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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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Photo of isualum12
4.9/5  rDev +26%

Wooow. No really wooow.

Look amazing with a black and red color. Along with a red color head.

Smell is strong with carmel and cream

Taste- CREAM. Creme brulee. It tastes amazing

Feel. Smooth smooth

Overall this is the best beer I have had this year. Instantly to my top 10 list. Love it.

isualum12, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +17%

Yes, this is one of the more famous "love or hate" beers that one can find. The opportunity showed itself and I was there. On to the beer:

Dark as expected, but it does have some red colored hues. The lacing that it gives off is decent. The nose is a wallop of caramel and a shot of coffee. One thing is easy to decide, I love it!

Upon tasting it, I wasn't sure how sweet the taste would be despite already smelling it. It is sweet, but not SWEET! This is about as sweet as one could go without being cloying. Fully loaded with caramel and a shot of espresso and roast that lingers in the background. The alcohol hides itself well. It's medium heavy, and surprisingly it is easy enough to drink.

I'm a fan of Southern Tier Crème Brûlée, and proud to admit it. Don't like it because you think it's too sweet? Good. More for the rest of us. Afraid to buy a bomber in fear that it may give you diabeetus? Good. More for the rest of us.

DoubleJ, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of osusullins
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer has the best nose of any beer I have ever sniffed.

The smell is of candied butterscotch. I could sniff this beer all day.

The taste matches the nose. Butterscotch up front. Extremely sweet beer. Almost too sweet. I give this a high rating because it is delicious, however it should be noted that I can only really have this in about a 6oz portion. Anymore and it is too much. Perfect to split a bottle between a couple of friends. Great dessert beer.

osusullins, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Suds
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Southern Tier has really impressed me lately, and this beer is no exception. It's a dark, fully black, thick liquid with a dense tan head. Really remarkable - exceptional, really - is the aroma. The sweet, dessert-like aroma is unlike almost any other beer. I was afraid that the aroma would be artificial, with too much vanilla, but somehow this strikes a wonderful balance between the creamy, malted-milk qualiities of a milk stout and huge proportions of vanilla. It's intense, sense-grabbing, and fantastic. I love it. It's like a chocolate malt, woody-vanilla, and cream pie....creme brulee, indeed. Some toasty, roasty scents are present as well. It's one of those beers that you get a kick out of just sniffing. The flavor is strong, with a firm bitterness that provides some balance. Sweet on the lips. Thick and intense, but not cloying. Huge, hefty body. Spectacularly satisfying!

Suds, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours thick and brown /black in color with no foamy head to speak off. Looks like a flat coke basically. Very aromatic to say the least, you can smell this baby across the room. Aroma is of course sweet vanilla, caramel and condensed milk.
Sniffing through the sweetness yoy can pull out some roasted malts coffee and burnt sugar.
This beer difinitly has a creame burlee taste along with condensed milk vanilla and custard. As it warms hints of malts and coffee appear to lend a hand for that burnt sugar taste. On the pallette this beer slides down thick and silky with a warm, very warm alcohol presence.
Too, sweet really for anything other then a desert sipper, but this beer would work good in desert recipes too. I think this would make a fantastic ice cream too.

micromaniac129, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Centennial
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Snifter Draft after dinner

A. Dark brown with thin tan head

S. Vanilla extract and brown sugar, slight cinnamon scent

T. Strong vanilla extract and cinnamon with very sweet flavor, very artificial, I would bet more "extracts" then vanilla ae used in this brew. This is close to being too sweet and alcohol has a slightly unpleasant burning presence. If I was not having this for desert I don't think i'd be digging it at all.

O. They don't call it creme brulee for nothing. This is more of a novelty stout imho and very artificial tasting.

Centennial, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Very dark with little to no head.

S: Sweet. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Coffee followed by lots of vanilla. Finish is roasty with some alcohol warming.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Good overall. I liked the smell a lot but thought it could use a bit less carbonation.

RunForYourBeer, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Auracom
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%

Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. We had a good assortment of ST stouts including CB, Jahva, Mokah, and Oat but CB was the only one I bothered to properly review (though Mokah was probably the most well-rounded).

A – Pours a dark brown. Tasting size produced mediocre lacing, and retention broke down to a few minor bubbles.

S – Yup, people are right. Intense couple of notes including butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and lactose.

T – The actual drink doesn’t vary from the aroma much. It’s a bit less in-your-face and less appealing overall. Vanilla is oddly larger here. Like the few other ST beers I’ve had, it tastes like extract.

M – Appropriate medium body, average carbonation, and lengthy aftertaste.

D – I generally avoid reviewing ST because they are so hit or miss. This beer continues the trend of intense, fun, and inviting aroma but falling short in taste. I’ve never actually ate Crème Brulee but a few of my friends claimed that this beer is truly on-par with the food, so take that for what it’s worth.

Auracom, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

I always make sure to pick up a bottle as soon as my liquor store gets em back in.

A- Pours out dark as night with a nice brown head which quickly fades to a tiny lace. Mild carbonation hard to see though its dark color.

S- Has a huge sweet smell followed by a creamy chocolate/milky smell. Nice amount of roasted malts, hints of mocha as well.

T- A very powerful first sip that fills your mouth up with a very pleasent creamy roasted malts with tons of chocolate and through that hints of a creamy mocha, nice traces of vanilla that ends with a nice sweet like finish.

M- A nice smooth flavor considering the high alcohol content, great drinkability.

Overall- Truly enjoy this beer everytime I have it. A must share beer very hard to finish a bottle by urself, becomes pretty overwelmingly sweet. A one of a kind beer! Cheers

yankeej13, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of DigitalDude
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks to Gorefeindus for sharing. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A. Very dark, murky. medium to dark tan head about 1 finger. dropping fairly quickly.

S. The smell is phenomenal. Lots of creme brulee (hence the title). Caramel, malts, roasty, brown sugar, sweet, with a little booze.

T. Creme brulee (did I mention that already?) up front, malty, candied sugar, roasty, and finishes a little dry with some booze. Pleasant after a few sips. Tough drinking after a few ounces. Then the sweetness really comes through upon warming up.

M. Great mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Smooth.

O. A very complex beer, indeed. The only advice I offer is to share it with at least 4 to 5 people. Because even a little more than a few ounces will make it unpleasant. Great if your a fan of sweet beer.

DigitalDude, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of keytown
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Pours jet black with a very thin tan head

S - Smells of a pint of Haagen Dazs Creme Brulee: vanilla,
chocolate & caramel.

T - Tastes very much on the same note as the smell: very
sweet, with tastes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel. There
is some hoppy bitterness on the finish, more then I
expected from such a sweet beer.

M - Full bodied and very sweet. Very smooth with some good

O - Overall this is a good beer. I'm not big on overly sweet beers
but this one is very good. It would be an excellent desert
beer. Would pair well with Thanksgiving/Christmas desert.

keytown, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two stemless snifters.

A: Pours a rich, velvety, dark brown with a latte-coloured head gracing the top.

S: Smells like...creme brulee! I guess this is a success because it has all the burnt sugar, custard, vanilla and cream smell of the dessert.

T: Pretty close to smell. All the above flavours come through, but there is the slightest hint of diacetyl. It is also VERY sweet and a bit cloying. There is no roast at all in this (due, I'm sure to the lack of roasted malts), so that makes it a bit one-note.

D: Surprisingly, the alcohol isn't as hot as I thought it would be. Instead its just sugary and sticky. Mouthfeel is like a glass of warm whole milk.

Overall: OK, would I want to have this everyday? No. Is it an ideal dessert beer? Yes. If you willingly drink a beer called "Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout", how can you diss it for being "too sweet"? That's the whole point! There are no false claims from the brewer, this is what it is. Its a saccharine, one and done, dessert in a glass and sometimes...it just hits the spot.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

I don't always go for big and sweet, but there's no denying ST Creme Brulee is a delicious liquid dessert.

Poured a 1" dark mocha head, and replenished the head with glass refills. Dark burnt umber brown color, almost coffee. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, fancy flavored coffee, even like a candy bar. The taste is indulgent with burnt sugar, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and malt. And the high alcohol suits this guilty pleasure.

Hey, some will say this is too sweet, too strong, whatever. To me that's like ordering a fancy dessert and then complaining it isn't more bland. What did you expect when you ordered it?

MoreThanWine, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Pitch black pour with a minor, flimsy tan head that forms and disappears. Nose is assaulted with caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and booze. Taste consists of caramel and toffee piled upon some roasty and chocolate style malt, a touch of bakers chocolate and a hefty dose of butterscotch. Sweet caramel makes its way out again towards the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was light and slightly watery with an average carb presence. Overall, I wish I would have split this one with somebody, it was a challenge to finish the entire bottle. It smells great and the taste follows suit with the label, but this beer just wasn't for me. An 8 ounce pour would have been sufficient.

jsdunlop, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of BStalf21
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Kinda surprised at how many people are high on this beer. I'm starting to find an over the top trend with this brewery when it comes to beer styles that have sweetness. I suppose that some people might think that is a plus but its just not my thing. Just cracking the cap off this thing made my kitchen smell like the local candy store. With each sip the over powering sweetness built until I couldn't tolerate it any more. Had to come back to this one to polish it off but didn't enjoy it at all. If ya digg sweet take a stab.

BStalf21, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Frankthetank67
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Jet black, good foaming head with a slight caramel colored ring.

S: Strong & sweet from the bottle, once poured a thick caramel and vanilla scent fills the air. Several at the table said they could smell the sweetness from accross the table. This will be sweet.

T: Big vanilla and caramel flavor, some lingering bitterness to round it out. Sweetness lingers for a longtime.

M: Heavy and slightly chewy creating a thick mouthful.

O: An overall tasty beer. I would say this would be a great dessert beer to be split with someone else. 22oz is a heavy dose of Sweetness.

Frankthetank67, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep brown almost black. Minimal tan head. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet, caramel, vanilla, a bit boozy as it warms up. Dessert in a glass. Think liquid caramel candies.

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, creme, vanilla, oak, German chocolate cake a bit boozy as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation, insanely sweet, smooth, boozy as it warms.

Overall: Dessert in a bottle. So sweet. Definitely need to share this with multiple people, but wow. Definitely better at cooler temperatures.

phichifiji00, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours an extremely dark brown with a small, off- white head that disappears quickly. Scent is... Sweet Jesus!!!! The sweetest beer I've ever come across. Smells like dessert and gives me a craving for chewy caramel candy. Tons of sweet caramel, toffee, and brûlée. Taste is just as sweet. German chocolate cake with toffee and vanilla. A TON of caramel. Hints of overly sweet chocolate. Sugar bomb. Slight warming booze as it warms. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very rich. Drinkability...now this is where this beer fails. It is amazing with the first few sips...but becomes completely overwhelming almost instantly. Overall, this beer is unique and deserves all the hype for that, I just recommend it in small doses.

DovaliHops, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Treebs
2.15/5  rDev -44.7%

Had on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a thin mocha colored ring and some swirls on top.

S: Wow there is a lot going on. Caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate, and coffee. It's just too overpowering and smells like it's going to be too sweet.

T: Big vanilla coffee flavors, some caramel, some roasted malts, extremely sweet chocolate. Some bitter coffee grinds as well. This so cloying it's crazy. I feel like I'm going to get diabetes if I keep drinking this, yet I press on.

M: Heavy and slightly chewy with a very heavy coating across the mouth. Does have some nice bubble carbon from the top, but still the sweetness just lingers and kills it.

O: If you like the sweetest candy and chocolate in the world, thrown into a barrel of vanilla and caramel as well as early onset diabetes, this is the beer for you. It had a lot of potential, but the sugary sweetness was too much for me to handle.

Treebs, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

22 ounce bottle, 2011 release poured into multiple tulip glasses.

A: Deep dark brown, borderline black body with a bubbly light beige head. Nice retention cap helped leave behind some sticky lace on the walls. An Imperial Milk Stout? Yeah, this pretty much looks dead on for what it is.

S: Sweet vanilla, caramel, toasted sugar, custard, chocolate morsels and touches of cinnamon. It's a phenomenal and decadent smelling beer. Really, nothing of a beer at all. Take the dessert and put it into liquid form. Rich, robust and intoxicating this, although sweet smelling, is just what it's billed to be.

T: More sweet and sugary flavors, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, custard pie and caramelized sugar. It's very sweet, very cloying but still tastes great. After a while this does become to be too much, but splitting the bottle and sipping this one over the course of the evening remedies this. I mean honestly, if you want creme brulee in a glass, this is it.

M: Bubbly, creamy though fairly active on the carbonation. It's easily medium-bodied but the milkiness texture of it keeps it from being a full-bodied, robust stout. Not bad at all though, very enjoyable.

The fact of the matter is, this beer is exactly what it was intended to be. Yes, it's sweet and yes, it's extremely overboard in flavor. But that's what makes this beer so accurate to being creme brulee in beer form. If that's not what you want, don't look here. For what it is, this is just wonderful.

ShanePB, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

I love milk stouts. I love creme brulee. I should love this! Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Just over a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is below average, even for the ABV and no lacing left behind.

5.0 S: Damn, this smells as advertised. Super rich vanilla custard with good amounts of chocolate and carmelized sugars. Plenty of lactose. Hints of toffee and coffee (ryemz). Super sweet. This is creme brulee.

4.0 T: I was always told how cloying this beer is. I don't really think it's all that sweet. Of course, it's possible that what I was expecting has made the actual brew seem less sweet than it is or maybe the recipe has changed over the years. In any case, tons of toffee and butterscotch. Vanilla-laden custard, milk chocolate, coffee, and a surprisingly apparent roastiness and burntness. Definitely some hop bitterness in here as well.

3.5 M: This is the oddest part. I was expecting a beer to chew on. Instead, this is at the lighter end of a heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Not nearly as creamy as I was expecting or wanted. The burnt finish reduced the smoothness.

3.0 D: I wish I didn't have a bomber of this all to myself. No, it has nothing to do with the sweetness of this. Rather, the flavors (particularly the burnt finish) is progressively more and more to handle at each additional ounce. Very unique beer though. Props to ST for brewing outside the box.

DavoleBomb, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Reviewed 10/8/11.

Tar black with a foamy brown head. Pools around the edge of the glass, leaving some lacing.

Strongly sweet, with aromas of vanilla, caramel and milk chocolate. Some boozy aromas burn the nose hairs. Faint whiffs of coffee.

Sweet flavors at first, caramel and milk chocolate, and classic creme brulee flavors. A hint of toasted coconut as well. Leads into a big and bold coffee bitterness. The bitterness subsides after a couple of sips, revealing more balance as well as vanilla and caramel. Finish has a sweet liquer like burn, while leaving a thick ad syrupy feeling in the mouth.

Glad this wasn't as sweet tasting as it smelled, although the nose was great. A pretty good stout, with some unique flavors.

litheum94, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Creme Brulee

Right off the bat, this brew reminds me of the dessert that this brew is aimed to be like. Black as night with minimal tan head and oily lacing. The nose is definintely smelling like creme brulee. Toasted malt and marshmallow, cocoa, and sweet vanilla. The taste is like a liquid dessert with alcohol added. Toasty, sweet, and pretty damn tasty, in much needed moderation of course. This beer is sweet and beastly. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky, not super thicm as expected but enjoyable. Overall, they nailed it with this brew as far as tasting and feeling like creme brulee. Big and sweet, split this bomber with someone and slowly sip cuz this one can cause a sugar coma.

ChugginOil, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of merzeone
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

22oz bottle

A: Pours Dark With a tan head and some lacing.

AR: Smells like vanilla pudding.... no hops straight up desert.

T: Holy Creme Brulee you better share this one unless you like sweets. It is exactly what it states Extremely sticky no hop bitterness finishes HEAVY.... no alcohol taste or burn. Great Post dinner beer siting by a fire with the lady. Almost a touch to much vanilla for me though.

M: good carb however this beer is heavy sticky and sweet.

O: This beer in small amounts is amazing it is definitely a good social beer.Its pretty cool to see people make a beer taste like what ever they imagine. I would drink this again for sure. There is nothing more I could ask for out of a beer like this. They achieved what they wanted.

merzeone, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%


Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a small fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with burnt sugar, chocolate and vanilla. It really does taste like creme brulee.. It is sweet.. but not as cloying as I expected it to be. It finishes with a sweet burnt sugar and roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall – I have definitely never had a beer that tasted quite like this. It's very tasty and could be the ultimate after dinner beer. I would suggest opening this with a group of people to share with. I can't imagine drinking all of this in one sitting.

spinrsx, Oct 11, 2011
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,654 ratings.