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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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3,797 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,797
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 271
Gots: 597 | FT: 27
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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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle with no dates noted. Sampled on October 25, 2013.

The pour is deep brown to practically black with a full, soft beige head that eventually diminishes. I love the way it looks.

The aroma is explosive with vanilla beans and that's mainly it. I get a touch of burnt malts and vague hops in there but the vanilla is really the leader of the pack.

The body is full but entirely smooth.

The taste is also as vanilla bean forward as the aroma but there is an obvious sweetness and a slight bitterness hailing from behind. Worth a high grade.

puboflyons, Oct 26, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours an opaque black in color. Thick and gurgling out of the bottle into the glass, a small to medium sized chocolatey brown head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Borderline sickeningly sweet, this one is vanilla milkshake through and through. Very, very slight hint of chocolate flavors pierce the vanilla sweetness, but they are also very, very sweet in nature.

T- Not quite as sweet as the scent, but still tremendously sweet right off the bat. First and foremostly vanilla sweetness; with a slight hint of dark malts mixed in. Moves toward a milky sweetness that is also still accompanied by vanilla flavors. The end has more dark malts than the rest of the drink, as they linger somewhat after the sip, but vanilla sweetness also lingers.

M- Thick with a fair amount of carbonation. Between the alcohol and the over-the-top vanilla sweetness, this one is hard to drink much of with any speed at all. Still, it's creamy and feels good across the palate.

Overall, people told me this was sickeningly sweet, and it' not as bad as I anticipated in the sweetness category, but it's close. The sweetness is an interesting flavor, but maybe a little too much.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 20, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is something of a white whale among the Australian beer community, and I'd managed to go some time without trying it—I finally managed it at the Local Taphouse in Sydney during Sydney Craft Beer Week 2013. Served on nitro through a sparkler.

Pours a stupid, thick black-brown colour but with definite clarity noticeable when held to the light—I can see red right through it. Head is stupidly creamy off the nitro. Pale beige, fine and rich leaving ridiculous lace. It's a ridiculously creamy looking beer, there's no denying that.

And did someone mention ridiculous? The nose is extreme. Intense vanilla, burnt sugar crème brûlée all over. It's so creamy and thick that it's silly. Some sultanas come through as well, perhaps with a slight hint of spice like ginger. But mostly it's just about pretending to be crème brûlée, which it does exceptionally well. It's insane. You're an idiot, beer.

Once this translates into flavour though, it's too much—too sweet. So much creamy, thick vanilla ridiculousness. It curdles with the booze (which is definitely noticeable), giving an offputting character of Irish cream. Stacks of vanilla toffee without much to counter it. It's thick, smooth and creamy and too much. I loved those flavours on the nose, but here, I admit I'm struggling with it.

Feel is lovely in its way, were it not for the bombastic quagmire of flavours that it supports.

Overall, it's too sweet, without darkness or... anything, to balance it. It makes me feel bloated and a little bit nauseated drinking so much of it. It does a great job of mimicking a brûlée, but I don't think I'd want to puree such a dessert and quaff it. Such thickness and sweetness—I found it difficult to finish despite its many fine attributes.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 20, 2013
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,797 ratings.