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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,366 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,366
Hads: 4,209
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 359
Gots: 875 | FT: 33
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:
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: 1,366 | Hads: 4,209
Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but as a dessert offering this is a fine selection. Don't try and pair it with a main course, it really would be a poor match. Also if you don't like a sweet note in your beer then this would be one to avoid. (245 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again I find milk stouts too rich for me. It seems like there is a protein element present that is off putting. This one looks great and the body is nice and thick. The nose is strong butterscotch which would be quite nice if it were toned down a bit. It's just too sweet and strong. The taste is similarly overloaded to the point that I finds self just trying to get it down instead of spending any time with it. I don't want to knock it too much since others seem to be high on it, just coming to the conclusion that this family is not for me. (551 characters)

Photo of GeeL
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call a "novelty beer". It's made with a specific purpose: to taste like something. It's not a quaffing beer, it's a slow sipper as you sit around the table after dinner; or maybe with dessert or even AS dessert. If I were rating this as a quaffing beer, the score would be much lower.

Look: dark, just like a stout should. There's a thick creamy head that things out. There is little to no carbonation; however, it is not a "still" beer. As I swirled the glass I could see how thick the beer was based on the "legs" on the side of the glass. It looked like it would be thick and sweet.

Smell: like Creme Brulee, butterscotch, vanilla, cream. Smelled like dessert.

Taste: this beer needs to be warmer than usual. It's surprisingly balanced for such a sweet beer. It tastes just like creme brulee, this beer could be served as a dessert. It was fun tasting it, but more than two 4-6 oz servings would have been over the top.

Feel: it's thick. Not very carbonated, almost undercarbonated. More carbonation would have resulted in acidity on the palate that would have distracted from the overall taste and experience.

Overall: this is meant to share with friends. Don't serve it too cold. Have it as dessert. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Split a bomber with my brother in law. Poured into a stemmed flute. A little of something is good but a lot of something can be bad. That describes this beer. Too sweet, too much vanilla. 2.75

A - black with a half finger tan head. 3.75
S - too much vanilla - 2.5
T - cloyingly sweet, malty, vanilla, 2.5
MF - med heavy body with a sweet finish. - 3 (350 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Interesting brew. Drinking on tap at The Bier Stein in Eugene.
A: opaque black beer, very much what I expect of a stout. Leaving minimal lacing and had a small head.
S: Smells like creme bruleè even through my stuffy nose. Very inviting, fantastically done nose, spot on.
T: my taste buds are a little out of wack as of late but this beer opens pretty generic stout flavor. A sudden wash of sticky sweet mixed with hop bitter as one would expect from a beer that smells like custard. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.
M: pretty basic, smooth stout
O: a good beer, I sure enjoyed the novelty of it. Good to share. (617 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong coffee notes, and the promised sweetness and vanilla. Obviously a bit on the dessert side. Good, and not just "for what it is" -- although you've definitely got to be in the right mood. (192 characters)

Photo of Wbstevens1
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as imperial milk stouts go this one is without a doubt my favorite. Strong caramel and vanilla notes complement and somewhat tame the high level of sweetness. Although this is one of the sweetest milk stouts I have had, it is not overpowering as long as you only have one or two. An excellent "dessert beer." VERY hard to find in my area but well worth the search. (371 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Black like oil. Minimal head that disappears quickly.
S - Fantastic aroma! Caramel, vanilla and coffee and other sweet things I can't think of right now.
T - This may be my favorite desert beer. A sweet stout pushed over the edge with caramel and vanilla with a touch of coffee. And then you feel a bit of alcohol burn that reminds you are NOT at Starbucks or Dairy Queen.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - One of my favorite beers, and certainly my favorite milk stout. I could drink this all the time. (545 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DoB: 6/6/13

Almost 2 years old sitting in my cellar for that long.

Look dark rich color with tan thick head.

Rich caramel flavor- intoxicating

Very sweet strong caramel flavor, really nailed the Creme Brûlée.

Thin taste, almost feels like its robbing such a great beer with such a thin mouth feel. (307 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint and a half bottle into pint glass. Poured a little less than room temp, poured a dark opaque brown, not quite black. Very minimal head (probably due to the temp). Smells GREAT, smells of vanilla, Carmel, brown sugar, malt, and coffee. Most notable is the Carmel to me. Tastes good at first, like vanilla and Carmel, but the after taste is very alcoholic and medicinal, nearly ruins it. The carbonation is slightly less than what I prefer, and it seems a bit thin for a stout. Overall it's nothing that great, but the smell IS remarkable. (554 characters)

Photo of Rutkiller
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is absolutely horrible. The smell is obnoxious and unappealing. The taste is worse. It has one of the worst aftertastes I've ever experienced; somewhat medicinal and just downright nasty. The beer looks good, however; its opaque, almost black, and pours a nice tan, one finger head. Unfortunately, it's all looks, and no taste. I couldn't finish this one. I read other descriptions and I guess my taste buds aren't refined enough because I didn't taste cocoa, chocolate, Creme brûlée, vanilla or anything else described in this beer. It's horribly sweet and unappealing. Won't be buying this again. (619 characters)

Photo of hotsudge
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes slightly less sweet than it smells but both smell and taste are very sweet. Much sweeter than I expected, making it a one 1/2 pint drinker. Let me be clear, I enjoy sweet beers but this one was a bit much and it overpowered the good flavour profiles. (260 characters)

Photo of Northtexan
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour into the glass. Thin, wispy head. Very potent smell of caramel and vanilla. It tastes like it smells, with the caramel really shining through as the biggest flavor. Only problem is it takes on a bubblegum taste as it warms. Overall, I really like it, and will get it again. Nice sweet dessert stout great as an after dinner drink. (346 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark black body, no head. Lovely vanilla heavy nose... Smells so good! Boozey warming and some vanilla. Kinda bitter. Too much booze. Decent body for an imperial stout. Smells better than it tastes. I wanted to like this as much as Choklat! Booze killed it for me. (271 characters)

Photo of Big_V
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour in my sniffer glass with minimal head. Jet black. Vanilla and maybe caramel nose. Bold vanilla and pretty sweet full body. Would have liked to share, maybe a little sweet for me. Drinks better after sitting awhile. Alcohol well hidden. (251 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, that was interesting.

Nose- Burnt caramel, vanilla, sugar, glazed icing

Taste- butterscotch and vanilla upfront with a horrific fake sugar aftertaste. Almost medicinal and cloying. Like fake Equal meets fake Splenda.

Definitely a dessert beer with a good nose but the Splenda/fake aftertaste really killed this beer for me. (332 characters)

Photo of jren
2.36/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was shocked how much this reminded me of artificial sugar and fake vanilla. This was the first large format that I didn't continue past half a glass. (152 characters)

Photo of James_Kane
4.89/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing! A friend bought it on a whim since he enjoyed creme brulee creamer. I was skeptical until I smelled it--you'd swear it was a cup of dessert! Nicely sweet, awesome roast, not boozy. This is a "panty dropper". (229 characters)

Photo of clevelandbeerguy
4.99/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i have had a few thousand beers in my day but this one takes the cake as my second favorite beer of all time. if you don't like sweet beer or butterscotch this beer isn't for you. i am a stout guy by the way and i like sweet stouts but any sweeter then this one and its to much. founders big luscious for example is to sweet but this one is on the mark (352 characters)

Photo of TheRyanCarey
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth with a touch of sweetness, even used a bottle for a batch of ribs on did in the crock pot that gave the ribs a nice sweet note to them that even carried through sometime in the smoker (195 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky dark Tootsie Roll brown with khaki head; toffee and caramel candy/sugar beet notes; toffee and caramel candy flavors; mouthfeel is medium with big chewy candy tongue coating; rich sweet malt, toffee and caramel - like drinking liquid creme brûlée dessert. (263 characters)

Photo of Jlasky26
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Was pleasantly surprised by the vanilla influence. Very sweet at first, but the slight bitterness really mellows it out. Very nice after dinner drink. Nice warm feeling from the alcohol, but it is masked very well. Nice change of pass. (253 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(I didn't use to be fan of stouts. But the stuff brewery's are doing with them nowadays is changing that.)

Wow. The label doe not lie... not one bit. This is dessert in a glass. It's a beautifully dark stout with a nice frothy tan head that laces a bit at the beginning. The aroma? Well, creme brulee almost says it all. It smells just like the sweet vanilla/custard/caramelized goodness you'd order as a desert. The vanilla bean really comes across in the nose. The flavor's are like nose but more hidden behind huge sweetness. It would be too sweet if not for a nice touch of bitterness and some mild alcohol heat. The full bodied mouth feel is quite surprising at first because of the thickness, but it's very creamy and smooth. Glad I bought this. At 9.5% ABV it gets even better as it goes... (811 characters)

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Big beer! Delicious sweet, vanilla fresh brewed coffee aroma and black pour with virtually no head. Super rich & sweet and unfortunately I'm burdened with the task of finishing this big bottle of black power. Would be better in a standard strength ABV offering. (270 characters)

Photo of Marcher07
4.99/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting for this to come out for months. I've been warned that it was too sweet but it's not. Smells wonderful, pours a beautiful dark color and tastes even better. (169 characters)

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.