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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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Ratings: 3,967
Reviews: 1,357
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 317
Gots: 716 | FT: 26
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:
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 cjoc83
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice stout black, but with some clear redish hues visible on the edges of the glass when held up to the light. A fingers worth of khaki head recedes to a ring around the glass pretty quickly.

Wow...this smells amazingly similar to actual creme brulee. Burnt sugar is the dominant note, with some toffee and malty sweetness in the mix. Really smells great.

It doesn't taste as much like creme brulee as it smells, but it's still pretty damn delicious. Burnt sugar, toffee and caramel all hit the palate, segueing nicely into some sweet and toasted malt, mixing in with a little bit of lactose. There's just the faintest hint of a hop bitterness on the back end, finishing this beer off as nice as it starts. No alcohol warmth is noticeable, despite the 9.6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is solid. Creamy, but not too heavy. Low carbonation.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. How Southern Tier actual got this beer to smell and taste like creme brulee is pretty amazing. And while it may not be super-complex, all the flavors are solid and in good proportion to one another. I really enjoyed pretty much everything about this beer. I'm just wondering how it took me this long to actually try it...

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml into goblet.

A - Dark black brown with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Sweet custard, vanilla bean, burnt caramel, hint of black coffee. Pretty amazing.

T - Similar to the nose but much sweeter than expected. It really tastes like a liquid creme brulee or flan dessert. The vanilla bean is prominent along with hints of toasted malt, caramel, and lactose.

M - Thick and creamy, full bodied. Mild carbonation.

O - This is a true dessert beer that nails the taste of creme brulee. That in itself makes this beer worth a try after a good meal. The extreme sweetness makes it hard to drink a lot of though. Overall very enjoyable and tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a nice dark brown with little tan head. Its nose was awesome from the get-go: strong coffee and vanilla... Very sweet. It's flavor was somewhat less powerful but still very delicious. It was full bodied and definitely one ill have again.. I'd especially like to try it on tap!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely dark. I didn't even get bronze highlights when subjecting to light but then; I have weak lights. Still, basically opaque. Poured into an imperial pint glass and had decent lacing. Color is amazing.

S - Open the bottle, creme brulee. This beer is as advertised. Extremely strong hits of vanilla and caramel make this smell like a dessert you can't ignore. Best smelling beer I have ever had.

T - Tastes as smells. As others have noted it might be a bit much for more than one 22. I feel like I could drink this all day but I might be heaving in the bathroom after the third one lol. This is a great beer to sip on a cold day by the fire. Even after a heavy meal, the taste is perfect.

M - The caramel, for me, really hangs around. It is tinged with vanilla but thick in the mouth. Not a beer that can be drank quickly.

O - This beer delivers on all it advertises and more. I recently discovered a new love for milk stouts but this one goes above and beyond. Maybe it's the vanilla or caramel but this is a beer you can't put down.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark, only a tiny amount of dark brown seen from light penetrating at the fringe. Head was a thick finger of foamy cappuccino. Fine lacing lingered nicely on the walls of my glass.

S: Absolutely matches the aroma of a dessert! The vanilla and caramel dominate, with sweet cream, chocolate, and coffee notes as well. If there's hops, I can't detect in on the nose.

T: Very sweet malt -- in anything other than a dessert beer, I'd fault it for this degree of sweetness. Oh, now there's the hops that I missed on the nose! slightly harsh and grapefruity initially, but mellowing nicely in the long, luxurious finish as bitterness mixes with caramel, vanilla, and cocoa (and maybe a little nutty flavor).

M: Moist, slightly chewy, with decent carbonation. A little too boozy as the high ABV raises it's head. A touch dry in the finish.

O: A few rough edges (especially the hops notes -- I think they could have toned them down or picked a different variety -- and the strong presence of ethanol), but overall an enjoyable brew. Next time, I think I'll share it among a group of about 4 guys, as a bottle is a bit too rich and heavy to consume alone in one sitting.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,967 ratings.