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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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3,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 3236
Reviews: 1271
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 kaufmaal


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured black with some dark brown highlights around the edges. No head, just some stray bubbles here and there on the surface. Caramel and vanilla notes right off the bat. The smell reminds me of a Duncan Hinse yellow cake mix being poured into a pan and baking, which for me is fantastic. The taste is sweet at first but then turns sour and bitter, like pure vanilla without any sugar. Faint chocolate and coffee flavors. The bitter and sour flavors do linger, like chewing on a hunk of Baker's chocolate. The alcohol is nicely hidden, and it warms very well. A bit too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:14:27 | More by kaufmaal
Photo of iheartmyTHO


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I remember when I first smelled the Creme Brulee Stout at a local bar. They had run out that night but the folks next to me had some of the last bit and let me smell it. I couldn't believe that a beer could smell so dessert like. You definitely get the vanilla notes right away. I didn't get a chance to actually try the beer until I found one of the bottles at my local liquor store. I've been hooked ever since and it's one of the few stouts my dark beer hating husband will actually drink.

This beer is definitely a dessert beer with a nice sweetness. You can also taste vanilla, chocolate, and coffee quite readily. Because of the sweetness, I can only a drink small cup at a time or else the beer starts to become a bit too cloying for my liking, especially as it starts to warm up.

A local restaurant is serving floats made with the Creme Brulee Stout and vanilla ice cream. I have yet to try it, but look forward to doing so in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 19:23:56 | More by iheartmyTHO
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a deep pitch black with a thin off-white head. The smell is incredible, smells like sugar and vanilla, just like a creme brulee. Taste follows suit, there is a deep rich oak like character with a lot of alcohol flavor. Tastes very much like caramelized sugar and cream. Low carbonation, very viscous mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the most delicious milk stouts I've had in a long time. I highly recommend giving this a try if you can get a hold of it.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 00:27:04 | More by scvance
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark, with a tan head
Smell - smells exactly as you would think creme brulee would smell very vanilla smell
Taste - tastes exactly like creme brulee would taste, vanilla, caramel, sugar, very sweet
Mouthfeel - heavy, thick and very syrupy taste
Overall - this is definitely a dessert beer. It tastes amazing at first but it is difficult to drink more than 4 oz of t his beer. It is too sweet to drink a whole bottle yourself, definitely a beer to share with others. Pair it with vanilla ice cream

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:24:10 | More by spense727
Photo of scotorum


3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with clear ruby tint at the bottom when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to traces of surface foam and some lacing,

s: Vanilla and maple.

t: Creme brulee-ish vanilla with some significant bitterness. The flavor lingers. Some alcohol burn on swallow.

m: Medium to heavy. Quite smooth.

o: Delivers on the name, but becomes cloying after awhile. Unique flavor combination in my experience, but not necessarily one I care to have again. Bitterness offset the malt sweetness too much for me to consider this a good dessert brew. My wife and two grown daughters agreed. One poured some over vanilla ice cream and found the net taste still unpleasantly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:56:33 | More by scotorum
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Appearance: A nice black color with a good tan head, leaves nice lacing

Smell: Vanilla, toffee, cream, chocolate, a little roasted malts

Taste: Sweet caramel and cream up front, with some vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation

Overall: Not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but it is an amazing dessert beer. Super sweet, but that doesn't bother me. Can't drink a ton, which is why finding it on tap is good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 03:17:59 | More by MadCat
Photo of deaconoflove


3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice deep dark brown, decent head.
Aroma is overwhelming vanilla over chocolate. As it warms the alcohol comes out.
Taste is sweet and thick, too sweet. Lots of vanilla,maybe a little banana?, some butterscotch? The sweetness is just too cloying...like drinking a Yankee candle or being trapped in a powder room with one of those plug in air fresheners on turbo.
I am struggling to finish the bomber this evening.
It's not *bad*, but would be much better split with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:52:34 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of scanny24


2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This rating would have been lower if not for the redeeming quality it has when mixed with Southern Tier's Pumpking. As for the Creme Brulee on it's own--22 ounces is just too much for it to be enjoyable. What I mean by that is, the first few sips seem good enough. You get the sweetness and the taste of Creme Brulee. Then, the alcohol flavor hits. And keeps hitting. By the time you get halfway through the 22 ouncer, which it is only sold in, it is just overpowering and the beer becomes a bit harsh. Amazingly, however, when mixed with Southern Tier's Pumpking(also available only in 22 ounces) it becomes what is known as a Creamy Pumpkin and it is outstanding. One of the best beer mixes I have had, to be honest. But, unfortunately for the Creme Brulee, I am rating it mostly on its own merrit, which is subpar at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:44:10 | More by scanny24
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Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I served it cool, poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer was dark brown, almost black, with a half-inch-thick soft toast-brown head. The head had terrific retention, still crowning the beer on the last slug.

The vanilla bean aroma was overpowering but there were notes of toffee underneath and chocolate as well as a faint grapefruit way underneath.

The alcohol stings the front of the tongue, but that fire is put out immediately by the milky, vanilla froth. It's milkshake sweet, and then some. And it's thick. Slightly burnt.

The sweetness if followed by ...more sweetness as the toffee malts roll in. Finishes with a tad of dark chocolate bitterness which is a welcome relief.

Very good overall. It's an unapologetic dessert beer with some complexity. I'd have it again without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 16:48:26 | More by NedShakeshaft
Photo of Nyzuma


4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just opened a 2010 bottle and have to totally disagree with the cellaring recommendation, wish I would have waited longer, this beer is extraordinary. Has mellowed a bit since 2010 all for the better. Just glad I still have one bottle of this vintage in the cellar. Three years is definitely not too long to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:41:22 | More by Nyzuma
Photo of metalhead_001


4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

pint glass out of bottle
First had this at the Alchemy cafe in Madison, WI a few months ago, hadn't been able to get enough since.
A-Dark brown, almost black. No real hint of any carbonation visible. There's a tan head, about a centimeter, but disipates quickly. However, it leaves a nice lacing around the glass as you drink. Very dull, but I like dark stouts and scotch ales, so not a problem for me
S-woah. Vanilla. Definitely vanilla. Also, there's a small carmall-y scent in the background
T-I can definitely understand why they called it a Creme-Brulee. The vanilla bean taste is huge. Built incredibly well, also. On the bottle it says there's caramel malt, but it's more in the background, like when I smelled it. The hops are very far back in the flavor, and you only really get them as aftertaste.
M-Only lightly carbonated. I can keep it in without having to swallow quickly and it definitely feels nice in there. I feel as it gets warmer, the carbonation will become less and less pronounced
O-one of my most favorite stouts, Heavy on the malt, light on the hops. Smells fantastic, and gets you a good buzz without feeling horrible when your done, especially because the bottle is so large. This could definitely be a "stuck on a desert island" beer for me

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:06:28 | More by metalhead_001
Photo of a0lbudman


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-black with a brown head with a large head that leaves a great heavy lacing
S-milk chocalate with a very sweet vanilla aroma
T-coffee taste with a toffee taste and a very strong sweetness that seems to come from the vanilla, with a warming aftertaste
M-full body, heavy syrup feeling
O- vanilla is the word

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:01:53 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of cvm4


3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick and has a khaki head.

S - Pure, unadulterated vanilla bean and a little sugar sweetness. Literally a joy to sniff.

T - A sweet vanilla shake from the start that develops into vanilla bean goodness. The end is a little bitter, which detracted a bit for me.

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Has a smooth, velvety body.

O - A vanilla bean bomb... The way people talk about this, I was expecting a sweet concoction and it wasn't.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:29:00 | More by cvm4
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle with no dates noted. Sampled on October 25, 2013.

The pour is deep brown to practically black with a full, soft beige head that eventually diminishes. I love the way it looks.

The aroma is explosive with vanilla beans and that's mainly it. I get a touch of burnt malts and vague hops in there but the vanilla is really the leader of the pack.

The body is full but entirely smooth.

The taste is also as vanilla bean forward as the aroma but there is an obvious sweetness and a slight bitterness hailing from behind. Worth a high grade.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:39:52 | More by puboflyons
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours an opaque black in color. Thick and gurgling out of the bottle into the glass, a small to medium sized chocolatey brown head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Borderline sickeningly sweet, this one is vanilla milkshake through and through. Very, very slight hint of chocolate flavors pierce the vanilla sweetness, but they are also very, very sweet in nature.

T- Not quite as sweet as the scent, but still tremendously sweet right off the bat. First and foremostly vanilla sweetness; with a slight hint of dark malts mixed in. Moves toward a milky sweetness that is also still accompanied by vanilla flavors. The end has more dark malts than the rest of the drink, as they linger somewhat after the sip, but vanilla sweetness also lingers.

M- Thick with a fair amount of carbonation. Between the alcohol and the over-the-top vanilla sweetness, this one is hard to drink much of with any speed at all. Still, it's creamy and feels good across the palate.

Overall, people told me this was sickeningly sweet, and it' not as bad as I anticipated in the sweetness category, but it's close. The sweetness is an interesting flavor, but maybe a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:39:44 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Like root beer; dark, with light permeating a good amount of the edges, and pretty clear. Not much carbonation apparent. Even hard pours only produce a 1-finger fading head, no significant lacing.

S: My dad- "Wow, I can smell it!" Very true, dad. Seconds after opening just the bottle I detected its sweet caramel, vanilla, and cream esters. Sweet all around, some sassafras, no real beer notes noticeable. Great if you want pungent creme brulee, bad if you want balanced beer. My score tells you which side I'm on.

T: Just what you asked for. Very sweet butterscotch, cream, vanilla, shortcake, sassafras, and finally some roasted malt bringing up the rear. Alcohol is hidden well. Very subtle sweet fruits in the background as well. Extremely palatable, although I do have an exceptional palate for sweetness. Restaurants could get away with serving this as their creme brulee desert. Finish is medium-long, and brought on again every time I salivate.

M: Just great. Wouldn't call it silky, but smooth with a lively carbonation. Fills my mouth beautifully.

O: (I know this beer will be divisive, so my 'overall' will follow suit): It's fantastic, and if you don't think so then you are an idiot for either 1) picking it up without reading the bottle's description and expecting something other than a sweet creamy toffee vanilla liquid desert, or 2) don't like creme brulee, so why did you pick it up in the first place? I too, however, am an idiot for not keeping a few bombers of these around, ready for when that hankering calls again (and I know it will).

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:30:09 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bold and close to four finger head of dark foam, airy but not wispy, has better retention than you’d think, only minor surface dimpling, the lacing is thin and haphazardly spread across the glass sides. Clean liquid if predictably opaque, like buffed onyx, tiny hint of orange at the rims. The nose is like having a German chocolate cake smashed into your face, coconut, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, only a slight roasted edge, some candied oranges, this has a “take no prisoners” approach. Full-bodied, same story in the mouth, unbearably sweet like a hose force feeding you toffee, caramel and butterscotch. This almost makes it hard to register the vanilla and chocolate. The carbonation is super soft and adds to the fluffy character. Heavy on the Maraschino cherries and again candied oranges. Does an odd bitter twist at the end. Can’t fault it for intensity of flavor but it was a concerted effort to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:51:34 | More by farrago
Photo of matjack85


4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. $8.99 for a 22oz (650ml) brown bottle. No freshness date but lots of other information anout the beer on the label.

The beer poured a very dark brown color with over 2-fingers of creamy tan head on top. The head seems to hang on forever, and it leaves lots of whispy lacing.

One of the top 10 smelling beers in the world. Huge sweet vanilla and burnt toffee aroma as well as a touch of alcohol. It smells exactly like a creme brulee.

Huge sweet vanilla and burnt toffee flavor with a surprisingly high amount of hop bitterness for balance. Not a lot of alcohol flavor initially for a 9.5% beer, but there is some lingering alcohol and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Smooth, creamy and full bodied mouthfeel with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation.

This one's on the sweet side but delicious nonetheless. It really does taste like a liquid creme brulee. Another fine beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:54:18 | More by matjack85
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a brownish-black color with a mocha head that left lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- In the aroma, I detected vanilla, butterscotch, and burnt sugar. In other words, it smells like crème brulee.

Taste - At the front was big vanilla, coffee, malts, burnt sugar. Perhaps another way to describe it might my a vanilla milkshake combined with a coffee stout. It was almost too sweet for my palate. In the aftertaste, one notes the continuation of the burnt malts and sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel - I love the smoothness of milk stouts, and this one is very smooth. The vanilla probably creates the impression that the stout is even smoother.

Overall - This is definitely a desert beer. The wife loves it. In the right company, this would be a hit.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 15:40:26 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Creme Brûlée into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The black brew is black as coal with a half finger of off white head.

S - Vanilla and vanilla beans and not much else.

T - Again vanilla, burnt sugars, light roasted malts mid palate.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - It is what is says it is, Its a Creme Brûlée in a glass. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:03:10 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of MedicMac


3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 22 Ounce bottle. Felt it might be alittle much for such a sweet beer. Recommend sharing with a partner or such.

Appearance: Nice dark typical milk stout color with a brown tint to it.

Smell: Sweet and alluring. Gives you a good idea of how it is going to taste.

Taste: Taste as sweet as it smells. A little more than my taste but my wife enjoyed and she hates stouts.

Mouthfeel: Like a typical stout. Sorry for the lack of words.

Overall: Good beer for a relaxing night to enjoy with someone on a cool night. Like I said slightly too sweet for me. But good for someone not use to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 07:31:32 | More by MedicMac
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New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, bottled 6/11/2013. Served in a snifter

Appearance: Pours black with 2 fingers of a tan head. Body is opaque.

Smell: Incredibly strong aromas of caramel and vanilla are the main components here. Underneath those are some dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, but you really have to reach to find them. This doesn't smell like a beer. It smells like an incredibly sweet dessert.

Taste: Intense syrupy sweetness right upfront, which carries through the finish. Huge vanilla notes along with caramel, and burnt sugar. There's a light roastiness in the finish which helps balance the sweetness a bit, but it's still very unbalanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium and helps move things along, but this is still cloyingly sweet.

Overall: Well for starters I think I may have diabetes now. Putting that aside though, my opinion on this one is tough to describe. The flavors on this are pretty nice and it really does taste close to liquid creme brulee. However, the sweetness becomes cloying very quickly and drinkability is extremely low. It'd be nice to have in a 4-5oz serving, but anything beyond that is too much. This has no business being sold in a 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:01:04 | More by Jonada
Photo of M_C_Hampton


2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark yellow brown almost black with a short off white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla, very sweet and malty

T: vanilla, chocolate milk, coco, cream, those bullseye candy things that are all caramel with the white fake milk middle

M: thick and milky, slight alcohol

O: chewy, share with friends, sweet and intense

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:01:51 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this beer out of Belgian tulip glass

A: Pours a dark brownish black hue with a tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a good trail.

S: Sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma.

T: Overpowering vanilla aroma with a solid chocolate background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – way too sweet! Had to mix it with pumking to mellow it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 19:58:14 | More by ckollias
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark/black with head foam remaining at edges, light in middle, and ok lacing
S: wonderful, powerful sugar/caramel front with a roasted coffee/nut in the background

T: (started sipping a little colder than recommended, I believe) sweetish front with a sting of alcohol. The taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell, and is a little bit of burnt coffee.
As I let the beer warm a bit (as I should have with a stout), the flavors mellowed and blended better. The sweetness lasts a little longer, and melds into the bitterness that has become more toasted nut than burnt coffee, although espresso notes remain.
M: the colder sips left an in appealing oily taste on the tongue. This was less present as it warmed, although it was replaced with an alcohol tinge.

O: for what I envisioned this is, a dessert-ish stout, it stands up pretty well. I think the alcohol is a little too prevalent, and I wish there was a little more maltiness to it. I realize it is an imperial, which is why I rated it a little higher than my tastes would have dictated.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:34:34 | More by cjgiant
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.