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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)

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Ratings: 3241
Reviews: 1272
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 18.3%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

(Beer added by: ph2001 on 07-12-2008)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a solid black, with cola edges, and one finger of foamy, cloud-top head, which leaves a wall of painted lace around the glass as it gently recedes. It smells of caramel ice cream topping, and little else. The taste is still big with the caramel/vanilla sweetness, but also some graininess, bitter hops, and rather astute booze astringency. The carbonation is low, the body a strong medium weight, sugary, with a forced creamy body. It finishes with a caramel vanilla, vegetal hop character, with some booze close at hand.

Truth in advertising, if ever was - even if things sour a bit towards the end.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 01:23:08 | More by biboergosum
Photo of abeerlovr


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft served in what I can only describe at a small Weissen glass, an 11 oz pour was served.

A: very dark stout with a slight coppery head not much lacing on the glass. the head though small lingered for sometime.

S: wow! strong vanilla and caramel scent, sweet smell just like a creme' brulee or vanilla custard, very very heavy vanilla smell.

T: this is a sweet beer with strong vanilla flavor and cocoa/caramel flavors. it had a nice hop bitterness which rounded it out well. as the beer warmed it got a bit hoppier.

M: this felt thick on the tongue, probably due to its incredible sweetness. though thick it did have good effervescence.

Overall: nice dessert stout that I can drink again and again though I would have enjoyed a smaller pour as this is a rich and very sweet beer. you can skip dessert and just drink one of these, have a glass of water on hand to help relive the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 16:37:15 | More by abeerlovr
Photo of spdyfire83


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16th Review – from notes
On-tap into snifter at House of Beer (Orlando, FL)

L: Opaque black. Minimal head (almost none) with a few residual bubbles.

S: Maple syrup – and a lot of it. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Hint of vanilla, possibly.

T: I want a huge plate of pancakes, bacon, and eggs with this breakfast brew! Hidden vanilla and nutmeg character, but mostly maple syrup.

M: Thick and huge, but not overbearing. Very tasty.

O: I really enjoyed this beer for what they are going for. It didn’t remind me of classic crème brule; however, it had a wonderful balance of vanilla, nutmeg, and maple syrup characteristics. Again, I’d like to have this with a proper breakie to round it out!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:31:47 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of kylehay2004


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with very nice lace. Black with no light getting through.

S: smells exactly like creme brulee and caramel.

T: creme brulee and caramel up front which dissipates quickly to a smokey finish.

M: moderate to high carbonation. Thick body.

Overall: a little offensive with the sweetness at first but finishes nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 00:43:36 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of DrinkinBoy


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Creme Brulee pours and almost opaque black with hints for dark mahogany. The head is a creamed coffee color with little retention.

Its aroma is extremely strong and dead on the smell of Creme Brulee. The sweet notes are overwhelming, but small amounts of dark malt can be found.

This beer is super sweet, and that flavor immediately takes over the moment it is sipped. It immediately goes into the finish which starts with roasty malt notes, but the sweetness again builds and last for minutes.

Its mouthfeel is heavy, and the carbonation is relatively low but perfect for the style.

Overall, this beer is definitely different than anything I had ever had. It is named perfectly. The only down side is that it is so sweet, it is hard to finish just a pint of it. But it is a most have.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 14:12:08 | More by DrinkinBoy
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh, Southern Tier, no one does it quite like you; you are the very definition of a double-edged sword. The 'Trouble Brewing' comic entitled 'Choklat' basically says it all. I digress, on to the beer at hand... Creme Brulee pours a deep brown hue, and is obviously borderline syrupy, although it does sport a persistent cappuccino-like head. The smell and taste of this beer is fantastically decadent, in-league with the richest deserts conceivable. Basically, its flavor is similar to its namesake, or to, say, a Werther's Caramel-flavored Monin Syrup, except a Stout version of the aforementioned, and it is about as syrupy-viscous as conceivable. This is, however, beer we are talking about here, and so the hugely confectionery element that this brew brings to the plate requires an adjustment of parameters to enjoy. I could not drink very much of this, but I cannot deny that it tastes good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 20:41:46 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's Ann Arbor:

A: Dark, near-black body with a small dark mocha head.

S: Out of this world beautiful vanilla bean smell, which combined with the roasted malt, chocolate and milkiness, give it a faux-coffee smell to boot. Just smelling this beer is enough of a dessert for me.

T: Like the smell, with the vanilla beans up front, with the lactose being a little more forward. The chocolate malts are pleasant, but overshadowed. A bit excessively sweet from these two, but still wonderful for the first few ounces.

M: Nice and creamy, complements the general desserty feel quite well.

D: This is about as rich a beer as they get. Exceptional smell, nicely creamy, but simply enough, it's too sweet. When I've split a bomber with three other people, it was great. When I tried 12 ounces myself on tap, I was bored halfway through. I'm sure if paired with a nice salty food it'd hold up, but on its own, just too much sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 18:56:36 | More by dudecandle
Photo of woosterbill


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16. Thanks, bartender, for hooking me up with a terrific pour.

A: Black body with orange highlights under a nice, frothy head of brown foam. Good retention, lots of lace. Very attractive brew.

S: W....T....F. This does not smell like beer, and nor does it smell like creme brulee exactly, but it does smell amazing. Gigantic aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, and candy corn absolutely radiate from the glass, providing the most incredibly sweet and candied smell I've ever experienced from a liquid, much less a beer. This is insane, and I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for. Insanity achieved.

T: It's still insane, but less in a fun Willy Wonka way than a terrifying clown sort of way: horrifically sweet, to the point of being heart-stopping. The sweetness alone wouldn't turn me off so much if it weren't joined by a jarringly intense booziness that makes me feel more like an alcoholic chugging butterscotch schnapps from a brown bag than a beer connoisseur enjoying a fine Imperial Stout. I"m not sure how I feel about that.

M: Thick, sticky, and full of enough lively carbonation to keep the stickiness somewhat at bay. Pretty good.

O: I can't imagine anyone drinking and enjoying an entire bomber of this at a sitting, but in small doses it's well worth experiencing just for the novelty.


Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 23:26:38 | More by woosterbill
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in an 11 oz snifter.
Pitch black with a nice dark tan/mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is just what the name says. It is all 'creme brulee', and it is intense.
This is one BIG and delicious brew. Caramel, vanilla dominate the flavor profile with hints of bitterness towards the finish. Sweet dessert beer, which is so delicious that it left me wanting more with every sip. I enjoy stouts and this is definitely one that I will not hesitate to sip and enjoy again.
Definitely worth a try, especially if you enjoy creme brulee.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:16:48 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Fulkrum78


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft in Asheville, NC at the Thirsty Monk South. Pors dark with a nice light head. Smells just like creme brulee, and you can pick the aroma up from a foot away. Taste is sweet and rich, you even pick up something reminiscent of the burnt caramel you'd expect. The alcohol in this beer is present and noticeable, but the sweetness goes a long way towards balancing it out.

All in all, a great dessert beer. I'd happily drink it again!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:45:50 | More by Fulkrum78
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic imperial stout. The first aromas are of toasted caramel, vanilla, & maple syrup. The dark midnight color and thin dark head tells you that you are about to drink a stout beer. This thick and creamy beer is very complex with flavors. On the pallette we taste vanilla, and glazed caramel, just like a creme brûlée dessert. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 22:39:16 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of Morey


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Six Pack House Of Beer (West) in Erie, Pa.

Black in appearance with brownish hues around the edges when it's held up to the light. One finger of tan colored head settled to a thin lace after a couple of minutes.

Wow!! What an aroma! Nothing but BIG BAD & BOLD Butterscotch in the nose. Maybe a hint of vanilla extract. If I had my eyes closed, and someone said "here, smell this" I don't know if I would've known it was beer.

More butterscotch and vanilla in the taste. Some toffee flavor in there as well. Roasted barley and hop bitterness are of the backbone in this dessert beer.

Medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. The sweetness and a syrupy texture on the palate as well.

Nice dessert beer, but I couldn't imagine drinking much more than this 12oz glass in one sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: One of the few beers that I've had where I'd have to share a bomber without question. It's just too intensely sweet and syrupy. Fun to drink none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 20:11:23 | More by Morey
Photo of Brittmb29


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Draft at my new favorite beer bar, The Coffee District in Delray Beach, FL

A- Dark black body no light penetration and a creamy off-tan head. head stays through the glass while thinning to the rim of bubbles w/ some in the center, served cold in a cigar city snifter.

S- BUTTERYY, mmm with the alcohol smell it smell of a sweet butterscotch. slight malty smell to back the candy like smell.

T- Creamy buttery and caramalized flavors with strong alcohol mid sip. sweetness from start to finish with not much bitterness only some roasty flavors to balance. dry alcohol finish with 9.8% ABV with some sweet, but not overbearing.

M- Creamy medium body mouthfeel although dryness from alcohol makes it a thinner medium. dry from midsip and finish which is nice since it keeps the beer drinkable.

O- This is a dessert beer dream, very sweet so i don't think it would be more than a glass unless its really your thing (also due to high alcohol). Butterscotch flavors and high alcohol content also make it reminiscent of a liquor so this also docks its drinkablity for me. had a nice lambic type ale after and it was a good beer set for the night. an enjoyable draft treat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 18:10:52 | More by Brittmb29
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is dark brown with light crimson highlights, and a thin, wispy, tan head. Spotty, random lacing left on the sides of the snifter. The aroma...wow. One can detect this beer from several feet away. Huge aroma of coconut, flan, maple syrup, brown sugar. The label speaks truth...this is creme brulee. Good flavor, though less enjoyable than the aroma. Booze is prevalent throughout. Sweet and rich, this brew is akin to a gourmet dessert. A small portion is perfect. Honestly, this is an intriguing and creative beer. Well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 22:24:15 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Rifugium


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

On tap: major improvement from when I had it in a bottle. Again, poured a thick, chocolate brown with a nice tan head that retained for a little while, but almost disappeared mid-drink. Caramel and toffee in the nose, cream, and dark malts. Unlike the bottle, the taste matched the aroma more and was more enjoyable with almost no aftertaste. It tasted sweet and creamy, and well, like creme brulee, as the name would imply. Finishes dry and a bit bitter. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 18:09:55 | More by Rifugium
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier Creme Brulee 2008 Vintage, on tap at The Blind Tiger in Manhattan, New York.

Appearance: Served in a snifter/chalice, this Brulee looks crazy dark and huge! Barely any head, only a thin tan line that dies soon. Some withish bubbles remain on top, but other than that, this is dark as fuck. Color is deep ruby, almost black, mighty opaque.

Smell: Creme brulee anyone? Intense vanilla, coconut pudding. The aromas are more intensified than in the fresh version.

Taste: More of the same, but so much more smooth than in fresh Brulee. The vanilla tastes like just-picked pods from the vine, slightly sun-dried. Dark sugars and liquid chocolate. A tad of wood and bourbon at the end, faint but present.

Mouthfeel: As in the other vintage Southern Tier beer I had this afternoon at the Tiger (Choklat from '07), the mouthfeel is outstanding and irreproachable. Smooth, creamy, not boozy despite the high ABV. Nourishing, chewy, delicious. Medium body, low carbonation, full flavor. A tad of burning booze at the end. Yum!

Drinkability: Super nice, just like the mouthfeel. Well balanced, never overwhelming despite the fairly one-dimensionality of the body. Pure joy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 04:50:51 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Who wouldn't try a stout called Creme Brulee on tap?

Pours a rich golden color with a frothy head.

Smells very sweet, what you'd expect. Like the dessert was just melted into the glass.

Taste is sugary, stouty, and of course creme brulee.

A little too sweet, it's a good sipping beer. Perfect for dessert or a nightcap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 17:35:26 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of FollowedMyFolly

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now this is a tasty beer. The smell will knock you right out of your socks as well as satisfy the sweet tooth. I have actually added a scoop of Bryers Ice Cream to this for a beer float. It is very thick and high in alcohol so maybe only two or three will satisfy. I recommend this to all women stout drinkers of the world!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 06:30:50 | More by FollowedMyFolly
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a type of snifter. Pours jet black with an extremely thick brown heading. Left rings and lacing globs all the way down the glass.

Smell is heavily of coffee bean and french vanilla cream.

Taste is amazing. This beer should be renamed Beer Cappuccino. Heavy vanilla cream aroma's with a solid coffee bean backing. Chocolate malts come in for a tasting and just as quick as they came in they are overwhelmed by this onslaught of cream.

The texture is amazing just like it's aroma a silky smooth texture with an amzing fine full body.Slightest linger of coffee bean.

I am not a huge coffee fan at all but this is amazing. A dessert beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 22:50:04 | More by TheFightfan1
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1.6/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a beer I cannot get into, I was so pumped when it came out, I drove to the brewery and found that it was the worst tasting beer at Soutern Tier. It tasted so fake, like they used some real cheap off flacoring to give it that sweet taste. And it was more vanilla tasting than I thought it should be. It does look nice and smell pretty good but it end there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 21:39:59 | More by kimbo33
Photo of paulozanello


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin bege head that rescedes quickly leaving moderate lacing.
Smell is very distinctive: caramel, butterscotch and vanilla.
Taste follows nose with caramel, toffee, maple syrup, butterscotch and coffee.
Mouthfeel is mazing, very creamy, silky and rich. Body is thin with low carbonation. Drinkability is moderate because this is very sweet. Tiny alcohol bite towards the end.
Overall a unique stout, very flavorful and with great mouthfeel. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 17:48:46 | More by paulozanello
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rich, dark and thick. It's the color of molasses and dark chocolate. It has a tan/brown creamy head, but not very good retention.

S: Remarkable! Butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. Very sweet smelling. Hop smell is non-existent.

T: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel malts and butterscotch. Very sweet malt notes. It's like drinking dessert, with a 10% ABV!! Very tasty though! It has a relatively short aftertaste with no negative residual flavors.

M: It's shockingly light on the tongue. It's syrupy and smooth at the same time. It goes down even smoother, so be careful.

D: This is definitely not a six-pack beer. It would go great with rich holiday meals or with desserts. Or, as a dessert!

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 19:27:43 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 03:07:03 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of ne0m00re


3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/18/10- Had this one on-tap at Studio 35 while watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
A: Black with a brown hue; nice tan film.
S: Sweet caramel, smokey, chocolate marshmallow, banana, rum, dessert. Vanilla.
T: Everything from the aroma, but cloying.
M: Syrupy and creamy.
D: OK. Annoyingly cloyingly sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 20:42:52 | More by ne0m00re
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - somewhere between my wife's International Coffees French Vanilla creamer and vanilla cake batter. Very pleasant but no hints of the beer species to speak of.

T - lot like a vanilla inspired stout that leaned too heavily on extract. Maybe some Bailey's taste. The alcohol presence is a clear and present thing with, finally, a malty backbone.

M - creamy! What else?! Some decent carbonation with a helluva aftertaste borfering on burnt marshmallow.

I just don't know about this. Maybe as an apertif, but it's still a little too imbalanced to truly enjoy on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 22:28:34 | More by gopens44
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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