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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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3,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,290
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 232
Gots: 473 | FT: 27
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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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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown and settles black like most stouts. I had to force the head into accumulation, but what appeared was a luscious tan creme that quickly settled into large bubbles and then promptly disintegrated. It obviously has no interest in retention.

S: Smell is absolutely incredulous: coffee, vanilla, condensed milk, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, it's like a delicious Yankee Candle. I don't even want to drink it, maybe just freeze it and put a wick in it and light it and fall asleep to it in the bathtub with a warm cloth draped over my eyes and Barry White playing in the background.

T/M: Oh, but I will taste it: low to medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel, coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla bean, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, a sliver of hop bitterness in the finish, just unbefreakinglievable.

This is a dessert beer if there ever was one. Add some corn starch and put this in the oven for 30 minutes at 450° and let's make this into a cake already, that's what I'm going to do. No wait, I'm going to pour this into that bathtub I was sitting in while smelling a candle made out of it listening to Barry White serenade me about how delicious it is while I drink it from a gem encrusted chalice. If it were just a bit thicker, I think it would be perfect, but this is the apex of dessert beers as it were.


Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:42:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of cooncat


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone IRS Crystal tulip glasses.

A good pour produces a nearly opaque colored brew, with a nice light brown sugar head. The head isn't long lasting, but does leave some nice lacing behind.

The nose really hits you strongly with notes of butterscotch and vanilla. Butterscotch is the stronger of the 2. Very sweet nose, and unquestionably a desert beer. No hops in the nose.

The taste is similar to the nose. Butterscotch notes predominate, with vanilla a close second. There's chocolate and coconut in there too. Very complex and delicious. This is as rich and filling as any dessert you've ever had.

Mouthfeel is very full, but not quite to chewy. Carbonation is probably below 2 volumes and just right for the style.

Overall impression is just "wow". You deserve to treat yourself and buy a bottle of this, just to be overwhelmed. This is an overwhelming beer, which is best shared with friends. Highly recommended. Definitely seek this one out.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:42:35 | More by cooncat
Photo of CS1971

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...This is incredible stuff! The smell is superior, makes me think I am about to eat dessert, which I guess is the point :). The taste is not unlike the other beers I have had from Southern Tier, the strong Stout taste bouncing against a very sweet flavor. This is great stuff, you have to give it a try.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2011 01:02:49 | More by CS1971
Photo of bwiechmann


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a decent mocha colored head which dissipates to a ring after a while. Aroma is complex and alluring with creme brulee coming to the forefront, also noted are aromas of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

Taste follows the nose and at the suggested serving temp, it is sweet, verging on over sweet but the bite of the alcohol balances it somewhat. As it warms the sweetness is amplified and the beer becomes less desirable.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both good and what you would expect from and imperial stout with this much lactose.

Overall- a desert beer that isn't afraid of the being what it was intended to be- a overly sweet imperial sweet stout with vanilla notes. It does indeed taste like creme brulee. Not a bad beer at all, I quite enjoyed it. But drink at recommended temps.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 16:59:17 | More by bwiechmann
Photo of lurpy1


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a half bomber. At 9.% ABV, a whole one might put me down for the count!

Pours a very standard black, some reddish/brown peaking through. Not much head on pour, a little surprising.

smell is glorious, vanilla, caramel. Yes sir, Creme Brulee, just as advertised. Exceptionally sweet, to the point this runs the risk of no longer smelling like a beer, but no matter. Great, great aroma.

In taste the vanilla now takes a bit of a back seat to the caramel. Some malt in there, and the alcohol definitely comes through. Quite sweet. This is 100% a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is a little short of where I'd like it to be: Weird combination of flat at times, over carbonated at others, and disingenuously slick from time to time.

Overall, a very tasty beer, but it's so firmly in the dessert beer camp I dinged it's overall score. I can't imagine drinking it before 9. Can't imagine drinking it with a meal, can't imagine drinking it on a hot day. But if you are looking for a Jean Teasdale, four-alarm sweet tooth beer, this is your guy.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 14:21:24 | More by lurpy1
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Creme Brulee pours and almost opaque black with hints for dark mahogany. The head is a creamed coffee color with little retention.

Its aroma is extremely strong and dead on the smell of Creme Brulee. The sweet notes are overwhelming, but small amounts of dark malt can be found.

This beer is super sweet, and that flavor immediately takes over the moment it is sipped. It immediately goes into the finish which starts with roasty malt notes, but the sweetness again builds and last for minutes.

Its mouthfeel is heavy, and the carbonation is relatively low but perfect for the style.

Overall, this beer is definitely different than anything I had ever had. It is named perfectly. The only down side is that it is so sweet, it is hard to finish just a pint of it. But it is a most have.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 14:12:08 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of ehammond1

2.3/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1


Thanks for sharing Sam!

Dark brown throughout with a very, very thin khaki head. Dots of lacing down the glass.

An exceptionally impressive aroma because it smells so much like the dessert this beer takes its name from. It's astounding the aromas Southern Tier produces within their beers. Burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, and custard all come together just like in the dessert. That being said, the only reason it doesn't score higher is that the aroma is just simply far too sweet--it actually stings my eyes it's so sweet!

While the aroma is particularly impressive, the flavor doesn't match up. The same flavors (caramel, toffee, vanilla, custard) are present, but they clash together into an overly sweet diabetic tornado. I wouldn't want more than 1-2oz. of this. This tastes like a Starbucks Caramel Frappucino with a hot alcohol bite from start to finish. Unpleasant, unless, I guess, you're in to that sort of thing.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation--too syrupy.

A dessert beer that is far too much dessert and not at all enough beer. While the concept is applauded and the aroma is rich, the flavor and drinking experience is not at all enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:40:25 | More by ehammond1
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up since it looked interesting.

A: It is a dark beer, almost black with a brown head.

S: The first thing i noticed when pouring it out was the smell of sugar and vanilla, it filled the air and was quite pleasant

M: It has a smooth feel in the mouth, finished, if you will

T: The primary flavors are that of vanilla, coffee bean, and sugar the only way that i can tell that it is a beer is the fact that the hops leaves a dry taste in the mouth.

O: This is a very good dessert beer, it hits all the right notes for an after dinner finisher, beyond that it is limited

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:02:58 | More by tkepx182
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is black / dark brown with a wispy lazy head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is super sweet, strong with vanilla, some roast and coffee in there too.

Congratulations, this beer tastes like creme brulee with a lot of vanilla. Very creamy, medium mouthfeel and body, no carbonation, sweet up front, sweet on the middle, sweet fnish. It is not cloying but it is pushing it, I've had this beer twice now and finally bothered to write a review. If you like diabetes inducing sweetness, check this out.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 13:00:18 | More by drabmuh
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I'm not sure if it's better or worse than I remember, but it's certainly different.

Pours a dark brown color, almost black, not much head, there is a wispy presence on top, not much lacing on the glass either.

Smell is surprisingly roasted and bitter, there is a lingering vanilla aroma though, huge butterscotch and caramel aroma, I can pick up hints of alcohol heat.

Taste is a mix of coffee like bitterness (which seems out of place) and a sweetness of caramel and vanilla, viscosity seems a tad low for what it's try to be but as a "regular" imperial stout it's about in line, the strength definitely creeps in and warms you up.

I had this beer a couple years ago it and seems vastly different than what I remember. The aroma is probably pretty close, but I remember it being much sweeter in taste. As it is, I could probably drink most of it which wastes the vanilla ice cream I bought and planned on making a float with.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:31:33 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a snifter.

A- black as night, half-inch creamy head that fades quickly into rolling lacing.

S- butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, oak

T- vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, caramel, slight oak, then a nice boozy tinge on the way down.

M- medium to thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is light, but present all the way through.

O- this is like drinking dessert. I have never had a beer float, but I am half-tempted to use the remainder of this bomber to make one. Definitely not a regular, everyday beer for me. However, it is a beer that I will pick up once a year so I can enjoy an alcohol-laden after-dinner treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 04:24:27 | More by Ungertaker
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh, Southern Tier, no one does it quite like you; you are the very definition of a double-edged sword. The 'Trouble Brewing' comic entitled 'Choklat' basically says it all. I digress, on to the beer at hand... Creme Brulee pours a deep brown hue, and is obviously borderline syrupy, although it does sport a persistent cappuccino-like head. The smell and taste of this beer is fantastically decadent, in-league with the richest deserts conceivable. Basically, its flavor is similar to its namesake, or to, say, a Werther's Caramel-flavored Monin Syrup, except a Stout version of the aforementioned, and it is about as syrupy-viscous as conceivable. This is, however, beer we are talking about here, and so the hugely confectionery element that this brew brings to the plate requires an adjustment of parameters to enjoy. I could not drink very much of this, but I cannot deny that it tastes good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 20:41:46 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's Ann Arbor:

A: Dark, near-black body with a small dark mocha head.

S: Out of this world beautiful vanilla bean smell, which combined with the roasted malt, chocolate and milkiness, give it a faux-coffee smell to boot. Just smelling this beer is enough of a dessert for me.

T: Like the smell, with the vanilla beans up front, with the lactose being a little more forward. The chocolate malts are pleasant, but overshadowed. A bit excessively sweet from these two, but still wonderful for the first few ounces.

M: Nice and creamy, complements the general desserty feel quite well.

D: This is about as rich a beer as they get. Exceptional smell, nicely creamy, but simply enough, it's too sweet. When I've split a bomber with three other people, it was great. When I tried 12 ounces myself on tap, I was bored halfway through. I'm sure if paired with a nice salty food it'd hold up, but on its own, just too much sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 18:56:36 | More by dudecandle
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting Imperial with actual aroma of creme brulee. Strong vanilla bean and coffee flavors blend to give impressions of cake batter and the dessert for which the beer is named. Very sweet showing all of its alcohol content. Very thick body with notable high sugar content sticks to everything it touches. Definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 15:49:40 | More by wcintula
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a decent amount of espresso colored head.

The smell is HEAVY on the vanilla and coffee with a light caramel. This really does smell like creme brulee.

It also tastes like creme brulee, but is coyingly sweet and the alcohol is not masked at all.

Mouthfeel is thick, but sticky sweet.

This was an interesting stout, to say the least. I liked it, but do to the high level of sweetness makes it damn near impossible to finish a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 12:46:04 | More by Vonerichs
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black brown, not the darkest stout I have seen, with a thin caramel brown head. A lot going on in the aroma department, lots of sweet caramel smells; toffee, butterscotch, some nuttiness, and subtle vanilla cream comes through in the end. Tastes just as it smells, a whole lot of carmel maillards. It really socked my taste buds with toffee and butterscotch at first, then a creaminess settles in that finishes with a slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue. After my palate recalibrated itself to the initial intensity of the caramel flavors did the vanilla come through. The mouthfeel is what I might describe as molasses, it really coats the mouth, I can still feel the sugars on my lips as I write this review. It is good, and clears the mouth relatively well for such sweetness, but it is a lot to take in. I shared a bottle of this with my wife for dessert, definitely glad I did not have this one to myself. I really recommend trying this one out, it is a very interesting beer, but I may just leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:26:12 | More by manitouman84
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New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Went to the store specifically to get myself a nice stout.
Saw this and said, what the hell.

The firs thing I did after popping the cap is take a deep whiff of it. Ew. It's awful. Well, no, it smells delicious, like creme brulee which got soaked in vanilla and I can't help but smell strawberries somewhere in there too.. Then the alcohol and sugars are there..
I took a small taste, the mouthfeel is nice, creamy, a bit frothy, idk. Uhm.. but this just tastes like candy coated alcohol. The alcohol is prevalent.. uhm.. its just overly sweet with a ton of sugars and vanilla to mask the alcohol. It tastes like what dunkin donuts would do if they were asked to make a beer. its artificial tasting. Some of the other "F" rated reviews nailed my thoughts exactly..

Someone else said it, but yeah, this is the perfect example of "just cause you can do it doesn't make it a good idea."

Such a waste of $9 dollars. Coulda gotten a 6 of Mothers Milk too.. but decided to get the expensive bomber instead. Balls.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:17:19 | More by JVEyck309
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer, rather clear, a small tan head, little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is vanilla, chocolate toffee, nuts and dried fruits.

Custard, chocolate toffee, caramel, dark bread, dried fruit, vinous notes, sherry, chocolate liqueur.

Little carbonation, very soft and oily, huge body, and lightly dry.

A fantastic dessert in itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:13:06 | More by rarbring
Photo of scottyshades


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a thick pitch black color with a bone white cap. Retention is decent for the abv

S: Light alcohol burn, tons of butterscotch / lactose / butter / vanilla and sweetness. Absolutely spot on impression of creme brûlée. Not really too much depth, but ST nailed what they were trying to do here

T: The nose is better than the taste. Lots of bitterness coming through, less sweet than I imagined. Tons of vanilla and lactose in the flavor along with a butterscotch finish. Alcohol is apparent

MF/O: thick and viscous (the other blackwater series beers are bigger), creamy and smooth feel, medium carbonation. Overall pretty good beer, definitely a sipper

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:12:47 | More by scottyshades
Photo of alohaspicoli

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a snifter.

A: Dark brown with a frothy head that doesn't hang around for too long.

S: Massive sweetness... tons of burnt sugar/caramel! Smells exactly like creme brulee.

T: It is sweet, but not as sweet as the nose led me to believe it would be. I'm getting chocolate and a good amount of coffee.

M: Heavy/thick

D: The flavor is good, but I can't even convey how much sweetness is in the aroma. I actually like a sweet stout but this is hard to get past. Glad I split the bottle w/someone, because this much sweetness would've gotten old quick. Interesting though - I probably will try again, but will wait until it's closer to the holidays since it's got more of that vibe.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 15:43:06 | More by alohaspicoli
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Jet black with a very short tan head that disappears quickly. Remnants of whispy tan bubbles hang around and little lacing is left.

S - This is definitely a first for me. Rum soaked dark fruit up front which is immediately overwhelmed with butterscotch, burnt caramel, and toffee (a touch too sweet). Roasted coffee and some booziness takes a backseat to all of this.

T - Immediate sweet burnt caramel and vanilla along with some alcohol warmth. This transitions to dark fruits and then roasted coffee and sweet chocolate in a lingering finish.

M - Nicely carbonated with a full mouthfeel. This is a very thick, creamy imperial stout.

O - I have to say I was a bit concerned when I smelled this one that it would be cloyingly sweet and full of artificial flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced the flavor profile is, with all of the flavors complimenting one another very well. It's amazing how much it tastes like creme brulee in stout form.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:32:34 | More by sdmvd6
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a snifter glass from a 22 ounce bottle.

This is an interesting beer by name alone, milk stout eh? Pours a dark pitch black with a 2 finger beige head that forms to a tight bubble lace around the top that sticks and slimes up the glass. The smell is heavy with vanilla extract, coffee beans, alcohol, dark chocolates. Crazy this thing smells exactly like a creme brulee custard, crazy. The taste again full of vanilla, custard creme, chocolates, espresso, has a very strong bittering on the end, the melts into a nice tasty finish and after taste. Mouth feel is heavy, this is creamy and thick, bitter and sweet (very, very sweet) that leaves the mouth craving another sip. Overall, i enjoyed this, im dreading drinking the rest of the 22 oz bottle (shouldv'e invited a buddy) its just way too sweet, very tasty just cant handle more than 1 glass i dont tihnk.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:55:02 | More by gabedivision
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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Thanks, bartender, for hooking me up with a terrific pour.

A: Black body with orange highlights under a nice, frothy head of brown foam. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive brew.

S: W....T....F. This does not smell like beer, and nor does it smell like creme brulee exactly, but it does smell amazing. Gigantic aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, and candy corn absolutely radiate from the glass, providing the most incredibly sweet and candied smell I've ever experienced from a liquid, much less a beer. This is insane, and I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for. Insanity achieved.

T: It's still insane, but less in a fun Willy Wonka way than a terrifying clown sort of way: horrifically sweet, to the point of being heart-stopping. The sweetness alone wouldn't turn me off so much if it weren't joined by a jarringly intense booziness that makes me feel more like an alcoholic chugging butterscotch schnapps from a brown bag than a beer connoisseur enjoying a fine Imperial Stout. I"m not sure how I feel about that.

M: Thick, sticky, and full of enough lively carbonation to keep the stickiness somewhat at bay. Pretty good.

O: I can't imagine anyone drinking and enjoying an entire bomber of this at a sitting, but in small doses it's well worth experiencing just for the novelty.


Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 23:26:38 | More by woosterbill
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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz into a Tulip.

A: Deep brown, small tan head that's frothy. Settles very quickly.

S: Sweet sugar, huge caramel, and cream. Yeah, it smells like a creme brulee.

T: Wow. Freaking creme brulee with some dark chocolate and rich black coffee. Extremely sweet and sugary. This is about all this one has to offer.

M: Thick, tacky and chewy. As it should be.

D: Way too sweet for me. Can't get past that thick sweetness and caramel levels. Wish it were a little more milk stout, a little less creme brulee.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 15:08:14 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of RickS95


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the Mona Lisa in the glass. Pitch black, jet black, coal black...whatever. On top is a slow forming moderate tan head. As it dissipates, the head turns white-ish and moves to the edges of the glass.

Smells like dessert in a glass. A combination of Kahlua and vanilla. Kind of strange for a beer, but the smell is exquisite nonetheless.

The taste is similar to the smell, only the pieces aren't so obvious. The cocoa and vanilla beans are clear. On the swallow the alcohol says, "hello."

It's full-bodied and very smooth and creamy like you'd think. The beer is very sweet, but not overly so. Just when you think it's too sweet, the bitter from the cocoa makes an appearance and when all is said and done, the heat from the alcohol rears its head.

I was a bit skeptical about this beer, but I'm glad I bought one. It's much better than I expected, but may be a bit too sweet for some.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:00:56 | More by RickS95
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.