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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Reviews: 1,363
Hads: 4,182
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 355
Gots: 861 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of JimmyK77
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was served this in a snifter without being told what it was. My first reaction was confusion - it looks like beer: dark like stout with a nice, slightly off-white head. But the aroma caused me to think it was a godiva-liqueur like cocktail. Truely, this smells like creme brulee! And since that's what they were going for, kudos to them. My nose was owned by the vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar aromas. Flavorwise - right on track. Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar - suitable sweetness for a beer named after a luscious dessert.

It got of track though on the back of my tongue with a residual bitterness, combination of burnt sugar and hop bitterness, that I didn't like in combination with the sweetness. It really has the bitterness of an American stout and I think that creates conflict with the 'creme brulee' aspect. I think a richer, smoother European stout with the vanilla and caramel notes (maybe even subdued a little) would be completely sublime. (960 characters)

Photo of keytown
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a very thin tan head

S - Smells of a pint of Haagen Dazs Creme Brulee: vanilla,
chocolate & caramel.

T - Tastes very much on the same note as the smell: very
sweet, with tastes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel. There
is some hoppy bitterness on the finish, more then I
expected from such a sweet beer.

M - Full bodied and very sweet. Very smooth with some good

O - Overall this is a good beer. I'm not big on overly sweet beers
but this one is very good. It would be an excellent desert
beer. Would pair well with Thanksgiving/Christmas desert. (596 characters)

Photo of TonyT
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz with a few friends

This beer is all over the place:

A - Poured black in color with brownish white head. No apparent lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Incredible...The vanilla comes through and lets you know that it is not going away. Nice alcohol smells pierces through at first, and then mellows out.

T- At first the alcohol burns you pretty good. The vanilla taste and roasted malt flavoring permeates through. As you drink it further, the alcohol burn alleviates itself. Very sweet.

M- Minor hops hit you right in the front. The alcohol warms from beginning to end, but only hits you at the back the more you drink. The vanilla hits in the front, malts take over in the middle. The more you drink; there is a nice dryness in the beginning.

D- This is not a beer that should be pounded or drank in haste (especially with the ABV). This is a nice, mellow warmer show off to friends or as a desert beer. But this is a nice "occasion beer".

I will definitely have this again. I would like to see how this beer ages. (1,052 characters)

Photo of aewinte1
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown, but not quite black. Aggressive pour yields 1.5" head that dissipates quickly
S- smell is absolutely incredible. Smells very strongly of butterscotch. Almost smells like a liquid Werthers candy. A little bit of caramel sweetness comes through, but that butterscotch smell really overpowers everything else. Smells super sweet, but this one is pleasantly different than the smell of most sweet beers.
T- Taste is like the smell. Very sweet. Tastes like creme brulee honestly. Butterscotch flavors comes through strongly as well as that caramel sweetness. Very very sweet beer, but a very unique flavor. Not sure whether this beer tastes more like creme brulee or a werthers candy, but either way i'm diggin it. After a while, the sweetness really starts to stack up and make the beer unenjoyable. At first, I was impressed by the flavor, but after a while, it really become noticeably less enjoyable.
M- Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a stout, but it didn't bother me too much
D- Drinkability is decent considering how well the alcohol is hidden by the sweetness of the beer. Couldn't really detect any alcohol presence through the sweet backbone of the beer. Like mentioned above, the drinkability is hindered by the cloying sweetness, not the alcohol. (1,279 characters)

Photo of sdmvd6
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Jet black with a very short tan head that disappears quickly. Remnants of whispy tan bubbles hang around and little lacing is left.

S - This is definitely a first for me. Rum soaked dark fruit up front which is immediately overwhelmed with butterscotch, burnt caramel, and toffee (a touch too sweet). Roasted coffee and some booziness takes a backseat to all of this.

T - Immediate sweet burnt caramel and vanilla along with some alcohol warmth. This transitions to dark fruits and then roasted coffee and sweet chocolate in a lingering finish.

M - Nicely carbonated with a full mouthfeel. This is a very thick, creamy imperial stout.

O - I have to say I was a bit concerned when I smelled this one that it would be cloyingly sweet and full of artificial flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced the flavor profile is, with all of the flavors complimenting one another very well. It's amazing how much it tastes like creme brulee in stout form. (991 characters)

Photo of ABHatter
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous jet black color with a brown/purpleish color on the edges. Very tiny head goes away very quickly.
S--Smell is absolutely outstanding butterscotch, tons of Vanilla and a faint tootsie roll smell. T&M--Taste is fantastic. Loads of sweet vanilla, burnt sugars, chocolate and a tad of butterscotch round this out with a nice alcohol creaminess on the finish. As far as drinkability goes I gave it a 4 , This beer is a little rich and very sweet but it is also quite drinkable considering it's hefty 10% ABV. All in All, another fantastic beer from Southern Tier's black water Series. I would recommend anyone to buy this one as soon as they can, because I'm sure there will be a ton of Beer trekys stockpiling it in the next few weeks. (784 characters)

Photo of Spcoly
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter...

A: Dark and chocolately with almost zero head.

S: Vanilla, almost like kahlua with whipped cream, butterscotch...

T: SWEET...milky chocolate with cream, alcohol is hidden...

M: thick...but in a good way....good amount of carbonation....

O: I bought this for an after dinner drink (without dessert) and that it exactly what it is....its dessert! (393 characters)

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black, with very little head

S- Amazing. It smells like a cake. Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, alcohol. Smells similar to a caramel macchiato or something like that.

T- Sweet. This is the sweetest beer I have ever had by far. I do feel like the roasted malts and coffee are at the forefront, but quickly give way to a caramel, butterscotch taste. Leaves a chocolate and alcohol taste in the mouth.

M- Thick, chewy, full body, very little carbonation. Flavor goes through several transitions in the mouth, and leaves a coffee, alcohol taste in the mouth after swallowed.

O- This was a fascinating beer. I enjoyed it and thought that it worked for what they were trying to do with it. I think that the people who have given this a crazy low rating have not taken into account the style or what they were trying to accomplish with the beer. It is supposed to be sweet. If someone gave me some, i would gladly drink it again, but I just would not pay 9 bucks for something that is more of a novelty than a regular sipper (1,067 characters)

Photo of vikingmike
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought for nearly 10 dollars at the local LCBO. Based on all the hype I've seen on BA I just had to try it.

I give this beer a relatively high mark, simply because it provides what it claims to. This beer smells and tastes like creme brulee. I've tried vanilla-this, pumpkin-that, apricot-the-other-thing...only to be disappointed by the lack of advertised flavour. This beer actually tastes like dessert.

I actually don't find this cloyingly sweet like other reviewers, but it definitely is something to be shared or enjoyed in extreme moderation. Never thought 650ml of anything would be too much for me, but this might be the exception.

I doubt I'll buy another of these, but I'm glad I got to try it. It definitely has a place...right after dinner. (756 characters)

Photo of mkabull
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had the usual appearance of a stout nice tan/light brown head . The first smell caught me off guard with a big wiff of dessert like sweetness . The taste backed up the smell "wholely dessert batman" this is the ultimate after dinner beer . Mouthfeel was very heavy close to syrup like but great for a dessert type sipping beer . The drinkability was good but with the alcohol level and heavyness it brought down the drinkability (438 characters)

Photo of akronzipfan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had one of these at Clark's Ale House on a recent trip to Syracuse.

a - is highly viscous, dark brown and impervious to all light; short beige head with mild lacing

s - there is the slightest hint of an underlying hops scent that is almost completely overwhelmed by a maple-sweet, creamy essence

t - it opens with a rush of malty sweetness that is nearly too much to handle; but somehow this quickly becomes more than palatible, perhaps due to the balance effect of the ultra-high ABV

m - at once syrup-like, yet pleasant; not much carbonization

d - it's weirdly enchanting in short doses, but if there is such a thing as the "opposite of a session beer" then this might be a good candidate (697 characters)

Photo of case4816
4.89/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown in colour, like dark coffee. Head foamed up to about half an inch, but then shrunk down to a light lacing.

S- Very heavy on the vanilla bean smell, first thing that comes through. Can also smell some of the lactose, very creamy. Also nice roasted malts come through, and a slight bit of hops at the end.

T- Tastes just like a French vanilla, or even a Creme Brulee! it's wonderful. The roasted malts come together with the vanilla to blend into the French vanilla flavour that is very strong but not overpowering. The lactose sugars come through as well with a nice creamy feel. Also the alcohol comes through fairly strong, but it not too strong or bad in any way. Hops are detectable at the end with a wonderful bitter finish that lingers for a short time.

D- I believe I have just found my new favourite stout. So tasty and easy to drink or sip. (870 characters)

Photo of treehouse
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nose - very sweet and buttery...butterscotchery...

mouthed...malted milk balls...bitterness from the chocolate and i would guess the hops...there may b vanilla beans up in this beer but the butterscotch hides it....a great beer but not one to be drinking multiple bottles of.... (279 characters)

Photo of anjah
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an all around GREAT beer! If you like milk stouts, try this sucker out! It has a rich and creamy color and tastes great too. Even at nearly 10% abv, it goes down smooth. The only thing about this beer is at one sip it will leave you with some dank coffee breath for the rest of the night. Consider yourself warned. (322 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A-- Dark black opaque no light through this one with a nice 1 finger mocha tan head that laced nicely
S-- Sweet.. Vanilla, Caramel
T-- follows the nose nicely. Sweet sugary taste of vanillas and caramel bitter after tones. never guessed this is a 10%
M-- very light carboantion if any, creamy silky smooth
D- nice after dinner beer for dessert but not a session beer.. too sweet for that. This beer does not disappoint, they call it a creme brule and IMHO it is a close as your going to get without the custard (565 characters)

Photo of JVEyck309
1.89/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Went to the store specifically to get myself a nice stout.
Saw this and said, what the hell.

The firs thing I did after popping the cap is take a deep whiff of it. Ew. It's awful. Well, no, it smells delicious, like creme brulee which got soaked in vanilla and I can't help but smell strawberries somewhere in there too.. Then the alcohol and sugars are there..
I took a small taste, the mouthfeel is nice, creamy, a bit frothy, idk. Uhm.. but this just tastes like candy coated alcohol. The alcohol is prevalent.. uhm.. its just overly sweet with a ton of sugars and vanilla to mask the alcohol. It tastes like what dunkin donuts would do if they were asked to make a beer. its artificial tasting. Some of the other "F" rated reviews nailed my thoughts exactly..

Someone else said it, but yeah, this is the perfect example of "just cause you can do it doesn't make it a good idea."

Such a waste of $9 dollars. Coulda gotten a 6 of Mothers Milk too.. but decided to get the expensive bomber instead. Balls. (1,010 characters)

Photo of CenCalMario
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a tulip, thanks goes to BA phichifiji00 (Chad)!

Appearance is dark brown, brownish head and bubbles. Delightful looking.

Smell is amazing... fudge, crème brûlée is right in the aroma, wow, caramel, sweet, cake.... need ice cream and I would pour this over it!

Taste is great. Wow needs BBQ ribs paired with it. It's a mix and match of everything but the kitchen sink... like a super bakery or restaurant is cooking up something special for you for dessert - this is it!

Appearance is full, good carbonation.

Overall a nice beer that is quite a treat, however, you probably only want 3, 4 or 5 oz... a solo pint might be too over the top. Nonetheless, quite an experience, really like the way the crème brûlée came through. Great beer to open and share with 2-3 others. (804 characters)

Photo of trafordboy
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter like the bottle suggested. It has a pitch black body and a tan head that doesn't stick around too long. Looks like you'd expect an imperial stout to look. But once you take a whiff of it thats where things change.

It smells sticky of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. If you close your eyes you'd never think it was beer you were smelling. More like a bowl of ice cream. It says there is hops in this thing, but from the smell of it they could have been using rainbow sprinkles. I don't know if I'm supposed to drink this or get a spoon.

Thank god, it tastes like it smells. Its got a sweet chocolate taste thats coated in vanilla and caramel. This thing is a milk stout on steroids. Even after I swallow I can taste it. Its like my mouth is coated in vanilla candle wax.

As long as you have taste buds you'll enjoy this. Its like no other beer I've ever had. Has to be the best dessert beer out there. If you can drink more than one of these though you are my hero. Its a very filling beer. Job well done Southern Tier. (1,069 characters)

Photo of OHLRangers
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber won in marcpal's recent LIF. Thanks Marc!

Pours oil-black, with just a small creamy off-white head- maybe this one was a bit undercarbonated?

Wow...smells just like dessert. Loads of caramel, coffee, vanilla and butterscotch. First taste screams of butterscotch. It's like drinking a strong cup of joe loaded with Brach's Butterscotch discs.

Loads of vanilla taste, too. A bit heavy on the coffee flavor, at least for me.

Just a bit too sweet as well. Interesting beer. (486 characters)

Photo of Kevin73
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If I had to describe Southern Tier's Creme Brulee in one word it would be, awkward. Definitely not to be consumed with a meal, it's far too sweet. I can easily smell its overpowering vanilla scent sitting several feet away from my glass. The flavor is slightly less objectionable. The taste is somewhat more subdued than the smell as it blends with the sharp chocolate/mocha flavors of the roasted malts in the stout. Medium bodied, a bit chewy (good things), but a bit too carbonated for this style I felt. Mouth feel would probably improve on nitro. Overall, not my 'mug of beer'. Southern Tier went for something insane but got something ludicrous instead. It's just a little over the top for my taste. (705 characters)

Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this deliciousness was out of the tap back in 2010. The fragrant aroma poured from the glass as three of us just stood over the pint drooling in disbelief. Over the years the Creme Brulee has some times shown to be a bit artifical and chalky tasting. The mouthfeel has also varied from delightfully medium to syrupy heavy. I dont think nothing will ever compare to that first meeting.. but all in all its a delighful beer. (443 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)

Photo of BoosPackage
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich and sweet. Small light brown head with little to no lacing. Dark brown/black color.Tastes of caramel, vanilla and burnt chocolate. Smells amazing! Tastes almost as good. Burnt taste lingers a little. Like i said a bit rich but still a delicious sipper! (262 characters)

Photo of jsanto
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s -- bottle capped bottle.

a -- very nice dark brown, and a creammy head.

s -- this is the best smelling beer i ever had. it was like being in a candle store.

t -- maybe i just like mike stouts, but i did not taste any milk, just vanilla and coffee cream.

m -- little carbonation, good for a change from the belgians.

d -- i enjoyed it all night. (351 characters)

Photo of noslenwerd
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black. Not quite as thick as some other stouts but comparable to any other milk stout

S: Smells like butterscotch and sugar

T: By far the sweetest tasting stout I have ever had. All kinds of dessert like flavors in this one... Butterscotch, vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel... Super sweet but very tasty as a dessert type of beer.

Summary: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I can see how some purest might think this is too sweet, and i would agree to a point. If this was just a little less sweet it would have been a 5 on taste. But this is a beer everyone needs to try because it is so different. Will be drinking again. (655 characters)

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.