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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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3,654 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,654
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 256
Gots: 549 | 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 -3.6%

cardern, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Daktyls
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Daktyls, Jun 13, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

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!!!

martyl1000, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

srw, Jun 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

madkat07, Jun 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

MaseFace, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jnolan, Jun 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

apocalypsezombie, Jun 11, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Appearance is dark brown (not quite black). Not too viscous. Thin head dissipates rapidly. On the nose I get TONS of vanilla. It smells like a cream soda. There is also a little bit of coffee and leather.

The beer is very full-bodied with a huge candy-sweet flavor. On the front of the palate, you get roasted malt and vanilla that makes you think of vanilla wafers. At mid-palate, the roastiness and the hops combine to bitter things up a bit and produce a taste like gourmet coffee. On the back of the palate and on the finish, there's a bit of alcohol heat and the bitter roasty notes get a little overwhelming. I wouldn't call the beer overly bitter, but the contrast to the intense sweetness makes it seem more bitter on the finish than it really is. In addition, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin for me with all that sweetness. I'd expect something a lot creamier.

I have to give this beer a good review because it's so unique and distinct. I haven't found anything else quite like it (plus, I think it tastes good). The sweetness brought on by the vanilla and the addition of lactose sugar is so extreme, you sometimes forget you're drinking a beer. That said, this beer is one that a beer drinker will either love or hate. There's not much middle ground. Try it if you like imperial stouts (and have a bit of a sweet tooth).

deadonhisfeet, Jun 11, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -31.1%

This pours nice and rich, as you would expect from this style.

Smell. Um, wow, lots of vanilla. "Duh" you say, but - no - like, I'm going to bake a cake, is this peppermint extract or vanilla extract in this bottle? Vanilla. That is all that is there.

Taste is, well, vanilla. I do pick up some hop freshness, but it is like the freshness of brushing your teeth and then drinking orange juice. The flavors, to me, just don't work.

mouthfeel is decent, creamy.

Overall, I did not expected a vanilla beer cooler like thing. This is not for me.

Do note: I hope Southern Tier keeps brewing this and other extremely crazy beers. There are many people out there with tastes that match up with this stuff. If you like sweeter brews or want to try some over-the-top vanilla, seek this one out!

karengarys, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

vrbulldog22, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

bspain5, Jun 08, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

22oz bottle split and poured into a goblet. No dating.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1/2 finger light khaki head that quickly dissipates. Can see a little light around the edges.

S: Hits you in the face with carmel, toffee and vanilla. Very sweet, some booze gets through. Unique, certainly over the top, but undeniably delicious!

T: Very sweet carmel with a backing of vanilla. A great representation of creme brulee. Certainly the only in its style that tastes like

M: Creamy and full bodied. Has ample carbonation. Certainly a sipping beer with how sweet it is.

Overall easily one of the most unique imperial stouts. A great dessert beer. Always enjoy an opportunity to drink it and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts.

CloudStrife, Jun 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Goldfishman, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

EmmetD, Jun 06, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +8%

On tap during Philly Beer Week at Misconduct Tavern. Looks jet black with excellent lacing on the glass. Smells & tastes just like Creme brûlée. The bartender even said this one is disgustingly good. I agree. It hides all the alcohol wonderfully and almost doesn't taste like a beer, more of a desert. Well, duh. The only thing taking away from this beer is the overly sweet mouthful. Besides that, this one is a real treat.

jwhancher, Jun 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

HumbleRican, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to Derek for this one. Been hanging on to this one for a few years but decided to crack it open after my daughter's first dance recital.

Poured from a 350ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dark blackish body (actually a real dark brown) with a good dark brown head.

Smell: Close you eyes and you can picture what you smell. Very strong creme brulee aroma mixed with hardened, caramelized sugar.

Taste: Creme brulee mixed with a strong espresso flavor. Sweet but never cloying. Some vanilla beans. They really nailed the flavor. Creamy custard with hardened caramel.

Mouthfeel: The middle through the end has a persistent bitterness but i found the smoothness at the start kind of balances it.

Overall: If you like big beers and creme brulee, this is for you. Makes me crave that dessert now!

papat444, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

fiedler84, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,654 ratings.