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: 3,823
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 286
Gots: 603 | 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:
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 beerhan
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had a 4oz draft sample of this last night and honestly I cannot believe that this was even beer. It more or less tasted like liquified cheesecake or tiramisu. There was a heavy cream taste with strong hints of cocoa and coffee. The alcohol is almost undetectable and the taste really is a lot more like Kaluha than anything else. Nonetheless this sample was more than enough for I would not want more. It is the a good dessert beer but if anyone can seriously take more than this down they must have a real sweet tooth.

Photo of pastradul
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak for this bottle!!!

Popped that cap and went in for a smell... It brought a huge smile to my face. Huge smell of vanilla and bready sweetness. Like there is a donut shop inside the bottle!.

Pours a dark black. with some head forming.

The mouthfeel is so creamy and chewy.

The taste is just outstanding. Just like the nose. Vanilla, sugar, bready dough yumminess!!! Wish I had some dessert to go along with this.

By far one of my favorite beers I have ever had.

Living in san diego... this is going to be a constant want!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. From a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a minimal tan colored head that is pretty thin and recedes quick to a thin mat.

S - Very very sweet caramel aroma. Exactly like the name suggests. Some mild vanilla spice and boozyness but overall just tons of sweetness.

T - Extremely sweet! too much for me in terms of sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar and some boozyness.

M & D - Medium body. Not complex at all. Unbalanced too much on the sweet side. Not a repeat for me.

Photo of fastsrt
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

poured 22 ounce bottle to snifter

A: black, no head

S: rich carmel, vanilla

T: rich rich rich, one small glass then it started to make me sick.

M: thick full body

D: i could only drink one 10 ounce snifter of this then I had to blend the rest with old rasuputin.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance: Black in color with a small, thin tanned head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pretty thick lace behind.

Smell: Lots of vanilla, with a roasted malt and caramel background.

Taste: Begins with roasted sweetness, finishing with strong vanilla and caramel flavors alongside a coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer could use a bit less vanilla, but other than that it's good and definitely has its place with dessert. Worth a try.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/25/2009

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$7.99 / ea.

S: Powerful vanilla, caramel, and coffee notes. Blew me away. The scent is rich and thick.

A: Clear dark brown body with a small creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing and a wispy cover. Large amounts of residual sugar leaves legs upon swirling.

T: Again, a powerful vanilla coffee flavor with hints of sweet caramel and toffee. A lot like a fancy iced coffee. Hop flavors are subdued and only make a brief appearance at the very end.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter bite on the back side that lingers. Bite on front of the tongue and a bit creamy.

D: Great desert drink that goes down quite easy. A couple things drag it down. First, it is a bit 10% abv. stout, so obviously you can't put them away too quickly or for too long. Second, the taste, while a definite treat can grow old quickly.

O: Great conversation beer, especially over the holidays when it can be shared with casual beer drinkers. This brew will no doubt leave a lasting impression.

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours pretty much completely opaque with a bit of dark brown showing around the edges. It carries a pretty average looking mocha head. The aroma is incredible. Vanilla and caramelized sugar hit you smack in the face. Extremely sweet nose that also carries just a hint of chocolate, but not really any roastyness. It really does smell like crème' Brulee' . Taking a sip reveals a beer that has a lot more going on. Still plenty of vanilla and caramel flavor, but also a chalky chocolate flavor that is not present in the namesake dessert, but works well with the other flavors. This is an extremely sweet beer, but unlike other cloyingly sweet stouts, it really seems to work here. Not picking up any hops at all, but there is an interesting sort of coconut flavor in there. I have to say, this much tastier than I was expecting. The body is quite full and sticky without the smoothness that often times help such sweet beers. It is not that bad though and I don't think it detracts too much. This is definitely a dessert beer, and is very drinkable when keeping that in mind. I cannot detect a hint of alcohol either. They say this is one of those polarizing beers. If so, you will find me stuck to the positive end.

Photo of ridglens
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown, but can see through it on the pour. has a pretty cascading head though, and stays thick, light brown head.

S- The vanilla dominates, with a milky creamy smell as well. some kind of spice come through, and a very distinguished malty profile. really smells good, enjoying it a lot

T- Vanilla again, and roasty milky malt (almost like a whopper). a little more coffee comes out now than in the smell. also a little metallic taste, especially at the colder end of the glass, a little like burnt coffee. very sweet the whole time

M- decent, but a little thin for my taste. pretty silky, not too bad.

D- actually really good, enjoyed drinking the entire thing, and could have more!really balances pretty well.

Photo of airohead2001
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Black. No head and very little lacing. Not quite what I was expecting for an imperial stout.

S - Very unique and delicious. This beer's aroma is definitely it's strongest attribute. Caramel, vanilla, sugar, and booze. Wonderful.

T - Very sweet - perhaps just a tad too much here. Vanilla, caramel, booze, and more caramel. That's about it. The taste is delicious, but really is pretty simple. Not many layers. No hops. No classic malts.

M - Good. Nice and thick, which is what you would expect for a decent imperial stout.

D - Not a whole lot here. It's taken me about 45 minutes to get past half the bomber, and I think that's about as far as I'll get tonight. A very tasty and very interesting and unique beer, but certainly not very drinkable.

Photo of irishking1977
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a thick, black viscous liquid that leaves a massive khaki head with a good amount of lacing. Good looking stout.

S: Vanilla and some toffee sweetness hits the nose. I can tell from just the smell, this one will be potent, both in terms of taste and alcohol.

T: Sweet vanilla, molasses, toffee, coffee. It's like a liquid vanilla syrup pancake. It nearly crosses the line of becoming cloying, but doesn't quite overdo it. Super sweet for sure, and not something to drink on a consistent basis.

M: Thick, rich, and syrupy, without tasting like actual syrup was tossed in. Good carbonation.

D: Not a session beer, even without the high abv; the flavors are bold and nearly cloying, so this one could become tiresome quickly. I will probably have it again, but not anytime soon. Still, worth trying at least one.

Photo of stimulus
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release. 22 oz bottle. Now 10% ABV.

A: Dark brown with ruby red around the edges.
S: Strong vanilla, creme brulee aroma.
T: Wow, the vanilla, caramel, and milk flavors dominate this brew and completely mask any semblance of alcohol.
M/D: Medium bodied considering the milky feel. Not as thick as syrup, and the carbonation makes it feel light.

Quite a feat for an imperial sweet stout, this is quite the dessert treat.

Photo of biglite351
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - a not of red around the edges. Tall long lasting head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - smells like créme brûlée with roared malts.

T - very, VERY, sweet. Like a bitter créme brûlée

M - a good amount of coating and tingle, but a bitter, not good tingle.

D - I probably would not get this again unless it was just for dessert.

Photo of jefferz5000
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a trade from Cuzco. Thanks buddy.

Pours a pretty oily black with a slowly developing creamy beige head.

As I begin to pour, the aroma makes a bold and sudden entrance into my life. Wow. The name is quite fitting, I can tell already. This thing is going to be sweet.

With my first sip, I immediately think to myself I am drinking dessert. I'm getting creamy buttery custard, lots of caramelized sugar, lots of vanilla and some roasty malt. I wasn't expecting this intensity, and I realize people weren't exaggerating when they say it's like a liquid creme brulee.

Feels pretty smooth in my mouth, kinda slick. Lightly tingly.

While I am digging the flavor and respect the intensity, this bomber is going to a bit of a feat to kill all by myself, however it will happen. I can see this beer being a great one to enjoy every now and then. Winter next to a warm fire might be a better setting for such a brew. I plan to revisit this in the future, maybe even near future.

Photo of womencantsail
1.43/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki colored head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: The amount of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and burnt sugar in the nose is nearly unbearable. I felt like I got a cavity just from smelling it.

T: I thought the nose was bad, but jeeze. This is pure, unadulterated sugar. Butterscotch, burnt sugar, vanilla, caramel, and some sugar on top for good measure. A bit creamy, but who really cares?

M: The body is medium with a low carbonation and a tooth rotting sweetness.

D: I'm pretty sure I am diabetic after having taken a few sips of this beer. So unbearably sweet and sugary without any sort of balance.

Photo of Lerxst
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to beernerd81 for this one

A-Pours a dark brown with minimal head and just a touch of lacing.

S-Rich vanilla scent dominates along with some chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. Very rich, sweet and enticing.

T-Vanilla and caramel are most prominent. A somewhat sugary sweet, milky flavor as well. Also some notes of chocolate and coffee. Man, this truly is dessert in a glass.

M-Thin for the style, but still somewhat creamy. Smooth finish with low carbonation.

D-Its a sipper for sure, but completely enjoyable through and through.

If the name intrigues you and you want a "dessert" beer, this will not disappoint. I enjoyed it.

Photo of kk73
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle via trade thanks to cheezdawg.

A - Pours a dark, caramel brown with a small head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the glass. I dont know if its the appearance or the smell but this beer seems to be calling out eat me.

S - All creme brulee, loads of vanilla up front and almost has a certain creaminess in the aroma. No need to stick your nose in the glass for this one.

T - Brunt Custard. Sugary, sweet and everything the name of the beer says it is. Definitely a unique taste if you like sweet beers and the high abv. seems to be well masked in this one.

M - A little thin for a stout imo. But I guess if it was thick a syrupy then it may be a little to rich. Not overly carbonated. Beer is silky smooth and has a somewhat custard creamy mouthfeel.

D - Gotta be in the mood for a beer like this. Best after your dinner, a true desert beer. Smooth and drinkable just not sure if I would seek this out again, but definitely a good beer.

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

Appearence-Pours a rich dark brown and gives rise to a small tan creme-colored head, the head recedes rather quickly. It doesn't quite have that motor-oil thick consistency in the pour that you get from the richest Imperial Stouts.

Aroma-Creme brulee, it smells like creme brulee, plain and simple. It's exactly what it says on the tin, to to speak.

Taste-Vanilla and creme come forth first on the palette as well as the taste of bittering burnt-sugar, very much akin to the creme brulee namesake. It may be just me but I detect a certain kind of oakey flavor. Caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee mingle with the predominate vanilla taste while the burnt-sugarlike bitterness prevents everything from becoming sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel-In a word; creamy, very, very creamy. It fits the flavor and what they were going for with this beer perfectly.

Drinkability-A single bomber, or in my case a single 32oz growler, is plenty; this is definitely more of a dessert beer, best drank after dinner or on its own when one is in the mood for something very sweet.

Notes-I can see why this is a 'love it or hate it' beer, but for those of us like me who enjoy a very sweet brew now and again this is something to seek out now and again.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Desert in a glass!

Thick, black, sweet, creamy, tastes strongly of vanilla and while a bit bitter, it's burn-sugar bitter, not hop bitter. A very slight metallic and acidic taste that works quite well with all the other dominant flavors going on.

I probably can't drink too much of this at one sitting, but it's actually very delicious for what it is. If you want desert, and you want beer, then a glass of this will leave you feeling well-satisfied (and it's probably a bit lower in calories than real creme-brulee together with a glass of beer!).

Photo of mralphabet
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle Poured into pint glass.

A: Black with a hint of brown, about 2 fingers worth of dark tan head. The head settles to a nice layer of foam... Wonder full lacing. Just a beautiful looking Stout.

S: WOW !! is smells like Creme Brulee right off the bat then there is a coffee/chocolate layer at the finish. Lots of wonderful things in this smell.... Caramel, Vanilla, sweet milky maltiness, coffee and chocolate. It is Creme Brulee !!

T: Taste follows the smell to a T... Again Creme Broulee taste all over this... Sweet malty backbone with, sweet caramel, vanilla notes, milky sugary presence, some roasted coffee with a hint of sweet milk chocoloate. Then at the very end is a warming alcohol note. O yes the 10% ABV shows up. That is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M: Full body, creamy and smooth with a noticeable booziness to it. Carbonation is dead on for the style. Finish is a little on the dry side.

D: This is a wonderful slow drinking beer.... But not to slow, there is a window of opportunity. Right out of the fridge it good, about 15 mins of warming to wonderful, after 45 mins the alcohol takes over... One will do you but it is all you need. I'm thinking this is more of a dessert beer.

If you see this beer.... Grab it and give it a try. Another great beer from Southern Tier

Photo of pwoody11
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from trade with cbriggz. From notes:

Poured a black with a light tan head.

Aroma is pretty much dead on creme brulee.

Taste is also dead on creme brulee. Picked up something similar to Kahlua as well.

As advertised. Creme Brulee through and through. Be careful with the abv, it's masked very well and sneaks up fast.

Photo of punkindrublic50
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To sum it up: smells and tastes exactly like you would picture liquid crème brulee to taste like. And that's a good thing. Appearance in like a big thick glass of old fashion soda, with a head that quickly disappears but leaves a crinkling of lace on top. Flavor is straight crème brulee, with a little alcohol present. It is drinkable - I split a half gallon growler with one other person to start the evening - but any more than that and you'll start feeling sick. At almost 10% alcohol it will put a good dent in your sobriety, and unfortunately because of all the sugar it was brewed with the hangover is definitely worse than normal.

Still, this is a great beer that is absolutely worth trying. It may sound sacrilegious but I would even consider pouring it over vanilla ice cream and serving it as dessert to beer and non-beer lovers alike.

The perfect definition of a dessert beer.

Photo of youradhere
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Tan head quickly dissapates atop an impenetrably black body. Crust of foam floats atop the glass and mingles with the lacing.

S- Smells awesome, sweet like creme brulee. A little alcohol back in there too.

T- Roast bitterness greets me followed by coffee and finally the sweetness of creme brulee. Reminds me of a really strong latte with extra flavoring to compensate.

M- Just right for this beer, could be a lil thicker but that could render this beer undrinkable.

D- Kinda tasty but not something you would want to quaff.

Photo of lovindahops
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip

A- black as night. Lacing is so-so. I like the cocoa foam. It looks as though it's a chocolate soda pop

S- wow, chocolate milk surrounded by vanilla beans. The brew exhibits a dairy treat. Butterscotch is present as well. There is a ton of flavor rising up

T- same as the scent. I feel like I'm drinking chocolate milk with some hops. The vanilla beans and butterscotch blend the whole thing together. Just delicious and very good

M- very creamy and filling. This brew will make you full

D- creme brulee is a great imperial stout! This is the desert brew you want. This is a great beer to split with someone and show them another side of crafted beers. What a treat for the palate! Buy this when you can find it

Photo of kylehayworth
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a treat for me, cheers to Jason.

A: The pour was a deep brown, with a white maybe ever so tan head. The lacing was on point as well.

S: WOW...the smell was amazing, I could taste it without even drinking it. So much caramel, vanilla, and loads of butterscotch.

T: It taste just the same way it smells, and the general consensus was Werther's Original candy.

M/D: Thick and luscious, mild carbonation. This is a great beer to share with a couple of people, consuming a whole bottle will surely leave you with a tummy ache.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one liter growler into a pint glass

A- Pours jet black with a one finger mocha colored head. It looks absolutely beautiful, and is lacing all the way up the glass after a sip

S- Oh. My. God. Smells like the greatest thing ever. Its sweet, its smoky, its...amazing. Smells exactly like a good creme brulee

T- A little bit of vanilla, some smoke, some chocolate, some coffee...sooo good. This is a really amped up milk stout. Wow...

M- Not thick at all, pretty thin actually, which is a little surprising for a stout. Regardless, its fine with all of the sweetness to it.

D- This is one hell of a beer. The sweetness limits how much you can drink, but lord...its so good. This growler will be gone within the hour.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,823 ratings.