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.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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Reviews: 1,455 | Ratings: 4,553
Photo of oldmankoch
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:1/2 inch head, black in color

Smell: malt and vanilla cream

Taste: vanilla cream--almost like a great french vailla yogurt, chocolate, burnt malt/black coffee especially towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium heavy in body, and sweet

Drinkability: This one is probably an aquired taste, but I love it. This is the most vanilla I have had in any beer. I do love how it mixes with the burnt malt. I cannot wait to have this again, but at most would have two because of the high ABV.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rgtravers for this brew. Hopefully this hits the market in Florida sooner rather than later.

The beer pours a very happy shade of black with a chocolate creme head that sticks around. Very nice lacing. Garnish with mint and berries?

The vanilla is apparent in the nose, followed by creamy milk and, I know I was hallucinating here, a raspberry. I sat for a few minutes sniffing the bottle. If Southern Tier made air fresheners I would totally buy this for my car.

The vanilla, cream, and a hint of the ABV dominate the mouth. This is a great dessert or before bed beer. Very sweet and very tasty.

Creme Brulee is creamy. This beer is like a carbonated creme brulee. Yea, a little exaggerated, but ou get the idea.

This is scary drinkable. That said, it is a bit sweet to session. I will, however, find another bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what all the fuss is about. Yes it is sweet...So what! This is a great beer. Outside the lines? You betcha! Thank goodness for bravery and creativity. A great reinterpretation of a milk stout.

A black brown brew with a tan head. Opaque and sticky looking.

A rich full bouquet of vanilla and caramel. Sniff deeply and you will be rewarded with a roasted dark malt undercurrent. A touch of butterscotch.

Taste is a bigger version of the nose to start. That is when it unfolds with burnt sugar and charcoal. A malted milk of cookies and cream. Coffee follows and leads into a nice bitterness that cuts through the river of sweetness that flows through the beer. Alcohol burns through to peek out here and then quickly retreats. A lingering caramel and vanilla along with a coffee based hopping coats your mouth. The feel
is full and tingly with a sticky thickness that feels decadent and hedonistic.

For such sweet thick beer I found it to be easier to drink than I thought. I went through one bomber by myself and seriously thought about another. A sipper to be sure but I found myself sipping rather quickly and delighting in this intriguing dessert in a bottle. Nice job S.T.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in to my tulip glass pitch black with a 2 inch standing tan head.

Smell - Amazing is the only word to describe this one. Lots of caramel, I'm talking a thick smell of candy apple caramel. I get some vanilla and a little alcohol. This smell is intoxicating and super sweet.

Taste - I get almost exactly what I smelled. A solid creme brulee taste of caramel, vanilla that settles in with some roasted chocolate and finishes with a little caramel chocolate and alcohol. Overall a very unique and very delicious brew.

It's very drinkable at 10% abv. Not to say its a great sessions beer but this could definitely be a night cap/ dessert.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears an opaque black with a small, tan head that quickly fizzles into a mild collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, cream, sugar, tons of vanilla, and butterscotch.
Taste is of the same with butterscotch and roasted nuts standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, rich, smooth in the finish.
I liked this one but I could see how many would not like this. The caramel, and vanilla, along with the lactose come across as being butterscotch, which isn't usually a likable trait in beer, as it is taken as the usually unlikable diacetyl(which I happen to enjoy in Sam Smith's Imp Stout).

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Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for this one. Been hanging on to this one for a few years but decided to crack it open after my daughter's first dance recital.

Poured from a 350ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dark blackish body (actually a real dark brown) with a good dark brown head.

Smell: Close you eyes and you can picture what you smell. Very strong creme brulee aroma mixed with hardened, caramelized sugar.

Taste: Creme brulee mixed with a strong espresso flavor. Sweet but never cloying. Some vanilla beans. They really nailed the flavor. Creamy custard with hardened caramel.

Mouthfeel: The middle through the end has a persistent bitterness but i found the smoothness at the start kind of balances it.

Overall: If you like big beers and creme brulee, this is for you. Makes me crave that dessert now!

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Photo of velosuds
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mother-in-law often said, "If it is dessert, why wait?" Works for this beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased at Capital Market for $8.59.

A-Pours a midnight black. Very dark. A two finger, creamy tan head quickly recedes into a scant lace.

S-This smells like a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Latte. Awesome butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, and roasted coffee. In the words of U2, this is the Sweetest Thing.

T-There is a burnt sugar, vanilla crème, and caramel taste that is unlike any beer I have tasted. Quite good, but definitely a dessert type beer.

M-Deliciously smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol.

D-This is a fine beer. Best enjoyed by sipping.

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Photo of PeaDiddy
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer that changed everything for me. The smell, and taste opened my mind (and mouth) to the wonderful world of finer drinking.

I've gone back for this beer on many occasions, and that trend will likely continue.

I don't consider myself as being able to explain everything I taste and smell when I drink a beer, but I would recommend any beer drinker give this one a go.

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Photo of dalion037
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique beer. I'm not sure if it is a dessert or a beer but here goes. It looks good for a stout and smells and taste like butterscotch. The mouthfeel is that of a silky smooth stout. I rate it low on the drinkability scale only because it was too sweet for a more than a rare occasion drink.

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Photo of SauceBoss
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch black like motor oil. Holding it against the light still did not let much pass through. Nice esspresso head had a toasted color.

Smell: A sweet malty smell with tons of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: I am a fan of creme brulee and such and this was spot on. I was unsure of what to expect but it lived up to the name. Had a sweetness that was not overbearing and the smell of vanilla and caramel came through in the mouth. The after taste held strong with a slight alcohol flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: A bomber might be good enough. While it is delicious and I would recommend for anyone who is a fan of the style, 22 oz is enough for one sitting. Drank nicely to the finish with a nice lace down the glass.

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Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The LCBO testing lab puts this at 8.2%.

A: Black with a tan head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Crème brûlée... very sweet, caramelized & burnt sugar, vanilla.

T: Quite sweet, but it's nicely balanced by the hop & roasted bitterness. Toffee, caramelized sugar, vanilla and roasted malt (with hints of coffee & nuts). The finish/after-taste is like the burnt sugar on a Crème brûlée, as well as a marshmallow that has caught fire over a camp fire.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate-to-full body is sweet, but not at all cloying.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black with a thin layer of head

s- Vanilla and caramel shout out through the smell of this beer

T- Sweet Vanilla and caramel taste just like the smell. strong malt background as well. Just a ton of flavor coming at you

M- Thick and creamy

D- Perfect desert beer.

I have have had this one time before this review so I knew what I was getting into. I served some steak with a smoked beer and served this beer with a chocolate mousse pie. worked out perfectly.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, custard, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with very authentic creme brulee character with light-moderate hop presence; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, custard, cream, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal/pine hops. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch, brown sugar, custard, toast, light coffee, and slight herbal/pine hops on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of dark malt, lactose, and vanilla flavors; with just enough hop bitterness to cut out any cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial milk stout! All around awesome balance of dark malt, vanilla, and lactose flavors with moderate hop balance; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 32oz growler yesterday. Poured into Durvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black and a thin tan head built at the top...really nice pouring beer.

S - Dessert!!!! Smells like irish cream with whipped cream. Smells like Bailey's. Fantastic!!!

T - Tastes like it smells. Bailey's Irish creamm...minty, sweet, like mint chocolate ice cream.

M - Thick and rich...doesn't really feel like a beer, more like a milkshake.

D - The ultimate dessert beer. With a nice ABV taboot, possibly the perfect beer to have post dinner when you've got a bit of a sweet tooth and are seeking out a night cap. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of in an evening.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, surprised I've never reviewed this one as I've had it four or five times. Pretty sure Torontoblue hooked me up with this one.

Pours a deep and opaque black, although some reddish highlights are in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring and thin layer, lace streaks on the glass, looks good. Smell is great, very rich, butterscotch, big vanilla, caramel corn, raisin, more toffee, cream, lactose sweetness, very malty, a hint of roast but basically big vanilla and caramel notes. Taste is similar, milk chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch, more vanilla, more caramel, just insanely rich, like dessert. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, alcohol is hidden very well. I love this beer, never really experienced the caramelized and vanilla flavours as rich as this in any other beer. Not for everyone but I really dig it. Thanks Sid!

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Photo of yankeej13
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always make sure to pick up a bottle as soon as my liquor store gets em back in.

A- Pours out dark as night with a nice brown head which quickly fades to a tiny lace. Mild carbonation hard to see though its dark color.

S- Has a huge sweet smell followed by a creamy chocolate/milky smell. Nice amount of roasted malts, hints of mocha as well.

T- A very powerful first sip that fills your mouth up with a very pleasent creamy roasted malts with tons of chocolate and through that hints of a creamy mocha, nice traces of vanilla that ends with a nice sweet like finish.

M- A nice smooth flavor considering the high alcohol content, great drinkability.

Overall- Truly enjoy this beer everytime I have it. A must share beer very hard to finish a bottle by urself, becomes pretty overwelmingly sweet. A one of a kind beer! Cheers

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Photo of czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend recommended this beer to me, and picked up a bottle. Breakfast of champions on Saturday morning!
Pours out a deep rich black color, light maple malty hues throughout the glass.
Rich smell of carmelized sugar, vanillas, touch of toffees, very light cocoa undertones, dominated by the overwhelming smell of caramelized vanilla sugars.
flavors is exactly like the aroma-a delicious, mouthfull of caramalized vanilla sugars, exactly like the delicious crust found on top of a well prepared creme brulee'
The mouthfeel is med/thick. Normally I wouldnt prefer a stout this sweet, but for something conceptualized as an "Imperial Milk Stout", this is perfectly balanced.
Southern Tier does fantastic work with these Over the top coffee stouts. I have previously drank Jah-va, and found it to be outstanding. Well done.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,553 ratings.
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