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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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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Photo of dickieb
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This caught my eye at the store, especially coming from ST.

Pours so dark a brown I will call it a light black (Maybe German Chocolate?) . The head is only average and there is less lacing the one would expect.

The smell is a huge hit of caramel the first few whiffs, with some hits of vanilla and honey graham cracker as it warms, interesting.

The Flavor is creamy and super sweat at first the caramel and vanilla is overpowering towards the end i notice some roasted barley ad it finishes with a hint of bitterness.

The mouthfell is light but milky, overall pretty good. Im glad i tried this, I cant say its entirely my cup of tea being to sweet, but a cool beer to try.

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Photo of Lefty1881
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As soon as you open the bottle you are hit in the face with caramel. I said 'holy moly' this is gonna be interesting.

Pours a black, motor oil like texture, smell of sweet cream, caramel, and sugars just keep pouring out.

Smells like a ton of sugary caramel, a bit of alcohol heat, and just takes over the room with these aromas.

Tastes like creme brulee, which isn't all great in a beer. It's kind of a mix between a lot of alcohol heat, and a ton of sugar. It's a little off balance, not really well blended - but still somewhat drinkable. Not as great as the Mokah & Javah.

Overall, too sweet for me. Pleanty strong, as all the other Blackwater Souther Tier's are, but this just wasn't my favorite of them all.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black with no head into my tulip glass. Smells just like creme brulee. The taste is just too much. Syrupy and overly sweet with an artificial vanilla aftertaste, more vanilla, molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, yikes. A dessert beer for sure, and no need to put it in a 22 oz. bottle. Would have been fine with 4 or 5 ounces. Just too cloyingly sweet. Certainly unique, though, and I would like to pour this on ice cream some time.

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Photo of csmiley
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown with more light getting through than expected. Some cola brown and a hint of red are visible in the light. With this being an Imperial Stout at 10%, I guess I expect a deeper black. This is a beer about bending the rules a little so I guess expectations don't apply so much here. The tan head can only muster to a height of a thick cap and seems to vanish pretty quickly. Moderate amounts of lace remain in the glass.

S - Aroma has no shortage of butterscotch and vanilla pudding. Actually, that seems to be the extent of the aroma unless you dig deep to find the other hidden gems. Light chocolate / cocoa followed by a whiff of alcohol tuck everything in. This is a very sweet aroma that starts out very pleasing but gets a little cloying after a while.

T - Now things are starting to look up for the Creme Brulee. Butterscotch really dominates the flavor but it quickly starts to get more complex and inviting. Milk chocolate comes along with a smooth vanilla flavor. Alcohol is definitely noted in the flavor and keeps it on the warm side. The end brings out some dark fruit (cherry anyone?). All through this beer there seems to be a hint of smoke but its almost impossible to actually single out. Pretty sure it's there though.

M - Has a fairly full body with mild carbonation that compliments the beer well. Finish is...well...sweet. No other way to say it. The residual sweetness stays on the palate for a long time.

D - Drinkability is decent. The 10% of alcohol is hidden pretty well and I had no problem putting down a pint. After said pint, it gets a bit harder to handle. Still drinkable but starts to become cloyingly sweet at the end of a bomber. Glad I finally got to crack one of these open and kudos to Southern Tier for another beer that pushes the envelope just a little further. Not sure I'd seek this one out again unless the recipe was tweaked a little. Suggestions: 1) 12 ounce bottles. 2) More foam. 3) Tone down the aroma or make it more complex. It's a little too one-sided. 4) 12 ounce bottles.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle. I have been anticipating this beer for awhile, because of the name of course. It actually didn't disappoint! This is a very interesting and unique beer. For that alone, it is worth trying! Anyway, to the beer...pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma is quite powerful!! Lots of cream, caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. Flavor is pretty similar: lots of vanilla, cream, coffee ice cream, white sugar. Very sweet, obviously, and heavy on the palate. This is a very good beer if sampled in small amounts. So split a bottle with friends for dessert!
7/4/8/3/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Kraken
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bomber into an oversized 20oz pint glass. Heavy handed pour yields minimal 1 finger lite tan head that falls at terminal velocity, mild lacing. Beverage pours midnight black, slight ruby near the edges.

Smell- Intoxicating, caramelized/burnt sugar, vanilla. Is it possible to smell syrupy? Slight booziness.

Taste- Wow very interesting. Vanilla, Caramelized sugar, faint coco, Tons more caramelized sugar. Overly sweet. It really does taste like creme brulee. Slight hop bitters in the finish. On a how I really feel note, this is way too sweet for me. After half a glass the novelty wears off.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and Creamy, yet also thick viscous, heavy and cloying. This would be nice poured over ice cream or served along side a hot double espresso.

Drinkability- Marked down because it is IMO too sweet, and at 10% how many can one have.

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Photo of RichWolfe
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really my thing, and I'm a big fan of the seasonal flavored offerings from Southern Tier (the pumpkin Warlock stout in particular). Smells great, I'll give it that much. But it's too sweet on the front-end, with a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

Pours a rich golden color with a frothy head.

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

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

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

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours blackish brown, but not completely opaque, with a brown head.

S - Well, like creme brulee. Southern Tier seems to have worked a lot on perfecting that scent. It doesn't precisely translate to the taste.

T - Like a meaty hand jamming vanilla beans down my gullet. There's a little maltiness and coffee, so it isn't quite like drinking vanilla extract. Maybe a teeny bit of hops in there.

M - Thick and... surprise... syrupy. And I pronounce that surrupy not seerupy.

Notes - Had a small amount at a tasting at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Nice in a small dole but tastes like something that goes on pancakes more than in pint glasses. I like sweet beers, but I don't think I could make it through more than a pint.

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Photo of JRed
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black hue in body with light coffee head topping. Aroma of creme brulee, vanilla, cream, coffee with cream, caramel. Not as pleasant as I envisioned on the palate: cola with pours of vanilla, light coffee, caramel, syrup. A medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. The downfall of the beer lies in the cola character with dabs of vanilla and coffee. The upside is the light, smooth, creamy mouthfeel that the beer possesses. A sweet treat but has room for improvement.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with thin coffee head

Smells great. Smells strong of butterscotch and vanilla

Tastes like vanilla butterscotch and coffee. Really really sweet.

Overall a little too intense for me in the sweetness department which says a lot. A must try for people that like sweet/dessert style beers.

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Photo of johnd513
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for the opportunity to try this unique beer. This beer pours black in color and has a short white head that disappears quickly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is overwhelming and can be smelled across the room. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. The taste is very sweet and is about the same as the taste. Overall this was certainly worth a try for something different. Glad I split this one with a friend.

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Photo of dowen17
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a huge, creamy milk chocolate colored head. Leaves some decent lacing down the glass but the head recedes to a small cap.

Smell is of pure caramel. Melted candy corn. Some alcohol. Really REALLY sweet. Also some vanilla extract.

Tastes like a melted caramel candy. Candy corn, vanilla extract, sweet sweet malt, and alcohol. This beer does not hide the alcohol well at all. Definitely a dessert beer though.

Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Not the thickest beer in the world but very nice.

Overall this beer would be great with a slice of cake. Not something you could drink every day because its VERY sweet but its good.

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Photo of BierFan
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. ABV of 10.0%.

Appearance: Thin tan/light brown head. Obviously, the body is black. Head retention is unimpressive and there's no lacing.

Smell: Loads of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. Especially heavy on the butterscotch. A little alcohol aroma manages to make it past the overpowering sweet aromas. I think this smells too sweet.

Taste: Once again, heavy on the butterscotch caramel and vanilla. A little bit of hop bitterness reminds me that this is indeed a beer.

This is, perhaps, the sweetest beer I've ever had. While drinking it all I could think of is how this will instantly rot my teeth and the classic Simpson's line, "SO LONG DENTAL PLAN!"

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Photo of TheTot
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Raging Bitch tulip

Poured a dark dark brown if not almost black. No head at all when poured with few carbonation bubbles escaping to the top. The smell is overwhelming of sweet vanilla and carmel with a little hint of coffee. Initial taste is strange to me. More sweet than any beer I have ever had with burnt tastes at the end that i generally don't enjoy but balances this beer out with the sweetness. With the burnt tastes comes the bitterness which i do not enjoy the more i drink it. The mouthfeel is very smooth with nothing objectionable about it. I enjoy this beer but not more than a bombers worth. Gets old quickly and has the most simply complex taste i have ever had. By that i mean that there are a lot of flavors but they are the same throughout and never keep you guessing. Overall a good beer. I would not buy again but is enjoyable this one time.

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Photo of joepais
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of MikeyMikee
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at fridge temp into a pint glass on 8/1/11.

A: Black body with a light brown head. Mediocre lacing and some alcohol legs, with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Strong, over the top vanilla, some alcohol, light coffe and caramel. Nothing overly complex.

T: Obviously there is a stong, concentrated vanilla extract-like quality, but theres also an underlying vanilla that lingers and is quite pleasant and not overbearing; it's more like actual vanilla-bean coffee than vanilla extract. Followed by the vanilla is strong, super sweet toffee and caramel. This is a very sweet beer. Alcohol extinguishes all of the flavor towards the end, but the light vanilla lingers that I previously mentioned. Its kind of like a heavy cream soda with alcohol.

M- High carbonation that almost stings my tounge. The alcohol provides a nice warming that may be pleasant in the winter time but is a little too much for me right now. There is also a slight bitterness from the hops that is coupled with the alcohol.

O- This brew definitely has potential with some age, it is descently drinkable but like I said, its a little hot right now. I'd prefer the Javah from ST. Im going to come back and review this again in a few months to a year to see how it improves with age because I feel like it would improve greatly.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Thanks, bartender, for hooking me up with a terrific pour.

A: Black body with orange highlights under a nice, frothy head of brown foam. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive brew.

S: W....T....F. This does not smell like beer, and nor does it smell like creme brulee exactly, but it does smell amazing. Gigantic aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, and candy corn absolutely radiate from the glass, providing the most incredibly sweet and candied smell I've ever experienced from a liquid, much less a beer. This is insane, and I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for. Insanity achieved.

T: It's still insane, but less in a fun Willy Wonka way than a terrifying clown sort of way: horrifically sweet, to the point of being heart-stopping. The sweetness alone wouldn't turn me off so much if it weren't joined by a jarringly intense booziness that makes me feel more like an alcoholic chugging butterscotch schnapps from a brown bag than a beer connoisseur enjoying a fine Imperial Stout. I"m not sure how I feel about that.

M: Thick, sticky, and full of enough lively carbonation to keep the stickiness somewhat at bay. Pretty good.

O: I can't imagine anyone drinking and enjoying an entire bomber of this at a sitting, but in small doses it's well worth experiencing just for the novelty.

Cheers!

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Photo of Centennial
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snifter Draft after dinner

A. Dark brown with thin tan head

S. Vanilla extract and brown sugar, slight cinnamon scent

T. Strong vanilla extract and cinnamon with very sweet flavor, very artificial, I would bet more "extracts" then vanilla ae used in this brew. This is close to being too sweet and alcohol has a slightly unpleasant burning presence. If I was not having this for desert I don't think i'd be digging it at all.

O. They don't call it creme brulee for nothing. This is more of a novelty stout imho and very artificial tasting.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Coal black color with nice tan head and no lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, lots of caramel and butterscotch. Smells very sweet.

T: Butterscotch, very sweet milk notes, finishes with a harsh bitterness. Very very sweet.

F: Medium heavy body, low carbonation.

O: This is an extremely sweet beer, that I don't think I will be buying again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review from a 1 year aged bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with thin tan head and minimal lacing. Smell is pretty much like creme brulee - caramelized sugar and vanilla. Taste is sickly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. This is the definition of a dessert beer. When I had a bomber of this myself I struggled to get through this because of the sweetness. This bomber was shared among a few people and I even struggled a little bit to get through my glass. It is delicious, but can only be handled in small quantities. I would like to try to use this beer as a topping for ice cream.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man's in Binghamton, NY.

A: The stout is oily black, a singularity that absorbs all light shone into it. The ale lacks an appreciable head, what lingers is thin and white in color.

S: The nose is syrupy sweet with caramel, vanilla, and butter rum mixing with booze. The aroma is very interesting.

T: The stout is incredibly sweet, thick and full of flavor. More butter rum, vanilla and caramel mix with burnt grains and coffee. The ale is very boozy, reeking of alcohol with each sip. Butter rum flavors last.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet but abrasive. The flavor profile is cloyingly sweet at times, while the alcohol burns. An interesting ale that I was happy to share with ksak.

D: One half of a bomber is enough for me.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A:Pitch black with very thin head that disappeared almost immediately.

S:Creamy carmel, vanilla, butterschotch. Real sweet smell!

T: Immediately pick up lots of carmel and vanilla. Malty milkshake finish. It does kind of taste like Creme Brulee.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden by the sweetness.

D: A tad too sweet for me but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of Rutager
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Huge butterscotch and sweet vanilla custard. Just a hint of roasty malt and booze.

Taste. Sweet butterscotch, a little toasty malt and a bit of sponge toffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium + body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Sweet, but not as much as the smell would make you think. Something seems artificial here. Glad I tried it but not my thing.

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