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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: 4,035
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 774 | FT: 30
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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Ratings: 4,035 | Reviews: 1,380
Photo of ChaseSams
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kynap55
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JeepinJJ
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cardern
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Daktyls
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of martyl1000
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of madkat07
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of karengarys
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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