Crème Brûlée
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #460
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,092
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 17.35%
Reviews:
1,505
Ratings:
3,212
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 05, 2022
Added:
Jul 12, 2008
Wants:
  430
Gots:
  1,144
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Part of the Blackwater Series

The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A dark brown beer, rather clear, a small tan head, little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is vanilla, chocolate toffee, nuts and dried fruits.

Custard, chocolate toffee, caramel, dark bread, dried fruit, vinous notes, sherry, chocolate liqueur.

Little carbonation, very soft and oily, huge body, and lightly dry.

A fantastic dessert in itself.
Sep 03, 2011
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a chalice: color is black, head is light tan and presents with the nitro super fine bubbles on that initial pour.

Smell is lightly boozy upfront, quickly overtaken by the creaminess - big lactose, really has that creamy aroma, some backing chocolate and roast.

Taste is similar but the booziness is a backing flavor: big cream, lactose, lighter chocolate, some roast, booze. Flavor really emanates a thick cocktail like flavor.

Mouthfeel is low nitro effervescence, strong/thick creamy sweetness, limited bitterness and even limited drying from the strength.

Overall a big, creamy sweet brew that gives off a creamy cocktail vibe (white russian-esque).
Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is just sweeter than the hot cocoa one but that's really about the whole super prevalent difference. I feel like trying this one made me like them both a little less. Sweet, boozy, run of the mill. Southern Tier is super overrated as a whole to me. There's great desert beers and pastry stouts everywhere. Try something new. I will say this shits on their ipas in the since these are better at being stouts than the ipas are at being ipas. At least this is supposed to be sweet.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Experience says that this is among the best of the desert beers. Now it's time for a critical review. Two twelve ounce cans are opened and all of the contents of one and most of the contents of the second can are fitted instead a clear glass Imperial pint mug. There's an amazing vanilla smell in the air and the beige head, preventing the entire drainage of the second can, is one of the tightest and enduring in the beer world. It adorns a beautiful black coffee colored liquid that's opaque, but reasonably bright. Behind the sharp vanilla nose hit, found is creamy sweetness, kind of like the smell gotten from an aerosol whipped cream. For its color, there's very little reference to roasted malt. There is some roasted malt bitterness in the taste. So much so that it detracts from the intended target. But, it's a mild infraction, as there's enough smooth and creamy character to carry most of the taste. Actually the stout bitterness doesn't really kick until the finish. Until then, this is an amazing liquid reminder of a pleasantly sweet desert, without the crusty covering. There's great glass lacing and a well disguised 10% ABV. Maybe not perfect, but this is one great desert beer.
Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by chrisb53188 from Wisconsin

Oct 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
650 ml bottle, as Southern Tier Imperial Crème Brûlée Stout, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Pitch black colour, big tan head. Intense aroma of crème brûlée and vanilla from the moment you open the bottle, amazing! The smell includes caramel, of course - but also chocolate and mild coffee. The sweet flavour is first and foremost crème brûlée again, but also roasty notes of strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate and liquorice. Also some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. An incredible dessert beer!
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Looks: At 9.6 ozs. should have poured it into a smaller glass. LOL. Nice thick creamy head about 1/2 inch tall. Great lacing on the glass. Smooth tan on top and strong black coffee color on the bottom.
Smell and Taste: This beer really does resemble Creme Brûlée. Vanilla, and burnt sugar on cream. Great combination.
Feel: Nitro makes it smooth and soft.
Overall: This its one of the easiest beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Bumped the OA score down some because of the short pour. Should have ben packaged in a can the size of a pint. At least it would have come closer to filling my glass. I would definitely drink this one again but as an after dinner drink, like desert.
Apr 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Mar 14, 2021
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Rated by J_mo from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sweet and choclaty to the nose. Sweet chocolate taste with a vanilla finish. Great dessert beer.
Jan 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by GracelandII from Virginia

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cola brown color with a very creamy beige head, 1/4” cap was present for the duration.

Nose is seriously sweet with caramel, brown sugar, sweet cream and vanilla bean.

Flavor begins with caramel and vanilla, roasted coffee flavor comes on to offer some balance. Boozy alcohol warmth plays in the background the whole time.

Finish leans toward the bitter from the coffee, the sweetness and alcohol warmth are still there though.

Viscous body and subtle carbonation let this one hang on the palate a little, but it’s a desert beer in every way, so this wasn’t surprising.

Not a daily drinker, good to keep a few on hand for the colder months though.
Dec 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.86 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours quite dark and fairly clear, appropriate head. Aroma is dark roasted malts and vanilla. Actually tastes like a creme brûlée - complete with the sugary vanilla and the burnt sugar on the finish. Nicely done. Carbonation is appropriate. Obverse a nicely crafted beer, hits all the marks.

11/22/20
Bomber, no date, at least 5 years old.
4.5 rating
Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by Solder2000 from Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1
The initial smell is quite nice. But then you take a sip. Utterly disgusting. I tried a second can, same. The sheer number of positive reviews required me to sign up and leave a review. I'm still trying to get the after taste out of my mouth. Absolutely do not recommend.
Nov 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.16 by Cuthbert from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Oct 10, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Sep 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.57 by ShearJay

Apr 05, 2020
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Rated by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark. Tan head. Syrupy sweet aroma. Tastes like a mixed drink. Malty sweet body. Creamy alcohol finish. A good desert beer.
Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Hard88Driver

1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I wish I could give these folks a ZERO but its not an option. The Creme Brûlée beers were over pressurized and for the first 3 packs of 4 beers, I opened them over the sink as they would fizz on opening. The beer was in an area with no sun and a constant 69 degrees. A few days ago 3 beers of a four pack exploded. The tops pushed up and blew off. One top severed completely where the flat and round part of the can connect. Two of those cans shot 20 feet into my home spraying beer as they traveled. The third shot upwards to the ceiling. It was a 5 hour clean up job and we are still finding areas we missed and hand washing items that had to be rack dried to remove stale, very sugary, beer. Calling friends, family and my boss to tell them to remove the gifted beer from their home was amusing. The manager where I bought them said Southern Tier had other recalls on their nitros for the same reason so BUYER BEWARE. I called the company and left a message for quality control to call me. That was three days ago and nothing. Clearly Southern Tier does not care about customer service or their customers experience with their product. Had they called back to discuss the issue I would continue to buy their beer. Instead, they have lost a customer for life. There are just too many other good brews out there that I can try instead.
Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Jan 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.01 by captaintrash from South Carolina

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by caffeinelogic from New York

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.83 by beerrat from Virginia

Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.69 by jencrane

Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.69 by Ian_Alexander from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the tap at Oak & Stone in Sarasota, FL. Loved the ABV (10%) but way too over-the-top sweet. You know, like that dessert you bite into and your teeth hurt. I was expecting a dessert kind of drink but wow.
Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
(9.6/12 oz nitro can, D. O. B. 10/24/19; purchased cold single at Shangy's.... poured into a fat tulip)

L: deep, dark brown, seemingly-murky liquid; fantastically-tight, tan, creamy foam...

S: horribly, pied-piper-ly, artificially, caramel-vanilla latte ice cream-scented candle smell - super, stupid potent, but rather Coffee-Mate quality (I recently reviewed a beer where the CM fakery was well-nigh suffocating; this may have usurped its ugly stranglehold)...

T: rather artificial, fake flavor renderings; coffee, creme, vanilla wafer... this ain't beer... an alcoholic (and deceptively so) Young's Double Choco Stout (or that barely-palatable Wells Sticky Toffee crud) violently-injected with vanilla Coffee Mate and pungent piney shrubs... mellow roasty, near-tannic bitterness lingering long

F: unsurprisingly satiny-smooth, quiet caress... mellow spicy booze activity, silky sedation in its finish... admittedly easy to slug (destroy), heaven forbid one has this at a bar while socializ-ising - too dangerously slammable

O: mercifully, my last review of the day (and I haven't yet weighed in on any of the 12 4 oz tasters at Weyerbacher midday)... had this years ago in a bomber (and/or on tap?!), but got mad confused review-wise as to whether or not I'd done it, eh?... insanely full-flavored - and of a quality of which I most nostalgically associate with Southern Tier... gotta 3- or 4-way share even a small can of this, good god (1620)
Nov 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by ora74dll from Florida

Jul 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Jun 25, 2019
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle in to a pint glass, this beer pours a very dark brow, almost black color with a tan head that's about half an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice cluster swirls of film layer of foam on the beer's surface with good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts with a bit of caramel, vanilla and chocolate along with some milk sugars. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted malts with a bit of caramel, vanilla and chocolate along with some milk sugars for a bit of additional sweetness. A very decadent chocolate flavor here indeed. Has a crisp, slightly oily, also smooth and creamy, full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and slightly dry aftertaste. An excellent beer all around.

Eric
Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Stephen85 from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is delicious. Pours black with barely any dark tan head. Smells of vanilla, cherries, plums. Taste is sweet malt, vanilla and dark fruit. No bitterness at all. Very much a dessert beer.
May 18, 2019
Crème Brûlée from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 4717 ratings