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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,431
Ratings:
4,487
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
30.79%
 
 
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391
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1,058
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Reviews: 1,431 | Ratings: 4,487
Photo of ThaneMcC
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Desert beer without equal.

Pours a rich black with scant off white head, minimal effervescence. Smells strongly of vanilla, custard, cocoa, caramel. Tastes is sweet vanilla and malts forward, buttery notes and balanced by a bitter mid and final note and a fair amount of astringency. Medium to thick bodied - sweet notes predominate in this intentionally sweet, desert beer - a little syrupy - but pleasant (you wouldn't be drinking more than a glass of this)

Overall, a great desert beer - very enjoyable

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Photo of MrWonka
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely amazing. If you even the slightest bit enjoy sweet-tasting beers... don't waste another minute & try this. Basically all of the low ratings on this beer for this app are due to it being too sweet. Um, hello, look at the title of the beer for crying out loud. Simply put, considering the name of this brew, and the way it tastes/smells...How can one not give it a high/fair rating? The brewery set out what they were intending to do. Enjoy this particular beer for what it truly is. Hard not to give it a 10/10 it's on a total class of its own.

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Photo of gibgink
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you really want to get a feel for what vanilla tastes like in a beer, this is the beer for you. While not overly sweet in my opinion, the strength of the vanilla itself overpowers after a while.

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

One year old 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Very dark, mahogany beer with very small cream head that instantly disappears. Possibly the result of aging since there are a few that reported a large foamy head.

S - Vanilla is clearly at the forefront which is expected, followed with molasses and touch of coffee.

T - Vanilla is dominant out of the gate followed by significant booziness. The beer finishes with a buttery, chocolaty, bitter aftertaste. Cold this was tolerable, but after the beer warmed up, the sweetness was just overwhelming with a bitter aftertaste that wasn't balanced.

M - Full mouth feel as expected. Light carbonation.

O - I really like the vanilla in this beer but the booze, sweetness and the bitter aftertaste are too much for me, especially when this warms up. This needs to be more balanced.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a light black beer topped by a dense one finger light tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of sugar and straight vanilla. Kind of like vanilla salt water taffy or vanilla ice cream
T: Taste is vanilla, sugary sweetness, some astringency I can't place, faint roast malt. Swallow is more vanilla and sugar with some well placed roasted malt. Slight alcohol on the finish
M: thick in the mouth with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish.
O: This beer is true to its name with a lot of vanilla and sugary sweetness. If you like to drink your dessert this one is right up your alley. I kind of wish they put this in a smaller bottle because this much sweetness could easily get cloying. I'm also a little worried that this beer might give me a cavity..

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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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Photo of RichWolfe
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really my thing, and I'm a big fan of the seasonal flavored offerings from Southern Tier (the pumpkin Warlock stout in particular). Smells great, I'll give it that much. But it's too sweet on the front-end, with a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sweet beers, and especially milk stouts, but I think this is my boundary. These guys make some of the best "flavored" brews out there, and this is no exception. Dark black pour with minimal brown foam. Vanilla and alcohol dominate the nose with just a bit of malt-syrup coming through. Mostly vanilla initially in the sip, followed by a nice cooked sugar and dark chocolate finish. Very creamy mouthfeel, and any aftertaste is just pleasantly sweet.

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Photo of bwood06
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer is opaque and ultra dark mahogany, almost pitch black in color. Head is more creamy than frothy but thin and retained nicely. Some carbonation clinging to the edges of the glass but not much. 4/5

S - Reminds me very much of vanilla ice cream. Vanilla bean and lactose aromas are the most prevalent right off the bat followed by a dark sugariness that is paired with fresh dark wheat bread. No real hop profile present. 4/5

T - A ton of vanilla right off the bat leading into a sugary milkiness. Then comes a bit of dark chocolate bitterness as well as hop notes that reflect an earthiness and a grassiness. Lingering bitterness on the back end but also a lingering sweetness. Just a touch of booziness at the very end, despite the high abv. The high amount of vanilla and sugar seems to hide any real maltiness to this beer but there is a just a touch of fresh wheat bread flavor to it. Taste reflects the dessert namesake very nicely. 4/5

M - Some light carbonation tickle is present but no real carbonation burn. Full bodied, heavy, and chewy with a drying finish that lingers. Creaminess dominates the feel throughout due to the lactose. 4.25/5

O - Excellent dessert beer offering that has a very nice balance between sweet and bitter with a lean towards the sweeter end of things, perfect for pairing with dessert. Heavy but not overly so, which allows the drinker to fully enjoy the entire bottle in a sitting. 4/5

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Photo of JohnDee
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with a thin head and only a little lacing. Smells and tastes strongly of vanilla. Dense and sweet, but balanced with just the right amount of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is forward, but, again, well balanced. Overall a very tasty stout.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting for three years not particularly to age it but rather just didn't open it. Pours the part-extremely dark. Aroma is superb. Burnt sugar, vanilla, heavy cream, confectionary, cocoa nibs and hint of roast coffee. First taste is chilled and matches the nose. I like the fact that I can really pick out each characteristic. As it warms dimensions change to extremely sweet, as it hurts the teeth, and more coffee roast is apparent which I like. Feel is sticky on the lips and low carbonation. Overall I cannot compare this to a fresh bottle but I do not believe aging this has any dramatic effect, as I imagine. Loved it colder much lost luster as it warmed. Irregardless, the title fits the part. In that respect this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thick browny cream head. nice looking brew.

smells like pure vanilla, i'm a vanilla over chocolate guy so i find this different from most stouts and i love it!! hits me right in the face. like a vanilla milkshake. very very sweet.

taste is odd, it's very sweet but is an off-vanilla flavor. doesn't taste as pure as it smells. not a bad taste but the smell is deceiving afterthefact. does have a hint of vanilla-alcohol to it.

goes down smooth but leaves an awkard vanilla-alcohol flavor at the end. at 9.6% it's not bad, the best i could relate this to would be an 80 proof Root Beer vodka, tastes mostly like root beer but the alcohol isn't perfectly concealed. a 40 proof root beer vodka conceals much better, a la this beer at 6-7% would be ridiculously easy to drink.

not a bad beer but i've had better. smells fantastic but the taste leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark oil black with a fairly thick and creamy latte head. looks great.
oooooooo that smell; vanilla, cocoa, caramelized sugar. yum.
tastes unexpectedly like a creme brulee, vanilla caramel chocolate. close to a milk stout. VERY sweet.
mouthfeel is awesome, thick, creamy, spot on for me. not sure what everyone else is fussing about. thick beers are amazing, especially when they are this sweet and dessert-y.
overall, i wish i could get these in a 6-er to share around and keep. kind of expensive for the one big bottle.
great dessert beer though.

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Photo of byronic
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours nice and dark with a small cream head. Smells quite nice all be it a bit sweet. Unfortunately this was where the appeal ended. The taste is sickly sweet and resulted in an instant headache, the feel is sticky and leaves behind a viscous coating.

Was looking forward to this one and was left very disappointed.

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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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Photo of polloenfuego
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely not my favorite. As many others say this beer was way too sweet. I found this aspect, along with a surprising soapy taste in the back end to make this beer unpalatable for me.

I fully admit this is my opinion, and I can appreciate the other aspects of this beer outside of the taste.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yuck. My nephew summed it up perfectly when he said that this tasted like drinking a melted candle. The taste is too sweet and syrupy and there is a horrible aftertaste that clings for a long time. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks great.... smells great.....tastes great......only can handle a sample though.. it is a cgreat tasting beer just way sweet. worth trying if you can get a sample or don't care about having half a glass and throwing the rest out

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Photo of Kevin67
1.6/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A sickeningly sweet, artificial taste that was hard to place and a texture in my mouth like motor oil and lidocaine. The numbness in my mouth from this horrible beer lasted all day, but the taste was still on my tongue the next. Worse than a hangover. The people who rave about this have obviously never had a great Crème Brulee because this doesn't capture the taste or feel of one at all.

Edit: I stupidly tried this again at Thanksgiving because I didn't want to be rude to the host. It was just as horrible the second time. Luckily, I was able to beg off drinking more than a sip.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creme Brulee - Southern Tier Brewing

Imperial Milk Stout

ABV - 9.6%



APPEARANCE: As I began to pour this beer it slowly came gurgling out like it was waiting for an invitation. Black motor oil liquid that devours the glass into a deep darkness. Small amounts of a milk chocolate rim variations sit underneath a dense latte colored head. Dense and tightly bubbled head that has a long lasting retention.



AROMA: Imagine taking the best creme brulee you have ever smelled, chopping it up and snorting it. Ya that's what this beer smells like. Its insane I can smell the intense vanilla from 2-3 feet away. Loads of caramelized and slightly burnt brown sugar join the vanilla as dominate aromas coming forth. If you can get beyond the vanilla and sugar there is a very creamy milk aroma and marshmallow that gives way to a slight coca dusting. It honestly smells amazing I've never gotten this much vanilla on the nose of any beer before, outstanding!



TASTE: Liquid custard, heavy cream, vanilla Nesquik tons of lactose that adds a residual sweetness that is delicious as a creme brulee is. There is a slight break in the upfront sweetness that shows some malt characteristics, caramel, nuttiness with some light espresso flavors. The presence of vanilla is undeniable, although it doesn't quite dominant the palate as it did on the nose.That leaves room for the caramelized and burnt sugar flavors to join in on the fun. As this beer begins to warm up it does reveal a layer of the traditional stout flavors, with some bitter chocolate and roasted malts that tie this beer together and really round it out.



MOUTHFEEL: Low plus carbination with a medium plus body. Almost drinks like a melted creme brulee milk shake, with a very creamy mouthfeel. The nearly 10% abv can be detected and i think its a welcome reception to remind myself that this is a beer after all.



OVERALL: Its funny to read all the reviews and see how people are bashing this beer for being to sweet. Did you not read the label and see its said "Creme Brulee" and "lactose sugar" ? I for one new exactly what I was getting into, I saved it for after dinner, late night when i was ready to drink my dessert and it did not disappoint. It drinks like liquid creme brulee, that a stout was poured on top of and then flamed. Whats not to like about that? The nose on this beer is in the top I have ever let my nostrils consume, amazing. My only complaint i would say is there is a thin line when letting this warm up, its nice to get the stout flavors to come out but let it get just a tad warmer and it does start to get a medicinal, astringent thing going on.



RATING: 4.6/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter about a year old

A: pure darkness in color no light getting through very little head

S: lots of vanilla it smells exactly like creme brûlée

T: very sweet lots of vanilla the beer tastes exactly like it says creme brûlée

M: nothing outrageous but has a nice body

O: this beer is a lot of gimmick but I love it. It is over the top sweet but tastes amazing, this is one though that doesn't open up at room temperature so if you like it cold it is just as good.

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Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer overall. Very decadent and rich. My only complaint is how cloyingly sweet it can be if you don't have some salty food to balance it out. A definite sipper!

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Photo of beerchic
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose is straight up vanilla and burnt sugar. Taste follows the nose with added butterscotch notes. I liked this, even though it is very heavy and sweet. Dessert only beer that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of CycleDad
2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap in Jacksonville, FL. Think cream soda with sweetened coffee. Way too sweet but that should have been expected with "Creme Brûlée" in the name. Stopped after a few sips.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little overwhelming. Too much vanilla, too sweet. Artificial sweeteners? Odd chemical taste at the finish. Not something I'd go back to anytime soon.

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Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,487 ratings.
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