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

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3.91/5
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4,604 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
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
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#6,395
Reviews:
1,471
Ratings:
4,604
pDev:
17.39%
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Photo of The_Gluepig
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is strong butterscotch with a lot of sweetness and some vanilla. Definitely a different aroma. The flavor is butterscotch, praline and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and very drinkable, but I can't see myself drinking more than six ounces at a time since it is so sweet. This beer would serve as a great stand alone dessert.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy and bubbly khaki-colored head that left generous rings and a few gobs of lace on the inside of the glass.

S: Huge nose of vanilla bean! Maybe a little caramel and/or butterscotch, as well.

T: Sweet vanilla with fleeting flavors of dark fruit, caramel, black cherry, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, hops, and butterscotch.

M: Very sticky, oily, and sweet. Coats like paint-this beer is a palate destroyer.

D: Incredible sweetness is balanced by dry, roasty malt, bitter hops, and a touch of tingly alcohol. Have this one at the very end of your session, just like dessert.

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Photo of utfiero
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- near black with mahogany hint. Medium head tinted mocha foam.

Aroma- coffee cup with splash of coffee topped off with vanilla liqueur.

Taste- Wow! Starts sweet dominated by vanilla like the first vanilla float, then gets a bit roasty, finishing with a dry lingering hint of hop. This would be a perfect brew to add vanilla ice cream to for desert or make a beer float!

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 7/20/2013.

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Photo of Hopmeplease
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigAl723
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and pretty black. A heavy looking head that is real tan. It's about an inch and a half thick.

S: This is one of the most interesting smelling beers I've ever come across. If you've ever had a cup of flavored Creme Brulee coffee and liked it, you will be in heaven. Carmel, sweet sweet carmel.

T: Carmel and vanilla. There is not much "stout" flavor going on here. Mostly sweet flavors. I can't believe this is 10 percent.

M: Sweet carbonation. Medium feel.

D: Decent drinkability. Although I'm not 100 percent sure if I could drink a lot of this. The sweetness is just a little too much.

Overall it's a really good/unique beer. Sweet and sassy. Southern Tier continues to impress. They make some "out there" beers.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown/black color with a chocolate colored creamy head. Very nice lacing.

Smell – Milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, candy corn, butterscotch, caramel, and hazelnut. There's a lot going on here!

Taste – Vanilla, malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and light booze.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, medium carbonaton, sweet with a mild boozy vanilla aftertaste, but it hides the 9.6%abv incredibly well. I felt the aftertaste lingers waaay too long.

Drinkability – A very easy drinking stout for 9.6%abv, and although it was sweet, it was fairly easy to finish a bottle.

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Photo of tut2528
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. pour is a heavy brown like pepsi or cola. huge tan head formation (2 fingers worth) dies down rather quickly, mild lacing.

S: holy crap this doesn't even resemble a beer.the name is 100% accurate. i get a huge load of butterscotch, sugar and vanilla that all blend nicely together.

T: again, like the nose, i get a huge butterscotch and vanilla character with milky backbone. there is a very subtle hop content that is noticeable in the after taste. a slight touch of alcohol on the lips is also noticeable

O: i find this beer amazing with one condition. it must be shared. a bomber of this is too much IMHO. it is so damn rich but the flavors are extremely well balanced. would be a fantastic choice after a nice steak. this one actually took first place out of 17 other random beers in a family blind tasting in December. I find this one more complex and more well balanced that the Chokolat.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft into a pint glass.

Thick and black, with a light tan head. Incredibly sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

My bartender's immediate comment when I ordered this was "breakfast in a glass," and she mentioned waffles. I'm not sure I can improve on that description. Maple syrup, caramel, milk, nutty sweetened oatmeal on the nose.

Oh so smooth, a not-displeasing heavy viscous quality. It definitely is breakfast in a glass. Lactose sweetness, maple syrup, sweet roasted nuts. I was pleasantly surprised by some nice hop bitterness.

Definitely imperial. Very good, but I could not drink more than... two, lets say. I almost said just one, but darnit, this beer is good.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my trusty chilled O'Douls pint glass. Paid $8.50 at a "package store" in CT. Absolutely worth it. Unique tasting experience.

Dark dark brown, thick 1-finger beige head. Very faint cherry red highlights shine through when held to a bright light. Virtually nothing gets through.

Aroma is loads of caramel, toffee, dark sugars. Sweet and smooth. A really unique and intense aroma. Not overwhelming. Smells more like ice cream than a beer. Actually doesn't smell much like beer at all. More like a scented candle.

Taste is like intense cream soda. Caramel, toffee, vanilla. Thick dark malts. Slight hop bitterness gives coffee and bitter chocolate tones to the finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Thick but easy drinking, goes down very easily. ABV hidden very well. Carbonation is on the weak side.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours super dark, murky brown that is completely opaque, which is expected of stouts. Minimal caramel colored head that all but dissipates into nothingness. The smell is super, super sweet. Vanilla is the most obvious scent, but after a few more sniffs, I can make out coffee, chocolate and the tiniest malty backside. It's like sniffing a milkshake made with Kahlua. Wow.

Sweetness is definitely the order of the day here. I tasted the coffee, cream and vanilla on the front end, which was definitely a unique experience. It was sweet, but not a saccharine sweetness since that would have been a little too much even for someone like me who prefers his beers not too bitter. Speaking of bitterness, the hops assert themselves after the first few seconds, reminding you that you're drinking beer and not a milkshake. It finishes off with both sweetness and bitterness, the hoppy zip and the creamy lushness combining to provide a back end that is quite pleasant. For a brew that has 10% ABV, I certainly didn't taste it at all, as it was masked behind all the other flavors that came out to play. The beer's full body and minimum carbonation allow for the stoutness to really shine through. Nice and thick, which is how a stout should be.

For someone like me who enjoys beers that aren't too hoppy, this is a great drink. Thanks to the wonderful smell and balanced taste (with very well-hidden alcohol content), this is something I would most certainly drink again. Definitely have to check out the other Southern Tier offerings after this.

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Photo of rhong187
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9oz pour from a nitro tap

A - jet black, with a mocha colored one finger head. the nitro tap obviously enhances this score..

S - no doubt about the aroma, complete creme brulee sweetness. strong vanilla notes, sugar, and faint chocolate aroma..Southern Tier really has a knack for completely nailing the nose on their brews

T - don't know if I could drink any more than the 9oz I was poured. This is incredibly sweet, and extremely rich. a perfect dessert beer.

M - light carbonation, and you can barely detect any booziness.

Definitely a great dessert beer to be shared among 2 - 4 people. One of the only stouts that my girlfriend will drink. Another great stout from the blackwater series.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had to write a full review because this beer seems a little up or down with people.

It is a milk stout and to me comes off more of a barrel aged beer..

Poured into a standard pint glass...

Very dark pour, thin head, not much retention, very sticky lacing.

Smell is super duper sweet... toffee, caramel, butter.... again smells super sweet like candy.

Take at first sip was very sweet, a little too sweet for me and I like sweet.... but it's all what it described... creme brule.... toffe/caramel/butter/whipped pecan taste. Bery sigary...most people don't know what it tastes like but southern tier nailed it... has a perfect taste of creme brule with that perfect burnt taste to it that is also in wee heavy.... mouthfeel was good, a little sticky but not to heavy and not too light....

Overall this was a great brew that is more of a sipper... alcohol is noticeable but my biggest thing is it was a little sweet.... had it in summer and probably better in the winter. But they nailed the taste just a tad too much..

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Photo of Mtoogs
4.34/5  rDev +11%

Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but as a dessert offering this is a fine selection. Don't try and pair it with a main course, it really would be a poor match. Also if you don't like a sweet note in your beer then this would be one to avoid.

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Photo of quikxsxilver
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(my first review!)
Poured from 22oz bomber

A - Deep dark brown with minimal macchiato-looking head

S - Very pleasant but strong and sweet. Reminds me of creme brulee, coffee, caramel., butterscotch.. if Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series was an actual beer it would probably smell like this

T - I would drink this after dinner as a coffee-dessert drink. Very sweet vanilla, sugary taste rounded out with roasted syrupy coffee flavor

M - Medium/low carbonation, not too hefty on the body... lingers after drinking in a pleasant way

O - Pretty delicious if you're looking for a sugary sweet dessert beer! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local D's six packs for 9.50 a while ago. Cracked it tonight for no reason

A - Pours jet black. No light can escape it's pure blackness. A strong pour produced a great looking mocha head with very lacing. Pretty nice.

S - OMG really the best part of the beer! Smells of pure vanilla bean almost like an ice cream. Smells so strong I can smell it a foot away as I type. Amazing.

T - Well it's was pretty awesome. The flavor masked the ABV to the point of drinking it warm un-noticeable. However it really only has a mild tone of vanilla masked with the slight coffee and chocolate tones of the Imperial Stout. Not as overwhelming and "sweet" as most describe it here so is everyone's tastes buds better than mine. Peculiar...

M - Actually quite medium bodied. ST is know for high ABV and great drinkability and this one is a perfect 5 here.

D - Well I may have to wait a year and try this again. Maybe I need more bitter to really enjoy this candy of a beer? Maybe the batch needs more age or less age? It's not terrible and I could easily drink another but alias my expectations were too high again but this doesn't affect my review, A grade beer all the way!

Edit: And just to be clear the beer is now 10 percent by volume. They really need to change that.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abeerlovr
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft served in what I can only describe at a small Weissen glass, an 11 oz pour was served.

A: very dark stout with a slight coppery head not much lacing on the glass. the head though small lingered for sometime.

S: wow! strong vanilla and caramel scent, sweet smell just like a creme' brulee or vanilla custard, very very heavy vanilla smell.

T: this is a sweet beer with strong vanilla flavor and cocoa/caramel flavors. it had a nice hop bitterness which rounded it out well. as the beer warmed it got a bit hoppier.

M: this felt thick on the tongue, probably due to its incredible sweetness. though thick it did have good effervescence.

Overall: nice dessert stout that I can drink again and again though I would have enjoyed a smaller pour as this is a rich and very sweet beer. you can skip dessert and just drink one of these, have a glass of water on hand to help relive the palate.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep cola black. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. These are fat, but dissipate quickly, leaving sheets of spotty lacing and aggregates of bubbles around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears standard. As we sniff, the first thing we notice is a creamy milkiness and an outrageous butterscotch. Vanilla works its way in, with warm buttery diacetyls, charred and roasted chocolate malts, and rich caramel. There is a steely coffee bean, with a sugary sweetness of cream cheese cake frosting. It certainly smells like dessert. Our first impression is in surprise that this doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. As we sip into it, we first get notes of fresh vanilla bean, bitter coffee bite, and sweeter caramel malts. Softer notes of buttery sweetness and cream comes through with warmth. The latter notes persist through the swallow and the peak, balanced by more bitterness of thick coffee steal, and light earthy hops. Vanilla bean remains strong throughout, pulling us to the finish single handedly, where dirty coin, caramel malt, chalk, and mineral mix together for the finale. This is smooth, and the aftertaste breathes of white sugar, heavy creamer, a little booze, vanilla extract, and buttercream frosting. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip has a softness, with nice froth, slurp, and cream. There is a thick creamy coating over the tongue and palate, and the lips are left stuck together with residual sugars. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great, but it’s a dessert sipper.

Overall, what we found to be the best component of this brew was how well it represented both the dish and the style. The nose was insanely sweet, but perfectly attuned to all of the flavors, with butter, white sugar, vanilla, and a crispy char. At the same time, coffee and chocolate flavored malts crashed throughout, giving a depth of flavor, and a seriousness to the palate. The nose was crazy sweet, and made the drinker cautious at first, but the following sip was excitingly bold, and fitting to the beer, and the desired flavoring goals. This is definitely one of the best within the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series.

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Photo of gskitt
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick looking pour. Cascading and building head. Didn't recede. Streaked coffee ice cream colored head.
S- Real creme brulee's wish they could smell like this. My goodness, incredible. I haven't tasted this yet and am beginning to wonder if it will ruin it.
T and M- super creamy and long-tasting. Its a vanilla bomb. Very sweet up front but tightens up nicely and ends bitter sweet to even bitter roasted notes. It truly is desert in a glass.
D- Wow, no, not more than a glass. Sugars and ABV will get to ya!

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Photo of Brewlinson
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: The beer is almost completely black, with just a hint of brown if I look very closely. Head was one finger, dark tan, and creamy. A nice looking dessert.

S: The smell jumped out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. There is a very sweet smell that is vanilla, caramel, maple, honey, milk chocolate., gingerbread This is sweet and layered and totally unique. Really hits the concept head on. Delicious smelling.

T: Truly a dessert beer. I don't think I've tasted anything quite like this. Really hits the creme brûlée with the dominant flavor being burnt sugar and vanilla pudding. A bit like drinking a Boston cream doughnut in some ways with a big malty character holding everything together. A bit of bitterness in the finish reminds me that this is still a beer.

F: A bit more bite than I was expecting. Still smooth, with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall: This would make a great float, but also does well on its own. Definitely a one at a time thing - this is a big beer with big taste. Towards the end it was a bit cloying, but truly lives up to the term dessert beer.

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Photo of sullie519
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best smelling beer I have ever encountered.Aromas of vanilla butterscotch and mocha.The taste is a little off from the smell and carries more mocha and coffee the the traditional french dessert.I have had it bot on nitro ( I think by mistake but awesome) and reg pour...You never taste the high alcohol content..but more of the same flavors as there Mocha stout..Either way great beer as long as you only have 1 or 2 ...little sweet due to the lactic sugars..great for an appertif or before dinner drink

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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