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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: 4,041
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 334
Gots: 776 | FT: 31
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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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Ratings: 4,041 | Reviews: 1,381
Photo of zrab11
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a jet black color with nice 1 finger off white head that dissapates quickly. Great lacing.

S-WOW is all i can say. It smelled like someone just stuck a creme brulee in my mouth. Has vanilla ,carmel, roasted coffee and chocholate notes. SMeel heavenly

T- Has a nice sweetnees upfront then followed by the roasted burnt coffee taste folowed by more sugary creme brulee sweetness

M-Medium bodied with a silk smooth feel in the mouth

D-OVerall this beer has soo many things good going for it. It looked Great, Smelled Great, but did not taste great. It was just WAY too sweet. Im glad i opened this between 4 people or i would of never been able to finish it. I think next time they should only add 2 pounds of sugar to the batch instead of 20! Im excited to try other stuff from them. But this was too much. I can sip on about 8 oz or so of this but then im done.

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout is an excellent dessert beer, NOT a session beer at all. I've only seen this available in large pint bottles and is a seasonal summer release brewed by the wonderfully creative folks at Southern Tier. Pours a dark brown with decent clarity and a negligible head. The smell/nose is INCREDIBLE! The second you pour this your slapped in the face with overwhelming aromas of real vanilla beans. A first sip confirms what you smell and the back notes are full of toffee, java, and roasted nuts. The [mouth] feel is very common of other milk stouts; creamy with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The only downfall to this is that it is overwhelming after a while(as any real creme brulee is). If you like vanilla and good coffee I highly recommend this, I also recommend that you split it with some friends as the ABV is around 10% and finishing a whole pint yourself will leave you feeling a little gluttonous.

Photo of black13
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review so bear with me (but definitely not my last review).

Heard a lot about this beer. I really like a dark beer, and a bit of sweetness should make it even better. Poured cold from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Despite a vigorous pour, this beer only produced a two finger head that dissipated quickly. Dark mocha color that permitted minimal light penetration. The head was a nice light mocha color while it lasted.
Didn't take away from the experience though.

S: WOW, does this beer smell like a dessert! Caramel is the most pronounced smell at first, then you get some vanilla and chocolate. If this tastes like it smells, no dessert for me tonight.

T: Just like the label says, Creme Brulee in a bottle. Nothing more to add.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth. Very full body that lingers long after the the drink is finished.

D: This is a fabulous beer, that I would actually categorize as a "Dessert Beer" if such a thing exists. I can and will drink this again and again. This is one of the first beers that I would not be able to drink an entire bomber myself, way too sweet. But when your only negative is that you are too sweet, that's OK.

Day 2: Since I could not drink the entire beer all at once, I sealed it for the next day. While it was good the second day, it actually got sweeter and flatter. Drink it all at once.

Reviewed on 08-03-2010

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a Sothern Tier Crown.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head

S- Cream, Vanilla, Very dessrt like

T- Vanilla, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish.

D- Full in the mouth, coating.

I hate sweet beers. This is a sweet one. This is dessert. I knew it coming in, and I love Creme Brulee, so I enjoyed this one. Can you really call this a bear? I would rather drink this than eat the real thing.

Photo of BrewerB
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with some garnet and gold highlights. Formed a thin, light tan head that didn't hold together but scattered a few persistent pieces.

Intermingling burnt sugar, toffee pieces and vanilla. Very sweet. Beneath the sugary exterior, touches of dark roast are present and coffee-like. Reminds of a coffee with cream and loads of sugar. And also that I think serving coffee in that fashion is a waste of time.

Roast becomes more present upon the first sip but the sweet, vanilla flavor still stands strong. Difficult to pick up on the hops. Finishes sweet with a ligering toffee/vanilla. Would like more roastiness to counter the sweetness. Too much vanilla, in my opinion.

Medium-full bodied, moderate-low carbonation.

Over-the-top with the sweet/syrupy/burnt sugar theme. Lacks sufficient balance to make a drinkable beer. Good for small sips but serving this in a bomber seems to be beyond overkill.

Photo of Roke87
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL (22oz) bomber poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a very dark black, you cannot see through this stout even when held up to a light. Had a miniscule tan head that very quickly dissipates to a thin lacing with little spotting left on the glass.

Smell- You are definitely hit with a very pungent smell of the vanilla and sweet caramel/butterscotch right off the bat, roasted malts are buried in there somewhere paired with a very faint smell of chocolate.

Taste- I get the roasted malts and coffee taste first, followed up by the sweet, creamy taste of the vanilla and caramel/butterscotch, you can definitely taste that this is a higher ABV stout with a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and very creamy, carbonation was not all there but not many stouts are overly carbonated to begin with, very drinkable for the higher ABV.

Overall- A desert turned into a beer and it lives up to its name, very sweet on both the nose and the palette, with lots of vanilla and butterscotch smells and tastes as well. I was impressed as I didn’t know what to expect I just thought I would give it a try because the name caught my eye. A very good stout from Southern Tier that delivers on all fronts.

Photo of krazyboi
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a globe glass.

A: Black, with a thin tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: The aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel hit you right when you open the bottle. Amazing to say the least. Not much of a hoppy aroma. Smells like a great dessert beer.
T: A mix of vanilla, strong caramel, and a tad bit of bitterness from the hops.
M: Thick and sticky, medium carbonation.
D: This is a great imperial milk stout if you're into sweet beers. The taste and the aroma don't match up perfectly but it is still a great experience. I say you pick up a bottle of this and try it out!

Photo of treehouse
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nose - very sweet and buttery...butterscotchery...

mouthed...malted milk balls...bitterness from the chocolate and i would guess the hops...there may b vanilla beans up in this beer but the butterscotch hides it....a great beer but not one to be drinking multiple bottles of....

Photo of Krakistophales
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black like most stouts, with very little lacing but good carbonation and persistent bubbling to the top.

S: What an awesome smell. Exactly as advertised. I get hints of toffee, caramel, malt, and definitely vanilla.

T: Tastes exactly as advertised too. I honestly can't believe they made a beer taste very similarly to a creme brulee, but they did it. Vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, star anise, custard, etc. The whole nine yards.

M: Light carbonation and surprisingly slick for a stout. Goes down smoothly and is a good draught.

O: This beer is simple: If you want a creme brulee flavored beer, this hits the mark EXACTLY. If you like creme brulee, you'll like this beer. If you're looking for something beyond that, look elsewhere.

However, even if you're looking for creme brulee, this one is a sipper and it's hard to get through more than a few ounces. Share the bomber.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a rich dark brown to black with a very thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edge finishing in a halo around the stout.

Chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose when initially nosing this brew. It pulls no punches, as it states that it is what it is.

Initial taste of maltiness is quickly overtaken by chocolate and vanilla followed by a buttery caramel finish. It truly is creme brulee in a bottle.

This stout has a rich creamy mouthfell with moderate carbonation. More carbonation that I expected from such a rich brew.

Overall this stout is no doubt a dessert beer through and through. It is very difficult imagining drinking more then one pint in a row. However, as a dessert beer it does the job exquisitely. I would certainly reccomend this brew to others as a dessert beer only. To those who do not like sweet brews keep your distance. I would've scored this brew higher if it weren't so one dimensional.

Photo of sidetracked
1.69/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours black with a thin light brown head that only lingers around the edges.

Smell is super sweet and resembles cake batter with too much vanilla more so than beer.

Taste upfront is roasted malts but quickly becomes overpowered by really sweet vanilla extract.

Full bodied, smooth, and velvety with low carbonation. Not bad if you can get past the aroma and flavor.

Kind of tastes like someone ruined a good stout by pouring a bottle of vanilla extract in it. Terrible balance of flavors--the sweetness isn't that bad but the vanilla needs to be desperately toned down. I hate wasting beer, but I couldn't even drink half a glass before drain pouring this.


Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coca-Cola black. Almost no head to speak of.

S - Whoa, this could pass for a shot of insulin in a pinch. Butter scotch - HUGE butter scotch - and white chocolate.

T - A liquefied dessert. White chocolate chip cookies, heavy cream, vanilla pudding, latte. Extra dark maple syrup in the finish.

M - Syrupy sweet and super smooth. Marbled pound cake flavors through the finish. Almost no alcohol at all on your palate.

O - Sooo sweet. Definitely needs something to counter balance the profile like a big blue cheese, pretzels, salted nuts, or a spicy Asian snack mix.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with virtually no head, just a light tan froth that leaves minute dots of lacing.
Smells of heavy sweetness; predominantly butterscotch. Hints of vanilla, caramel, cocoa and malt with just a trace of alcohol that in no way gives away the strength of this beer.
Wow. Taste has a crazy roasted coffee bitterness that I wasn't expecting at all. Sugary sweetness of all the aforementioned players is there (mostly butterscotch/caramel), but it's nicely offset by the roasted/char character. Still wouldn't call this "balanced." No indication in the flavor of it being 10% either, the warming is the only giveaway.
Full bodied but not syrupy.
Dangerously drinkable; sweet for sure. Would go great with some type of semi-sweet chocolate dessert. Fantastic. Very unique. Loved it.

Photo of SauceBoss
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch black like motor oil. Holding it against the light still did not let much pass through. Nice esspresso head had a toasted color.

Smell: A sweet malty smell with tons of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: I am a fan of creme brulee and such and this was spot on. I was unsure of what to expect but it lived up to the name. Had a sweetness that was not overbearing and the smell of vanilla and caramel came through in the mouth. The after taste held strong with a slight alcohol flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: A bomber might be good enough. While it is delicious and I would recommend for anyone who is a fan of the style, 22 oz is enough for one sitting. Drank nicely to the finish with a nice lace down the glass.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with a very small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Very sweet. Vanilla, molasses, some chocolate and brown sugar.

T - Extremely sweet, as the nose indicated. Vanilla and caramel dominate the palate. Some very light chocolate notes come through in the background.

M - Medium body; lightly carbonated.

D - Sweetness makes it somewhat difficult to drink more than just a few ounces. Given that this one comes in a bomber, I definitely have to share this one.

Photo of chumba526
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears solid black in color with a light brown head.

It smells strongly of caramelized sugar and sweet vanilla. Wow this really does smell like Crème Brulee. I also get hints of butterscotch and sweet mild chocolate.

It tastes of sweet earthy vanilla, I get a bit of a lightly burn sugar taste. I get a mild chocolate and coffee type of taste to it. There is also a mild toffee type of a flavor. The beer also has a bit of a cream like taste to it.
The beer ends with a mild bitterness that balances the beer. Though this beer is sweet it is actually well balanced. This is a dessert beer but in my opinion it is not too sweet.

There is a low carbonation to this beer. It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel that complements the flavor of this beer.

For the style of this beer it is quite easy to drink: the beer goes down smooth.

Overall I am not a fan of sweet beers but this one has a nice balance. It is not overbearingly sweet like some beers. I almost did not buy this because I though it would be far too sweet. I am very glad I bought this beer. It is amazing how southern tier made this beer taste just like crème brulee.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black topped by a beige head which dies down but leaves baby fingers of lace and does its best to retain.

The aroma is pure crème beûlee--caramelize/burnt sugars and cream all the way with tons of vanilla and coffee and maybe a faint punch of unripe pears lingering in the background. It smells like a dessert and creeps up to the line of overbearing without ever crossing it.

The taste follows, with a rich and roasty coffee stout dominating with a the crème beûlee, caramelized sugar/custard aspect more a part of the balancing act than a key player, all with a hop bitterness in the finish that helps quash the sweetness nicely. The more I drink it the more the crème beûlee gives way to butterscotch that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with good carbonation which goes a long way towards keeping the sweetness in check, and yet if this is meant to impart liquid allusions of crème beûlee I might want something a little sweeter and creamier here. Except that I don't.

This beer is an experience, and one they would do well to offer in smaller bottles.

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

This beer is dark and enticing, with the head you'd expect from a higher alcohol brew.

The smell... its one of those things you just keep smelling. Caramel, vanilla. Lemme take another smell. Caramel, Vanilla... eventually my nose catches on and starts to smell some booziness.

The taste... a little less caramely, and boozy, than the nose, but thats not saying much. Burnt, roasty, sweet, delicious.

Smooth flowly mouthfeel, this could trickle into my mouth at a constant rate like a water fountain and I'd have no complaints.

Drinkafrickinbility? Ha! This brew is 10% ABV and I could drink it all day. That's an underestimate, both me and my bro agree that this brew is something to keep around for life.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in to my tulip glass pitch black with a 2 inch standing tan head.

Smell - Amazing is the only word to describe this one. Lots of caramel, I'm talking a thick smell of candy apple caramel. I get some vanilla and a little alcohol. This smell is intoxicating and super sweet.

Taste - I get almost exactly what I smelled. A solid creme brulee taste of caramel, vanilla that settles in with some roasted chocolate and finishes with a little caramel chocolate and alcohol. Overall a very unique and very delicious brew.

It's very drinkable at 10% abv. Not to say its a great sessions beer but this could definitely be a night cap/ dessert.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2 year old bottle of Creme Brulee held onto by my old coworker for me to drink with my old bossman. My fault for brewing a terrible beer with a creme brulee tea, my old bossman's least favorite ever decision of mine.

Black with big creamy head.. Smells delightful, creamy, sweet, sugary.. A little too sweet and thick, but overall, not a bad beer, a bit chocolatey. Tough to get down on. No alcohol to this big beer, dominated by the thick sweetness.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier Creme Brulee 2008 Vintage, on tap at The Blind Tiger in Manhattan, New York.

Appearance: Served in a snifter/chalice, this Brulee looks crazy dark and huge! Barely any head, only a thin tan line that dies soon. Some withish bubbles remain on top, but other than that, this is dark as fuck. Color is deep ruby, almost black, mighty opaque.

Smell: Creme brulee anyone? Intense vanilla, coconut pudding. The aromas are more intensified than in the fresh version.

Taste: More of the same, but so much more smooth than in fresh Brulee. The vanilla tastes like just-picked pods from the vine, slightly sun-dried. Dark sugars and liquid chocolate. A tad of wood and bourbon at the end, faint but present.

Mouthfeel: As in the other vintage Southern Tier beer I had this afternoon at the Tiger (Choklat from '07), the mouthfeel is outstanding and irreproachable. Smooth, creamy, not boozy despite the high ABV. Nourishing, chewy, delicious. Medium body, low carbonation, full flavor. A tad of burning booze at the end. Yum!

Drinkability: Super nice, just like the mouthfeel. Well balanced, never overwhelming despite the fairly one-dimensionality of the body. Pure joy.

Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, opaque body with a thin beige head. Some lacing.

Smells really sweet and malty and quite like a real creme brule, complete with the burnt sugar on top. Lots of vanilla custard, brown sugar, a little coffee, alcohol, touch of hops. Pretty fantastic.

This stuff is really sweet. It also tastes quite a bit like creme brule, though not as accurate as the nose. Tons of roasted malt (supplying the "brule" I suppose), brown sugar, a definite lactic element. All the sweetness is just about balanced with a drying cocoa finish, which fades in as the creme brule fades out. If this beer was only claiming to be an imperial stout I would take off points for being too sweet but it's obviously intended as a dessert and as such works nicely.

Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Doesn't stand out or detract. Could maybe be a touch thicker.

This is a dessert beer if I've ever had one and I'll rate the drinkability accordingly (ie. as a dessert beer). Way too sweet to be a regular drinker but definitely worthy of being pulled out occasionally after a dinner with friends. Bonus points for mostly living up to the name; I couldn't imagine a beer called Creme Brule being much more appropriate than this one.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Who wouldn't try a stout called Creme Brulee on tap?

Pours a rich golden color with a frothy head.

Smells very sweet, what you'd expect. Like the dessert was just melted into the glass.

Taste is sugary, stouty, and of course creme brulee.

A little too sweet, it's a good sipping beer. Perfect for dessert or a nightcap.

Photo of oregone
1.9/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I do not understand the high reviews for this unless its a few ounce serving.
A: Good appearance. Thick, decent dark head that is somewhat slow to settle looks good.
S: Almost immediatly after pouring I'm hit with the huge butterscotch aroma. Just monstrous with hints of vanilla. Is it a bad smell? No, but it reminds me more of cheap schnapps than beer, and is offputting.
T: More of the same. Like butterscotch vanilla liquer. Sweetness in spades and a long aftertaste. Good if the taste was in any marginal way beery, but it's like having a bunch of caramel stuck in your mouth and trying to wash it down with butterscotch schnapps.
M: Very good here for an imperial stout. Thick, chewy, and viscously coating. What I look for in an imperial stout. It's hurt in some small way by the flavor as I don't want it in my mouth.
D: Bad. I had about three ounces and poured the rest of my half bottle/glass into my girlfriends. Still couldn't get rid of the taste for a loooong time and could smell the artificial buttery flavor on her breath all night.
In all, an interesting one to taste, but can't imagine going into this looking to do more than that. Can't recommend a purchase, but if someone offers you some, give it a smell and decide if it's for you. For the record, my girlfriend enjoyed it (which saved having to pour it down the drain).

Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now this is a tasty beer. The smell will knock you right out of your socks as well as satisfy the sweet tooth. I have actually added a scoop of Bryers Ice Cream to this for a beer float. It is very thick and high in alcohol so maybe only two or three will satisfy. I recommend this to all women stout drinkers of the world!

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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