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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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88
very good

3,967 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,967
Reviews: 1,357
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 317
Gots: 715 | FT: 26
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of rden4654
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Way to sweet for my liking!!!

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried earlier tonight and LOVED it! Very rich and sweet, but still paired with a nice carbonation. It has a unique vanilla flavor, not the normal vanilla you'd find in a porter or other beers, but better.

I really enjoyed this. Thinking of getting a growler fill-up of this soon.

Photo of beerginner45
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Frankly sweet, and a huge hit of vanilla on the nose that you can smell from several feet away, this is a unique beer.

Just a shade the wrong way, and this beer could have been a disaster; but Southern Tier pulled it off, and this is really good, though I'm sure it's not for everyone.

Black color, not a ton of head.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, not overly thick.

Definitely sweet, but not cloying like (say) certain barleywines.

Beautiful bitterness on the finish, mixes with the sweetness in a unique and awesome way.

Seems like you could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and have a fine dessert.

Photo of thisXwar
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sampsonw
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of changdulla
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvenables31
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Lots of fans of this beer... just found out that I am not one. Looks great, with a pitch black body and ring of tan head. Served good and cold, as suggested. Nose was exactly like a Werthers' Original candy (which is OK by me). Could barely get past the first sip... hyper-sweet, astringest, horrible. Mouthfeel was basically a guess... can't do it. Wife thinks it is fine. If it wasn't for her, there goes an 8.99 drain pour. Bottom of the barrel for me. I am a stout guy, and this hit way off the mark for me.

Photo of clausr
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dutesanch
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Liquified cookie dough is the best way to describe this beer. Wifey likes it so easy to split a bomber. Thanks to the traders who helped me get both '13 and '14 editions.

Photo of Oakenator
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateSharpless
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeLorence
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of TTripp725
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rbmjr1
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tastesogood
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthVorador
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waltc21
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LouZ
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Born-on date of 7/12/2013 and tasted 1/11/2015. Pours dark as a good stout should, but almost non-existent head despite aggressive pour. Scent is wonderful; pronounced sweetness of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugars. To be honest, it not only smells but tastes remarkably like Bailey's Irish Cream; just minus the thick, creamy mouthfeel. As with all other flavor-specific beers I've had from Southern Tier, it pretty much nails creme brulee in flavor. I'm really enjoying the finish of caramelized sugar. Feel is not quite full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and not nearly as astringent as you'd expect from an imperial. This is a delicious milk stout that I would highly recommend for dessert. Well done.

Photo of Phocion
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip. 2011 bottling tasted in January 2015. Aggressive pour delivers a lackluster, almost nonexistent head consisting of a handful of big bubbles around the outer edge of the glass. Dark, essentially jet black body with minimal, splotchy lacing.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, more than a little reminiscent of crème brûlée. A ton of vanilla and heavily caramelized sugar. Lots of lactic sugars, but not as overpoweringly sweet as other reviews would suggest (perhaps this has mellowed with age?). Light touch of sour milk and all the flavors typically present in big stouts; coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a ton of roast are all noticeable.

Flavor is more subtle than the nose would suggest. Definitely leans to the sweet side, but thick bitter roasted malts balance it out pretty well. Heavy cream, rich vanilla, and burnt sugar. Surprisingly lightly astringent.

Full-bodied with moderate levels of carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. The amount of sweetness makes it a little chewy, but not overwhelmingly so. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, there's a lot going on with this beer and I'm not totally sure how I feel about it. It's not as cloying as I was expecting and is actually fairly well-balanced. It's been years since I've tasted this fresh, so perhaps the age helps tone it down some. Either way, a unique beer worth a shot, even if not one of my favorites.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,967 ratings.