Southern Tier Creme Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout
At The Avenue the same night I had Barrel Aged Biere Joi, there was another beer that I really wanted to try and a keg had just been tapped. Lucky me, right? I was actually checking The Avenue’s Facebook account to see what their Friday night cask beer would be. Instead of the usual cask, they were tapping both the Barrel Aged Biere Joi and…
Southern Tier hails from Lakewood, NY and has been brewing since 2002. Since then, their brewery has been growing by leaps and bounds and they currently brew about 50,000 barrels a year. Southern Tier beers can be found in many parts of the United States and even in some international locations including parts of the United Kingdom and Australia.
But for now, back to the Creme Brûlée.
Two words: holy crap.
It’s a pitch black beer with a small off-white head. Smells like vanilla, very much like creme brûlée. Lots of vanilla, roasted malt that seems a bit like the torched shell of a creme brûlée, a bit of coffee as it hits your tongue. Very sweet. The roasted taste lingers a bit.
If there were ever a beer to call a dessert beer, this would be it. Creme Brûlée is released annually in June, so you may still be able to run across some. Unless you have something against sweet beers, give this one a try if you can find it!