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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: 3,979
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 729 | FT: 27
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 Stocean1
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thin caramel head from a bomber into a pint glass, little retention or lacing the body is nearly black with some ruby highlights.

Smell is vanilla, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, chocolate.

Taste follows the nose with caramel and chocolate notes...creamy,then grassy hops to balance it out! Very nice ...sweet but not overly so for what it purports to be.

This is a medium bodied brew with little carbonation, sweet but not overly so, lots of bitterness but still relatively smooth.

I enjoyed this one and actually made it through the entire sweet bomber. Another unique southern tier brew that exemplifies all that is good about craft beer.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dino213aa
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost black. Totally opaque in the glass with slight deep ruby tinges when held against the light. Lacing is sparse and uneven. Right after a hearty pour, a 2mm mocha brown head forms which quickly dissipates.

S: Sweet, with strong vanilla and caramel notes and a whisper of bourbon.

T&M: Surprisingly crisp at first, first flavors are vanilla with a nose of bourbon. After a decent stretch it quickly flips to an artfully hoppy finish. The aftertaste is hoppy on the back of my palette and my lips tasting sweet. The mouthfeel is crisp yet hearty.. satisfying and while not overly muddy.

O: I'm honestly surprised at how much I like this. Although admittedly I'm not a connoisseur of stouts, this one has so much to offer. Not only is the novelty flavor apparent in such a rewarding way, but it still can give hopheads something to appreciate too. This brew is so skillfully balanced it's no surprise Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of scottyg354
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poors pretty dark, almost black, with a nice white heads that lingers. Lacing is ok.

S: Vanilla and Coffee are the most presnt in this. I also found notes that would be very similiar to a butterscotch candy.

T: Vanilla and sweet cream up front, followed by espresso and dark chocolate. Tasty, but different.

M: This beer is very smooth and creamy, with a medium carbonation. Basic stout mouth feel.

O: Not a bad beer, it is on the sweet side but nobody said that was bad. This would pair nicely with a variety of deserts. Again, this one is worth a try.

Photo of Wisconsuds
2/5  rDev -48.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, awesome aroma for this beer. Smells like butterscotch, caramel, and vanailla. Really nice pour, medium tan head. Flavor was very good, but got to be a little too sweet for me. The vanilla, in particular, was a little too overpowering for me. Bomber bottle is way too much for me. Really unique brew.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with a thin tan mousse that doesn't linger all that long.

S: Aromas of cream, milk chocolate, roasted grain, and coffee dominate the nose. Like many American stouts, there is a slightly boozy, alcoholic aroma present as well.

T: Notes of heavy cream, milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, burnt toast, roasted grain, and warming alcohol are present on the palate. The finish is smooth with a combination of chocolate, cream, and coffee notes reminiscent of a cream liqueur.

M: Creamy, silky, and smooth in the mouth, this beer displays very full body. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and is very noticeable. All in all, drinking a glass of this beer is a challenge because it feels like drinking heavy cream. It's a bit too thick to be really appealing.

O: This beer was pretty good at first, but that ridiculously heavy mouthfeel and that exaggerated cream flavor conspire to ruin the experience. Southern Tier obviously has no problem creating big beers, but they seem to lack the ability to consistently craft them with balance. As is, Creme Brulee isn't horrible, but is difficult to drink and tastes synthetic. Other breweries do this type of beer better.

Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours thinnish black with a thin film of quickly disappearing dark sand colored head, leaving behind a ring. So-so retention and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel candy, carmelized sugar, loads of creme and vanilla. Powerful aroma, and pretty close to creme brulee.

T: Carmelized/burnt sugar and vanilla cream. Lingering sweetness and burnt note. Toning down the burnt flavor would up the score on this portion. It's sweet but, frankly, not overwhelmingly so; less than your typical port.

M: Medium-high carbonation and full body. Milky mouthfeel. The alcohol is a bit noticeable. A bit sticky on the lips.

O: Unique and pretty tasty as a dessert beer. Not one that you'd want to put back a lot of--fatigue sets in after about 6oz--but it works.

Photo of drcarver
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a thick black body with that slowly releases a thin medium brown film to the top. It fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - an assertive cream and vanilla aroma that smells of boxed cake mix

T/M - sweet yet a bit of burnt bitterness sits in the back. Vanilla is very much to the forefront and hangs around. Thinner in body than expectted. There is an astringent bitterness that floats over the sweetness.

O - no, good try but no.

Photo of BobZ
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a weizen glass (all that was available).

Appearance: Dark brown, with a ½” tan head that recedes to a ring. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Big vanilla and caramel with a slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet, sweet, vanilla/caramel hits the palate first. I was ready for sweet, but this is easily the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. Then the beer moves to a bitter malt finish with heavy on the bitter, this beer is almost “bi-polar”. I would not call it balanced as the sweetness and bitterness are very separate and distinct. In-fact the bitterness lingers as an aftertaste that is not all that pleasant.

Mouthfeel: I kept this beer cold and kept returning the bottle to the fridge after each pour and still I found it overly cloying. As it warmed in the glass it got worse.

Overall: I was expecting an extreme beer and got one, but even as a sweet/milk stout this was over the top. I admit drinking the whole bomber was way too much, maybe as a small pour desert beer this could work but I highly doubt I’d buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,979 ratings.