Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Southern Tier Imperial Creme Brûlée Stout Review
I just picked up a bottle of southern tier's 2010 imperial creme brûlée stout and headed home to crack it open.
Being a stout, the creme brûlée is black in color with almost no light passing through. It pours with a short, tan head which quickly recedes to a ring. The beer has a very strong and inviting vanilla aroma with some hints of cream, roasted malt and burnt sugar. The taste is sweet, but only at the initial stages, as soon comes the burnt sugar taste with hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The finish is a well balanced combination of all of the above flavors with none overshadowing the rest. In the long run, the finish reminds me of having finished eating a serving of creme brûlée with some nuts...and a well made beer. The high alcohol taste is noticeable, but does not taste like 10%...maybe 7, tops. Overall, the beer is very well done, though the sweetness does build up.
Cost - $9.60 for a 650 mL bottle
Taste - 8.6/10
ABV - 10%
Overall - 8.6/10...tastes like creme brûlée...with some good beer on the side