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.

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Ratings: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of TasteTester
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%

Photo of CharlesK
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MerryTapster
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stonermouse
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich, opaque, chocolate beer is covered by a smooth, velvet, cappuccino head which quickly fades to lace in a thin layer over the beer. When held to the light, a ruby halo accents the glass.

The aroma of Crème Brulee is spectacular, followed by sweet coffee and Kahlua-n-cream.

The flavor profiles live up to the aroma, with chocolate milk, molasses, caramel and latte. Overall, this is moderately sweet with a hint of acid and a lightly bitter finish highlighted with vanilla, nutmeg and a touch of whiskey.

This is a medium-bodied, dry beer, creamy smooth with soft carbonation and moderate alcohol.

Southern Tier has served up an easy choice as a special treat. I plan to finish this bottle and save another for just such a special occasion.

Date consumed: 21 August 2008

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into a goblet. No dating.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1/2 finger light khaki head that quickly dissipates. Can see a little light around the edges.

S: Hits you in the face with carmel, toffee and vanilla. Very sweet, some booze gets through. Unique, certainly over the top, but undeniably delicious!

T: Very sweet carmel with a backing of vanilla. A great representation of creme brulee. Certainly the only in its style that tastes like

M: Creamy and full bodied. Has ample carbonation. Certainly a sipping beer with how sweet it is.

Overall easily one of the most unique imperial stouts. A great dessert beer. Always enjoy an opportunity to drink it and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Creme Brulee is an amazing brew. Smells like Creme Brulee.

A: Black colour and a 4 mm head that fades to some lacing. 4

S: Very strong burned sugar smell with a hint of coffee. 5

T: Caramel coffee flavour into charcoal and very bitter finish. 4

M: This was a little flat, but it had been open for a day. 3.5

O: Yum Yum. 4.5

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've now had two beers I consider "dessert beers", and only one of those (this one) that actually touts itself as such, well, this is one damn good dessert beer...

Out of the glass the brew pours a practically black liquid with weak head and no lacing. The smell is truly divine - creme brulee with a nice mix of distinctive stout. The mouthfeel makes this a very accessible beer, smooth and almost creamy. Though the beer should have tasted boozy, it was far from it. In fact, it was an incredible blend of the 10% ABV with the sweetness of creme brulee. Overall, it was really good as a dessert beer - not too sweet at all, a truly perfect blend of booziness and light sweet taste.

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Photo of MillRat
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Truth in advertising for once. Lots of brews advertise some ephemeral fleeting note in the aroma or flavor. This beer runs you over like a high speed creme brulee forklift.

Looks like a pretty standard impy stout, opaque black with a brown head that quickly retreats into a thread of bubbles at the sides of the glass. Aroma is simply vanilla, caramel, and a slight bit of roasty char. Creme brulee. Flavor follows true, with a heavy hand on the lactose. Yes, it's cloyingly sweet, but so is its namesake dessert. The rather high ABV hides well behind all that sugar, too.

Not sure I really want to know how many batches it to these WNY maniacs to nail this recipe, but I'm sure one or more of them owe their present diabetic coma to the process. Glad to only have one bomber at a time. It'd be an anti-session beer with or without the 9.6 ABV.

If you like impy stouts or thick sugary desserts, this belongs on your gotta have list. Nothing else comes close.

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Photo of ridglens
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown, but can see through it on the pour. has a pretty cascading head though, and stays thick, light brown head.

S- The vanilla dominates, with a milky creamy smell as well. some kind of spice come through, and a very distinguished malty profile. really smells good, enjoying it a lot

T- Vanilla again, and roasty milky malt (almost like a whopper). a little more coffee comes out now than in the smell. also a little metallic taste, especially at the colder end of the glass, a little like burnt coffee. very sweet the whole time

M- decent, but a little thin for my taste. pretty silky, not too bad.

D- actually really good, enjoyed drinking the entire thing, and could have more!really balances pretty well.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich dark brown in my snifter. very subtle hints of ruby around the edges. a rich creamy light tan head floats up to greet me.

instantly i am hit by an intense caramel scent. upon warming i can smell more of the vanilla. this beer smells so sweet it makes my teeth ache.

and i just dropped my glass after taking my first sip...worst night ever. entire bottle now sits on my bedroom atleast my room smells good.

from the sip that i took the flavor is great. very sweet. lots of caramel and vanilla. smooth finish. full body. i would drink a whole glass of this next time i get it in a trade...i hate my life :(

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Photo of medic25
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber in a Delirium Tremens glass. The vanilla aroma hits my nose as soon as I pop the cap; it becomes even more evident as I pour. The color is midnight black, with a thin tan head. The taste is like nothing I've ever had. Strong, sweet vanilla, with a little burnt coffee and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with a strong vanilla aftertaste. If I was a big vanilla fan I'd give this beer 5's across the board, but it's a flavor I can only take in small portions. Fantastic offering though.

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Photo of rbmjr1
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadCat
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Appearance: A nice black color with a good tan head, leaves nice lacing

Smell: Vanilla, toffee, cream, chocolate, a little roasted malts

Taste: Sweet caramel and cream up front, with some vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation

Overall: Not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but it is an amazing dessert beer. Super sweet, but that doesn't bother me. Can't drink a ton, which is why finding it on tap is good.

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Photo of keytown
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a very thin tan head

S - Smells of a pint of Haagen Dazs Creme Brulee: vanilla,
chocolate & caramel.

T - Tastes very much on the same note as the smell: very
sweet, with tastes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel. There
is some hoppy bitterness on the finish, more then I
expected from such a sweet beer.

M - Full bodied and very sweet. Very smooth with some good

O - Overall this is a good beer. I'm not big on overly sweet beers
but this one is very good. It would be an excellent desert
beer. Would pair well with Thanksgiving/Christmas desert.

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