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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 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.

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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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Photo of Swim424
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -4.9%

Photo of jsmith313
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.6%
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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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,605 ratings
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