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: 4,182
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 355
Gots: 860 | 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

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

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A-- Dark black opaque no light through this one with a nice 1 finger mocha tan head that laced nicely
S-- Sweet.. Vanilla, Caramel
T-- follows the nose nicely. Sweet sugary taste of vanillas and caramel bitter after tones. never guessed this is a 10%
M-- very light carboantion if any, creamy silky smooth
D- nice after dinner beer for dessert but not a session beer.. too sweet for that. This beer does not disappoint, they call it a creme brule and IMHO it is a close as your going to get without the custard (565 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this Southern Tier at Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, MN, at a time when I hadn't seen this anyplace else yet. Great store.

This beer is black. This beer smells like vanilla extract spilled in your mustache.

Taste is 80% vanilla, with that milky undercurrent of a milk stout that seems so strange in a beer. My wife insists there's some caramel. I can't see, or taste, it.

Unusually creamy for a beer, understandable given its roots in a confectory. I could not, however, drink more than one & am glad I could split this bottle. This creation gets points for originality if nothing else; doesn't taste like anything I've tried before. (664 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Pours black with a brown head of deep, milky foam. Lacing and head retention were excellent on this one.

S: What a wonderful dessert smell; a combination of vanilla, caramel and coffee ice cream.

T: Taste is super sweet roasted toffee malts with a generous helping of vanilla and some powdered cocoa, even. Very sweet though.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, but not overbearingly thick.

D: Certainly a glass of this as/with dessert would be in line, but not as a session stout or anything. The ABV and sweetness would give you a headache for sure. But nice to have a glass after dinner or at the witching hour.

I'd pick up a bomber of this to share with friends, but some may be turned off by the sweetness. It tastes sort of spot on as a creme brulee, but I think I might have liked the aroma better than the taste here. (895 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours black with a thin light brown head with little retention and no lacing.

S- Smells really good. Nice and sweet. Tons of Vanilla and that's all I can smell.

T- I really tried to like this one just couldn't. Again tons of vanilla and it really does taste like cream burlee. Just too sweet for me though.

M- Felt just about right on not too thick.

D- I struggled with the overall sweetness of this one. Smells wonderful. (430 characters)

Photo of ejquin
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with very thin white head.

A: Heavy vanilla and cream with lots of caramel and chocolate. Very much Creme Brulee like. Slight cherry,. Touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T/M: Mouth is medium-heavy. Carbonation is maybe a touch high. Flavor of lots of vanilla with some caramel. Some hop bitterness in the end brings on espresso and dark chocolate. Vanilla a bit overpowing and cuts down the drinkability to me. Beer is a touch hot as well which doen;t help either. (476 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Small dark tan head at pour... Quickly fades leaving limited lacing... Still black color with red undetones...

S - Holy sweetness Batman... Vanilla... Burnt sugars... Caramel... Whipped cream... Maybe a hint of coffee... Dessert in a glass... Slightly overwhelming...

T - Sweetness and alcohol... Not a great combination... Overpowering vanilla, caramel, and sugar... Alcohol aftermath...

M - Oily and sleek... No carbonation to speak of, but still biting... Something doesn't sit well with me on this one...

D - Ambitious, but slightly too over the top... Definitely an experience all BAs should have, but a novelty brew if ever there was one...

Bottle / Art - Love it... There aren't enough beers that feature cows on the label... Grey label on black bottle is eye catching... Southern Tier has several great bottles... (830 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall 650ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Dairy cows on the label.
Opaque black body with a creamy tan head speckled with small to large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Sweet alcoholic milk chocolate and vanilla scent, thick and creamy.
Excellent flavor, vanilla, milk chocolate, mild nut and round spiced incredibly delicious hops. Well balanced and an aftertaste of mellow relaxed hops.
Full and creamy body, residual sugars and a nice coating.
Great drinkability, great stout.

-Oelergud (505 characters)

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had with JDV and pint sized.

A-Dark and stout looking
S-Like werther's or nips caramel butterscotchs.
T-Huge blast of cloying caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. So sweet and overpowering with lingering butter in the mouth. Did not like this and did not think it tasted like Creme brulee.
M-Thinner than expected and leaves an unpleasant lingering film.
D-I could drink this all night- for 1 million dollars!! Not a fan. Won't try again. Glad to try the novelty and thought it would be good paired with food but not standing alone. (532 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark toffee color with a creamy, tan, mocha head forming to about 1-finger thick on top.

Right away I can smell sweet vanilla & cream. Heath Bar ice cream comes to mind quickly as toffee hits my nose along with a nice chocolate maltiness & vanilla bean. A hint of burnt almonds also hit my nose and some burning alcohol phenols come in behind. Very complex, very aromatic, and wonderful!

Tastes very much like it smells! Definitely a stout in chewiness while a sweet chocolate flavor hits that reminds me of chocolate milk. Reminds me of drinking a caramel vanilla latte in college. Just as quick as the smoothness hits, the alcohol comes through to remind me of drinking a white russian.

Very chewy but rather smooth for a 10% brew. Very nice! A bit drying on the finish but nice!

Very sweet, fairly hot brew. Very warming and delicious. Definitely a desert beer! Cheers!!! (893 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is "dessert beer" like none other I've ever tasted. It is almost like someone had a fairly sweet and sugary beer and reduced it on a stove-top until some of the sugar carmelized into butterscotch, and it became viscous. If you are looking for a beer proxy for dessert or an after dinner cognac occasion, look no further. However, you'd better like butterscotch...

Appearance is black and thick with thin head. Aroma is intensely butterscotch-y, with lots of roastiness imparting some chocolate as well. Flavor and mouthfeel are really remarkably creme brulee-like; lots of very rich, thick, and smooth butterscotch flavor with a sort of sticky mouthfeel.

I liked this beer a lot. I won't be buying it by the case, but it is highly from anything else I've ever had. Definitely recommended.

I bought my bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. (853 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this stout from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured an extremely heavy, dark as night shade of black. Serious blackness. It was creature from the black lagoon blackness. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the tan head was only about 1/2". The head quickly dropped to a skim. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S= This one smells of cooked (burned) sugars, syrupy schnapps, chocolate, and well, creme brulee.

T= This is one sweet, liquid dessert of a beer. I found flavors of dark sugar, sweet coffee, milk, caramel, mild toffee, and a sweet heavy schnapps-like flavor I cannot quite define. Alcohol is nearly absent until the finish, where it feels like the sweet alcohol finish of a lower abv liqour.

MF= This is one heavy mother. Carbonation stayed amazingly well throughout.

D= A sipper for sure, but a unique and excellent brew that everyone should try at least once! (935 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a snifter. Nice inch of light brown head, that became a fine lace.

S. Vanilla cream in the nose. Its Creme Brulee afterall.

T. Follows the nose in a very sweet vanilla chocolate stout. A robust roasted malt feature is complimentary to the lovely sweet lactose.

M. Creamy and smooth. Milky. Great.

D. Very drinkable, though tends to ruin the palate to other beers. Good night cap, change of pace beer. (419 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 650 ml./1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville, MA

The beer poured a thick, near black with a small, frothy, cocoa-colored head that quickly faded to a creamy ring of lace. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was simply mind blowing. As far as dessert beers go, I have never smelled a better one than this. Ultra sweet and rich with incredible vanilla and caramel notes. Lactose sugar was noticeable as well. The beer did indeed smell very much like creme brulee, or possibly a sweet custard.

The taste was similar to the aroma yet somewhat darker and (thankfully) not as sweet. Deep roasted malts melded with intense caramel and vanilla notes up front. Sweet lactose sugar came through as well. Dark and roasty in the center. A bit of alcohol warmth appeared on the semi-hoppy and roasty finish. This provided a nice balance to an otherwise overly sweet brew. Notes of caramel again appeared in the semi-sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was ultra creamy and supple. Palate coating. Near full-bodied and viscous with a fine, smooth, carbonation. The residual liquid was sweet and sticky on my lips.

At 10% ABV, this beer masked its alcohol content quite well. It was also quite drinkable for a sweeter-style beer.

Creme Brulee was so extreme that it more closely resembled a beer-milkshake hybrid than simply a beer. The folks at Southern Tier are not at all subtle about the use of adjuncts in their products (in this case, that means vanilla and lactose sugar). They consistently deliver exactly what the label states, and they do it quite well. (1,622 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown pour with some transparency and a decent head that dissipates slowly leaving much lacing behind.

Strong caramel and vanilla nose over the malt base.

Taste echoes the nose, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is not well hidden.

A drinkable and very enjoyable brew, though a bit on the sweet side (321 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black body with a small tan head. Almost no retention. A little bit of thin lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smells nice, mostly of vanilla. A little bit of sweetness like maple syrup.

Taste is also dominated by vanilla bean and some roasted malts. The vanilla combined with roasted malts actually does taste a lot like creme brulee (excuse my lack of accents). Once again, there is a slight syrupy taste here, but still an interesting and good beer. Burnt sugar is definitely a component, increasing the likeness between this beer and the actual dessert. Very sweet.

Pretty thin mouthfeel with very little booziness in it.

This beer tastes a lot like the dessert that is its namesake, but it is just too sweet to be something I really want to drink more than a few sips of. (795 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown. Garnet edges. Small, wispy, dirty khaki head. Some lacing. Huge nose of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, butter rum, and, uh, creme brulee! Wow. Smells like liquid dessert. Some notes of roasted malts and vinous fruits lay almost hidden underneath.

The taste expounds upon the aroma with sweet, rich, intense creme brulee flavors. Caramel and butter rum mix with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet cream, and roasted coffee. Sweetness peaks near the finish, where it is almost cloying. Luckily some roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate bitterness cut in a little bit. Still, a very intense, sweet sipper. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy feel. Going to be tough to finish a whole bomber by myself! Southern Tier keeps pushing the envelope and delivering! (813 characters)

Photo of mentor
2.51/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by Jaeger, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a single finger brown tan head over a dark liquid. Dark brown-red edging when held to light. Aroma of scorch caramel during the pour. To the nose, very much like creme brulee with some alcohol sting. Butterscotch, scorch sugar, vanilla extracty, drying coffee.

Tastes dry chocolate with scorch sugar and burned caramel. Butterscotch and vanilla. Not so much cream in the flavor as needed if it were to taste like the dessert. Aftertaste is pretty accurate. Drying scorch with memories of the dessert hanging on the sides of the tongue. Creamy lushious mouthfeel until the finish, in which everything dries too much. Needs to coat and hang on the tongue, IMO. Leaves the mouth vacant with woody-like grit on the tongue. Gives a perception that the earlier flavors were empty. Burned flavor gets overbearing as I near the bottom of the glass, making the beer not so drinkable. Thankfully I'm sharing this with two friends. (982 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on 8-24-08

Pours a thick black, with a little red just peeking around the edges. A bubbly head quickly fades,leaving super thin lacing.

Smell is all vanilla, sweet, but not overwhelming. Very roasty, with a little bit of coffee in there. Phenomenal complexity.

Taste is just like the smell, tons of vanilla, tons of coffee. Very strong, and super sweet, but the flavors are unbelievable. The alcohol adds a mild warming, but is otherwise nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin, but the carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability is terrible, the flavors are insane and the sweetness starts to really kick your ass.

Overall, a gigantic beer and a nice surprise from oft-disappointing Southern Tier. Worth picking one up. (746 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dyan for getting me some of these!

A- A nice dark black (or dark brown when you look closely as tilted), the light tan head builds up fairly nicely and sits above but fades away pretty fast. If you look at it closely, the dark liquid is actually pretty clear.

S- Butterscotch. Period. I've read a lot about this beer and was expecting a huge amount of Vanilla. Maybe I dont know my vanilla enough, because all I can get out of this is a huge amount of butterscotch. But I like it. It's like butterscotch mocha coffee. Oh yeah and the 10% abv comes through a bit as it jumps out and stings the nostrils.

T- Again, massive butterscotch. Alcohol too, just barely noticeable. Behind all that butterscotch it tastes like there is a little sweet milk chocolate, not sure if they added lactose to this beer but it seems like it.

M- It's actually not THAT thick. I think they nailed it. If it were too thick (like their Jah-Va) it would be really hard to drink with these flavors but they kept it medium-heavy in mouthful.... almost the consistency of a big Belgian quad.

D- I'm really enjoying this, but the flavor is somewhat one dimensional with butterscotch. I'm not sure if this should have more of a stout-like quality to it with more roastiness, or if this sweet butterscotch is the way to go. I really think as it is aiming to be a one-of-a-kind sorta thing it's better off this way. So in the end, I think this is a great dessert beer. But for drinkabilities score, I loved this one glass, and it went fast, but I didn't even want to touch the rest of the bottle. (1,580 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown that settles black in the glass with a dense tan one-finger head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. The aroma has an intense butterscotch smell with a little vanilla, caramel and milk as well. It's crazy sweet smelling, like a dessert. The taste continues the sweetness and is pretty one-dimensional in that respect. There is the milk and malt background but it's really about the huge caramel, butterscotch and vanilla tastes which overpower all else. The mouthfeel is very sticky, chewy even, with the sweetness just sticking to the mouth. This is an OK stout but I'd put it near the bottom of the Southern Tier Impy Series. Just a little too sweet for me, making drinkability very low. Damn near impossible to finish the entire bottle. Definitely dessert in a bottle... (875 characters)

Photo of bbothen
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/almost black with a small tan colored bubbly head.

Big overwhelming caramel syrup, butterscotch & vanilla extract scent. Seems to overpower any other aromas going on. You can literally smell this a few feet away. The powerfulness of the aroma is huge, I just don't enjoy the overly sweet smell.

Like the nose there is a huge sweet vanilla, caramel, butterscotch....creme brulee taste. Not much roasted/toasted or coffee flavors to be noticed. Tastes like melted creme brulee ice cream.

Thick, rich, smooth, feels nice actually.

Glad I had the opportunity to try this one, but it doesn't work for me. Too sweet & candy like. The beer is as advertised though, so no complaints. (696 characters)

Photo of tayner
2.64/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber split between me and two friends as an after dinner drink.

Poured realtively rough into a glass, and it settled a bit "Guinness'esque" with the cool setting of the head. very nice. The head did not last long, though, as the high abv made it disappear quickly.

Smell was, well, almost sickening. It smelled like a simple syrup (sugar and water boiled together) with too much vanilla extract in it, and them simmered down thick and made dark. It was overwhelmingly sweet sugar/vanilla smells.

The taste was not quite as sweet as the smell was, but it tasted like it smelled nonetheless. They were trying for creme brulee, and they probably got as close as humanly possible, but man, it just didnt work for me, and I like creme brulee. As hard as I tried, I couldnt find any "beer" flavor in it... it was almost like it was one of those syrups you would see vendors putting on shaved ice and making a snow cone out of, it was that sweet.

The mouthfeel was good, thick, syrup-y, heavy, and coating like an Imperial/Double stout should be.

Drinkability is low. It was all the three of us combined could do to drink one bomber. I cant see myself ever having the desire to crack open another one either... but maybe it is just not my thing. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Kraken
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bomber into an oversized 20oz pint glass. Heavy handed pour yields minimal 1 finger lite tan head that falls at terminal velocity, mild lacing. Beverage pours midnight black, slight ruby near the edges.

Smell- Intoxicating, caramelized/burnt sugar, vanilla. Is it possible to smell syrupy? Slight booziness.

Taste- Wow very interesting. Vanilla, Caramelized sugar, faint coco, Tons more caramelized sugar. Overly sweet. It really does taste like creme brulee. Slight hop bitters in the finish. On a how I really feel note, this is way too sweet for me. After half a glass the novelty wears off.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and Creamy, yet also thick viscous, heavy and cloying. This would be nice poured over ice cream or served along side a hot double espresso.

Drinkability- Marked down because it is IMO too sweet, and at 10% how many can one have. (862 characters)

Photo of stace
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours opaque dark brown with a dark beige head.

Smell: Smells of coffee and vanilla, aroma is quite pervasive.

Taste: Very sweet tasting, still with heavy coffee and vanilla tones. The coffee taste almost completely masks the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, just right.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, a dessert beer. That being said, I was quite happy to enjoy two after dinner. (404 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Holy Smoke

Appearance - Beautifully pitch black.
Nose - pure vanilla period.
Taste - Vanilla dominated, sweetness was upfront. An excellent dessert beer, but not a food beer.
Mouth - smooth but very coating. lingers for a long time.
Drinkability - Very sweet but easy. It most certainly is a different style of beer, and worth trying, but needs to be drank last.

It is worth noting that after it started to warm up, the vanilla disapated and some nice roasted flavors came in. (499 characters)

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.