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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,584
Reviews:
1,463
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
400
Gots:
1,094
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,584 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Swim424
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a rouge pint glass from a bomber.

A-pours a the color of true dark chocolate with a milky chocolate film covering the top. not much head.

S-wow. Smells like a mom and pop coffee shop. delicious. lots of vanilla filled with nice bits of coffee, chocolate and caramel pleasing the nose as well.

T-an overpowering amount of vanilla smacks your tongue immediately upon entering the mouth shocking your tongue. As soon as the immediate rush is over a hard amount of espresso smacks your tongue. As it slides down your throat you get a blast of 100% cocoa bittering your tongue hard.

MF- a bit thinner than I expected. Definitely boozy. a bit creamy.

O-This is a pretty good beer. Very powerful. This was a total shock to my nose and mouth. But it is nicely sweet. The alcohol is very noticeable on the finish.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle split with my buddy as dessert. Poured into my snifter

A: Deep brown with a thin, light brown head with pretty good retention. Ruby red highlights

S; Jeez! Smells like... creme brulee! Massive vanilla and butterscotch make for a very appetizing post-prandial aperitif but not the best of beers

T: Tastes pretty much like the nose. Massive vanilla and butterscotch lead things off on a beer that's carried by medium bodied beer with hints of chocolate. Finish is sweet and very creme-brulee-esque.

M: Well carbonated, maybe a little thin for such a big stout?

D: I can't honestly imagine drinking one by myself.

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Photo of Zach136
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, nice head sized tan for 9.6%

Aroma: Super intense vanilla bean. Like you can smell it clearly from feet away intense. Up close you can smell the caramelly, sugary sweetness to it. Little to no roast character.

Flavor: Holy diabeetus. Cloying vanilla, blackstrap molasses, hersheys syrup. Instant headache.

Mouthfeel: Do I really have to drink more? Full+ bodied, cloying, beets.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours black with a light tan head that lingers well in the glass.

Smell is butterscotch, maple syrup, vanilla, coffee and a little cake-like. It is much like walking up to a gourmet coffee cart.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Medium bitterness in the finish. Extremely rich!

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall this was good but so incredibly rich that I could never drink more than a small glass.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber pours a dark black with a little carbination forming around the glass. The smell is very sweet and reminds you of desserts you have over the holidays. The taste follows suit and is incredibly sweet for a stout. Its almost too sweet really. The abv% is well hidden, but its drinkability is difficult since its so damn sweet. Going to be a struggle to finish this bomber by myself. Won't go out of my way to see this out again. That being said, i'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a light-tan/khaki-colored head.

S: Wow. Creme brulee is right. The second the cap is popped you get the vanilla. After the pour it's even stronger -- vanilla and toffee and, as it warms, butterscotch. It smells more like dessert than a beer.

T: Follows the nose, more or less. Creme brulee -- vanilla, caramel, roasty malt and butterscotch -- as it warms I keep thinking of hard butterscotch candies.

M: Just shy of heavy in weight, fairly creamy in feel.

D: Subtract points here. This beer is just too heavy and sweet to be a big drinker. It's dessert and it's a sipper, but the sweetness just weighs you down and thus slows you down. The friend I split it with was right, I think -- a bomber would be perfect for 4 people as an after-Thanksgiving-dinner drink.

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Photo of Shane7111
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown with a small, off- white head that disappears quickly. Scent is... Sweet Jesus!!!! The sweetest beer I've ever come across. Smells like dessert and gives me a craving for chewy caramel candy. Tons of sweet caramel, toffee, and brûlée. Taste is just as sweet. German chocolate cake with toffee and vanilla. A TON of caramel. Hints of overly sweet chocolate. Sugar bomb. Slight warming booze as it warms. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very rich. Drinkability...now this is where this beer fails. It is amazing with the first few sips...but becomes completely overwhelming almost instantly. Overall, this beer is unique and deserves all the hype for that, I just recommend it in small doses.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jsmith313
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice looking dark brown pour, black in glass. less than a finger of tan head that recedes quickly, leaving a few spots of lace. aroma is pretty nice, super sweet vanilla, dark fruity cherry note, sweet chocolate. on palate it is decent at first, but as it warms becomes extremely cloying and almost medicinal. at first i thought it might be enjoyable, but ultimately it is not.

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Photo of Arnar_Hallsson
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If it would taste as it smells it would've perfect. The smell is gorgeous but the taste is too sweet and shallow.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Desert in a glass!

Thick, black, sweet, creamy, tastes strongly of vanilla and while a bit bitter, it's burn-sugar bitter, not hop bitter. A very slight metallic and acidic taste that works quite well with all the other dominant flavors going on.

I probably can't drink too much of this at one sitting, but it's actually very delicious for what it is. If you want desert, and you want beer, then a glass of this will leave you feeling well-satisfied (and it's probably a bit lower in calories than real creme-brulee together with a glass of beer!).

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Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bold and close to four finger head of dark foam, airy but not wispy, has better retention than you’d think, only minor surface dimpling, the lacing is thin and haphazardly spread across the glass sides. Clean liquid if predictably opaque, like buffed onyx, tiny hint of orange at the rims. The nose is like having a German chocolate cake smashed into your face, coconut, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, only a slight roasted edge, some candied oranges, this has a “take no prisoners” approach. Full-bodied, same story in the mouth, unbearably sweet like a hose force feeding you toffee, caramel and butterscotch. This almost makes it hard to register the vanilla and chocolate. The carbonation is super soft and adds to the fluffy character. Heavy on the Maraschino cherries and again candied oranges. Does an odd bitter twist at the end. Can’t fault it for intensity of flavor but it was a concerted effort to finish the bomber.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a rocket into a recently purchased Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout tulip imperial pint glass. Figured this would be an appropriate beer to use it on.

Appearance: Pours an aggressive head, light brown. Body is very, very dark with only the slightest bit of ruby red when held directly up to light. Looks impressive.

Smell: Holy crap, it smells like a creme brulee! Like, really. Behind it is alcohol and some soft chocolate. No room for hops.

Taste: Well, I'll be damned -- tastes like a creme brulee too. It's a bit more subdued, allowing room for alcohol, blackened barley, and some mystery off-flavors. Good and distinctive, but not flawless.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, sugary body. Residual sugar left over.

Overall: It's good for a novelty beer. I'm not sure if it's worth getting more than once.

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Photo of Med
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just a shade shy of pitch black with a surprisingly light tan slight head that quickly becomes just a ring. Leaves some lace, but not enough to get excited about. Smell is SWEET. It smells like Creme Brulee. I mean almost exactly like creme brulee. Loads of vanilla and some cocoa. No perceptible alcohol or yeast here. Taste follows exactly where you would expect it to. Loads of vanilla, some marshmallow, and a hint of cocoa. Actually it reminds me very much of creme brulee flavored salt water taffy, but I'm not sure why. This comes across as more of a liqueur than a beer, but again no detectable alcohol warming. Feel is thick and somewhat viscous. Drinkability is low, mostly due to the almost overwhelming sweetness. Well worth a try, if only for the uniqueness.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MuFugga
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sensaray
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red hues with a minimal tan head.

Smells like sweet vanilla milk, caramel and butterscotch

Tastes like sweet vanilla milk, caramel and butterscotch. Finishes with a slight bitter. The vanilla lingers on the tongue. Some coffee emerges.

Mouthfeel is medium with small carbonation.

Overall this is straightforward. Very sweet, pretty good. 22 oz of this got a to be alot.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark garnet color (very little light gets through with backlighting). Essentially no head forms.
S: Wow! A definite boozy creme brulee aroma. Very nice.
T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite live up to the high expectations brought on by the wonderful aroma. Vanilla bean up front with a hint of caramel malt in the background. Alcohol esters.
M: Fairly smooth and creamy with a mild alcohol bite.
D: Decently drinkable. The high ABV is well hidden. Creme brulee is best served in small amounts, not tubs...so this brew has its limitations in drinkability. Would go well as a dessert accompaniment.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker brown--mostly opaque in the glass, almost no head at all here.

S - Smells...like creme brulee. Good amounts of vanilla and cocoa, also sugars, lactose, and almost a light bit of coconut.

T - The sweetness comes right back. There's a bit of roasted coffee taste that seems to bring some bitterness to the back of the drink, but then it's taken over again by vanilla and sugar. The vanilla isn't incredibly sweet in its own right--a bit like the taste of actual vanilla extract.

M - Light bodied, not fully robust.

Overall - A pretty good brew here. It's a very specific beer--one that you would specifically seek out, not just because you're itching for an imperial stout. Lots of sweetness--a perfect dessert beer if you so choose. Would pair very, very well with ice cream.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,584 ratings.
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