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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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 JDV
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from d0b. Thanks!
Dear christ, this was a sweet beer. Smell was like butterscotch and Kraft caramel squares. Just like Choklat, this was very, very artificial smelling. Reminded me of Worthers butterscotch candies as well. Nobody in their right mind could drink more than a few ounces of this melted candy disguised as a beer. Very milk, and vanilla like with some light hops that quiver at the onslaught of malt warriors overtaking their feeble vines. They fight valiantly, but the Maltacians rape and pillage their weak cones leaving them tattered, vulnerable and succeptible to disease. The hops are crying and the malts continue to shower them with more sugar bombs, oblivious to their screams. NOOOO!!!! I literally saw a hop cone beheaded by a caramel square that jumped out of this beer with a maltsword. Very artificial and gimmicky and tastes more like melted caramel and vanilla extract that creme brulee. Cloying in the smell alone. What the fuck is going on here?!?!? AHHHH, stop raping my mouth!!! but I sort of liked it in an "I was abused by my parents as a child and now like really creepy men to touch me in innapropriate places" sort of way.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest of brown that casts black in most light and has one very nice capping of medium tanned frothy foam. Huge cob webbed lacing is stretched across the glass by the ton! One gorgeous looking glass of dark nectar.

Wow, what a huge aroma of French vanilla creamer with a large creamy coffee sense, hazelnut, caramel, and hints to some heat underneath. Its nice if ya like getting a slap in the face with vanilla creamer.

Taste is mostly vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut creamer with a slight coffee roast and milky chocolate. It tastes more like a Frappichnno then any beer. Pretty crazy stuff! Spiked iced coffee anyone! Yummy!

The body is creamy, no surprise there, milky, silky, nearly full in a few spots and definately filling as it goes. Has a big middle tinge of flavor and body with tangy rich vanilla torched with slight coffee roast, chocolate, both white and milk, then concerts some fluffy dryness with a warming tint as it finishes with left over creamy caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut hints. Delish!

Like I said...this is totally like some spiked iced coffee drink if there ever was one. Personally, I think this stuff rocked as I could drink those Starbucks Frappacchino things all day until wired with caffine. So goes with this, only I'd be wasted...But as a beer this was slightly, or I should say very slightly missing a partial dark fruity tang or addition to it that I think would've totally made this even more unwholey wowable! The 10% is concievable but hardly makes any real break through. As is though...WOW! Me likey and will want more!

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

On-tap 9/4/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong creamy chocolate and vanilla along with roasted malts.

T: The taste is very malty and sweet up front as you would expect from an "imperial milk stout" with strong milky flavors of chocolate and vanilla. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty and flavorful, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, deceptively strong kick, very good representation of style, since this beer is so heavy, it's a good sipper to sit down and relax with and also works well as a desert beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of hwwty4, thanks again!

Pours a very dark black color, with a slight white head.

Aromas are interesting, but not really that beer like. To me, it reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream, mixed with some caramel. It's not a bad smell at all, but it's really unexpected, and too sweet for my liking.

Taste is creamy and thick feeling. Quite sweet, with some caramel, vanilla, and burnt chocolate. Alcohol is present, and cuts the sweetness rather well. Finish is hot, with a slight bitterness. Beer doesn't taste quite as artificial as the smell.

Mouthfeel is very good. Quite thick, and full feeling.

Drinkability is OK. But I am a bit torn about this one. It's a unique and interesting beer, no doubt about that. But I think it's a bit too much of a sweet novelty for my tastes. I can see why this is liked though...

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Photo of Hokies
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a an opaque black color with tan head with a light lacing on the glass.

You can smell this one as soon as you open it. Huge aroma of butterscotch and caramel right off the bat and some coffee and vanilla hints are also present.

Nice cream taste to it at first with the sweetness of the caramel and butterscotch coming through. Their is also a nice vanilla taste to it. Their is actually a nice light bitterness to it at the end.

Low carbonation with a creamy feel to it. I would have to give this a lower score on the drink factor just because it is so sweet and is probably a beer you want to share. This is the second time that I have had this beer and it was better the second time, I will save the third bottle for the Holiday season.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Pours like black motor oil with a thin brown head. Not much lacing or head retention.

Aroma is of vanilla, vanilla and more vanilla with some burnt coffee there too. I'd have to say the aroma was the best part of this beer.

Taste was very sweet and syrupy. Too sweet for me but there is nothing like this out there that I have tasted before.

Glad I got the chance to try this but this is not my cup of tea. Very sweet and you would be hard pressed to drink more than one of these. I shared the bomber with another friend and we had a tough time finishing it. I'll give credit to Southern Tier for brewing this.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A-- Dark black opaque no light through this one with a nice 1 finger mocha tan head that laced nicely
S-- Sweet.. Vanilla, Caramel
T-- follows the nose nicely. Sweet sugary taste of vanillas and caramel bitter after tones. never guessed this is a 10%
M-- very light carboantion if any, creamy silky smooth
D- nice after dinner beer for dessert but not a session beer.. too sweet for that. This beer does not disappoint, they call it a creme brule and IMHO it is a close as your going to get without the custard

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this Southern Tier at Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, MN, at a time when I hadn't seen this anyplace else yet. Great store.

This beer is black. This beer smells like vanilla extract spilled in your mustache.

Taste is 80% vanilla, with that milky undercurrent of a milk stout that seems so strange in a beer. My wife insists there's some caramel. I can't see, or taste, it.

Unusually creamy for a beer, understandable given its roots in a confectory. I could not, however, drink more than one & am glad I could split this bottle. This creation gets points for originality if nothing else; doesn't taste like anything I've tried before.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Pours black with a brown head of deep, milky foam. Lacing and head retention were excellent on this one.

S: What a wonderful dessert smell; a combination of vanilla, caramel and coffee ice cream.

T: Taste is super sweet roasted toffee malts with a generous helping of vanilla and some powdered cocoa, even. Very sweet though.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, but not overbearingly thick.

D: Certainly a glass of this as/with dessert would be in line, but not as a session stout or anything. The ABV and sweetness would give you a headache for sure. But nice to have a glass after dinner or at the witching hour.

I'd pick up a bomber of this to share with friends, but some may be turned off by the sweetness. It tastes sort of spot on as a creme brulee, but I think I might have liked the aroma better than the taste here.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours black with a thin light brown head with little retention and no lacing.

S- Smells really good. Nice and sweet. Tons of Vanilla and that's all I can smell.

T- I really tried to like this one just couldn't. Again tons of vanilla and it really does taste like cream burlee. Just too sweet for me though.

M- Felt just about right on not too thick.

D- I struggled with the overall sweetness of this one. Smells wonderful.

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Photo of ejquin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with very thin white head.

A: Heavy vanilla and cream with lots of caramel and chocolate. Very much Creme Brulee like. Slight cherry,. Touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T/M: Mouth is medium-heavy. Carbonation is maybe a touch high. Flavor of lots of vanilla with some caramel. Some hop bitterness in the end brings on espresso and dark chocolate. Vanilla a bit overpowing and cuts down the drinkability to me. Beer is a touch hot as well which doen;t help either.

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Photo of philbe311
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Small dark tan head at pour... Quickly fades leaving limited lacing... Still black color with red undetones...

S - Holy sweetness Batman... Vanilla... Burnt sugars... Caramel... Whipped cream... Maybe a hint of coffee... Dessert in a glass... Slightly overwhelming...

T - Sweetness and alcohol... Not a great combination... Overpowering vanilla, caramel, and sugar... Alcohol aftermath...

M - Oily and sleek... No carbonation to speak of, but still biting... Something doesn't sit well with me on this one...

D - Ambitious, but slightly too over the top... Definitely an experience all BAs should have, but a novelty brew if ever there was one...

Bottle / Art - Love it... There aren't enough beers that feature cows on the label... Grey label on black bottle is eye catching... Southern Tier has several great bottles...

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Photo of oelergud
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall 650ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Dairy cows on the label.
Opaque black body with a creamy tan head speckled with small to large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Sweet alcoholic milk chocolate and vanilla scent, thick and creamy.
Excellent flavor, vanilla, milk chocolate, mild nut and round spiced incredibly delicious hops. Well balanced and an aftertaste of mellow relaxed hops.
Full and creamy body, residual sugars and a nice coating.
Great drinkability, great stout.


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Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had with JDV and pint sized.

A-Dark and stout looking
S-Like werther's or nips caramel butterscotchs.
T-Huge blast of cloying caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. So sweet and overpowering with lingering butter in the mouth. Did not like this and did not think it tasted like Creme brulee.
M-Thinner than expected and leaves an unpleasant lingering film.
D-I could drink this all night- for 1 million dollars!! Not a fan. Won't try again. Glad to try the novelty and thought it would be good paired with food but not standing alone.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark toffee color with a creamy, tan, mocha head forming to about 1-finger thick on top.

Right away I can smell sweet vanilla & cream. Heath Bar ice cream comes to mind quickly as toffee hits my nose along with a nice chocolate maltiness & vanilla bean. A hint of burnt almonds also hit my nose and some burning alcohol phenols come in behind. Very complex, very aromatic, and wonderful!

Tastes very much like it smells! Definitely a stout in chewiness while a sweet chocolate flavor hits that reminds me of chocolate milk. Reminds me of drinking a caramel vanilla latte in college. Just as quick as the smoothness hits, the alcohol comes through to remind me of drinking a white russian.

Very chewy but rather smooth for a 10% brew. Very nice! A bit drying on the finish but nice!

Very sweet, fairly hot brew. Very warming and delicious. Definitely a desert beer! Cheers!!!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is "dessert beer" like none other I've ever tasted. It is almost like someone had a fairly sweet and sugary beer and reduced it on a stove-top until some of the sugar carmelized into butterscotch, and it became viscous. If you are looking for a beer proxy for dessert or an after dinner cognac occasion, look no further. However, you'd better like butterscotch...

Appearance is black and thick with thin head. Aroma is intensely butterscotch-y, with lots of roastiness imparting some chocolate as well. Flavor and mouthfeel are really remarkably creme brulee-like; lots of very rich, thick, and smooth butterscotch flavor with a sort of sticky mouthfeel.

I liked this beer a lot. I won't be buying it by the case, but it is highly from anything else I've ever had. Definitely recommended.

I bought my bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this stout from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured an extremely heavy, dark as night shade of black. Serious blackness. It was creature from the black lagoon blackness. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the tan head was only about 1/2". The head quickly dropped to a skim. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S= This one smells of cooked (burned) sugars, syrupy schnapps, chocolate, and well, creme brulee.

T= This is one sweet, liquid dessert of a beer. I found flavors of dark sugar, sweet coffee, milk, caramel, mild toffee, and a sweet heavy schnapps-like flavor I cannot quite define. Alcohol is nearly absent until the finish, where it feels like the sweet alcohol finish of a lower abv liqour.

MF= This is one heavy mother. Carbonation stayed amazingly well throughout.

D= A sipper for sure, but a unique and excellent brew that everyone should try at least once!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a snifter. Nice inch of light brown head, that became a fine lace.

S. Vanilla cream in the nose. Its Creme Brulee afterall.

T. Follows the nose in a very sweet vanilla chocolate stout. A robust roasted malt feature is complimentary to the lovely sweet lactose.

M. Creamy and smooth. Milky. Great.

D. Very drinkable, though tends to ruin the palate to other beers. Good night cap, change of pace beer.

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

Drank from a 650 ml./1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville, MA

The beer poured a thick, near black with a small, frothy, cocoa-colored head that quickly faded to a creamy ring of lace. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was simply mind blowing. As far as dessert beers go, I have never smelled a better one than this. Ultra sweet and rich with incredible vanilla and caramel notes. Lactose sugar was noticeable as well. The beer did indeed smell very much like creme brulee, or possibly a sweet custard.

The taste was similar to the aroma yet somewhat darker and (thankfully) not as sweet. Deep roasted malts melded with intense caramel and vanilla notes up front. Sweet lactose sugar came through as well. Dark and roasty in the center. A bit of alcohol warmth appeared on the semi-hoppy and roasty finish. This provided a nice balance to an otherwise overly sweet brew. Notes of caramel again appeared in the semi-sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was ultra creamy and supple. Palate coating. Near full-bodied and viscous with a fine, smooth, carbonation. The residual liquid was sweet and sticky on my lips.

At 10% ABV, this beer masked its alcohol content quite well. It was also quite drinkable for a sweeter-style beer.

Creme Brulee was so extreme that it more closely resembled a beer-milkshake hybrid than simply a beer. The folks at Southern Tier are not at all subtle about the use of adjuncts in their products (in this case, that means vanilla and lactose sugar). They consistently deliver exactly what the label states, and they do it quite well.

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Photo of techdiver
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown pour with some transparency and a decent head that dissipates slowly leaving much lacing behind.

Strong caramel and vanilla nose over the malt base.

Taste echoes the nose, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is not well hidden.

A drinkable and very enjoyable brew, though a bit on the sweet side

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black body with a small tan head. Almost no retention. A little bit of thin lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smells nice, mostly of vanilla. A little bit of sweetness like maple syrup.

Taste is also dominated by vanilla bean and some roasted malts. The vanilla combined with roasted malts actually does taste a lot like creme brulee (excuse my lack of accents). Once again, there is a slight syrupy taste here, but still an interesting and good beer. Burnt sugar is definitely a component, increasing the likeness between this beer and the actual dessert. Very sweet.

Pretty thin mouthfeel with very little booziness in it.

This beer tastes a lot like the dessert that is its namesake, but it is just too sweet to be something I really want to drink more than a few sips of.

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Photo of alexgash
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown. Garnet edges. Small, wispy, dirty khaki head. Some lacing. Huge nose of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, butter rum, and, uh, creme brulee! Wow. Smells like liquid dessert. Some notes of roasted malts and vinous fruits lay almost hidden underneath.

The taste expounds upon the aroma with sweet, rich, intense creme brulee flavors. Caramel and butter rum mix with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet cream, and roasted coffee. Sweetness peaks near the finish, where it is almost cloying. Luckily some roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate bitterness cut in a little bit. Still, a very intense, sweet sipper. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy feel. Going to be tough to finish a whole bomber by myself! Southern Tier keeps pushing the envelope and delivering!

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Photo of mentor
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by Jaeger, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a single finger brown tan head over a dark liquid. Dark brown-red edging when held to light. Aroma of scorch caramel during the pour. To the nose, very much like creme brulee with some alcohol sting. Butterscotch, scorch sugar, vanilla extracty, drying coffee.

Tastes dry chocolate with scorch sugar and burned caramel. Butterscotch and vanilla. Not so much cream in the flavor as needed if it were to taste like the dessert. Aftertaste is pretty accurate. Drying scorch with memories of the dessert hanging on the sides of the tongue. Creamy lushious mouthfeel until the finish, in which everything dries too much. Needs to coat and hang on the tongue, IMO. Leaves the mouth vacant with woody-like grit on the tongue. Gives a perception that the earlier flavors were empty. Burned flavor gets overbearing as I near the bottom of the glass, making the beer not so drinkable. Thankfully I'm sharing this with two friends.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on 8-24-08

Pours a thick black, with a little red just peeking around the edges. A bubbly head quickly fades,leaving super thin lacing.

Smell is all vanilla, sweet, but not overwhelming. Very roasty, with a little bit of coffee in there. Phenomenal complexity.

Taste is just like the smell, tons of vanilla, tons of coffee. Very strong, and super sweet, but the flavors are unbelievable. The alcohol adds a mild warming, but is otherwise nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin, but the carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability is terrible, the flavors are insane and the sweetness starts to really kick your ass.

Overall, a gigantic beer and a nice surprise from oft-disappointing Southern Tier. Worth picking one up.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dyan for getting me some of these!

A- A nice dark black (or dark brown when you look closely as tilted), the light tan head builds up fairly nicely and sits above but fades away pretty fast. If you look at it closely, the dark liquid is actually pretty clear.

S- Butterscotch. Period. I've read a lot about this beer and was expecting a huge amount of Vanilla. Maybe I dont know my vanilla enough, because all I can get out of this is a huge amount of butterscotch. But I like it. It's like butterscotch mocha coffee. Oh yeah and the 10% abv comes through a bit as it jumps out and stings the nostrils.

T- Again, massive butterscotch. Alcohol too, just barely noticeable. Behind all that butterscotch it tastes like there is a little sweet milk chocolate, not sure if they added lactose to this beer but it seems like it.

M- It's actually not THAT thick. I think they nailed it. If it were too thick (like their Jah-Va) it would be really hard to drink with these flavors but they kept it medium-heavy in mouthful.... almost the consistency of a big Belgian quad.

D- I'm really enjoying this, but the flavor is somewhat one dimensional with butterscotch. I'm not sure if this should have more of a stout-like quality to it with more roastiness, or if this sweet butterscotch is the way to go. I really think as it is aiming to be a one-of-a-kind sorta thing it's better off this way. So in the end, I think this is a great dessert beer. But for drinkabilities score, I loved this one glass, and it went fast, but I didn't even want to touch the rest of the bottle.

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