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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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1,373 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,373
Hads: 4,250
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 30.53%
Wants: 370
Gots: 891 | 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

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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Reviews: 1,373 | Hads: 4,250
Photo of RWLawman
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque, almost black in color, with generous khaki colored head.

S - Could smell it the second the waitress set the glass down on the table. Smelled exactly like a creme brulee dessert. Sugar, vanilla, with a touch of alcohol as well.

T - Delicious sweetness. Definitely detect the creme brulee in the flavor, and almost tastes like a Worther's candy. Vanilla and sugar, like you would think of the delectable dessert. Absolutely amazing. A little bit of alcohol bite on the back, as well.

M - Smooth, thick, creamy. A true dessert beer.

O - This proved to be an elusive beer for me. Finally lucked out at Villages Draft House in Raleigh, NC. I went to the bar for the sole purpose of trying this on beer, only to be told that they had sold out shortly before my arrival. The waitress was kind enough to convince the bar tender to squeak out just enough from the keg for a sample. Glad she did, because it was well worth the wait and the trouble.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with virtually no head, just a light tan froth that leaves minute dots of lacing.
Smells of heavy sweetness; predominantly butterscotch. Hints of vanilla, caramel, cocoa and malt with just a trace of alcohol that in no way gives away the strength of this beer.
Wow. Taste has a crazy roasted coffee bitterness that I wasn't expecting at all. Sugary sweetness of all the aforementioned players is there (mostly butterscotch/caramel), but it's nicely offset by the roasted/char character. Still wouldn't call this "balanced." No indication in the flavor of it being 10% either, the warming is the only giveaway.
Full bodied but not syrupy.
Dangerously drinkable; sweet for sure. Would go great with some type of semi-sweet chocolate dessert. Fantastic. Very unique. Loved it.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a mini goublet. Pours black with no head. As it was placed in front of me you can smell the sweet vanilla aroma... just like a real creme-brulee. The taste is sweet sweet sweet vanilla and reflects it's name. There is a slight malt flavor and you can taste the presence of the high ABV. Overall, a great beer to have once in a while, but too sweet for my taste. I will have it again though.

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Photo of mwill7287
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked for Pumking at my local packie but they were out, so I went with this one instead. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - Very dark, almost opaque, with just a bit of light breaking through when held up to a lamp. What little head there was even from a fairly vigorous pour evaporates quickly, leaving only thin tan lacing around the head. Carbonation pops through on the surface instead. This thin lacing also dissipates through the course of the drink to leave only an black oily substance behind. Virtually no lacing left behind on the glass. 4.25/5

Smell - Wow! Carmel and butterscotch pound the olfactory nerves. This is exciting. Smells like a very rich candy. Bits of chocolate in there but the carmel, butterscotch and vanilla totally dominate the nose. Sweet! 5/5

Taste - Sweet, sweet, sweet... dare I say, too sweet? I'm getting tons of carmel and butterscotch right off the bat. The latter half of the taste is more balanced, letting in the chocolates and coffees of the dark roast, as well as the added vanilla beans. Mi amigo Michael labeled it right: "vanilla latte." (Though I can't remember the last time I had a vanilla latte...) By the way, is there alcohol in this? The 9.6% of this brew is invisible. A carmel leading aftertaste lingers on the tongue. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel - Sticky and syrupy. The extreme sweetness of the carmel and butterscotch leaves an intense sensation on the tongue. Pure sugar. Midway through, my lips almost stick together, there's so much sweet residue left on them. 4/5

Overall - This is a beer you want to try for fun. And fun it is. Would I pick it up to enjoy on a regular basis? No; in fact, I can't see myself having it again for some time. But when I'm looking for something outside the box, this is the way to go. One will be more than enough, and indeed might be too much. Try splitting this with someone. 4.24/5

N.B., my ratings went down as the beer warmed; surprising, as the opposite usually happens. Keep it at that 42 degrees Southern Tier recommends as long as possible.

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Photo of peensteen
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly jet black with a thick tan head that dissolved rather quickly leaving a few tan spots in the corners of the glass, no lacing to speak of. The smell is to die for, tons of burnt cream, vanilla, caramel slight chocolate and a faint alcohol presence. The taste is exactly like creme brulee. Cream and vanilla are right up front a little alcohol kick in the finish. There were points where I picked up a little coffee and a chocolate caramel flavor but that came and went. Creamy mouthfeel, I did think it would be a little thicker though. Great desert stout, Couldn't drink it all night but 1 a month or so would be fantastic. My favorite of the Blackwater series so far.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Dark brown pour, black in the glass with toffee-brown around the edges and a thin brown head that dissipated rapidly with spotty lacing. Smell is huge caramel and toffee, with malts hidden in there somewhere, and a tiny hint of alcohol. Taste isn't as heavy on the caramel/toffee as the smell, but it's definitely there. Sweetness explodes up front with the trademark bitter coffee/chocolate of a stout only coming in to finish off. Leaves a bit of sticky aftertaste; mouthfeel is full and creamy. It's a slow drinker because of how sweet it is; this wouldn't be an every day beer, but it would pair amazingly with desert or as a nightcap.

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Photo of atr2605
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with excellent head retention
S-oh my goodness. This beer smells amazing. vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and creme. Did I mention this smells absolutely fantastic?
T-more caramel, creme, and creme followed by a rich roasted coffee flavor. This is delicious. The hops mesh with the coffee to provide a very nice finish that has a hint of the hazelnut as well
M-full bodied and rich with fairly low carbonation to medium carbonation
O-this beer is delicious. One is more than enough, but I would have this as dessert over any cheesecake or pie. Has excellent flavor and body and is definitely unique.

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Photo of charlzm
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed April 11th, 2012 at Hopjacks, downtown Pensacola, Florida.

In appearance, this beer is a dark, dark brown with mahogany highlights. Beautiful sheeting courtesy of the one-finger, incredibly fine head.

Smells like creme brulee and sweet cake batter.

Very sweet and very bitter. Tastes a lot like creme brulee (surprise!). Also, some vanilla and an unexpecyed resiny hop finish.

Thick in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

Much more drinkable and delicious than expected. I really like this one.

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Photo of Dodt
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

decide to to crack this one open for thanksgiving
poured from the bomber into a wine glass
appearance dark coffee color with a wispy malt colored head
smell a nice balance of toasted sugar with hint of vanilla
taste nice mix of chocolate and vanilla

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a big, dark cocoa-colored head.
Smell is unbelieveable. Almost burnt sugar and vanilla as if someone was waving a creme brulee under your nose.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, sugar with lighter notes of malt, coffee and hops.
Smooth, rich with a medium-full body and light effervescence. An amazing root beer/caramelized sugar aftertaste. A subrle warming. This is truly dessert in a glass. An amazing beer.

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Photo of kuroame
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours as a very dark brown but sits in a pint glass as oily black in color. It created a rather large, light tan, foamy head that disappates fairly quickly, leaving very gentle lacing around the glass.

S: The smell is strong; just bringing it closer to my face to observe the appearance yielded a whiff of its scent, mostly of the alcohol. The smell is incredibly sweet: vanilla flavoring and vanilla bean with also the essense of cream following. Any malts that may exist are completely overpowered by the vanilla and cream scents.

T: The flavor is exactly the same as the scent: very sweet vanilla and vanilla bean with cream. There is more bitterness in the flavor than the smell that comes in slowly as the vanilla fades. However, the bitterness pairs insanely well with the vanilla flavors; its executed very well.

M: The initial feel is like drinking ice cream; its very creamy and thick. It is lightly carbonated and coats your tongue in a creamy feeling.

O: When Southern Tier labels this as a sweet stout, they truly took this to heart. This brew is very sweet but I think the intent was executed perfectly. The fact that the smell truly eludes to the taste is wonderful. The mouthfeel being as creamy as it is is also wonderful. I think the only thing this could benefit from is being a tad less sweet. But honestly, it works well. I've had creme brulee once and this is most certainly it in liquid form.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried earlier tonight and LOVED it! Very rich and sweet, but still paired with a nice carbonation. It has a unique vanilla flavor, not the normal vanilla you'd find in a porter or other beers, but better.

I really enjoyed this. Thinking of getting a growler fill-up of this soon.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter about a year old

A: pure darkness in color no light getting through very little head

S: lots of vanilla it smells exactly like creme brûlée

T: very sweet lots of vanilla the beer tastes exactly like it says creme brûlée

M: nothing outrageous but has a nice body

O: this beer is a lot of gimmick but I love it. It is over the top sweet but tastes amazing, this is one though that doesn't open up at room temperature so if you like it cold it is just as good.

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Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this deliciousness was out of the tap back in 2010. The fragrant aroma poured from the glass as three of us just stood over the pint drooling in disbelief. Over the years the Creme Brulee has some times shown to be a bit artifical and chalky tasting. The mouthfeel has also varied from delightfully medium to syrupy heavy. I dont think nothing will ever compare to that first meeting.. but all in all its a delighful beer.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - Deep black with a thin-laced off white head. Looks flat with not a lot of carbonation. So-so lacing.

S - Huge sweet vanilla flavor, definitely unique and highly aromatic. Sweet cream right up there as well.

T - Very closely resembles the smell with a large vanilla hit up front with a big sweet lactose/cream. Transitions to a butterscotch flavor in the middle before morphing again to a traditional stout at the end. The roasted malt can hardly be detected as the vanilla and sugars take front stage. Finishes with a lightly toasted and caramelized sugar aftertaste.

M - Heavy body but seems light due to the relatively low ABV. Finishes very sweet on the palate and the low levels of carbonation help the flavors come through. Easily drinkable and a dessert beer if there ever was one.

O - I was surprised how pungent and well the flavors popped in this one. Is this one a rich, deep, dark as most Imperial stouts? No. But can it holds its own against the high ABV brews? Yes. Definitely a sipper and fun to drink because of its uniqueness. Very well brewed, an instant favorite.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out very dark with a little tan head.

The aroma is freaking huge. You get it just from opening the bottle. It is freaking huge, almost "too" big and sweet. It's caramel, vanilla, roasted, tons of sweetness, brown sugar. It's almost like Bailey's with how huge and distinct, sweet, vanilla, and creamy the aroma is.

The flavor follows with just a huge syrupy caramel, vanilla, burned sugar, tons of sweetness. The finish is the highlight because it has a good amount of bitterness that cleans up this beer.

Not a huge mouthfeel and decently drinkable because of the finish.

I would recommend sharing this with 4 people because it's so darn big of a beer. I'm into interesting beers, so this was a great treat. Not for everyone. Probably will enjoy or hate this one.

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Photo of TimmyL
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip
A- black with tiny tan head, even with aggressive pouring.
S- one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. I admit to love vanilla flavor but you could smell this from across the room and the caramel/butterscotch flavored shine thru like promised.
T- like the name suggests, dessert in a glass. Minimal bitterness but vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars.
M- not as big as you'd think with a stout and such high ABV, but the flavors do linger, even after the beer is gone.
O- a very good beer for its style - know what you are getting yourself into and enjoy this one!

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Photo of JasonA
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with the lightest of brown hughes at the edge of my snifter. Very little head, though swishing of the glass will present lots of lacing.

Vanilla sweet cream (creme?), almost root beer'ish. Some ABV, the smell almost reminds you of a Bailey's. Lightest tinge of hops, with some black patent malt. Dont get any other malt, but that could be the root beer.

Yum yet difficult to place. The malt bill is strange, almost like the vanilla is over powering it. I can taste it, but it is not by itself, strange. Some biscuit at the end. Wanna say some coffee in there also.

Creamy. Sits delicious in the mouth. Almost want to sip swirl, sip swirl, sip swirl. At no point can i get a mouthful to oxidize while swirling. Might be a tad to vanilla'ly but that might be by design. Tough to grade as a simple Imp Stout, so Im grading as a Imp Milk Stout

I would wonder how this ages, I might need to get a bottle or 2. Will definitely get back to this.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown and black beer, tan head, good amount of carbonation. Amazing aroma, so sweet, tons of espresso like coffee and chocolate to it, with dark sugar as well.

Taste, this is the quintessential dessert beer. So rich, so sweet, but not too sweet that it is a turnoff. Tons of vanilla all over this. Took out some vanilla ice cream, threw some of this on it, even better, just awesome. Very unique very different. This is like drinking a cookie. Its my favorite dessert beer, I'll definitely be trying it again. Its got everything you want in a dessert stout. Lots of vanilla, thick sturdy malt bill, espresso/coffee lightness.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier- Creme Brulee

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA
(drank this with fellow BA's; lemasney and guinnessdoc)

A- Deep dark black with the smallest filmy head.
S- Very strong flan/ vanilla caramel cream aroma. So strong I could smell it from a few feet away.
T- Big sweet vanilla caramel malt blended nicely with a strong cocoa cream touch.
M- Smooth and creamy, very desssert-like.

Overall- Absolutely loved this 1. This is definitely something you should drink with dessert, but I had 2 pints and it was a delicious finish to my evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with some light shining through tan around the edges.
smell: Creme Brulee! vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. There is no subtlety to this...truth in advertising.
taste: More of the same. No mistaking this for anything other than what it is...Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout.
overall: This is sure a love it or hate it beer if ever there was one and i loves it. Awesome.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served this one slightly chilled. Definitely much warmer than the recommended 42 degrees.

Pours out very dark, but not quite as opaque as other double stouts. Ruby hues show when held to the light, and it's actually rather transparent towards the end of the glass. The head is beige and leaves full lacing to start and a partial coat on top.

The smell of the dessert wafts from the just-opened bottle. This is a fragrant beer! Vanilla, caramel, custard, butterscotch, a slight sourness.

What a delicious package this is. Sweet and lush vanilla, followed by milky caramel, with a butterscotch finish that adds a mild bitterness. Souther Tier hit the bullseye with this one (and it actually tastes a lot like that particular candy). I can't remember a beer where the caramel flavor tasted so removed from the roasted malt. It's pure creamy caramel initially, but the back end packs some roastiness. It almost reminds me of the espresso kick in a latte. Hopping is really subtle here, like with Choklat, but maybe even less evident. The light sourness works here too. I can't believe this is 10% abv.

Mouthfeel is chewy and filling. Maybe I can't help but take a huge swig every time. It's fluffy rather than creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Great. I would revisit this one every year. It does not drink like a 10% beer to me at all. It goes down easier than a lot of regular stouts. I'm sure the alcohol will sneak up on me, because I downed this fast. Yeah, it's really sweet, but I don't mind. I know some couldn't handle more than a snifter of this, but I really didn't have trouble with a bomber whatsoever. Well, the last 4-6 ounces were a little work. I was tempted to pour some over a bowl of ice cream, but didn't want diabetes. I hope I'm not annihilated by the sugar low later on. Nonetheless, this brewery continues to do great work.

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Photo of rand
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to oversized wine glass

Was looking to trade for this, but while I was visiting my hometown of Seattle, I noticed Whole Foods carries a few Southern Tier offerings.

A: Pours a jet black with plenty of carbonation and forms a frothy 1/2 inch head in the wine glass. The head is mocha colored and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, what an amazing nose. I'm not sure if it smells like creme brulee, but the title gets you ready for its desert-like character and the aroma answers. It smells of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, all of which flood your nose through the alcohol volatiles. There's bready malts and yeast in the distance One of the most powerful and unique aromas I've picked up from a brew.

T: Mocha is probably the first taste you'll notice, followed by the caramel and vanilla. It's strange vanilla bean is the only non-traditional ingredient, as its chocolate tones dominate. These flavors all combine and carry through the swallow with pastry-like character, but hop bitterness, which wasn't very prevalent in the smell, combines with alcohol to break up the sweetness, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Finishes sugary and caramelly with just a touch of drying hop bitterness.

M: No surprises here - rich, oily, chewy. One of the more viscous brews I've come across, but given the title and the 10% ABV it was expected.

Drinkability and notes: At first sip, I thought this was one of the better beers I've tried. Southern Tier really nailed the desert flavors they were striving for, an accomplishment upon which the beer should be judged. However, I was drinking this alone and about halfway through the bomber the beer became a little thick and filling. Of course, this was no surprise...it's a big-ass beer, and you know that going in. Probably best to share. I need some water.

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Photo of Slynger
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a lid of very fine, lightly creamy, light tan bubbles.

The nose is all caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch, and cream, and it's really nice.

The flavor back's it up all the way. Sweet for certain, caramel, cream, french vanilla, and butterscotch, with dark roasted coffee providing balance and a light bitterness. Full bodied and milky smooth with a light carbonation.

Really a great beer. No dessert necessary as long as you have some Creme Brulee (IMS) around.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.