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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: 3,873
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 300
Gots: 644 | 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 BigJim5021
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with a head the shade of Nesquik. Pretty decent lacing too.

Holy hell, this really does smell like creme brulee. I mean, it smells really good, but this is downright bizarre. So on the nose that it's kinda scary.

The flavor is like a cup of coffee with some creme brulee flavored creamer. Again, the accuracy is startling. It's big and sweet up front with deep roast coming through in the end.

Mouthfeel is beautiful. Beyond full bodied, though not chewy. Silky smooth.

This is where it gets sticky, no pun intended (ok, maybe a little). I had no problem polishing off a bomber. On the other hand, I could easily go a year or more without the desire to have another bottle. And seeing as I had to have a good friend bring it back from NYC, that won't be at all difficult.

Photo of thekanna
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a barely perceptible ring of white head.

S: Gorgeous, syrupy vanilla extract and sugar with layers of creaminess and butteriness lurking underneath. Vanilla sweetness is overwhelming without being cloying.

T: Slightly medicinal and sour roasted malts lead to an aftertaste packed with vanilla bean, burnt sugar, caramel, and creamy perfection. Tastes exactly like how a crème brûlée should, but stands on its own as a fantastic liquid dessert.

M: Thick, oily, and coats the mouth, followed by low carbonation.

D: This is absolutely wonderful, and I bemoaned the fact that I had no more of this after I drank it all from my cup. An incredible beer, and one that I'll definitely return back to if I find it again in the store.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer oh well. It has a lightly tanned head and a deep brown almost black color. Some nice lacing.

The smell of this beer is unbelievable. Loads of sweetness, smells like creme brûlée. Some syrup (like pancake syrup) and a little bit of roasted malts.

Tastes pretty much like I though it would. This is one big flavourful beer. Sweet, roasty, warming and one hell of a dessert beer. I can't see myself drinking more than one of these! But they sure are good.

Photo of beersensei305
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a mini goublet. Pours black with no head. As it was placed in front of me you can smell the sweet vanilla aroma... just like a real creme-brulee. The taste is sweet sweet sweet vanilla and reflects it's name. There is a slight malt flavor and you can taste the presence of the high ABV. Overall, a great beer to have once in a while, but too sweet for my taste. I will have it again though.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap into goblet.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a very small head with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Well, it smells like creme brulee. Very appetizing if you like the dessert.

Taste: Has a strong roasted malt backbone with the creme brulee lingering in the background. I expected more of that flavor. Toward the end, it started to become a little tougher to drink.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice, full body.

Drinkability: As I said, it got a little tougher to drink and the glass empties. Plus the high alcohol content knocks it down for me slightly. Good to have one at a time, sometimes.

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

Fresh off the success of Choklat and Jahva, it was time to crack open a Creme Brulee. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Served chilled as per the bottle's instructions.

Look: thin, brown head. This is a fairly light beer considering the style. Its definitely not black and is closer to a very deep brown with mahogany highlights when held near a light source.

Smell: this is as potent as Choklat is! I can smell it while the glass is sitting on the table in front of me before I even bring it to my nose. Smells, surprisingly, like creme brulee. Very vanilla with hints of roasted malts beneath and a slight alcohol smell. Exceptional.

Taste: very sweet. This is a very vanilla bean flavored beer! The lactose is noticeable. There's also the taste of caramel and hints of roasted malts as well. The alcohol isn't there in the taste when its chilled but it comes out when it warms up. When its warm, I picked up vanilla, roasted malt, and the alcohol. It becomes more complex but not as delicious as it warms.

Feel: not that thick, surprisingly. Its fairly thin and the alcohol bite comes out when it warms. There's no real bitterness in the beer until its warm.

Drink: very high. If I hadn't intentionally left some to warm up, it would've been gone in a few minutes.

Overall, this isn't the best of the Southern Tier stouts I've had so far but its still very tasty and very unique. Certainly worth a go!

Photo of bernardus1212
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at HOB "Thanks Jessica." Poured into a 6oz snifter. Black as night with a white head. the head stuck around for awhile. You can smell this beer from the other room. The most intese vanilla have ever seen in a beer. THe flavor was the same. It tasted like vanilla extract with a little dry hops. I like the idea but Southern Tier needs to consult CCB before trying this. Way too intense. Switched over to a Loose Cannon immediately. As a suggestion, I wouldnt try this in a glass bigger than a flight sipper.

Photo of BigBlacke
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Where do I start. I poured a bottle of this into my snifter and was speechless.

Without a doubt, the best smelling beer I have ever known. Smells of sweet cream, vanilla, caramel, and roasty coffee. Taste was just as remarkable as smell. Tastes of creme, coffee, caramel, and vanilla coated the palate with a creamy goodness. Sweet but not too sweet. All ingredients compliment each other in perfection. Drinkability suffers just a bit because of its desert like nature. I couldnt drink a whole lot of this at one sitting, but damn I wish I could. Un"F'n"believable. Love it!!!

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

In a pint glass the beer was black in color with a very thin tan head.
The aroma was vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt.
Vanilla taste, sweet chocolate, and espresso.
Nice enough beer, but way too sweet for my taste.
I could probably drink one of these, but would have a tough time drinking the whole 22oz in one sitting.

Photo of emmasdad
1.79/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Thanks Dan, for the opportunity to try something new, something I would definitely not want a whole bottle of for myself. Pours an intriguing dark brown/black color, with the bare minimum of tan head. Aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, burnt caramel and cream. On the palate, this one was sickly sweet, with rootbeer schnapps, imitation vanilla extract and milk chocolate. Undrinkable, even in moderation. I was told this is a love it or hate it kind of beer, and I believe it. Unfortunately for me, I hated it. Probably one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Photo of Schmittymack
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally tried this tonight at Emmasdad's B-day/Passing the Bar celebration. Poured pretty dark (nice) with a very sweet nose. Tasted sweetness--LOTS of sweetness, almost to the point where I couldn't do more than a few ounces. I guess if you like creme brulee, this might be to your liking. Kinda iffy for a beer, though. Glad I tried this but seriously doubt I'd bother trying again.

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

A - Deep dark brown with a big, fluffy, long lasting tannish head. Little lacing.

S - Frickin straight-up creme brulee. Vanilla, sweet milk sugars, chocolate and a little bit of actual malt bready aroma peaks through as it warms.

F/M - These guys nailed it! Awesome full-on creme brulee dessert in a glass. Rich chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk sugars. Thick, full, slick and medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation makes it easy to put past the gums. Dry finish with a lingering sweet vanilla aftertaste.

D - Such a rich beer, and kind of gimmicky. Great on the flavors and aromas, especially for a dessert beer, but much more than a big glass of this stiff would be hard to put down. Very enjoyable though.

Photo of JMastrangelo
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only slightly less drinkable than its fall cousin, Pumpking, this beer is a perfect dessert beer or something to drink during a cold night by a fire.

A- Dark as any winter's night, with minimal brown foaming at the top.

S- Creme Brulee. Those crazy bastards did it again, it smells just like you'd expect warm Creme Brulee to, while being cold. For me, someone that bakes, that's AMAZING. I can crack a bottle and people across the room have smelled it. But how does it..

Taste- Exactly as it smells, just like pumpking did. Delicious Vanilla and Caramel overtones, dancing around a coffeelike porter taste. The rich, syrupy taste left on your tongue afterwards reminiscent of hot chocolate syrup. Note, this does not taste like any other beer you'll have, be that good or bad. If you're expecting a traditional imperial stout, this is not the beer for you. This is unique and very rich, creamy, and sweet. Barely a trace of bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel- Traditional imperial syrupy coating. Not too intrusive, but it's there.

Drinkability- Said it before, I'll say it again. One and done. Considering Southern Tier is a respectable but still pricey 7$ a bottle (on average), do you really want to kill two bottles in a night?

Men, if you have wives or girlfriends, even ones that claim they hate "beer", sneak this to them during a fancy dessert on your anniversary or valentine's day. Assuming they like chocolatey/coffeeish tastes, split this bottle between the two of you over a hot brownie, you may make a beer convert out of them yet.

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is almost jet black with almost no head. Smell is burnt caramel with vanilla and malt. It tastes, not surprisingly, like a creme brulee stout. Lots of vanilla and caramel. It's got a sweet and almost candy-like finish. The mouthfeel is a little heavy and thick. The sweetness is almost too much. It's a very rich beer---not one to drink quickly. I'm not sure quite what to make of this. It's good and quite interesting, but not a beer I'd want to drink often. It's kinda like drinking dessert. But I could see enjoying one of these a few times a year, especially during cold weather, when I'm craving something heavy and sweet.

Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.

The appearance is a fairly standard dark brown, almost black with a decent light tan head.

The aroma is overwhelmingly of caramel, with a light touch of vanilla. And while it is quite pleasant, it is an extremely un-beer like aroma.

The flavor is again of incredibly strong caramel and vanilla malts.
Unfortunately I can't really pick up many flavors past this though, so I don't have much to elaborate on besides to say that this is easily the sweetest beer I have tried, and that this beer could easily stand alone as a dessert.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium to full bodied and very well suited for this beer.
This is quite drinkable, though you would definitely have to be in the mood for sweets.

Photo of Cresant
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served this beer in a Duvel glass. No date. 22 oz. brown bottle. The body was a very dark opaque brown with a light brown head. The foam dissipated quickly.

Smell was fantastic. No alcohol, but lots of dessert aromas. Custard, butter, vanilla.

Taste was also like a dessert, but with alcohol. This is a boozy sweet sipper. Chocolate and caramel. Buttery vanilla. Somewhat cloying. This one should really be released in 12 oz. bottles instead, 22 oz. is too much.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and full bodied. Definitely a beer to share, a dessert for two (or more).

Photo of Hex92
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a decent head that dissapated quickly.

Smells of caramel, burnt suagar, coffee, maybe even chocolatte.

Tastes the same as it tastes. Great dessert beer. Wish I had waited to drink it when the wife was around to share it. It is very sweet!

Can't taste the alcohol, but the syrupy mouthfeel sure does stick around.

Definitely NOT a session beer, but a nice one to share after a good dinner.

Photo of Kbogac
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark, no light passes through. Almost no head. Small ring stays around the edge. Huge vanilla & caramel nose. Some coffee too. The first sip is very sweet & intense. You almost need to drink a little to get past he sweetness. After the initial shock the flavor is very reminiscent of tiramisu instead of creme burlee. Definately a dessert beer. Mild carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Once you get past the first taste and it warms a little this is a very enjoyable beer. The 24 oz. bottle would be a great dessert split between four people. I don't think I would like more that one at a sitting but I'll keep one in the around for friends.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Fathead's sampler glass from the Steel City Big Pour fest...I'm sharing with family and friends. Pours pitch blacdk with a tan mocha head, fine even lacing scattered on the sides of the sampler glass. Aroma is full of creamy milk chocolate, caramelized nearly burn sugars, a touch of alcohol. This beer smells sweeter than dessert and tastes like cream filled cocolate/burnt marshmellow crusted in caramel. A dessert beer that I wouldn't drink a 22 ounce bottle of unless I wanted to pay for it. Mouthfeel is creamy syrupy but so worth it, I don't think it's designed forme but it's delicious. Drinkability overall agan it's way to sweet and cloying to drink in number or volume but if you taste it your amazed with what Southern Tier is doing with beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest beige head. The liquid is near black--no light passes through the glass. Slippery lace that slides back into the head.

This truly smells like creme brulee: very sweet vanilla with caramelized table sugar.

Lots of burnt sugar flavor--too burnt for a good creme brulee. There's an element of coffee/mocha to the bitterness. The body is rich, almost oily. Light hop in the background.

Photo of telecomz
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown-to-black. Plenty of carbonation with a 1/2 inch head.

S: It smells exactly what I wanted it to smell like. aramel and vanilla. Wonderful.

T: Vanilla and caramel to begin. Sweetness in the middle. The ending hop bitterness is unbalanced. Too much.

M: Not heavy or 'chewy' at all. Surprisingly light.

D: A great dessert beer.

Photo of captj
2.34/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

My first review, so go easy on me!

A: It looks good, looks like a stout. Black, pours a nice tan-ish/light-brown head, with a bit of thickness to it.

S: WOOOAH! As soon as you pop the cap you get knocked five feet backwards by the smell! I have it in a snifter (as the bottle suggests) about a foot and a half away and it is powerful! You really can only taste the creme brulee aspect, there isn't much else nose wise unless you have a good nose and can realllly get through the caramel/vanilla smells. It's nice, but overpowering.

T: This is a super super super sweet and flavor-packed beer. By "flavor-packed" I mean a strong and loud flavor, not a highly complex flavor. It's hard to get much besides the vanilla, caramel, and some slight coffee taste. There is a bit of creaminess to it, and little bit of coffee, but wow is it sweet. The coffee and cream flavors come out on the aftertaste more than the immediate sip. I get a liiittle bit of maltiness, but maybe it's just me, but it's hard to pull much else besides the creme brulee from this beer. Also, even at 10%, the alcohol stands out a little too much for me. I like my high ABV beers, but this one doesn't really mesh well and doesn't feel well balanced.

M: It has a nice, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and that's all I can really say about that.

D: Veryyy difficult for the flavor reasons I mentioned earlier. Way too sweet, way too much of the "creme brulee" flavor. We can put it like this: This goes over and above on creme brulee flavor than PumKing does on pumpkin flavor.

So there's my review, I don't know what my actual letter rating would be, but I'd say C to D+. Just not my bag. But I would definitely pass on this one again...I don't know if I'll even be able to finish this glass.

Photo of poonamibaxter
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cheesemoose for this one!

A: jet black with a thin head but enough carbonation to make you happy

S: Just like creme brulee, has sort of a butterscotch nose, very nice

T: Caramel, vanilla, and other good sweetness

M: full, oily, and chewy like a good stout should be

D: It is a desert beer, you only want one and should split a 22oz

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

From 22 oz bomber to oversized wine glass

Was looking to trade for this, but while I was visiting my hometown of Seattle, I noticed Whole Foods carries a few Southern Tier offerings.

A: Pours a jet black with plenty of carbonation and forms a frothy 1/2 inch head in the wine glass. The head is mocha colored and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, what an amazing nose. I'm not sure if it smells like creme brulee, but the title gets you ready for its desert-like character and the aroma answers. It smells of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, all of which flood your nose through the alcohol volatiles. There's bready malts and yeast in the distance One of the most powerful and unique aromas I've picked up from a brew.

T: Mocha is probably the first taste you'll notice, followed by the caramel and vanilla. It's strange vanilla bean is the only non-traditional ingredient, as its chocolate tones dominate. These flavors all combine and carry through the swallow with pastry-like character, but hop bitterness, which wasn't very prevalent in the smell, combines with alcohol to break up the sweetness, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Finishes sugary and caramelly with just a touch of drying hop bitterness.

M: No surprises here - rich, oily, chewy. One of the more viscous brews I've come across, but given the title and the 10% ABV it was expected.

Drinkability and notes: At first sip, I thought this was one of the better beers I've tried. Southern Tier really nailed the desert flavors they were striving for, an accomplishment upon which the beer should be judged. However, I was drinking this alone and about halfway through the bomber the beer became a little thick and filling. Of course, this was no surprise...it's a big-ass beer, and you know that going in. Probably best to share. I need some water.

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle into a De Struisse glass, dark brown with a light tan head. Good retention, great sticky lacing...Aroma is super strong and sweet. Smells exactly like a dessert, fresh vanilla bean ice cream, lots of cream itself, you can pull out the sugar though which is a little off putting. Sensory overload...Taste is again is too sweet, like eating a liquid dessert with fresh vanilla bean just blended in. Bitter roasted coffee cuts through as well which breaks up the sweetness, but just can't drink a ton of this.

This is the perfect dessert drink for a 3 ounce pour, this should be shared with several people, don't crack it by yourself or you'll be doing a drain pout.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,873 ratings.