By Rachel Simons
Photos by Rachel Simons.
Creme Brulee Stout
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company
City of Origin: Lakewood, NY
Beer Type: Imperial Milk Stout
As an imbiber of many beers, I could have chosen quite a few for my very first beer review. However, upon realizing that my favorite dessert beer (and the only dessert beer I know of) had come back in season, I was prompted to do a little culinary experimentation.
Known for their diverse selection of brews, Southern Tier makes a certain beer that I have completely fallen in love with. The Creme Brulee Stout was like nothing I had ever encountered before and I haven’t really found anything comparable since. While the beer has a stereotypical bitterness and full body like other stouts, the addition of dark caramel malts, lactose sugar, and vanilla bean give it an additional custardy sweetness much like its namesake.
Besides being a lover of beer, I am also a lover of sweets. Boasting various locations around New York City, Doughnut Plant is a bakery famous for their fresh doughnuts made daily and their varied types of flavors. One of the products they are most recognized for is their Creme Brulee doughseed. Much like a doughnut hole, a doughseed is a round mini doughnut with filling inside. Piped full with vanilla custard, the Creme Brulee doughseed is then sprinkled with sugar and bruleed on top to create a dense caramelized crust.
Always one to ask the big foodie questions in the universe, I decided to pair up my two favorite creme brulee creations and see what happened. The result? Pure, unadulterated, vanilla goodness. The problem most people have with the Creme Brulee Stout is that while it tastes amazing, the thick consistency and rich sweetness makes it hard to finish the entire 22-ounce bottle by yourself. Counterbalanced by the sugary yumminess of the doughseed, the stout’s bitter characteristics were brought forth and made me think of the timeless breakfast tradition of drinking black coffee while enjoying your glazed morning treat.
Now am I advocating beer and doughnuts for breakfast? Of course not! But if you need an after work pick-me-up and your local beer distributor happens to be even just semi-close to Doughnut Plant? Go ahead and treat yourself. If you love desserts like I do, you won’t regret it.