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)
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

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small sizzling head dissipates quickly leaving a thin crown only. Color is a ridiculously dark brown which might as well be called black. It's utterly opaque too.

Whoa! Vanilla comes on strong in the aroma, and paired with a milky sweetness (probably the lactose sugar) and the hefty alcohol level, this has the smell of a fine $15-per-small-plate dessert item. Even crosses over to smelling like an egg tart/custard...craziness. Certainly unlike any other beer aroma I've come across. Gotta give it a half-point boost for originality.

The flavor is something that could have been so terribly awful in the wrong hands, but it seems Southern Tier knows what they're doing by now and can try something unusual like this and make it work. Pure vanilla bean flavor rides out front. If you don't like vanilla you won't like this--but it's also not the only thing happening here. The vanilla is balanced with a liqueur-like warming, a burnt-sugar kind of sweetness, a little more burnt flavor that brings coffee to mind, a sort of milky vibe, suggestions of dark chocolate, something that's somewhere between root beer and Dr. Pepper, even a ghost of coconut (something BA Snorkapotamus located in S.T.'s Jahva stout) and what's really incredible is there's a grassy bit of hops in the mire too. The mouthfeel is appropriately creamy--kind of slippery and not all that thick--with just the right amount of carbonation tingle; with all those flavors happening, it makes you think of custard. This is completely unreal, and one of the most unique/memorable beers I've ever had.

I love when you hear craft-beer newbies take a taste of something rather different and exclaim "This is beer?" or "This isn't beer!" Although I'm far from an expert and have a long way to go before receiving by Beer PhD, I'm long past all that "is this beer?" stuff...yet even with Creme Brulee Stout I found myself wondering "is this beer?" The beauty of it is that, yes, this is beer! Chalk another one up for Southern Tier--it's at the very least one of their most unique offerings. Everybody should try this at least once.

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Photo of jabel9
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is just as advertised. Creme Brulee. It smells and tastes just as the dessert does. It is unfair to compare this to other stouts because it is completely different other than color. This is a great dessert beer. Again, the Southern Tier brewery has made a dangerously smooth imperial style beer. The high alcohol content (10%) is masked well and this beer is exceptionally smooth. The flavors wake up all taste buds at all points of the tounge. Each sip is its own adventure. Highly recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of slym
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an impulse buy for me, as I really wanted more of ST's 2X Rye, but my local bottle shop (LBS) was out. At $9 for a 22-oz. bottle, the Creme Brulee isn't cheap, but sometimes you have to live a little, right?

After cracking the top and pouring out a glass, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to like this. The vanilla is NOT a background taste, you can smell it while pouring. But, I figured there is enough "coffee" and "chocolate" in stouts, so how bad can vanilla be?

Turns out, pretty dang good. You won't be pounding this brew, as both the heavy creamyness as well as the high ABV content make that a bad idea, but as an evening sipper, I found it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black like most stouts, with very little lacing but good carbonation and persistent bubbling to the top.

S: What an awesome smell. Exactly as advertised. I get hints of toffee, caramel, malt, and definitely vanilla.

T: Tastes exactly as advertised too. I honestly can't believe they made a beer taste very similarly to a creme brulee, but they did it. Vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, star anise, custard, etc. The whole nine yards.

M: Light carbonation and surprisingly slick for a stout. Goes down smoothly and is a good draught.

O: This beer is simple: If you want a creme brulee flavored beer, this hits the mark EXACTLY. If you like creme brulee, you'll like this beer. If you're looking for something beyond that, look elsewhere.

However, even if you're looking for creme brulee, this one is a sipper and it's hard to get through more than a few ounces. Share the bomber.

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Photo of mkabull
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had the usual appearance of a stout nice tan/light brown head . The first smell caught me off guard with a big wiff of dessert like sweetness . The taste backed up the smell "wholely dessert batman" this is the ultimate after dinner beer . Mouthfeel was very heavy close to syrup like but great for a dessert type sipping beer . The drinkability was good but with the alcohol level and heavyness it brought down the drinkability

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown to the point of appearing black, producing less than a finger of frothy, deep mocha, short-lived head that leaves a thin surface layer & collar & no lace. Aroma is vanilla, Tootsie Roll, lightly creamed coffee, caramel, roast, dark malts, toffee, alcohol booze, a hint of amaretto & a faint hint of anise/licorice. Taste is Tootsie Roll, vanilla, strong & earthy creamed coffee, amaretto, burnt bread, prune, fig, alcohol booze & a little spice. The burnt malt & caramel adds a note suggestive of maple syrup. Hop presence is best defined as an earthy bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, burnt malt, vanilla/chocolate/coffee & boozy. Alcohol warmth is present. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low-moderate carbonation, silky & creamy, tongue coating, smooth in a deceptive sort of way due to the peppery alcohol spice & grainy on the tongue in the aftertaste. Just a trifle too sweet for my taste but a great choice for an after dinner desert beer.

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Photo of RaggaD
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stout glass

A: Pours a dark black with a finger or so of creamy head that fades quickly leaving little lacing behind

S: Big aroma on this one!! Huge vanilla notes, butterscotch, caramel. Aptly names brew

T: Not as sweet as it smells which was a blessing because I wouldn't have been able to drink it. Real nice actually. The caramel and vanilla hit me right off the bat but seem to fade a little as I
get into it.

M: Very creamy and pleasant. For being 9.6% I was surprised to not really notice the alcohol at all.

O: Enjoyed it, not an everyday beer for sure and not my favorite milk stout but definitely another solid beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in an 11 oz snifter.
Pitch black with a nice dark tan/mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is just what the name says. It is all 'creme brulee', and it is intense.
This is one BIG and delicious brew. Caramel, vanilla dominate the flavor profile with hints of bitterness towards the finish. Sweet dessert beer, which is so delicious that it left me wanting more with every sip. I enjoy stouts and this is definitely one that I will not hesitate to sip and enjoy again.
Definitely worth a try, especially if you enjoy creme brulee.

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Photo of Spica66
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10, then again last night from the bottle while relaxing on my deck at home (one of the many bottles I bought while at Pat's that night).

As recommended, served right from the refrigerator, poured into pint glasses.

A: Very dark, nearly black, tan colored head with good formation.

S: If you were to put a wet Werther's Original under your nose, you would EXACTLY the aroma of this beer. Caramel with vanilla overtones. If you had someone smell this beer without seeing it, they would guess candy or cake, I am sure.

T: Tastes like it smells. Has the same flavor profile as Dekuyper ButterShots Schnapps. You can't really believe that you are drinking a dark stout beer. Absolutely amazing!!

NOTE: Once this beer warmed up, the alcohol was definitely present in a big way. I recommend splitting a bomber 3 or 4 ways and getting it gone while it is still cold.

M: I do not understand how anyone could remotely put this beer into the "thick" or "heavy" category. The only reason must be because they see stout and think that way. This is incredibly easy drinker with ample carbonation.

D: I would say that most everyone who has this would not want more than one glass. Like Choklat, it is extreme and meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

This is definitely a dessert beer. My friend suggested pound cake and berries as a pairing. We will try it and get back to you.

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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 alexgash
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown. Garnet edges. Small, wispy, dirty khaki head. Some lacing. Huge nose of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, butter rum, and, uh, creme brulee! Wow. Smells like liquid dessert. Some notes of roasted malts and vinous fruits lay almost hidden underneath.

The taste expounds upon the aroma with sweet, rich, intense creme brulee flavors. Caramel and butter rum mix with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet cream, and roasted coffee. Sweetness peaks near the finish, where it is almost cloying. Luckily some roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate bitterness cut in a little bit. Still, a very intense, sweet sipper. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy feel. Going to be tough to finish a whole bomber by myself! Southern Tier keeps pushing the envelope and delivering!

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a dark brown color, no head. Has an amazingly sweet vanilla, sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is the same sweet vanilla, but also has a bitterness that prevents it from being too sweet. I can’t help wish this was a pure sweet stout, but maybe it would have been too rich. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is a delicious beer.

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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 don1481
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a super-dark brown, almost pitch-black. Very slight head disappears rapidly. No bubbles to speak of.

Smell: The smell alone is its namesake in a bottle. This smells just like I was sniffing creme brulee. The burnt sugar? Check. The vanilla sweetness? Check. That delicate hint of cream? Oh yes. This is a 5 on the smell factor.

Taste: Definitely has the stout base of note, but man does the creme brulee taste come through here as well. The coffee, chocolate notes of the base blend so well with the burnt sugar and the vanilla. While not quite the perfection that the nose brings to the table, this is really good. I would definitely consider this a dessert stout, but it's not so sweet that it makes you sick. Very nice. A slight bit of booziness kicks in as you drink through this.

Mouthfeel: Kind of a boozy aftertaste with a little bit of stickiness. Pretty much standard fare for this genre of beer at this ABV.

Overall: Definitely a nice once-in-awhile dessert treat. Not something to be had every day, but like with a delicious, rich, sweet dessert, something to savor every now and then.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/13. Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin tan head and thick ring at the edge. Plenty of delicate strands of lacing.

Smell: Tons of vanilla and buttery toffee. Maybe the barest hint of orange with a really good swirl of the glass. A dessert in a glass.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt, vanilla, buttery toffee, black coffee, hint of pine at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, creamy. Good carbonation, but I think the mouthfeel would be even better if the carbonation was a tiny bit less.

Overall / Drinkability: Very well done beer and definitely a dessert complimenting beer. When I had this with vanilla ice cream as recommended on the bottle, the bitterness really came out and complimented the ice cream. Sweet aroma with bitter roast compliment to the ice cream. Once I finished the ice cream and let my palate rest a bit, then all the sweetness in this beer came out. Even then, the sweetness was tempered by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. While I want another bottle to crack open right now, I know I should not have a second one of these in a sitting. That being said, a big glass of this beer with dessert is fantastic.

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Photo of marcpal
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and poured into oversized goblet.

This is a beer that will do one of two things: blow your mind or make you sick. My review shows which end I fall on with this one.

A: Black as night, cappucino colored head that was thin and some lacing. Had the look of the creamiest of chocolate milks, not a weak yoo hoo.

N: Good God, I smelled this coming out of the tap from about 4 feet away. The best smelling beer I have ever come across. It was all butterscotch and vanilla. Phenomenal, 5.5 and as it warmed you could pick up some of the hops. How they escape I dont know but I can smell this all night and day. If they made it air freshener form, Im hanging it in my car.

T: Whipped cream, vanilla, butterscotch, espcaping bitterness, powdered sugar, maple syrup. Intensity bursting out of this one. As it warmed, it took on more vanilla than the raw sugars and was tremendous. I equate this one to drinking a milk shake flavored with chopped up vanilla Charleston Chews. Fantastic.

M: Smoothness is there and dont understand how some claimed it to be thin- I thought the milk shake creaminess was like whipped cream. Sweetness of Baileys but more texture.

D: Sure its like a dessert, sure its like you need to eat it with a spoon, yet bizarrely drinkable. I probably couldnt drink them all night but I had no problem savoring the shiznit out of the goblet I got and am looking forward to picking up a large amount to put in the cellar.

I have always like Southern Tier's more mild beers and been back and forth on their imperials, but this freaking thing is pure genius. Loved each and every delectible sip. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Suds
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier has really impressed me lately, and this beer is no exception. It's a dark, fully black, thick liquid with a dense tan head. Really remarkable - exceptional, really - is the aroma. The sweet, dessert-like aroma is unlike almost any other beer. I was afraid that the aroma would be artificial, with too much vanilla, but somehow this strikes a wonderful balance between the creamy, malted-milk qualiities of a milk stout and huge proportions of vanilla. It's intense, sense-grabbing, and fantastic. I love it. It's like a chocolate malt, woody-vanilla, and cream pie....creme brulee, indeed. Some toasty, roasty scents are present as well. It's one of those beers that you get a kick out of just sniffing. The flavor is strong, with a firm bitterness that provides some balance. Sweet on the lips. Thick and intense, but not cloying. Huge, hefty body. Spectacularly satisfying!

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Photo of CDGoin
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the malt, and vanilla extracts, light on Hops. But if you like stouts, porters, anything with lots of malt and relatively few hops.. Then you will love this beer..

It is exactly what it is described as.. The Vanilla aromas smell just like a Creme' Brule and the finish is heavy but smooth.

The only thing I have to say against it, was that as smooth as the first taste was, there seemed to be a bitter finish. While it tasted quite good, the taste was trying to compete with what I think is one of the most aromatic beers I have ever had.

I will admit it was much better from the tap than it was from the bottle. In both cases it was exceptional.

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Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer overall. Very decadent and rich. My only complaint is how cloyingly sweet it can be if you don't have some salty food to balance it out. A definite sipper!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't always go for big and sweet, but there's no denying ST Creme Brulee is a delicious liquid dessert.

Poured a 1" dark mocha head, and replenished the head with glass refills. Dark burnt umber brown color, almost coffee. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, fancy flavored coffee, even like a candy bar. The taste is indulgent with burnt sugar, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and malt. And the high alcohol suits this guilty pleasure.

Hey, some will say this is too sweet, too strong, whatever. To me that's like ordering a fancy dessert and then complaining it isn't more bland. What did you expect when you ordered it?

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Photo of seh410
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black, opaque and a little thick looking. Topped with a thin, bubbly mocha colored head that quickly dissipates, leaving a ring around the top of the beer

Aroma: You can smell this as soon as you pour it, and man, does it smell good! It really does smell like legit crème brulee. The first thing that hits your nose is that delicious burnt sugar that you find on top of the desert. It's carmelly and sweet with some notes of vanilla in the background. Underneath that, you can pick up hints of coffee and maybe some roasted malts. Awesome.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm. The taste is pretty spot on to the nose. Vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel, dried fruit, roasted coffee and malts follow each other in this delicious medley of flavors and finish in a slightly bitter, burnt aftertaste. This beer is soooo good. It tastes like desert, but not in a cloying or overpowering way. Granted, I have a sweet tooth, but man. Delicious. The mouth feel is medium and possibly a little chewy. It's not super carbonated at all... If I had any complaint, it would be that this beer isn't creamy enough. By no means is it thin, but I feel like a beer as delectable as this one should be super creamy and thick. But that could be just me.

Notes: This is GOOD beer. The only problem is, as far as drinkability goes, it just has too much flavor. I'm trying to make my way through a bomber (done with half) and I'm getting a little overwhelmed. Kind of like... I'll eat one crème brulee happily, I'll even dig into the second one with a smile on my face... but half way through that second desert, man, I'm full.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a dark ink with garnet edges. Slow rising tan head clinngs to the glass.

Smells wonderful. Buttercream, custard, vanilla frosting, and burnt caramel whiff up the nostrils. smells like the perfect desert.

Taste is very much like the smell, very sweet and filled with cream, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch. All wound up into a little package mmmm tasty.

Being a milk stout it is creamy as fuck, nice full bodied ale with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

10% abv this stout is a monster. extremely creamy and extremely sweet. Who needs desert when you got beer.

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Photo of jonvan04
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured black with a tan head. The aroma was an addicting amount of vanilla with a nice amount of sweetness. The taste wasn't as great as the aroma but was still very enjoyable. It wasn't too sweet, but had an incredible vanilla, creamy flavor to it. It was also very drinkable considering the style and the alcohol content. I wish they would make a cologne or a candle or something so I could smell this beer's aroma all the time. This was a phenominal beer. I'm really starting to love how over the top many of Souther Tier's beers are. The pumpking pushed the boundaries of how pumpkin a pumpkin beer can be, and this beer does the same for a beer with vanilla. I'd highly recommend this.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- The coloring of this one is midnight black with no other hues present around the rim, and provides a very thick, dense head that sticks around, eventually settling down to a half inch thick layer of fluff, and the coloration is of cappuccino. Lots of lacing clings to the glass right off the bat! Overall this is very much a perfect looking stout!

S- This is dead on for creme brulee/and or flan/and or any cream/sugar based desert! Great aromas of vanilla and milk chocolate...Simply wonderful! Nothing else to say about the aroma other than it smells just like something delectable came out of the oven.

T- Again, simply wonderful! There's so much going on here....vanilla beans, milk chocolate, fresh coffee grounds, caramel and dairy cream. The great thing about this, is that there is an underlying earthiness and hop bitterness on the finish to balance this out and remind me that I'm enjoying a great craft brew! The aftertaste remains a little bitter on the palate however for my liking and considering everything else going on in this beer, so just a slight notch below the aroma.

M- Full bodied, and creamy carbonation round this out really well. Very rich and filling for sure, the alcohol is slightly noticeable but considering it's sitting at a whopping 10%, the sweetness of the lactose hides it nicely! Just like having a rich, creme brulee desert!

O- This is nearly a perfect beer to enjoy and even though this is true, the large format would limit me to enjoying one bottle every now and then. It's so rich and sweet that it's something that needs to be shared really, and really fills me up. However, from a creative standpoint, this is IMO one of the best products to be found anywhere and I absolutely love it!

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Photo of Mrlhodson
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot say enough about the smell of this beer. They should make scented candles out of it! The only reason I didn't give it a higher score is that it is a bit too sweet on its own for me. HOWEVER, if you mix it with a coffee style stout, it's UNBELIEVABLE (like Starbucks made a beer). I will absolutely buy this and serve it as a dessert beer or to mix with various stouts or porters. And, FYI, I think the ladies with a sweet tooth would love this one too (especially the ones who say they "don't like beer").

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,540 ratings.
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