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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: 3,979
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 320
Gots: 730 | 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 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.

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

Thanks to Josh for this bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black, creme brulee-colored head on top.

S - amazing! Literally smells like the dessert if it were crammed into my glass.

T - same as the nose and title would indicate - it tastes like CREME BRULEE, but with a slight alcohol bite on the end, which is the only thing stopping this brew from being rated a 5. Really freakin' good!

M - liquid creme brulee with a little kick.

D - delicious and goes down really smoothly. Will be even better in 6 months to a year, so I guess I'm on the lookout for another couple of bottles.

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

A vibrant, sweet smell and desert-like taste sets this beer apart from the pack. Pours a bit lighter in color than expected with a head which disappears very quickly. I'm a fan of vanilla so this beer really went down well. Can also taste caramel and maybe even a little coffee. Not sure if a "beer float" has been invented but this would be the beer to use!

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

Pours a three finger pillowy, light tan head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Nose is very sweet crème brûlée. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is crème brûlée and some coffee, very balanced. Thought it would be cloying, it isn't. Would go good with chocolate. $9.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rich, dark and thick. It's the color of molasses and dark chocolate. It has a tan/brown creamy head, but not very good retention.

S: Remarkable! Butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. Very sweet smelling. Hop smell is non-existent.

T: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel malts and butterscotch. Very sweet malt notes. It's like drinking dessert, with a 10% ABV!! Very tasty though! It has a relatively short aftertaste with no negative residual flavors.

M: It's shockingly light on the tongue. It's syrupy and smooth at the same time. It goes down even smoother, so be careful.

D: This is definitely not a six-pack beer. It would go great with rich holiday meals or with desserts. Or, as a dessert!

Photo of tubdog13
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern tier Creme brûlée imp stout

A - poured into a pint glass, poured looked thick, minimal head, really only around the edge and some sparsness through the middle - dark and inviting, love the viscous pour

S - smells of vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate

T - little surprised here, think I am tasting hops right off the bat and then it fades to (this is not a bad thing) vanilla/caramel, great lasting flavor

M - nice on the tongue, smooth going over then dries out after the beer has passed the point of no return

D - love this beer, def in my top 10 at the moment, surprised by the hops, but it fits well - I will be getting this again soon

Photo of PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a big, dark cocoa-colored head.
Smell is unbelieveable. Almost burnt sugar and vanilla as if someone was waving a creme brulee under your nose.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, sugar with lighter notes of malt, coffee and hops.
Smooth, rich with a medium-full body and light effervescence. An amazing root beer/caramelized sugar aftertaste. A subrle warming. This is truly dessert in a glass. An amazing beer.

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber that I had in the fridge and pretty much forgot about until asked to bring some brews to the family get together on Thanksgiving. I decided dessert was the best time to open this up and share with the family.

Poured into several small wine glasses, this brew appears a dark brown color with decent clarity. When held to the light, it displays some ruby coloring. The head is creamy tan that retains fairly well and as it recedes leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew absolutely reeks of butterscotch. Nothing but butterscotch is all I smell for most of the duration with small hints of vanilla and an indication of fruity alcohol in the background. If you enjoy werthers originals, this might be a beer for you.

The taste of this brew is dark fruity alcohol tasting somewhat of plum but man is the alcohol right out front greeting you with each sip. A dark grain flavor is present which is somewhat bitter that resides inside the mouth almost with a taste of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Citrus hops are in the background with a faint vanilla flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The flavors are certainly in line with what I have come to expect from Southern Tier's "Blackwater series." These stouts are stouts that are highly flavored that push the limits of what I am comfortable with enjoying but are fairly decent intro beers for people to try that might not necessarily enjoy dark beers.

Photo of beerpirates
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A - Poured coffee black, non-transparent color with minimal head that dissipates very quickly leaving some lacing around glass.

S - Vanilla right away with milk chocolate and caramel. Also detected slight hint of coffee.

T - Very, very sweet and creamy that gradually becomes bitter.

M - Full-bodied with medium carbonation and very smooth.

D - This is a dessert beer that has to be sipped so drinkability is ok. Also, due to it being extremely sweet one glass should be enough.

Photo of Kadonny
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a year old bottle into a snifter glass. This was my dessert last night at Thanksgiving.

A: A dark brownish color that is almost black. A very thin light brown head rests atop the dark solution. No lacing and very minimal carbonation.

S: Creme Brulee? Yup. The nose on this beer is amazing. Loads of vanilla, caramel, cream, butterscotch and a tad bit of roasted malt.

T: Again, you bought this beer to taste like creme brulee and it doesn't disappoint. Like dipping your mouth into a fresh dessert. Loads of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, sweet cream. A bit of roasted malt flavors let you know it's still a beer, but the sweet dessert flavors just keep coming. Not as much bitterness (none in fact) after aging this for a year. Finish is rich, sweet, sticky.

M: Full, sticky, rich, some alcohol.

D: Here is where this beer suffers. They should sell this in 12 ounce bottles, maybe even 8 ounce bottles. This stuff is hard to have more than half a glass at a time.

Overall amazing what ST does with their specialty beers, this is no exception. A great sipper to be shared with friends in small quantities. Next time skip the dessert and grab a glass of creme brulee, you will enjoy it.

Photo of Dodt
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

decide to to crack this one open for thanksgiving
poured from the bomber into a wine glass
appearance dark coffee color with a wispy malt colored head
smell a nice balance of toasted sugar with hint of vanilla
taste nice mix of chocolate and vanilla

Photo of DevilSaint78
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass thanks to Go Griz.

Pours super dark with a bit of hazelnut colored foam. The foam subsides fairly quickly. Strong smell that reminds me very much of Starbucks Coffe Liquor but with a bit more vanilla. Initial reaction is WOW a big smack in the face of vanilla sweetness, which shouldn't be surprising with something labeled as Creme Brulee, but still is. As it gets warmer, the sweetness mellows leaving you with a roasty chocolate body with a vanilla finish.

For a Stout at 10% it goes down very smooth, but more than a glass would be too much. A tasty dessert very which went very well with vanilla ice cream.

Photo of BigB415
2.06/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only thing I didn't like about this "beer" is the fact that it smells like Creme Brulee and tastes like Creme Brulee. The smell and taste of the desert are too overpowering for me to actually sit and enjoy the beer. I like flavor in my beers but not this much flavor.

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. At 8.99, I had high expectations.

Pours dark black with light brown foam. Starts and then vanishes.

Strong creamy vanilla smell. Sweet caramel. Will this really be a beer or a desert.

Creamy vanilla taste. Buried bittering hop. Coffee background. Oddly sweet. Gets sweeter.

Like drinking a beer custard - the last 10 ounces were a real battle. Very filling. Tasty, but way too sweet for me.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/18/10- Had this one on-tap at Studio 35 while watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
A: Black with a brown hue; nice tan film.
S: Sweet caramel, smokey, chocolate marshmallow, banana, rum, dessert. Vanilla.
T: Everything from the aroma, but cloying.
M: Syrupy and creamy.
D: OK. Annoyingly cloyingly sweet.

Photo of case4816
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown in colour, like dark coffee. Head foamed up to about half an inch, but then shrunk down to a light lacing.

S- Very heavy on the vanilla bean smell, first thing that comes through. Can also smell some of the lactose, very creamy. Also nice roasted malts come through, and a slight bit of hops at the end.

T- Tastes just like a French vanilla, or even a Creme Brulee! it's wonderful. The roasted malts come together with the vanilla to blend into the French vanilla flavour that is very strong but not overpowering. The lactose sugars come through as well with a nice creamy feel. Also the alcohol comes through fairly strong, but it not too strong or bad in any way. Hops are detectable at the end with a wonderful bitter finish that lingers for a short time.

D- I believe I have just found my new favourite stout. So tasty and easy to drink or sip.

Photo of gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - somewhere between my wife's International Coffees French Vanilla creamer and vanilla cake batter. Very pleasant but no hints of the beer species to speak of.

T - lot like a vanilla inspired stout that leaned too heavily on extract. Maybe some Bailey's taste. The alcohol presence is a clear and present thing with, finally, a malty backbone.

M - creamy! What else?! Some decent carbonation with a helluva aftertaste borfering on burnt marshmallow.

I just don't know about this. Maybe as an apertif, but it's still a little too imbalanced to truly enjoy on a regular basis.

Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black, good amount of tan head

S-it smells like a creme brulee times one thousand. I have never known a beer that smells more like the advertised flavor than this. caramel is very evident as well. i don't even have to drink this!...i'll have fun just sitting here smelling this one!

T-mmm wow tastes like a great caramel creme brulee. the taste is extremely strong and very sweet. there's a slightly bitter after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a very slightly dry finish

D-very, i've purchased this many times and i always enjoy every bit of it! the taste stays extremely well. abv does hit sorta quickly tho.

Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had my first Milk stout this summer in Wis Dell, WI. So when I found STB had one, I made the ride to the brewery to try one. Low and behold there were no stouts on tap that day. Not being deterred, I bought a bottle of Crème Brûlée took it home and enjoyed.

While this is not one of the best milk stouts I have partaken in, it is good and worth a taste. I will have more when available.

A - translucent brown with light minimal creamy head.

S - First thing you notice is the unmistakable vanilla smell. It is rather overpowering, so there is little to no beer smell. (This is not necessarily a bad thing - just different)

T - sweet and strong. The milk (lactose) and vanilla bean adds a sweetness to the strong alcohol flavor with minimal stout flavor. After taste is vanilla for a moent and then it turns to stong alcohol after taste. (this can be a put off for some)

M - silky smooth and a bit bubbly for a stout

D - I had a 24oz bottle in one sitting. I would have had another if I could have, but I only bought the one. I would not drink this all night, but it is decent enough to have one or two.

Due to the high alcohol content you probably should use this as a primer for the rest of the partaking. I have no real idea of a food paring for something this string; perhaps a salty ham would be the best match.

Overall, I liked it, but price is a bit steep, yet I will most likely buy another.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,979 ratings.