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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: 3,662
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 258
Gots: 550 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

(Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008)
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Photo of thequeen711
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an absolute clone of creme brule, whenyou smell it!!! The nose is creme creme creme. The taste to too strong for the brule, which takes away from the nose of the beer. The sweetness of the caramel and vanilla is not a good match for the brew. The mouthfeel is a creme brule taste,the then the high alcohol content hits you like a lead balloon! I am stillmixed on this one, I am a fan of Southern Tier brews, I want to like it...

thequeen711, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of joeren
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA, Although my wife didn't care for it, my daughter and I thought it was a great desert beer. The color is deep waxy brown and the head is a beautiful dark froth. A 22 oz. bomber is just the right size to share with 3 to 4.

joeren, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/2" brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a kick ass caramel and vanilla scent. It smells like a fine after dinner snack. What a treat! The taste is good. It has a strong black and chocolate malt base along with lactose for sweetness and a very nice vanilla bean finish. This beer is outstanding; a real easy drinker. It's sweet, but I like it. The flavor is right on with the name. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I can't say enough about this beer. Southern Tier has become a premiere brewering powerhouse. Everything they brew is top notch. A road trip is in the works.

WesWes, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap, needed to let it warm a bit.

A: A rich dark black. A very thin tan foam head, dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, caramel and some hints of maple.

T: It is a very sweet. Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Definitely tastes like having a creme brule.

M: A thick creamy film is left on the tongue and mouth.

D: While you cannot taste the alochol, it is masked rather well, it does have a high ABV. It is extremely sweet, a decent dessert beer.

IronCitySteve, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of icemonkey908
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up a 22 oz bomber of this the other day. Creme brulee stout looked very interesting.

Appearance was jet black with a caramel head. No light came though when held up to the light. The initial smell was exceptionally strong with an overpowering vanilla and caramel taste. The taste was also strong. I think too strong and too sweet. As the beer is consumed the taste becomes too much to handle.

I could see drinking about 4 oz of this as a dessert. The 22 oz I tried to drink proved to be far too much.

icemonkey908, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia the other day.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is it's best feature by far, consisting of an exotic smorgasbord of vanilla, caramel toffee, chocolate, cherry and coffee. The beer smells as if it will be pretty sweet, and it certainly is. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though the sweet vanilla and toffee flavors tend to overwhelm everything else. The beer is a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, and as it sits in the glass, the alcohol becomes more and more apparent. Towards the end the beer becomes cloyingly sweet, hot from the alcohol and very, very tiring. Drinkability is not one of this beers better features, and frankly I could barely finish my 10 ounce goblet.

This is an interesting beer, but the combination of sweet vanilla/toffee flavor, coupled with the noticeable alcohol, make this one beer I'm unlikely to order again any time again soon.

John_M, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of lbkornlb14
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is THE holy grail of all specialty beers. If you find one, buy it on spot. What does it smell like? Creme brulee. What does it taste like? Creme brulee. I cant believe that a beer like this was made, and made so unbelievably well, at 10% alcohol it still has NO alcohol taste, only sweet vanilla. You could open a creme brulee and it will make your house smell like you have a vanilla air freshener. The best beer Ive ever tasted, hands down. Great job to southern tier for the effort they put into this one.

lbkornlb14, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a half inch of creamy light tan head on top. Aromas smack you in the face as you're pouring the beer. Big, sweet dark malts collide with massive vanilla and caramel aromas. Creamy with burnt sugar tones, almost candy-ish. Chocolate flows through as well. Smells like creme brulee! The aroma is bold, interesting and enticing.

First sip brings a sweet, creamy dark malt body upfront. Bold vanilla and caramel swirls move in and out. Burnt candi sugar flows into a rich creaminess. Chocolate notes are there. Finishes off with a candy like sweetness and a touch of bitterness. A bold blend of vanilla, caramel, lactose and chocolate. Creme brulee yuminess!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with mellow carbonation. Goes down smooth. Quite rich overall and I'm glad I'm splitting the bomber with the girlfriend, even though I could see drinking it all myself. Another bold, crazy flavorful beer from Southern Tier. Ranks up there with Kuhnhenn's example.

orbitalr0x, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is small, tan, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing (but that is probably due to the vanilla). The aroma is very strong. Vanilla is everywhere, with cream, graham cracker, and hints of milk chocolate. The taste is as big as the aroma. The vanilla is a little tamer, but still prominent. There is more graham cracker, and milk chocolate. There is also the addition of a lingering roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation and a silky texture. Overall, this is one very fine beer. I can easily see myself enjoying this on a regular basis.

KarlHungus, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a jet black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Very sweet smelling of syrupy creme brulee flavoring over a very thick and sweet malty body.
T: Very sweet taste of chocolate and the creme brulee flavoring that really overpowered this beer. I could taste a bit of the malts but not alot, this beer was mostly the creme brulee.
M: Very thick, smooth, and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable but probably no more than 1 or 2 because of its viscocity and how rich tasting it is. Very good dessert beer and I really like how Southern Tier delivers on bold flavors like this one. Definately worth a try.

erosier, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy and bubbly khaki-colored head that left generous rings and a few gobs of lace on the inside of the glass.

S: Huge nose of vanilla bean! Maybe a little caramel and/or butterscotch, as well.

T: Sweet vanilla with fleeting flavors of dark fruit, caramel, black cherry, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, hops, and butterscotch.

M: Very sticky, oily, and sweet. Coats like paint-this beer is a palate destroyer.

D: Incredible sweetness is balanced by dry, roasty malt, bitter hops, and a touch of tingly alcohol. Have this one at the very end of your session, just like dessert.

GbVDave, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of medic25
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber in a Delirium Tremens glass. The vanilla aroma hits my nose as soon as I pop the cap; it becomes even more evident as I pour. The color is midnight black, with a thin tan head. The taste is like nothing I've ever had. Strong, sweet vanilla, with a little burnt coffee and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with a strong vanilla aftertaste. If I was a big vanilla fan I'd give this beer 5's across the board, but it's a flavor I can only take in small portions. Fantastic offering though.

medic25, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown (almost black) with a half inch tan head. The head goes away quickly, not much lacing. The aroma is great, it smells like butterscotch and vanilla, similar to what a creme brulee would smell like. It tastes pretty much like it smells, but with the addition of some roasted/burnt malt and a bit of chocolate. The tastes starts off sweet, but there's some bitterness in the finish. With that being said, it's still a mostly sweet brew by far. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's very creamy, rich and smooth. Alcohol isn't very noticable. Drinkability is pretty good too, but I don't think I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time. I think it's a pretty good dessert beer, I'd definitely buy this again.

bluejacket74, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Jerico
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark and thick, with a small but dense tan head. There's a far amount of lacing as well.

S - wow, sweet and dense. It smells strongly of vanilla/caramel/butterscotch.

T/M/D - this is one interesting beer! It's heavy and sweet and malty, and even has a bit of a burnt aftertaste (much like real creme brulee). The stout flavor and the vanilla and caramel are very apparent too. This would make a nice surrogate for dessert, but it is much too heavy to drink much of.

Jerico, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22 for $7.49...
Pours a deep, dark, jet-black, ebony hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
As far as aroma is concerned, I challenge you to find any beer that can more accurately replicate the sugar-sweet, milk and malt laden, creme brulee aroma that the name suggests... Absolutely unbelievable, heavenly smell...
Taste, likewise, stood up to the bold aroma, with deep, dark nuances of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cream, and dulce de leche...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel along with an awesome level of drinkability for a 10% brew...
Excellent stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a realy dark brown bordering on black. A 1" head of foam with some good lacing.

The smell is wow. I've had a few vanilla brews before but this one takes the cake nosewise. I can't smell anything else.

The taste has the big vanilla there but I also get some butterscotch, chocolate and cream. A dessert brew? You betchya! And as such, I won't be able to finish the bottle at one sitting.

It has a thick syrupy mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side. It finishes supremely sweet and full of the vanilla. Great taste but like I said, I can only take it in relatively small portions and I don't really factor the abv much as it's pretty well hidden. It's more of the overall sweetness thing going on here.

Bottom line: This is an extreme beer for sure and though I can't say its drinkability is up there with the best of them, it *is* a treat to drink. I can't do anything but place this one firmly in the highly recommended category.

Bitterbill, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A massive wall of vanilla cream hits my nose just after I vigorously pour this beer; smells more like desert than just about anything, it is actually more concentrated than an actual crème brûlèe. The head form an initially three-finger thick, frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The vanilla is just so overwhelming and loud, you really can't smell much else; luckily the vanilla note itself is not overly one dimensional, it is full enough that I am sure the brewer used actual vanilla beans (and a ton of them at that). If you like sweet and vanilla then this aroma is good, luckily I was ready for desert so this beer is fulfilling that urge so far. After warming up a bit the aroma takes on a touch of nuttiness and a butterscotch note becomes a bit more prominent.

Thick and rich up front with enough of a viscous body to make this a sipping brew; to be honest though it is not quite as rich and full as the aroma led me to believe. The vanilla notes are definitely far and away the dominant note here in the flavor as well, but some other flavors manage to assert themselves just enough to be noticeable. This finishes with a touch of hot alcohol, that in combination with the vanilla makes me think of Bourbon. Sweet, in fact incredibly sweet, though again not quite as much as the aroma might have suggested. The vanilla flavors contribute or bring out notes of butterscotch, Bourbon, . Not overly roasted, but some roast malt flavors seem to add a touch to the finish with a bit of bitterness. As this beer warms there is a slight nuttiness to the flavor that is a bit like browned butter and the flavors definitely lean towards burnt as the beer rolls across the palate.

I knew this beer was going to be a sweet, sticky, incredibly vanilla laden beer coming into this. For that reason I waited until I was really wanting dessert to have it. The aroma definitely satisfied any dessert fix that I might have wanted, but "strangely" I find the flavors not quite rich enough as this could use more roast malt flavors and a thicker, more complex malt base. That strangely in that last sentence is important, because if I was not ready for the overbearing vanilla and sweetness here I likely would have found this beer a sickly sweet, train wreck of an Imperial Stout; properly forewarned & with the right occasion, this beer, while overly simplistic, is not quite half bad and is even enjoyable if had in small doses.

Gueuzedude, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of number1bum
2.35/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This one pours a very dark brown, a few shades away from black, with some dark reddish mahogany hues at the edges. Only about one finger of light khaki head is on top and it gives way quickly to only a very thin lace, which also eventually disappears completely. No stick at all.

Smell is just crazy, over the top, in your face vanilla. It's boozy vanilla, though, sort of like a liqueur. Beyond the vanilla bean aroma there is some butterscotch sweetness that is also quite strong.

Taste is also a rich combo of vanilla and butterscotch, with an underlying milky/custard like creaminess and smoothness. There seems to be some roasted or deeply caramelized malt trying to peak through and there is also a slight astringency that is somewhat offputting. It's quite sweet, but it sort of tastes like burned butterscotch, like if you took some butterscotch sauce and put it in the microwave and left it there a little too long. I don't love it. In fact, as it warms the alcohol comes out more and makes it even less enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, as previously mentioned, and is nearly full bodied. But it's hurt by the extreme sweetness and alcohol.

Southern Tier has absolutely mastered the art of taking an ingredient or flavor component and doing it to the extreme. This is just another example of that. Simply put, they are an amazing brewery. Nevertheless, this is not my favorite of their imperial offerings. Not even close. I can appreciate how well crafted this is, but the chosen component to highlight (vanilla) is not one that I care for in this quantity. For me, it just doesn't work terribly well. In fact, I think this is a huge miss. I think I may have to put a stopper in this bomber and revisit later, because there is no way I can finish this in a single evening, if at all. My palate is destroyed; I need to go cleanse it.

number1bum, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's and shared it with some friends on a Friday afternoon. The general first taste response was something along the lines of, "holy sh-t!"

It smells pretty spot on like vanilla custard and creme brulee. Damn. There's a slight bite to this beer that hints at the 10% strength and the flavor pales a bit compared to the deep and rich aroma. Still, more custard comes out on the palate with a mocha edge. The flavors here so vividly recall cream and vanilla desserts that it's easy to forget this is a stout. The balanced body and relatively thin (for a 10% stout) body also make this as drinkable as any sessionable stout.

This beer is, simply put, nuts. It's a great example of extreme beer and American brewers pushing the boundaries of what beer can beer. Bravo Southern Tier.

tempest, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black with a small tan head that left sticky lacing on the glass.

S - butterscotch candy aroma, slight hint of booziness as it warms.

T - butterscotch, caramel cream, light cocoa with a bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

F - smooth and creamy.

D - I could no way finish the bomber, so I used a wine stopper and I'll have more another day.

Note: I have a few more bottles that I'll hang on to until the holidays, it seems like it would make for a nice Christmas time beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to a black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, hazelnut, and cocoa, quite sweet as well. In the taste, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit nutty. Like drinking a creme brulee. A smooth, big body mouthfeel and a dry, small bitter cocoa aftertaste. FANTASTIC smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Hides the 10%, and easy to drink.

OWSLEY069, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier- Creme Brulee

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA
(drank this with fellow BA's; lemasney and guinnessdoc)

A- Deep dark black with the smallest filmy head.
S- Very strong flan/ vanilla caramel cream aroma. So strong I could smell it from a few feet away.
T- Big sweet vanilla caramel malt blended nicely with a strong cocoa cream touch.
M- Smooth and creamy, very desssert-like.

Overall- Absolutely loved this 1. This is definitely something you should drink with dessert, but I had 2 pints and it was a delicious finish to my evening.

NJpadreFan, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a very thin layer of tan foam.

Aroma is rich with vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, caramel.

Taste is right on the mark. Vanilla, caramelized sugars, and a touch of butterscotch lead the way, with lighter roasty malt in the background. Just a hint of leafy, almost minty hops hidden way back at the end. Sweet enough to be counted as a dessert beer, but not cloying.

Not quite as magical as Pumking, but a close second as a "concept" beer.

If you want flavored coffee, drink a flavored coffee. I'm sure some purist's panties are bunching every time Bailey's gets added to java. However, if you want a well crafted stout that tastes much like creme brulee, drink this.

shirfan, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger thick and creamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mix of vanilla, cocoa, caramel and the slightest burnt grain.

The taste was a mix of the aforementioned elements with a slighly stonger burnt grain. But honestly, I don't really don't have any use for a beer like this. As a dessert, there are already several liquors that can be added to coffee to achieve the same effect.

The mouthfeel was full and sweet.

Overall an interesting experiment, but a beer in nmae only. Personally, I think beers like this give craft beer a bad name. For non-craft drinkers, beers like this potentially pigeon hole all craft beer as gimmicky and undrinkable.

plaid75, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black, slightly dark brown on the pour. Tan foam and spotty lace. Huge vanilla aroma, pretty right on with the Creme Brulee name. Candy sweet. Not quite as perfect as Kuhnhenn's rendition in the aroma.

Sweet vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup, with an undertone of chocolate. Earthy bitter hops surface towards the end, lending to the bittersweet chocolate flavor. Roasted malts in the middle too, buried under the sweet elements. Feel is lactic with a boozy kick to it.

This bottle was split 3 ways. If I had more than 8 oz. at a time, that might be pushing it, as far as drinkablity goes. Worth a try for sure, i'll be getting another one to make a float with.

emerge077, Jul 30, 2008
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.