Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -18%
Bough a bottle of Southern Tier Creme Brulee, honestly I've had a few of Southern Tier's beers and they just don't really do it for me. They're nothing special. I've never had one that has blown me away. There's never been anything awful either. It's just I find they're pretty average. If you're looking for a good upstate NY beer, you are better off with Ommegang or Middle Ages, a pretty underrated brewery in Syracuse that has a lot of good offerings.
Appearance is very dark and looks like coffee. The head dissipates pretty quickly.
The smell is probably the most appealing thing about this beer. Smells sweet but pleasant. It smells like cake along with butterscotch. But honestly, the smell is better than the taste.
The taste at first was extremely off-putting. Easily one of the sweetest beers I've ever had. To be fair, you get used to it the more you consume, but it was just a weird taste at first. The most dominant taste is butterscotch, along with vanilla and a little caramel too.
The 9.5% alcohol is hidden fairly well in this beer. I would have this beer again, but it wouldn't be the first I would reach for. It gets better as you go through the bottle, but be ready for the first sip cause it's really sweet.
07-17-2013 18:33:31 | More by Ds0589
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Pours dark black with thin coffee head
Smells great. Smells strong of butterscotch and vanilla
Tastes like vanilla butterscotch and coffee. Really really sweet.
Overall a little too intense for me in the sweetness department which says a lot. A must try for people that like sweet/dessert style beers.
07-17-2013 03:30:47 | More by Brew_42
3.71/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Looks super dark, but not pitch black, not a lot of lacing, a nice pour
S - It smells like dessert, I mean I couldn't smell it enough. I wanted to share the smell with the world, smells like cake, I am not kidding, it's a very strong smell, but an inviting one.
T - Super super sweet, the sweetness hits you first like a punch to the kisser, its straight up burnt sugar or burnt marshmallows , second is hints of vanilla with caramel, the vanilla and caramel go away and we are left with the taste of the burnt sugary sensation along with some malt, and just the slightest hint of alcohol
M - Super chewy....think and smooth, creamy, not the easiest going down cuz its heavy, u need to sip it, it is not meant to be chugged down in a few seconds
O - the taste is very strong and I think it took away from the experience a little bit, I will try it again later at a different temp (when I had this it was over 50 degrees I'm sure). It still wasn't bad, I think you actually get used to the taste as you drink it. The smell and mouth feel are incredible, in fact the smell itself makes it really. Worth a try if u like something really sweet. I'm also gonna try it with some vanilla ice cream next time.
07-16-2013 03:50:03 | More by Matthew_Phoenix
2.7/5 rDev -30.4%
Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.
Appearance: Black in color, this beer is basically opaque. An aggressive pour produced a small head tan in color, with rocky bubbles that diminished quickly. No lacing to speak of.
Smell: Initial thought right away is cake batter, burnt sugar, marshmallow, and ice cream. Wow, this smells sweet.
Taste: Beyond sweet, that is all. A weird chemically burnt sugar taste. BLECH.
Mouthfeel: Trying to taste enough of this to get an idea of the mouthfeel ... not easy. Syrupy body with average carbonation. Good ...
Overall: My god. This is the sweetest beer I've ever had. I know a lot of people must like this, to achieve the rating it has gotten ... but holy shit. It made me cringe it was so sweet. It made me cringe when I even thought about tasting it the next day. My tasting buddies tried to salvage it by putting vanilla ice cream scoops in it. Eventually, we chose to drain pour. It smells nice, it has good mouthfeel, and it looks fine ... but I can't get over dat sweetness.
07-16-2013 02:43:17 | More by ChrisKayler
1.76/5 rDev -54.6%
growler pour into a pint glass
courtesy of JC
A: pours completely black, topped with a cappuccino colored head that drops to a thin film and leaves a little bit of lace.
S: Butterscotch, vanilla, smells sweet
T: tastes very sweet, cloying, lots of vanilla and caramel, kristine thinks of butterscotch, a little bit of dark roasted malt in the background along with a hint of alcohol heat.
M: Creamy and mouthcoating with a little astringency.
O: Reviews had made me think this was a very polarizing beer and now that I have tasted it, I can see why. If they dialed back the sweetness/vanilla/creme brulee flavor by half and made it more of a sweet stout with some of those flavors, then I think it would be a much better beer. As it is, this comes across as a horrible mess. I can't imagine drinking even a 6 or 8 ounce pour, it is just too sweet/overwhelming. This is a drain pour for me.
07-16-2013 00:28:16 | More by wspscott
4.76/5 rDev +22.7%
A: Black as night with a large mocha head, leaves light lacing.
S: Absolutely amazing strong vanilla almost butterscotch smell with a fairly strong alcohol presence.
T: Follows smell perfectly with a very strong butterscotch/vanilla/caramel taste and a fairly strong alcohol finish.
M: Full bodied, creamy, a rather large carbonation for a stout but very good, and a mildly dry finish.
O: This is what a stout should be a sweet dessert beer, I absolutely love it and will absolutely be getting it again.
07-15-2013 05:10:03 | More by xShoWTeKx
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.
A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles quickly, leaving a nice ring around the rim of the glass. Slight spotty lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.
S: Roasted coffee, peaty malt, lots of vanilla.
T: Tastes much like it smells. Malt has a peaty pungent character to it, char roasted espresso, a little licorice, vanilla not as formidable as the nose gives off....which is a good thing. Just a nice sweet hint of it.
M: Hearty, full, and thick. Pungent throughout the experience, with a short break for a little sweet bite right in the middle. A little bitingly bitter in the finish.
D: Sip and savor.
Atmosphere is really nice. Dark with a tight, foamy head. Only slight lacing though. Nose is roasted coffee, charred grains, and strong character of vanilla. Coffee, licorice, and peat, cut with a hint of vanilla on the palate. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
07-14-2013 03:38:32 | More by bmwats
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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