your heart out.

Less body than expected, easy to put down if you aren't sensitive to how cloying this could get. Mild carbonation and very sticky and syrupy malt. Alcohol is easily ignored.

Anyone who doesn't like sweet desserts won't like this beer. That being said I thought it was delicious, the vanilla character is so powerful it's mind blowing. I'd have it again in a heartbeat but It's also necessary to share.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into pilsner glass. Drank with dessert (banana cream pudding)

Appearance: dark brown color with tan foaming head; minimal lacing
Smell: caramel, milk, vanilla, maybe maple syrup? very sweet... too sweet for my liking
Taste: better than it smells; sweet, but not overbearing. The aftertaste is slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: thick; kind of like coffee with too much cream
Overall: goes together well with desserts like pudding and ice cream, but still too sweet for my taste. It's nice to try unusual brews every once and awhile, but I probably won't seek this one out anymore

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Photo of EvoRich
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of my discovered this at a bar in downtown Harrisburg, PA. 100 beers on tap. We love going there and trying new things. Unfortunately the beer I ordered I did not like. My buddy said "ooo creme brulee, that sounds interesting". We were blown away. Seeing the scores this beer gets is a little surprising, as they're good, but not as good as I'd expect.

Appearance: Very foaming head. tan in color. Otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell: I smell alcohol, pancakes, maple syrup, vanilla, butterscotch, sweetness beyond sweetness.

Taste: This is such a sweet dessert beer, I can barely tell it's beer. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake. It taste like the sweetest beer you could imagine. I couldn't imagine a beer being any sweeter. Vanilla is definitely strong. I also get a pancake/vanilla cake flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. The taste matches the mouthfeel. It's also very sticky. You can sense the sugar in this beer, as the edge of the glass and your lips can get sticky, like you're eating candy.

Overall: Hands down one of my all time favorites. When I'm out and see bombers sold separate, I pick one or two up. Despite how much I like it, I can't bring myself to buy a case. Price probably has a lot to do with it. This beer is a great beer for people who don't like "beer". Many people think beer is just beer, but this is one of the craft brew scene's beers that could make them think otherwise. Make people realize there's more to beer than the handful of light beers served everywhere.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I believe this may be the most outrageously flavored malt beverage I've ever tasted. I won't go so far as to say "beer." Actually, a malt liqueur is exactly what it is. Start with a shot glass or a tiny wine glass of it. Chocolate milk taste, only intensified and scorched, and blended with some kind of blackened malt brew. To say this tastes like vanilla is like saying gulping 151 rum is kind of hot.

It's not totally sweet, it's just that the flavor seems to channel the sugar receptor right to the brain. I suppose this might be good with some equally sweet dessert so you could pretend this is Drambuie. I guess the key to whether you would score this high or not is how much you like that totally sugary sensation, like Mexican candy or Greek preserved fruit. I give it an "N" for Novelty.

Dark brown in color average carbonation in the glass and in the mouth. Some sharp notes which we may thank the carbonation for. Bitter aftertaste adds to the confusion. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with a tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, and it slides down the side of the glass like a slug.

Smell - Overpowering butterscotch aroma. Light vanilla cream and alcohol manages to peak through.

Taste - Butterscotch doesn't dominate on the flavor profile quite like on the nose, but it smacks the tongue first, and with gusto. Good punch of vanilla and bourbon-like alcohol flavor follow-up to the gut by mid-taste. Chocolate fudge flavor creeps into the picture near the end, then the haymaker that dominates the aftertaste and I'm out for the count. What a flurry of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick with low carbonation. On the verge of syrupy. Snappy alcohol bite that lends to a dry finish. Not the easiest beer to get down.

Overall - The ultimate dessert beer. I'm not even sure if I can finish this entire bottle, it's so rich. I can see why they'd want you to pair this with vanilla ice cream. Heck, even a bit of milk might go along way. I cannot underestimate how rich this beer is; five ounces in and I think I just developed diabetes. Amazing for what it is, but nothing I'd want to drink on any sort of consistent basis.

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Photo of lochef81
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to crack this with my breakfast in place of coffee today and am quite glad I did. This stout pours an almost black mahogany color with almost no head and very little silky lacing. The nose is delicious; butterscotch, vanilla, coffee, and just a little booze. It is actually one of the most satisfying smelling beers that I've ever had. The flavor follows the nose but unfortunately the butterscotch flavor overpowers the coffee flavor that would of perfectly balanced this stout. It is still very tasty and satisfying. The mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky but this is actually a good thing because the lingering flavors of butterscotch and the small amount of coffee that lives just in the tail. This was great with breakfast but would be equally awesome with or even as dessert.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to just a faint cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by butterscotch with faint vanilla and a hint of booze.

Taste is of sweet butterscotch and vanilla with some hop bitterness. Alcohol is detectable but, not overpowering.

Texture is full bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting take on milk stout. A sweet dessert drink with a light alcohol kick.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter with a deep brown/black with some transparency around the edges, and a small off-white head. Smell is true to its namesake, with a powerful scent of burnt caramel. Taste very much mirrors the nose, with a burnt caramel taste dominating. Hints of vanilla and sugary fruit come through has it warms up a bit. Nice consistency in the mouth, leaving a sweet caramel coating behind. I enjoyed it, truly a desert beer as its name indicates.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque beer with about one finger of head. Head dissipated quickly but still left lacing (probably due to high sugar content).

S: Amazing. Whats on the label is what goes in your nostrils. A creamy mix of rich butterscotch, vanilla, and sweet cream. Creme Brulee. Like it says.

T: I suppose, in order to mask the 9.5 ABV it would take a lot of sugar and vanilla. It definitely shows in this beer. A very sweet desert wine (as advertised on the label) that has a very thick butterscotch flavor with what might be the slightest hint of porter. The vanilla and butterscotch is quite overpowering.

M: The sweet creme feel is definitely there, a full, smooth, almost too far... Its good, don't get me wrong, but when the consistency almost approaches maple syrup in the mouth, it might be time to back off the crazy amounts of sugar.

O: I must say, this is a decent desert beer, in small quantities. I almost feel like I need to go run several miles to deal with the guilt of having drank what amounts to basically a creme brulee watered down with alcohol. I would drink it again if a friend offered after dinner.

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Photo of hops202
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Stone Snifter.

Looks decent upon first pour. Rather thin looking but still very dark and black. Smell is actually very good. Smells like a small batch cake batter spiked with booze infused butterscotch. Super sugary and sweet. Taste is not nearly as good as the nose and was somewhat sad. Great smell - mediocre taste.

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Photo of bryanbullock
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The smell lives up to the name sake 100 fold, the smell of butterscotch punches you in the face, it is so pungent that it overwhelms you it smells like desert, you get hints of chocolate and vanilla but that is masked by the overwhelming sweetness of the smell. The pour is solid black but the froth and the head lack, the beer needs carbonation. The taste fails to deliver on the smell, it lacks viscosity and for a beer at 9.6 abv it does not have the mouthfeel you would desire. The finish is poor leaving you with a chalking and uncomfortable aftermath of "blah".

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Photo of Scrapss
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a huge mouthed mason jar from the bomber.

A: Dark as night, rocky two finger vigorously poured head that dissipates into oblivion, a thin ring remains. Opaque and dark. Has minor legs.

S: WOW this is a vanilla bomb. Big stout notes and vanilla for days. Creme Brulee? Yes. That nailed it. Some pungent aliphatic hydrocarbon notes.

T: If the vanilla was a bit more subtle, it would almost remind you of barrel aged stout. As such, it is malty, roasty deep vanilla and just a note short of bourbon barrel. Lactics are also presenting on finish, like a malted milk ball in a glass of milk on the verge of turning sour.

M: smooth, creamy and generally aromatic on the palate. Booziness is a factor. Lactics pucker up the sides. Hot on out breath after a few good quaffs.

O: Pretty damn good. Head could last a bit longer, heat could be a bit more mild. Nose reeks of Vanilla, as advertised. It doesn't pretend to follow the style exactly, and it delivers some great aspects with a basis in the big milk stout. I like it muchly.

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Photo of tracydoyle
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I can't say anything about the flavors in this ale that haven't been said before. All I can add is my general impression that I have died and gone to ale heaven! Tomorrow, I make an Ale/Ice cream float! While it is a dessert ale, it also works well with burgers and sweet potato fried.

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Photo of JCarey
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark black with big, tan head that sticks around and leaves a lot of thick lacing.

I forgot the name of this beer real quick and when I went smell it I said, Woah! Burnt sugar. Well, duh. More butterschotchy, roasted notes than vanilla, really, but this thing smells like a creme brulee, or even more a vanilla frappicino from *$s.

Super sweet. Tastes like the smell. I feel like I'm drinking a frappe. Sweet, flavored espresso. Holy crap this beer is a sipper. Dessert in a bottle.

Mouth feel is just as creamy as it should be. Nice and thick, smooth, Alcohol is well hidden. Bravo.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - dark brown-black beer with a nice head that dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing
S - 4 - Irish cream, milk, sugar, chocolate, coffee, huge caramel, butterscotch,
T - 4 - butterscotch, caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, milk, sweet cream. Exactly what I would expect from the name.
M - 3.75 - medium-heavy mouth feel, alcohol is a little too present. Aftertaste is milky chocolate and coffee, with butterscotch
O - 3.75 - its a good beer, and is what it is. But I feel like somethings missing to push it to the 92-94 level. More complexity? The flavors are a bit cloying.

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Photo of yanspin
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a dessert beer this one is near the top. It's a smokey butterscotch and vanilla bean offering that masks the AC well. Drinks like a 6.5 or 7% stout. If I had to summarize the experience I would say that drinking this beer was like smoking a sweet, quality cigar that had been dipped in vanilla. Served at The Brewer's Kettle in High Point.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a deep dark black with about one finger of light tan creamy head. Minimal head retention but a little lacing all the same. The aroma is sweet and strongly vanilla. For me it's almost too sweet. The taste closely matches the aroma and I was wishing for more stout and less vanilla. The vanilla is almost too much and overpowers the subtle milk stout. It has a nice feeling in the palate from the lactose. Overall it's just a little too sweet for my taste and I wish the bottle notes had more prominently highlighted that this was strictly a dessert beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured thick and creamy like a chocolate syrup. The color is black and dull with a head that was dense and creamy as well.

The scent is a thick butterscotch, Werthers candy toffee, light caramel, whipped cream, oats and pecans.

The flavors are similar with a strong toffee, caramel, lighter butterscotch, slight coffee roast, pecan nuttiness and a tinge of booze. As it warms there is more obvious vanilla bean, as the label says, with some roast or char.

The feel is not as thick as it appears but it is solid enough. A bit bitter and boozy, this has a slickness that makes it slide down easier than would be expected.

As a dessert beer this is fabulous, as it has the smell taste and feel of an after dinner drink. This is much better served over 50F as straight out of the fridge restricts some of the flavor.

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Photo of Mrlhodson
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot say enough about the smell of this beer. They should make scented candles out of it! The only reason I didn't give it a higher score is that it is a bit too sweet on its own for me. HOWEVER, if you mix it with a coffee style stout, it's UNBELIEVABLE (like Starbucks made a beer). I will absolutely buy this and serve it as a dessert beer or to mix with various stouts or porters. And, FYI, I think the ladies with a sweet tooth would love this one too (especially the ones who say they "don't like beer").

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