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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: 3,880
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 301
Gots: 654 | 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:
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 rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -10.3%
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
4.34/5  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
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.89/5  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
3.96/5  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
4.22/5  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
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
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 +2.6%
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

Photo of hopsolutely
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An incredible taste and aroma. As a huge fan of the dessert version of creme brule, I could happily sit and just smell this beer for hours on end. Even when cold, it smells more like the warm caramelized crust of creme brulee than I would have thought possible!

An incredible taste as well, in which the milky creaminess is more pronounced. Although sweet on parts of the tongue, there is also a very pleasing bitterness to the finish. Unique.

I'm not certain I could drink more than one bottle, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I will sleep better tonight knowing that such flavour artistry is available and (relatively) widely accessible.

Photo of kimbo33
1.71/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a beer I cannot get into, I was so pumped when it came out, I drove to the brewery and found that it was the worst tasting beer at Soutern Tier. It tasted so fake, like they used some real cheap off flacoring to give it that sweet taste. And it was more vanilla tasting than I thought it should be. It does look nice and smell pretty good but it end there.

Photo of paulozanello
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin bege head that rescedes quickly leaving moderate lacing.
Smell is very distinctive: caramel, butterscotch and vanilla.
Taste follows nose with caramel, toffee, maple syrup, butterscotch and coffee.
Mouthfeel is mazing, very creamy, silky and rich. Body is thin with low carbonation. Drinkability is moderate because this is very sweet. Tiny alcohol bite towards the end.
Overall a unique stout, very flavorful and with great mouthfeel. A must try.

Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black with a nice thick tan head.

Smell is butterscotch, chocolate liquor, and cream.

Taste is similar to smell but has some burned, roastiness. Very distinct.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Considering the high abv, this is very drinkable. It is a unique beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown and black beer, tan head, good amount of carbonation. Amazing aroma, so sweet, tons of espresso like coffee and chocolate to it, with dark sugar as well.

Taste, this is the quintessential dessert beer. So rich, so sweet, but not too sweet that it is a turnoff. Tons of vanilla all over this. Took out some vanilla ice cream, threw some of this on it, even better, just awesome. Very unique very different. This is like drinking a cookie. Its my favorite dessert beer, I'll definitely be trying it again. Its got everything you want in a dessert stout. Lots of vanilla, thick sturdy malt bill, espresso/coffee lightness.

Photo of Shaw
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours totally black, of course, with a light brown head that reduces to a ring in my glass with a bit of lacing.

The aroma is like no other beer I've smelled: Vanilla, cream, burnt sugar and alcohol. Smells like dessert. I haven't had actual creme brulee that many times, but its smell is similar.

The taste (fortunately) is not as sweet, though this is a sweet beer. But there is balance with roasted notes of coffee and chocolate and alcohol flavors to tilt it back from the vanilla and cream flavors.

Good, creamy body.

Overall this is an interesting novelty beer. The sweetness and high alcohol level make this a beer to savor. It's too sweet to be a regular drinker, though.

Photo of jbowers56
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.91/5  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.

Photo of radioscooter
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, almost black with a frothy head.

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

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.

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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,880 ratings.