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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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3,649 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,649
Reviews: 1,300
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 256
Gots: 548 | FT: 29
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 mgbickel
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured ½ of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. The pour formed a nice, thick two finger head the color of melted caramel. The head slowly dissipated leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is dark brown/black that only allows in a hint of light around the edges (when held up at eye level).

The nose is wonderful! Lots of butterscotch and vanilla up front followed up by toffee and caramel. Can't wait to taste this one!

Sweet vanilla hits the palate first. This is followed up by a slightly boozy caramel flavor. Finishes with an alcohol burn that is reminiscent of a good bourbon.

Medium-Thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.

Drinkable, but the sweetness combined with the booziness will limit the single night consumption rate.

mgbickel, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

So this beer is great in the main sensory aspects (taste, smell) but not really in all the finesse things. It's opaque black, but there isn't much head, retention, or lacing. It smells like pure butterscotch. Delicious... it tastes like it too. Like butterscotch candy sandwiching a fleeting bit of dark malt/coffee taste. This is a beer hidden within candy. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is thin, however, and it's over-carbonated. I could still drink it for most of the night, though. Another robust offering from Southern Tier.

LordAdmNelson, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev +2.8%

clay23, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bmurray10, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Michaeldmanley, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of irishgreensoda
4/5  rDev +2.8%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ToadiesForCody, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of happygnome
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

a: pours a dark opaque black color with about a half inch of head that doesnt disspear too fast but when it does it leaves a thin layer of lacing across the entire brew
s: strong vanilla aroma, hints of coffee and chocolate in the background very sweet also in the background is a caramely aroma, very desserty, no hints of the alcohol even though it weighs in at 10%
t: strong vanilla in the beginning followed by coffee and chocolate with notes of sweet sweet caramel
M: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a fantastic brew

happygnome, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of perrymarcus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score.

no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and the sweetness wears on you. at least me. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; the bomber is going to be a bit much.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. for reasons already stated, i don't find this to be a hugely drinkable brew.

perrymarcus, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of archero
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

archero, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of waltonc
1.65/5  rDev -57.6%

Appearance: very dark brown with minimal head

Smell: All I smell is overwhelming butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth, creamy vanilla and butterscotch. But cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: creamy and thick, not much carbonation.

Drinkability: I really want to like this beer, and in small doses it's not bad. I give Southern Tier credit for brewing outside of the box. However, this is just too sweet and cloying for a 22 oz bottle. Customers should have the option to purchase this in 12 oz or smaller bottles. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pour out more than half of my bomber because this just isn't very drinkable in large doses.

waltonc, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of RKing44
3.5/5  rDev -10%

RKing44, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

A thick, oily black pours into the glass, a finger of heavy tan head atop, and a slow loll as it melts away leaves a solid, sticky lace on the sides. Pretty.
A whif and I'm transported back to those coffee-shops of dates before I could go to pubs... some beautiful young girl that I thought I loved sitting across from me and the napkins folded into tiny pyramids next to the porcelain-white dishes and cold steel silver. A whif of the delicate dessert coffee in front of me, and a glance up to see if she was also glancing up... caramel, vanilla, and coffee bean notes in the back, like the vanilla candles that I always smell at length in the candle-shops, but never bring home because my mother hates them. This beverage fills the room with the same rich vanilla and creamy caramel, like Granddad's candies.
The flavour brings in a more mature note... coffee and Irish Cream, rich vanilla bean espresso and caramel, toasting brown sugar over vanilla coffee beans, and I look up at her and smile, this is one of the best nights of my life. A roasted grain note comes in at the end and reminds you this is still just a beer...
Creamy and thick, light carbonation that just adds to the creaminess, and a surprisingly dry, though syrupy finish...
This is dessert. This is one of the most inriguing beers ever made. The candlelight dances off of her furrowed brow, and our eyes lock together... we smile and I dream of one day.

khiasmus, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of halo913
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

halo913, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. DOB 07/0(1?)/11 stamped near bottom of bottle.

Appearance - Light-medium brown head. Two fingered with a high pour. Medium low retention. Black body.

Smell - Strong caramel and cream. Very sweet.

Taste - Coffee with heavy cream. Mild boozy, solvent astringency throughout and well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy. After a while, the alcohol will strip paint off the wall. It is required to drink this with as much head as possible.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer, but the astringency ruins it in the long run.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of cowboy83
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Fcolle2
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Pours black in color with a half finger tan head. On the thicker side.

Nose has HUGE vanilla notes along with big carmel notes that give it a really sweet smell. Very faint chocolate malt that is far overshadowed by the vanilla. Smells like dessert in a glass.

Taste has a Rich toffee, roasted malt that is overlayed with big hints of vanilla. Sweetness is much more mellow In the taste which is a good thing considering it smelled like strait dessert. Some bitterness from hops and roasted flavors from the malt mellow out the otherwise huge ruch sweetness that would be present from the vanilla and lactose sugar. Nice balance and the vanilla stays on the palate with a lasting plesent presence.

Mouthfeel is nice and somewhat thick and coats the mouth enough for vanilla to stay on the palate for a long while after the last sip was take

Fcolle2, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of nineworldseries
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

nineworldseries, May 13, 2014
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

tuckerlikesbeer, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Bunuelian, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of eat
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Black, opaque body with a thin beige head. Some lacing.

Smells really sweet and malty and quite like a real creme brule, complete with the burnt sugar on top. Lots of vanilla custard, brown sugar, a little coffee, alcohol, touch of hops. Pretty fantastic.

This stuff is really sweet. It also tastes quite a bit like creme brule, though not as accurate as the nose. Tons of roasted malt (supplying the "brule" I suppose), brown sugar, a definite lactic element. All the sweetness is just about balanced with a drying cocoa finish, which fades in as the creme brule fades out. If this beer was only claiming to be an imperial stout I would take off points for being too sweet but it's obviously intended as a dessert and as such works nicely.

Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Doesn't stand out or detract. Could maybe be a touch thicker.

This is a dessert beer if I've ever had one and I'll rate the drinkability accordingly (ie. as a dessert beer). Way too sweet to be a regular drinker but definitely worthy of being pulled out occasionally after a dinner with friends. Bonus points for mostly living up to the name; I couldn't imagine a beer called Creme Brule being much more appropriate than this one.

eat, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,649 ratings.