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%
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Gots: 605 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body of this beer is an oily jet blackness. Head is a two tone carmel brown that stands at an inch and a half. Waves of lace are left as it slowly fades. The nose really stands out as soon as you pour this beer. You get such a pronounced creamy carmel tones really enlightens the senses. Soft vanilla and white chocolate join in to make the smell perfectly creme brulee. Enters the mouth like liquid desert and very thick. Oh so sweet in so many ways with layers of carmel, vanilla, pie crust and doughnut glaze. Alcohol is brilliantly well hidden and only reminds you it is there when it warms the belly. Mouthfeel is very desert like, sweet and buzzing thick. This is a super drinkable all night sipper, especially after dinner.

Photo of bgildea
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark almost black brown, with a slight plum hue. Slight head that sticks around for a little while. Mild lacing as well.

S: Smells delicious!!! A nice strong sweet vanilla flavor comes across immediately with some nice caramel in the background. Great aroma that makes me want to drink it ASAP.

T: A very complex flavor. First you taste the sweet vanilla flavor. Then the caramel hits you. It finishes with a nice roasted malts after taste. The three principle flavors work very well together and illustrate how the sum is greater than the individual parts.

M: A nice chewy consistency for this milk stout.

D: Extremely drinkable. Great tasting beer that will bring me back for more. I could drink these all night.

Overall: Phenomenal beer! Everything about this beer is great. The taste is amazing, I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. The 10% alcohol content is also a plus. You'll enjoy drinking these all night and probably get a nice little buzz out of it too.

Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. A 2009 bottle that says the ABV is 10.0%.

a - Pours a dark brown with a little bit of carbonation and 1.5 fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing.

s - This is one amazing smelling beer. Very sweet with lots of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and malts. Maybe a little chocolate.

t - Follows the nose. Lots of butterscotch and very sweet. Some vanilla and malts as well. Aftertaste is more caramel and butterscotch with hints of booze.

m - Medium to full body with light carbonation. Very thick and creamy.

d - Thought this was a great stout. If you like sweet smells and tastes, you'd probably like this; if you like butterscotch or caramel, you'd probably love it. The only knock I can see against it is a 22 oz. bottle being too much to drink by yourself due to the sweetness. Personally this isn't a problem for me as I enjoy sweet caramel/butterscotch, but I know some people who can't. Either way, this could be a great stout to share with some friends with dessert.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
2.23/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pous a nice dark brown with a small mocha colored head and little lacing.

S: Mostly vanilla with some butterscotch and a hint of milk chocolate. Smells good but doesn't really smell like beer at all.

T: Vanilla extract/syrup, a little bit of the butterscotch comes through but this stuff is just insanely sweet.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, not too much carbonation.

D: I ended up pouring out over half of this beer. Something I very rarely do. I don't think I have ever drain poured a beer that was not expired. I just couldn 't take any more. I really like beers with vanilla in them and I loved Choklat. So I had really high hopes for this beer. I just couldn't get over the fact that it seemed like I was drinking vanilla syrup with a little beer added to it.

Photo of keanex
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local Canal's while trying to finish my collection of Southern Tier's beautiful Imperial Stouts.

Poured this beer into a pint glass. Beautiful black color, expected from an imperial stout, with a tan/caramel colored head, decently sized. The head disappeared rather fast, but not completely, sticking to the sides as the beer went down.

The smell was a rich caramel and vanilla mix, very pleasant, brought me back to my childhood actually. Upon first taste I was slightly taken back by it's sweetness, a bit too sweet at first. On second taste I picked apart the flavors, caramel, vanilla, with the hint of an imperial stout, much like a butterscotch candy. This doesn't have a very strong stout flavor, but it's not a bad thing. It feels great going down, very drinkable at 10%.

I would highly recommend this beer, but I recommend it as a desert beer split with another.

Photo of Pabs311
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently tasted an '08 and '09 side by side. I have to say that the year in a bottle does this bear wonders. If you have the patience, lay one or two down. i ahve a couple more '08s that im gonna wait another year before crackin open. I'm gonna review the '08 after a year.

A- pours dark and opaque with a good good sized dark tan/coffee colored head.

S- you can smell the vanilla coming off this before before u even lift it to ur nose. There's a ton a vanilla and butterscoth with a malty backbone to the aroma of this beer. id to just sit there and smell it all day, but where's the fun in that?

T- The taste reflects the aroma 100%. The beer has also smoothed out quite alot over the yearof aging and any bitterness that can be seen in the '09 has almost completely disappered.The beer is a little on the sweetside though because of all the vanilla.

M/D- Mouthfeel is on the fullbodied side, coats the palate very well and lingers well. This is a beer that i wouldn't be able to drink all by myslef. the flavor is very robust and is more of a sipper. plus it's so good i like to share with a friend so they can experience this beer as well.

got a couple '09s to lay down so we'll see how a 2 year old '08, 1 year old '09 and new '10 comapre next year!

Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for a while now, probably at least a year. I've been hesitant to try this one because I've heard it's just over the top sweet...we shall see.

Appearance: An easy pour into my Mad Elf glass reveals a smooth flowing, very dark brown beer. At first there is plenty of bubbly carbonation which produces a nice bit of light coffee colored head. That head fades quickly leaving behind just a small foamy ring where the beer meets the glass. As I swirl the beer, I can see there is plenty of soapy lacing.

Smell: Sweet is an understatement. The smell reminds me of a lactose kind of sweetness you find in rich desserts. Definitely a Creme Brulee kind of quality here. Very intense. Picking up a bit of vanilla spice in there too. I have to give it high marks here since if they pretty much nailed the dessert theme with this one.

Taste: Moment of truth here... If the smell was sweet the taste kicks it up a notch. This beer kind of has a somewhat unappealing burnt sugar kind of taste to it in addition to some vanilla and lactose-y sweetness. Very much like drinking dessert.

Mouthfeel: Not as viscous as I would have expected given the richness of this beer. The beer is smooth and has a good body to it, but it seems a bit watered down.

Drinkability: I'm not quite sure how to approach this category. My personal preference is for the more hoppy, bitter beers, so suffice it to say this type of beer really isn't my thing. Then again, this beer does very well for a sweet, dessert type beer which it obviously is meant to be. So if that is what you are looking for then I would recommend this beer. However, if you are like me and tend to stick to the hoppier beers, I wouldn't be in a hurry to pick one of these up.

Photo of DNICE555
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the B

A - Dark brown with an off white head.

S - Smells like desert. A werther's butterscotch candy.

T - Tastes like a werther's butterscotch candy. Not my thing but good for what it is trying to accomplish.

M - Pretty thick, boozy, overwhelmingly sweet.

D - Very interesting beer. I think they may have been able to tone down the sweetness a bit and not have the butterscotch be so overwhelming. I'm not sure even people who enjoy a creme brulee could have more than a small amount off this. I could never finish a full pint or even a 12oz pour for that matter. I'm sure this wasn't made to be a session beer though.

Photo of atremains
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sierra grille in Northampton. Nearly opaque with mocha head that fades to a ring with a nice looking cloud.
Smells like creme brûlée.
Tastes like creme brûlée.
I could drink as many of these as I could or would want to eat creme brûlées. One. Very sweet but in my opinion delicious.

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. there was a half inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head and some decent lacing.

S: It really does smell exactly like creme brulee - that and malt, vanilla and a tinge of hops.

T: Like the smell, this really tastes just like creme brulee. You get a decent amount of malt and vanilla, but they are overwhelmed by the creme brulee. Very bold flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium- to heavy-bodied.

D: If you're like me and you like creme brulee, you'll find this to be a drinkable beer. Otherwise, stay away.

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

Big thanks go out to kirok1999 for this as a more than awesome extra! 22oz.

A: Very dark brown with an off white head that quickly disappeared into an island of bubbles and a few more bubbles around the edge of the glass. A few spots of lacing. Not bad.

S: Wow, sweet, incredibly sweet, first and foremost vanilla, lots and lots of vanilla, followed by a pretty substantial butterscotch profile. Underneath that is a fairly large layer of more vanilla, and more sweets. Milk chocolate lies in there as well. Definitely smells like dessert. Very interesting.

T: Vanilla, roasted coffee, butterscotch, a few hints of chocolate, and really more vanilla. Slight roastyness underneath everything, this honestly reminds me of a vanilla latte. Just a hint of bitter burnt malts, I can't detect any hop presence here. Slightly boozey, but mostly, this tastes like slightly carbonated vanilla iced coffee. Tasty, yes, to style somewhat. Still enjoyable.

M: Fairly thick and chewy, very sticky around the lips, and slightly warm boozey. Really nice here. Medium carbonation to keep things in balance.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but definitely over the edge sweet here. Way too much sweets to be anything to drink a lot of. Well, I can see now why this is a love or hate beer. There are very few things here that scream directly to the beer side of the spectrum, and many more that make this seem more like a dessert in a bottle, which was, as far as I can tell, Southern Tier's intent. Enjoyable for what it is. Sessionable? No way in hell.

Photo of Minotaur
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most unique beers I have ever tasted. While not a thing I would drink every day, I give it high marks as an experiment in beer.

It tastes like Creme Brulee in a nearly opaque deep brown beer with a luxurious frothy cream-colored head. There are notes of chocolate, cocoa, a strong upfront caramel and vanilla, roasted malts and a balancing hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is dense and chewy. It is drinkable but extremely thick and sweet.

Photo of Kelp
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerisHeaven for this one.

Dark brown in color pour a finger/finger and a half head, no real lacing left behind by the beer.

This is hands down the best part of this beer. I smell caramel mostly. Along with milk and vanilla. It does smell a bit like creme brulee. A bit of chocolate and coffee on the end.

Like a creme brulee. A first taste of caramel followed by milkiness and vanilla. Ends in a slight chocolate and caramel flavor.

It is sweet,sweet, and more sweet. Creaminess to it and little carbonation.

This would have been great if i had only like 6 oz. total. 22 oz. was way way to much for me. I could enjoy this beer but only in slight moderation. This would be a great desert beer in small doses. Southern Tier is a company that is just so over the top that they make great beer, that taste pretty much like they say it does.

Photo of mgbickel
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured ½ of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. The pour formed a nice, thick two finger head the color of melted caramel. The head slowly dissipated leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is dark brown/black that only allows in a hint of light around the edges (when held up at eye level).

The nose is wonderful! Lots of butterscotch and vanilla up front followed up by toffee and caramel. Can't wait to taste this one!

Sweet vanilla hits the palate first. This is followed up by a slightly boozy caramel flavor. Finishes with an alcohol burn that is reminiscent of a good bourbon.

Medium-Thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.

Drinkable, but the sweetness combined with the booziness will limit the single night consumption rate.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep brown color with a finger measure coffee colored head.
Smell: Nice notes of malt and rich vanilla bean aroma. Its a great vanilla coffee scent that almost boarders on a caramel flavor.
Taste: It's a very roasty vanilla bean flavor. The malt gives a great burnt effect that really does make the beer taste like a creme brulee.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Great stout. Good weight, balanced flavor, not too sweet. Very good carbonation that makes the beer very enjoyable.

Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep mocha brown with a brown sugar head. Smells like sweet coffee, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Certainly gives away the name when you take a sniff. First sip is incredibly sweet. Too sweet, and drinkability takes a hit here. A liquid desert certainly, but not much of a beer. No need for a bomber of this stuff, the sweetness kills it for me after a few sips.

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

A provocative, and somewhat extreme dessert brew: a extraordinary sweet stout in any case and a great social drink.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Contemporary and dedicated design around a herd of cows on a field. Small paragraph narrative going over the dedicated craft developed to achieve this brew, and a note on the name and dessert varieties it refers to. Lacks bottling date, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (25), and Alc. by Vol. (10.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Very dark brown/black color with shades of a minimal transparency towards the edges. Minimal head, that is quickly gone and not retained. No lacing other than a relatively thing ring that tend to remain as you refill from the bomber.

S - Vanilla and caramel over a sweet milk maltiness and a boozy hint. All blended together and permeating the drink generously, while achieving a beautiful, and somewhat shocking creme broulee sense. Coffee and chocolate notes go back and fort in sync with the brew.

T - Extraordinary creme broulee range... Floating around a hefty malty backbone a sweet caramel taste takes control pivoting over assertive vanilla notes, and a milky sugary presence (the lactose milk used for the style works wonders.) Malty roastness offers a hint of coffee and chocolate that serves as a nice back rhythm to the creme brulee feel.

M - Full body, creamy and smooth with a noticeable but unintrusive boozy note. Adequate carbonation for the style.

D - It´s a great sipper, and works beautifully as a dessert beer, in particular as a tremendous social drink.

Notes: Some purists may hate it, but this is a well crafted brew. Sure it is rather unusual but more often than not it will liven up any dinner table, and in particular will stimulate and challenge misconceptions for those unaware of the diversity of craft beer. For that, and because it is quite a delight to drink, I am never surprised it flies so quickly from local shelves whenever it is around.

Photo of slasher007
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours a dark black color with a very thin tan head. The aroma is vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, and caramel. Flavor is also full of vanilla bean, butterscotch, and caramel. Great mouthfeel with the perfect blend of carbonation. It was smooth and creamy with velvety body. Great beer from Southern Tier

Photo of jsapunor
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown without much of a head. Strong vanilla nose with some chocolate but mostly vanilla and lots and lots of it.

This is truly a dessert beer, sweet and sticky with a soft, smooth feel to it. Vanilla flavor is almost over the top. Burnt sugar hides behind the vanilla. Somehow they managed to get creme brulee into a bottle. It's definitely a sipper for after dinner.

I don't think many will be neutral about this one but for me, it was nice.

Photo of joepais
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Greg for sending this one along because I would have never bought it but in the back of my mind did want to try it.
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a tan head that did lace rather well. The body of the brew was a typical black stout color.

I will say the nose did make the brew. It had an incredible amount of vanilla wafting up from the glass and it made it rather soothing. Now thing just go down hill from there the flavor to me was just too sweet. It reminded me of a cordial and if I drank it that way it might have worked but having a glass to work thru was too much not to mention a bottle. The feel was good the carbonation was on but I can't get past the sweetness.

I say if you have a bottle split it among ten people and everyone might enjoy it but don't try to do the bottle yourself. It is just to one dimensional

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I had the this in the bottle about 6 months ago, had it on tap tonight at Sierra Grille. Pours very dark brown, not quite pitch black, with a decent beige head, forms a ring on the edge of the glass leaving good lacing. Smell is absolutely insane, smells like melted white chocolate/caramel. Taste is insane as well, TONS of vanilla bean, caramel, chocolate, alcohol. Even though the taste is good I will say it's very over the top, it kind of crosses the line between beer and milkshake. I loved many other Southern Tier big beers (Choklat, Mokah, Pumking) but this is a little too sweet for me. Taste is very dessert like but definitely a sipper. A 12 oz glass was enough for me, I'm not sure how I finished the bomber back in the day. If you have liked the other Southern Tier stout bombers give it a go, but this is probably my least favorite out of them.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass- INAO (INAO or Port glass recommended, as this is certainly best suited to small pours and contemplation, not pint glasses and pounding.)

A- Nearly opaque brown/black. Fairly restrained foam.

S- Huge, seductive aromas of caramel, Madagascar vanilla beans, and café au lait rocket from the glass into orbit. Impressive.

T- Massive, rich, sweet caramel, vanilla, and roasted malt utterly conquer the senses. This IS creme brulee.

M, D- Viscous and syrupy sweet, one must respect and understand this dessert beer as one would a tawny or vintage Port, or the venerable Don Pedro Ximenez Sherry.

Comment: What a wonderful end-of-the-day drink to share with friends! (Even my wife loves this)

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

A 1+ year old 22 ounce bomber bottle. This is something myself , psycohops and brothercannon have been talking about for at least a year: opening up the ST Choklat, Creme Brulee, Pumking, and Jah-Va in one session and mixing and matching the different combos. Chocolate pumpkin, chocolate java, pumpkin creme brulee, chocolate pumpkin java creme brulee, etc... But before we got down to that, I had a taste of each beer on its own.

I poured the creme brulee into my shaker glass. It appears a dark brown color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of vanilla bean, butterscotch, caramel, a subtle hoppiness comes through as it warms, burnt sugar, more vanilla, quite simply, this is liquid creme brulee minus the crunch of the torched demura sugar. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation and next to no alcohol heat. I don't understand all the hate towards this beer. Sure, a bomber is too much for most people to handle in one session. But, it does taste just as the label states. Go make some friends and split it three or four ways.

Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of the great trader, bamadog. Huge thanks!

22 oz. poured into a goblet. Pours a thick deep black with a very thin tan head. No retention, no lace. The scent of this beer blows me away! I can smell it across the room. Big vanilla notes, with toasted sugar, toffee, molasses, and finishes with a wallop of caramel. I'm floored.

Very creamy and full-bodied, though it's not filling. I can't seem to stop gulping this beer and I just want more. So it's not too heavy. Flavors of caramel, caramel, caramel, and vanilla with caramel on top. This is insane. Reminds me of Irish Cream. This is, hands down, the sweetest beer I have ever had, but I like it. Absolute standard for a dessert beer. Wow.

Photo of colefsuwr
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I fear that I went into this one expecting too much. Wonderful smell and look, but upon tasting, I was confused. I didn't know whether they made they beer, and then named it, or visa versa. I can appreciate the mouthfeel, but i feel there is far too much vanilla bean and it overwhelms the palate.

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