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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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3,726 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,726
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 263
Gots: 573 | 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%

bigox420, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

zenwatts, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pellinore1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Greggy
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thin head in my large snifter and recedes rather quickly. Leaves some decent lacing. Body is pitch black.

S- I wish I could put a 5.5 here.. Easily can be smelled across the room. Huge caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso.

T- Absolutely great espresso huge vanilla, caramel, graham cracker, chocolate, butterscotch, with an excellent butterscotch, caramel, and espresso finish. The finish is long and delicious.

M- Silky smooth with just a touch of carbonation. The finish is wonderful.

D- Alcohol is insanely well hidden. This isn't by any means a session beer, but it's tremendous. This can be a touch cloying, so splitting a bottle isn't a bad idea.

Greggy, Aug 16, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

RKing44, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mrchrisray
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my label is different and the alcohol percent is 9.5 but it all sounds the same...22oz bottle poured into snifter, as the label says to do.

black, if held up to a light you can't see through it. small head that is gone quickly but leaves some lacing.

it smells super sweet, for a beer. i now see why it says it could be your dessert not just a pairing w/ dessert. butterscotch and caramel for sure, with hints of vanilla. not as much vanilla as i would expect since it specially mentions being brewed with vanilla on the bottle.

taste great and not as sweet as it smells which is a good thing to me. i can taste more vanilla than i can smell.

it is surprisingly light in the mouth and very smooth, i think i'm picking up some burnt coffee beans...

good beer.

mrchrisray, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black topped by a beige head which dies down but leaves baby fingers of lace and does its best to retain.

The aroma is pure crème beûlee--caramelize/burnt sugars and cream all the way with tons of vanilla and coffee and maybe a faint punch of unripe pears lingering in the background. It smells like a dessert and creeps up to the line of overbearing without ever crossing it.

The taste follows, with a rich and roasty coffee stout dominating with a the crème beûlee, caramelized sugar/custard aspect more a part of the balancing act than a key player, all with a hop bitterness in the finish that helps quash the sweetness nicely. The more I drink it the more the crème beûlee gives way to butterscotch that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with good carbonation which goes a long way towards keeping the sweetness in check, and yet if this is meant to impart liquid allusions of crème beûlee I might want something a little sweeter and creamier here. Except that I don't.

This beer is an experience, and one they would do well to offer in smaller bottles.

MeisterBurger, Feb 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured rich, dark brown with a moderate tan head that quickly faded to a collar. Wow, that's vanilla! That's the aroma. The taste is largely vanilla and SWEEEET. There is some hot, melted caramel in there too, which just adds to the sweetness. Feel was just a little thin, but there was carbonation at the tip of the tongue. Drinkability? Aye, there's the rub. I loved it, but 22 oz was way too much, about 10 oz would have been ideal. SC's Creme Brulee is the perfect dessert beer (as the name would imply). Have some coffee ready (black, no sugar, please).

kegger22, Aug 25, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

archero, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

hinemk76, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

NumberNone, Jul 21, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with thick light tan head and lots of visible carbonation along the side of the glass. Cracking the cap open revealed tons of vanilla in the aroma. That is the case when the beer is smelled and there's some nice dark chocolate and toffee. This is a very vanilla forward stout. The best description for the flavor is dessert in a glass. The vanilla from the aroma is present in the flavor with chocolate, toffee, and coffee like roastiness. As the beer warms up, it almost tastes like a brownie. The body is full with a thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. This is an excellent beer. Definitely one of a kind.

acevenom, Jul 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright, here we go. This is from notes but I had this on vacation over the summer.

I had heard about it, and had tried other ST brews, and thought I had to give it a shot because I have been impressed with their Imperial Series thusfar. Being a stout-lover, I was a little disappointed.

The appearance and aroma were spot on for their goal. It smelled like the burnt sugar and carmelization that you would get from a real creme brulee. But the taste was far too sweet for my liking. Splitting a bomber between two people was tough. I could see this being a much more effective brew served in small (maybe 5oz?) servings after dinner as a dessert.

Overall, Its very interesting and worth a shot if you want to indulge. Split it with a few friends after a nice meal, and you can savor it.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 04, 2008
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bomber of this interesting looking brew at the CBX. It pours super inky black - held it up to light and zero translucence; virtually no head (what's there is merely a ring of light brown). The aroma is straight up vanilla ridiculousness - maybe some hints of caramel in there, and touches of alcohol (reminiscent of Kahlua). For some reason, when I first smelled this, I thought: pancakes with extra butter and syrup! It hints at creme brulee, but not quite an exact match. After smelling, the taste was a bit of a letdown - again, heavy on the vanilla with some light hints of coffee and alcohol. Its pretty sweet up front with a relatively lackluster finish. The mouthfeel is actually not as heavy as I thought it would be - actually a little thin in spots, and unfortunately doesn't lend to the idea of wanting to drink more (its just way too sweet for me). An interesting idea, and definitely worth a try, but not something I'll come back to -

jpro, Jul 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,726 ratings.