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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: 4,043
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
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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 sdmvd6
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Jet black with a very short tan head that disappears quickly. Remnants of whispy tan bubbles hang around and little lacing is left.

S - This is definitely a first for me. Rum soaked dark fruit up front which is immediately overwhelmed with butterscotch, burnt caramel, and toffee (a touch too sweet). Roasted coffee and some booziness takes a backseat to all of this.

T - Immediate sweet burnt caramel and vanilla along with some alcohol warmth. This transitions to dark fruits and then roasted coffee and sweet chocolate in a lingering finish.

M - Nicely carbonated with a full mouthfeel. This is a very thick, creamy imperial stout.

O - I have to say I was a bit concerned when I smelled this one that it would be cloyingly sweet and full of artificial flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced the flavor profile is, with all of the flavors complimenting one another very well. It's amazing how much it tastes like creme brulee in stout form.

Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a snifter glass from a 22 ounce bottle.

This is an interesting beer by name alone, milk stout eh? Pours a dark pitch black with a 2 finger beige head that forms to a tight bubble lace around the top that sticks and slimes up the glass. The smell is heavy with vanilla extract, coffee beans, alcohol, dark chocolates. Crazy this thing smells exactly like a creme brulee custard, crazy. The taste again full of vanilla, custard creme, chocolates, espresso, has a very strong bittering on the end, the melts into a nice tasty finish and after taste. Mouth feel is heavy, this is creamy and thick, bitter and sweet (very, very sweet) that leaves the mouth craving another sip. Overall, i enjoyed this, im dreading drinking the rest of the 22 oz bottle (shouldv'e invited a buddy) its just way too sweet, very tasty just cant handle more than 1 glass i dont tihnk.

Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Thanks, bartender, for hooking me up with a terrific pour.

A: Black body with orange highlights under a nice, frothy head of brown foam. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive brew.

S: W....T....F. This does not smell like beer, and nor does it smell like creme brulee exactly, but it does smell amazing. Gigantic aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, and candy corn absolutely radiate from the glass, providing the most incredibly sweet and candied smell I've ever experienced from a liquid, much less a beer. This is insane, and I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for. Insanity achieved.

T: It's still insane, but less in a fun Willy Wonka way than a terrifying clown sort of way: horrifically sweet, to the point of being heart-stopping. The sweetness alone wouldn't turn me off so much if it weren't joined by a jarringly intense booziness that makes me feel more like an alcoholic chugging butterscotch schnapps from a brown bag than a beer connoisseur enjoying a fine Imperial Stout. I"m not sure how I feel about that.

M: Thick, sticky, and full of enough lively carbonation to keep the stickiness somewhat at bay. Pretty good.

O: I can't imagine anyone drinking and enjoying an entire bomber of this at a sitting, but in small doses it's well worth experiencing just for the novelty.


Photo of ncfranklin
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz into a Tulip.

A: Deep brown, small tan head that's frothy. Settles very quickly.

S: Sweet sugar, huge caramel, and cream. Yeah, it smells like a creme brulee.

T: Wow. Freaking creme brulee with some dark chocolate and rich black coffee. Extremely sweet and sugary. This is about all this one has to offer.

M: Thick, tacky and chewy. As it should be.

D: Way too sweet for me. Can't get past that thick sweetness and caramel levels. Wish it were a little more milk stout, a little less creme brulee.

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the Mona Lisa in the glass. Pitch black, jet black, coal black...whatever. On top is a slow forming moderate tan head. As it dissipates, the head turns white-ish and moves to the edges of the glass.

Smells like dessert in a glass. A combination of Kahlua and vanilla. Kind of strange for a beer, but the smell is exquisite nonetheless.

The taste is similar to the smell, only the pieces aren't so obvious. The cocoa and vanilla beans are clear. On the swallow the alcohol says, "hello."

It's full-bodied and very smooth and creamy like you'd think. The beer is very sweet, but not overly so. Just when you think it's too sweet, the bitter from the cocoa makes an appearance and when all is said and done, the heat from the alcohol rears its head.

I was a bit skeptical about this beer, but I'm glad I bought one. It's much better than I expected, but may be a bit too sweet for some.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter an opaque black color with a thin tan head. Some nice lacing occurs and sticks around 3/4 of the glass.

S - WOW! Just a great display of vanilla beans, irish cream, toffee with hints of raisin and licorice. The irish cream scent is dominant which brings out some of the alcohol scents in there as well.

T - Some vanilla, toffee, & coffee in there with some malty cream milk bombs. Alcohol becomes more evident in the brew as the temperature rises. Still very good though. The irish cream taste comes out more as well.

M - A little fuzzy with a lingering finish. Some of those tastes hang around after consumed. Becomes smoother after it sits around a bit.

O - The small just blew me away here. i'm glad I have more!

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, deep brownish black with a 1” of brown, chocolaty head with great retention. Nose is intense vanilla, a hint of roasted malt, and very mild alcohol esters. Taste is rich vanilla and caramel with just a hint of a coffee like malt flavor. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, bold, and full bodied.

Dessert in a bottle. This is an amazing beer!

Photo of tobelerone
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black beer with the slimmest wisp of a head. Faint lacing. Strong aroma of vanilla and yes, creme brulee. Perhaps the best aspect of this beer, smells delicious. The flavor follows suit, a rich mix of vanilla, creme brulee, roasty bitterness and booze. The latter emerges as the beer warms. This is a very nice dessert beer. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, at least to this drinker, although others may and definitely have found this one to be way to much for their palettes. Carbonation is medium, keeping the beer from being too thick and syrupy. Definitely in the rare treat/once a year category. Glad I had my girlfriend around to split the bomber with me (as well as some chocolate rugelach); wouldn't want to drink the whole one myself.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown almost black with a mocha head that leaves a bit of retention.

S Caramel and chocolate with some vanilla and coffee. Absurdly sweet.

T Identical to the nose. Very sweet with lots of caramel, vanilla, coffee and chocolate.

M nice thick body

Overall this is a great beer. While I understand how it might not be to everyone's taste because of the sheer sweetness it is worth trying once as a great dessert beer.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in an 11 oz snifter.
Pitch black with a nice dark tan/mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is just what the name says. It is all 'creme brulee', and it is intense.
This is one BIG and delicious brew. Caramel, vanilla dominate the flavor profile with hints of bitterness towards the finish. Sweet dessert beer, which is so delicious that it left me wanting more with every sip. I enjoy stouts and this is definitely one that I will not hesitate to sip and enjoy again.
Definitely worth a try, especially if you enjoy creme brulee.

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft in Asheville, NC at the Thirsty Monk South. Pors dark with a nice light head. Smells just like creme brulee, and you can pick the aroma up from a foot away. Taste is sweet and rich, you even pick up something reminiscent of the burnt caramel you'd expect. The alcohol in this beer is present and noticeable, but the sweetness goes a long way towards balancing it out.

All in all, a great dessert beer. I'd happily drink it again!

Photo of doughanson78
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Black as night. One finger bubbly, mocha colored head, with alright retention, and not much lacing.

S: Lots of vanilla and butterscotch. I've never had Creme Brulee, so I'm guessing this is what it smells like. Very sweet smelling. Some caramel notes. Creamy/milky aromas. Very light booziness.

T: Taste is not a big as the nose. Vanilla upfront and throughout. Butterscotch comes through in the middle and through to the aftertaste. Light coffee underneath the sweetness.

M: Very light for the style. No creaminess that you would expect. Light carbonation. Great lingering aftertaste is the highlight of the mouthfeel.

O: Didn't totally live up to the hype but was a great beer. The mouthfeel needs some work. Would definitely like it thicker. This is a very unique beer and one to try for sure.

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

I hesitated to even pick this up given the polarizing nature of this brew, and the fact that I despise another extreme ST brew, Pumking. I was fully ready to eviscerate this beer via review...

About a 5-ounce pour into a small, standard tumbler.

Pours a neat chocolate-brown color with a light brown, creamy head. Thick and opaque.

Very sweet aroma. A fair amount of booze in the smell, which intensifies the already-potent vanilla and creaminess. Close your eyes, and you'd have no idea that this aroma was coming from a beer.

The flavor of this matches it's title almost perfectly. Although, I thought it was more of a tiramisu-like flavor. The booziness reminded me of a tiramisu my deceased Italian great-grandmother would make; sweet and decadent, with probably more booze than was necessary.

Mouthfeel was quite nice as well. Nice, even, complimentary flavors. The carbonation was substantial yet subtle at the same time, and only added to the flavor combination.

Well, well. This is one yummy brew. As long as you know what you're getting into, you'll enjoy this. It's super-sweet, dessert-like, and resembles a beer only by the fact that it is a liquid. If you can come to grips with all of that, then sit back and enjoy. Although, pace yourself if you're lactose intolerant, as I am. I got a decent belly ache after less than half the bomber. But it was worth it.

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic imperial stout. The first aromas are of toasted caramel, vanilla, & maple syrup. The dark midnight color and thin dark head tells you that you are about to drink a stout beer. This thick and creamy beer is very complex with flavors. On the pallette we taste vanilla, and glazed caramel, just like a creme brûlée dessert. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY.

Photo of crewfan16
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

a-poured jet black. no light was getting through this puppy. creamy tan head rose up slightly and then faded away.

s-smells like the french vanilla creamer that i pour in my coffee in the morning. tons of vanilla sweetness, some butterscotch, and coffee. an incredibly unique smell thats for sure

t-again, similar to morning coffee with way too much creamer in it. sweet milkiness, coffee, chocolate and tons of vanilla bean. like coconut and even toffee. again, incredibly unique. LIke no beer I have ever tasted

m-creamy and incredibly rich and thick. like drinking my dessert. AVB is not present at all and it goes down smooth.

overall, this is some crazy stuff. Is it something I could drink every day...of course not. But in terms of an incredibly unique beer, this one takes the cake. Southern Tier just keeps making unique sweet stout that I really enjoy.

Photo of begforme4484
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black with a reddish brown hue about the edges. Not very much for head even with a fairly aggressive pour. The small ring of head that did remain still leaves decent spotty lacing for what it's worth.

Smells yummy. An overabundance of caramel and butterscotch fill the nose. Subtle hints of spices and vanilla too. Very good smelling beer.

Somewhat of a let down from what I was expecting from the nose. Bitter butterscotch with some smooth vanilla base. Somewhat astringent on the backside which kind of ruins the smoothness this beer should have.

Mouthfeel is semi viscous with little carbonation. Bit acidic.

Overall a good beer. But a bit of a let down, as Southern Tier's other stouts are outstanding.

Photo of Chaney
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hating on this brew here lately... but still quite a following overall.

A: Almost pitch black, but not quite. Velvety brown color is the best way to describe it. Not much head.... just a few bubbles.

S: Caramel filled the air even before the cap was fully off. Not just caramel, but butterscotch. Actually, the butterscotch buried just about everything. Lactose sugar for sure!

T: Not quite as luscious as the nose but still pretty good. Minor criticism: Imbedded in that milky goodness was a slight bit of waxy solvent that never really went away throughout the session. Quite sweet, but then again, so is Creme Brulee.

M: It lacks a creamy texture for sure. It just sort of lies there like some sort of thin prune juice. I usually never advocate this, but perhaps a bit more carbonation would do this one some good. A fair amount of booze in the beginning, but that went away the more I sipped.

O: Man, if they were to fix the issues I mentioned above, this would be one of the best dessert beers on the market.

My wife really digs this one, and I have fond memories of going to see concerts at Wolf Trap, sitting on the lawn, and splitting this with her (on several occasions).

I'm not sure how this one will age. My guess is... not very well. However, there is only one way to find out.

Photo of Stunner97
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark brown to black in color with very thin white lacing that quickly fades away, no carbonation to be seen

Smell- all i can say is wow, this is literally the most strong smelling beer i may have ever smelt, its smells much as advertised being a creme brulee, tons of vanilla and caramel dominate this pungent delicous sweet nose, literally smells like desert, I could smell this one all day

Taste- the taste of the beer is not quite as strong as the nose would believe you to think on the start, its gots got some roasted espresso and burnt malts up front and even little touch hops, its not til the finish that the vanilla and caramel start poking there nose around again and lingering long on the finish, the finish is much more drying and less sweet then i excpected

Mouthfeel- the mouthfeel of this beer is i would say medium bodied its not light but it certainly alot more light still then i might have suspected, some alcohol can be noticed on finish

Drinkability- Overall -this is a very creative beer and one thats unique amongst most other beers I have tried, its not as sweet as you would think for sure but the flavors are vanilla are strong, really to me the weakest point of this beer is the firm bitterness at the end which I guess is cutting back on some of the sweetness but still not sure its the most desirable taste to me, this is probably not something I would seek out again as it seems it has some good points but never reallly comes together to be great rather okay, worth a shot as a desert beer

Photo of Infamous7100
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black, very thin, tan head that is quick to fade.
S: the vanilla comes right out and smacks you in the face. Roasted malt and coffee are right there along with it. A hint a booze as well.
T: vanilla, caramel, coffee, some faint hops at the end. I swear I can taste the custard. Outstanding.
M: nice and slick, not to thick, but more syrupy. Gives the sensation of a dry finish as the booze and hops hit at the end, but the stout envelops your tongue for a taste that lasts.
O: great job of implementing a creme brule into a beer. Its very sweet, so one would do you well, when you combine that fact with high abv. Would highly recommend this as a night cap.

Photo of jale
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost black with a dime of light brown head.

S: Huge sweet butterscotch, creme brulee ice cream or candy aroma. I have'nt tasted it yet but the aroma leads me to think this will be overly sweet.

T: Sweet butterscotch and creme brulee candy to start. Only a hint of alcohol heat. Lactose and some burnt sugar. Nice vanilla and then bitter coffee in the finish.

M; Sticky medium-thick body with average carbonation.

O: This is a dessert beer for sure. Would like to have seen more malt backbone.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a black appearance. Very short tan head, turns quickly into moderate lacing.

S: Heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate, pudding. Cake frosting and bread pudding are two aromas that i can clearly decipher. Small hints of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T/M: Not far from the nose. Big creamy vanilla flavor right away. The richness is almost like a pudding or custard of sorts, much like a creme brulee. Very mild french toast-spiciness. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans are overpowered by the big notes of vanilla and cream. Rich, and very very sweet overall body. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: The definition of a dessert beer. Extra sweet and rich in flavor. Pretty good, but not the greatest.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Houblon Chouffe tulip.
L: Black, not as dark as the other Black Water Series but nonetheless black. Creates huge tan, froathy head about 3 little piggies tall and this piggy sticks around, literally. NOICE!

S: Smelled it outside of the growler before cracking, no jive. Smell is popping, one word...vannnnillllaaa....fresh vanilla beans but also roasted vanilla coffee notes, like a late or something. Maltage!

T: As good as it smells. Creamy, milky,vanilla, mmmm. This is a treat I could enjoy anytime, especially dessert. Dark ambrosia...where's the alcohol?

M: So thick and delicious it is barely a liquid.

O: Another spectacular brew from Southern Tier's Black Water. Heard it was a little too sweet but its perfect for me. Killed the whole growler and now I'm seeing that abv tag.

Photo of Morey
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Six Pack House Of Beer (West) in Erie, Pa.

Black in appearance with brownish hues around the edges when it's held up to the light. One finger of tan colored head settled to a thin lace after a couple of minutes.

Wow!! What an aroma! Nothing but BIG BAD & BOLD Butterscotch in the nose. Maybe a hint of vanilla extract. If I had my eyes closed, and someone said "here, smell this" I don't know if I would've known it was beer.

More butterscotch and vanilla in the taste. Some toffee flavor in there as well. Roasted barley and hop bitterness are of the backbone in this dessert beer.

Medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. The sweetness and a syrupy texture on the palate as well.

Nice dessert beer, but I couldn't imagine drinking much more than this 12oz glass in one sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: One of the few beers that I've had where I'd have to share a bomber without question. It's just too intensely sweet and syrupy. Fun to drink none the less.

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Very nice and dark, very nice looking head, leaves lacing. Almost pitched black, but when held up to the light.

S - Coffee creamer is my first reaction. Reminds me of Saranac's Caramel Porter. Has the butterscotch, some vanilla, some caramel. Smells exceptional, almost like a Starbucks frappuccino. Very nice dark malts.

T - The aftertaste is the best. One of the sweetest tasting beers I've ever had. Still has the bitterness of coffee grains throughout, somehow. Mostly consists of vanilla, bits of caramel and bits of coffee beans.

M - Extremely dry, doesn't leave much residue in the mouth surprisingly. Smooth and creamy, but once it goes down it's almost like it was never there. No coating of the mouth, nothing.

D - Goes down pretty damn easy. Very smooth for a high percent beer.

Overall it was a good beer and I'd like to have it again some time. My friends raved about this beer and I really enjoyed it. It's not the greatest thing in the world but it suffices.

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

I laid my eyes upon this beer immediately thinking, "Now this is ambitious." Sure, an imperial stout has all the makings of a rich dessert, but can it capture the flavor of the classic European custard? I bought it, I poured it, I sniffed it, and I was halfway convinced. It smelled remarkably like the real deal. I was only slightly surprised that it bore no head even with a slightly vigorous pour. With extreme agitation I managed to whip up a mocha colored head. With that, I sipped upon this brew-lee with great satisfaction. The mouthfeel was quite pleasant and the taste was remarkably like creme brulee and less like the straight vanilla bean. A slight booziness lingered on my tongue as I took in a light stout flavor as the almost saccharine vanilla began to subside. Is it perfect? No. Is it a fantastic endeavor? Indeed, yes, it is. Try it once, you will probably be surprised, for better or for worse.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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