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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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3,799 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,799
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 271
Gots: 598 | 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 SuperNova777
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with my girl after dinner..poured into a snifter

A:Nice Dark pour with a thin tan head that quickly dies down with not much lacing

S:WOW..lots caramel flavor coming thru with a very sweet smelling vanilla as well.

T:Sweetness hits the palate like a bomb from the carmalized malts, then a hint of vanilla/coffee afterwards. Not much alcohol burn here which is surprising considering the ABV

M:A medium felt body with a slight tingle of carbonation

D:A super sweet tasting Imperial Milk Stout, Fairly easy to drink and definitly more of a dessert to sip and enjoy

SuperNova777, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a streak or cherry red; very little dark tan head that retains to the edges and laces nicely

S - Caramelized sugar predominantly, with vanilla and just a hint of coffee...very, very sweet smelling

T&M - Full bodied with very little carbonation. Very thick feeling but smooth. Alcohol is palatable with a defined warmth in the back of the throat. Very sweet; doesn't taste like creme brule per se, but does taste like the caramelized top of the brule. Notes of vanilla with lots of lactic sugar and a bit of coffee. Finish is somewhat sticky, and the sweetness that remains on the palate is almost cloying.

D - Very sweet, high ABV, sticky finish...enjoyable, but this is a one bottle sipper.

ZeroSignal, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of inthebeeraisle
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from The Hop & Vine. Surprised to still see some of the choice beers that they had around.

A: This is a relatively flat beer. The head dissipated quickly. A beautiful dark color that shows little light when held up to a lamp.

S: This beer smells like caramel, chocolate, vanilla, & whipped cream. Awesome!

T: Rich, smooth, "It's just like chocolate creme brulee" she said.

M: Yeah the mouthfeel is smooth. I kind of thought I already told you that.

D: This is the best beer that I have have from Southern Tier so far. I love the Black Water Series, but their other brews are also quite choice as well. I highly recommend this beer, but it does have a very high ABV.

inthebeeraisle, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pitch black with low head retention

smell: Hughmugus creamy caramel aroma. amazing...roasted malt, subtle coffee/chocolate,

taste: tastes liek it smells and reaslly does capture creme brulee. Amazed The swettness is not balanced though. Nice beer though

mouthfeel: big full bodied

drinkability: Amzing smell the was the best part and a great beer for dessert, paired or on its own.

CampusCrew, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of ABOWMan
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about niche beers! Here is a dessert beer if I ever tasted one.

A: Poured ink black from my bomber and produced one finger of fine deep oak colored head. Lacing was minimal.

S: Vanilla, caramel, milk and caramelized sugar (close your eyes and think the dessert Creme Brulee!).

T: Caramelized sugar, roasted coffee, sweet cream and Kahula.

M: Rich and full on the palate. Heavy coating properties one would associate with cream.

D: A better dessert beer I have never had before. Truly creative offering from Southern Tier and very aptly named.

ABOWMan, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for CampusCrew for bringing this over during a recent brew day for us to enjoy together.

This beer exceeded my epectations as a well done desert beer. It is a sweet beer with very vanilla fwd aroma and flavors, but balanced very nicely without being cloying or overly sweet.

Appearance was dark coffee brown/balck with a good tan head that faded away almost permenantly.
Aromas of distinct fresh vanilla beans, dark malts, coffee, caramel and chocolate.
Tastes as it smells with appropriatte hop support for sweet and malt balance.
Mouthfeel is semi slick and medium carbonation which fades away as the beer warmed.
Overall drinkability was very enjoyable to split a bomber with 3 or 4 folks as a night cap. It would be tough to drink more than one of these, but it lives up to the name and is right on for what I was hoping.

In one word. Impressive.
The aroma was a standout feature for sure.

unclejimbay, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - A sweet aroma of vanilla and coconut with a bready note that makes this beer smell like really good cake.

T - Sweet malt up front with notes of coffee, vanilla, toffee, and a hint of coconut. The toffee intensifies in the middle and more caramel character comes out to play with the vanilla. The beer finishes with a sweet note of caramel and rum with a little bit of spicy alcohol and herbal, turkish coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - If there was ever something that could truly be called a dessert beer, this is it. The vanilla is strong throughout, but it is especially vibrant in the aroma. There is a deep, rich caramel note to the flavor that really reminds me of flan. It is sweet and rich and weird and I doubt that I will find myself craving this particular beer again any time soon, but it is still a very well executed take on the idea of turning creme brulee into beer.

nickfl, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep,deep brown with a nice tan head.

S: Nose was milk, creme, coffee and vanilla beans.

T; It was exceptional! It had lots of vanilla to it with an espresso kick and creme feel that was very sweet

M: The mouthfeel was ok at first but the constatnt creme, vanilla is to much for me after a while.

D: Drinkability was low because while it good on taste and mouthfeel it was just hard for me to finish.

barleywinefiend, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A:Pitch black with very thin head that disappeared almost immediately.

S:Creamy carmel, vanilla, butterschotch. Real sweet smell!

T: Immediately pick up lots of carmel and vanilla. Malty milkshake finish. It does kind of taste like Creme Brulee.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden by the sweetness.

D: A tad too sweet for me but it goes down smooth.

IdrinkGas, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this on tap at Gingerman in South Norwalk, CT. Wouldn't suggest this to start a meal as I did, but it is a pretty unique beer that is definitely worth a try.

Pours a traditional dark chocolate brown, nearly black, with a nice dark brown head. Two fingers, well formed, very thick and meaty. Nose is unreal - so aggressively like creme brulee with very very strong vanilla. Sugary.

Taste is much like the nose, but with a bit of aggressive alcohol. Very non-traditional for the style, but that doesnt mean it isnt great. Creamy, vanilla, thick - a very enjoyable drink. If creme brulee was a drink, this is what it would taste like. The alcohol level is a bit of a detriment and burns a little bit. Definitely a one beer, preferably dessert, beer.

Jesstyr, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of kfsv034
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown or black with a brownish hue on the edges when held up to light. small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, butterscotch some very mild bourbon. Smells very good.

T - Follows the nose but not nearly as well as I'd like. Yes all the sugary components are there the vanilla, carmel, Maple syrup and butterscotch and almost not bourbon. Pretty disappointing as it doesnt live up to the smell.

M - Thin, and sugary

D - To Sweet one is enough for me

kfsv034, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of pinkwheels
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Taco Mac Metropolis. Poured very dark with just a bit of tan colored head. The smell was just awesome, sugary caramel sweetness. Taste wise it was very sweet with more caramel and vanilla with a bit of coffee. Even though this beer was 9%, the alcohol was well hidden in all the flavors. Definitely worth trying, especially for a "dessert".

pinkwheels, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into snifter

A: Pours a deep brown that lets light through on the edges, head recedes rapidly to just a few bubbles, right after the pour it is a rich light brown color, its disappointing that it shrinks so fast, but I guess that is to be expected, overall handsome

S: Smells like dessert, heavily creamed coffee with a massive amount of vanilla, some milk chocolate seems to be there, sweet but a semblance of balance remains from the hop presence that is detectable

T: Definitely invokes a sense of dessert, creamy and sweet up front, definitely has that custard like sweetness, vanilla is there strongly again, after which a slight bitterness hits, brought on the coffee like bitterness of the dark roasted malt, then the pretty big hop presence appears and increases the bitterness however not much in the way of hop flavor, this helps cleanse your mouth of the sweetness, but for me it is still too sweet to be anything better than "good"

M: Ok, starts creamy and pretty heavy, but then it gets pretty carbonated to lighten it up

D: Not great, this is a sipping dessert beer to me, half a glass in a snifter is plenty, it is just too sweet, I could not have finished my bottle alone

Notes: At first look, smell and taste this beer is a very good beer. However, after that it goes down hill. When enjoyed in too large of a quantity it starts feeling and tasting unpleasant. It is so sweet that it starts cloying. But I'm ok with this beer. If it is supposed to invoke creme brulee then it should be enjoyed in moderation like its namesake. Generally it is served in small ceramic dishes...so I'll stick with just a small snifter full of this beer to sip on.

dpodratsky3, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Poured as black as the night with a full creamy tan head. Smell is simply amazing. First whiff and I was a little kid again, unwrapping a Werthers Original I stole from my mom's purse. Same exact caramel aroma. Taste is a little more complex. Vanilla, caramel and coffee flavors blend for an intensely sweet palate. Creamy mouthfeel that feels heavy on the tongue. Not something to drink alot of or often. It is best enjoyed slowly, and as a liquid dessert.

JunkYardJake, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of NealVsBeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep black color with full mocha head which leaves nice lacing on its way down

S - Rich vanilla and coffee smells as well as roasted barley and caramel

T - Rich! Incredibly sweet and complex. Coffee, vanilla caramel, cream. Lives up to its name.

M - Once again, rich, and full-bodied. Sweet and flavorful.

D - Share this one with a friend. This is a beer to be savored over an extended period of time. Excellent dessert beer (possibly in place of an actual creme brulee?). I thought about pouring this over some vanilla ice cream but decided against it. I recommend.

NealVsBeer, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of scarnold8
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber split with my finacee. Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours pitch black with very litte/no head.
S - Smells like candy. Vanilla and caramel are all that I could smell. It smells great, but certainly not like any beer I've ever had.
T - At first it taste like a typical stout, with lots of malt and a hint of hops. The vanilla and caramel take over almost immediately though and dominate through the finish. There's some heat from the alcohol at the end.
M - It's thick and creamy and very smooth.
D - Low. The sweetness is almost overpowering at times and the alcohol content makes it a sipper.

This is a unique beer to say the least and I thought it was good. I'm not sure I'd get it again for a while, but I was very glad to try it.

scarnold8, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was looking for Southern Tier's Mokah, which I find is excellent, but as they were out of stock I ended up purchasing their Creme Brulee.

The pour was opaque brown/black with short lived head.

The blast of vanilla on the nose is like a warning shot over the bow. Tons of vanilla to follow.

The only way to describe the palate is decadant, rich, heaps of vanilla, sugary, creamy, toffee. Exactly like a creme brulee, I suppose should taste, but with a background of alcohol...as per imperial stout I suppose.

I was only able to get through about half the bomber. I recapped the bottle and the next evening I sat back down to take on the remainder. My notes show that the second tasting, after the bottle had been open overnight, actually went better, but man it's very sweet did I mention VANILLA dessert.

JackieTH, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10, then again last night from the bottle while relaxing on my deck at home (one of the many bottles I bought while at Pat's that night).

As recommended, served right from the refrigerator, poured into pint glasses.

A: Very dark, nearly black, tan colored head with good formation.

S: If you were to put a wet Werther's Original under your nose, you would EXACTLY the aroma of this beer. Caramel with vanilla overtones. If you had someone smell this beer without seeing it, they would guess candy or cake, I am sure.

T: Tastes like it smells. Has the same flavor profile as Dekuyper ButterShots Schnapps. You can't really believe that you are drinking a dark stout beer. Absolutely amazing!!

NOTE: Once this beer warmed up, the alcohol was definitely present in a big way. I recommend splitting a bomber 3 or 4 ways and getting it gone while it is still cold.

M: I do not understand how anyone could remotely put this beer into the "thick" or "heavy" category. The only reason must be because they see stout and think that way. This is incredibly easy drinker with ample carbonation.

D: I would say that most everyone who has this would not want more than one glass. Like Choklat, it is extreme and meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

This is definitely a dessert beer. My friend suggested pound cake and berries as a pairing. We will try it and get back to you.

Spica66, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of strangefate
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black with little head and little lacing. Scent is very pronounced - caramel and vanilla. It was something I couldn't stop smelling just because of the uniqueness. The taste is of caramel, butterscotch, and then mocha. Very sweet. I find it somewhat hard to judge the taste since it's very unique and complex - but it's just overwhelming. It is medium-thick-bodied and seems somewhat syrupy, but this might just be a result of the mental association with the sweet taste. I enjoyed how unique this was, but it is not something I can drink a lot of, it's just too sweet and overwhelming. I was unable to finish a 22oz in one sitting.

strangefate, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ugaterrapin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Has a deep black color is about a half finger worth of head.

S: This has an incredibly intense aroma. The smell of sweet vanilla dominates. Can pick up a little bit of coffee, but it is hard to not notice anything other than the vanilla.

T: The front of this one starts off tasting like a standard coffee flavored stout. It quickly progresses to the vanilla noted in the smell and has a smooth sweet finish. Overall it is hard to describe this beer other than a sweet dessert beer. I haven't had anything like it before. It is good, but something I wouldn't drink too much of due to the sweetness.

ugaterrapin, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have heard great things about ST, and this only reinforces that. The beer pours black as night with some lacing. Once the beer flowed you can smell the vanilla. Now I like vanilla so this was really cool, but it was *very* dominant. The taste was a creamy vanilla stout. Just as advertised; the marketing spin on the bottle wasn't lying. Mouthfeel was pleasant. This was a fairly easy stout to drink. I could easily have more, and I will. Just be warned if you are not a fan of vanilla.

socon67, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the moment the bottle is opened the room fills with vanilla. And it sticks around. Once poured into my goblet the vanilla can be appreciated along with the malt and a lot of alcohol. I don't usually chill my stouts very much, but this one recommends a 42 degrees serving temperature so I will oblige. The head is tan and short lived, winding down to a bubbly ring of lace.

Taste is all vanilla and alcohol at the coldest first sip. Kind of disappointed. And the slight bitterness of the aftertaste is kind of counter-productive to the sweet sugars and vanilla. Going to let this one warm a bit. Average mouthfeel for a cream stout.

Warming helped quit a bit. Don't know why they would recommend such a cold temp for a stout. Never again, souther tier. Never again.

The alcohol has slipped behind the vanilla after a good 15-20 minutes of sitting in my glass with periodic sips. Still not to drinkable.

Might try aging one of these until the winter months to use as a sweet winter warmer.

blivingston1985, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of jfro
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark as the midnight sun, with a tan head,

S- WOW! there is some vanilla! caramel. Smells like cake honestly

T- creme, maple, vanilla, like a creme brulee from Butterwoods (all in the WNY region know this place)

M- Thick, viscous, heavy

D- one of these after dinner would satiate you

I rate this beer rather high, and I think it is fantastic, I understand if people do not like it, but wow, this is definitely an "imperial" milk stout.

jfro, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mmtroop1218
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having this offering from souther tier for the first time, passed by it a few times in the past few weeks and finally decided to try it.

This beer definatly matches its name

A: Dark in color as you would expect, not to much carbonation or head to speak of, just a half of a finger for no more than a minute.

S: This is where i feel the beer lives up to its name, huge smells of caramel coming though here, syripy and definatly a desert comes to mind when smelling it

T: Taste matches the smell with caramel notes being the most up front to me along with coffee and a mocha taste too.

M: Mouthfeel was down the middle to me, not to think not to thin, pretty smooth going down

D: I found it to be very drinkable, but i can see after haveing more than a couple getting the same feeling you do after eating to much cake, like a sweet overload, but other than that i enjoyed this beer very much

mmtroop1218, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I do so enjoy beers that stay true to their names. This 'un pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose is a dessert in its own right, comprising buttercream frosting, vanilla, cane sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, molasses, sweet toffee, powdered sugar, and a vague sense of french toast or funnel cake. You know, sweet breads and whatnot. If I could literally eat smells, this would near the top of my list in terms of desireability. Happily intrigued, a taste must be had. A lot of the sweeter notes are still there, but are subdued, allowing some light roasted malts to come through, ensuring a more well-rounded, if somewhat weaker, tasting experience. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rich, velevety feel. Damn, I enjoy this brew. Even better, the smell tends to linger in my apartment, allowing me to enjoy its sweet, sweet smell for a few days hence. Good times.

TMoney2591, Jul 16, 2010
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,799 ratings.