Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Southern Tier Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee
(Imperial Milk Stout)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York,

American Double / Imperial Stout

9.20% ABV

Commercial Description:
A Stout of Great Contention

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 definition.

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.
9.2% abv • 195º L • 25º plato • 22 oz / 1/6 keg
2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon

General Pricing:
22oz Bottle, ~$9.00

The beer pours a dark brown completely opaque with a rich dark tan head.

Wow, what an interesting nose. As expected sweet roasted malts on the nose but unexpected is the most unusual aromas of vanilla, cream and chocolate. This smells more like rich chocolate ice cream dessert.

Oh my, it taste even better then it smells. This isn’t a stout it’s a liquefied creamy chocolate vanilla dessert.

The taste starts out with sweet roasted malts up front then a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel in mid-sip. The back-end builds to the point that you expect a heavy roasted malt bitterness but you get the opposite. Just before the swallow you start to experience that most exquisite sweet and creamy roasted malt flavors. This just when think you’re done and couldn’t experience any more the finish hits your senses with the most exquisite velvety vanilla chocolate cream. Finally you are left with this exquisite coating throughout your entire mouth.

It’s hard to believe but this beer is actually getting better as it warms.

This has got to be the sweetest and creamiest stout ever. It’s not something I could drink every day; it is extremely rich.

The alcohol is excellently masked. You are really hard pressed to detect the alcohol in the delightful liquid dessert.

There really isn’t much more I can say about this beer. It’s almost a class of its own. This is not only an imperial stout it’s an imperial cream stout.

The last few sips were at 66 degrees and still exquisite.

This is one of those beers that you need to try even if it’s just once. Like I mentioned earlier it is very rich and a small snifter is plenty. In fact I don’t think I could handle much more than that. It’s not the alcohol it is just too rich for me to have much more than that.

Well, I’m going to give this an A for my final grade. It is really an exquisite brew that needs to be tried. This is an excellent dessert beer.

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