Nitro Crème Brûlée
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #67
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,430
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 8.84%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
72
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Nitro Crème BrûléeNitro Crème Brûlée
Notes: The Blackwater Series has unleashed the popular flavor Crème Brulee in nitro for the next level drinking experience. NITRO Crème Brulee offers cascading, creamy richness with notes of vanilla and custard with a smooth milky finish that is uncannily true to the namesake dessert.
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, color is black, head is light tan with super fine bubbles and solid 1/4 top.

Aroma is creme, vanilla, light roast, coffee beans.

Taste is similar with vanilla cream forward, roast, coffee, chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low fizzy feel, moderate sweetness, low bitterness.

Overall an excellent sweet stout and even better presentation with the nitro.

Apr 14, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
A seamless, beige carpet of ultrafine foam dives deeply into the fathomless black. It resurfaces, seemingly invincible, as the creamy cascade laces flawlessly, again and again.

Feel:
Light and cooling as a gentle creek, its unrivaled smoothness washes over the tongue, leaving a slender, nitro sea-foam in its wake.

Bouquet:
A scoop of French vanilla ice cream dropped in a caramel latte, then finely drizzled with aqueous butterscotch.

Taste:
Rich vanilla custard wanes gracefully into a long, languid kiss of creamy caramel. At the finish a bitter black coffee, spiked with Kahlua, cuts through the softened sweets, balancing the palate.

Jan 15, 2021
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scootny from New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can fizzles and gurgles. I pour and black liquid flows into my glass and produces a nice tight finger or so of tight, creamy foaminess. Lace is substantial and covers glass with each sip. Like a perfect glass of Guinness, dark, creamy and lovely.

Nose is a full vanilla blast. Char, molasses, and burnt sugar, with a sharp bit of alcohol.

Taste is like the name. Smooth vanilla with a surprisingly custard like stout body. While there is a decent amount of char and mild coffee/latte in the fore, a sweet and dairylike undercurrent carries it forward. Finish has a crisp biting bitterness that cuts the heavy sweetness well. It deposits a vanilla latte on the tongue and firm tea leaf hoppiness on the palate.

Feel is oh so gently carbonated and highly drinkable. Super creamy with just the right amount of chew.

Such a great dessert bee. Goes with any and all holiday staples.

Jan 13, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/4/21

This one caught my eye a while back when I was beer shopping but I haven’t gotten around to it until just now. Southern Tier is very hit or miss for me so I’m hoping this one is good

Pours near pitch blck with a finger of light mocha head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Good lord the aroma is sweet. The creme brulee is obvious, bringing notes of butterscotch, vanilla, milk chocolate, and a subtle nutty coffee

The taste here matches almost exactly, except that it doesn’t translate very well. At first, all I can taste is watered down butterscotch, theb after the swalloe it turns into a sticky sweet disaster, just way too much clash between the vanilla and toffee notes, with only a slight balance provided by very light coffee

A full body pairs with minimal carbonation for a silky drink, but feels a bit watery. Finishes, you guessed it, watery, though that might actually help reduce the sweetness a bit here

This was, uh, interesting. I can see the appeal, and it’s pretty well executed, just too much for me to handle sweetness-wise. Oh well, I’ll finish the can since it’s not awful and continue to support ST

Jan 12, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can marked Best By 9/25/2021

Can emits a loud gush when opened, but the head is restrained. Nearly opaque black with one finger of tan fine-bubbled head. Head is stubborn with legs and dull curtains.
Strong vanilla and toffee aromas, lighter coconut and milk chocolate.
Pleasing sweet crême brûlée flavor, light coffee undertone.
Smooth nitro feel, viscous coating, no alcohol heat initially, but some builds as the glass warms.
Good application for nitro, a super dessert beer, decadent day drinker.

Dec 28, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier really tapped into the dessert world for this one. The Nitro Crème Brulee is super sweet and smooth. The crystalized burnt sugar is there and is prevalent throughout. The beer has that milk stout funk to it, so I wouldn’t put this into the pastry stout category. One and done but really enjoyable.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Dec 09, 2020
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IKR from California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with a generous-sized dense foamy beige head that slowly faded. A very good looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: Creme brulee aromas, and vanilla, The nose really does mimic a crème brulee. A pretty good nose on this one.

Taste: The taste profile follows the nose featuring vanilla notes, and moderate roasted malt notes. Like the nose the taste profile does a good job in mimicking s a crème brulee. The beer starts off fairly sweet but dries out with some roast malts notes in the finish. The beer has a subdued alcohol presence for it's listed 11.4% ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation. A good mouthfeel body appropriate for the style.

Overall: A good non-bal-aged stout. This beer was always on my radar to try and thanks to @micada I finally got around to trying it. In my early Beer Advocate days this beer always would catch flak for being overly sweet. Pastry stouts have certainly changed perceptions/tastes as I feel I've had a number of pastry stouts that are definitely sweeter than this beer.

Nov 26, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This treat begins by cracking open a 9.6 can and letting the widget work its magic. Immediately, the bold aroma of sweet vanilla pleasures the nose. The pour is into a clear pint glass which reveals an almost black brew with a nice biege head. There's very little lasting glass lacing, but after the hit to the nose, who cares? This is as rich and smooth a brewed concoction can be. It really is close to being a liquid real Creme Brule. Only a slight alcohol burn at the finish gives evidence that this is a beer and not a desert. It doesn't effect the overall feel of the drink, so the10% ABV is deceitful. Because of the overall sweetness of the drink, one or two is the most recommended for one session, anyway. Overall, this is an amazingly good change of pace treat.

Nov 20, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate with a 1F head in a Stone Snifter.
Aroma- wafting coconut, vanilla. Chocolate, perhaps coffee.
Very creamy MF. Very smooth.
Great taste. Deep malt, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.
Moderately hoppy.
Excellent beer.

Nov 13, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pourws from the growler a deep dark chocolate color with a slight creamy head,bought it at a growler station yesterday,it seems to have lost some creaminess.Big vanilla notes in the nose along with some torched sugar,it is almost spot on to the real thing.Alot like aromas vanilla stands out most on the palate,like others have notes a milky custard note comes thru as well,slightly burnt.Sweet alcohol adds to the sticky components of the beer,I'am sure fresh from the notro tap or can this is off the charts,still really good in the state it's in.So not much different than the 'standard' Creme Brulee stout.

Oct 20, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Packie.
Dark brown in color with a small creamy mocha head that persists. Lots of caramel and vanilla but also a bit of bitter cinnamon or nutmeg like flavor that distracts a bit. I think the original non nitro version was creamier and sweet and I miss it.

Oct 20, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9.6 ounce nitro can BEST BY 09/04/21 poured tulip pint glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head rises a little on a hard pour then the nitro cascade leaves about a 3/8" cap. The aroma is moderate vanilla and custard. The taste is very sweet custard, vanilla with very little roasted malt to be found. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full bodied with typical nitro feel and an undry, sticky finish. Overall, not my thing, possibly not beer.

Oct 19, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the taste of a delicious creme brulee. I am having this amazing one in a Founders breakfast stout mug. I warmed it up good, so the taste is fully on display.

It poured into this mug all big and foamy, delicious like a creme brulee under nitro (with a little alcohol). It is very sweet and candied, but it is done quite well. The vanilla and custard complement the huge stout malts. I would love some of this in my coffee. Or with my cheesecake and ice cream. But I'll just drink it instead (I wish I had picked up more than one can).

Highly recommended. This is my favorite new Southern Tier brew.

Oct 06, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a 2 inch thick, foamy, creamy tan head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, caramel.

Taste is vanilla, custard, lactose, burnt sugar.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Thick, creamy, sweet, oily finish.

Outstanding! This is one incredible beer. Only negative is 9.6 oz. cans.

Jul 18, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9.6 oz can, dated 10/24/19, into Batch 19 pint glass!

A violent gurgly hiss comes from underneath the tab as I pop it, yielding a chocolate milk pour which then forms into a hazelnut-toasted brown color with a beautiful cascading waterfall and a tall thick creamy beige head of 1 middle finger. It remains.

The aroma brings beautiful sweet aromas of marshmallow, chocolate, inviting dark berry yogurt sweetness, and slight perfume.

Flavor brings some amazing burnt vanilla/marshmallow, some heavy chocolate, s'mores cereal, and slight earthiness.

Feel is creamy yet brings exciting carbonation. The alcohol is nearly undetectable. Slight finishing dryness/roastiness. Makes my upper lip sticky.

Overall, another incredible nitro beer from Southern Tier. This is not as good as their Hot Chocolate, but it is still really fabulous. They really hit a homerun with this series. And I'm not even a nitro fan.

Price paid : $3.19 / can
Would buy again : Yep, if Hot Cocoa was not available

Jul 18, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my covid 19 shut in beers. being shut inand going thru my back stash. this beer was brewed 9/17/208. it tastes as great as when I first drank it. the sweetness stands out - the malty vanilla tastes makes it very enjoyable

May 03, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger creamy tan head that receded to a skim cap; very little lacing;

S: a combination of dark chocolate and caramel - similar to a dark chocolate covered caramel candy;

T: follows the nose with a bit of coffee and toffee thrown in; quite sweet throughout;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: doesn't resemble creme brulee in any way other than being sweet; having said that, it's a very interesting beer;

Apr 21, 2020
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is good! Looks creamy smooth and dark. Copious vanilla and sugar on the nose. Tastes of creamy chocolate, lactose and vanilla. Sweet with a boozy finish. An oh, so delicious dessert beer. What a treat.

Apr 03, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I just keep finding new & unusual CANs every time that I hit Rieker Bottle Works with the last time being shortly before the enforced lockdown beCAN. N2 CANs are not necessarily new, but this style? I was roundly laughed at when I first ChANpioned the cause of craft beer in CANs, but who's laughing now?

From the CAN: "Nitro Blackwater (tm) Series"; "Blackwater Series Nitro Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout"; "Ale brewed with Vanilla Beans and with natural flavor added"; "Unleash Nitro"; "Pour into your favorite glass or dink from this CAN"; "Color[:] Black[;] Body[:] Creamy, Heavy[;] Bitterness[:] Moderate[;] Volume[:] 9.6 fl. oz."; "Made with Lactose Sugar".

In hefting the CAN, I initially mistakenly thought that it might be a short-fill. Nope. The Crack!ing open of the vent energized the N2 & I was off & running (often running). I went with an inverted Glug & then sat back to watch the cascade take place. It did so beautifully, forming a cap of two fingers of dense, thick, creamy, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with chestnut highlights at the edges. Nose smelled so much like the dessert that it was unCANny! It was simply redolent with the sweet smell of slightly-burnt caramel! 8=O This was the kind of dessert & by extension, beer, that I usually eschew, but in such a small quantity … Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, all a result of the N2 charge. The taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to gird myself for. I have long known that such is the N2 v. CO2 tradeoff: the taste becomes sacrificed & muted in favor of the mouthfeel. Okay. In this case, it worked out since I do not like the level of sweetness that it would have otherwise imparted. Finish remained sweet, but tolerable, definitely not cloying. YMMV.

Mar 29, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 9.6 oz can from Kings Beer & WIne on 12-18-19 for $4.19. Canned 11-1-19; consumed 3-28-20.

Beer poured dark brown with a perfect tan head!

Nose is very nice, vanilla, carmelized sugar, and lactose.

Taste follows the nose with a large but light malt base infused with vanilla and lactose sugar. Finishes with a generous allotment of lactose.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very nice dessert beer, fun to try the nitro version!

Mar 28, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DESSERT BEER BREWED WITH VANILLA BEANS
NITRO IMPERIAL MILK STOUT
The Blackwater Series has unleashed the popular flavor Crème Brulee in nitro for the next level drinking experience. NITRO Crème Brulee offers cascading, creamy richness with notes of vanilla and custard with a smooth milky finish that is uncannily true to the namesake dessert.

Mar 07, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very effervescent chestnut with a pinky of mocha colored head. Stellar head retention above average lacing

S: Vanilla, caramel, marshmallow

T: Truly follows the nose, a touch of coffee on the edges, plenty dry. Creamy caramel, notes, vanilla, plenty of sugary dryness as this warms. Finishes uber dry, sugary with caramel & vanilla

MF: Medium body, very creamy carbonation, was hoping for a little more thickness

This totally works for me, some people decry the artificial flavors, but this tastes just like creme brule to me. The epitome of an over the top dessert beer

Feb 23, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9.6oz Can poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a huge creamy khaki colored head that has great retention before settling into a one-finger head that sticks around

S- smells just like a creme brûlée; there's a big butterscotch and caramelized sugar note that dominates the aroma, followed by undertones of vanilla beans, custard pie, milk chocolate, toffee and marshmallow

T- creamy vanilla custard up front, quickly followed by butterscotch, caramelized brown sugar, toffee and vanilla cream. Mid-palate brings out undertones of chocolate cream, the finish brings out more butterscotch, caramel and vanilla custard

M- medium/heavy body leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish

O- I love this new nitro blackwater series, I hope that they continue it for a long time

Feb 02, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/4/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; creamy khaki head that sticks around leaving thick retention and decent lacing. It looks like your typical nitro beer, more or less. The aromas have tons of vanilla leading the way. Lots of butter rum notes. Hints of caramel and and cocoa. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More vanilla dominating and leading the way. More caramel. More butter. Subtle hints of chocolate. It's obviously on the sweeter side, but it's not quite cloyingly sweet. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is basically what you would expect from a nitro beer. Low carbonation. It's not as thin other nitro beers, but still has some watery characteristics. It's thick and thin at the same time. It's velvety, fluffy, creamy, watery, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great stout. Great aromas and flavors. It's been awhile since I've had their regular Crème Brûlée, but this reminds me exactly of what was. Southern Tier always makes bold and unique stouts, and this one is no different. Well done.

Jan 30, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Nitro Crème Brûlée"
9.6 fl. oz. can, coded "D.O.B. 10/24/19 10:22:31 FL"
$4.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, how long has it been since I've had a Crème Brûlée from Southern Tier? I recall having one not too long ago (September 8, 2018 @ The Gingerbread Man in Carlisle, PA), but my first one was back in 2008 - that's 12 years ago! Anyway, I'm not that big of a dessert beer kind of guy unless it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I recall liking the Crème Brûlée a lot. So let's see about this "nitro" version. It's an opaque black beneath a creamy head of tan foam. It might be the creamiest head I've ever seen. The aroma is like cake. It's sugary with notes of vanilla and caramel. It's stunning. They're using real vanilla beans as well as natural flavors, so I'm not sure what's what, but I still have to wonder what this costs them to make given the very high price of vanilla beans. A certain part of me wishes that the aroma was more complex but then I remind myself that the were going for the aroma of a Crème Brûlée and they've certainly nailed that. On to the flavor then... wow! There's the additional complexity I was looking for. I'm finding sugar, vanilla, golden and orange caramel, a subtle touch of toastiness, a dusting of cocoa powder, and just an edge of soft roastiness underneath. It's sweet but not too sweet, and it dries fairly quickly in the finish leaving behind some sugar, a drizzle of caramel, and a touch of ashen roastiness. Keep in mind, this is a dessert beer! In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy smooth. I wish I had a regular one so that I could try it side by side as I can't tell if the "nitro" treatment has helped it or not. So, once again, I'm blown away by this beer. I really should try to remember to buy some more, and then remember that it's in the basement and have one every now and again. Of course, I have so many beers to get through - first world problems, right?
Review #6,926

Jan 30, 2020
Nitro Crème Brûlée from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 72 ratings