Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Southern Tier Creme Brulee is a very polarizing Imperial Milk/Sweet Stout, it seems you either you love it or hate it. Put me in the former category. This review is for the 2013 vintage, aged 1 year and 3 months, 9.5% ABV.
This beer smells amazing, sweet caramel and vanilla (like a Werther’s Original). To say this beer is sweet is an understatement. Tasting lots of sweet cream, and copious amounts of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. This is followed by impressive roasted malts and a nice bitterness on the finish. As is almost always the case with stouts like this, it gets even better as it warms.
From my experience age is the key to this beer. It’s enjoyable fresh (a little more intense on draft, slightly more balanced in the bottle), but everything comes together and mellows out just enough after a year in the cellar. No promises your going to like this one, but in my opinion it’s world class!