Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,450
Ratings:
4,538
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
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396
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Photo of DaverCS
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with almost no head, lacing, or legs.

Aroma is concerated caramel and vanilla. Smells like a pure caramel candy; an over-abundance of sweetness.

Taste reminds me of drinking pure vanilla extract. It smells better than it tastes, with an astringent bitterness and alcohol bite at the end. The pure vanilla extract is mixed with an extremely artificial caramel coffee sweetener taste.

I am not a fan of this beer. Smells quite good for a dessert beer, but the taste is a mess. I don't pour many beers out but this one was a drain pour. It gets a 65/100.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Werther's Original nose! Crazy!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Werther's flavor with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Over the top, but unique. One is more than enough!

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Photo of breakdownbbe
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How much you enjoy this beer is going to depend on how open you are to the concept. On one hand, it's probably the truest realization of the term "dessert beer" out there. On the other hand, I see how the sweetness could be a bit overwhelming for some. Personally, I loved it. The easiest drinking 10 percenter I've ever tasted, and the smell is just astonishing; if you blindfolded me and had me smell this I'd swear it was actual creme brulee. There's not a crazy amount of layering to the flavor, but if you're like me and love vanilla custard that's not really a problem. Super rich, too. Overall, pricey, but very unique and daring!

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Thin white head... falls quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla and sweets... dessert... smells just like creme brulee. Nailed it.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Strong flavors of vanilla and cream... kahlua and iced cream... a little bitterness in the roast for balance. No discernible hop presence. Full in body... thick and smooth... almost creamy. Residual roast and sweetness on the tongue in the aftertaste. Warming but not boozy.

O: The very definition of a 'dessert beer' and very impressive how they've hit the aroma and flavor profile of creme brulee. Not one I'd want often, but a very well done effort.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this really fits their bill as a "dessert" beer. Tastes and smells of vanilla beans, khalua, and... ice cream? I need to find more for sure, not exactly sure how it will age though. At $4.50/12oz it's somewhat expensive, but when you taste, it's worth it. Definitely not a flavor profile you'll find in many brews, and the 10%abv really helps to mellow/meld the overall flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DOB 12/08/15: this well aged bottle pours pitch black color with a beige colored 1 finger thick foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of vanilla extract, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, lactose sugar and ice cream. The sweetness is too much and cloying, with no stout qualities and too much vanilla and egg cream. Impressive how they get a beer to smell like a liqueur, but it was too over the top for my enjoyment.

Tastes like it smells with strong vanilla, Crème Brûlée, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, lactose sugar, brown sugar and vanilla ice cream. There are some roasted stout elements, coffee grinds and espresso, but the sweetness is beyond anything I can enjoy. I give Southern Tier credit for masking the ABV and creating a beer that actually tastes like creme brulee, but this brew is not for me.

Choklat, Choklat Oranj, Mokah, Jahva and most of the Blackwater Series have been very enjoyable, but this was a sweet mess that I would not drink again.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black color with a creamy tan head. Smells like a vanilla milkshake. Tastes like vanilla butterscotch. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, another impressive beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark color but not as thick as I expected. Nose is unbelieveble and lives up to its name. Deeply sweet on the younger but enough bitterness to give it a stiff backbone. Carbonation is a little light but the finish is a full 30 seconds. Nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of DBosco
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown around the edges, but opaque black otherwise. Head disappears leaving some lacing. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, vanilla, caramel, with a hint of bitterness which could be a mix of vanilla beans and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is rich creamy and a little foamy. Overall, a pretty good dessert beer. Maybe it would be better if they backed off the sweetness and ABV a bit.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber,into a Funky Buddha snifter.DOB 12/08/16 10:01am.

Frothy,yet creamy,khaki colored head that stands just over 1 finger tall.Moderate retention.Silky,jet black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get strong notes of vanilla and creme.This beer smells exactly as advertised,creme brulee,and vanilla custard.There are notes of dark roasted malts,and caramel,but they are faint.

The palate follows the nose with vanilla and creme in the lead,and faint hints of caramel malts.Once again it tastes like vanilla custard,or creme brulee.This beer does have an alcohol bite to it,but nothing vicious.Sweet but not cloying.

The body is heavy,with a sticky mouth feel.Also there are some elements of alcohol warming on the way down.

This is a pretty damn good Imperial Stout.They probably could have done a little more to mask the alcohol,but still pretty good.I might have to pick up another bottle,and see if a couple months,or a year of aging will help blend the flavors,and mask the alcohol.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy scouring the shelves at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop since I never know what I might find to drink & review next! Of course, I would have preferred more CANs and fewer bottles, but c'est la guerre.

From the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Vanilla Beans & Natural Flavor"; "25 [deg.] Plato[,] 2-row barley[,] dark caramel malt[,] vanilla bean[,] lactose sugar[,]Columbus & horizon hops[,] natural flavor".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it an aggro pour befitting my frustration with Th' Stillers' play this evening. This raised just over a finger of foamy, deep-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was very sweet with loads of vanilla and caramel evident. Mouthfeel was medium. Phew, was this ever sweet! The caramel was the most prevalent taste, followed by vanilla and a slight smokiness and dark chocolate. Oh my. This made me feel like I was going to have a sugary overdose. It is absolutely a Sweet Stout. no question. Finish was cloyingly sweet & I found myself wondering what might accompany this. I might have coffee as an accompaniment since as it warmed, it began to take on a pronounced chocolatiness along with the caramel and vanilla. I would consider this to be a dessert beer, but not one that would require an additional dessert to go with it. This was plenty on its own.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a pitch black color with a one finger beige head that laces the glass very well.

Aroma: It smells exactly like Creme Brulee. I'm getting notes of salted pretzels, burnt/caramelized sugar, creamy custard and mild chocolate.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose exactly. Sweet upfront with notes of lactose and caramel candy. Notes of salted gourmet chocolate and sour dough pretzels dance in the background. This is an absolute treat. Like creme brulee in a glass

Some people might think it's too sweet, but thats the point, this is a desert beer. As for other members reporting offputting notes of metal and """artificial""" flavoring, I tried to be as critical of this beer as I could and searched quite hard for such faults but came up empty handed - this has no brewing flaws, it's simply a matter of taste whether you find it cloying to your palate or not.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation. Sweet and quite silky with rich malty flavors.

Overall: Don't even bother giving this a second glance if you aren't a fan of sweet/milk stouts. But if you're in the mood for a really fine desert beer, it really doesn't get better than this. Like I said a lot of people might find it cloying or unbearably sweet but that is a matter of taste - not a flaw - it's made that way on purpose ... it's a desert beer.

I'm giving this mostly 5s across the board because for a desert beer... it simply hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. I smell mostly of vanilla with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts. Taste follows the smell with a creamy rich mouthfeel. Very good beer that hides the ABV quite well. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of bdaggett
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I had been hunting this beer down for years. The result was not as good as I had hoped. The sweet flavor was very strong, and combining it with an alcohol taste made it almost unbearable. The beer does not have many other flavors to support it, and if it does, they are smothered by the sweet cream flavor. A big disappointment for Southern Tier.

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Photo of Dilly84
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Being generous with my review.
I'll keep this short and sweet. (No pun intended)
The taste is overbearing sweetness. I'm baffled at the high reviews this beer has. There is very little, if any, alcohol taste to this and to say it's sweet is an understatement. Candy bars aren't as rich as this not is real creme brulee. Tastes like a mix of malt loaded down with sugar and heavy cream. Not a good sweetness. Just plain out overbearing.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at LoDa Bier Garten in Mobile, AL. It was a keg from 2014 they had been sitting on. Wow. Inky black with a small head. Smelled exactly like putting my nose in a bowl of creme brûlée. This is an awesome desert beer. Heavy on vanilla and caramel, sugar practically crystallizes on the lip of the glass. It coats the tongue and sticks around. Roasty, toasty, malty goodness. Definitely not an everyday beer, but this one was spot on for time and place.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown to the point of appearing black, producing less than a finger of frothy, deep mocha, short-lived head that leaves a thin surface layer & collar & no lace. Aroma is vanilla, Tootsie Roll, lightly creamed coffee, caramel, roast, dark malts, toffee, alcohol booze, a hint of amaretto & a faint hint of anise/licorice. Taste is Tootsie Roll, vanilla, strong & earthy creamed coffee, amaretto, burnt bread, prune, fig, alcohol booze & a little spice. The burnt malt & caramel adds a note suggestive of maple syrup. Hop presence is best defined as an earthy bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, burnt malt, vanilla/chocolate/coffee & boozy. Alcohol warmth is present. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low-moderate carbonation, silky & creamy, tongue coating, smooth in a deceptive sort of way due to the peppery alcohol spice & grainy on the tongue in the aftertaste. Just a trifle too sweet for my taste but a great choice for an after dinner desert beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Creme Brulee, 10% ABV, 55 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a two finger tan head. Smells strongly of sweet caramel, taste is cream, sweet caramel, with a bitter finish. A bit over-carbonated, so mouthfeel is just OK. Overall a decent beer, as long as you like sweet. I might get it again, over-carbonation may have been an anomaly.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 9.5%ABV vs the 10% listed on this site

Look - dark brown/mahogany body with beige head

Smell - vanilla, caramel, butterscotch

Taste - much like the smell - caramel, vanilla, almond and butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet upfront as the name suggests, artificial sweetner quality to this, slightly astringent on the finish

Overall - a decent dessert beer that you might want to split with someone else. I have no desire to polish off this bomber in one sitting. definitely lives up to its namesake.

Price Point - $6.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the tap at Yogi's in Dublin, OH. It poured a nearly opaque dark with off white head that did not leave a lace. The scent had hints of vanilla extract and sweetness. The taste was a bit on and finished acidic. I haven't had creme Brule in a while but the taste to me seemed more like an alcohol induced worthers butterscotch candy. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of darktronica
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better enjoyed quite cold, as suggested; whatever "natural flavor" has been added starts to taste pretty artificial as the beer warms. When chilled, I get the vanilla and some caramelized sugars, but the predominant flavor is amaretto. Much worse if you let it get anywhere near room temperature, with some bitter and metallic compounds that surface.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, thin tan head has great retention and coating lace. Rich nutty hazelnut and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, but the hazelnut and some char are pronounced, very sweet n caramelly. Mouthfeel is thin, but slick. Super sweet dessert brew, very nutty, odd but good overall.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, rich brown with a moderate khaki head.
Feel: Full bodied with soft, effervescent carbonation. Slightly sticky, rich mouthfeel.
Aroma: Sweet, nutty, and vanilla laden. Like molassess drizzled over vanilla beans.
Taste: Sugary, caramel, roasty toasty yummy dessert style goodness. Very satisfying, but might be cloying if I tried to drink more than one in a sitting.

This is not a very "balanced" beer if you like to kill a few brews in a sitting. This is very rich and sweet. Which is fantastic if that's what you're in the mood for. But I feel like this is a winter beer, or something to only have every once in a while. Delicious, but it might be a bit much. Then again, that goes for a lot of milk stouts in my opinion, as it's very decadent and and sweet for a beer. That said I love a good imperial stout. Strong, heavy, and in-your-face flavor with no apologies. I like it.

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Photo of Erikforreal
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall an awesome beer. If you're not even a fan of stouts, you might even like this since it appeals on a lot of different levels. The look is very dark, and the taste is where it's at. You can taste vanilla and caramel the most. It's almost like a vanilla milkshake mixed with a stout. That may not appeal to some, but it's worth a try I think. This may be my favorite beer I've ever had.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and creamy with good notes of caramel, vanilla bean, and malt. A heavy stout that's perfect for winter time fires... Not during the summer time heat.

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