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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

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3.93
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30.79%
 
 
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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 GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at The Half Pint in Rochester, NY. Got an eponymous half pint of this sweet beast of a beer.

Pours a dark, sticky black. Small head lingers, and leaves globs of beer sticking to the glass. Great lacing.

Smells like sugary milk, vanilla, and some slight roast.

An explosion of sweet taste that gets tiring after a while. Creamy, thick melted french vanilla ice cream, burnt sugar, leftover cereal milk, caramel, butterscotch. So sweet, and definitely cloying. Good in small amounths, about 4 oz.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

A polarizer for sure. I can take a small amount a year and be happy with it.

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Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia the other day.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is it's best feature by far, consisting of an exotic smorgasbord of vanilla, caramel toffee, chocolate, cherry and coffee. The beer smells as if it will be pretty sweet, and it certainly is. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though the sweet vanilla and toffee flavors tend to overwhelm everything else. The beer is a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, and as it sits in the glass, the alcohol becomes more and more apparent. Towards the end the beer becomes cloyingly sweet, hot from the alcohol and very, very tiring. Drinkability is not one of this beers better features, and frankly I could barely finish my 10 ounce goblet.

This is an interesting beer, but the combination of sweet vanilla/toffee flavor, coupled with the noticeable alcohol, make this one beer I'm unlikely to order again any time again soon.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Boy, is this ever a love it or hate it kind of beer. I happen to really like it, but it is way over the top and very sweet, very much a dessert beer- I could see how people would hate it it as well. It pours inky black with a thin head. Smells quite sweet and exactly like creme brulee, with burnt caramel and thick, sweet milk with an eggy richness. The taste is similar, with an even more burnt aftertaste, and big, rich vanilla and cream flavors. Very sweet, but an uncanny replica of creme brulee in a glass- with a shot of brandy. Thick and viscous in the mouth. Its a bit too rich and thick to have much of this, but quite a pleasure as a sipper.

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

Thanks to BeerisHeaven for this one.

Dark brown in color pour a finger/finger and a half head, no real lacing left behind by the beer.

This is hands down the best part of this beer. I smell caramel mostly. Along with milk and vanilla. It does smell a bit like creme brulee. A bit of chocolate and coffee on the end.

Like a creme brulee. A first taste of caramel followed by milkiness and vanilla. Ends in a slight chocolate and caramel flavor.

It is sweet,sweet, and more sweet. Creaminess to it and little carbonation.

This would have been great if i had only like 6 oz. total. 22 oz. was way way to much for me. I could enjoy this beer but only in slight moderation. This would be a great desert beer in small doses. Southern Tier is a company that is just so over the top that they make great beer, that taste pretty much like they say it does.

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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 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 dar482
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out very dark with a little tan head.

The aroma is freaking huge. You get it just from opening the bottle. It is freaking huge, almost "too" big and sweet. It's caramel, vanilla, roasted, tons of sweetness, brown sugar. It's almost like Bailey's with how huge and distinct, sweet, vanilla, and creamy the aroma is.

The flavor follows with just a huge syrupy caramel, vanilla, burned sugar, tons of sweetness. The finish is the highlight because it has a good amount of bitterness that cleans up this beer.

Not a huge mouthfeel and decently drinkable because of the finish.

I would recommend sharing this with 4 people because it's so darn big of a beer. I'm into interesting beers, so this was a great treat. Not for everyone. Probably will enjoy or hate this one.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears an opaque black with a small, tan head that quickly fizzles into a mild collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, cream, sugar, tons of vanilla, and butterscotch.
Taste is of the same with butterscotch and roasted nuts standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, rich, smooth in the finish.
I liked this one but I could see how many would not like this. The caramel, and vanilla, along with the lactose come across as being butterscotch, which isn't usually a likable trait in beer, as it is taken as the usually unlikable diacetyl(which I happen to enjoy in Sam Smith's Imp Stout).

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Photo of jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger pillowy, light tan head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Nose is very sweet crème brûlée. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is crème brûlée and some coffee, very balanced. Thought it would be cloying, it isn't. Would go good with chocolate. $9.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is something of a white whale among the Australian beer community, and I'd managed to go some time without trying it—I finally managed it at the Local Taphouse in Sydney during Sydney Craft Beer Week 2013. Served on nitro through a sparkler.

Pours a stupid, thick black-brown colour but with definite clarity noticeable when held to the light—I can see red right through it. Head is stupidly creamy off the nitro. Pale beige, fine and rich leaving ridiculous lace. It's a ridiculously creamy looking beer, there's no denying that.

And did someone mention ridiculous? The nose is extreme. Intense vanilla, burnt sugar crème brûlée all over. It's so creamy and thick that it's silly. Some sultanas come through as well, perhaps with a slight hint of spice like ginger. But mostly it's just about pretending to be crème brûlée, which it does exceptionally well. It's insane. You're an idiot, beer.

Once this translates into flavour though, it's too much—too sweet. So much creamy, thick vanilla ridiculousness. It curdles with the booze (which is definitely noticeable), giving an offputting character of Irish cream. Stacks of vanilla toffee without much to counter it. It's thick, smooth and creamy and too much. I loved those flavours on the nose, but here, I admit I'm struggling with it.

Feel is lovely in its way, were it not for the bombastic quagmire of flavours that it supports.

Overall, it's too sweet, without darkness or... anything, to balance it. It makes me feel bloated and a little bit nauseated drinking so much of it. It does a great job of mimicking a brûlée, but I don't think I'd want to puree such a dessert and quaff it. Such thickness and sweetness—I found it difficult to finish despite its many fine attributes.

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with foamy coffee colored head. Aroma of vanilla bean, custard, chocolate and roasted coffee maltiness. Tastes like a sweet desert. Very creamy custard with lots of vanilla and roasted caramel maltiness and some butterscotch. Sweet and roasty with a dry bitter hop finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for a blackish body and a one-finger light brown head. Buttery, vanilla, milk (a little) - an intensly sweet smell that I started to pick up as soon the cap came off. A touch of bread and burnt malt are also in there; pretty close to actually smelling like a creme brulee dessert. Smooth, ultra creamy with vanilla, caramel, hints of spice and wood in taste, a dryness thanks to some burnt malts in a medium body that was a little sticky. Finishes dry and is complemented by the ABV. A perfect dessert beer and I recommend having one, and only one, after a nice dinner.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep,deep brown with a nice tan head.

S: Nose was milk, creme, coffee and vanilla beans.

T; It was exceptional! It had lots of vanilla to it with an espresso kick and creme feel that was very sweet

M: The mouthfeel was ok at first but the constatnt creme, vanilla is to much for me after a while.

D: Drinkability was low because while it good on taste and mouthfeel it was just hard for me to finish.

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

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a black body that is dense with only a faint brown glow at the very base of the beer. There is a thin ring of bubbles on the top that form the head. A few random tiny bubbles sticking to the glass is the only carbonation visible.

S- The huge smell of milk and vanilla come through during the pour. There are big caramel notes that fade to butterscotch aromas as the beer warms. The smell of white sugar comes through aswell.

T- The full taste of sweet caramel is very sugary and has a big full vanilla flavor and a honey note. There is a nice roasted coffee malt bitterness in the finish that turns vinous as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat until it gets pretty warm.

D- This would land a perfect 10 if "tasting like the food it describes on the label" were a category. The flavor was huge and intense but a bit to much for a full bomber of beer. I think I will try this again but with an espresso stout chaser.

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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 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 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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a small fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with burnt sugar, chocolate and vanilla. It really does taste like creme brulee.. It is sweet.. but not as cloying as I expected it to be. It finishes with a sweet burnt sugar and roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall – I have definitely never had a beer that tasted quite like this. It's very tasty and could be the ultimate after dinner beer. I would suggest opening this with a group of people to share with. I can't imagine drinking all of this in one sitting.

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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 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 VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brown/black borderline hue. Nearly black, but the light does seep through fairly deep. So, super-dark brown it is. Head starts off fairly full but it dies down to nothing. Tan head turns into a thin bubbly island floating in the middle of my glass.

S-Ah Brûlée! Bitter chocolate notes and concentrated vanilla and toffee. Sweet custard and roasted coffee beans. Quite aromatic, quite pungent and quite attractive. Dulce de leche and butterscotch. Yum.

T-Ah Brûlée! The combination of purely sweet and bittersweet is pleasurable. All the notes found in the nose are carbon copied onto my tongue. White, dark and milk chocolate. Tiramisu and boozy chocolate cake. Reminds me of an espresso martini (in both flavor and alcohol content). Tasty and strong.

M-Lighter for the ABV and style. Fairly bitter and dry. Quite boozy. Perhaps my biggest critique of Creme Brûlée is that the booze is far from incognito. The body's lack of viscosity makes the alcohol more noticeable, but it makes each sip an easy transition into a big gulp. Drinkability is high despite the booze.

O/D-The only other Southern Tier Stout I have had in this format is their Choklat. I liked Choklat but found it to be a bit overrated. I enjoyed this one considerably more. Here I find less sickening sweetness and a bit more flavor diversity. Creme Brûlée coarser, but delicious nonetheless.

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