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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)

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

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

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Ratings: 4,604 |  Reviews: 1,471
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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Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with two fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of patchy lacing.

Smell- Caramel and vanilla aromas with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel and vanilla flavors with a hint of butterscotch and the start. Slightly bitter earthy hop and roasted malt finish. The bitterness becomes less noticeable with each swallow.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Very tasty beer, The flavors mask the ABV very well. I would definitely by this again.

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

Pours Jet Black with quickly fading head that settles into an extremely thin ring.

Smell is of intense butterscotch, vanilla, cream, ground coffee, and a backer of toast (malt).

Taste follows the nose but the malts and hops balance this beer fairly well too keep the sweetness somewhat tamed.

Medium bodied with low carb that coats the mouth nicely.

Overall excellent for those who love dessert beers. I really appreciated this beer and will definitely be picking it up on occasion. This makes me really want to try their Choklat offering as the only others I've had by them is Warlock and Pumking

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Photo of kindbeer
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend.

Pours completely black with a one-finger tan head that recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. The top of the beer looks very oily, and there's not much lacing although the beer itself does leave a short-lived layer on the glass.

Smells good. Butterscotch right off the bat and some vanilla aroma as the beer warms. A very, very sweet smelling beer.

Tastes great. Super sweet up front that tapers down into a vanilla flavor. There's also some chocolate in there.

The mouthfeel is amazing. This beer completely coats my mouth and it's unbeliavably creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness gets to be a bit much, but I had no problem polishing off a bomber of this.

Overall this was all that I thought it would be. Huge butterscotch aroma with a sweet vanilla flavor that goes down obscenely easily. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AFDerek
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSJr
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a jet black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Very sweet smelling of syrupy creme brulee flavoring over a very thick and sweet malty body.
T: Very sweet taste of chocolate and the creme brulee flavoring that really overpowered this beer. I could taste a bit of the malts but not alot, this beer was mostly the creme brulee.
M: Very thick, smooth, and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable but probably no more than 1 or 2 because of its viscocity and how rich tasting it is. Very good dessert beer and I really like how Southern Tier delivers on bold flavors like this one. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of ErikFort
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Black with a dark brown head.
Smell- Best smelling beer i have ever had in my life. Smells like vanilla yogurt with a hint of coffee and chocolate
Taste- Just like the nose taste like smooth vanilla and then gets a little bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel- Creamy, light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- This beer is very good. The smell is ridiculously good as noted before. I would love to try this beer with some vanilla ice-cream or some sort of desert. The only negative is that it becomes too sweet towards the end.

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Photo of TCMike
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is very dark brown, and non translucent. Left nice lacing.

Smell was nice....caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars.

Taste was more beer like, but the Creme Brulee flavors came through nicely. A slight hop bitterness on the end. The alcohol taste comes in on the end. Heavy mouth-feel, and lowish carbonation.

Great desert beer. Definitely not a session beer...too sweet, heavy, and high abv.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review was just found after cleaning my apartment. After looking at some recent reviews, it seems there are a lot of mixed emotions. I, for one, loved this beer.

A-Black, oily. Light caramel colored head that didn't last.

S-I was preparing dinner next to this glass and could smell it. The aromas are strong, but well balanced. It smelled like a cold drink you would get from Starbucks. Coffee, caramel, vanilla beans, sweet malts.

T-Everything I smelled, I tasted. The alcohol started out mellow as this beer was colder than a recommended temp for a stout. As the beer "warmed", the alcohol bite intensified.

M-Creamy and smooth. Flavors linger in between sips.

D-I wish I could make a trip to souther tier and try this on tap (if it is available). Will be getting more and sharing with friends.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally taking the time to review this luxurious brew.

Appearance: Poured a jet black with one finger of khaki head from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, head fades slowly, leaving chunky lacing on my glass.

Smell: Strong vanilla, caramel, chocolate and just awesome sweetness. Nothing like a beer, bordering on indulgent dessert but very inviting. Could sniff this for hours...

Taste: Very creamy, silky caramel, a bit of coffee, some milk chocolate, vanilla and dark malty goodness. Loads of caramel, milky goodness and bit of alcohol but very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a silky creaminess. A great sipper to be enjoyed after dinner. A bomber is honestly a bit sweet for me to take down myself, yet I accomplished it easily.

Overall: Fantastic for what it is -- a dessert beer and a real treat. I recommend splitting a 22 ounce bomber with a friend after dinner. So sweet but so good.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer but be warned, you can only drink in small doses. you wont be able to drink a whole bomber of this. pour a glass and sip for an hour or two type of beer. the beer pours a deep dark black with a light medium brown head. the taste is Very sweet, much sweeter than your typical milk stout.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CharlesK
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

How lucky I was that biegaman needed someone to pick this special order up for him today, I got a bottle for my trouble and one to share as well, thanks, Jan.

Black, opaque, poured into a Chimay goblet and initally spread out a half finger mocha-tan head that soon dispersed to a cloud in the centre with a tan ring and some lacing. There were very fine and tiny bubbles at the perimeter, always a good sign in my book.

The vanilla bean nose is very pronounced at the outset and, with air, there is sweet caramel, coffee, and then more caramel in the nose. I found the same progression with the taste: more mocha and coffee than creme brulee at first but then sweet caramel and vanilla that carried through and predominated. I was very impressed with the mouthfeel: silky smooth yet substantial body, this is one for sipping. Just the right touch of bitterness in the swallow and a long lingering, delicious finish. The alcohol couldn't be better hidden if David Copperfield was the brewer... a real treat all around.

What makes this a real delight is the richness and natural sweetness of a superb dessert-like offering with the characteristics of a well brewed stout. If there is a downside, it emanates from those same qualities; like a too-rich dessert, there's the temptation to over indulge and that might not be a great idea. If anyone is looking for a fantastic beer to conclude an evening of fine dining, particularly in mixed company, I doubt you can do much better than this. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip

A- black as night. Lacing is so-so. I like the cocoa foam. It looks as though it's a chocolate soda pop

S- wow, chocolate milk surrounded by vanilla beans. The brew exhibits a dairy treat. Butterscotch is present as well. There is a ton of flavor rising up

T- same as the scent. I feel like I'm drinking chocolate milk with some hops. The vanilla beans and butterscotch blend the whole thing together. Just delicious and very good

M- very creamy and filling. This brew will make you full

D- creme brulee is a great imperial stout! This is the desert brew you want. This is a great beer to split with someone and show them another side of crafted beers. What a treat for the palate! Buy this when you can find it

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Photo of Jamison85
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MerryTapster
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poors pretty dark, almost black, with a nice white heads that lingers. Lacing is ok.

S: Vanilla and Coffee are the most presnt in this. I also found notes that would be very similiar to a butterscotch candy.

T: Vanilla and sweet cream up front, followed by espresso and dark chocolate. Tasty, but different.

M: This beer is very smooth and creamy, with a medium carbonation. Basic stout mouth feel.

O: Not a bad beer, it is on the sweet side but nobody said that was bad. This would pair nicely with a variety of deserts. Again, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stonermouse
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hesitated to even pick this up given the polarizing nature of this brew, and the fact that I despise another extreme ST brew, Pumking. I was fully ready to eviscerate this beer via review...

About a 5-ounce pour into a small, standard tumbler.

Pours a neat chocolate-brown color with a light brown, creamy head. Thick and opaque.

Very sweet aroma. A fair amount of booze in the smell, which intensifies the already-potent vanilla and creaminess. Close your eyes, and you'd have no idea that this aroma was coming from a beer.

The flavor of this matches it's title almost perfectly. Although, I thought it was more of a tiramisu-like flavor. The booziness reminded me of a tiramisu my deceased Italian great-grandmother would make; sweet and decadent, with probably more booze than was necessary.

Mouthfeel was quite nice as well. Nice, even, complimentary flavors. The carbonation was substantial yet subtle at the same time, and only added to the flavor combination.

Well, well. This is one yummy brew. As long as you know what you're getting into, you'll enjoy this. It's super-sweet, dessert-like, and resembles a beer only by the fact that it is a liquid. If you can come to grips with all of that, then sit back and enjoy. Although, pace yourself if you're lactose intolerant, as I am. I got a decent belly ache after less than half the bomber. But it was worth it.

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Photo of julian
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola color with minimal carbonation. An aggressive pour did however yield a satisfactory tan colored head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smell: One word describes the smell of this beer. INTENSE! Well maybe 2 words, INTENSE & SWEET! This literally smells like liquid Werther's Original candy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is smooth and sweet. Lots of caramel and sugary sweetness that rolls off your tongue like gooey taffy. It's like a Werther's Original candy and Creme Brulee in liquid form. It's actually quite tasty and delicious. People either hate it or love and I love it. Carbonation is medium, aftertaste is sweet and leaves you wanting more!

Drinkability: Awesome. I could probably drink another few of these. There is a lot of flavor to the sweetness which makes it very enjoyable. It's not just an overly alcoholic and malty beer (say like an eisbock) there's a lot of character in this. Southern Tier has done a great job at beer-a-fying a desert. I haven't yet been disappointed by their Blackwater Series. Keep it up ST and thanks for the recent distribution to WA!

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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