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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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3,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,623
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 246
Gots: 543 | FT: 29
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-24-2012 23:48:16 | More by mecmd
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%

Looks good and black like a sweet stout should, accompanied by appropriately tanned head that hinges on the edges. Smell is spot on! Dude talking blueberries? I'm not feelin' it. I'm not even a fan of the custard, but the name on this brew next to its nose...is PERFECT!

I'm a tad confused on the relatively cold serving recommendation--mine might be a little on the warm side (like you'd want most other stouts). Sweet, caramely butter, though, is a great warm, way for me to kick my feet up after arriving home from vacation. It's absolutely dessert in a bottle, and the mouthfeel is so creamy smooth and buttery it's ridiculous!

I've sorta steered clear of Southern Tier here lately, but their dessert beers (this and Choklat) are second to none!

06-24-2012 21:59:10 | More by marvin213
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -53.6%

A - Very dark brown brew pour with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Smells like vanilla custard and burnt sugar. They deliver on this creme brûlée thing for sure... The vanilla is very pungent. Placing your nose near the beer is almost nauseating. It's a struggle, but underneath the vanilla, I detect faint hints of blueberries. It is . . . unique.

T - Immediately, it presents with a very acrid bitterness. The flavor is of extremely intense vanilla, custard and caramelized sugar. Underneath this, there is charred malt. Aftertaste is really, really bitter, but it is a caustic, medicinal sort of bitterness - not at all pleasant. Along with the bitterness is lingering vanilla. Unlike a lot of beers, the sweetness and bitterness don't play nice. They make for a startlingly unpleasant brew. I really just hate the taste of this.

M - Smooth, but with high carbonation, medium bodied, a little refreshing, but the bitterness prevents that from shining.

D - Ugh. My tongue feels like it was just beaten with a vanilla bat. I commend Southern Tier for brewing this, it delivers enough creme brûlée that one feels the beer has delivered true to its name. However, I don't like it. It is just narrowly above drain pour for me. With a lot less vanilla and a lot less of that gross medicinal bitterness, this could be a tasty brew, but it is too over-the-top to enjoy.

Edit: I almost ended up pouring this down the drain, but I found that it meshes strangely well with peanut butter. As long as you don't accidentally smell it, drinking this while eating peanut butter is kind of pleasant.

06-24-2012 21:30:42 | More by mrasskicktastic
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-24-2012 05:25:22 | More by Naterobsnyk4
Photo of charlzm


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Consumed April 11th, 2012 at Hopjacks, downtown Pensacola, Florida.

In appearance, this beer is a dark, dark brown with mahogany highlights. Beautiful sheeting courtesy of the one-finger, incredibly fine head.

Smells like creme brulee and sweet cake batter.

Very sweet and very bitter. Tastes a lot like creme brulee (surprise!). Also, some vanilla and an unexpecyed resiny hop finish.

Thick in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

Much more drinkable and delicious than expected. I really like this one.

06-23-2012 19:19:07 | More by charlzm
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev +7%

Creme Brulee pours a black color with very little lacy head. There is a very creamy nice sweet aroma, like dessert. The taste is very creamy, and starts sweet, with lots of vanilla taste, then it finishes with a boozy and bitter taste. Very easy to drink, and overall a very nice and unique beer. Fantastic for dessert as the name suggests.

06-23-2012 03:15:47 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of stinadez

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

06-23-2012 00:36:54 | More by stinadez
Photo of Mavajo


5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-22-2012 12:39:03 | More by Mavajo
Photo of Punkrckr281


5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-20-2012 03:28:56 | More by Punkrckr281
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-20-2012 03:05:48 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark auburn-to-black coloring with a dense, foamy, beige colored head. The supersweet caramel aromas waft off the glass while you pour. On closer inspection, there are layers of cream sweetness, roasty notes, and rich caramel. Flavors are rich and uber sweet. Dark, roasty coffee backbone supports a rich ribbon of darkly sweet caramel and sugary sweetness. This is a rich, extremely sweet brew. Tons of flavor packed into a smooth, light bodied stout. The aftertaste is hard to discern initially due to the abundance of sweet flavors, but it is a mild bitter, roasted blending. Rich, slightly cloying finish. This is one for those with a large sweettooth, that is for sure.

06-19-2012 22:24:45 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of MillRat


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Truth in advertising for once. Lots of brews advertise some ephemeral fleeting note in the aroma or flavor. This beer runs you over like a high speed creme brulee forklift.

Looks like a pretty standard impy stout, opaque black with a brown head that quickly retreats into a thread of bubbles at the sides of the glass. Aroma is simply vanilla, caramel, and a slight bit of roasty char. Creme brulee. Flavor follows true, with a heavy hand on the lactose. Yes, it's cloyingly sweet, but so is its namesake dessert. The rather high ABV hides well behind all that sugar, too.

Not sure I really want to know how many batches it to these WNY maniacs to nail this recipe, but I'm sure one or more of them owe their present diabetic coma to the process. Glad to only have one bomber at a time. It'd be an anti-session beer with or without the 9.6 ABV.

If you like impy stouts or thick sugary desserts, this belongs on your gotta have list. Nothing else comes close.

06-19-2012 03:09:29 | More by MillRat
Photo of ChaseSams

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

If you find this on tap get it, definitely a unique brew.

Color is deep and brown. Opaque. Nothing special on the pour BUT...the smell... wow. practically all vanilla with some cocoa and light nut. The taste is just as powerful. Tons of vanilla with a great left over taste. The perfect after dinner beer, forget dessert beer, this thing is dessert. I'm going back to my local pub just for this because it is so unique. Hats off to southern tier for this one.

06-18-2012 23:15:52 | More by ChaseSams
Photo of kynap55


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-17-2012 22:00:06 | More by kynap55
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Pours a darker brown--mostly opaque in the glass, almost no head at all here.

S - Smells...like creme brulee. Good amounts of vanilla and cocoa, also sugars, lactose, and almost a light bit of coconut.

T - The sweetness comes right back. There's a bit of roasted coffee taste that seems to bring some bitterness to the back of the drink, but then it's taken over again by vanilla and sugar. The vanilla isn't incredibly sweet in its own right--a bit like the taste of actual vanilla extract.

M - Light bodied, not fully robust.

Overall - A pretty good brew here. It's a very specific beer--one that you would specifically seek out, not just because you're itching for an imperial stout. Lots of sweetness--a perfect dessert beer if you so choose. Would pair very, very well with ice cream.

06-17-2012 01:22:13 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of 11millsown113

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-16-2012 03:21:28 | More by 11millsown113
Photo of JRdaSconnie


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

P: Bomber into taster glass at homebrew club meeting. This beer has become a favorite seasonal of the club's.

S: Creme brulee. Caramel, burnt sugar, cream, dark chocolate, roast coffee, just plain sugary. Little booze. No hops here.

A: Dark, black, opaque. Dark tan head, but not too frothy.

T: Fantastically sweet. Don't drink it and complain...it's a SUPER sweet beer. More creme brulee flavors very similar to aroma. Lightly burnt sugar and caramel, more roast and booze helps to counter the sugary flavors to keep it from being cloying.

M: Thick luxury. Minimal carbonation to fluff it all up. Ends heavy on the palate.

O: Fantastic dessert beer. Love it, and got three bottles to cellar and will keep adding next year. You have to like the sweet stuff to appreciate this. Tried brewing my own clone, which is good, but pales in comparison to this. Can't wait to see what a year of aging does!

06-15-2012 02:49:23 | More by JRdaSconnie
Photo of JeepinJJ

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

06-14-2012 14:53:31 | More by JeepinJJ
Photo of shand


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours out black with almost no head. The aroma is on a serious creme brulee tip. Burnt sugar, caramel, milk chocolate. It's diabetariffic! The taste is a bit roasty with a bit of vanilla at first, but goes quickly to the super sweet burnt sugar, milk, and caramel flavors. I can't really fault it on taste, it really does taste like creme brulee. The mouthfeel is thick and lightly carbonated. The drinkability is strange here. It absolutely does mask the alcohol completely, yet the beer is so sweet that it is still rather difficult to drink. Overall, this is really what the label says. It's a creme brulee stout. It's a good dessert beer, just don't go into it thinking you're going to be able to drink all 22 ounces, because you won't be able to. Get it on tap, or split it with a friend or two.

06-14-2012 04:44:19 | More by shand
Photo of cardern


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-14-2012 02:51:26 | More by cardern
Photo of Daktyls


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

A: Pitch black pour with a half finger mocha colored head that quickly dissipates leaving almost no trace of foam at all.

S: Wow. Immediately upon opening this beer, an awesome buttery caramel aroma is present A slight hint of vanilla is present as well.

T: Again, wow. Definitely one of the best tasting beers I've had. Just, incredible. A smooth, creamy butterscotch taste followed by vanilla and hints of toffee.

M: Medium amount of carbonation with a medium body, almost too much carbonation for the rest of the flavor.

O: Overall, fantastic. If I could buy a case of this beer, I would.

06-13-2012 23:17:34 | More by Daktyls
Photo of martyl1000


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

OMG. I don't care what anyone says about this being the Disneyland of beer, I f-ing love it. Granted, the sweet cream and vanilla are a bit over the top. But I do love me a sweet double stout.

With all the exaggerated names in beer--"pie", "cake", etc.--I assumed this one was like all the rest, all hyperbole and disappointment. But this, this is real. Believe the hype.

The aroma has the buttery caramel put in mind by the tan, rocky head. One can't say enough about this aroma -- it's like an Octapus Car Wash employee has squirted the "vanilla" fragrance into the vat of this brew.

One could say it's sickeningly sweet, that is, if this beer weren't so delicious. Holy bejeezums. This one has shot to near the top of my all-time list. the only drawback is the sugar-sweet is just a bit too pronounced.

Two months ago I came within five minutes of getting this on tap at Dexter's Pub during Mad Craft Beer Week. I'm so lucky to find this on the shelves, today, so far into summer. Thank you Star Liquor!!!

06-13-2012 02:13:39 | More by martyl1000
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-12-2012 03:02:46 | More by srw
Photo of madkat07


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-11-2012 21:36:51 | More by madkat07
Photo of MaseFace


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-11-2012 13:33:22 | More by MaseFace
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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