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)

Brewed by:
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.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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Ratings: 4,620 |  Reviews: 1,473
Photo of lpothier
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Northtexan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour into the glass. Thin, wispy head. Very potent smell of caramel and vanilla. It tastes like it smells, with the caramel really shining through as the biggest flavor. Only problem is it takes on a bubblegum taste as it warms. Overall, I really like it, and will get it again. Nice sweet dessert stout great as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of LordofWord
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Totally unique, decadent dessert beer. Money, baby.

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Photo of Dur921
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a very dark jet black color with less than 1/2 finger head into a snifter.

Wonderfully prominent aroma: butterscotch dominant, chocolate, and coffee.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

The taste was intensely butterscotch candy, vanilla, and finished with slight bitterness and some hoppiness.

Overall, an excellent beer. It is underrated on this site. The aroma and taste stand out- one my favorites from the brewery. The beer has the strength of a strong stout; it's distinctive candy aroma and taste are finished well with a hoppy bitterness.

Excellent for food pairing. I tasted it with chicken, and a salad with vinaigrette.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this stout from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured an extremely heavy, dark as night shade of black. Serious blackness. It was creature from the black lagoon blackness. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the tan head was only about 1/2". The head quickly dropped to a skim. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S= This one smells of cooked (burned) sugars, syrupy schnapps, chocolate, and well, creme brulee.

T= This is one sweet, liquid dessert of a beer. I found flavors of dark sugar, sweet coffee, milk, caramel, mild toffee, and a sweet heavy schnapps-like flavor I cannot quite define. Alcohol is nearly absent until the finish, where it feels like the sweet alcohol finish of a lower abv liqour.

MF= This is one heavy mother. Carbonation stayed amazingly well throughout.

D= A sipper for sure, but a unique and excellent brew that everyone should try at least once!

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Photo of r0nyn
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours super dark, murky brown that is completely opaque, which is expected of stouts. Minimal caramel colored head that all but dissipates into nothingness. The smell is super, super sweet. Vanilla is the most obvious scent, but after a few more sniffs, I can make out coffee, chocolate and the tiniest malty backside. It's like sniffing a milkshake made with Kahlua. Wow.

Sweetness is definitely the order of the day here. I tasted the coffee, cream and vanilla on the front end, which was definitely a unique experience. It was sweet, but not a saccharine sweetness since that would have been a little too much even for someone like me who prefers his beers not too bitter. Speaking of bitterness, the hops assert themselves after the first few seconds, reminding you that you're drinking beer and not a milkshake. It finishes off with both sweetness and bitterness, the hoppy zip and the creamy lushness combining to provide a back end that is quite pleasant. For a brew that has 10% ABV, I certainly didn't taste it at all, as it was masked behind all the other flavors that came out to play. The beer's full body and minimum carbonation allow for the stoutness to really shine through. Nice and thick, which is how a stout should be.

For someone like me who enjoys beers that aren't too hoppy, this is a great drink. Thanks to the wonderful smell and balanced taste (with very well-hidden alcohol content), this is something I would most certainly drink again. Definitely have to check out the other Southern Tier offerings after this.

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Photo of rhong187
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9oz pour from a nitro tap

A - jet black, with a mocha colored one finger head. the nitro tap obviously enhances this score..

S - no doubt about the aroma, complete creme brulee sweetness. strong vanilla notes, sugar, and faint chocolate aroma..Southern Tier really has a knack for completely nailing the nose on their brews

T - don't know if I could drink any more than the 9oz I was poured. This is incredibly sweet, and extremely rich. a perfect dessert beer.

M - light carbonation, and you can barely detect any booziness.

Definitely a great dessert beer to be shared among 2 - 4 people. One of the only stouts that my girlfriend will drink. Another great stout from the blackwater series.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had to write a full review because this beer seems a little up or down with people.

It is a milk stout and to me comes off more of a barrel aged beer..

Poured into a standard pint glass...

Very dark pour, thin head, not much retention, very sticky lacing.

Smell is super duper sweet... toffee, caramel, butter.... again smells super sweet like candy.

Take at first sip was very sweet, a little too sweet for me and I like sweet.... but it's all what it described... creme brule.... toffe/caramel/butter/whipped pecan taste. Bery sigary...most people don't know what it tastes like but southern tier nailed it... has a perfect taste of creme brule with that perfect burnt taste to it that is also in wee heavy.... mouthfeel was good, a little sticky but not to heavy and not too light....

Overall this was a great brew that is more of a sipper... alcohol is noticeable but my biggest thing is it was a little sweet.... had it in summer and probably better in the winter. But they nailed the taste just a tad too much..

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Photo of Mtoogs
4.34/5  rDev +11%

Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but as a dessert offering this is a fine selection. Don't try and pair it with a main course, it really would be a poor match. Also if you don't like a sweet note in your beer then this would be one to avoid.

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Photo of quikxsxilver
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(my first review!)
Poured from 22oz bomber

A - Deep dark brown with minimal macchiato-looking head

S - Very pleasant but strong and sweet. Reminds me of creme brulee, coffee, caramel., butterscotch.. if Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series was an actual beer it would probably smell like this

T - I would drink this after dinner as a coffee-dessert drink. Very sweet vanilla, sugary taste rounded out with roasted syrupy coffee flavor

M - Medium/low carbonation, not too hefty on the body... lingers after drinking in a pleasant way

O - Pretty delicious if you're looking for a sugary sweet dessert beer! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local D's six packs for 9.50 a while ago. Cracked it tonight for no reason

A - Pours jet black. No light can escape it's pure blackness. A strong pour produced a great looking mocha head with very lacing. Pretty nice.

S - OMG really the best part of the beer! Smells of pure vanilla bean almost like an ice cream. Smells so strong I can smell it a foot away as I type. Amazing.

T - Well it's was pretty awesome. The flavor masked the ABV to the point of drinking it warm un-noticeable. However it really only has a mild tone of vanilla masked with the slight coffee and chocolate tones of the Imperial Stout. Not as overwhelming and "sweet" as most describe it here so is everyone's tastes buds better than mine. Peculiar...

M - Actually quite medium bodied. ST is know for high ABV and great drinkability and this one is a perfect 5 here.

D - Well I may have to wait a year and try this again. Maybe I need more bitter to really enjoy this candy of a beer? Maybe the batch needs more age or less age? It's not terrible and I could easily drink another but alias my expectations were too high again but this doesn't affect my review, A grade beer all the way!

Edit: And just to be clear the beer is now 10 percent by volume. They really need to change that.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abeerlovr
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft served in what I can only describe at a small Weissen glass, an 11 oz pour was served.

A: very dark stout with a slight coppery head not much lacing on the glass. the head though small lingered for sometime.

S: wow! strong vanilla and caramel scent, sweet smell just like a creme' brulee or vanilla custard, very very heavy vanilla smell.

T: this is a sweet beer with strong vanilla flavor and cocoa/caramel flavors. it had a nice hop bitterness which rounded it out well. as the beer warmed it got a bit hoppier.

M: this felt thick on the tongue, probably due to its incredible sweetness. though thick it did have good effervescence.

Overall: nice dessert stout that I can drink again and again though I would have enjoyed a smaller pour as this is a rich and very sweet beer. you can skip dessert and just drink one of these, have a glass of water on hand to help relive the palate.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep cola black. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. These are fat, but dissipate quickly, leaving sheets of spotty lacing and aggregates of bubbles around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears standard. As we sniff, the first thing we notice is a creamy milkiness and an outrageous butterscotch. Vanilla works its way in, with warm buttery diacetyls, charred and roasted chocolate malts, and rich caramel. There is a steely coffee bean, with a sugary sweetness of cream cheese cake frosting. It certainly smells like dessert. Our first impression is in surprise that this doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. As we sip into it, we first get notes of fresh vanilla bean, bitter coffee bite, and sweeter caramel malts. Softer notes of buttery sweetness and cream comes through with warmth. The latter notes persist through the swallow and the peak, balanced by more bitterness of thick coffee steal, and light earthy hops. Vanilla bean remains strong throughout, pulling us to the finish single handedly, where dirty coin, caramel malt, chalk, and mineral mix together for the finale. This is smooth, and the aftertaste breathes of white sugar, heavy creamer, a little booze, vanilla extract, and buttercream frosting. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip has a softness, with nice froth, slurp, and cream. There is a thick creamy coating over the tongue and palate, and the lips are left stuck together with residual sugars. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great, but it’s a dessert sipper.

Overall, what we found to be the best component of this brew was how well it represented both the dish and the style. The nose was insanely sweet, but perfectly attuned to all of the flavors, with butter, white sugar, vanilla, and a crispy char. At the same time, coffee and chocolate flavored malts crashed throughout, giving a depth of flavor, and a seriousness to the palate. The nose was crazy sweet, and made the drinker cautious at first, but the following sip was excitingly bold, and fitting to the beer, and the desired flavoring goals. This is definitely one of the best within the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series.

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Photo of gskitt
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick looking pour. Cascading and building head. Didn't recede. Streaked coffee ice cream colored head.
S- Real creme brulee's wish they could smell like this. My goodness, incredible. I haven't tasted this yet and am beginning to wonder if it will ruin it.
T and M- super creamy and long-tasting. Its a vanilla bomb. Very sweet up front but tightens up nicely and ends bitter sweet to even bitter roasted notes. It truly is desert in a glass.
D- Wow, no, not more than a glass. Sugars and ABV will get to ya!

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Photo of Brewlinson
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: The beer is almost completely black, with just a hint of brown if I look very closely. Head was one finger, dark tan, and creamy. A nice looking dessert.

S: The smell jumped out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. There is a very sweet smell that is vanilla, caramel, maple, honey, milk chocolate., gingerbread This is sweet and layered and totally unique. Really hits the concept head on. Delicious smelling.

T: Truly a dessert beer. I don't think I've tasted anything quite like this. Really hits the creme brûlée with the dominant flavor being burnt sugar and vanilla pudding. A bit like drinking a Boston cream doughnut in some ways with a big malty character holding everything together. A bit of bitterness in the finish reminds me that this is still a beer.

F: A bit more bite than I was expecting. Still smooth, with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall: This would make a great float, but also does well on its own. Definitely a one at a time thing - this is a big beer with big taste. Towards the end it was a bit cloying, but truly lives up to the term dessert beer.

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Photo of sullie519
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best smelling beer I have ever encountered.Aromas of vanilla butterscotch and mocha.The taste is a little off from the smell and carries more mocha and coffee the the traditional french dessert.I have had it bot on nitro ( I think by mistake but awesome) and reg pour...You never taste the high alcohol content..but more of the same flavors as there Mocha stout..Either way great beer as long as you only have 1 or 2 ...little sweet due to the lactic sugars..great for an appertif or before dinner drink

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Photo of dspolanco
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep Black, looking everything like the Imperial Stout it is.

Smell-This is where the beer differentiates from other stouts. It smells scrumptious, huge vanilla notes, huge butterscotch notes. It simply smells amazing.

Taste-Just like the smell, big sweet vanilla and butterscotch notes upfront. Towards the end comes the bitter chocolate notes and helps cut the sweetness beautifully.


Overall- This is a great dessert beer. I wouldn't drink it everyday however for special family occasions its a great dessert. Southern Tier doesn't disappoint again.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark, no light passes through. Almost no head. Small ring stays around the edge. Huge vanilla & caramel nose. Some coffee too. The first sip is very sweet & intense. You almost need to drink a little to get past he sweetness. After the initial shock the flavor is very reminiscent of tiramisu instead of creme burlee. Definately a dessert beer. Mild carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Once you get past the first taste and it warms a little this is a very enjoyable beer. The 24 oz. bottle would be a great dessert split between four people. I don't think I would like more that one at a sitting but I'll keep one in the around for friends.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,620 ratings