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)
BA SCORE
3.91/5
4,601 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
Ranking:
#6,136
Reviews:
1,470
Ratings:
4,601
pDev:
17.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
405
Gots:
1,100
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for a blackish body and a one-finger light brown head. Buttery, vanilla, milk (a little) - an intensly sweet smell that I started to pick up as soon the cap came off. A touch of bread and burnt malt are also in there; pretty close to actually smelling like a creme brulee dessert. Smooth, ultra creamy with vanilla, caramel, hints of spice and wood in taste, a dryness thanks to some burnt malts in a medium body that was a little sticky. Finishes dry and is complemented by the ABV. A perfect dessert beer and I recommend having one, and only one, after a nice dinner.

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Photo of stimulus
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release. 22 oz bottle. Now 10% ABV.

A: Dark brown with ruby red around the edges.
S: Strong vanilla, creme brulee aroma.
T: Wow, the vanilla, caramel, and milk flavors dominate this brew and completely mask any semblance of alcohol.
M/D: Medium bodied considering the milky feel. Not as thick as syrup, and the carbonation makes it feel light.

Quite a feat for an imperial sweet stout, this is quite the dessert treat.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin layer of chocolate colored head. The fades away very quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is full of burnt caramel, with lots of vanilla and lactose, a bit of dark fruit and some booze.

T - Starts off with rich burnt caramel sweetness with lots of vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. Through the middle, the lactose sweetness comes through with a bit of roastiness. The finish is a mix of rich burnt caramel, vanilla bean, lactose, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and syrupy with a super sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very much a dessert beer. Super bold but also very tasty.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, not black, very slight wispy head and almost no lace.
Smell is all about sweet vanilla, caramel.
Taste is just like the smell. Almost like caramel ice cream, deep, rich vanilla notes, with just a hint of dark malt. Very slight carbonation and a rich and slick mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer which gets better as it warms up. Southern Tier is going into uncharted waters and making some damn fine beers.

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Photo of Abrengle
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a two-finger pure white head with diminishing lacing. Light carbonation is evident when poured in a 8oz snifter.
S: Nose is full of sweet burned carmel with a deep sugary-malt undertone. It is what you would expect from the name.
T: This beer does not dissapoint or miss-market the experience. This is definantly a night-capper with a descent amount of sugary, carmel, creamy malt and an absence of balance within the volume of the beer.
M: Heavy but sweet with a hint of dark roasted malt.
O: A great beer for dessert, after-dinner food pairings, or for a beer drinker that has a sweet-tooth. I enjoyed the first glass poured out of a 32oz growler, the rest was regretfully drained to the mouth from price obligations.

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Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark jet black with tight tan one finger head. Some lacing.

WOW!!! Big robust vanilla beans, chocolate, hints of coffee and cola. Smells outstanding.

Huge vanilla beans, more coffee than in the nose, deep roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate chips. Very big flavors, but not overpowering.

Very creamy mouthfeel goes perfectly with the flavors and name of the beer. Heavy bodied and a nice chewiness.

This resembles drinking a chocolate milkshake. A bit of a sipper, but man would this be an outstanding dessert drink.

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Photo of brewmyster
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very dark,oil-like, very little light passed through. However, the head was thinner then I expected thus the lower mark.
S-Very unique,vanilla,coffee, and believe or not a hint of prune, very eclectic smell, but, surprisingly quite good.
T-Vanilla,coffee,condensed milk,molasses-tiramisu 1st comes to mind NOT creme brulee. At 10% abv the alcohol is very well hidden.Hops comes in at the back of the tongue.
M-Good,but not as creamy as I would expect,but smooth enough.
D-This is a great "single drink" beer (ie, great for an occasional taste but not one I could drink continuously all night. Falls into the Dogfish Head 120min IPA realm)
All-in-all a pretty tasty beer, to me a quit unique taste. I would recommend this beer for a holiday treat.

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Photo of capra12
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at rnh on turkey day.

Appearance: jet black with little head and spotty lacing

Smell: butter scotch is the first thing that comes to mind and a slight creaminess with a huge malt punch.

Taste: opens creamy and malty with a definite creme brulee as hints of alcohol spike through in the middle to end leaving a malty aftertaste but not like belgian strong dark ales.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with little carbonation and very very smooth. Yum.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to those who seek an intense milk stout with a creme brulee/ butter scotch kick that is incredibly smooth.Like all southern tier stuff intense and rich in flavor profiles, never let's up.

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Photo of lpothier
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elumbeer
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet, especially in smell, but it comes through in the taste too. Great vanilla, but I find myself wishing it was less precluded with the sugar

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sweet beers, and especially milk stouts, but I think this is my boundary. These guys make some of the best "flavored" brews out there, and this is no exception. Dark black pour with minimal brown foam. Vanilla and alcohol dominate the nose with just a bit of malt-syrup coming through. Mostly vanilla initially in the sip, followed by a nice cooked sugar and dark chocolate finish. Very creamy mouthfeel, and any aftertaste is just pleasantly sweet.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Liquified cookie dough is the best way to describe this beer. Wifey likes it so easy to split a bomber. Thanks to the traders who helped me get both '13 and '14 editions.

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Southern Tier tulip
A- Deep black, Held up to light dark ruby red, Off-white/tannish head builds quickly and then fades away into almost nothing soon after
S- Big time vanilla, caramel, sweet chocolate and sugar, smells like something I want to sink my teeth into
T- Intense sweetness, caramel, vanilla, cappucino and burnt sugar, not complex but very delicious
M- Big, smooth and creamy, nice bit of carbonation on the tongue
O- Maybe the most unique beer I've ever had, Enjoy a few bottles of this every year, not for everyone, but for a dessert beer they really nailed this one

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Photo of Oakenator
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B33rcules
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyT
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz with a few friends

This beer is all over the place:

A - Poured black in color with brownish white head. No apparent lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Incredible...The vanilla comes through and lets you know that it is not going away. Nice alcohol smells pierces through at first, and then mellows out.

T- At first the alcohol burns you pretty good. The vanilla taste and roasted malt flavoring permeates through. As you drink it further, the alcohol burn alleviates itself. Very sweet.

M- Minor hops hit you right in the front. The alcohol warms from beginning to end, but only hits you at the back the more you drink. The vanilla hits in the front, malts take over in the middle. The more you drink; there is a nice dryness in the beginning.

D- This is not a beer that should be pounded or drank in haste (especially with the ABV). This is a nice, mellow warmer beer...to show off to friends or as a desert beer. But this is a nice "occasion beer".

I will definitely have this again. I would like to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I gave this beer a try because I'm such a fan of the dessert, but I didn't have very high hopes for it. I figured it would be too sweet, or like melted ice cream with a bit of a malt taste to it. The balance of the beer really struck me. It was beer-first, though by no means was the creme-brulee a minor flavor. It didn't taste fake like some chocolate stouts or gimmicky like Voodoo Doughnut. It just tasted like a better than average stout with some very natural-tasting flavors added in. It would make the perfect dessert beer, but really it's not so sweet that it couldn't be enjoyed at any time. I'll likely buy again!

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Extol
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Couldn't imbibe a lot of these But maybe one for breakfast or dessert. Nice vanilla and chocolate bitterness on the back end.

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Photo of mds1101
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamey61
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at a local place with an amazing selection of micros. Appearance is very dark which I was not expecting. The smell is amazing. Truly smells like Crete brûlée which was a pleasure. The taste was very good and more surprising since some beers smell like the targeted goal but taste does not always follow. Definitely a dessert beer so I would not be able to drink too much of it. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. My girlfriend bought a bottle and we plan to drink it tonight. Read another review in which they mixed it with Southern Tiers Pumpking. I happen to have two 22oz. Bottles of that so I will try that as well. Very good beer in small doses. Highly recommend at least a try.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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