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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,788 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,788
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 270
Gots: 589 | 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:
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 jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im reviewing this not so much as an imperial stout, but as a beer trying to taste a lot like creme brulee.

Looks pretty nice, decent head. Could have done with more lacing.

It literally smells like creme brulee. That is a joke. If you search there are some imp stout elements, but it is so spot on with the creme brulee thing i cant help but give it a 5.

It tastes amazing. Super sweet, but so much desert-y goodness. So glad I bought this.

A true luxury. I think the mokah is the best in this series, but for what this beer is trying to do, its hard to fault.

jbowers56, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Served with Creme Caramel.

A - Pours darkest brown with ruby tints and a creamy, ivory head. Retention is nice, as is the sticky lacing left on the glass.
S - Very sweet, definitely smells like Creme Brulee. Vanilla dominates the nose, along with burnt sugar, custard, caramel and dark malts. Very impressive!
T - More vanilla and burnt sugar, with a definite "milkyness" from the lactose. Notes of coffee and dark malt provide a solid backbone and prevent this from being too sweet.
M - Full, creamy body with a pleasant prickly carbonation.
D - I've had this a few times, always split at least 4 ways. I feel that's a perfect serving size for this beer, any more an I'd probably get sick. Obviously meant to be a dessert beer, paired great with the Creme Caramel.

jsanford, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A: Dense brown body with just some faint ruby highlights on the edges when held up to the light. Fairly thin, sandy colored head that quickly fades to a small ring of bubbles. Notches of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Vanilla. Caramel. Butterscotch. Sugary. Goodness. Those fives words sum up the nose. Ridiculously sweet smelling - hands down the sweetest nose on a beer I've ever tried.

T: Vanilla. Caramel. Butterscotch candy (think Worthers) Waves upon waves of sugary flavors hit from the start, offset for a moment by a jet of heavily roasted coffee - almost like chewing on candied espresso beans. The finish leaves a sweet caramel aftertaste that plays nicely against the astringent roasted note that lingers on the back of my tongue. This beer reminds me of one of my best friend's wedding - the dessert course was creme brulee and an specially imported blend of coffee. This beer is that night in liquid form.

M: Fine carbonation creates a superbly smooth, silky, creamy texture, which is what you would expect from a beer that was inspired by a rich, decadent dessert.

D: The sweetness is quite powerful. This without a doubt takes the crown as the sweetest beer I've ever tasted (previously I would have said Black Hole by Mikkeller - with its abundance of chocolate, vanilla and honey). The sweetness and the fact that as the bottle warms you can feel the alcohol coming out means that this is a sipper and no more than one bottle at a time, if even that. 10% ABV for such a sweet beer? For a dessert beer it is a chore to finish a bottle by myself.

Wow. A novelty for sure and many will probably be turned off by its overly sweet flavor profile, but this is definitely a beer to at least try one time. This is the epitome of a dessert beer - If you serve this after a meal all by itself. I would gladly accept that as a pleasant way to wrap up a delicious meal, especially in the presence of good company with whom I could share this bottle.

Buschyfor3, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 09/21/10
$9 for 22oz @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

A: Beer pours a black, thick appearing ale with little capacity to determine the clarity of the ale. Nice 2 finger cola colored head dissipates in five minutes. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: See the name of the beer? That's what this smells like.

T: Bready, vanilla, cocoa, coffee. A bit too much black patent dries out this ale. Finishes with a marshmallow cream flavor.

M: Creamy, dry. Lighter carbonation allowing for more attention to flavor.

D: Nice. Very beautiful nose. Otherwise a bit plain. On the dry side. Great novelty beer. Chicks probably dig it.

harrymel, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of radioscooter
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came recommended from Dave at HO1KB. Since nobody has any of the ST Chokolat stout this year - and that's the best of the Chocolates in my opinion, I thought I'd give this one a whirl.

Pours as a stout should - black with substantial creamy caramel top. The label info is wonderful and lists their recipe, which is very cool. Love the hard-coated-custard history.

Smells outlandishly nice. Just. Like. Creme. Brulee.

Here's the thing, don't bother with this unless you like dark, sweet (but not overly so) toffee, vanilla flavors. Of all the extreme flavored beers, this one truly lives up to the description. Much like their Chocolate Stout does.

It is reminiscent of the Bourbon cask beers, but without the ass-kicking and super alcohol taste. This is just right. Like Baby Bear. For perfect mouthfeel, get a glass that you can force a heavier head and take in some with each sip.

Creamy, Vanilla, Toffee, Coffee, Custard.
Just a delight.

Buying more of this one. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite American breweries.

radioscooter, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a soapy tan head that provides nice retention when swirled.

Smells like chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla bean, sugary butter, and burnt toffee with cream caramel. Also has a slight alcohol smell.

Creamy sweet, almost buttery rum in flavor, with coffee bitter and roasted malt. Though sweet, it is not overly sweet, and ends with a nice roasted bitterness. Like their other Blackwater series beers, this ST offering has a dessert quality to it that gives it the taste of a beer-liquer.

Full bodied, this is a nicely balanced beer that is very pleasant in the mouth.

By far my favorite of the three Blackwater beers I've had from ST. Not overly sweet like the Choklat got, and not overly bitter like the Mokah got to be. And, it smells like cookie dough as you drink it -bonus!

TheHoppiest, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bomber
Part of thr LCBO's Winter Warmers.

Pours black with a tan foam head. The nose is very sweet vanilla, caramel, toffee, cream, candy. Taste is similar to the smell; heavy vanuilla toffee flavours, sugary. Mildly bitter finish. Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Very sweet, an extreme variation on a stout. Not a revist for me.

heebes, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look:
Deep brown, almost black with a frothy head.

Smell:
Very rich. Caramel and bittersweet chocolate aromas with some toasted grains and burnt sugars. Dare I say too strong?

Taste:
Burnt Caramel and sweet cream blend well with the bitter chocolate flavors. Alcohol is noticeable but helps clear the palette and isn't overly strong. Hints of toasted bread and roasted coffee.

Feel:
Frothy and smooth. No complaints.

Flavors become more intense as it warms. Might be a tad overkill for some as the sweetness and high ABV hurt drinkability. However, this is a very good beer that I would have again.

ElGrecoVerde, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

110th review on BA
Bottle to snifter

App- Poured a very dark brown with some rather large glugs for lack of a technical term into the glass. Produced a nice two finger head that lasted for quite some time and had some excellent lacing as well.

Smell- As soon as I popped the cap I was hit with the smell wofting to my nose. Big smells of carmalized sugar, vanilla and cream. It smelled like a dessert just as I was hoping.

Taste- I love the normal creme brulee dessert. I have wanted to try this beer for quite some time and wasn't dissapointed. I loved it was sweet. Some people knock it for that. Why? Its claiming to be a Creme Brulee stout. Thats awesome and they nailed it. Vanilla mixed with a creamy booziness.

Mouth- It was sweet but lush and very well done. It was a medium body with a low carb which allowed flavors to come through and create a great mix.

Drink- I wasn't dissapointed which is great. Some people will love this, some wont. This deserves to be tried as something different that I think people will come to appreciate. Now to trade for another one.

FosterJM, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from the LCBO, part of the Winter release. Into two stemmed wine snifters, shared with the girlfriend.

Pours black, with a finger or two of khaki head, Mild retention, sticky lace. Nose is huge, loads of graham cracker, burnt sugar, pie crust/pastry crust and vanilla, with some alcohol hanging out in the back. Taste is fairly complex, lots of stuff thrown together here. Caramel, sweet creme brulee, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar and vanilla all find their way in there, with some alcohol on the back end. Great mouthfeel, thick and real chewy. Drinkability takes a hit, this is super sweet and a real dessert beer. Half a bomber was more than enough, almost too much for me. Interesting stuff, and really gives the impression of some creme brulee.

liamt07, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a real dark black body with a white tan head.

S-Smell of vanilla and caramel with a sweet cream scent like ice cream to the nose.

T- Alittle robust from the malts with vanilla and sweet from the lactose sugars giving a sweet caramel taste.

M-Creamy from the lactose sugars and malts giving a sweet cream texture kind of like ice cream.

D- Very good beer. I like this beer alot. Sweet robust taste with vanilla but has that 10%abv boozy feel but it works well.

Cheers..

SamuelJackson45, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of pburland23
1.75/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22 ounce bottled poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, viscous black color with a slightly medium brown head which receded into about 20 seconds.

This beer smells pretty darn inviting. It's overwhelmingly vanilla with touches of burnt sugar and booze on the edge. Sadly, the smell was to be the highlight of this one.

The problems begin with the first sip. This beer is teeth rattlingly sweet. Way too much vanilla. To call the taste cloying would be a dramatic understatement. I've never had a beer as sweet as this stout. The vanilla masks every other quality of the beer except for a little boozy burn on the back end of the sip. The worst part about the taste was that it made me start to dislike the smell of the beer. After one sip, the beer smelled much sweeter than it had pre-sip. Ugh. So damned sweet. What a disappointment.

The mouthfeel was again overwhelmed by the taste. It's like I went into vanilla shock and the only think I could pick up on was vanilla and maybe a little more vanilla.

As for drinkability? Forget it. I couldn't finish more than a few sips let alone an entire glass or god forbid the whole bottle. I've never poured a craft beer down the drain before until this one. I figured I have a fridge full of beers that taste good, why bother drinking one that doesn't?

Creme Brulee Stout was a major disappointment. I've liked everything else I've tried from Southern Tier, but they missed the boat on this one. It could be a winner if they toned down the over the top amount of vanilla.

pburland23, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night with a big brown head. Lacing is amazing and retention is moderate.

S: Amazing unique nose on this beer. The vanilla and cream come through in amazing amounts. Alcohol is present in the nose, but is mostly hidden. Plenty of malt character as well.

T: Plenty of lactose sweetness and roasted malt character are right in the forefront of the flavor. Caramel is present in the flavor as well. There is a bit of alcohol in the palate, but it is well hidden by the sweetness.

M: Thick and smooth and creamy. Quite good.

ryantaussig, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score.

no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and the sweetness wears on you. at least me. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; the bomber is going to be a bit much.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. for reasons already stated, i don't find this to be a hugely drinkable brew.

perrymarcus, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. One of the darkest beers I've seen - this is almost like a black coffee. Creamy, fluffy tan head - almost like whipped cream.

Sweet, milk and caramel scent with hints of chocolate, coffee and even whisky. Definite strong lactose presence in this.

Slightly more bitter flavour, but still very creamy and sugary. It really does taste like creme brulee. Sweet, brown sugar finish and a definite warmth. Coffee and chocolate linger in the background and after taste.

Thick, smooth and chewy. Just what it should be.

The 10% can really be felt, though its not noticeable. That's really the only downfall of this beer.

BDTyre, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of paxkey
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with small dark head that dissipates quick and there is some sticky lacing.

the smell is exquisite in its desertlike scintilation. it smells like candy in a glass.

tastes on par with the smell. sweet syruppy and delicious. no alcohol taste but a great warming from the 10% kicks in quickly.

paxkey, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly jet black with a thick tan head that dissolved rather quickly leaving a few tan spots in the corners of the glass, no lacing to speak of. The smell is to die for, tons of burnt cream, vanilla, caramel slight chocolate and a faint alcohol presence. The taste is exactly like creme brulee. Cream and vanilla are right up front a little alcohol kick in the finish. There were points where I picked up a little coffee and a chocolate caramel flavor but that came and went. Creamy mouthfeel, I did think it would be a little thicker though. Great desert stout, Couldn't drink it all night but 1 a month or so would be fantastic. My favorite of the Blackwater series so far.

peensteen, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for this bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black, creme brulee-colored head on top.

S - amazing! Literally smells like the dessert if it were crammed into my glass.

T - same as the nose and title would indicate - it tastes like CREME BRULEE, but with a slight alcohol bite on the end, which is the only thing stopping this brew from being rated a 5. Really freakin' good!

M - liquid creme brulee with a little kick.

D - delicious and goes down really smoothly. Will be even better in 6 months to a year, so I guess I'm on the lookout for another couple of bottles.

GabrielM, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Vierenner
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vibrant, sweet smell and desert-like taste sets this beer apart from the pack. Pours a bit lighter in color than expected with a head which disappears very quickly. I'm a fan of vanilla so this beer really went down well. Can also taste caramel and maybe even a little coffee. Not sure if a "beer float" has been invented but this would be the beer to use!

Vierenner, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger pillowy, light tan head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Nose is very sweet crème brûlée. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is crème brûlée and some coffee, very balanced. Thought it would be cloying, it isn't. Would go good with chocolate. $9.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

jdhilt, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rich, dark and thick. It's the color of molasses and dark chocolate. It has a tan/brown creamy head, but not very good retention.

S: Remarkable! Butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. Very sweet smelling. Hop smell is non-existent.

T: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel malts and butterscotch. Very sweet malt notes. It's like drinking dessert, with a 10% ABV!! Very tasty though! It has a relatively short aftertaste with no negative residual flavors.

M: It's shockingly light on the tongue. It's syrupy and smooth at the same time. It goes down even smoother, so be careful.

D: This is definitely not a six-pack beer. It would go great with rich holiday meals or with desserts. Or, as a dessert!

MicroBeerMan1980, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of tubdog13
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern tier Creme brûlée imp stout

A - poured into a pint glass, poured looked thick, minimal head, really only around the edge and some sparsness through the middle - dark and inviting, love the viscous pour

S - smells of vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate

T - little surprised here, think I am tasting hops right off the bat and then it fades to (this is not a bad thing) vanilla/caramel, great lasting flavor

M - nice on the tongue, smooth going over then dries out after the beer has passed the point of no return

D - love this beer, def in my top 10 at the moment, surprised by the hops, but it fits well - I will be getting this again soon

tubdog13, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a big, dark cocoa-colored head.
Smell is unbelieveable. Almost burnt sugar and vanilla as if someone was waving a creme brulee under your nose.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, sugar with lighter notes of malt, coffee and hops.
Smooth, rich with a medium-full body and light effervescence. An amazing root beer/caramelized sugar aftertaste. A subrle warming. This is truly dessert in a glass. An amazing beer.

PorterLambic, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber that I had in the fridge and pretty much forgot about until asked to bring some brews to the family get together on Thanksgiving. I decided dessert was the best time to open this up and share with the family.

Poured into several small wine glasses, this brew appears a dark brown color with decent clarity. When held to the light, it displays some ruby coloring. The head is creamy tan that retains fairly well and as it recedes leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew absolutely reeks of butterscotch. Nothing but butterscotch is all I smell for most of the duration with small hints of vanilla and an indication of fruity alcohol in the background. If you enjoy werthers originals, this might be a beer for you.

The taste of this brew is dark fruity alcohol tasting somewhat of plum but man is the alcohol right out front greeting you with each sip. A dark grain flavor is present which is somewhat bitter that resides inside the mouth almost with a taste of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Citrus hops are in the background with a faint vanilla flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The flavors are certainly in line with what I have come to expect from Southern Tier's "Blackwater series." These stouts are stouts that are highly flavored that push the limits of what I am comfortable with enjoying but are fairly decent intro beers for people to try that might not necessarily enjoy dark beers.

stakem, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of beerpirates
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A - Poured coffee black, non-transparent color with minimal head that dissipates very quickly leaving some lacing around glass.

S - Vanilla right away with milk chocolate and caramel. Also detected slight hint of coffee.

T - Very, very sweet and creamy that gradually becomes bitter.

M - Full-bodied with medium carbonation and very smooth.

D - This is a dessert beer that has to be sipped so drinkability is ok. Also, due to it being extremely sweet one glass should be enough.

beerpirates, Nov 26, 2010
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,788 ratings.