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

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #292
Ranked #6,852
3.99 | pDev: 17.04%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
Notes: The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.
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Photo of Hard88Driver
1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wish I could give these folks a ZERO but its not an option. The Creme Brûlée beers were over pressurized and for the first 3 packs of 4 beers, I opened them over the sink as they would fizz on opening. The beer was in an area with no sun and a constant 69 degrees. A few days ago 3 beers of a four pack exploded. The tops pushed up and blew off. One top severed completely where the flat and round part of the can connect. Two of those cans shot 20 feet into my home spraying beer as they traveled. The third shot upwards to the ceiling. It was a 5 hour clean up job and we are still finding areas we missed and hand washing items that had to be rack dried to remove stale, very sugary, beer. Calling friends, family and my boss to tell them to remove the gifted beer from their home was amusing. The manager where I bought them said Southern Tier had other recalls on their nitros for the same reason so BUYER BEWARE. I called the company and left a message for quality control to call me. That was three days ago and nothing. Clearly Southern Tier does not care about customer service or their customers experience with their product. Had they called back to discuss the issue I would continue to buy their beer. Instead, they have lost a customer for life. There are just too many other good brews out there that I can try instead.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at Oak & Stone in Sarasota, FL. Loved the ABV (10%) but way too over-the-top sweet. You know, like that dessert you bite into and your teeth hurt. I was expecting a dessert kind of drink but wow.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(9.6/12 oz nitro can, D. O. B. 10/24/19; purchased cold single at Shangy's.... poured into a fat tulip)

L: deep, dark brown, seemingly-murky liquid; fantastically-tight, tan, creamy foam...

S: horribly, pied-piper-ly, artificially, caramel-vanilla latte ice cream-scented candle smell - super, stupid potent, but rather Coffee-Mate quality (I recently reviewed a beer where the CM fakery was well-nigh suffocating; this may have usurped its ugly stranglehold)...

T: rather artificial, fake flavor renderings; coffee, creme, vanilla wafer... this ain't beer... an alcoholic (and deceptively so) Young's Double Choco Stout (or that barely-palatable Wells Sticky Toffee crud) violently-injected with vanilla Coffee Mate and pungent piney shrubs... mellow roasty, near-tannic bitterness lingering long

F: unsurprisingly satiny-smooth, quiet caress... mellow spicy booze activity, silky sedation in its finish... admittedly easy to slug (destroy), heaven forbid one has this at a bar while socializ-ising - too dangerously slammable

O: mercifully, my last review of the day (and I haven't yet weighed in on any of the 12 4 oz tasters at Weyerbacher midday)... had this years ago in a bomber (and/or on tap?!), but got mad confused review-wise as to whether or not I'd done it, eh?... insanely full-flavored - and of a quality of which I most nostalgically associate with Southern Tier... gotta 3- or 4-way share even a small can of this, good god (1620)

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle in to a pint glass, this beer pours a very dark brow, almost black color with a tan head that's about half an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice cluster swirls of film layer of foam on the beer's surface with good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts with a bit of caramel, vanilla and chocolate along with some milk sugars. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted malts with a bit of caramel, vanilla and chocolate along with some milk sugars for a bit of additional sweetness. A very decadent chocolate flavor here indeed. Has a crisp, slightly oily, also smooth and creamy, full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and slightly dry aftertaste. An excellent beer all around.


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Photo of Stephen85
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious. Pours black with barely any dark tan head. Smells of vanilla, cherries, plums. Taste is sweet malt, vanilla and dark fruit. No bitterness at all. Very much a dessert beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass. 2013 vintage bottle, consumed 8/31/17.

A: Very dark brown, essentially opaque, with a thin tan head. A minimum of visible carbonation, but still manages a thin tan head that lasts pretty well.

S: Big vanilla, caramel, and molasses, with lactose and roasted malts. Some sweet milk chocolate. Toffee and lighter coffee. Certainly a sweet aroma, but quite appealing frankly.

T: Yankee Candle-like vanilla, big caramel and burnt toffee. Sweet lactose, milk chocolate syrup, and mild bitter coffee. Some deep roast to the malts add a moderate bitterness, though it's snowed under by all the sweet flavors here. More sweet chocolate and vanilla (again, a bit artificial) with a touch of bitter cacao and acrid burnt toffee in the hang.

M: A nice thick body for a milk stout, with a smooth mouthfeel. Low level of carbonation sensation. The alcohol is fairly obvious, though the alcohol flavors play nicely enough with the rest of the beer.

O: Nothing I’d drink particularly often, but this is a decent dessert stout. I wish the burnt caramel didn’t pull through quite as acrid and I wish the vanilla were more natural-tasting, but neither is a total deal breaker. Again, maybe one of those beers that isn’t my personal preference, but it does what the label promised fairly well. Scores given are what I think fair to style, rather than personal preference.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 6/22/12.

A - Nice dark brown pour with no lacing and no carbonation.

S - Light chocolate char and creme with a hint of caramel and black licorice.

T - Lots of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, soft chocolate, very delicate char. Finishes balanced and well refined. Bitterness is low and comes primarily from the chocolate.

M - Big medium body that's borderline full. Viscous, lip smacking sticky, light booziness pokes through on the back end.

O - 6 years on this bottle is pretty much magic right now. Not overly sweet by any means but well blended and presents layers of flavor. Diggin' it.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing as I’d heard strong things about this beer. But the look, aromas and taste just didn’t do it for me. Looks fairly dark brown, almost black in color but no real head or lingering lacing. Smells faintly of coffee, vanilla and mocha. The taste is overwhelmingly cream soda, though, and the sweetness is just cloying. Much more faint notes of caramel, mild coffee, milk chocolate and maybe a little nuttiness. Smooth thin mouthfeel, just too heavy and sweet to notice much creaminess or thickness. Decent carbonation. I like sweet stouts but this was just too much for me, even when paired with dessert. A shame since I really enjoy this brewery’s offerings.

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Photo of Jim0031
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 10/19/18. Smell-sweet cream, caramel and sugar. Taste- very sweet and creamy just a enough bitterness to keep it in check. Overall- a very enjoyable Milk Stout.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought at Total Wine in Sarasota.

Pour: Black/brown with small tan head. Dissipates quickly with a few clouds and thin ring.

Nose: sweet sugar and vanilla.

Taste: Sugar, burnt caramel, vanilla really sweet. Some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. A little thinner than I expected but ok.

Overall: I usually like sweet desert beers but this was to sweet or to much vanilla, or both. Worth trying but Won’t buy again.

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Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly. Aromas of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and sugar. Sweet taste of butterscotch, caramel and vanilla.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Southern Tier tulip. Dated 10/19/18.
Perfectly black look. Nose is vanilla chocolate coffee. Taste follows nose and stays sweet. Feel is rich and creamy. Overall an excellent desert beer.

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Photo of mpruden
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

First wrote the review in early November; per the Southern Tier website we paired this with Bananas Foster for Christmas dessert — amazing! — I'd keep the numbers the same, but the pairing is perfect and brings out the best in this beer. I'd also agree with BeerZombies1's review of this beer, that it's better before it warms up too much.

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Photo of briandgilbert
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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 dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Plubard
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Radome
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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 eppCOS
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 gcamparone
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
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 EMH73
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Twitgeek
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this as a southern tier fan and love crime brûlée. Decided to have with dessert as a good pairing, my wife who usually doesn’t try my beers took a sip and helped me finish the 750ml bottle. When we went back she bought the last worth a good try. Sweet but good as an occasional beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 17, 2018... OCCASION: a long, strange, happy day that began with the end of Will's eleventh birthday sleepover, an intense snow storm, and a nice dinner with friends for a good cause... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... alright, another Blackwater offering! pours its ominous pitch-black body and a resilient, thick, off-white three-fingered head that laces with a ring of clustered bubbles... first whiff evokes eggnog, shortbread cookie, vanilla bean, lactic aromas, and the suggestion of light coffee bean... sips at a medium-bodied mouthfeel, textured and slightly warming... a long, lingering finish tells its 10% ABV--though flat at the middle--and bolstering in its presence... big vanilla and smooth milk make this an eggnog kind of dessertif, worthy of small, chewed sips... the malts are toasted enough to suggest the flame that accompanies the creme brulee itself, while supplying a thickening measure... sweet but not off-putting, tempered in its approach, with its late life suggesting cinnamon and cardamon... the coffee liquor reminds me of the coffee brandy I tried to impress my college roommates by drinking... butterscotch is the lingering memory--a smell that haunts my turning-twenty-one self to this day, but is welcome in the profile of this beer... this is probably my least favorite Blackwater offering--not a slam--as it weds flavors that I am not personally inclined to... still, quite a profile for an ABV this stiff, and fresh from the grunt... solid, not spectacular, but at nine and change for 32 oz., more than worth the money...

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Photo of q33jeff
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25


Aroma. Sweet vanilla, very warm.
Appearance: thick looking, syrupy motor oil black with a small off white head.
Taste: syrupy sweet. Ashy aftertaste. Vanilla and toasted malt are evident, but sweetness tastes artificial/added, unfortunately similar to the Choklat in that way.
Thick feel.

Not awful by a long stretch, but very low on my list of stouts from quality sources.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is one fine beer. My wife who isn't a big beer fan ordered this for desert after tasting the one I was drinking with dinner. Smooth as silk and nicely balanced. Way to go Southern Tier.

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Photo of scream
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these given to me awhile back and decided tonight to open it. I must say I was quite pleased. It has a nice nose to it and though it might be on the sweeter side, I thought it was very tasty. Will be looking for some on my next trip to the store.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 4700 ratings