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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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3,820 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,820
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 281
Gots: 599 | 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 eat
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, opaque body with a thin beige head. Some lacing.

Smells really sweet and malty and quite like a real creme brule, complete with the burnt sugar on top. Lots of vanilla custard, brown sugar, a little coffee, alcohol, touch of hops. Pretty fantastic.

This stuff is really sweet. It also tastes quite a bit like creme brule, though not as accurate as the nose. Tons of roasted malt (supplying the "brule" I suppose), brown sugar, a definite lactic element. All the sweetness is just about balanced with a drying cocoa finish, which fades in as the creme brule fades out. If this beer was only claiming to be an imperial stout I would take off points for being too sweet but it's obviously intended as a dessert and as such works nicely.

Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Doesn't stand out or detract. Could maybe be a touch thicker.

This is a dessert beer if I've ever had one and I'll rate the drinkability accordingly (ie. as a dessert beer). Way too sweet to be a regular drinker but definitely worthy of being pulled out occasionally after a dinner with friends. Bonus points for mostly living up to the name; I couldn't imagine a beer called Creme Brule being much more appropriate than this one.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Who wouldn't try a stout called Creme Brulee on tap?

Pours a rich golden color with a frothy head.

Smells very sweet, what you'd expect. Like the dessert was just melted into the glass.

Taste is sugary, stouty, and of course creme brulee.

A little too sweet, it's a good sipping beer. Perfect for dessert or a nightcap.

Photo of oregone
1.88/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I do not understand the high reviews for this unless its a few ounce serving.
A: Good appearance. Thick, decent dark head that is somewhat slow to settle looks good.
S: Almost immediatly after pouring I'm hit with the huge butterscotch aroma. Just monstrous with hints of vanilla. Is it a bad smell? No, but it reminds me more of cheap schnapps than beer, and is offputting.
T: More of the same. Like butterscotch vanilla liquer. Sweetness in spades and a long aftertaste. Good if the taste was in any marginal way beery, but it's like having a bunch of caramel stuck in your mouth and trying to wash it down with butterscotch schnapps.
M: Very good here for an imperial stout. Thick, chewy, and viscously coating. What I look for in an imperial stout. It's hurt in some small way by the flavor as I don't want it in my mouth.
D: Bad. I had about three ounces and poured the rest of my half bottle/glass into my girlfriends. Still couldn't get rid of the taste for a loooong time and could smell the artificial buttery flavor on her breath all night.
In all, an interesting one to taste, but can't imagine going into this looking to do more than that. Can't recommend a purchase, but if someone offers you some, give it a smell and decide if it's for you. For the record, my girlfriend enjoyed it (which saved having to pour it down the drain).

Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now this is a tasty beer. The smell will knock you right out of your socks as well as satisfy the sweet tooth. I have actually added a scoop of Bryers Ice Cream to this for a beer float. It is very thick and high in alcohol so maybe only two or three will satisfy. I recommend this to all women stout drinkers of the world!

Photo of bradleyp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for stocking this beer.

A: Black like oil, thin tan head that disapates sort of quickly.

S: Smells like carmel candy. Could also pick up a nose full of vanilla, chocolate, molasses. A very nice smelling beer.

T: It was quite sweet like candy. Vanilla is very present in the taste. I let it warm up a bit, and could taste some of the booze coming through.

M: A nice thick stout that was very creamy and easy to swallow.

D: I bought this beer based mainly out of curiosity. I've had the Choklat before, and I thought that was the tastiest beer I've ever had. This beer is quite tasty as well, and I may try it again sooner or later.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes earlier this fall:

poured into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: black body with a tan/caramel head.

Smell: Vanilla, chocolate, & roasty flavors. These flavors blend well, some nice complexity.

Taste: Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate & booze dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied beer. Heavier than Choklat of the Black Water Series. This beer is smoother at colder temperatures. Alcohol heat takes over when this beer starts to warm, but its not as overwhelming in this beer.

Drinkability: Better than average, but I expected a bit more. Some boozy heat takes a bit away from this beer, just like chokolat.

Overall: I really do like the Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. I will keep trying the Blackwater Series i am a fan of Southern Tier. So far this is my favorite from Southern Tier.

Photo of basica
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black pour into a La Guillotine snifter glass yielding a one finger thick light brown head that quickly settles to a very thin layer with clingy lacing (4)

S - Strong nose of vanilla upfront with a milky backing and notes of chocolate and caramel (4.5)

T - Big caramel sweetness upfront along with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and molasses blended with alcohol; bitterness was revealed in the middle with burnt flavors and toffee candy in the finish which was well above moderate bitterness (4)

M - Full bodied and slightly syrupy and sticky with just the right amount of carbonation; creamy smooth and goes down with some warming (4.5)

D - Very flavorful desert stout despite being a tad too bitter. However it is admittedly pretty heavy and filling; alcohol is fairly evident as this goes down with significant warming. Definitely something for sharing and sipping on a chilly night (3.5)

Taste was almost a 4.5 but the harsh and overly bitter finish detracted it a bit unfortunately

Photo of crayolahalls
2.45/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was a real bummer. I expected much more ased on other reviews.

Appearance: Deep brown. Caramel colored head. Mid-sized bubbles. Head fell somewhat quickly from a nice 1" to a thin .125".

Smell: This beer has a nice creamy smell. It is not complex, but you can pick up on the two main flavors - vanilla and espresso.

Taste: Starts with a heavy artificial vanilla extract taste. Finishes heavy on the espresso - almost like taking a shot of espresso with a shot of some cheap vanilla coffee flavoring. Too much of both, not enough of anything else.

Mouthfeel: Light consistency and generally unpleasant afterward from the unsatisfactory burnt espresso-vanilla extract taste left in mouth.

Drinkability: Maybe something that should be sold in 2-4 oz increments as a curiosity. Could never use this as a session beer.

Photo of jack11c
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours from a 22 oz bottle. dark, murky brown. resembles a dark chocolate. little head that doesnt last long and lacing dissipates quickly.

S. Smells of a cool Vanilla Latte frankly. Also gettin cream, smoke and port wine.

T. Very creamy flavor, hence the name "Cre'me Brul'ee" <--- bad punctuation. tastes like an iced vanilla Latte. a lil smoke on the back of my tongue and a boozey taste that throws me off.

M. Creamy. light carbs tickle the tongue and goes down like chocolate milk. but..

D. Low drinkability. I taste alchohol on my breath now and my stomach is full. A 22 oz is good for a night

Photo of clarkm04
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Jet black with slight carbonation. Slight tan head.

S- Smells exactly like a creme brulee. You can definitely smell the caramel and vanilla.

T- Very sweet, much like drinking a creme brulee but more like thick syrup. A nice burnt sweet forefront that cascades to a creamy backend. The lactose sugar and vanilla masks the alcohol magnificently. I've had numerous beers that attempt to mimic desserts but this one truly nails it. This beer truly smells and tastes like a creme brulee. Outstanding job by Southern Tier.

M- Slight carbonation on the front of the tongue but overall a creamy mouthfeel.

D- I could drink this very easily and it goes down very easily for a 10% ABV imperial stout.

Overall- Very strange brew but very impressive offering. I'm impressed by Southern Tier's creativity and how well crafted this beer is.

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a strong and sweet aroma of butterscotch and vanilla beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel, brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is practically like having dessert; it goes down very easily and there's not a trace of the alcohol content in the smell and taste.

Photo of jonvan04
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured black with a tan head. The aroma was an addicting amount of vanilla with a nice amount of sweetness. The taste wasn't as great as the aroma but was still very enjoyable. It wasn't too sweet, but had an incredible vanilla, creamy flavor to it. It was also very drinkable considering the style and the alcohol content. I wish they would make a cologne or a candle or something so I could smell this beer's aroma all the time. This was a phenominal beer. I'm really starting to love how over the top many of Souther Tier's beers are. The pumpking pushed the boundaries of how pumpkin a pumpkin beer can be, and this beer does the same for a beer with vanilla. I'd highly recommend this.

Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Black pour with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S: The smell is really sweet. Predominantly butterscotch, with some vanilla and chocolate mixed in as well.

T: This has one of the most interesting tastes I have ever encountered. Butterscotch mainly, really a lot like creme brulee, but in stout form.

MF: Creamy and oily body.

D: Not very good. Took me a while to put down one glass.

Photo of PeaDiddy
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer that changed everything for me. The smell, and taste opened my mind (and mouth) to the wonderful world of finer drinking.

I've gone back for this beer on many occasions, and that trend will likely continue.

I don't consider myself as being able to explain everything I taste and smell when I drink a beer, but I would recommend any beer drinker give this one a go.

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark black with some brown tinges around the edges... mocha head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded quickly to good one finger covering... some light lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of butterscotch and vanilla sweetness, milky coffee, roasted malts mixed with strong biscuit notes, some nuttiness, brown sugar / caramel sweetness, some light earthy traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above - lots of sweet butterscotch and coffee, toffee, milk chocolate, creamy, some of the alcohol just coming through, a hint of irish cream, faint earthiness...

Feel - Very smooth, creamy and a little oily... full bodied... a real sipper this one as its so sweet - i don't think i could have drunk the whole bottle by myself...

Overall - An excellent and very original stout - not something you could drink a lot off but highly recommended

Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A jet black with about a one finger of foam head, does not leave behind much lacing though

S-Sweetness. Coffee, vanilla, butterscotch. Like a dessert made in heaven.

T-Very sweet. This beer could be the dessert in place of any cake or pie. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Joyous sweetness.

M-Creamy and carbonated

D-Very sweet, but not sweet to the point of no longer drinkable. Hides the 10% abv very well.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very deep,pitch black with a minimal,sandy brown head that resulted in a thin wispy,film on the glass.The initial pour revealed a discouraging lack of viscosity.

S-Butterscotch,toffee,vanilla bean and light roasted malts on the nose with a decent amount of lactose coming through.

T-Burnt sugar,more vanilla,baked custard and a creamy,alcohol taste similar to Irish cream.Some synthetic syrupy qualities also.Like the Monin flavored syrups you put in coffee.

M-Thin and lacking in the creaminess I would have expected from this beer.

D-A little too sweet and cloying to be anything other than a slow-sipping,split a bomber for dessert,one and done.

Photo of gskitt
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick looking pour. Cascading and building head. Didn't recede. Streaked coffee ice cream colored head.
S- Real creme brulee's wish they could smell like this. My goodness, incredible. I haven't tasted this yet and am beginning to wonder if it will ruin it.
T and M- super creamy and long-tasting. Its a vanilla bomb. Very sweet up front but tightens up nicely and ends bitter sweet to even bitter roasted notes. It truly is desert in a glass.
D- Wow, no, not more than a glass. Sugars and ABV will get to ya!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a type of snifter. Pours jet black with an extremely thick brown heading. Left rings and lacing globs all the way down the glass.

Smell is heavily of coffee bean and french vanilla cream.

Taste is amazing. This beer should be renamed Beer Cappuccino. Heavy vanilla cream aroma's with a solid coffee bean backing. Chocolate malts come in for a tasting and just as quick as they came in they are overwhelmed by this onslaught of cream.

The texture is amazing just like it's aroma a silky smooth texture with an amzing fine full body.Slightest linger of coffee bean.

I am not a huge coffee fan at all but this is amazing. A dessert beer for sure.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup on this one...

Poured from a bomber into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Poures an expresso deep brown with a one finger tan head. Good amount of head retention, and a decent amount of lacing to be had...

S - Wow, this one smells of dessert. A full on attack of butterscotch assaults the nose. Smells delicious...

T - Sweet caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Ends on a slight bitter note. Abv is very well hidden. Usually don't care for overly sweet beers, but this one works for the most part.

M - Nice and creamy with a mild amount of carbonation...

D - A little sweet to drink on a regular basis, but definitely something that I would like to try again. Great dessert beer. Thanks for another solid beer Southern Tier...


Photo of Swedes21
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a nice amount of dark, active head. The beer is a very dark brown in appearance and it is hard to tell the carbonation levels. Not much lacing is occuring either.

Smell - Very sweet smell! Everything about the smell is based on sweetness. I can pick up brown sugar, dark caramel and a creme based smell.

Taste - This does taste like Creme Brulee! I can taste the alcohol as well. There is a sweet creme taste along with sugars and caramel. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee taste. I did find that the coffee level was a little high for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation added here, the mouthfeel remains close to the same as taste.

Drinkability - There is no way i could drink a bottle of this stuff, its rich and very deep in flavour. Glad i tried it, but thats where it ends.

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black with a thin layer of head, no rentention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and caramel dominate followed by burnt brown sugar and buttered caramel.

T - Sweet vanilla and buttered caramel dominate, followed by notes of caramel corn and maple syrop and a touch of espresso on the finish. The high ABV but is masked by the sweetness of this one.

M - Rather light on the carbonation and feels a bit thick. Goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall, a very tasty offering offering some very unique flavours. That being said, it's a little too much for one person and I suspect it would've been more enjoyable to split this one. Definitely a dessert beer.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that slowly recedes to a cap

S: Vanilla and dark malts with a touch of alcohol

T: Same as the smell. Very sweet vanilla flavor, but the malt actually balances the sweetness nicely

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I'm kind of surprised this has this amount of carbonation with no bottle conditioning and the alcohol content

D: Just like the entire black water series from ST, this one is a dessert beer that should be sipped because of the sweetness and fairly high abv. I have a sweet tooth, so a whole bomber is no problem for me, although I can see where the sweetness would be a problem for many

Photo of OldGrowler
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

No no no. Both too bitter and too sweet, yuk! No balance of flavours. Tastes like sweet stout with butterscotch syrup added afterwards...a fake! It's definitely 10% though!!! Try Innis and Gunn oak-aged if you like the vanilla undertones without the sickly, cloying fake-ness.

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip wine glass

A - deep, opaque mahogany/black with a faint tan head that quickly vanishes and leaves no lacing

S - butterscotch pudding and rich malt

T - still lots of butterscotch pudding, but roasted barley and layers of malt emerge - this is the first time it really seems like a stout

M - creamy textured with nice roasted barley bitter edge; low carbonation; decadent mouthfeel

D - very enjoyable, definitely a sipper

overall an impressive beer, but not quite sure what to make of it; I'm inclined to use it in place of port at the end of a meal

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,820 ratings.