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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)

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

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.

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Reviews: 1,431 | Ratings: 4,487
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via EightBall Brewing in a snifter. This nice milk stout pours a deep coal black with brown outlines and a fantastic head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy vanilla, char, and lactose sugars. Flavors follow the nose with a strong vanilla and cream deeply touched by the torch of heat letting off strong notes of char on all sides with a touch of cola on the back. Slick mouth feel, light carbonation, and an overly sweet finish. I prefer this ale in a bottle as compared to on tap, yet I have had it before and have no recollection of the strength of the vanilla notes which is rather intense on tap. Overall it is very nice.


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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black with decent sized tan head excellent lacing head dissipates to a thin line around glass.

Smell - Very sweet and chocolaty almost decadent nose vanilla as well very dessert like.

Taste - This really needs to be consumed at the 42 degrees suggested on the bottle, as it warms it gets too sweet. Very chocolaty also get some vanilla and cake like.

Feel - Heavy feel very creamy and smooth.

Overall - An amazing beer it is like dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Krills
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very sweet, with a powerful and delicious vanilla smell. Taste is of vanilla and cream, with a strong, but not overpowering, stout alcoholic aftertaste.

Personally, this is on my list of top beers. But I could understand why it wouldn't appeal to others.

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jet black look with an off-white, medium thickness head that lingers all around the glass. The smell is very sweet, lots of butterscotch, vanilla and milk. Wow does that sweetness carry over into the taste, like a creme brulee milkshake. However, the somewhat overwhelming sweetness gives way to strong malt, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Definitely supports my milkshake description.

Fair warning, this beer is all about sweetness. I'm not saying this is good or bad, but this is the first milk stout I've had that tastes exactly what you'd expect. Although I enjoyed it, if I wanted a milkshake that's what I would have purchased. It feels like the bitterness at the end was thrown in because they were worried you'd forget it is a beer. If you go into it wanting/expecting dessert, enjoy!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. bottled december 2015.

pours jet black with a small tan head. head shrinks to a small ring. not much lacing to speak of.

smell is simply amazing, sweet vanilla chocolate and milky, with a hit of roastiness.

taste is layered, first the sweet vanilla milk, and a quite strong roasted finish.

mouth is just on the thin side of medium.

overall, a great beer for a sweet tooth like myself.

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Photo of epyon396
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep back with a thin dark khaki head on the rim. Light, spotty lacing.

The nose is a complete butterscotch bomb with a little bit of vanilla.

Overbearing butterscotch hits up front. Light vanilla and caramelized sugars create a taste that lives up to the name. There's dark chocolate malts hidden way in the background and a lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied on the lower end of the carbonation scale. Very silky and creamy. Probably the highlight of the beer.

I appreciate what Southern Tier has created here, but it is just too damn sweet for its own good. A 10 oz pour was more than enough.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

L- very dark, nice off-white head that was fairly thick.
S-mild sweetness and malt.
T- beginning is sweet and has a bitter aftertaste.
F- very creamy, smooth and easy drinker for an imperial stout.
O- enjoyable beer. Great mouthfeel, average taste.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this the second best beer i ever had in my life so creamy and smooth and silky. words can't describe its tatste or irrisistable smell of this icredible beer

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Southern Tier beers by now, thanks to their Pumking ale. I decided to give this one a try, being Pumking is out of season. I miss it already. Poured into my Duvel goblet, its super frothy, very, very dark and the head resembles chocolate milk and the head sticks around a while, easily a 2 finger head. My thoughts of this were "dessert beer" so let's see how it holds up.

L: dark, almost black, 2 finger head, lingers for a long time. So frothy, like chocolate milk that has been shaken for a few minutes. Beautiful appearance.

S: Oh my lord. So delicious smelling. Dominant vanilla bean and creaminess over anything else. No indication this is even a beer, no beer smell, no hops smell, just delicious creamy vanilla. Outstanding!

T: Take a smooth beer and add some vanilla extract, this is basically what you get. Beautifully infused, not overly smooth but Southern Tier beers never really were. But that is not a bad thing, it reminds you that you are still drinking a beer. I can sip on this all day, really delicious. Perfect special occasion beer or dessert beer at an adult birthday party.

F: really great. Frothy at first, no alcohol burn, creamy, like a melted milkshake type feel.

O: This one is pretty great. Despite the hops presence (I am not a fan of beer bitterness) the vanilla bean is very much there, above all else.... above the beer taste, the hops, the alcohol taste, very delicious and not overly sweet. In fact, not really "sweet" at all. You get a delicious beer with a perfect harmony of vanilla and cream. Give this one a try, its really good and ranks up there closely with Pumking, though to me Pumking is hard to top, but this is a very close second.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black with a medium-thin foamy khaki colored head. Medium amount of lacing. Heavy notes of vanilla at the front of the nose, with bits of coffee and roasted malts hiding behind. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Seriously, this is a sweet beer. Vanilla beans and milk flavors intertwine during the duration of the tasting. Great mix of the two. Mouth feel is smooth, albeit not as bold or robust as one might expect. Still, it is a pleasure to drink. Overall, pick this beer up! It is a fantastic dessert beer. Magnificent job by Southern Tier.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of senglish7
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla on the nose. Pours a dark brown with a very slight head. Taste is dessert in a bottle. Seems to be very vanilla but aftertaste is actually very similar to Creme brûlée. Haven't had anything like this before. Very good.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a thin tan head that fades quickly in my snifter

Vanilla dominates w some chocolate at the back of the nose, makes my mouth water. Rum barrels even.

Taste is almost as good as the smell. Vanilla cream soda only darker.

Good amount of carbonation, I like more rather than less. Creamy.

Overall another great kicked up Stout from Southern Tier. On par with Chocolate Oranj.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: An opaque ebony body with faint garnet highlights bears a thick, creamy, dark tan head. Big bubbles pop at the surface like chocolate milk being blown through a straw, while tiny bubbles cling to the sides of a glass, as does spotty lacing.

Smell: A uniquely scrumptious combination of sweets. Malted chocolate and vanilla shakes, Boston creme donuts, and Rollo candies all instantly come to mind once the powerful aroma quickly latches on to the nose. There is a crisp, refreshing quality in the background, almost like a dash of creme de menthe, that makes sure to shake the sugar coma you may already feel coming on back to life.

Taste: Just as candy-forward as the smell at first, but then dark roasted malt and a pinch of pepper tip the scales just enough to bring the beer out of the milkshake category. Still, sweetness dominates, with vanilla bean, rich caramel, and buttercream truffles creating a delectable mixture any sweet tooth would love. So speaking of love, for god's sake, keep this out of reach of your children! It really is that drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, not unlike the milkshake it's taste seems to mirror. Conspicuous alcohol warming appears to permeate my entire body, but maybe that's just because i'm sitting right by the heater. Moderate carbonation helps bring a bit of a dryness to the finish, reminding one that yes, this sugar bomb is still a beer.

Overall: As much as this beer tastes like a gourmet dessert, it has enough spice, bitterness, and of course, alcohol, to keep it from being cloying. It's so sweet I almost feel guilty for singing its praises. But song them I must. This is one delicious donut.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black, light tan head.

Huge aroma of butterscotch/caramel. I used to love butterscotch as a kid and this brings me right back to those times.

Taste is caramel with roasted malts close behind.

Aroma and taste is great, but I think the mouthfeel could be a bit better, but its not bad.

After drinking more of this, Ive got a stomach ache. This stuff is just too damn sweet. The aroma is the only strong point.

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Photo of floridadrift
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Teeth hurting sweetness, a great vanilla smell but the taste lacks any body whatsoever. Very thin and artificial tasting. I would highly recommend blending this with a favorite imperial or bourbon barrel imperial stout to achieve an enjoyable tasting of this beer.

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