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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,462 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,290
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 232
Gots: 473 | 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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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score. no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and quickly begins to overwhelm the palate.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; something to enjoy a few ounces of after dinner. even a bomber split 2 ways is probably going to be too much for me.

originally reviewed: 12-08-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:53:37 | More by BostonHops
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ScottK22

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-18-2012 02:56:49 | More by ScottK22
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-15-2012 23:43:47 | More by pearljam118
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tut2528

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. pour is a heavy brown like pepsi or cola. huge tan head formation (2 fingers worth) dies down rather quickly, mild lacing.

S: holy crap this doesn't even resemble a beer.the name is 100% accurate. i get a huge load of butterscotch, sugar and vanilla that all blend nicely together.

T: again, like the nose, i get a huge butterscotch and vanilla character with milky backbone. there is a very subtle hop content that is noticeable in the after taste. a slight touch of alcohol on the lips is also noticeable

O: i find this beer amazing with one condition. it must be shared. a bomber of this is too much IMHO. it is so damn rich but the flavors are extremely well balanced. would be a fantastic choice after a nice steak. this one actually took first place out of 17 other random beers in a family blind tasting in December. I find this one more complex and more well balanced that the Chokolat.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:24:11 | More by tut2528
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-12-2012 15:09:16 | More by bumchilly25
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danp14

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-11-2012 19:33:07 | More by danp14
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-11-2012 07:40:03 | More by standardcherry
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zvanwink

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

05-10-2012 17:22:41 | More by zvanwink
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odbjs735

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-08-2012 04:23:34 | More by odbjs735
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-07-2012 01:15:31 | More by avisong
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Yeoman9459

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip from a 650mL bottle.

Appearance - looks great, like an imperial stout should of this high of alcohol percentage. Little head. Black in colour.

Smell - vanilla and caramel, smells like creme brulee, almost as though it was a liqueur.

Taste - the taste follows the nose perfectly, pretty much no alcohol taste, warming if anything.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, no carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - another exceptional beer from Southern Tier, it is exactly what you would expect it to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 04:39:41 | More by Yeoman9459
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-03-2012 22:46:01 | More by vonnegut21
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WJGreene


3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-03-2012 22:45:06 | More by WJGreene
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black with no head into my tulip glass. Smells just like creme brulee. The taste is just too much. Syrupy and overly sweet with an artificial vanilla aftertaste, more vanilla, molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, yikes. A dessert beer for sure, and no need to put it in a 22 oz. bottle. Would have been fine with 4 or 5 ounces. Just too cloyingly sweet. Certainly unique, though, and I would like to pour this on ice cream some time.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 19:56:43 | More by BMMillsy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-02-2012 09:02:09 | More by Texasfan549
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antoines15

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-01-2012 01:18:20 | More by antoines15
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep cola black. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. These are fat, but dissipate quickly, leaving sheets of spotty lacing and aggregates of bubbles around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears standard. As we sniff, the first thing we notice is a creamy milkiness and an outrageous butterscotch. Vanilla works its way in, with warm buttery diacetyls, charred and roasted chocolate malts, and rich caramel. There is a steely coffee bean, with a sugary sweetness of cream cheese cake frosting. It certainly smells like dessert. Our first impression is in surprise that this doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. As we sip into it, we first get notes of fresh vanilla bean, bitter coffee bite, and sweeter caramel malts. Softer notes of buttery sweetness and cream comes through with warmth. The latter notes persist through the swallow and the peak, balanced by more bitterness of thick coffee steal, and light earthy hops. Vanilla bean remains strong throughout, pulling us to the finish single handedly, where dirty coin, caramel malt, chalk, and mineral mix together for the finale. This is smooth, and the aftertaste breathes of white sugar, heavy creamer, a little booze, vanilla extract, and buttercream frosting. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip has a softness, with nice froth, slurp, and cream. There is a thick creamy coating over the tongue and palate, and the lips are left stuck together with residual sugars. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great, but it’s a dessert sipper.

Overall, what we found to be the best component of this brew was how well it represented both the dish and the style. The nose was insanely sweet, but perfectly attuned to all of the flavors, with butter, white sugar, vanilla, and a crispy char. At the same time, coffee and chocolate flavored malts crashed throughout, giving a depth of flavor, and a seriousness to the palate. The nose was crazy sweet, and made the drinker cautious at first, but the following sip was excitingly bold, and fitting to the beer, and the desired flavoring goals. This is definitely one of the best within the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:45:03 | More by TheBrewo
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-28-2012 23:15:29 | More by JMBSH
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Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-28-2012 03:38:02 | More by Njstoutlover23
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HurricaneCamille


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-27-2012 00:08:57 | More by HurricaneCamille
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.7%

04-26-2012 12:43:57 | More by bootdown21
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BeerAcolyte


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-25-2012 20:22:34 | More by BeerAcolyte
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AleGal79


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-25-2012 01:22:38 | More by AleGal79
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tlh1005

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-24-2012 05:41:37 | More by tlh1005
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Deivos


5/5  rDev +28.9%

04-24-2012 02:43:04 | More by Deivos
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.