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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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3,820 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,820
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 281
Gots: 599 | 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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Photo of seaoflament
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dyan for this beer, I'm a sucker for sweet stouts ;o) Shared this bomber with a friend since I had trouble finishing the last Imperial beer from Southern Tier (Choklat) because of the sweetness.

Poured uh, dark, with about two inches of foam, good retention.

The aroma was pure bliss, loads of vanilla. The first thing that came to my mind was vanilla wafers and cookies. Then the beer opens up to coffee, roasted malts, lactose, French vanilla crème and coffee beans. A decadent dessert beer! I wish I had some Häagen-Dazs ice-cream right now!!!

The taste is a rush of vanilla beans, lactose sugar, sweet milk chocolate, crème, roasted malts, and lightly roasted coffee. I also get some crusty, sugary, bread flavor and cookies with café au lait. Finishes with some French vanilla coffee beans.

Not too syrupy, very sweet but a pint can easily be finished. Hardly any alcohol detected, shocking that this is 10% It could use a tad more carbonation.

I need some more.

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pwoody11
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from trade with cbriggz. From notes:

Poured a black with a light tan head.

Aroma is pretty much dead on creme brulee.

Taste is also dead on creme brulee. Picked up something similar to Kahlua as well.

As advertised. Creme Brulee through and through. Be careful with the abv, it's masked very well and sneaks up fast.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a year old bottle into a snifter glass. This was my dessert last night at Thanksgiving.

A: A dark brownish color that is almost black. A very thin light brown head rests atop the dark solution. No lacing and very minimal carbonation.

S: Creme Brulee? Yup. The nose on this beer is amazing. Loads of vanilla, caramel, cream, butterscotch and a tad bit of roasted malt.

T: Again, you bought this beer to taste like creme brulee and it doesn't disappoint. Like dipping your mouth into a fresh dessert. Loads of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, sweet cream. A bit of roasted malt flavors let you know it's still a beer, but the sweet dessert flavors just keep coming. Not as much bitterness (none in fact) after aging this for a year. Finish is rich, sweet, sticky.

M: Full, sticky, rich, some alcohol.

D: Here is where this beer suffers. They should sell this in 12 ounce bottles, maybe even 8 ounce bottles. This stuff is hard to have more than half a glass at a time.

Overall amazing what ST does with their specialty beers, this is no exception. A great sipper to be shared with friends in small quantities. Next time skip the dessert and grab a glass of creme brulee, you will enjoy it.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - Deep black with a thin-laced off white head. Looks flat with not a lot of carbonation. So-so lacing.

S - Huge sweet vanilla flavor, definitely unique and highly aromatic. Sweet cream right up there as well.

T - Very closely resembles the smell with a large vanilla hit up front with a big sweet lactose/cream. Transitions to a butterscotch flavor in the middle before morphing again to a traditional stout at the end. The roasted malt can hardly be detected as the vanilla and sugars take front stage. Finishes with a lightly toasted and caramelized sugar aftertaste.

M - Heavy body but seems light due to the relatively low ABV. Finishes very sweet on the palate and the low levels of carbonation help the flavors come through. Easily drinkable and a dessert beer if there ever was one.

O - I was surprised how pungent and well the flavors popped in this one. Is this one a rich, deep, dark as most Imperial stouts? No. But can it holds its own against the high ABV brews? Yes. Definitely a sipper and fun to drink because of its uniqueness. Very well brewed, an instant favorite.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Very dark brown color with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Great retention and some nice sheets of lacing. Very viscous.

S – Butterscotch. Tons and tons and tons of butterscotch. You can smell this from across the room. It’s one-dimensional, sure, but it does smell great for what it’s supposed to be.

T – Very sweet all the way through with crème brûlée, lactose, and vanilla notes. There’s no roasted character to be found here; this is all milk stout. Very sweet but very tasty, too.

F – Medium-full-bodied, average carbonation, a smooth, creamy, and velvety mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Sweetness lingers for a long time, and the nearly 10% ABV is nowhere to be found.

O – I don’t care what anyone says, this beer is delicious. It lives up to its name of being a big and bold imperial milk stout. If you’re a fan of roasted characteristics in a stout over sweet characteristics, you might want to stay away from this one. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely check this one out. I think the thing that puts this one above other very sweet stouts (eg. Imperial Biscotti Break) is that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This has nearly 10% ABV and is immensely sweet but is still very, very drinkable. I think Southern Tier has a winner here. Cheers!

Photo of Boilerfood
2/5  rDev -48.6%

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.

Photo of suckaj
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of tzieser
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

had this on tap @ sunset grill in brighton

looked great. nice tan head that stuck for a while.

smelled great. tons of vanilla and caramel/butterscotch smells. Slight roasted malt scents. Brown sugar maybe? Smells awesome.

taste is very similar to the smell. sweet sweet sweet malts....vanilla first, then caramel with a subtle roasted malt backbone. Can't pickup any hops here really. I kind of think they killed it with all the sickly sweet malts here. I understand it's what they're aiming for, but I think it doesn't make this beer all that great.

Drinkability is terrible. I could barley stomach one of these, let alone more. It's just too damn sweet to quaff.

Overall- I'd use this with a dessert recipe....in a reduction or something like that. It's a pretty rough beer, but it's certainly worth trying. I can't think of any other beer like this.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeersAndBears
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of AnalogErik
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Kaveman
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of halo3one
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - dark dark brown, caramel head

S - rich with caramel and vanilla, sweet

T - sweet, vanilla, coffee

M - too much carbonation

O - too fizzy to start, I actually let it open up in the refrigerator for a couple hours and it was much better but definitely on the sweet side.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of FrankShirley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of seavercm
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Poured from bottle into a CCB sniffer. Pours a thin black with just a wisp of a head that only sticks around for just a bit. Moderate lacing. Pretty average looking for the most part.

S- Can smell the vanilla beans from about 2 feet away. Huge butterscotch aroma as well. Brown sugar for days, sweet molasses/maple sugar. Hint of alcohol. I'm not joking on the smell of this one. It is intense. If overpowering was what they were going for, then they hit it on the head. I am very intrigued and worried at the same time. Can't see any way it has any balance.

T- Intense flavors I got from the nose, with some cream and toasted caramel. So sweet it is cloying. Sweet vanilla up front, mellows out some in the finish before and odd, harsh, astringent finish. Balance is off...as expected. Just too much IMO.

M- Seems to have a nice body for the milk stout style. Warmth of alcohol present in the throat, but not too bad. Drinkability suffers because of the harsh sweetness, but the carbonation isn't bad.

O- Just wasn't for me. There is no denying the nose of this beer is intoxicating. I see what they were going for, but they went a bit too far with the butterscotch and sugar and the direction seemed to get lost from there. Honestly, I could always do without butterscotch. Can't knock ST for trying, but I won't be drinking again. I had a tough enough time finishing this bottle.

Bottled on 6/12/13
Consumed on 7/9/13
$8.99 for 22 oz bottle

Photo of Piddmeista
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,820 ratings.