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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: 3,981
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
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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 claspada
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slightly lighter heady. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace.

Aromas are mainly vanillas and caramels with a slight bready note that makes this beer smell like really good cake.

Taste is out of this world. Sweet malt up front with notes of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and a hint of toffee. The toffee intensifies in the middle and more caramel character comes out to play with the vanilla. The beer finishes with some sweet notes and a bit of spicy alcohol and coffee.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick bodied, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

This is truly a dessert beer. The vanilla is strong throughout, but it is especially vibrant in the aroma. Yum-tastic!

Photo of Khazadum
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the my tasting partner's behest we popped this bottle tonight. She had been looking forward to it for quite some time now, and I figured it would be a nice reward for such a bland day. Poured into my brandy snifter as usual.

Lovely finger of buttery caramel froth developed and lasted about a minute before it filtered down to almost nothing. There is an unusual collar to this brew. The bubbles around the edge are gigantic rather than tightly packed crew.

An average amount of lacing, olive-green edges, inky body, and very little carbonation detected from overhead view.

This is where I am dropped on my head. The first perfect smell for a beer. It claims to be creme brulee and that is exactly what comes out here. I love creme brulee, so I may be biased, but they hit the nail on the head.

Buttery caramel holding hands with vanilla erupt in my nostrils. It is stronger than I expected, but not overwhelming. In fact, it is just below the level where it would be nauseating. It can't get any better without getting worse.

As the smells fade away, you are left reveling in the burnt sugar and custard aromas. Southern Tier hit a home run in this aspect, at least.

Flavor Profile
The first flavor that comes forward from the murk is a faint vanilla. It is quickly followed up with burnt sugar, but the transition molecule is unusual. It is generic and noticeable. It is almost like the aftertaste you find in cheap vanilla ice creams.

Sure, the opening and final notes are winners, but that middle flavor truly detracts. There is something unusual to note. The finish is crystal clear. However, after failing to sip for a few minutes, a second finish starts to develop that reminds me of artificial sweeteners saturating all of my sweet receptors and moving on to bitter ones. It is still good to taste, but this was unusual to note.

Oral Sensations
There is a minimal amount of carbonation noted in every sip. It has a minute amount of tingle that dances over my favorite muscle, but not nearly enough.

The liquid is moderately full in nature and ultra smooth on every drink. It has little clinging capabilities, as I have tried to generate a residue on many sips.

Fantasticly drinkable for a 9.2% beer. It is amazing to sip this beer if you keep the sipping interval consistent. I doubt I would want a full bomber of this by myself, but to share with someone was no chore.

I find though, that the fear of that second finish caused some distraction in the enjoyment of this beer. The timing of my sips was a bit forced only because I didn't want to ruin the experience with my own lax drinking speed.

Photo of chaz410
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this beast at the Grapevine in Fort Mill, thanks Dave for the constantly good service and great selection!!
This beer pours a tar-thick black with a dark kakhi head that vanishes fairly quickly.
Smells unlike any stout I've ever had. Hints of roasted barley, thick, thick caramel, nearly burnt sugar, much like a caramelized marshmellow. There's hints of coffee roast and bitter chocolate amongst the burnt carmel singe.
The taste is very similar to the smell but the roasty caramel (marshmellow) character is more present. There's a thick caramel and chocolate malt linger at the end and a good bit of alcohol burn. Honestly with the thick body, taste, and burnt quality of this beer, the alcohol burn is nearly welcome.
A thick, creamy mouthfeel, exactly what I wanted form this stout.
It's very robust and not easy to drink but worth the time taken to savor this beer.

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

A: Pours a dark thick black with a thin layer of tan head.

S: Smells like caramel as soon as I open the bottle. There's also notes of coffee, vanilla and chocolate

T: Vanilla and caramel are dominate, there's also a flavor of hazlenuts and chocolate. Over the beer is fairly sweet with a hint of bitterness at the finish.

M: Creamy body with a light carbonation

D: The sweetness is a little strong but overall this beer made a nice last beer of the night drink

Photo of mullenite
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very thick black with no discernible head other than a snotty looking ring of bubbles on the top. No lacing or legs to make a note of which is disappointing for a beer this thick.

Smell is strong vanilla, some coffee and some breadiness which comes across all together as being similar to a sugar cookie,

Taste is similar to the smell for the first half of the bottle but the second half is a lot more coffee. The bottle was kept cold between pours so I don't think it was because of warming, I think the initial sweetness just kind of adjusts to show the true flavors of the beer. The second half wasn't bad, just not what I want from a beer called Creme Brulee.

Thick body and lower carbonation, just how I like my stouts. There was a considerable amount of heat in the swallow but again it was hidden by the sweetness at the beginning of the bottle.

If this were a 12oz bottle I would buy more, as it is there is a bottle in my cellar I am not looking forward to.

Photo of lou50rp
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew was almost black with a nice tan head which disipated slowly.
The smell was all cream and vanilla, maybe a trace of malt and no hops.
It tasted like liquid vanilla ice cream with a touch of dark fruit.
The mouth feel is very smooth, creamy with a tingle from the carbonation.
The drinkability is good if used as a sipping brew or after drink dessert brew. One is enough, at a time.

Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: this imperial stout pours dark, appears a bit thin, but as it collects in glass, it is opaque. A thin bit of head clings on for dear life, no lacing.

S: oh my, the aroma smells closer to creme brulee than it does an imperial stout. Thick notes of vanilla, custard, and cream, kind of like a buttercream frosting. This smells incredibly sweet. If I smelled this blind folded, my instinct would guess that this is an actual dessert placed in front of me.

T: the front features the sweetness from the nose, but before it becomes overpowering or cloying, the roasty base beer comes to the rescue. The result is a wonderfully balanced and incredibly unique dessert beer. Oh yeah, and I almost forget that there was alcohol in this brew. It is insane that there is 9.2% in this beer.

MF: a little thinner than I like my imperial stouts, but the body in no way detracts from the beer.

D: this is one of the more unique beers I have experienced. It is one that I have passed up many times just because I thought making a creme brulee beer was just too ambitious, this brew however was executed well and certainly proved me wrong.

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

What a difference some C02 and a year makes. I and last years batch on bottle and was seriously underwhelmed, at the time it smelled good but that was it. This time around however, it wa on tap at the lazy boy saloon.

Poured pitch black mostly opaque into a flutish glass. Small tan head shimmered in the sum everytime I tipped the glass to drink it.

Smell is wonderful, there is no other word for it, vanilla is dominant with burnt sugar, coffe and milk chocolate hiding in there somewhere.

Taste has vanilla and caramel as the dominant flavors with some chocolate coffee and toasty malt undertones. It reminds me of Saranac's Caramel Porter, injected with steroids soaked in vanilla. There is also an alcohol sweetness due to the abv which amplifies the vanilla.

Mouthfeel has a definite syrup character to it due to the abv and is still relatively viscous and heavy.

Drinkability is interesting, after a nice dinner this was great for a desert. Drinking it otherwise may be a different story.

Photo of babaracas
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown / black with a dense one finger khaki head. Smell: super rich... just a ridiculous amount of butterscotch, vanilla and a little milk chocolate along for the ride. It's tremendously successful in smelling like dessert. Taste: butterscotch again dominates, caramel, vanilla. Hops try to keep it from being cloying and impart a light "burnt" sensation. It's a super sweet dessert beer that begs for small serving sizes, I don't know how one could honestly rate the drinkability highly. 2010 release.

Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip aug26 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of tan head after a angry pour, average retention and just a speck or two of lace

S big time butterscotch with some vanilla and a little chocolate, toffee and yet even more caramels and burnt sugar, smells like a creme brulee but I didn't need to wait 45 minuets for it

T like it smells but a little less balanced and the sweetness almost takes hold, I get some coffee that wasn't on the nose and it helps it's cause if anything, well concealed booze but it's noticeable

M silky and a little sticky, decent carbonation and just a mild burn from the booze

D perhaps I'm being generous but for the sweetness and alc% it's relatively easy to drink, It honestly tastes and smells like a creme brulee and I wouldn't be upset with a smaller bottle or someone to share with but I took it down solo with no major problems

thanks irishkyle21 for knocking this one of my want list, potent brew and I wish I was eating a desert with this one but all went well at the end of the day. this one's worth trying with out doubt

Photo of infi
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 22oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn and his continued birthday celebration.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours out the typical and consistent stout form: smooth, slowly, dark and opaque. It creates a generously sized tan head with a few seconds of retention, which then quickly dissipates. Very basic and nothing out of the ordinary. Smell is ridiculously sweet; straight up butterscotch, vanilla bean and caramel. A touch of malt in the background, as well. ST surely didn't lie about their ingredients on the label - it's all there on the nose.

The taste is exactly a replication of its aroma. Butterscotch and caramel everywhere! A real liquified creme brulee, without a doubt. Personally, it's a bit too sweet for my tastes, but gladly not in a cloyingly aspect. As it warms in the glass, the sweetness becomes even more magnified, as well as the alcohol becoming a bit more noticeable.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, beautifully coating the areas in the mouth - always a great feat to have in a stout. Drinkability is definitely more catered as a dessert beer. Strictly this beer, no food pairing needed. A delightful and sweet sipper! One of the more remarkable beers of the ST Blackwater series.

Photo of Goliath
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque. There is a large 2 and half inch light tan head with great retention. After the head receeds it leaves some great lacing behind.

The aroma is just plain awesome. It does indeed smell like creme brulee. Huge notes of vanilla hit me up front, but the dark roasted malt still gives some chocolate and even light bit of coffee.

The taste is great. Again, creme brulee for sure. Huge notes of vanilla that are quickly backed by the dark roasty malt giving big notes of chocolate and coffee. It's like dessert, coffee and creme brulee. Quite a finish.

The mouthfeel is again, fantastic. It's full bodied, lightly carbonated and creamy smooth.

Drinkability is shockingly high. The flavor profile is unique and just awesome. The ABV is high, but well incorporated. It's a well crafted beer, it's unique and slightly undervalued in my opinion.

Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I rated this beer as I did as it is quite amazing it looks great smells great and is quite delicious. When I first smelled this beer I thought waffles and maple syrup or slight chocolate chip cookies.

After seeing some of the reviews of this though I think the ones mentioning butterscotch are right on. I know it's made with vanilla bean but the butterscotch tab really stuck with me about the smell and taste of this one.

It is quite dark is a smooth drink. I gave it a slighly lower score on drinkability as while I like this I don't forsee drinking this one a lot becuase of the sweetness.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a dark ink with garnet edges. Slow rising tan head clinngs to the glass.

Smells wonderful. Buttercream, custard, vanilla frosting, and burnt caramel whiff up the nostrils. smells like the perfect desert.

Taste is very much like the smell, very sweet and filled with cream, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch. All wound up into a little package mmmm tasty.

Being a milk stout it is creamy as fuck, nice full bodied ale with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

10% abv this stout is a monster. extremely creamy and extremely sweet. Who needs desert when you got beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 32oz growler yesterday. Poured into Durvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black and a thin tan head built at the top...really nice pouring beer.

S - Dessert!!!! Smells like irish cream with whipped cream. Smells like Bailey's. Fantastic!!!

T - Tastes like it smells. Bailey's Irish creamm...minty, sweet, like mint chocolate ice cream.

M - Thick and rich...doesn't really feel like a beer, more like a milkshake.

D - The ultimate dessert beer. With a nice ABV taboot, possibly the perfect beer to have post dinner when you've got a bit of a sweet tooth and are seeking out a night cap. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of in an evening.

Photo of deapokid
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Shared last Friday with my mother (way to go, Mom). Reviewed from notes.

This "Imperial Milk Stout" pours a thin, hot chocolate brown with a creamy white head that I'd hoped would stick around a bit longer. The carbonation is rather light and the liquid itself looks rich and viscous.

The smell is absolutely perfect. Burnt sugar, caramel, sweet custard, milk, heavy cream and anise liqueur are the most prevalent of the cornucopia of scents on display.

Taste fits the scent brilliantly. Vanilla and oat meet chocolate and a spicy alcoholic burn for a successful and inventive take on the dessert beer. It also packs in the creamy smoothness of a traditional milk stout, but with that extra boozy tingle which produces an interesting juxtaposition. Some dark chocolate and decadent spicing only make this one that much more arousing.

Not to bring up that incredible smoothness again, but it pretty much carries the beer down the hatch, only to be interrupted by the warming singe of ethanol. This alcoholic nature cuts the richness a bit, which is certainly appreciated.

All raves aside, this beer is way too intense (i.e. sweet) to take down on your own. I'd recommend sharing it with a good friend after a nice dinner or at a special event.

Photo of StephenRich
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Remember the Choklat by Southern Tier? Well, as mentioned before, that is one of five beers in Southern Tier's Blackwater series of Imperial Stouts. The first that I tried, and maybe most ridiculous of them all is the Creme Brulee Milk Stout. This is a beer that really redefines what flavors can exist in beer. Yes, the Choklat was brewed with Swiss chocolate and does has immense bittersweet chocolate flavors and aromas pouring throughout it. But try the Creme Brulee Stout and you will see what I mean.

It has been brewed with vanilla beans to give it a desert like vanilla sweetness, lactose sugar for added smooth character and a sugary sweet body, and among other malts, dark caramel malt. I expect this was the largest portion of the malt used because this beer literally smells and tastes exactly like a Creme Brulee. I've said ridiculous once already, but it's just ridiculous. Really, unless you've had this beer before, you have never had anything like it.

The guys at Southern Tier Are some of my favorite brewers, and they describe the Creme Brulee Stout it so well themselves that I have to reiterate it here:

"We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it's all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.

By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew."

History and finesse may have come together to create this beer, but I have come to drink it! While it may sound like desert, it does pack a punch at 9.2% abv. It is after all in the Imperial Stout series. But fret not, this beer knows exactly how to handle the power. Pour this big stout from its 650ml bottle into a nice deep chalice with a slight tulip to catch some of the aromas.

It will flow out thick and smooth showing an oil like consistency building a black monstrous beer with a mocha tan head. The foam is dense but short and will live only for a few minutes before it fades to a soft film on the jet black beer. Into the light the stout shows but a glimpse of color; amber browns glimmer, but shadows take over with deep oily black waves as the light fades.

The nose is my favorite thing about this beer, more so than the taste even. It's just straight creme brulee with a mild alcoholic, almost cognac finish. I'm not exaggerating either. Its it packed with deep caramel, butterscotch, touches of toffee, vanilla, creme, warm butter, a hint of smoke and roast, and finishes with a warm aged spirit sensation. When I first had a bottle of this I finished it, but never cleaned the bottle - I kept it to reserve the scent to show and amaze my friends. Seriously!

So I was pretty excited by this point and couldn't wait to get into this beer. I served it at cellar temperature (14C, 57F) anticipating a lasting brew that would gradually warm in temperature and flavor. Its a bit of a rush when you first let the stout in your mouth. Massive caramel malts and vanilla crash down on your tongue and flood your palate with rich flavors. For a second all I can get it sweet caramel, toffee and power, but soon vanilla, butterscotch and bitter chocolate make their way across your cheeks and fill every cavity.

Smoke and roasted malts are manifesting themselves on my palate now as the beer warms a touch, and more bitter chocolate begins to show itself. Soft hop bitterness can be found in the back, but is severely dominated by candied vanilla, caramelized sugar, roast and heavy sweet malts. The finish is wamring and cognac like as the nose depicted, and overall alcohol is somewhat apparent in smooth light heat.

It is definitely a treat, but would be very difficult to finish 22oz to myself. It is not as balanced as the Choklat, and is also a bit more brash. Overall I think the Choklat is the better beer, but the Creme Brulee Stout is the crown pleaser, and certainly makes a bigger statement.

Photo of golden1
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer twice within a seven month span. Both attempts were out of 22oz bombers and both attempts arrived at the same conclusion: interesting idea on paper, murder in real life.

Pours a dark brown/black, normal-to-thinner consistency, about a finger or two of tan head that dissipated in short order. No real lacing down the sides of the glass at all.

This beer could be on the moon and you'd still be able to smell it. Vanilla sugars are present in massive quantity. In the aroma department, at the very least, they nailed what they were going for. The nose is the best thing this has going for it.

Which is good, because the taste is one part Vanilla/Cake-Frosting and one part alcohol with both parts trying to dominate the hell out of things. Woof. You are hard pressed to get anything else out of this chaos. Letting the beer warm up a bit DOES dial things down a notch - the problem is that it just drops it from 10+ intensity to like 9. It's still gallons of sweet on top of gallons of booziness with very little blending of the two. You might get some toasted malt notes in there every sip or two, but with the massive sugar bomb involved, it ends up tasting like burnt marshmallow. I don't think using a milk stout as the backbone was a good call - oatmeal might have been better. But, hey, if you like near-sickeningly sweet monster imperials, this may work for you.

Feel is your typical milk stout - it's going to be on the thinner side of things. The reduction in carbonation didn't do this beer any favors.

Pair it with something and you might get out alive. But this is not a stand-alone beer and nothing I can conceive of spending money on. Slight bummer since I think Southern Tier has winners on their roster - this, however, is not one of them.

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

22oz Bomber / Snifter glass

A: Black with a creamy beige head.

S: Caramel, vanilla, lactose & brown sugar, reminds me of a "Werther's Original" candy.

T: Caramelized sugar, a "cafe con leche" hint, bits of caramel malt and sweet vanilla.

M: Nice and creamy with medium to full body. Flavor is long lasting and tongue coating.

D: A bit sweet, but as a dessert beer...it's perfect!!! I couldn't fathom making a session of this beer, but I guess that's not the purpose here.

I can pair this with Vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries.

Can you say FLAN!!!


Photo of Xul
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both SneezyAchew and G311 for sending this as an extra!

A: Pours dark brown with a compact, pale beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Some spotty lacing is left in its wake.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, a blast of vanilla hit my nostrils, and the aroma from the glass is no different. Deep, rich vanilla bean up front, followed by caramel and some light dairy notes in the background. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in richness and hitting its target.

T: More complexity is evident right away as a mix of caramel, roasted malts, and some light coffee start things off. Some dark cherries and plums come in mid-palate before giving way to massive vanilla that sticks through the finish. A residual roastiness comes in to form a burnt vanilla/caramel aftertaste, living up to the beer's name.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a little thicker and creamier.

D: Nowhere near the diabetes-inducing sweetness that I've heard, this is a very enjoyable, easy drinking sweet stout.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local D's six packs for 9.50 a while ago. Cracked it tonight for no reason

A - Pours jet black. No light can escape it's pure blackness. A strong pour produced a great looking mocha head with very lacing. Pretty nice.

S - OMG really the best part of the beer! Smells of pure vanilla bean almost like an ice cream. Smells so strong I can smell it a foot away as I type. Amazing.

T - Well it's was pretty awesome. The flavor masked the ABV to the point of drinking it warm un-noticeable. However it really only has a mild tone of vanilla masked with the slight coffee and chocolate tones of the Imperial Stout. Not as overwhelming and "sweet" as most describe it here so is everyone's tastes buds better than mine. Peculiar...

M - Actually quite medium bodied. ST is know for high ABV and great drinkability and this one is a perfect 5 here.

D - Well I may have to wait a year and try this again. Maybe I need more bitter to really enjoy this candy of a beer? Maybe the batch needs more age or less age? It's not terrible and I could easily drink another but alias my expectations were too high again but this doesn't affect my review, A grade beer all the way!

Edit: And just to be clear the beer is now 10 percent by volume. They really need to change that.

Photo of aepb1
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, dark brown with a tan head

S- Vanilla and caramel, creme brulee! I hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Not nearly as strong as the nose -- malts underlie it all with the vanilla and caramel creme brulee taste staying with you for a while afterwards

M- Full bodied and creamy

D- Quite a unique beer! It really tastes like creme brulee! A lot of fun to return to.

Photo of jillmart
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

A- Dark brown, almost oil black with basically no head.

S- True to its name, it smells like creme brulee. It's an obvious, almost overpowering smell.

T- Likely what you would expect a creme brulee beer to taste like: caramel and cream.

M- An overwhelming creamy feel.

D- I've never had a beer quite like this one. It's a great idea and well-executed by Southern Tier. Because it's 9.2 percent, I'm glad I only had a half pour at Trappeze, as I had just spent the earlier part of my evening at the Terrapin Brewery. I let everyone at the table try it, and it had favorable reviews by all, including the one non-beer drinker in the group.

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

A- Dark brown almost black with a thin layer of head

s- Vanilla and caramel shout out through the smell of this beer

T- Sweet Vanilla and caramel taste just like the smell. strong malt background as well. Just a ton of flavor coming at you

M- Thick and creamy

D- Perfect desert beer.

I have have had this one time before this review so I knew what I was getting into. I served some steak with a smoked beer and served this beer with a chocolate mousse pie. worked out perfectly.

Photo of Chugg
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler at the Brass Rail, Campbeltown. The sweet smell of Creme Brulee filled the air as I popped open the top of the growler. As I poured the hazy dark red/brown brew into the glass a finger width carmel head appeared. As the head dissipated and laced its way around the glass, I noticed that light barely penetrated through the ruby red haze. The smell was intoxicating. The Aroma of Creme Brulee dominated along with a hint of caramel. The taste of caramel sweetness hits the pallet along with a heavy dose of malts followed by pronounced hop bitterness. The taste of alcohol is present as all the flavors blended together like Creme Brulee mixed with rum! The unique style, American Double/Imperial Stout has been brought to fruition! The mouthfeel was rich, heavy and sticky. The thickness of the beer adds to the dessert like experience. The dessert, Creme Brulee is never served in great quantities due to its richness. Just like this beer, rich in character, is meant to be savored in small quantities. Drinking this beer was a great experience, one that I would highly recommend. A case of the Southern Tier Creme Brulee is one you should lay away only to be awaken on winter nights.

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,981 ratings.