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

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
BA SCORE
3.91/5
4,601 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,129
Reviews:
1,470
Ratings:
4,601
pDev:
17.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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405
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Ratings: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
Photo of GreyGhost4
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k47k
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pour that is a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white foamy head in the snifter and a one and a half finger white foamy head. No lacing in the snifter but some sticky white sporadic lacing in the pint glass. The smell. well Southern Tier did what they’re supposed to and that’s put crème brule in the smell (I get it, its there), however, there’s also an ample amount of caramel and chocolate coming through as well. The taste was well sticky sweet all around through the crème brule flavoring and still bringing back the caramel and chocolate, sweet sticky caramel/crème brule aftertaste leaving a dry and somewhat chocolatey finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a decent sipping aspect to it, carbonation seems good for a Milk/Sweet Stout.

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small tan head that quickly settles to a very thin cap. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass. I smell vanilla extract, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Like drinking liquid butterscotch. Alcohol warming on the finish. Nothing is there to clean the palate so it has a cloying sweet aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bit of a sticky consistancy from the sweetness. Not the easiest beer to drink. Very sweet and cloying and with an ABV up at 10%. Best shared with several people then horded to oneself. I will finish this bottle and that will satisfy me of this beer for quite some time.

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Photo of brewohio1
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark brown almost black color, lighter color head that fizzed and went away fairly quick. Not much lacing as my glass goes down. Damn the nose on this beer is ridiculous. It smells like I could get a cavity from drinking it, huge butterscotch scents, tons of sugar, very intimidating. The taste doesn't follow the scent as much I thought it would, I'm getting more coffee, roasted malts, little sugar. It's almost like putting some butterscotch creamer in your coffee with a couple sweet-n-lows. This ones not for me, it was fun to try but I won't be back.

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Photo of mltobin
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of perrymarcus
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score.

no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and the sweetness wears on you. at least me. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; the bomber is going to be a bit much.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. for reasons already stated, i don't find this to be a hugely drinkable brew.

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Photo of mkmarth
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstract_Alegebra
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer Run in Cville. Obsidian in color with a micro lace that fades to almost nothing. What a nose! It's like getting punched in the face by the candy man wearing butterscotch boxing gloves. Taste follows the nose but (relatively) toned down. Smooth, sweet, lingering on the back in a way that stays with you, but is nice. Bis thick and uniform.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: A thick, opaque, black beer, poring to 3 fingers of a dark tan head, settling and thickening slowly leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S: The nose is very sweet, vanilla ice cream, caramel, malt and touch boozy.

T: The first sip tasted like coffee caramel candy, very sweet and heavy. Lots of vanilla and cream and slowly transitioning to coffee and dark roasted malts. Some bittering hops help dry the finish out but not much and the overall flavor is heavy sweetness.

M: Big body, smooth and thick, round; mild carbonation.

O: True to its name, the beer drinks like liquid crème brûlée. The caramel sweetness is so strong making it a perfect dessert beer, but in small doses. I was glad to have help with the bomber, but still, there was too much sweetness.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber that I had in the fridge and pretty much forgot about until asked to bring some brews to the family get together on Thanksgiving. I decided dessert was the best time to open this up and share with the family.

Poured into several small wine glasses, this brew appears a dark brown color with decent clarity. When held to the light, it displays some ruby coloring. The head is creamy tan that retains fairly well and as it recedes leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew absolutely reeks of butterscotch. Nothing but butterscotch is all I smell for most of the duration with small hints of vanilla and an indication of fruity alcohol in the background. If you enjoy werthers originals, this might be a beer for you.

The taste of this brew is dark fruity alcohol tasting somewhat of plum but man is the alcohol right out front greeting you with each sip. A dark grain flavor is present which is somewhat bitter that resides inside the mouth almost with a taste of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Citrus hops are in the background with a faint vanilla flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The flavors are certainly in line with what I have come to expect from Southern Tier's "Blackwater series." These stouts are stouts that are highly flavored that push the limits of what I am comfortable with enjoying but are fairly decent intro beers for people to try that might not necessarily enjoy dark beers.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Almost black with brownish tints. Three finger head that fades but leaves lots of lacing.

S: Strong notes of vanilla-esque vanilla with additional hints of vanilla. So, yeah. It's big on vanilla.

T: Vanilla and sugary sweetness obliterate anything else that might be lurking flavor-wise. There's also a pretty strong alcohol burn. It feels more like a vanilla liqueur than a beer.

M: Heavy and creamy.

D: I'm kind of torn on this. On the one hand, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and there's something to be said for a beer that sets out to be this desserty. On the other hand, it would be lot better if it were taken down a notch or two. If it were around 8 or 9% ABV, it would be amazing.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black / brown, very minimal head and carbonation. Looks thick.

S - Smeels of vanilla, cream, and burnt sugar. Smells like a beer called Creme Brulee should very aromatic.

T - Sweet burnt sugar taste. Creamy, sugary, dark.

M - Viscous mouthfeel, very minimal carbonation, thick and rich.

D - If you want a sweet beer with a lot of character, then this would be an excellent choice. Definitely a desert beer, and a good choice for an after dinner drink.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a tulip.

a - pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of dense, light brown foam on top. retention is good and leaves a few thing rings of lace in the glass.

s - pretty much nailed the creme brulee aroma, tons of vanilla, carmelized sugar, faint fruity notes.

t - massive, sweet vanilla bean throughout. some roasted malt, dark chocolate and a light bitterness on the back of the tongue. butterscotch finish, sticky and sugary. slight alcohol presence. sweetness is just shy of being cloying.

m - full bodied with adequate carbonation. pretty smooth for being so rich.

o - enjoyable, but i couldn't drink this often. if there ever was a dessert beer, this is it. would pair well with turtle brownies or a hot fudge sundae. get a bomber and split it with someone.

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Photo of beerhan
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had a 4oz draft sample of this last night and honestly I cannot believe that this was even beer. It more or less tasted like liquified cheesecake or tiramisu. There was a heavy cream taste with strong hints of cocoa and coffee. The alcohol is almost undetectable and the taste really is a lot more like Kaluha than anything else. Nonetheless this sample was more than enough for I would not want more. It is the a good dessert beer but if anyone can seriously take more than this down they must have a real sweet tooth.

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Photo of devilben02
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My wife wanted to try this one, so I was happy to share it with her. It pours like any good imperial stout, with a deep, opaque brown color and a modest ring of foam. This beer smells absolutely incredible, with an aroma of vanilla and caramelized sugar that is as close to actual creme brulee as I can imagine. The flavor is likewise dominated by vanilla and caramel, which isn't as pleasant as it is in the aroma, and there is also some earthy, dark roasted malts and an undercurrent of booze that don't connect well with the decadent sweetness. The texture is pleasant enough, with a light carbonation to help break up the dense, sweet flavor profile. In the end, though, despite the unique flavor profile, the distinctive, potent sweetness is just too much, and I likely won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Alright; I've heard just about all there is to hear about this beer. I'm walking into it open-minded; I think this is my first beer from Southern Tier. Expectations are high; I like the sound of it. Acquired at a local beer store for $15.00 (this shit's hard to come by in Los Angeles). 9.60% ABV confirmed. I don't have a snifter on-hand, so I'm serving the 650ml brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz. Reviewed live.

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of its consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger tan colour head of good cream and thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing for the style.

Sm: Sweet Jesus, that is one hell of an aroma. Overpowering creme brulee: custard, vanilla, sweet sugar, and luxurious dessert. Staggeringly appealing. I can't wait to try it. Buttery as all hell. I'm wary of the sweetness, but I'll bite. It's exactly as it should be considering the aims of the beer.

T: Heavy vanilla sweetness with custard and buttery qualities abound. Yes, that definitely tastes like creme brulee. And it's not as artificial as some have noted. Cream, custard, sugar, whipped cream, sinful vanilla dessert notes. Wow. Maltiness is hidden actually; I couldn't tell you if the malts were dark or light based on the taste alone. I assume they're dark. No roast at all. No real chocolate. Just creme brulee throughout, like a tasteful dessert wine. Definitely meets its aims, but the sweetness is quite over the top. I don't know if I want to finisht his whole bottle. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy, clean, sinful. As buttery and sugary as they come. Suits the flavour profile near perfectly. Good thickness and carbonation.

Dr: Wow. This really does taste like creme brulee. It's right up there in the best specialty beers, for sure. The drinkability, however, is quite limited. Frankly, they bottled it in too large a bottle. No one in their right mind would want to consume the entirety of this bottle alone. I of course will do so because I'm not a pretentious twat who drainpours everything that isn't good enough for my posh lips. It hides its ABV remarkably well and would pair brilliantly with actual creme brulee, but the drinkability is very limited. This is one hell of a beer and it's certainly unique. I don't think anyone denies that. For that reason alone, every beer fanatic needs to try it at least once. Preferably in a small pour, though. This is a dentist's nightmare.

B

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: a beautiful thick black body with 1/4" tan head; light lace and decent retention

s: caramel and syrup with vanilla ice cream; butter and chocolate

t: very sweet caramel and syrup wth vanilla ice cream; butter and chocolate; as well as added light coffee; it is similar to creme brulee; i see it

m: smooth but a little sticky and syrupy

d: really heavy and a little too sweet to have a full pint but an interesting beer that is worth a couple desert tastes

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Photo of Stunner97
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark brown to black in color with very thin white lacing that quickly fades away, no carbonation to be seen

Smell- all i can say is wow, this is literally the most strong smelling beer i may have ever smelt, its smells much as advertised being a creme brulee, tons of vanilla and caramel dominate this pungent delicous sweet nose, literally smells like desert, I could smell this one all day

Taste- the taste of the beer is not quite as strong as the nose would believe you to think on the start, its gots got some roasted espresso and burnt malts up front and even little touch hops, its not til the finish that the vanilla and caramel start poking there nose around again and lingering long on the finish, the finish is much more drying and less sweet then i excpected

Mouthfeel- the mouthfeel of this beer is i would say medium bodied its not light but it certainly alot more light still then i might have suspected, some alcohol can be noticed on finish

Drinkability- Overall -this is a very creative beer and one thats unique amongst most other beers I have tried, its not as sweet as you would think for sure but the flavors are vanilla are strong, really to me the weakest point of this beer is the firm bitterness at the end which I guess is cutting back on some of the sweetness but still not sure its the most desirable taste to me, this is probably not something I would seek out again as it seems it has some good points but never reallly comes together to be great rather okay, worth a shot as a desert beer

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Photo of lpayette
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Received in trade as an extra from the generous Lofgrep.

The appearance isn't all that impressive with little carbonation to show off The color is very near pitch black. The little bit of head that is present does produce some lacing however.

Smell is apparent from the start, as opening produces TONS of creme brulee notes. Strong coffee aroma as well.

Taste- A little too burnt on top I think this creme brulee is. From the smell I expected this to be super sweet and delicious. The extra roasted characteristic however was a bit much for me.

A sipper for sure, and a desert beer at that. If this were just a little bit sweeter, I'd be all over this beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Black pour with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S: The smell is really sweet. Predominantly butterscotch, with some vanilla and chocolate mixed in as well.

T: This has one of the most interesting tastes I have ever encountered. Butterscotch mainly, really a lot like creme brulee, but in stout form.

MF: Creamy and oily body.

D: Not very good. Took me a while to put down one glass.

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Photo of DallasK
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dismal
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with a little bit of redish highlights coming through if held up to the light. Has a big, very light tan head at first but pretty quickly it reduces to almost nothing, leaving little to no lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell of this one is mainly vanilla. Thats all I really got out of it, there may have been a hint of coffee but the vanilla really stood out to me. Taste was the same though the coffee came through a bit more. Really sweet tasting, and honestly had a cream soda like taste to it which I'm not completely sure I'm down with haha. Overall not a bad taste just not what I really want to enjoy in a beer. Pretty good mouthfeel however, thick, which is what I want in a stout. Drinkability is average, above average at best. At leas the alcohol is hidden well. Not something I would drink a lot of in one night or even often. I may pick it up again but most likely I would pick up other Southern Tier products instead. I'd say it's worth a try but it's pretty sweet tasting and strong on the vanilla. Nothing wrong with that if you really like that kind of thing.

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Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from the LCBO, part of the Winter release. Into two stemmed wine snifters, shared with the girlfriend.

Pours black, with a finger or two of khaki head, Mild retention, sticky lace. Nose is huge, loads of graham cracker, burnt sugar, pie crust/pastry crust and vanilla, with some alcohol hanging out in the back. Taste is fairly complex, lots of stuff thrown together here. Caramel, sweet creme brulee, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar and vanilla all find their way in there, with some alcohol on the back end. Great mouthfeel, thick and real chewy. Drinkability takes a hit, this is super sweet and a real dessert beer. Half a bomber was more than enough, almost too much for me. Interesting stuff, and really gives the impression of some creme brulee.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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