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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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very good

3,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,821
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 284
Gots: 599 | FT: 27
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:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

(Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008)
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Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of TCMike
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is very dark brown, and non translucent. Left nice lacing.

Smell was nice....caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars.

Taste was more beer like, but the Creme Brulee flavors came through nicely. A slight hop bitterness on the end. The alcohol taste comes in on the end. Heavy mouth-feel, and lowish carbonation.

Great desert beer. Definitely not a session beer...too sweet, heavy, and high abv.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Very dark brown color with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Great retention and some nice sheets of lacing. Very viscous.

S – Butterscotch. Tons and tons and tons of butterscotch. You can smell this from across the room. It’s one-dimensional, sure, but it does smell great for what it’s supposed to be.

T – Very sweet all the way through with crème brûlée, lactose, and vanilla notes. There’s no roasted character to be found here; this is all milk stout. Very sweet but very tasty, too.

F – Medium-full-bodied, average carbonation, a smooth, creamy, and velvety mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Sweetness lingers for a long time, and the nearly 10% ABV is nowhere to be found.

O – I don’t care what anyone says, this beer is delicious. It lives up to its name of being a big and bold imperial milk stout. If you’re a fan of roasted characteristics in a stout over sweet characteristics, you might want to stay away from this one. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely check this one out. I think the thing that puts this one above other very sweet stouts (eg. Imperial Biscotti Break) is that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This has nearly 10% ABV and is immensely sweet but is still very, very drinkable. I think Southern Tier has a winner here. Cheers!

Photo of incogpraecox
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: with an aggressive pour this has a two finger off-white head that is reduced to a nice film over the beer that is retained. a sticky lacing remains from the top of the glass to bottom once the beer is finished.

S: butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, sugar and cinnamon. incredible.

T: a pleasant sharpness on the tip of the tongue, followed by a creamy vanilla/burnt sugar combination. there is a nice caramel and sugar spiked coffee finish. you could eat this beer as a dessert. for a 9.5% abv, the alcohol is masked superbly.

M: very smooth, the carbonation provides a nice bite and there's a very creamy finish. as the beer warms this doesn't change.

O: fantastic dessert beer. this does well after a meal on its own.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of daledeee
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz bottle I thought I would try.

Poured a beautiful black/brown with a really good head for a stout.

Nose. Vanilla and more vanilla. So incredible.

Taste is not as good as the first two. It comes across as rather artificial and chemical laden. A nice creaminess and sweet chocolate are the main features. I thought I would let this warm up and air out a bit.

This was kind of a Jekyl and Hyde for me. I really got my hopes up but the taste is disappointing.

Photo of Linda081
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of utopiajane
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours black but with a reddish or mahogany hue around the edges when held up to the light. It has a fat cream head of mocha colored foam that fell slowly to a cap and ring and drippy lace. Refreshed with each turn of the glass.

Nose reminds me at first of vanilla cake batter int he mixing bowl. Strong scent of vanilla. There is some sweet and creamy chocolate but not that much. Then there's a little coffee. As it warms the nose continues to change subtly. It smells like creme brulee, then like coffee liquer and finally like those maple sugar candies. really sweet. The vanilla is bitter and reminds one of booze but there's no actual alcohol on the nose.

Taste is rich. Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, and toffee. Just and endless malt. Strong, bitter vanilla, a touch of chocolate and light coffee, the burnt sugar and buttery cream. There is a touch of hop bitter at the back as well and it finishes pretty bitter. The maple sugar taste is heavy toward the end of the drink. There's some alcohol on the palate and it warms gently on the way down.

This is definitely a desert beer. It's velvety and smooth but it has a hard edge to it from the strong vanilla and the alcohol. It's creamy and tastes a lot like cream. As it warmed the malt became nutty and toasted on the nose. I can't say I would buy this again. It was hard to finish the small pour I had but it seemed to grow on me. Tasted like a liquer and not really like a beer.

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of wr3ck00n
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 06.11.13
Enjoyed 08.24.13

Appearance- About a finger and a half of a darker tan colored, slightly creamy foam. Lingers briefly, but dissipates after a minute or so. Beer itself is a dark mahogany brown, pretty much opaque.

Smell- Very rich, would say it smells creamy, if such a thing is possible. Vanilla is by far the most prevalent scent, with a creamy buttery undercurrent. Very mindful of its namesake, a sweetness with just a hint of a kick.

Taste- Again a very strong vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee. Bold with a tinge of tartness that is remarkably satisfying. Almost a roasted flavor that definitely brings to mind a creme brulee's crusted top. Alcohol taste is only vaguely present, especially for a 9.6 ABV. Nice buttery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Starts smooth, followed by a little kick. Flows nicely over the tongue and manages to feel creamy without being thick. Very pleasing combination.

Overall- Rather tasty. Have had this one a couple of times now and found that I like it best with a drink or two already under my belt. Probably wouldn't want to start the night off with it, definitely would call it a desert beer. A bit sweeter than my general preference, but it's a nice change of pace,

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,821 ratings.