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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

3,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,794
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 270
Gots: 592 | FT: 27
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mecmd, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark garnet color (very little light gets through with backlighting). Essentially no head forms.
S: Wow! A definite boozy creme brulee aroma. Very nice.
T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite live up to the high expectations brought on by the wonderful aroma. Vanilla bean up front with a hint of caramel malt in the background. Alcohol esters.
M: Fairly smooth and creamy with a mild alcohol bite.
D: Decently drinkable. The high ABV is well hidden. Creme brulee is best served in small amounts, not tubs...so this brew has its limitations in drinkability. Would go well as a dessert accompaniment.

mwilbur, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Agold
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtingue for the chance to try this gem.

This beer is dark brown and has almost no head at all, but what it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in flavor. What an outstanding beer. The aroma is a surprisingly accurate facsimile of creme brulee with caramel and vanilla and creme and a mild coco and roastiness underneath. Maybe a bit of butterscotch as well. This is trying to be a desert beer and it hit the nail right on the head. Most of the aromas are replicated on the palate with caramel vanilla cream with more roast and less sweet than the aroma. The mouthfeel, while pretty heavy, might have been a little bit better if it were more so. I don't know if it would have gotten cloying if it were thicker, but I suspect not. There is a mild neutral bitter bite that keeps it from being over the top sweet.

Next time I get a bottle of this, beer floats are definitely happening. I can't think of a better beer for it than this one.

Agold, Jul 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ohiobeer29, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Piddmeista, Jul 30, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

LoganMc, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a light tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the edges. Pretty typical big stout look to it.

S: This beer smells just like creme brulee! Roasty up front, with loads of vanilla. Hints of chocolate, espresso, and a slightly burnt character lingers in the background.

T: Not as impressive as the smell. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and overdone toast make up the basic malt profile, and then it hits. Vanilla, more vanilla, and even more vanilla! More of an authentic flavor than artificial. Hops are slightly present on the end, resulting in a dry finish.

Notes: I was skeptical about this beer at first, because I found Choklat to be highly overrated. This one is different. It's a sweet beer, but not overly so that it resembles liquid candy. The only complaint that I have is that it lacks a bit in body and has a thinner than expected mouthfeel. Overall quite tasty. Truly dessert in a glass!

WYVYRN527, Aug 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

seavercm, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

OMG. I don't care what anyone says about this being the Disneyland of beer, I f-ing love it. Granted, the sweet cream and vanilla are a bit over the top. But I do love me a sweet double stout.

With all the exaggerated names in beer--"pie", "cake", etc.--I assumed this one was like all the rest, all hyperbole and disappointment. But this, this is real. Believe the hype.

The aroma has the buttery caramel put in mind by the tan, rocky head. One can't say enough about this aroma -- it's like an Octapus Car Wash employee has squirted the "vanilla" fragrance into the vat of this brew.

One could say it's sickeningly sweet, that is, if this beer weren't so delicious. Holy bejeezums. This one has shot to near the top of my all-time list. the only drawback is the sugar-sweet is just a bit too pronounced.

Two months ago I came within five minutes of getting this on tap at Dexter's Pub during Mad Craft Beer Week. I'm so lucky to find this on the shelves, today, so far into summer. Thank you Star Liquor!!!

martyl1000, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

HeadyTheElder, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BeersAndBears, Aug 18, 2013
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2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this one and really wanted to like it.

Big tan espresso head that disappears quickly, dark dark, mud dark...

Sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, kinda like grandpa's breath after a werthers original and brandy

Big taste, like drinking a heath bar at first, slowly gives way to vanilla, hot alcohol.

Nothing left but bitter stingy aftertaste. Like a vanilla cognac or something.

Nice effort I just didnt like it... I wanted too. Too alcoholy and vanilla for me.

Murchmac, Aug 14, 2008
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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,794 ratings.