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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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3,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 3224
Reviews: 1269
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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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque beer with about one finger of head. Head dissipated quickly but still left lacing (probably due to high sugar content).

S: Amazing. Whats on the label is what goes in your nostrils. A creamy mix of rich butterscotch, vanilla, and sweet cream. Creme Brulee. Like it says.

T: I suppose, in order to mask the 9.5 ABV it would take a lot of sugar and vanilla. It definitely shows in this beer. A very sweet desert wine (as advertised on the label) that has a very thick butterscotch flavor with what might be the slightest hint of porter. The vanilla and butterscotch is quite overpowering.

M: The sweet creme feel is definitely there, a full, smooth, almost too far... Its good, don't get me wrong, but when the consistency almost approaches maple syrup in the mouth, it might be time to back off the crazy amounts of sugar.

O: I must say, this is a decent desert beer, in small quantities. I almost feel like I need to go run several miles to deal with the guilt of having drank what amounts to basically a creme brulee watered down with alcohol. I would drink it again if a friend offered after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:27:44 | More by JOPA_FRESH
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Stone Snifter.

Looks decent upon first pour. Rather thin looking but still very dark and black. Smell is actually very good. Smells like a small batch cake batter spiked with booze infused butterscotch. Super sugary and sweet. Taste is not nearly as good as the nose and was somewhat sad. Great smell - mediocre taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:34:12 | More by hops202
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The smell lives up to the name sake 100 fold, the smell of butterscotch punches you in the face, it is so pungent that it overwhelms you it smells like desert, you get hints of chocolate and vanilla but that is masked by the overwhelming sweetness of the smell. The pour is solid black but the froth and the head lack, the beer needs carbonation. The taste fails to deliver on the smell, it lacks viscosity and for a beer at 9.6 abv it does not have the mouthfeel you would desire. The finish is poor leaving you with a chalking and uncomfortable aftermath of "blah".

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:30:07 | More by bryanbullock
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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a huge mouthed mason jar from the bomber.

A: Dark as night, rocky two finger vigorously poured head that dissipates into oblivion, a thin ring remains. Opaque and dark. Has minor legs.

S: WOW this is a vanilla bomb. Big stout notes and vanilla for days. Creme Brulee? Yes. That nailed it. Some pungent aliphatic hydrocarbon notes.

T: If the vanilla was a bit more subtle, it would almost remind you of barrel aged stout. As such, it is malty, roasty deep vanilla and just a note short of bourbon barrel. Lactics are also presenting on finish, like a malted milk ball in a glass of milk on the verge of turning sour.

M: smooth, creamy and generally aromatic on the palate. Booziness is a factor. Lactics pucker up the sides. Hot on out breath after a few good quaffs.

O: Pretty damn good. Head could last a bit longer, heat could be a bit more mild. Nose reeks of Vanilla, as advertised. It doesn't pretend to follow the style exactly, and it delivers some great aspects with a basis in the big milk stout. I like it muchly.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 20:30:02 | More by Scrapss
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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I can't say anything about the flavors in this ale that haven't been said before. All I can add is my general impression that I have died and gone to ale heaven! Tomorrow, I make an Ale/Ice cream float! While it is a dessert ale, it also works well with burgers and sweet potato fried.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 05:33:44 | More by tracydoyle
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4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark black with big, tan head that sticks around and leaves a lot of thick lacing.

I forgot the name of this beer real quick and when I went smell it I said, Woah! Burnt sugar. Well, duh. More butterschotchy, roasted notes than vanilla, really, but this thing smells like a creme brulee, or even more a vanilla frappicino from *$s.

Super sweet. Tastes like the smell. I feel like I'm drinking a frappe. Sweet, flavored espresso. Holy crap this beer is a sipper. Dessert in a bottle.

Mouth feel is just as creamy as it should be. Nice and thick, smooth, Alcohol is well hidden. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:51:56 | More by JCarey
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - dark brown-black beer with a nice head that dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing
S - 4 - Irish cream, milk, sugar, chocolate, coffee, huge caramel, butterscotch,
T - 4 - butterscotch, caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, milk, sweet cream. Exactly what I would expect from the name.
M - 3.75 - medium-heavy mouth feel, alcohol is a little too present. Aftertaste is milky chocolate and coffee, with butterscotch
O - 3.75 - its a good beer, and is what it is. But I feel like somethings missing to push it to the 92-94 level. More complexity? The flavors are a bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:19:32 | More by ISmith87
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For a dessert beer this one is near the top. It's a smokey butterscotch and vanilla bean offering that masks the AC well. Drinks like a 6.5 or 7% stout. If I had to summarize the experience I would say that drinking this beer was like smoking a sweet, quality cigar that had been dipped in vanilla. Served at The Brewer's Kettle in High Point.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 18:09:20 | More by yanspin
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a deep dark black with about one finger of light tan creamy head. Minimal head retention but a little lacing all the same. The aroma is sweet and strongly vanilla. For me it's almost too sweet. The taste closely matches the aroma and I was wishing for more stout and less vanilla. The vanilla is almost too much and overpowers the subtle milk stout. It has a nice feeling in the palate from the lactose. Overall it's just a little too sweet for my taste and I wish the bottle notes had more prominently highlighted that this was strictly a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 20:40:16 | More by delta490
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured thick and creamy like a chocolate syrup. The color is black and dull with a head that was dense and creamy as well.

The scent is a thick butterscotch, Werthers candy toffee, light caramel, whipped cream, oats and pecans.

The flavors are similar with a strong toffee, caramel, lighter butterscotch, slight coffee roast, pecan nuttiness and a tinge of booze. As it warms there is more obvious vanilla bean, as the label says, with some roast or char.

The feel is not as thick as it appears but it is solid enough. A bit bitter and boozy, this has a slickness that makes it slide down easier than would be expected.

As a dessert beer this is fabulous, as it has the smell taste and feel of an after dinner drink. This is much better served over 50F as straight out of the fridge restricts some of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:01:28 | More by KYGunner
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4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot say enough about the smell of this beer. They should make scented candles out of it! The only reason I didn't give it a higher score is that it is a bit too sweet on its own for me. HOWEVER, if you mix it with a coffee style stout, it's UNBELIEVABLE (like Starbucks made a beer). I will absolutely buy this and serve it as a dessert beer or to mix with various stouts or porters. And, FYI, I think the ladies with a sweet tooth would love this one too (especially the ones who say they "don't like beer").

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:29:54 | More by Mrlhodson
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, custard, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with very authentic creme brulee character with light-moderate hop presence; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, custard, cream, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal/pine hops. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch, brown sugar, custard, toast, light coffee, and slight herbal/pine hops on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of dark malt, lactose, and vanilla flavors; with just enough hop bitterness to cut out any cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial milk stout! All around awesome balance of dark malt, vanilla, and lactose flavors with moderate hop balance; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:59:29 | More by superspak
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, dark with limited light brown head that didnt last long
S: sweetness and vanilla. It smells like desert.
T: just like the taste. It is a perfect desert beer, if there is such a thing
M: creamy and limited carbonation

This was a fantastic beer, but I sm a lover of the thick, sweet and dark beers more thzn the hoppy ones. As a note, the high alcohol content of this beer is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:17:16 | More by Vonhinx
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a dark brown color, no head. Has an amazingly sweet vanilla, sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is the same sweet vanilla, but also has a bitterness that prevents it from being too sweet. I can’t help wish this was a pure sweet stout, but maybe it would have been too rich. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:26:42 | More by brutusmuktuk
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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours inky black with 1 finger of frothy milk chocolate-colored head that quickly recedes to a thin collar with sticky lacing. Luckily I am a fan of vanilla because the roasted vanilla beans launch a merciless assault on your nostrils. There's also a fair amount of butterscotch, with some coffee and custard in the background.

The aroma lets your tastebuds know exactly what's coming. Sweet, creamy, toasty vanilla is accented with buttery caramel notes and just a bit of mild coffee. Very faint bitter chocolate. The texture suits the flavor profile perfectly--it's soft and creamy and glides through the mouth. Not as heavy as some other big stouts but does have some thickness with a slightly chewy quality.

It seems this is best served slightly colder than most stouts--the flavors are strong enough to come through at a lower temp. As it warms the vanilla can be a bit syrupy and cloying. I thoroughly enjoyed it (much more so than ST Choklat), but couldn't see myself drinking more than 10 oz. or so , as the sweetness is best in moderation. I brought it to a dinner party to share as a dessert beer and it served that purpose admirably.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:23:04 | More by glass_house
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Jet Black with quickly fading head that settles into an extremely thin ring.

Smell is of intense butterscotch, vanilla, cream, ground coffee, and a backer of toast (malt).

Taste follows the nose but the malts and hops balance this beer fairly well too keep the sweetness somewhat tamed.

Medium bodied with low carb that coats the mouth nicely.

Overall excellent for those who love dessert beers. I really appreciated this beer and will definitely be picking it up on occasion. This makes me really want to try their Choklat offering as the only others I've had by them is Warlock and Pumking

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:36:17 | More by oldmankoch
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4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a brandy snifter

The Ace of Spades has nothing on this. Superman couldn't see through it. The blackness of outer space looks at this and says "dude, really?". It's dark, is what I'm saying. Thin head dies quickly.

The aroma. Oh my, the aroma. As I'm typing this, the glass is sitting in front of me, and I can still smell it strongly from here. Toasted vanilla and butterscotch. Ever had a Brach's butterscotch candy? Imagine melting one down and taking a big sniff. It's a very pleasant smell. The only hint there's even a beer under there is the tiniest whiff of roasted malt, adding to the burnt vanilla aroma. This smells awesome.

The flavor pretty much mimics the aroma. it's got a good vanilla/butterscotch flavor up front. Then, thankfully, the bitterness hits. It's nicely bittered, too, a bracing smack that keeps this from being obnoxiously sweet and candy-like. In fact, rather than melding or balancing, it's more like the sweetness and bittering are having it out, using your mouth as their pay-per-view venue. Sweet with vanilla, then bitter from the hops and roasted malts, then the butterscotch sweetness kicks in, the, the hop bittering fights back. Only in the aftertaste do the two seem to shake hands and agree to disagree, living in harmony until the next sip. Living in harmony doesn't mean sharing the neighborhood, though. The bright bitterness along with the 9.5% alcohol seems cool on the tongue, while the warm sweetness seems to prefer to sit on either side of my mouth. As the beer itself warms, the flavor of the hops peeks in, too, but never seems to take over. When all is said and done, this is nicely put together, and there's enough going on to keep your interest from drink to drink.

The mouthfeel is coating, somewhat oily, but doesn't seem heavy. For a big milk stout, that's a surprise. A pleasant one, but a surprise all the same.

I'd heard various things about this beer, from outrageously bad to overwhelmingly good. I'm glad I finally tried it for myself. This does taste a good deal like its namesake, but not so much that you forget it's a beer. The 9.5% is a bit sneaky, and since it only comes in a bomber I'd recommend sharing. Very well done, and worth seeking out in the late winter, early spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:10:18 | More by jokelahoma
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer Run in Cville. Obsidian in color with a micro lace that fades to almost nothing. What a nose! It's like getting punched in the face by the candy man wearing butterscotch boxing gloves. Taste follows the nose but (relatively) toned down. Smooth, sweet, lingering on the back in a way that stays with you, but is nice. Bis thick and uniform.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 00:27:35 | More by Abstract_Alegebra
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4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black into pint glass with small toffee colored head. Aroma is coffee and creme brulee (go figure). Taste up front is bitter coffee that becomes very sweet sugariness. Mouthfeel has a bit of a bite, but feels a little thin. Very delicious beer if you can stomach the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:10:10 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Black with a dark brown head.
Smell- Best smelling beer i have ever had in my life. Smells like vanilla yogurt with a hint of coffee and chocolate
Taste- Just like the nose taste like smooth vanilla and then gets a little bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel- Creamy, light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- This beer is very good. The smell is ridiculously good as noted before. I would love to try this beer with some vanilla ice-cream or some sort of desert. The only negative is that it becomes too sweet towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 06:48:32 | More by Cory_Brown
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North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good points: high content 9.5
Color--rich and dark

The aroma is enticing, but the blast of sickening sweetness on the pallet is overpowering. It could use less vanilla or sucrose so it's not as thick.

It reminds me of my husband's maple whiskey! I would probably enjoy it more if the hops were more subtle (Horizon / Columbus) because in general, my preference is against the bite and bitterness of hops.

Although my opinion isn't raving, it's definitely worth the powerful punch of intense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:41:28 | More by MECove
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4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A-Light brown head, dissipated quickly. Very dark brown in the light, almost black when not in light.

S- Smells like a vanilla/butterscotch candy. Coffee was there, but almost as if it were a vanilla latte from a coffee shop. The sweetness is remarkable.

T- Tastes like a very light coffee with a few vanilla/butterscotch shots in it. the vanilla/butterscotch lingers on the tongue for a good amount of time.

M- Crisp and light. Not as heavy as I was expecting, but with the amount of sweetness, it balances itself out.

O- The amount of vanilla/butterscotch in this took me by pleasant surprise. I was hoping for more roasted coffee/chocolate and a bit more thickness, but overall, the beer to me is very balanced and definitely something to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:35:50 | More by BrandonOakes
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Burdick's Wings West in Kalamazoo, MI. Served in a snifter.

A- Nice frothy light brown head. Medium level dark black, some light coming in on the edges.

S- Smells like a vanilla cafe latte. Light coffee roasts and a strong vanilla aroma. Very much a dessert beer.

T- Similar to aroma light chocolate, medium coffee roasts, and big vanilla presence.

M- A bit lighter and not as creamy as expected but still a nice medium mouthfeel.

O- I was surprised how big the vanilla was and if you are looking for a drinkable dessert beer this is one to lookout for. Wish maybe it was more roasty that vanilla but still a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 00:55:43 | More by PaulyB83
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, served in a goblet. Bottle Date: 1/9/2014. Review Date: 3/15/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color, very little head - only a small film of dark tan bubbles that recedes quickly. Little visible carbonation. Looks like a good, viscous stout.

Aroma: The smell is spot on. Immediate burnt caramel/sugar and vanilla bean. Slight roasted grain/coffee/chocolate mixing in. Finishes sweet, a touch boozy. Fantastic aroma.

Taste: A slight sweetness, strong vanilla flavor, into the caramel/burnt sugar. Finishes with a strong, roasted character. Lots of chocolate/coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. A hint of the alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body to this one. Thick, smooth, velvety. Finishes with a slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Creme Brulee is a very interesting take on the style by Southern Tier. The familiar qualities creme brulee mix well with the typical stout characteristics to make a very enjoyable beer. While not an everyday drinker, it's enjoyable to break one out while in season. Should be pretty easy to find and at the price of $8.99 per bottle, it's tempting to pick one or two up on each release.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:15:24 | More by hermit990
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: The body is a glossy black which is opaque as a brick wall. A quarter inch beige head formed and quickly scattered leaving only a ring of micro bubbles around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing left behind.

Smell: Huge, fragrant vanilla and butterscotch cream, brown sugar, and carmelization notes. A lot of sweetness on the nose here.

Taste: Big vanilla and custard sweetness,with some burnt sugar and malt bitterness. Surprised how balanced it is considering the nose was very sweet. The booze did show up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Very chewy, smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice milk stout but could not finish the entire bomber by myself. It tastes like a creme brulee. If you are a big fan of the dessert (I am) then you'll love this beer. Would love to pair this with a carmelized banana dessert as Southern Tier suggests.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:05:44 | More by darthvohn
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,224 ratings.