Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the
NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Southern Tier Brewing
Company Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout.
Years ago while visiting Washington, DC on
business it was suggested that I visit Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown as I was
told they had an epic selection of beers on tap at their downstairs bar. Once downstairs I was not disappointed
although surprised as the sheer volume of NorCal beers they had on tap. I decided to have a few beers, one of which
was the subject of my review. After
years of searching for this beer I managed to get a case of it and tonight I
review this long sought after beer.
From the Southern Tier Brewing Company website
We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be
argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose
past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated
custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of
course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with
By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it
strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert
only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the
middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema
catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it
was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to
represent our deliciously creamy brew!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a very deep, dark brown with a tiny tan
foam head and slight lacing.
Aroma: Crème Brûlée in a bottle! Vanilla, brown sugar, coffee,
caramelized sugar and custard. Literally HEAVEN in a bottle!
Taste: Crème Brûlée in liquid form. Vanilla, caramel, caramelized sugar and custard.
Sweet, rich, milky and over the top good.
As good as I remembered it to be, Southern Tier Brewing
Company Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is a beer to be sought,
found and consumed. Not everyone is into
dessert beers or Stouts so avoid this if you’re not into this sort of
thing. At 9.5% ABV this is THE BEST Crème
Brûlée I have EVER had. I want to hoard
this beer in mass quantities. I think I may need a storage unit.