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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,984 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,984
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 321
Gots: 733 | FT: 27
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008

The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.
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Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz glass imperial tumbler at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark chestnut brown with cap of french vanilla colored head with various lace marks down the glass.

S: The aroma is extraordinarily pungent and is a bit to high on the artificial extract scale for me. The vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, chocolate and alcohol are all big and bold and unfortunately leave the impression of a highly aspartamed cup of coffee, kind of like using way too much liquid Coffeemate (name your flavor) in coffee.

T: The flavor is dominated by alcohol first then tempered a little by the hefty vanilla, caramel, and chocolate flavors tinged by nutty flavors like hazelnut. This reminds me of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale in the high extract quotient quality of the flavor. This beer is full of flavor, but the palate doesn't really mix well and instead leaves a disorganized remnant of high-octane liqeur rather than tasting like beer. Warming made a little difference in smoothing out some of the harsh, artificial flavor character, but not enough to change my score. I like the spirit behind this beer, but the execution isn't right on for what I look for in a big stout. Rounded flavor with an emphasis on malt in the profile is what I am looking for rather than a cartoonish combination of flavors that work well in a dessert but not in this brew.

M: The feel is pretty good but a bit thin for the ABV and for all the flavor in this beer. The afteraste is highly phenolic and medicinal.

D: Not all that drinkable and the 10oz were a tall order when all was said and done.

EDIT: Had a 2013 bottle shared with my wife. Poured into a clear glass snifter.
A: Dark brown with short cap of head with a few spots of lace.
S: A nutty-vanilla-butter-frosting aroma that really smells interesting, kind of like nutty cotton candy.
T: Flavor a lot more drinkable than I remember and I think the mellowing time helped. NOt really stouty, more of a strong ale with all of the buttery vanilla sweetness. But there is a nutty quality that I like. It smells and tastes like a nutty, nougat-filled candy bar. The butteriness in the aroma comes through less in the flavor than in the aroma and is not really distracting. ALcohol is pretty well-hidden.
M: Moutheel is also reasonably creamy with low carbonation.
O: Overall, I am really surprised. I would not want to drink this often as it is very sweet, but I have to give ST credit, this is pretty good for what it is. Scores adjusted a little upward.

Photo of goblue3509
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown almost black color like a coffee with a thick two finger head. The smell is of overwhelming vanilla and roasted malt, there is a sweet malt smell as well. The taste is overpowering, it is very bitter, but not from hops, like the flavors didn't all match up. There is hints of vanilla as well as roasted malts. The mouthfeel is low carbonation. Overall this is not a very drinkable beer, it is more of a novelty. The taste and smell can be overpowering.

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle

A- Pours a inky black color in the glass. Nice 1 and a half finger tan/mocha colored head that dies down after about a minute or so. Little lacing on the sides of the glass kind of just fall down and back into the beer.

S- This is a well sweet smelling beer like you couldn't tell from the name. Lots of vanilla jump out at you right away. Chocolate comes at you right under the vanilla aroma. To be honest these were the only two things I could smell. And you could smell this across the room if you had to. Big in aroma. Almost a little too sweet smelling for me.

T- Big sweetness to this beer knocks out all off flavors both good or bad. Big vanilla taste to this at an almost too much mode. Can pick up roasted coffee taste along with a dark chocolate mingle with it. There does seem to be a small hop presence in this beer which to me is strange. Ending on this beer is once again sweet with maybe a hint of some bitterness in the form of black licorice. Just a sweet tasting beer all around that hides a lot of the flavors.

M- Heavy mouthfeel to this. Carbonation on this could have been a little more for me. Swishes around in your mouth like a melted dessert. This is not a bad thing though. Leaves a distint chocolate and vanilla taste in the mouth. Nice vanilla aftertaste makes you want to take another sniff and sip.

D- This is a perfect dessert beer that I could see a lot of non beer drinkers even enjoying. I would only be able to drink a snifter of this at best. It does have an actually good drinkability to it but the sweetness cuts down on its actual drinkability. Will buy some more bottles of this.

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

22oz bomber poured in a snifter.

Wow, just as it says this is a Creme Brulee in a glass! it's quite crazy. As soon as you pop the bottle you can taste this and it is one of the best smelling beers since Choklat by Southern Tier. It's not a beer I'd want to have on a daily basis, or even just a beer I'd want to sip alone. But for taking to a party or tasting it's awesome. Something very different that very few breweries could do well.

Photo of ATvics
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Victoria Gastro Pub.

A-Pitch black in color followed by a hazy brown head.

S-Caramel, butterscotch, white chocolate and vigorous vanilla take over your sence of smell. An incredible bouquet.

T-People that taunt this beer for being too sweet, understand that it's classified as a sweet milk stout. Don't knock this baby for what she is. The flavor packs twice the punch than the aroma, offering more caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, lots of vanilla, and finished by a mild touch of espresso.

M-Big. Rich. Thick.

D-The only drawback. If you have more than one of these I applaud you. Being as complex as it is all across the board, doesn't make it as drinkable as most beers. The aromas and robust flavor catches up to you after a few sips. Not making it bad by any means but just teetering the line of un-drinkablility after a while.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.3/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with funkydelic. Thanks Cameron!

A: Pours a pitch black with a surprisingly light, cream-colored head for an RIS. Retention is about 30 seconds before retreating to a collar of big bubbles, and no lacing down the glass or during swigs. Not much in the way of legs either.

S: Vanilla. Jesus. Like I'm sniffing a bottle of vanilla extract. Cannot smell malt, hops. Just vanilla and some burnt sugar.

T: And that's all I can taste too. Wait. Wait. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Burnt sugar. Ugh. To say this beer is oversweetened is an understatement. I'm beginning to be less and less impressed with Southern Tier's Diabeetus imprint. Please cut the sugar and the vanilla the next time you make this. KTHXBYE.

M: Low carbonation, and a surprisingly thin body that makes it feel like sugar water.

D: Never again. I'm not done with the bottle yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to pour it out before I'm done. This might be the worst beer I've ever had, and it is a testament to my cheapness that I'm still at it.

Incidentally, this is one of those beers that I would use as an example of, "Just because you can make it doesn't mean you should." Really, a creme brulee beer in 22oz form? Who thought that was a good idea? Christ.

Photo of beerbully
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A-Black as oil, very small head and little lacing

S-Caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla

T-As advertised. Tastes like something you could get at Starbucks. Lots of caramel, coffee, choco, and vanilla. Tastes just as it smells. This is a sweet beer that you better be in the mood for as I am now. Would be a good dessert beer. Probably could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to this. Alcohol is well hidden given that its 10%.

M-Thinner than I expected for a Stout as sweet as this. Feels a bit like syrup with some slight carbonation.

D-given the sweetness of this brew, I couldn't drink more than 1 or 2. Given the style, I don't think this is a session beer anyway.

Photo of scifan
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 into a oversized wine glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Has virtually no head at all.
Smells delicious, like a gourmet dessert. Lots and lots of caramel notes, as well as some vanilla. Picking up some chocolate notes in the background as well, along with coffee and roasty malts.
Taste very similar to smell. Overwhelming caramel, with lots of vanilla. There's a little bitterness from the roasted barley and coffee to provide a little balance.
Mouthfeel is a little thin as I thought this should be a little creamy for all these intense sweet flavors. The sweetness of this detracts from this a little but there is no alcohol flavors to deter either. All in all a very interesting beer from ST.

Photo of jabel9
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is just as advertised. Creme Brulee. It smells and tastes just as the dessert does. It is unfair to compare this to other stouts because it is completely different other than color. This is a great dessert beer. Again, the Southern Tier brewery has made a dangerously smooth imperial style beer. The high alcohol content (10%) is masked well and this beer is exceptionally smooth. The flavors wake up all taste buds at all points of the tounge. Each sip is its own adventure. Highly recommended! Cheers!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark ruby when held to the light, a dark rich heresy chocolate color in the glass. A frothy 2 finger head sits atop with moderate retention, dark khaki in color, while leaving sparse thin columns for a lacing.

S: The nose was by far one of the most enticing aspects of not only this drink, but probably any drink I ever encountered. A huge rich sweetness of heresy chocolate and vanilla bean are emitted that can be detected from clear across the table, maybe even the room. Like a freshly brewed baby ruth cappuccino with frothy whipped milk and marshmallows this is truly one beer I could sit and smell all day. It is overly sweet but down right ridiculously good, rich, very rewarding and nothing short of a perfect score here.

T: The flavor certainly did not disappoint with regards to a perfect nose delivering nothing less then a stellar performance as well. Rich sweet heresy chocolate with some whipped frothy milk starts things off. Some dark sweetly roasted coffee with vanilla beans soon follow complimenting and providing a nice bridge leading to the middle of the palate where fresh ripe and dark juicy fruit (dates and plums) add to the mixture. The Columbus hops add a soft pungent flowery bitterness (think hop ottin for a prime example) that gently tries to tame the dessert type nature of this drink. The finish finds a beautiful fade of black licorice, some caramelized cane sugar sweetness and a touch of sweetened rum alcohol adding some spicness. Honestly fail to see how you could improve on the nose and flavor here. There is a nice alcohol warming that gently prevents the beer from ending to sweetly and thus adding complexity and a nice finish of warm hot cocoa.

M: slick and lusciously smooth, light in body and with a very flat carbonation presence. A nice slick feel, though maybe a little lighter then anticipated.

D: An incredible drink and probably one of the best per style ive tasted with Lancasters milk stout a close second. Only the 10.0% abv and sweet dessert type nature prevents this from going down any smoother then it already could. Enjoyment was near perfect, second to none. My only parting words would be that this beer seems a bit to sweet and potent to be bottled in a bomber for one serving. This would be best shared with a friend. Consuming a whole bottle by ones self is like eating dinner then having a whole german chocolate cake for desert, a bit overkill volume wise, but there are some of us who cant deny that sweet chocolately calling.

Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and pretty black. A heavy looking head that is real tan. It's about an inch and a half thick.

S: This is one of the most interesting smelling beers I've ever come across. If you've ever had a cup of flavored Creme Brulee coffee and liked it, you will be in heaven. Carmel, sweet sweet carmel.

T: Carmel and vanilla. There is not much "stout" flavor going on here. Mostly sweet flavors. I can't believe this is 10 percent.

M: Sweet carbonation. Medium feel.

D: Decent drinkability. Although I'm not 100 percent sure if I could drink a lot of this. The sweetness is just a little too much.

Overall it's a really good/unique beer. Sweet and sassy. Southern Tier continues to impress. They make some "out there" beers.

Photo of 1santore
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. the color was black with a little tan head that disapated quickly leaving little lacing. The smell was a very pleasing vanilla and carmel. The taste followed suit with smell, with the vanilla up front. It is also very sweet. The mouth feel is very smooth with low carbonation amd a little oily feel(very nice). Over all a very good beer. Would recomend it as an apertif because of it sweetness. A little sweet for my taste but a good sipping beer.

Photo of jsg2220
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: 22oz. into a snifter

A: Dark purplish-black, 3/8" of head that quickly builds then fades to almost transparent toward the center.

S: Vanilla custard, buttery caramel, and burnt sugar.

T: Vanilla and burnt sugar -> roasted malts -> hops in the finish, left with a caramel flavor in the mouth.

M: Milky and soft leaving a thick creamy feeling in the mouth and a sugary stickiness on the lips.

D: Have this for dessert.

Etc: Cool bottles with lots of info

Photo of rye726
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has a huge vanilla presence along with burnt cream, roasted malts, fudge brownies and caramel. Quite impressive.

Taste is very sweet but still well balanced. Loads of vanilla over milky oats, cocoa and rich candies. Bitter hops through the finish.

Full body is nicely carbonated. Quite drinkable considering how much sugar they packed into it.

My least favorite of their imperial stouts, but still pretty damn good. A love hate beer for sure.

Photo of rhinos00
2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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

A- Pours a dark, cola brown. Produced a fingers width of tan colored head. Reduced to a thin ring upon consumption.

S- What a wonderful smelling beer. Huge, potent notes of butterscotch and vanilla. Lots of sweet aromas. Truly smelled like creme brulee.

T- After smelling the aroma my expectations were very high. Unfortunately the taste was borderline unbearable. I like my Dark Lords and other sweet RIS's, but the sweetness in this beer was way too much for me to handle. Getting a nice mixture of cocoa, lactose and vanilla type flavors. Unfortunately these delicate nuances are completely overrun by the immense sweetness.

M- Slightly let down in this area. I was hoping for a creamier, thicker mouthfeel. Despite the lack of viscosity, the lactose in this beer did add some texture.

D- This beer was almost a drain pour from me. While the taste truly did match that of creme brulee, it did not translate to the drinkability. By the time I was nearing the end of the bomber I almost had to hold down the beer from coming back up.

Overall, I applaud Southern Tier's ability to make this beer taste like creme brulee. Unfortunately, the extreme sweetness in this beer did no favors the taste and drinkability. Won't be trying this again...ever.

EDIT: this was much more bearable on-tap...the sweetness was tempered.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. One inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet toffee, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of hops, and a resounding sweetness throughout. Overall, a very strong brew that I'm glad I did not try before my other two beers tonight. Wow, incredible flavor, body, and drinkability.

Photo of yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Crème Brûlée is a brownish black ale with a dense, rich beige head that leaves incredible lacing. It has a very strong vanilla aroma that fills the room. Wowza! It's quite sweet with a touch of roastiness. It smells like crème brûlée. It's full bodied and quite smooth with a reasonably clean finish. It's quite sweet and vanilla is the dominant flavor. There's caramelized sugar in the taste with a nice bitterness at the finish. It tastes like crème brûlée. It makes for an awesome dessert beer.

Photo of projectflam86
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off I will say that I am reviewing this according to the style listed on BA: "American Double/Imperial Stout". This one was just not for me...

A- Pours a dark brown color with a thin off white foam head. No lacing is left behind.

S- Lots of malt sweetness. Caramel, toffee, cane sugar, and milk chocolate all comprised the nose. Not really any roasted aromas that most Imperial Stouts are known for.

T- Whoa, this tastes like a diabetic coma waiting to happen. Almost like drinking caramel mixed with toffee and evaported milk. Painfully sweet.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. Syrupy and way too sweet.

D- Ive said it a few times already but this beer is just way too sweet for me. It hardly tastes like a beer and was difficult to finish.

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter glass. Deep mahogany colored with ruddy orange higlights. Low head of soapy bubbles despite a vigorous pour.

A full and deep aroma of caramel and vanilla and malted milk balls.

Rich flavor of caramel and vanilla, some toffee and Frangelico notes. Fairly sweet, tending toward cloying but the balancing bitterness reaches in and offsets it. Mid-mouth moves to a sharp bitter chocolate, mild espresso notes, but always with an under-riding flavorful sweetness. Very rich, the ABV is well hidden.

Moderate mouthfeel, a bit syrupy and thick. Not overly drinkable, a bit much.

Photo of drseamus
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black body minimal head.

S: strong burnt sugar caramel aroma pummels my nostrils. Smells exactly like the dessert or a caramel hard candy. ST always gets the aroma dead on.

T: Again just like the dessert including some roasty bitterness Reminding me of the burnt top. Strong residual sweetness.

M: Surprisingly only medium bodied despite the intensity of flavor.

D: The cold temperature allows for a better drinkability than when it's served at the correct temperature. However I will still have to work to get the pint down. Definity a dessert beer and should probably be served in a ten ounce snifter.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just made a fine home-cooked dinner for my significant other and now that she is off to study, I decided to pull this one out as "dessert"

Pours black with a finger of head that disappears quickly from my 25 oz. snifter. Smell is holy-cow-vanilla-and-toffee. This truly is a dessert beer, no other way to describe it. The taste follows closely...whipped cream, toffee, vanilla. Medium bodied with a slight carbonation sting, not really that great for a milk stout. Drinkability is where this one fails...and let me tell you what it REALLY fails. The taste itself is excellent, but after about 4 oz. I honestly didn't want any more. I don't know what to do with the rest of the bomber, this one is cloying and annoying. I know what they were aiming for and they hit the nail on the head, but that doesn't make it actually drinkable.

Photo of Wheelinb
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be really amazing. While I am not a fan of anything sweet, there are so many flavors going on here that the sweetness is balanced out. Pours dark black and the aroma makes your mouth water. It smells like some dessert just pulled from the oven. There is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors going on. While this is utterly delicious, I found it hard to finish the whole pint because of how rich this beer is. Needless to say I truly enjoyed drinking this beer and will seek it out again. If I were Tracy Morgan I would take this beer behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black like a brand new batch of coffee with a one finger dark tan head. The head falls to a thin layer on the beer after a minute or two and leaves medium lacing down the glass. Smell is the best part of this beer, I know this is an Imperial Stout but the goal of the beer is a Creme Brulee Stout and the smell is caramel, vanilla, sugary awesomeness. This one smells like a delicious dessert, mmm. Taste here falls a bit shorter than the smell, the Creme Brulee factor decreases a bit and it becomes half dessert and roasted malts. The Creme Brulee shines again in the after taste, maybe a bit of alcohol in the taste too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout for me. It is smooth but doesnt really fill/coat the mouth very well, good carbonation. Drinkability is good here, not too heavy on the stomach, good taste and smell, will drink again.

Photo of dismal
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with a little bit of redish highlights coming through if held up to the light. Has a big, very light tan head at first but pretty quickly it reduces to almost nothing, leaving little to no lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell of this one is mainly vanilla. Thats all I really got out of it, there may have been a hint of coffee but the vanilla really stood out to me. Taste was the same though the coffee came through a bit more. Really sweet tasting, and honestly had a cream soda like taste to it which I'm not completely sure I'm down with haha. Overall not a bad taste just not what I really want to enjoy in a beer. Pretty good mouthfeel however, thick, which is what I want in a stout. Drinkability is average, above average at best. At leas the alcohol is hidden well. Not something I would drink a lot of in one night or even often. I may pick it up again but most likely I would pick up other Southern Tier products instead. I'd say it's worth a try but it's pretty sweet tasting and strong on the vanilla. Nothing wrong with that if you really like that kind of thing.

Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours jet black with a 2 finger tan head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells very close to the real thing - carmel sugar vanilla butterscotch

taste was just like the real stuff - burnt sugar carmel that reminds of burnt marshmallow and a very sweet vanilla that lingers on the taste buds for a while

mouthfeel is ok - i thought the body was very thin

drinkability is so so - i would never be able to drink a whole bomber - i needed 4 people to help me finish this one

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,984 ratings.