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

s -- bottle capped bottle.

a -- very nice dark brown, and a creammy head.

s -- this is the best smelling beer i ever had. it was like being in a candle store.

t -- maybe i just like mike stouts, but i did not taste any milk, just vanilla and coffee cream.

m -- little carbonation, good for a change from the belgians.

d -- i enjoyed it all night.

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Photo of ABHatter
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous jet black color with a brown/purpleish color on the edges. Very tiny head goes away very quickly.
S--Smell is absolutely outstanding butterscotch, tons of Vanilla and a faint tootsie roll smell. T&M--Taste is fantastic. Loads of sweet vanilla, burnt sugars, chocolate and a tad of butterscotch round this out with a nice alcohol creaminess on the finish. As far as drinkability goes I gave it a 4 , This beer is a little rich and very sweet but it is also quite drinkable considering it's hefty 10% ABV. All in All, another fantastic beer from Southern Tier's black water Series. I would recommend anyone to buy this one as soon as they can, because I'm sure there will be a ton of Beer trekys stockpiling it in the next few weeks.

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Photo of seedyone
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 - On tap. Part of a flight which included So. Tier Creme Brulee, Java Head, Imperial OAT & Founders Breakfast Stout.

Uber flavors here. Doubt there's any vanilla left in Madagascar after they made this. Chocolate, some coffee & just enough sweet to hit the spot. Not just for the freak effect, this is an excercise in what can be done. Well crafted and well dangerous at 9.6%.

12/20/11 After tasting this from a bottle some time ago (Thanks, Steve) I was so glad to see it untethered. This is one of those rewards for those who venture beyond their comfort zone.

Captured in my glass are a classic, though light stout with high caramel and vanilla notes. Nothing slaps your face except the uniqueness and, as Martha Stewart used to say, 'that's a good thing'.

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Photo of AltBock
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a plastic label of three different kinds of cows. The closest one is the common milk cow, the farthest one back is a long horn, and I'm not too sure what the other one in the middle is. To the left of the cows is the Government warning and too the right is the usual wealth of information that Soutern Tier dishes out. This information includes the ABV%, plato, what kind of malts, kettle hops, aroma hops, proper serving temperature, proper glassware, and a novel sized paragraph. This long paragraph talks about how this is a dessert beer and a brief history of the creme brulee. It's mostly just gibberish. Again, like every other Southern Tier bottle, the only information missing is some kind of bottle code or bottled date.

Appearance: Southern Tier suggested I use a Snifter, so I poured this beer into a Corsendonk Snifter. I knew a Stout was going to be black, but I didn't think this beer was going to be this black! I held it up into the light to see if light could penetrate this beer's solid black color and it couldn't. The head of was almost as impressive as the color itself. This head of foam was light mocha color and about 3/4 of an inch in height. This mocha foam had really good retention that left behind foamy mocha rings and only a handful spots of lace around the glass. Great color and great head of foam!

Smell: Wow! What an aroma this beer had! I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap. The aroma was so heavy on the vanilla beans and the sugar that it instantly reminded me of a candy store with an ice cream parlor attached to it. There was that and it smelled exactly like creme brulee right down to the smallest detail. It was great sweet smelling beer, but there wasn't any kind of beer smell in it. No malts, hops, or even chocolate hiding in this aroma. It was all about the vanilla beans and the sweet sugar.

Taste: I didn't think that you could take a delicious well made creme brulee and transform it into a Stout beer. That never crossed my mind until I took a sip of this sweet beer. If you've ever had a creme brulee before, then imagine drinking one. Not only does it smell like one, but it taste like it too. But unlike the aroma, the taste had a little bit more "beer flavor" to it. Hiding behind all the vanilla beans and sweet sugar was a small touch of dark roasted malts and a quick splash of roasted hops. Then after the hops leave, the taste goes right back on track with all the sugar and vanilla beans. The vanilla beans are aggressive, but in the end it's a great sweet tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Even though this beer was dark, sweet, and contained a high 10% ABV, I thought that this beer was more of a medium bodied beer than being a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was slightly dry, but very sweet with more vanilla beans, sweet sugar, and a subtle touch of dry roasted malts. This beer totally masks the 10% ABV. If there was any sign of the 10% ABV, then the vanilla beans and sugar would have covered it up anyway.

Drinkability: I didn't think this beer would taste like creme brulee at all. I thought it would just be a dark roasted beer with a hint of vanilla added to it. Boy was I wrong about that! Since this was such a sweet dessert beer, it should really only be drank once in a great while. If it isn't, then you must have quite the sweet tooth. This is a very creative original idea for a beer. I would like to thank Southern Tier for having the balls for brewing and distributing a beer like this to the public.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage Into A Tulip Glass
Sampled W/ 2 BAs - Approx. 7oz. Sample

This brew pours a dark, dark mahoghany to black color, with a one finger beige head that diminishes quickly to a few bubbles. Little to no lacing on this brew. Looks a little thin for the style. The nose is simply amazing w/ boat loads of cracked vanilla bean that can be realized without even completely bringing your nose to the glass. Also, has the aroma of nuttiness and caramel in the background. The taste is the same vanilla bean in your face w/ burnt caramel, coffee, and licorice on the finish. Could definately session this one if I had more of an alcohol tolerance as I once did, and the ABV is completely hidden @ 11.00%. I feel the thinness for the style helps in this aspect. Overall, this is the perfect dessert/after dinner beer and a nice offering from Southern Tier as I have grown to expect from them.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of all the beers that I've reviewed on here, this may have been the one that I looked forward to trying the most. Everyone on here or that I knew that had this either loved it or hated it, and felt that there wasn't quite anything out there that was like sure. As soon as I opened this bottle and got a whiff, I easily knew that this would be the case and couldn't wait to see if the taste would match up to the aroma.

The pour wasn't anything special and the chocolate-hued head didn't last for very long. This looked like soda but with less carbonation and a different form of sweetness. As for the aroma, it was one of the most amazing and strong scents that I've ever picked up from a beer. It seemed like the creme, custard, and cream cheese-treat sweetness couldn't wait to escape the bottle and I found it very indicative of the flavor within the beer itself. This was just a bit tart but the sugar wasn't sticky or syrupy. Instead, the flavors reminded me of the types of desserts that are small, square, and served in cupcake-style wrappers. Just a bit of tartness and lactose to go with the creme-brulee flavor but unlike many others on here, I never considered pouring this down the drain at all.

That's not to say that everyone is going to like this beer. It packs and alcoholic wallop and the flavor will be offsetting to many. While this isn't the best brew that I've had, I think it's safe to say that there isn't anything else on the shelf today that's remotely like this. For anyone who doubts that beer tastes like bitter hops and water, this will challenge that notion pretty strongly. Everyone should give this a sample once, if for no other reason than to see what's possible and expand his/her palate.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance:Pours a thick black with a frothy dark brown/chocolate head, about half a finger in size. The head slowly recedes, leaving a caramel-looking foam. Retention is good.

Smell: It really does smell like Creme Brulee, with obvious notes of vanilla, cream, and caramel. Extremely malty, of course. I don't really detect any hops; it's pretty sweet smelling.

Taste: Well, it does taste like sweet Creme Brulee! However, it is certainly not the only note. I detect a strong hint of coffee, some hoppiness, and then there is that creamy caramel like backbone. There is an alcohol bite and the bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, it leaves a frothy beer-stache on me so it's fairly heavy in body. Creamy, of course. Desert, all the way.

Overall: A good beer that I would love to actually pair with Creme Brulee sometime, as it would match quite well. This is most definitely a DESERT beer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Thanks to orcasteve for sending these my way.

Holy Shit!!! This beer has some body! Pours a nice thick black with ruby highlights and a nice light tan head. (quite vigorous pour) Nose is some cream, slight coffee, sugar. Taste is sugar sugar sugar. Jesus god. This is most defenitely a desert beer. Super vanilla cream and slight coffee flavors. mad sugar. Mouthfeel is awesome, outrageously viscous and milky. Drinkability is very good for the abv, but is defenitely hampered by the ridiculousness sweetness. If you are looking for a dessert beer, this is most defenitely one for you. Jesus god is this beer sweet. Quite delicious, but don't expect to drink more than one, as this bitch is filling as hell. Doing so would induce a diabetic coma. Impressed again with southern tiers beer with extras. A fantastically unique concoction. Super interesting brew. Git some!!!

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Photo of ChaseSams
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you find this on tap get it, definitely a unique brew.

Color is deep and brown. Opaque. Nothing special on the pour BUT...the smell... wow. practically all vanilla with some cocoa and light nut. The taste is just as powerful. Tons of vanilla with a great left over taste. The perfect after dinner beer, forget dessert beer, this thing is dessert. I'm going back to my local pub just for this because it is so unique. Hats off to southern tier for this one.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A jet black with about a one finger of foam head, does not leave behind much lacing though

S-Sweetness. Coffee, vanilla, butterscotch. Like a dessert made in heaven.

T-Very sweet. This beer could be the dessert in place of any cake or pie. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Joyous sweetness.

M-Creamy and carbonated

D-Very sweet, but not sweet to the point of no longer drinkable. Hides the 10% abv very well.

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Photo of hamilton23
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A: Pours dark brown with some tan head.

Aroma hits you like a ton of bricks...WOW that is creme get the burnt sugar and vanilla in a big way.

Taste follows the is REALLY sweet. This is an after dinner beer. Not one to drink on a hot summer afternoon. Sip it and enjoy the dessert.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured some of a bomber into a wine glass...why not?

It's pretty black looking until held to some light, when ruby edges show through reluctantly. The thin tan head does not last nor does it leave any lacing.

OK, this smells like dessert. I mean rich, chocolate and vanilla, burnt caramel enhanced by the intermingling of alcohol that is not at all prominent. Rich and buttery dessert, I mean I usually don't look for it in a beer, but I am intrigued and interested.

The taste has the same caramelized sugar and vanilla thing going. Buttery toffee notes. Yes it too has dessert written all over it, but the alcohol burn is much more pronounced. There is a dryness to this imperial stout that starts in the middle and rides with the sweet flavors all the way through the bitter hoppy finish. I tell you there is a lot going on behind all this dessert.

This could be an iced specialty coffee, some sort of blended and chilled hot chocolate, or it could be dessert liquefied. Mouthfeel is big and smooth, the alcohol dryness is not overdone. Really the only thing that could be is the vanilla but taken in small sips even that is pleasant.

I hear bad things about this beer...and I understand that tastes vary so I am glad I tried it for myself. Recommended for the adventurous and the uninhibited. In a word...


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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. there was a half inch of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head and some decent lacing.

S: It really does smell exactly like creme brulee - that and malt, vanilla and a tinge of hops.

T: Like the smell, this really tastes just like creme brulee. You get a decent amount of malt and vanilla, but they are overwhelmed by the creme brulee. Very bold flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium- to heavy-bodied.

D: If you're like me and you like creme brulee, you'll find this to be a drinkable beer. Otherwise, stay away.

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Photo of merzeone
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Pours Dark With a tan head and some lacing.

AR: Smells like vanilla pudding.... no hops straight up desert.

T: Holy Creme Brulee you better share this one unless you like sweets. It is exactly what it states Extremely sticky no hop bitterness finishes HEAVY.... no alcohol taste or burn. Great Post dinner beer siting by a fire with the lady. Almost a touch to much vanilla for me though.

M: good carb however this beer is heavy sticky and sweet.

O: This beer in small amounts is amazing it is definitely a good social beer.Its pretty cool to see people make a beer taste like what ever they imagine. I would drink this again for sure. There is nothing more I could ask for out of a beer like this. They achieved what they wanted.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

a-poured jet black. no light was getting through this puppy. creamy tan head rose up slightly and then faded away.

s-smells like the french vanilla creamer that i pour in my coffee in the morning. tons of vanilla sweetness, some butterscotch, and coffee. an incredibly unique smell thats for sure

t-again, similar to morning coffee with way too much creamer in it. sweet milkiness, coffee, chocolate and tons of vanilla bean. like coconut and even toffee. again, incredibly unique. LIke no beer I have ever tasted

m-creamy and incredibly rich and thick. like drinking my dessert. AVB is not present at all and it goes down smooth.

overall, this is some crazy stuff. Is it something I could drink every day...of course not. But in terms of an incredibly unique beer, this one takes the cake. Southern Tier just keeps making unique sweet stout that I really enjoy.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh wow! Got to have some of this on tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville. I am a huge fan of Southern Tier and this is a beer that I have been looking forward to trying since they first brewed it.

The beer was served in a 6oz snifter. the color is completely black with a half inch head that that left a beautiful lacing in the glass.

I pick up vanilla, creme, and butterscotch. Very, very sweet.

The taste is similar to the smell, though it's not as sweet as I expected judging by the smell. I get the same notes as on the nose with some toasted marshmallow and burnt sugar on the finish. I don't get any booze, which is scary for a beer that's nearly 10%.

Overall, I this is a great take on an imperial stout. Very creamy and sweet. Extremely drinkable. Well done, Southern Tier. Well done.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a snifter, like the bottle says to. It has a nice black body with about a 1" mocha colored head. The smell is fabolous, some chocolate, and some butterscotch. The taste is chocolty, with vanilla and butterscoth, very sweet. Has a nice mouth feel and is defently a sipping beer cuz of the sweetness. Overall a really good beer, i would drink this one again.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,565 ratings.
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