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: 1,363
Hads: 4,179
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 354
Gots: 859 | 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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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is a vanilla bean BOMB, very nice, malty, some hops, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of vanilla, with the big three dark ones. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, different brew from other Imp. Stout's, way to go ST. (436 characters)

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my snifter.

Upon just cracking the bottle, butterscotch is pouring everywhere. After pouring still all I can smell is butterscotch.

A: Pours a deep black, consistency of skim milk. Nearly no head. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma, still all butterscotch. Small hint of chocolate. This is going to be sweet

T: Taste begins with butterscotch, and some mocha. Finish has a welcomed taste of alcohol

M: One of the creamier beers I've had yet - thinner but similar to a Baileys.

D: A bit disappointed by this, and certainly something I wouldn't drink more than one of. Yet, very smooth - too overly sweet for me. Would work well as a Desert beer, and could gain fans of non beer-geeks. Optimal serving would be 8 oz. (740 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich dark brown in my snifter. very subtle hints of ruby around the edges. a rich creamy light tan head floats up to greet me.

instantly i am hit by an intense caramel scent. upon warming i can smell more of the vanilla. this beer smells so sweet it makes my teeth ache.

and i just dropped my glass after taking my first sip...worst night ever. entire bottle now sits on my bedroom floor...so atleast my room smells good.

from the sip that i took the flavor is great. very sweet. lots of caramel and vanilla. smooth finish. full body. i would drink a whole glass of this next time i get it in a trade...i hate my life :( (633 characters)

Photo of waltonc
1.67/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: very dark brown with minimal head

Smell: All I smell is overwhelming butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth, creamy vanilla and butterscotch. But cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: creamy and thick, not much carbonation.

Drinkability: I really want to like this beer, and in small doses it's not bad. I give Southern Tier credit for brewing outside of the box. However, this is just too sweet and cloying for a 22 oz bottle. Customers should have the option to purchase this in 12 oz or smaller bottles. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pour out more than half of my bomber because this just isn't very drinkable in large doses. (631 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend.

Pours completely black with a one-finger tan head that recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. The top of the beer looks very oily, and there's not much lacing although the beer itself does leave a short-lived layer on the glass.

Smells good. Butterscotch right off the bat and some vanilla aroma as the beer warms. A very, very sweet smelling beer.

Tastes great. Super sweet up front that tapers down into a vanilla flavor. There's also some chocolate in there.

The mouthfeel is amazing. This beer completely coats my mouth and it's unbeliavably creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness gets to be a bit much, but I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this was all that I thought it would be. Huge butterscotch aroma with a sweet vanilla flavor that goes down obscenely easily. Definitely worth a try. (897 characters)

Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and creamy head coupled with lots of patchy foam immediately after the pour, a half moon of lace along one side, head retention is exceptional, deep dark brown with a touch of ruby at the edges - 4.50, S: The nose is intensely vanilla, caramel and ice cream all wrapped up in one, there is also a strong dosage of candied coconut, but it's hard to get beyond the vanilla it's so overpowering, I fear this one might be too much given all the syrupy sweetness on the nose though it is inviting - 4.50, T: Like eating a ice cream sundae coated with caramel and flan, there is also a strong butterscotch and some faint coconut flavor, though it is a stout there is so much else going on it is easy to forget, some nice maltiness from the grain as well as some espresso flavors come through on the edge, again - vanilla rules this beer - 4.50, M: Medium bodied with a very smooth and creamy texture that clings to the tongue - 4.50, D: This is an out-of-the-ordinary beer to say the least, it really doesn't follow the guidelines of a style though milk stout seems the most appropriate, a beer that has its limits, very enjoyable especially when dessert is on one's mind - 4.25 ORIGINAL review from 9/29/2008 slightly modified on 9/28/2010. (1,244 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to the great Lum. Poured into a Terappin pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown or is it black. Looks black but lets in some light that creates some really nice dark red hues that make this puppy look bark brown. A vigorous pour didn't amount to much in the head department. What little head came to the party showed up long after the pour and was a nice mocha brown. Not much lacing to talk about. Leaves a bark brown film on the glass due to the viscousity of the brew.

S: Smell is, for lack of better word, amazing. They nailed Creme Brulee in the aroma. Big time vanilla smell. Just amazing amounts of creamy vanilla. Smells a bit like the cream in an Oreo at times. Nice caramel that smells fresh as hell. Really nice, somewhat bitter chocolate and a freshly made mocha with whipped cream. Just smells awesome. Nailed it.

T: Nice. The heavy vanilla presence really hits the palate hard at first sip. Then a really nice mocha flavor kicks in to round it out with some coffee bitterness. This is a sweet beer but I don't believe it to be overly sweet considering what they were trying to create here, hence the name. Caramel is thick and creamy. Just a touch of chocolate and nougat? Alcohol tends to be in your face at times.

M: Full bodied, big time brew. Thick and coating. Really saturates the palate with some sweet flavors. Alcohol has a slight warming effect in the throat and tummy. Aftertaste is of some bitter chocolate.

D: This beer is sweet. Share. Its not as sweet as I was expecting from everyone's comments but it does get overwhelming after a bit. It is a nice after dinner beer when you have company. A few ounces with some cake or something would be perfect. The smell is the real show stopper here. Just shows you what brewers are capable of when they get an idea. Great effort at an extreme brew. (1,840 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed two bottles at Colonial in Acton, Mass. after volunteering for the Blue's 'N Brews benefit event.

I drank the first bottle that night and wasn't impressed so decided to wait until I drank the second bottle to review. Much different impression the second time around.

Nice looking pour, creamy and thick tan head. Smells very sweet, over the top sweet. Tastes like sweet caramel, more like something my grandmother used to make than creme brulee, but I think it's pretty amazing they were able to get that flavor into a bottle. Very smooth mouthfeel, some lingering lick-smacking sweetness, but nothing undesirable. Enjoyable to drink, but you're not going to want to sit and drink too much at one time. Nice beer to share with someone, especially if they're not normally beer drinkers. (796 characters)

Photo of akronzipfan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had one of these at Clark's Ale House on a recent trip to Syracuse.

a - is highly viscous, dark brown and impervious to all light; short beige head with mild lacing

s - there is the slightest hint of an underlying hops scent that is almost completely overwhelmed by a maple-sweet, creamy essence

t - it opens with a rush of malty sweetness that is nearly too much to handle; but somehow this quickly becomes more than palatible, perhaps due to the balance effect of the ultra-high ABV

m - at once syrup-like, yet pleasant; not much carbonization

d - it's weirdly enchanting in short doses, but if there is such a thing as the "opposite of a session beer" then this might be a good candidate (697 characters)

Photo of TonyT
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz with a few friends

This beer is all over the place:

A - Poured black in color with brownish white head. No apparent lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Incredible...The vanilla comes through and lets you know that it is not going away. Nice alcohol smells pierces through at first, and then mellows out.

T- At first the alcohol burns you pretty good. The vanilla taste and roasted malt flavoring permeates through. As you drink it further, the alcohol burn alleviates itself. Very sweet.

M- Minor hops hit you right in the front. The alcohol warms from beginning to end, but only hits you at the back the more you drink. The vanilla hits in the front, malts take over in the middle. The more you drink; there is a nice dryness in the beginning.

D- This is not a beer that should be pounded or drank in haste (especially with the ABV). This is a nice, mellow warmer beer...to show off to friends or as a desert beer. But this is a nice "occasion beer".

I will definitely have this again. I would like to see how this beer ages. (1,052 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown to inky black, thick white head.

S: Sweet vanilla caramel.

T: Sweet malt, coffee/espresso notes. Bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Very creamy!

D: Good, but the more you drink, the more bitter it gets. They took the "brulee" part a bit too seriously, the burnt flavor is too overwhelming to drink more than half a glass of this. (354 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks a bunch. This was dark black and had a very strong vanilla and butterscotch. The taste had very little stout characteristics, almost pure butterscotch. I don;t know if that was intentional or not but it was not my cup of tea. Choklat is a much better offering in my opinion. (313 characters)

Photo of Chinon01
1.55/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was an utter disaster. In my opinion it could have been something nice if they would have cranked down the vanilla extract, cake batter taste about 7/8th. It's that outta wack. It looks like a stout without the bishop's collar. Smell is again vanilla extract only. The taste is equally non-complex with thankfully some bitter roastedness in the finish. Mouthfeel and Drinkability are irrelevant as it is too cloying to swirl in the mouth and have more than a few sips before leaving at the bar. Again other than appearance this beer was an utter disaster. (565 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very good-looking beer (though I may be under the influence of its intoxicating perfume), black with glimmers of orange and an air-pocked latte-tan head. Only fair retention, but lots of pretty lacing.

Smell: So... much... delicious... vanilla! Huge vanilla character that blends with the chocolate and caramel malts to create: Oreos! Root beer floats! Butterscotch! And of course, creme brulee! This deserves higher than a 5. Oh well.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, decadent, and silly with vanilla - yet balanced. Big butterscotch sweetness floods the palate, carrying bits of raisin, graham cracker, and oatmeal with maple syrup here and there. The sweetness is intersected by the coffee and dark chocolate bitterness of burnt malts, plus a spicy bit of fruity hops and alcohol. Devastatingly complex, extremely sweet and tasty - an incredibly delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, creamy, and mildly carbonated, but somehow, not too heavy.

Drinkability: This is an amazing beer. Share it. (1,005 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark cola. Thin ring of head is it. Not much lacing, either.

S - Okay, this part is pretty amazing. Heavy vanilla, caramel and wood notes (Maybe I get wood as wood often imparts vanilla and caramel). One of the funnest smelling beers I have ever had, along with the whiskey shot called Imperial Brown Goose.

T - Taste follows smell to a degree. Creamy chocolate milk with vanilla and caramel.

M - Thinner than a would have thought. Carb is a little under average, coating not as complete. Lighter than expected.

D - While a really fun cool beer, it would get pretty unappealing after a night of it. (620 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-Body is a dark brown almost black color. Pours with a small creamy toffee colored head that eventually subsides to a thick collar and retains well from there. When held up to the light red hues can be seen shining through.

S-This has to be the most potent smell I have ever found in a beer. Smell is very sweet and dominated by toffee, caramel, and cream.

T-Upfront is a bit of roasted malt and a toffee sweetness. A big blast of sweet caramel and toffee come through for the finish along with a strange creamy flavor and a bit of alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a big roasted malt bitterness and some sweetness. The taste is interesting and novel but is borderline cloying.

M- Medium carbonation and a big, thick, chewy mouthfeel.

D-This beer has a potent smell, very thick mouthfeel, and an off the wall taste. All of which are decent...but let me explain my drinkability score...Well I bought this beer before I tried it on tap...and trying it on tap made me wait a lot longer to open it up. Its not bad its just way too much (esp a 22oz bottle). Its hard to finish a pint of this let alone the whole 22oz. It's my dad's b-day and I let him pick something from my stout/porter collection and this is what he chose (he loved it...it's one of his favorites). Not my favorite ST brew...I would much rather have Uber Sun...and I found Creme Brulee out this summer NOT Uber Sun. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.04/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks for the trade! This review is not indicative of my gratitude.

What the ding dang doo is up with this beer? Pours a weird dark brown toffee color with almost no head. Very good aroma. Laden with coffee, tons of vanilla, and a bit of roasted butterscotchiness.

The taste is nothing whatsoever like the smell. Not even close. There's a horrible chemical-y butter/cream sweetness, and the vanilla, which is so intoxicating to the nose, is cloying. There is something very, very wrong with this beer's flavor. Like vanilla extract gone alcohol.

Thin mouthfeel. Couldn't finish the bottle. If you look at my scores, you'll see how schizophrenic I found this drinking experience. (683 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finall caved and bought a bomber of this stuff. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours deep black with dark brown highlights on the edges. Even a rather vigorous pour yeilds only a half inch of mocha colored head that fades rather quickly into a thin thin ring around the glass.

S: This is unbelieve able, the absolsute definition of what an exteme beer is supposed to be. Just an ungodly punch in the face of sweet vanilla ice cream, caramel, coffee and wholo milk, and milk chocolate. Just about the sweetest, richest beer smell there ever was and ever will be. Creme soda smells less like creme than this beer does. Just something to behold.

T/MF: Taste and feel is a bit different than the intial smell. Where the nose relies on vanilla and sugar to get its point across, the taste has much more of a milky, chocolate and caramel coffee character. Little bit of tabcoo and slight earthy hop kick on the back end but this beer is mostly smooth sailing thoughout. Feels like velvet on the tongue, yet at the same time feels just the slightest bit thin in places. Closes smooth and leaves a strong, lingering sweetness on the tongue that just lasts and lasts.

D: Too big to be taken on alone and too sweet to truly enjoy a 10 or 12oz pour, this beer certainly tastes amazing and there are probably few around like it, still does not change the fact that this beer may be too big for its own good. (1,397 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High rating as this is what it is. Creme Brulee in a bottle. Sweet, tons of rich carmel sugar and vanilla. Take hold of the palate and lingers for hours. Mission accomplished. Score reflects the essence of what they were trying to do. 22oz bomber can easily serve 10 people. And everyone will want to pour it over ice cream, this is for sure an after dinner brew. (363 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a plastic label of three different kinds of cows. The closest one is the common milk cow, the farthest one back is a long horn, and I'm not too sure what the other one in the middle is. To the left of the cows is the Government warning and too the right is the usual wealth of information that Soutern Tier dishes out. This information includes the ABV%, plato, what kind of malts, kettle hops, aroma hops, proper serving temperature, proper glassware, and a novel sized paragraph. This long paragraph talks about how this is a dessert beer and a brief history of the creme brulee. It's mostly just gibberish. Again, like every other Southern Tier bottle, the only information missing is some kind of bottle code or bottled date.

Appearance: Southern Tier suggested I use a Snifter, so I poured this beer into a Corsendonk Snifter. I knew a Stout was going to be black, but I didn't think this beer was going to be this black! I held it up into the light to see if light could penetrate this beer's solid black color and it couldn't. The head of was almost as impressive as the color itself. This head of foam was light mocha color and about 3/4 of an inch in height. This mocha foam had really good retention that left behind foamy mocha rings and only a handful spots of lace around the glass. Great color and great head of foam!

Smell: Wow! What an aroma this beer had! I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap. The aroma was so heavy on the vanilla beans and the sugar that it instantly reminded me of a candy store with an ice cream parlor attached to it. There was that and it smelled exactly like creme brulee right down to the smallest detail. It was great sweet smelling beer, but there wasn't any kind of beer smell in it. No malts, hops, or even chocolate hiding in this aroma. It was all about the vanilla beans and the sweet sugar.

Taste: I didn't think that you could take a delicious well made creme brulee and transform it into a Stout beer. That never crossed my mind until I took a sip of this sweet beer. If you've ever had a creme brulee before, then imagine drinking one. Not only does it smell like one, but it taste like it too. But unlike the aroma, the taste had a little bit more "beer flavor" to it. Hiding behind all the vanilla beans and sweet sugar was a small touch of dark roasted malts and a quick splash of roasted hops. Then after the hops leave, the taste goes right back on track with all the sugar and vanilla beans. The vanilla beans are aggressive, but in the end it's a great sweet tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer was dark, sweet, and contained a high 10% ABV, I thought that this beer was more of a medium bodied beer than being a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was slightly dry, but very sweet with more vanilla beans, sweet sugar, and a subtle touch of dry roasted malts. This beer totally masks the 10% ABV. If there was any sign of the 10% ABV, then the vanilla beans and sugar would have covered it up anyway.

Drinkability: I didn't think this beer would taste like creme brulee at all. I thought it would just be a dark roasted beer with a hint of vanilla added to it. Boy was I wrong about that! Since this was such a sweet dessert beer, it should really only be drank once in a great while. If it isn't, then you must have quite the sweet tooth. This is a very creative original idea for a beer. I would like to thank Southern Tier for having the balls for brewing and distributing a beer like this to the public. (3,522 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good initial 3/4 finger head with decent retention and a nice dark brown color.

Smell is of caramel. Not caramel malts, but straight up caramel, like a caramel candy. Underneath are notes of cream and chocolate, but only if you really pay attention, because the most awesome smell is of caramel. It even masks the vanilla. But I love it and I can smell it from a mile away.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Upfront there is a bit of caramel sweetness with an undertone of vanilla. The vanilla really creeps into the nose on the swallow. This is followed by incredible smooth milky and chocolateyness that makes the beer incredibly smooth. Hop bitterness helps to balance the beer out, but I'd like it to be a tiny but tamer. EDIT: at first I have this complaint, but the complaint is quieted as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy and this is one of the most interesting beers that I've ever had. I could drink it for a long time. For some the caramel might be too much after a while though. I don't really notice the 10% abv all that much.

Thanks to seanpachfddfa, or however you spell his crazy screen name, for the sample (1,190 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an incredible beer! Of course I got robbed for it... $7 for 10 oz. glass at the Diamond in Brooklyn. I could have just bought a bottle, but in the end I guess it was worth it. Oh, and the bartender refused to give me a sample first, she said that would cost $2!!! But I digress. The 10 ounce glass was probably just the right serving, as it is sweet and any more would have been just a touch too much. It's really a dessert beer, although I enjoyed it right at the bar none the less. Massive amounts of vanilla, caramel, and sweetish, cocoa-accented malts are found in the nose. It actually kind of smells like cake! And that carries over into the flavor. Vanilla. Caramel. Cocoa. Sugar. Butter. Chocolate. And just an edge of roastiness underneath. It's sweet but it somehow manages to keep from becoming cloying, and that's at least due in part to the roasted malts. Remarkably smooth. Creamy. Utterly (pun intended) remarkable. That said, this is a very special beer, and would be perfect for special occassions. Valentines day. Christmas. And it makes an undeniable eye-opener for women who "don't like beer". Oh, and I wonder how this would be alongside Lindemann's Framboise - or even mixed together? I am definitely going to buy more of this! (1,259 characters)

Photo of TATTORSO
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As my sister in law's interest in craft beer grows by association....I was gently prodded to pick one of these up for a sampling. Split 3 ways with my swill loving brother & his open minded wife.

A ~ Black coffee colored with a creamy, tan 1 finger head. Sticky lace left a soapy film on the glass.

S ~ Without question the BEST part of this beer. You could smell this throughout the room as soon as it was opened. "OOOH ~ Lemme smell, lemme smell"
* (About now a little voice is telling me to remember this is beer!)
It smells like SWEET dessert. Vanilla pudding, butterscotch, caramel, sweet baked goods, cotton candy & English toffee. As the beer warmed it had a warm boozy, almost Brandy smell to it.

T ~ Unbalanced & over done at best. Waaaay too sweet on the front. For the most part, the mouth follows the nose here. Burnt sugar, toffee, vanilla, butter cream & hints of coffee & milk chocolate. I did think I noticed a hint of roasty malt ~ but not enough to focus on. A little bitter on the finish. Breathing in over the glass is boozy & aromatic.

M ~ Full bodied. Deceptive carbonation. Slick, slippery mouthfeel with a lingering bitter after taste. Sticky & oily. Warm swallow reminds you that its alcohol. Sweet, cloying film on my lips and a hot tip of the tongue.

D ~ Overall I'd have to say I was disappointed.
Hard to finish. This is a sipper IF you're liking it (BIG IF) ~ an unusual, albeit failed attempt at an Imperial Stout IMO. A novelty that should be filed & listed as one. Definitely a one timer. ....no matter what you pair it with ~ ice cream, chocolate, vanilla pudding, maybe even Creme Brulee. Someone said "You can put lipstick on a pig...it's STILL a pig!" This aint beer to me. (1,717 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bomber poured into a pint glass, the beer is jet black with a tan head and very good lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee with a hint of bakers chocolate. I really liked they way this one smelled.

While tasty, the beer did not live up to that great aroma. It is sweet with lots of roasted malts. There is caramel, molasses, & butterscotch. Big hit of vanilla on the 2nd sip. I'm kind of surprised the heavy roast of the malts didn't tamper out the sweetness a bit. As the beer warmed, a bit of coffee and chocolate emerged.

The mouth is smooth and silky. The sweetness would make this an occasional treat for me. Well worth trying, would be a good desert beer to split. (712 characters)

Photo of msolar
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black like Guinness. Smells extremely strong of caramel and a hint of mint (I'm thinking of mint chocolate chip ice cream). Overwhelmingly sweet smelling - smells like a schnapps. Taste's ok - but too sweet and unbalanced. Too much caramel flavoring. The mouthful is extremely full, silky, and almost chewable. The drinkability, due to the overwhelming sweetness, is low.

My wife and I split a bomber and neither of us was very interested in finishing our glasses. I've gotten about 2oz in while writing this and don't have much desire to finish my glass, but pouring out $4 worth of beer is disheartening.

Southern Tier is one of my favorite brewers and milk stouts are my favorite beers, but this beer just isn't for me. I'm glad I bought it, but will give the other bomber away to a beer-buddy and won't buy it again. If you try it, I'd suggest pairing it with vanilla or coffee ice cream to subdue the flavor a bit. (935 characters)

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.