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

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4,645 Ratings
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
stbcbeer.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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
Ranking:
#12,542
Reviews:
1,484
Ratings:
4,645
pDev:
17.39%
 
 
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416
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Ratings: 4,645 |  Reviews: 1,484
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of m3a3
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The initial taste was not what I was expecting, a little too sweet. I like the slight bitter after taste and the color is nice

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Photo of mpruden
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into two snifters (one each for my wife and me). Sweet nose — butterscotch and caramel. Color is black sitting in the glass, hints of brown around the edges when tilted, with a small tan head. Definitely taste the alcohol; the taste is not as sweet as the nose, but still is sweet, though with the tiniest bitterness in the finish. Feels a little thinner than I expected. We like it, though not as much as their Samoa This.

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Photo of briandgilbert
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - nice and dark
S - Has nice smell of sweetness
T - Smell is more noticable than the taste, has a tingy after taste that somewhat hurt the taste
F - Smooth and not thick, wish it had more flavor
O - Ok stout, not great, others are more flavorful and stronger. For 10% ABV I expected more from this.

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Photo of bwhittva
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I knew this was going to be awesome as soon as I popped the cap and aromas of caramel and vanilla immediately filled the room. Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Deep dark brown in color, with highlights of a caramel-sauce hue and a decent tan head that left some spotty lacing. This smell of this is something that I could never get tired of. As mentioned, huge aromas of caramel and vanilla dominate. These are prominent on the palate as well, with some roasty bitterness and a little sweetness lingering on the aftertaste. This didn't seem to me to be overly sweet, and certainly not cloying. In addition, there doesn't seem to be much alcohol warmth for such a big beer. Dangerously deceptive and decadent. Well done!

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Photo of McHenry
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sisterofba
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eluvah
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Plubard
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So much better than it has been reviewed. I wonder if there was an infected batch? Or are people on this site this bad at rating beer?

Anyway, outstanding.

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L - Pitch black color and opaque, although when swirled in front of a light a clear mahogany can be seen where the liquid is thin. Light tan colored head is thin and wispy even on initial pour. It soon retreats to a ring around the edge and heavy lacing.

S - Deep, rich aromas very reminiscent of desserts. Vanilla, tiramisu, butterscotch, flan, a hint of cinnamon, all spring to mind when trying to unpack the sweet nose of this beer. Conventional beer smells like malt, hops and yeast are too low to make an impact on the nose. Very unusual, but delicious-smelling.

T - Sweet, alcoholic flavors jump to the fore. Tiramisu, creme brulee and flan are all good descriptors. There must be significant hops in the beer, because there is enough bitterness to prevent sweetness, but no hops flavors come through. Also,malt and yeast fail to make major impressions. There is sweetness in the finish, however, along with low alcohol, giving an impression like sipping vanilla extract.

F - Medium body. Low, tingly carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness struggles to make an impact against the dessert-like sweet flavors. There is moderate alcohol presence in the finish, but surprisingly little for a beer of 10% ABV.

O - This is an interesting, and enjoyable beer that delivers what it says on the label. It is a strong, dessert beer with lots of nice qualities and no flaws.

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Photo of Ssitron
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eppCOS
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Damn. Dessert in a glass, balanced booze for days...
L - Black as death - solid, a little transparency only towards the end of the glass (snifter).
S - This is where CB shines; smells intoxicating, as in Dennis Hopper intoxicating. Put in an oxygen tank. Inhale.
T - A little too sweet overall, which lessens the ability to enjoy more than a small snifter of this, but great winter beer.
F - Good, balanced, not overly carbonated, stays lively.
O - A December-January beer if there ever was one. Gonna have this with pumpkin pie this season!

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Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gcamparone
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown body with a decent sized tan head that leaves good retention and lacing.

Aromas are odd... buttered popcorn and vanilla? Artificial caramel and vanilla, graham. Taste is a little better with sickeningly sweet, overly artificial vanilla cake and more odd buttered popcorn flavors.

I didn’t like this beer. Went to the drain

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Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a quarter inch off white head that left little lacing. Smells of vanilla, sweet cream, light coffee and some roasted malts. Taste is way too artificially sweet. Flavors of vanilla, sweet cream, cocoa, coffee and lightly roasted malts. Light to medium bodied, I expected a much fuller body, light carbonation, lingering sweetness on the finish. Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of James_Err
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayCannata
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,645 ratings