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: 4,160
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 353
Gots: 847 | FT: 34
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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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Ratings: 4,160 | Reviews: 1,426
Photo of LordofWord
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally unique, decadent dessert beer. Money, baby.

Photo of fearthebeerd
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap year round at a bar back home. Not overly sweet on taste in my opinion and the smell always makes me feel good. That's when I know I'm home. First beer I ever had at a bar, so maybe I'm a bit biased, but it will always be my favorite. Very thick and very dark, but doesn't have much of a head which is why I docked a bit on look. Alcohol doesn't overpower the variety of flavors which is impressive for a beer that is almost 10%. Maybe not for everyone, but definitely worth a try if you ever find it.

Photo of docoman
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a very sweet stout and best served with a similar desert. Heavy on vanilla overall pretty good.

Photo of DuffmanCanNeverDie
4.91/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm completely enamored with the smell of this beer alone...

Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it aged and fresh. Definitely better aged by a landslide. Fresh is too sweet. Think it needs at least 6m of aging. 22oz bomber. Pours dark black with little tan head that quickly dissipated. Served cold but improves as it warms up. Loads of sweet sugar up front with hints of vanilla and dark roasted malts. Sounds great right? Fresh, the sweetness is over powering to me. Aged it blends into the complexity of the beer much better. No noticeable alcohol burn. More roasted malts and chocolate as it warms. Interesting beer. Milk sweet stout so I'm always leery of aging them outside a refrigerated environment. If this was barrel aged in bourbon barrels, I think it would be the nutz.

Photo of Chief09
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best milk stout you will ever drink. Once you try it you are hooked. I think last season myself and wife bought a case ourselves

Photo of craftaholic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Such a sweet stout, I thoroughly enjoy the taste but by god is it cloying. Dessert in a glass.

Photo of distant-lover
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Good pour. Good head. Rich and dark. Very tasty on the early winter months.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Ebony in color. Light mocha head. Quickly fading. Some froth remains around the lip.

S: Hugely sweet. Caramelized sugars, sweetened cream, vanilla.

M: Medium body and viscous. Every sip is actually like you're taking a bite of that custardy dessert. Nice carbonation.

T: It has sweetness, but also bitterness and some earthy roast going on. A lot of vanilla bean on back, so much it has an herbal bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Premo88
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(2/3/14 born-on date)

L: black but looks super dark brown and possibly somewhat clear around edges; not much of a head, about 1/4-inch of dark tan; keeps a slim collar of tan foam, very little lacing

S: vanilla, and not bourbon-wood kind of vanilla like in a barrel-aged brew, but REAL vanilla, like sticking your nose into a vanilla shake or vat of vanilla extract; over time I can detect just a hint of dark roasted malt, maybe a pinch of oak wood, but this is all sugary sweet vanilla

T: much more balanced than the nose, you get plenty of that vanilla but lots of darker malt notes with some bitterness to balance things; very sweet but lots of burnt malt

F: pretty thick and heavy ... lots of carbonation; made for sipping

O: this beer should not come in bombers. it's a load, just a massive onslaught of malt sweetness with tons and tons of vanilla sweetness fortunately balanced by some burnt malt notes and I'm guessing huge amounts of hops to force them to show through all that sugar. the born-on date says this bottle is over 8 months old, and my bet is it would improve with a bit more aging -- there is a slight bit of alcohol heat here. not much, but it's present.

i love the vanilla notes aging in bourbon barrels gives stouts, so I'd be a hypocrite to say I don't like this beer -- I love it! but it *is* awfully sweet. it's for dessert.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured

Black liquid

Very sweet creme brûlée aroma

Taste of sweetness and then quickly to roast beer

Burnt coffee aftertaste

Interesting beer

Photo of StoneTSR
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: A half-inch of egg shell colored head sits atop a straight up black beer. It pours like motor oil and almost no light gets through this.

SMELL: Imagine smelling creme brulee and you can pretty much imagine this smell. Spot on, except along with the vanilla and huge caramel smell is a touch of raspberry. This smell amazing.

TASTE: The taste is basically exactly the same as the smell. Intense vanilla along with that same, huge caramel flavor. A hint of berry and a touch of coffee provide some complexity along with just a hint of Columbus hops to provide balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, silky and creamy. This beer has an enormous body and is thick and mouthcoating, as I would have expected from that motor oil pour.

OVERALL: Exceptional. This has instantly become a favorite, one of the better beers I've had. Perfect as a dessert beer. Yes, it is pretty sweet, but that's what this beer is meant to be. Very well done, Southern Tier.

Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than I was expecting!!!! Nicely done milk stout with big flavor and sweetness kept under control. Pours a dense black color into a pint glass with yellowish/orange light only coming through at the bottom of the glass. Aroma and taste are caramel, vanilla, lactose, toffee and rich malt. Not much bitterness, but not much cloying sweetness either.

Mouthfeel is rich and sweet with a hint of alcohol and a lot of milk stout smoothness. Very drinkable with big flavor.

A very good specialty beer. Good with dessert. I had it with cheese and light fruit and enjoyed it very much.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draught.

Pours a dark, deep brown. Smells of burnt sugar, creamy caramel and fruity malts with some milky hits in the middle!

Tastes sweet and milky with banana and other fruit notes, ending with dark, smoky malts. Definitely sweet, but ends with a dark, bitter note that adds balance.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a creamy, oily feel.

Overall, it's delicious and one of my favorite seasonals, but not the be all end all of milk stouts.

Photo of jeffsnow1962
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Simply yummy. We had homemade ice cream over the summer, the kids wanted rootbeer floats, so i thought....

This is plenty sweet on its own to stand up to the rigors of home made ice cream...what a great float!

Photo of dav2080
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

This was wonderful! Great head.
Tasted like chocolate cake. I will buy this again. It has been awhile since I had this and have not found it locally again.

Photo of fscottkey
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a 16oz standard pint.

A: [3.25] Dark black with no light penetration. This was a tap pour and produced no head and no lacing at all.

S: [4.00] Rich butterscotch. You can smell it when the glass gets near you.

T: [3.75] The taste is butterscotch, maple syrup and a hint a vanilla. The alcohol is not overpowering but it is detectable.

M: [3.00] A little thin - not bad but not as chewy as I was expecting. Carbonation seems rights.

O: [3.50] This is an unorthodox brew. I can see why this would be polarizing with some people loving it and some hating it. It is really sweet and candy-like and that might not be your thing. I thought it was a nice offering to mix things up a bit. I could not drink more than 2 of these in a sitting.

Photo of sbrock22
1.25/5  rDev -68%

So much sugar that it is not drinkable

Photo of yarnbomb
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

Sickly sweet- I couldn't get past a few sips. Wanted to like it, but it was just too much for me. Maybe I'll revisit and bake with it some time.

Photo of Teutschmann
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Fantastic. Very sweet, and good for dessert.

Photo of RancidAggro
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Much to my surprise I really liked this. First beer I ever had that truly fit into a desert beer category. Unique experience.

Photo of Vpr5002
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

excellent if you like the sweet taste, no trace of alcohol at all. Overall, it is a very good "desert" beer.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Intense creme brulee taste! Completely takes over the palate. Very rich with no trace of alcohol heat despite its 9.6% abv.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Picked up a growler of this, pretty damn good. It pours a deep black. There is a strong sweet taste of vanilla and caramel. The nose is strong, you could basically have this thing for dessert (I don't know how great it would be with normal foods. Heavy alcohol content, heavy stout.

Photo of mertzhb15
4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at the brewery itself. Delicious.

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