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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Reviews: 1,369
Hads: 4,230
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 364
Gots: 877 | FT: 30
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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

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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 cleeze
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this brew in my 1st trade. Thanks to corby112 for making it easy for me. Now I'm not gonna lie, I never was more excited to try a brew than I was with this one... Something about turning a creamy hardened custard into a beer really did it for me. With that being said, LET'S DO THIS:

It poured a deep black as night color with barely any head. Just some bubbles kickin' around. But it still had some decent lacing, that slowly trickled down my glass.

Now this bitch smells like straight up butterschnaps. Lots of butterscotch meshing with vanilla. Smells very interesting.

I don't know if I wanna call this beer, but.... I like it. No question about that, it's quite tasty. Smooth butterscotch up front meshing again with vanilla. Very sweet, almost too sweet

Very slick feeling in the mouth. Drinkability in my opinion has to be low, even though it's very tasty I'm going to have a problem finishing this whole bomber... Overall, worth the trade. Southern TIER needs to get to maine!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Black, opaque beer, very opaque and very black. Poured no head to speak of, though attractive light-brown bubbles appeared with the glass was swirled.

S-Thick with vanilla, be it vanilla bean, vanilla pudding, or vanilla candle. An almost harshness was hiding beneath it, perhaps a slight alcoholic harshness.

T-Overwhelmingly vanilla. However, as I sorted through the vanilla flavors, I was able to find some dry roasty malt underneath, pushing through when it was able. The harsh alcohol in the nose was not present in the flavor, instead showing through as a smooth alcohol, fading into a nice, strong hop bitterness into the end. (Did I even sense some barely perceptible hop flavor? Maybe.) Finishes with a pronouned vanilla, semi-sweet.

M-Slick, full body. Feels like drinking an oil spill (though probably tastes better). Viscous on the glass and within my mouth. Carbonation was low, perhaps a bit too low.

D-Moderate, due partly to it's immenseness. The strong, at times overwhelming vanilla to hijack the rest of the beer's flavors, but in the end still helped provide this beer its unique character. Enjoy as a desert wine, and share the bomber.

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Photo of sliverX
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poored a transparent black, ruby through in the light, little head mostly just a ring of bubbles around the rim
Smell was a strong vanilla pudding
taste was roasted coffee over a vanilla pudding
mouthfeel looked like it would be thin when it was poored but had lots of body, was a bit shocked how thick it really felt.
Drinkability - was very sweet but is a wonderful dessert beer, which is when it was enjoyed

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Photo of MeanGene
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5 be honest, I have been requesting this beer for quite some time as all the reviews have been enticing.

My brother got me a bottle as part of a beer basket for Christmas.

Poured into a small sifter black with virtually no head...just a small amount of bubbles around the rim of the glass.

Smelled of butterscotch. I'm not even going to try to get into the undertones...just absolute straight butterscotch.

Taste did not diverge much from the smell. Did not enjoy it whatsoever myself since I'm not a fan of butterscotch. Had a few of my buddies try it who liked butterscotch but they were unimpressed.

Mouthfeel was thick and sweet...I suppose if you enjoyed butterscotch, you may be for it. Otherwise, you may want to grab a Coors Light.

All in all, a complete disappointment. I understand that I do not like butterscotch whatsoever...if one who reads this reveiw does, it may be a completely different story. For the price, please read the reviews and do your homework!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Boy, is this ever a love it or hate it kind of beer. I happen to really like it, but it is way over the top and very sweet, very much a dessert beer- I could see how people would hate it it as well. It pours inky black with a thin head. Smells quite sweet and exactly like creme brulee, with burnt caramel and thick, sweet milk with an eggy richness. The taste is similar, with an even more burnt aftertaste, and big, rich vanilla and cream flavors. Very sweet, but an uncanny replica of creme brulee in a glass- with a shot of brandy. Thick and viscous in the mouth. Its a bit too rich and thick to have much of this, but quite a pleasure as a sipper.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: a beautiful thick black body with 1/4" tan head; light lace and decent retention

s: caramel and syrup with vanilla ice cream; butter and chocolate

t: very sweet caramel and syrup wth vanilla ice cream; butter and chocolate; as well as added light coffee; it is similar to creme brulee; i see it

m: smooth but a little sticky and syrupy

d: really heavy and a little too sweet to have a full pint but an interesting beer that is worth a couple desert tastes

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Photo of skee1080
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shared a bomber with my brother on the 4th night of Hanukkah. Heard a lot of great things about this beer, but I was disappointed when it came to tasting time:
A: dark brown, almost black; pours thick with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly
S: the smell is sweet with heavy notes of caramel and vanilla; little to no malt aroma; no hop aroma
T: cloyingly, overly sweet; no hop flavor; maybe the faintest touch of a roasted malt character (emphasis on faint); i was expecting a more well-balanced beer with background notes of caramel and vanilla, but those flavors were just in-your-face up front and dominated the beer
M: medium to medium-high carbonation; full body
D: this beer really just killed me when it came to the taste. the "creme brulee" flavors were artificial and too pronounced. i understand this is supposed to be an extreme beer, but you can't just throw a ton of sugar into a beer and pretend that it's extreme. i think a better route for this brew would be to use crystal malts or kettle caramelization to impart a light caramel flavor, and then use vanilla beans (sparingly) to add the vanilla notes. i'm not sure what they did when brewing this, but i feel like some artificial flavor extracts were just tossed in at the end. it's definitely an interesting beer to try, and i'm not saying it tastes bad per se, it's just not "beer like" in my opinion.

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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 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 Lupe
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black, that is capped by a cocoa colored small head. Not much of a head, so not much retention and little lace - as expected in a higher abv beer.

With the first sniff you realize those crazy guys upstate hit it out of the park again. Loads of vanilla, caramel, and cream. Roasted character sneaks in adding hazelnut coffee. Wow this is one enticing aroma - it smells like dessert.

Flavor leads with creme brulee - vanilla, caramel, and cream. Like the aroma, coffee steps up next followed by some mild alcohol. Taste is like Frangelico spiked coffee. A little milk chocolate finishes things off. Just a ridiculous flavor.

Full bodied, smooth, rich, and satisfying. Not to drink with dessert - this is dessert. A real sipper that dares you to come back for more. The alcohol is not upfront, but is not hard to find. The fullness alone keeps drinkability down a bit, but you will want more.

Exactly what you would want/expect from something labeled Creme Brulee, and that alone makes this a special beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Jake's Steak House in the Bronx, after a delicious Porter House.

A - Poured nearly black with a nice cream head of tan foam.

S - Creme Brulee, pretty much says it all. Sweet aroma of vanilla cream.

T - See above! Rich and very sweet. Lots of big vanilla flavor with hints of chocolate and smoke.

MF&D - This is a dessert stout. Went great as a compliment to a great dinner. I would not consider this a session beer by any means, way to sweet.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to EPseja for this one.

This is kind of a weird, novelty type beer so this one is hard to judge with any style guidlines in mind. With that being said, I am judging based on overall flavor and feel without any consideration for style.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black color with a tan head. Very creamy and thick out of the 22oz bottle into a white wine glass.

Aroma is basically butterscotch and cream. Flavor is the same. My family makes Buttery Nipple shots for Christmas and this tasted exactly like that (kahlua, butterscotch shnapps, and irish creme liquor). Really sweet and pretty overpowering.

This would be hard to drink alone. I split this with three other family memebers and barely finished mine due to the sweetness and cloyingness. A good dessert beer and somewhat of a novelty. I could see myself drinking this again in the future. Beware of the sweetness and butterscotch in this one!

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.28/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What is trinity cream? Pours a midnight black color with very little hue throughout. A very prominent and soft tan head with good retention and lacing. Not sure for how long as it was a dumper.

The nose has WAY too much vanilla coming out. Put the glass now and still could smell it. Let it breath for 10 minutes, still the vanilla is obnoxious. Some butter and milky notes. No beer notes to speak of.

The taste is super sweet and like the nose is dominated by vanilla. Super sweet with a "hurts your teeth" sweetness. There is a fake cream/lactic thing that really emphasizes the sweetness. Almost like condensed milk. On the back end the vanilla comes out and really overpowers everything in the finish. Some minor roast, but really where is the beer.

The body is waaay too sweet. Overall this is not beer. This is a dumper. How can you drink this?

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4're the man!!!

A: Poured somewhat thin and brown that transcended into a dark and seductive abyss. The beer also exhibited a nice white and frothy head that eventually went away after a few minutes.

S: When my girlfriend and me took a big whiff of this mighty beer, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks and ordered a caramel frappicino (not sure about the spelling there, lol). The aroma consists of a overwhelming caramel presence along with hints of whip cream and vanilla.

T: Awesome! Along with the caramel and vanilla qualities, the flavor has a nice and subtle roasted coffee character to it that almost makes this beverage seem to be anything but a beer!

M: Not as viscous as you might think, but still above-average for a stout. A medium-body beer that I thought that could have had more body, but this is not a knock on the beer itself.

D: Other than the subtle hints of alcohol warmness at end of the sip, this beer seems to nothing like a beer at all. Very smooth along with a rich flavor that I would find hard for anyone not to enjoy.

Overall: After enjoying Southern tier's Oatmeal stout and Choklat, I thought that this particular brewing company couldn't brew any other beers better than that. Simply put, I was completely wrong in thinking so. The Crème brulee is one of the most delicous beers to ever touch this palate, and I hope it will again someday soon. A must, must, must try!!! Cheers!

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Photo of BACTAdam
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm becoming a huge fan of Souther Tier primarily for their Black Water series of big beers. This is yet another one that blew me away.

A strong, incredibly wonderful smell of pure vanilla extract hits you the minute the cap is poppod on this bomber. An aroma so strong you can smell it across the room! Pours a deep black with only the slightest hint of opacity. The head is a thin foamy tan that sticks around for a little while. The taste is amazing- lots of deep vanilla notes, hints of carmelized sugar, a bit of an alcohol burn and the faintest hints of hops at the back of the tongue. When it's cold, the bitter hop bite is more noticeable in the after taste. As it warms, the creme brulee flavors release and the bitterness disappears. While vanilla has a very stong presence in this beer, a lot to do with the aroma, it is not one dimensional.

Southern Tier is not shy about their unique flavors for beer and the flavors never taste artificial which is what make them even more impressive. Amazing job on this one! I only wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of srroos
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a small brown head. Smells like butterscotch, vanilla, and expresso. Gives the impression of tiramasu more that creme brulee to me. Taste is dominated by burnt sugar, with notes of butterscotch and espresso following. Full bodied as expected for an imperial stout. Alcohol is very well hidden.

A very interesting beer all around. I'm very glad I tried this one, but not sure I'll be seeking out more. Ignore all the critics; try this if you can!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with barely translucent mahogany edging. A thin, partial head developed with the pour and quickly dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics are pungently filled with butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and espresso. Sweet and lush.

Full bodied, chewy and thick. A highly creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla, butterscotch, burnt sugar, and chocolate lead of the palate. Roasted malts and espresso follow through along with sweet cream and warming alcohol.

Finishes with lingering vanilla, butterscotch, and burnt sugar.

A very unique beer and would pair well with many desserts. Sweet and rich and a great one to share.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured black with a creamy 1/2" tan head that diminished to nearly nothing in a few minutes, agitation allowed for a reformed cap

S - delicious! Sweet creme brulee crossed with dark chocolate and espresso! Vanilla too? Nice. A touch of fruitiness and yeast is present as well. So far so good!

T - very sweet at first, maltiness then sweeps across the palate, followed by coffee and syrup, bittersweet finish with hardly any hoppiness at all. Some notes of biscuits but the vanilla/malt/caramel sweetness was nearly overpowering. Alcohol is present throughout. This is where it starts to go down...

M - thick and heavy with moderate carbonation, chewy and syrupy

D - decent for a 10% brew but the thickness and sweetness only lets me do one of these in an evening

Overall - not a bad beer to try for kicks but nothing spectacular. Way too sweet and sticky. Something new to try for the record books. Perhaps it would benefit from aging?

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notebook.

A- Black as night, no head, slight lacing after a swirl.

S- Wow! Creme Brulee in a bottle! Sweet sugar, vanilla, cream, and a touch of white chocolate.

T- Burnt caramel, cream, super-enriched vanilla, touch of smoke and chocolate.

M- Thick and chewy. Medium to high carbonation.

D- Not overly drinkable, but a fantastic nightcap/dessert beer. Super sweet and is for sure a Creme Brulee clone in liquid form. How did they get all this into a beer?

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured some of a bomber into a wine glass...why not?

It's pretty black looking until held to some light, when ruby edges show through reluctantly. The thin tan head does not last nor does it leave any lacing.

OK, this smells like dessert. I mean rich, chocolate and vanilla, burnt caramel enhanced by the intermingling of alcohol that is not at all prominent. Rich and buttery dessert, I mean I usually don't look for it in a beer, but I am intrigued and interested.

The taste has the same caramelized sugar and vanilla thing going. Buttery toffee notes. Yes it too has dessert written all over it, but the alcohol burn is much more pronounced. There is a dryness to this imperial stout that starts in the middle and rides with the sweet flavors all the way through the bitter hoppy finish. I tell you there is a lot going on behind all this dessert.

This could be an iced specialty coffee, some sort of blended and chilled hot chocolate, or it could be dessert liquefied. Mouthfeel is big and smooth, the alcohol dryness is not overdone. Really the only thing that could be is the vanilla but taken in small sips even that is pleasant.

I hear bad things about this beer...and I understand that tastes vary so I am glad I tried it for myself. Recommended for the adventurous and the uninhibited. In a word...


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Photo of edchicma
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black...minimal head..very inviting. Smell is butterscotch, vanilla and malt..mmm. Taste follows the smell...butterscotch, vanilla shake, molasses in the back. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full-bodied. Drinkability is very good considering the abv. Not a brew you would drink all night, but like a decadent dessert...absolutely excellent.

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Photo of ZAP
1.66/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The more I drink this the more I realize I'm not a big fan of this beer. Some people love it...others hate it....I'm in the later category now.

What this tastes like are those werthers candies....I never liked them either....just too rich and sweet and over the top for me....butterscotch, toffee, french's all too much more me..

I even tried pairing this with a Padron Maduro cigar and that just about made me even sicker to my stomach..

I like this brewery and I respect that others may like this but to me it is one of my least favorite beers or all-time

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small tan head that quickly settles to a very thin cap. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass. I smell vanilla extract, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Like drinking liquid butterscotch. Alcohol warming on the finish. Nothing is there to clean the palate so it has a cloying sweet aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bit of a sticky consistancy from the sweetness. Not the easiest beer to drink. Very sweet and cloying and with an ABV up at 10%. Best shared with several people then horded to oneself. I will finish this bottle and that will satisfy me of this beer for quite some time.

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Photo of Tolann
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and a small tan head. Very near opaque.

S - Vanilla, Butterscotch, really sweet and rich.

T - Big butterscotch taste. Very sweet and rich. It's a good example of a desert beer. Tastes sinful

M - medium to heavy mouth feel. Smooth and milk-like. Low carbonation.

D - Wish I had some ice cream to go with this. Something to enjoy after dinner, but not something to drink all nite. It's very big and impressive.

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Photo of hero27
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
10% abv

Pours a dark mahogany..modest head of tan foam.
Few beers will grab your attention in the aroma department as much as this one will...amazing aroma of freshly brewed cappuccino, creme brulee, white chocolate, & butterscotch. Truly incredible...while I was drinking this, several other people in the room actually commented about how great it smelled..that may be a first for me.
Flavor of heavy butterscotch, vanilla, white chocolate, and sweet caramel malt. A tad on the sweet side for me, but that's a minor flaw in what is a spectacular beer from Southern Tier.

Overall, an incredibly unique gem that needs to be tried at least once.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.