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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

3,977 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,977
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 318
Gots: 723 | FT: 26
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BigJim5021
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with a head the shade of Nesquik. Pretty decent lacing too.

Holy hell, this really does smell like creme brulee. I mean, it smells really good, but this is downright bizarre. So on the nose that it's kinda scary.

The flavor is like a cup of coffee with some creme brulee flavored creamer. Again, the accuracy is startling. It's big and sweet up front with deep roast coming through in the end.

Mouthfeel is beautiful. Beyond full bodied, though not chewy. Silky smooth.

This is where it gets sticky, no pun intended (ok, maybe a little). I had no problem polishing off a bomber. On the other hand, I could easily go a year or more without the desire to have another bottle. And seeing as I had to have a good friend bring it back from NYC, that won't be at all difficult.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of seaoflament
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 pwoody11
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.46/5  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 gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - somewhere between my wife's International Coffees French Vanilla creamer and vanilla cake batter. Very pleasant but no hints of the beer species to speak of.

T - lot like a vanilla inspired stout that leaned too heavily on extract. Maybe some Bailey's taste. The alcohol presence is a clear and present thing with, finally, a malty backbone.

M - creamy! What else?! Some decent carbonation with a helluva aftertaste borfering on burnt marshmallow.

I just don't know about this. Maybe as an apertif, but it's still a little too imbalanced to truly enjoy on a regular basis.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -48.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pure black with no head just a tiny bit of white round the rim.

Smells exactly like creme brulee, quite amazing really.

The taste like the smell is creme brulee.It's amoust like a strong stout with liquidised desert in it. There's also a bit of alcohol in there but not too much considering the abv.

The mouth is creamy and medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

All I can say is this is amazing, southern have made a beer that tastes exactly like creme brulee. If I was in a resteraunt with the wife this would finish it off nicely. I couldn't drink too much but a 22oz was perfect.

Photo of tzieser
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Agold
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 Kaveman
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bobhits
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep brown, and creates a decent head. The color is on the deeper side of the dark browns, but it isn't black. Head could be better given the milk stout nature, but still very good lacing and body.

Stinks of butterscotch and french vanilla. There really isn't much more here, milk and cream notes in the vanilla, but hardly much more than butterscotch and a roasted cream vanilla. This beer has more aroma than you can imagine. You really have to smell it to imagine. It isn't my thing for a beer but I have to give credit for this nose. It is just wow.

Thankfully the flavor here is far more bitter and complex than the nose. French vanilla is blended with hops, spices, and darker malts to create a very different beer than anything I've ever even begun to imagine before. I have no clue what Creme Brulee tastes like nor do I think I'll ever have any. This beer is just something else. I'm not sure if it is the Columbus or Horizon hops but the hop profile reminds me of moka. A very familiar stout flavor, extremely so. I'm not sure that the hops and sweet vanilla flavors are really made for each other. There is a lack of connection here. The french vanilla flavors should be the showcase, but instead the hops squelch the sweetness and balance things. This isn't how a milk stout should finish. Now I enjoy the hell out of some good hops and some spicy hops might work well here. Instead they have gone with floral and sweet fruity hops that just don't mix the spiced vanilla notes.

I really expected a thick deep syrup like body for this beer, instead this one drinks a hair thinner than expected. That said easy to drink but the flavor is a bit too much for even half a bottle.

I was told this beer would be an explosion of sweetness. I was told it would be over the top sugary sweet and more dessert than anything else out there. I'm instead getting an ok beer with too much vanilla for its' own good. I'm not really sure how to judge this one. There are so many ways this beer could really become excellent but it just falls short on all directions. Needs to be thicker, creamier, use different hops, and just frankly different.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,977 ratings.