Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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1,428
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4,472
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
30.79%
 
 
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Photo of caminiti
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual, Southern Tier does what they intend to do. Why they intended to do this is beyond me, though. I have to try all the Southern Tiers, so I gave this a try, and it was like drinking Creme Brulee. Poured dark with a bit of a light head, smelled as advertised, Vanilla with a hint of coffee, and tasted the same, though in my opinion, too sweet. A bit thin as well, but drinkable. Perhaps worth a try, but not a second. May age well, so I cant say I wont pick up a second bottle to stow away for Christmas 09.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is crisp white and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is sweet coffee liquor with generous chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Very sweet, smooth chocolate, vanilla, and a ton of toffee. Hints of smokey dark grain. Finish is sweet and boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

A very sweet dessert beer. Tasty and smooth, but too sweet to drink more than one. I could swear there is Kaluha in this.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and consumed September 2009.

A: Big, black, and thick. Minor tan colored head.

S: Nauseatingly sweet scent. Cotton candy, caramelized sugar, and yes, creme brulee. Wow. Overpowering scent. I could smell this across the room.

T: Toasted oats, french vanilla or irish cream flavored coffee, and toffee. Some minor bittering elements through it (mostly from the burned sugar and coffee) but more sweet than not.

M: Very thick, with little carbonation. Not particularly oily or silky - just thick.

D: Not particularly drinkable to me. I don't particularly like it, but my wife definitely feels the opposite.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tarantula brownish black with blood red highlights. The beer is anything but a black hole and appears barely opaque when backlit with afternoon sunshine. Atop the liquid sits a golden brown sugar colored crown that gets the job done, including leaving attractive sheets of tattered lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

My nostrils don't have to get anywhere near the glass to appreciate the aroma. The beer smells like a flavored coffee drink that's dominated by caramel. I suppose it also smells like creme brulee, but I've only had that dessert once and that was more than 20 years ago. Do I smell coconut as well? Odd.

I can see how Creme Brulee is a polarizer. It's both different and delicious, but it's starting to wear out its welcome as the ounces cruise by. It doesn't seem possible that the brewers created this flavor profile with nothing more than dark caramel malt, vanilla beans and lactose. Then again, why not?

Creme Brulee is billed as an Imperial Milk Stout, but it doesn't really taste like it. That whole burnt sugar/creme caramel/vanilla vibe takes it in an entirely new direction. For my money, Southern Tier's Imperial chocolate stout (Choklat), Imperial coffee stout (Jahva) and Imperial oatmeal stout (Oat) are much, much better. Those first two are outstanding.

It's weird how I still taste coconut. That's in addition to the flavors described above, plus vanilla and melted milk chocolate. The Columbus and Horizon hops provide a background bitterness that keeps the beer from being overly sweet. In the end, it doesn't all come together as well as I'd like.

Considering the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel fails to close the deal. It's a fraction thin and isn't as creamy as it should be. The carbonation wouldn't be as noticeable in a plusher, more velvety brew.

The Black Water Series from Southern Tier contains some of the best beer on planet Earth. Unfortunately, Creme Brulee misses the mark (although not by much) because it pushes the envelope too far in one direction. Some love it, some hate it. I can take it or leave it.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 quickly begins to overwhelm the palate.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; something to enjoy a few ounces of after dinner. even a bomber split 2 ways is probably going to be too much for me.

originally reviewed: 12-08-2010

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Photo of zrab11
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a jet black color with nice 1 finger off white head that dissapates quickly. Great lacing.

S-WOW is all i can say. It smelled like someone just stuck a creme brulee in my mouth. Has vanilla ,carmel, roasted coffee and chocholate notes. SMeel heavenly

T- Has a nice sweetnees upfront then followed by the roasted burnt coffee taste folowed by more sugary creme brulee sweetness

M-Medium bodied with a silk smooth feel in the mouth

D-OVerall this beer has soo many things good going for it. It looked Great, Smelled Great, but did not taste great. It was just WAY too sweet. Im glad i opened this between 4 people or i would of never been able to finish it. I think next time they should only add 2 pounds of sugar to the batch instead of 20! Im excited to try other stuff from them. But this was too much. I can sip on about 8 oz or so of this but then im done.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a black appearance. Very short tan head, turns quickly into moderate lacing.

S: Heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate, pudding. Cake frosting and bread pudding are two aromas that i can clearly decipher. Small hints of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T/M: Not far from the nose. Big creamy vanilla flavor right away. The richness is almost like a pudding or custard of sorts, much like a creme brulee. Very mild french toast-spiciness. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans are overpowered by the big notes of vanilla and cream. Rich, and very very sweet overall body. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: The definition of a dessert beer. Extra sweet and rich in flavor. Pretty good, but not the greatest.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

poured 22 ounce bottle to snifter

A: black, no head

S: rich carmel, vanilla

T: rich rich rich, one small glass then it started to make me sick.

M: thick full body

D: i could only drink one 10 ounce snifter of this then I had to blend the rest with old rasuputin.

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Photo of DevilSaint78
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass thanks to Go Griz.

Pours super dark with a bit of hazelnut colored foam. The foam subsides fairly quickly. Strong smell that reminds me very much of Starbucks Coffe Liquor but with a bit more vanilla. Initial reaction is WOW a big smack in the face of vanilla sweetness, which shouldn't be surprising with something labeled as Creme Brulee, but still is. As it gets warmer, the sweetness mellows leaving you with a roasty chocolate body with a vanilla finish.

For a Stout at 10% it goes down very smooth, but more than a glass would be too much. A tasty dessert very which went very well with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance:(4)
Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a dark tan, 2.5 fingers tall head. The head has some decent retention and loves light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (3.5)
Immediately upon pouring, your nostrils are assaulted by an overwhelming scent of intensely sweet vanilla and creamy, slightly tart smelling custard and not much else. As beer warms, the sweet facade starts to open up, allowing some sweet chocolate notes to surface. A very light alcohol presence cuts through the layers of vanilla as well.

Taste: (3.5)
Very similar to the nose, you're struck first by very sweet cream and vanilla. Building alongside the sweetness, is a faintly herbal twang of hops. Behind this hop presence, is a thick, creamy chocolate malt coating that resides on your palate up until the lightly bitter, off dry finish. Long lingering notes of creamy chocolate, bitter espresso bean and even more vanilla. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Thick and very creamy with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
Wow, this beer is extraordinarily sweet and intense, just like the desert it is named after; It truly is uncanny how strikingly similar the aroma is to actual Creme Brulee. I was hoping that some of the stout elements would be a bit more forward in the aroma, but they definitely shine through in the finish of the beer. Overall, this beer is too intensely sweet for my tastes, but I can definitely see this beer as a fitting after dinner treat. Very unique.

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

Tall light tan head tops a pitch black beer. Great retention and lacing.

Heavy caramel in the aroma. Very sweet. Not much else to mention its hard to get past the caramel sweetness.

Intense dark roasted malt in the flavor. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee. More bitter than I expected.

Heavy, thick velvety mouthfeel with a delicate carbonation.

A decent beer, but I got sick of it pretty quick. If you're in the mood for something really heavy with intense flavor, this may hit the spot.

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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 CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Black, opaque beer, very opaque and very black. Poured no head to speak of, though attractive light-brown bubbles appeared with the glass was swirled.

S-Thick with vanilla, be it vanilla bean, vanilla pudding, or vanilla candle. An almost harshness was hiding beneath it, perhaps a slight alcoholic harshness.

T-Overwhelmingly vanilla. However, as I sorted through the vanilla flavors, I was able to find some dry roasty malt underneath, pushing through when it was able. The harsh alcohol in the nose was not present in the flavor, instead showing through as a smooth alcohol, fading into a nice, strong hop bitterness into the end. (Did I even sense some barely perceptible hop flavor? Maybe.) Finishes with a pronouned vanilla, semi-sweet.

M-Slick, full body. Feels like drinking an oil spill (though probably tastes better). Viscous on the glass and within my mouth. Carbonation was low, perhaps a bit too low.

D-Moderate, due partly to it's immenseness. The strong, at times overwhelming vanilla to hijack the rest of the beer's flavors, but in the end still helped provide this beer its unique character. Enjoy as a desert wine, and share the bomber.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger khaki shaded head. It certainly looks like a stout, that's for sure.

S: HOLY SHIZNIT. The level of vanilla, caramel, and cream I pick up on the nose is absolutely ridiculous. Of course, the sugar level is probably ridiculous, but I don't care. The aroma is amazing.

T: The flavors, however, aren't quite amazing. Having said that, this is probably the most caramel-forward brew I've ever had. Seriously, there's so much caramel and vanilla, it's fuckin' ridiculous. No balance between the sweet and bitter qualities at all. But honestly? I kind of like it, even if the sweetness burns the palate.

M: I'd really like the feel to be fuller/creamier to properly support all of the over-the-top sweetness. Because of that, this is *VERY* hard to drink. The low carbonation doesn't help it feel less cloying, either.

O: SAH-FUCKING-WEET. Sure, it's actually flavor is nice, but this is so hard to imbibe it's not even funny. Share this with about 4-6 people and you'll thank me later.

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Photo of blackearth
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from the Blatz Beer Cave in Milwaukee, WI. Poured gently into a snifter, this beer was black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of caramelized sugar and taffy; it really does smell just like creme brulee. Full bodied with a smooth mouth feel, this beer had over-the-top flavors of burnt sugar, vanilla and cream. It taste a little too much like real creme brulee. I'm not saying that is necessarily bad, just that 22oz. is a lot of it to drink in one sitting. And I split the bottle with my fiancee. It's definitely a sipper.

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Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crystal snifter glass. Deep mahogany colored with ruddy orange higlights. Low head of soapy bubbles despite a vigorous pour.

A full and deep aroma of caramel and vanilla and malted milk balls.

Rich flavor of caramel and vanilla, some toffee and Frangelico notes. Fairly sweet, tending toward cloying but the balancing bitterness reaches in and offsets it. Mid-mouth moves to a sharp bitter chocolate, mild espresso notes, but always with an under-riding flavorful sweetness. Very rich, the ABV is well hidden.

Moderate mouthfeel, a bit syrupy and thick. Not overly drinkable, a bit much.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Large 650ml bottle purchased in Ottawa. Cows on the label, fun.

SMell - Creamy creamy. So creamy. Vanilla with a slight cafe mocha overtone. Almost like a vanilla caramel late from a nice coffee shop.

Taste - Smooth Stout, very smooth. Starts creamy with strong vanilla flavor, as the vanilla sweetness dissipates, a smooth stout comes into play, but quickly a sharp bitterness like a strong extremely dark espresso rears its head and lingers around. I think the bittnerness is a bit much at the end, but overall, a beautiful, a nice sipping beer for sure.

Certainly different.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown pour yielded a black beer with very little head - some bubbles around the edges, a mote or two of lace

S: vanilla (creme brulee), maple syrup, cocoa

T: vanilla bean alcohol mellowed out into mild coffee and chocolate with a maple syrup sweetness; vanilla throughout

M: the alcohol and vanilla were evaporating right into the roof of my mouth; fairly lightweight for an imperial stout; sticky caramel sweet

O: I'll go with this being a bit sweeter than I'd like - the vanilla vapors lent it some dryness on the finish, but it was very richly filling (i.e., I only wanted a little after I'd had some). Southern Tier has a talent for making strong, sweet, flavor-driven beers - this is a beer for someone who wants to be drenched in vanilla rather than, say, hinted at.

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Photo of brdc
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown, reddish accents on the edges, minimal, short lasting tan head.
Very very sweet aromas; chocolate, vanilla beans, sweetened milk, honey.
Medium bodied, lacking a bit of smoothness for something so sweet; taste is not as sweet as the aroma, but quite close. Some warming alcohol is not enough to balance. You need 5-6 people to go through one bottle. Nice, but way too sweet.

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Photo of jale
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost black with a dime of light brown head.

S: Huge sweet butterscotch, creme brulee ice cream or candy aroma. I have'nt tasted it yet but the aroma leads me to think this will be overly sweet.

T: Sweet butterscotch and creme brulee candy to start. Only a hint of alcohol heat. Lactose and some burnt sugar. Nice vanilla and then bitter coffee in the finish.

M; Sticky medium-thick body with average carbonation.

O: This is a dessert beer for sure. Would like to have seen more malt backbone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours black with a slight mocha head. The nose is really quite extreme--even for this series--as it brings forward loads of sweet cream and vanilla along with burnt sugar. In the back are some roasted malts, coffee, and light chocolate flavors. The taste really brings the sweetness forward and it gets to be quite cloying. The mouthfeel is rather thick and a bit of an alcohol burn sets in toward the end. I would really have a difficult time drinking more than 4oz. or so of this, though the nose is incredible.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured

Black liquid

Very sweet creme brûlée aroma

Taste of sweetness and then quickly to roast beer

Burnt coffee aftertaste

Interesting beer

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Photo of Rish907
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised how boozy this one was.. had it a bit cold at first and didnt taste the sweetness at all.. let it warm up for a while, then it changed and became a better beer. Not quite creme brulee and not dessert like. The smell was really sweet however, like Creme Brulee. Has a sort of harsh and bitter finish that lingers on your palate which I didn't expect. Not the best, not the worst. Give it a B/B-. If I want dessert beer, I will stick with Chocolate Rain!!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours black but with a reddish or mahogany hue around the edges when held up to the light. It has a fat cream head of mocha colored foam that fell slowly to a cap and ring and drippy lace. Refreshed with each turn of the glass.

Nose reminds me at first of vanilla cake batter int he mixing bowl. Strong scent of vanilla. There is some sweet and creamy chocolate but not that much. Then there's a little coffee. As it warms the nose continues to change subtly. It smells like creme brulee, then like coffee liquer and finally like those maple sugar candies. really sweet. The vanilla is bitter and reminds one of booze but there's no actual alcohol on the nose.

Taste is rich. Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, and toffee. Just and endless malt. Strong, bitter vanilla, a touch of chocolate and light coffee, the burnt sugar and buttery cream. There is a touch of hop bitter at the back as well and it finishes pretty bitter. The maple sugar taste is heavy toward the end of the drink. There's some alcohol on the palate and it warms gently on the way down.

This is definitely a desert beer. It's velvety and smooth but it has a hard edge to it from the strong vanilla and the alcohol. It's creamy and tastes a lot like cream. As it warmed the malt became nutty and toasted on the nose. I can't say I would buy this again. It was hard to finish the small pour I had but it seemed to grow on me. Tasted like a liquer and not really like a beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is overwhelmingly sweet - butterscotch, caramel, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is as sweet as it smells - toffee, hazelnut, cream soda, lactose, and Werther's candy.

I like the smell much better than the taste - it's difficult to drink 22 oz of a beer this sweet.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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