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)

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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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Reviews: 1,459 | Ratings: 4,565
Photo of WonderNerd15
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black, with small, quickly disappearing tan head
Smell: Super sweet vanilla, spot on creme brûlée
Taste: Very sweet vanilla, bitterness hits on the back end, but isn't overly bitter
F: Thick and lingering in the mouth, almost syrupy
O: Good, interesting brew. Definitely not an all day drink but still good none the less

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Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into nonic half-pint, and a couple of days later from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "DOB 12/31/2015," into faceted mug. Aroma screams fancy Starbucks, but beer is a bit more restrained and drinkable, even for those of us who like our coffee black.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 10% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown, nearly black once in the glass. Light brown head quick to dissipate. Opaque.

Smell- Cream, vanilla, caramel, sweet.

Taste- Sweet vanilla bean and lactose sugary sweetness. Ample butterscotch. Finishes rich with notes of milk chocolate and coffee and a slight vinegar taste.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with low carbonation. Abv is felt by the burn.

Overall- A complex full flavored stout. Was not expecting the heavy butterscotch flavor. Decadent, like a dessert, and made to sip

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured to tulip

Pours black with chocolate head that quickly dissipates, leaving bust a light have of bubbles

Aroma absolutely nails the namesake dessert, just amazing vanilla caramel

Flavor is extremely sweet, heavy on the vanilla, caramel more lurking then as aggressive as in the nose. Bit of roast. Lot of vanilla bean bitterness on the backend, brown sugar praline as it warms

Big solid lush mouthfeel

This has been on my radar for some time. Outrageously sweet, I was surprised there wasn't as much caramel in the flavor as in the aroma. Overall too sweet for normal drinking, but this is beyond normal.

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Photo of braker649er
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My highest praise is that this beer represented truth in advertising--the flavor was an undeniable dessert beer that was very sweet, and had creamy-caramel-toffee flavor just like you'd expect from the name. I was in favor of the high ABV (especially high as a milk stout)--the booze gave the sweetness dimension.

It almost felt like you could achieve this beer by brewing a solid base and then adding butterscotch syrup. That may sound a bit cynical. Actually by this I mostly mean that the taste was on target.

The flip side: A few sips in, I couldn't decide if I actually *wanted* a beer that tasted like burnt cream/caramel. My bad? I rated relatively highly even though this wasn't ultimately a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of moofthedog
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, standard stout. Brown-ish head with pretty lacing.
Aroma: Creme brule. Vanilla. Extremely sweet smelling.
Taste: Extremely sweet. Not dry thankfully. Also slightly booze-y, being 10% ABV. Kind of reminds me of a belgian dubbel actually in how sweet and strong it is. Can barely tell hops are in this.
Feel: Really nice actually, carbonation is moderate. Despite booze-y taste, it sits in the mouth well and leaves a nice aftertaste actually.

Overall: Expensive and novelty, not something I'd buy again and actually somewhat disappointing from southern tier. I think it would be cool if they replicated the same smell but dialed it back a bit, reduced the ABV and lowered the overall sweetness. It's just a bit "in your face" when some subtlety would go a long way in imparting the creme brulee idea.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH chalice L: dark dark brown with no head and minimum lacing A: sweet milk, burnt sugar, and a slight buttery aroma T: exactly like the nose M: heavy and slick like liquid sugar O: awesome dessert beer, not for everyday, but goes great after a fine dinner.

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Photo of do_ob
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Medium brown pour and settles dark brown in the glass; black body with reddish-brown highlights around the edges. A thin, vanilla-colored lacing tops it off. On the nose, huge notes of candied sugar, caramel, vanilla, lactose, and dark chocolate with hints of coffee. Incredibly sweet-smelling. The taste follows the nose with huge notes of sweet, burnt cream, chocolate, lactose, vanilla extract, butterscotch, roasted malt, and expresso. Not quite as sweet as I was expecting given what I've heard, but still probably the sweetest beer I've ever had. The feel is nice - dense enough to carry the flavor and alcohol, but not really chewy or syrupy. No taste of booziness to be found.

Overall, not bad. Very, very sweet but if you like that then this is a good one. I could't drink more than 12 oz. in a sitting.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Creme Brulee. 10% ABV. 22oz bottle split between two snifters. Bottled on 12/15/15 at 5:11pm.

Look: Pours and settles a rich dark brown, retaining caramel highlights and a thin ring of tan lacing.

Smell: Rich vanilla, cream, and butterscotch; this smells just like vanilla cake.

Feel: Full bodied and silky smooth with almost no carbonation.

Taste: Not quite as sweet as the smell; sweet vanilla and butterscotch like a dessert. It has a slight coffee and roast bitterness up front to balance out how sweet it is, but gets more intense near the back end and into the aftertaste.

Overall: Another great dessert beer from Southern Tier to match Choklat. Incredibly sweet nose, and almost as sweet taste. This is definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Coal black color with nice tan head and no lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, lots of caramel and butterscotch. Smells very sweet.

T: Butterscotch, very sweet milk notes, finishes with a harsh bitterness. Very very sweet.

F: Medium heavy body, low carbonation.

O: This is an extremely sweet beer, that I don't think I will be buying again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via EightBall Brewing in a snifter. This nice milk stout pours a deep coal black with brown outlines and a fantastic head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy vanilla, char, and lactose sugars. Flavors follow the nose with a strong vanilla and cream deeply touched by the torch of heat letting off strong notes of char on all sides with a touch of cola on the back. Slick mouth feel, light carbonation, and an overly sweet finish. I prefer this ale in a bottle as compared to on tap, yet I have had it before and have no recollection of the strength of the vanilla notes which is rather intense on tap. Overall it is very nice.


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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black with decent sized tan head excellent lacing head dissipates to a thin line around glass.

Smell - Very sweet and chocolaty almost decadent nose vanilla as well very dessert like.

Taste - This really needs to be consumed at the 42 degrees suggested on the bottle, as it warms it gets too sweet. Very chocolaty also get some vanilla and cake like.

Feel - Heavy feel very creamy and smooth.

Overall - An amazing beer it is like dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Krills
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very sweet, with a powerful and delicious vanilla smell. Taste is of vanilla and cream, with a strong, but not overpowering, stout alcoholic aftertaste.

Personally, this is on my list of top beers. But I could understand why it wouldn't appeal to others.

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jet black look with an off-white, medium thickness head that lingers all around the glass. The smell is very sweet, lots of butterscotch, vanilla and milk. Wow does that sweetness carry over into the taste, like a creme brulee milkshake. However, the somewhat overwhelming sweetness gives way to strong malt, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Definitely supports my milkshake description.

Fair warning, this beer is all about sweetness. I'm not saying this is good or bad, but this is the first milk stout I've had that tastes exactly what you'd expect. Although I enjoyed it, if I wanted a milkshake that's what I would have purchased. It feels like the bitterness at the end was thrown in because they were worried you'd forget it is a beer. If you go into it wanting/expecting dessert, enjoy!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. bottled December 2015.

pours jet black with a small tan head. head shrinks to a small ring. not much lacing to speak of.

smell is simply amazing, sweet vanilla chocolate and milky, with a hit of roastiness.

taste is layered, first the sweet vanilla milk, and a quite strong roasted finish.

mouth is just on the thin side of medium.

overall, a great beer for a sweet tooth like myself.

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Photo of epyon396
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep back with a thin dark khaki head on the rim. Light, spotty lacing.

The nose is a complete butterscotch bomb with a little bit of vanilla.

Overbearing butterscotch hits up front. Light vanilla and caramelized sugars create a taste that lives up to the name. There's dark chocolate malts hidden way in the background and a lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied on the lower end of the carbonation scale. Very silky and creamy. Probably the highlight of the beer.

I appreciate what Southern Tier has created here, but it is just too damn sweet for its own good. A 10 oz pour was more than enough.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

L- very dark, nice off-white head that was fairly thick.
S-mild sweetness and malt.
T- beginning is sweet and has a bitter aftertaste.
F- very creamy, smooth and easy drinker for an imperial stout.
O- enjoyable beer. Great mouthfeel, average taste.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this the second best beer i ever had in my life so creamy and smooth and silky. words can't describe its tatste or irrisistable smell of this icredible beer

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Southern Tier beers by now, thanks to their Pumking ale. I decided to give this one a try, being Pumking is out of season. I miss it already. Poured into my Duvel goblet, its super frothy, very, very dark and the head resembles chocolate milk and the head sticks around a while, easily a 2 finger head. My thoughts of this were "dessert beer" so let's see how it holds up.

L: dark, almost black, 2 finger head, lingers for a long time. So frothy, like chocolate milk that has been shaken for a few minutes. Beautiful appearance.

S: Oh my lord. So delicious smelling. Dominant vanilla bean and creaminess over anything else. No indication this is even a beer, no beer smell, no hops smell, just delicious creamy vanilla. Outstanding!

T: Take a smooth beer and add some vanilla extract, this is basically what you get. Beautifully infused, not overly smooth but Southern Tier beers never really were. But that is not a bad thing, it reminds you that you are still drinking a beer. I can sip on this all day, really delicious. Perfect special occasion beer or dessert beer at an adult birthday party.

F: really great. Frothy at first, no alcohol burn, creamy, like a melted milkshake type feel.

O: This one is pretty great. Despite the hops presence (I am not a fan of beer bitterness) the vanilla bean is very much there, above all else.... above the beer taste, the hops, the alcohol taste, very delicious and not overly sweet. In fact, not really "sweet" at all. You get a delicious beer with a perfect harmony of vanilla and cream. Give this one a try, its really good and ranks up there closely with Pumking, though to me Pumking is hard to top, but this is a very close second.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black with a medium-thin foamy khaki colored head. Medium amount of lacing. Heavy notes of vanilla at the front of the nose, with bits of coffee and roasted malts hiding behind. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Seriously, this is a sweet beer. Vanilla beans and milk flavors intertwine during the duration of the tasting. Great mix of the two. Mouth feel is smooth, albeit not as bold or robust as one might expect. Still, it is a pleasure to drink. Overall, pick this beer up! It is a fantastic dessert beer. Magnificent job by Southern Tier.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of senglish7
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla on the nose. Pours a dark brown with a very slight head. Taste is dessert in a bottle. Seems to be very vanilla but aftertaste is actually very similar to Creme brûlée. Haven't had anything like this before. Very good.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a thin tan head that fades quickly in my snifter

Vanilla dominates w some chocolate at the back of the nose, makes my mouth water. Rum barrels even.

Taste is almost as good as the smell. Vanilla cream soda only darker.

Good amount of carbonation, I like more rather than less. Creamy.

Overall another great kicked up Stout from Southern Tier. On par with Chocolate Oranj.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: An opaque ebony body with faint garnet highlights bears a thick, creamy, dark tan head. Big bubbles pop at the surface like chocolate milk being blown through a straw, while tiny bubbles cling to the sides of a glass, as does spotty lacing.

Smell: A uniquely scrumptious combination of sweets. Malted chocolate and vanilla shakes, Boston creme donuts, and Rollo candies all instantly come to mind once the powerful aroma quickly latches on to the nose. There is a crisp, refreshing quality in the background, almost like a dash of creme de menthe, that makes sure to shake the sugar coma you may already feel coming on back to life.

Taste: Just as candy-forward as the smell at first, but then dark roasted malt and a pinch of pepper tip the scales just enough to bring the beer out of the milkshake category. Still, sweetness dominates, with vanilla bean, rich caramel, and buttercream truffles creating a delectable mixture any sweet tooth would love. So speaking of love, for god's sake, keep this out of reach of your children! It really is that drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, not unlike the milkshake it's taste seems to mirror. Conspicuous alcohol warming appears to permeate my entire body, but maybe that's just because i'm sitting right by the heater. Moderate carbonation helps bring a bit of a dryness to the finish, reminding one that yes, this sugar bomb is still a beer.

Overall: As much as this beer tastes like a gourmet dessert, it has enough spice, bitterness, and of course, alcohol, to keep it from being cloying. It's so sweet I almost feel guilty for singing its praises. But song them I must. This is one delicious donut.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black, light tan head.

Huge aroma of butterscotch/caramel. I used to love butterscotch as a kid and this brings me right back to those times.

Taste is caramel with roasted malts close behind.

Aroma and taste is great, but I think the mouthfeel could be a bit better, but its not bad.

After drinking more of this, Ive got a stomach ache. This stuff is just too damn sweet. The aroma is the only strong point.

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Photo of floridadrift
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Teeth hurting sweetness, a great vanilla smell but the taste lacks any body whatsoever. Very thin and artificial tasting. I would highly recommend blending this with a favorite imperial or bourbon barrel imperial stout to achieve an enjoyable tasting of this beer.

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