Sunday, December 12, 2010

Southern Tier Brewing Co. - Creme Brulee Stout

Essentially a milk stout brewed with vanilla bean, Creme Brulee Stout is part of Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. This is actually a summer seasonal that I picked up late in the season while traveling home to Buffalo. Still, I'm not worried about how a 10% imperial stout will have held up over a few months.

10.0% ABV

Everything you'd expect , it's completely opaque and black  in color. The only surprise is the head, which is rather thin.

Not just a catchy name... it smells exactly like creme brulee, most notably the vanilla and burnt sugar, with some additional hints of coffee. It's a very strong, sticky scent. No hops in the nose whatsoever.

Taste & Feel 
Desserty. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a dark, sweet flavor. Starts out with a robust, coffee malt that soon gives way to vanilla sweetness.  It has a bit of warm, boozy bite toward the finish and leaves a sweet, sticky aftertaste.

Tasty and sweet. This is a good pair for a rich dessert, or as a standalone. A great beer, but between the sweetness and high alcohol content, it's nowhere near sessionable.

1 comment:

Lost said...

Good review. One of my favorite stouts, although you really have to file it under "ridiculously sweet".

I dare anyone to try drinking two bottles in a single sitting.