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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: 3,972
Reviews: 1,357
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 317
Gots: 720 | FT: 26
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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 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.

Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


Photo of pburland23
1.88/5  rDev -51.8%
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.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of paxkey
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,972 ratings.