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: 1,369
Hads: 4,230
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 364
Gots: 877 | FT: 30
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man's in Binghamton, NY.

A: The stout is oily black, a singularity that absorbs all light shone into it. The ale lacks an appreciable head, what lingers is thin and white in color.

S: The nose is syrupy sweet with caramel, vanilla, and butter rum mixing with booze. The aroma is very interesting.

T: The stout is incredibly sweet, thick and full of flavor. More butter rum, vanilla and caramel mix with burnt grains and coffee. The ale is very boozy, reeking of alcohol with each sip. Butter rum flavors last.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet but abrasive. The flavor profile is cloyingly sweet at times, while the alcohol burns. An interesting ale that I was happy to share with ksak.

D: One half of a bomber is enough for me.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coca-Cola black. Almost no head to speak of.

S - Whoa, this could pass for a shot of insulin in a pinch. Butter scotch - HUGE butter scotch - and white chocolate.

T - A liquefied dessert. White chocolate chip cookies, heavy cream, vanilla pudding, latte. Extra dark maple syrup in the finish.

M - Syrupy sweet and super smooth. Marbled pound cake flavors through the finish. Almost no alcohol at all on your palate.

O - Sooo sweet. Definitely needs something to counter balance the profile like a big blue cheese, pretzels, salted nuts, or a spicy Asian snack mix.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. One inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet toffee, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of hops, and a resounding sweetness throughout. Overall, a very strong brew that I'm glad I did not try before my other two beers tonight. Wow, incredible flavor, body, and drinkability.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. One finger fine medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Delicious crème brulee aroma wafts out of the bottle as this is poured. Dark, sweet malt, brown sugar, vanilla aroma, smells delicious. Very sweet, butterscotch, brown sugar, sweet malt and a hint of coffee with a very light hop kick at the end. Very creamy and full bodied. This is a bit sweet, but absolutely delicious.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a tall pint glass. It poured a midnight black and has a light khaki head. It smelled of vanilla, a deep roasted malt, toffee, and butterscotch. The flavor was very, very sweet and had accents of vanilla and was overall very much like butterscotch, which continued into the after taste. It wasn't the heaviest of stouts and was medium bodied as far as stouts go. I split this 650ml bottle with a friend and even then it was a little much. It is too sweet and drinking one of these would be pretty hard to do. It's very much like toffee and butterscotch and I'm not a huge fan of those flavors, but it does taste good. It's a little difficult to gauge due to the sweetness but it is pretty good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with a half finger of tan head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was really sweet smelling already but was quite nice which consisited of vanilla. Caramel, burnt sugar. And slight honey notes. It really does have a creme brulee aroma; very unique. The taste basically mirrored the nost but the beer was really rich in flavor with caramel, burnt sugar, and vanilla domniating the palate. There was also faint underlying roasted coffee notes as well. The brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a really sweet and rich finish. The beer is absolutely tasty but is pretty hard to drink considering the overwhelming richness and sweetness, its definitely a dessert beer for sure. I would love to have plenty of these in stock for after dinners.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black beer with the slimmest wisp of a head. Faint lacing. Strong aroma of vanilla and yes, creme brulee. Perhaps the best aspect of this beer, smells delicious. The flavor follows suit, a rich mix of vanilla, creme brulee, roasty bitterness and booze. The latter emerges as the beer warms. This is a very nice dessert beer. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, at least to this drinker, although others may and definitely have found this one to be way to much for their palettes. Carbonation is medium, keeping the beer from being too thick and syrupy. Definitely in the rare treat/once a year category. Glad I had my girlfriend around to split the bomber with me (as well as some chocolate rugelach); wouldn't want to drink the whole one myself.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black body with a small, bubbly head and lots of sticky lacing.

S - SUPER sweet dessert sugars. Creme brulee, butterscotch pudding, caramelized, sweet sugars and alcohol. Hints of tootsie rolls and vanilla extract. Wow.

T - Creamy, sweet, burnt sugar. Brown sugar and egg custards, like flan. Caramel, butterscotch and toffee notes there too. Warm sugary alcohol and vanilla bean ice cream.

M - Soft, smooth and sweet with a sticky medium body. A bit warming with the abv appropriate to the level of sweetness and style. The abv helps the bold character along.

O - Incredibly balanced dessert beer with big flavors.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head recedes slowly, with lacing that falls even slower. Aroma is VANILLA, reminds me of cake batter, for some reason, but regardless I like it. As lame as it may be, the taste follows the nose almost exactly for me, with sweet dark maltiness coming out a bit more towards the end. Mouthfeel is velvet, And drinkability is only limited by the fact that it might get a bit cloying eventually. Great stuff.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with some dark brown highlights around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam with decent retention. Quite beautiful.

Appearance: butterscotch pudding with a little bit of coffee poured in. Hints of vanilla, toffee, and whatever else goes in butterscotch pudding. I feel wrong for liking it.

Taste: butterscotch pudding with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Too sweet and dessert-ey to really be considered beer. Again, I feel wrong for liking it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: I can see this beer as not being for everybody. It is enormously sweet and absolutely crazy. Perhaps that is why I like it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark ruby when held to the light, a dark rich heresy chocolate color in the glass. A frothy 2 finger head sits atop with moderate retention, dark khaki in color, while leaving sparse thin columns for a lacing.

S: The nose was by far one of the most enticing aspects of not only this drink, but probably any drink I ever encountered. A huge rich sweetness of heresy chocolate and vanilla bean are emitted that can be detected from clear across the table, maybe even the room. Like a freshly brewed baby ruth cappuccino with frothy whipped milk and marshmallows this is truly one beer I could sit and smell all day. It is overly sweet but down right ridiculously good, rich, very rewarding and nothing short of a perfect score here.

T: The flavor certainly did not disappoint with regards to a perfect nose delivering nothing less then a stellar performance as well. Rich sweet heresy chocolate with some whipped frothy milk starts things off. Some dark sweetly roasted coffee with vanilla beans soon follow complimenting and providing a nice bridge leading to the middle of the palate where fresh ripe and dark juicy fruit (dates and plums) add to the mixture. The Columbus hops add a soft pungent flowery bitterness (think hop ottin for a prime example) that gently tries to tame the dessert type nature of this drink. The finish finds a beautiful fade of black licorice, some caramelized cane sugar sweetness and a touch of sweetened rum alcohol adding some spicness. Honestly fail to see how you could improve on the nose and flavor here. There is a nice alcohol warming that gently prevents the beer from ending to sweetly and thus adding complexity and a nice finish of warm hot cocoa.

M: slick and lusciously smooth, light in body and with a very flat carbonation presence. A nice slick feel, though maybe a little lighter then anticipated.

D: An incredible drink and probably one of the best per style ive tasted with Lancasters milk stout a close second. Only the 10.0% abv and sweet dessert type nature prevents this from going down any smoother then it already could. Enjoyment was near perfect, second to none. My only parting words would be that this beer seems a bit to sweet and potent to be bottled in a bomber for one serving. This would be best shared with a friend. Consuming a whole bottle by ones self is like eating dinner then having a whole german chocolate cake for desert, a bit overkill volume wise, but there are some of us who cant deny that sweet chocolately calling.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The LCBO testing lab puts this at 8.2%.

A: Black with a tan head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Crème brûlée... very sweet, caramelized & burnt sugar, vanilla.

T: Quite sweet, but it's nicely balanced by the hop & roasted bitterness. Toffee, caramelized sugar, vanilla and roasted malt (with hints of coffee & nuts). The finish/after-taste is like the burnt sugar on a Crème brûlée, as well as a marshmallow that has caught fire over a camp fire.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate-to-full body is sweet, but not at all cloying.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very sweet with a ton of vanilla bean, burnt sugar, caramel, mocha and some alcohol. The nose is very strong, i can smell it even when i put the glass down. Wow, the aroma is unlike any other beer I've tried. I like it so far.

T- The taste like the aroma is very sweet up front with a sugary sweetness. Luckily, there is some dark roasted malts in the finish providing some bitter roastiness to help counter the high level of sweetness. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I really enjoyed it because of it's uniqueness. The high level of sweetness limits the drinkability but it makes an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

It pours a realy dark brown bordering on black. A 1" head of foam with some good lacing.

The smell is wow. I've had a few vanilla brews before but this one takes the cake nosewise. I can't smell anything else.

The taste has the big vanilla there but I also get some butterscotch, chocolate and cream. A dessert brew? You betchya! And as such, I won't be able to finish the bottle at one sitting.

It has a thick syrupy mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side. It finishes supremely sweet and full of the vanilla. Great taste but like I said, I can only take it in relatively small portions and I don't really factor the abv much as it's pretty well hidden. It's more of the overall sweetness thing going on here.

Bottom line: This is an extreme beer for sure and though I can't say its drinkability is up there with the best of them, it *is* a treat to drink. I can't do anything but place this one firmly in the highly recommended category.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip aug26 2010

A near black with a thumbs width of tan head after a angry pour, average retention and just a speck or two of lace

S big time butterscotch with some vanilla and a little chocolate, toffee and yet even more caramels and burnt sugar, smells like a creme brulee but I didn't need to wait 45 minuets for it

T like it smells but a little less balanced and the sweetness almost takes hold, I get some coffee that wasn't on the nose and it helps it's cause if anything, well concealed booze but it's noticeable

M silky and a little sticky, decent carbonation and just a mild burn from the booze

D perhaps I'm being generous but for the sweetness and alc% it's relatively easy to drink, It honestly tastes and smells like a creme brulee and I wouldn't be upset with a smaller bottle or someone to share with but I took it down solo with no major problems

thanks irishkyle21 for knocking this one of my want list, potent brew and I wish I was eating a desert with this one but all went well at the end of the day. this one's worth trying with out doubt

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle with no dates noted. Sampled on October 25, 2013.

The pour is deep brown to practically black with a full, soft beige head that eventually diminishes. I love the way it looks.

The aroma is explosive with vanilla beans and that's mainly it. I get a touch of burnt malts and vague hops in there but the vanilla is really the leader of the pack.

The body is full but entirely smooth.

The taste is also as vanilla bean forward as the aroma but there is an obvious sweetness and a slight bitterness hailing from behind. Worth a high grade.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, surprised I've never reviewed this one as I've had it four or five times. Pretty sure Torontoblue hooked me up with this one.

Pours a deep and opaque black, although some reddish highlights are in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring and thin layer, lace streaks on the glass, looks good. Smell is great, very rich, butterscotch, big vanilla, caramel corn, raisin, more toffee, cream, lactose sweetness, very malty, a hint of roast but basically big vanilla and caramel notes. Taste is similar, milk chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch, more vanilla, more caramel, just insanely rich, like dessert. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, alcohol is hidden very well. I love this beer, never really experienced the caramelized and vanilla flavours as rich as this in any other beer. Not for everyone but I really dig it. Thanks Sid!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, dark ruby body. Very nearly black. Not much light gets through this one. Big, thick khaki colored head. Staying power is tremendous and the lace is quite full. Strong thick aromas of caramel and toffee and burnt cream. It's a one of a kind aroma that can be smelt from across the room. Just like the aroma, the flavor is big and bold. Huge caramel and nougat tones. Burnt cream and burnt coffee. Milk sugars and char contrast. Burnt caramel and toffee. Some vanilla and chocoalte as well. This is just a one of a kind flavor. I don't know how this brewery pulls this off with beers like this and Pumking to make them so unique. This might be a little too rich and too heavy for some, but not for me. For a 10% stout, the drinkability is ridiculous.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a Sothern Tier Crown.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head

S- Cream, Vanilla, Very dessrt like

T- Vanilla, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish.

D- Full in the mouth, coating.

I hate sweet beers. This is a sweet one. This is dessert. I knew it coming in, and I love Creme Brulee, so I enjoyed this one. Can you really call this a bear? I would rather drink this than eat the real thing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown and black beer, tan head, good amount of carbonation. Amazing aroma, so sweet, tons of espresso like coffee and chocolate to it, with dark sugar as well.

Taste, this is the quintessential dessert beer. So rich, so sweet, but not too sweet that it is a turnoff. Tons of vanilla all over this. Took out some vanilla ice cream, threw some of this on it, even better, just awesome. Very unique very different. This is like drinking a cookie. Its my favorite dessert beer, I'll definitely be trying it again. Its got everything you want in a dessert stout. Lots of vanilla, thick sturdy malt bill, espresso/coffee lightness.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a bit from my 22oz bomber into a snifter and let it sit for awhile on my coffee table. After a couple of minutes, i began to notice a thick vanilla and caramel smell coming from somewhere. I couldn't figure out the source until I looked at the snifter, and mobed myhead a little closer to the coffee table. There' your problem...or is it.

Pours a thick cola brown to light black no head or foam what so ever. Where d I begin with the aroma. You can dar vanilla ad caramel from five feet away. As you bring your nose closerYou get burnt cream, milk chocolate, with a warm Bailey's note at the end. Sometimes remids me of Christmas. Theres almost too much going on in the nose of this beer. The taste is no different. Syrupy caramel and vanilla swirl together meeting at a toasted cream fork in the road. Add a splash of hershey's chocolate, dash of baile's and maybe some cinnamon, and you've got creme brulee. Insanely sweet and syrupy beer. This is made for desert only. It's desert in and of itself. If you tried to have this beer with desert, the beer would drown out the flavors of ay desert. I hink this 22oz bomber will take me at least an hour to sip. But thats not a bad thing necessarily.

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Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor-oil black color with a brown one-finger head into my fluted glass. Pretty much the proper color.

Aroma is full of vanilla, caramel and cream in the nose. Very interesting. Only a whiff of chocolate.

Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla and cream flavors mingling in the mouth, followed by a roasted coffee and chocolate feel in the middle. Somewhat subdued, never overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering flavors mentioned above. Carbonation is a bit high and only a bit of alcohol warmth shows up. Otherwise, pretty easy-drinking for the flavors in it.

I was expecting something creamier but this stout has an interesting mix of flavors. It tends to get better as it warms up though. Worth a try at least once but ST makes better boundary-pushing imperial beers (Choklat for example).

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle as instructed on the label. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a light brown slightly less than half a finger brown head that faded leaving a brown ring around the glass with almost no side lacing.

S - Wow, just wow. Never had a beer of any kind that was without a shadow of a doubt exactly what it claimed to be. This claims to be a creme brulee stout, and well..this is liquid creme brulee. You've got the sugary sweetness, of course, but more of a burnt carmel aroma with a very enticing kick of vanilla. Cant stress enough how much this smells like creme brulee.

T - Much like the nose this is huge on the sugary malts and burnt carmel flavors. This is really good stuff. The vanilla could be a bit stronger though. Very close to tasting exactly like a creme brulee.

M - Not sure what others were drinking but my bottle has plenty of carbonation. Low/medium carbonation but still maintains that creamy typical stout feel in the mouth. Considering that this is an imperial stout I'm really impressed by how this feels.

D - From what I understand this is a love/hate type stout. I most certainly don't hate this! Really, really delivers what it promises. While I couldn't drink this every single night, I wish I'd picked up some more to enjoy midwinter in front of the fire.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown (almost black) with a half inch tan head. The head goes away quickly, not much lacing. The aroma is great, it smells like butterscotch and vanilla, similar to what a creme brulee would smell like. It tastes pretty much like it smells, but with the addition of some roasted/burnt malt and a bit of chocolate. The tastes starts off sweet, but there's some bitterness in the finish. With that being said, it's still a mostly sweet brew by far. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's very creamy, rich and smooth. Alcohol isn't very noticable. Drinkability is pretty good too, but I don't think I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time. I think it's a pretty good dessert beer, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep dark brown pour crowned by a clingy 2” cream to tan foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Big vanilla bean nose over hints of chocolate. T: starts with a touch of cocoa and then a burst of vanilla takes over the beer. F: Full body, medium carbonation with some alcohol warming on the end. O: Does suggest crème Brule. I often find vanilla beers too cloying and somewhat artificial tastingbut this one is well balanced and works.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.