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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Reviews: 1,459 | Ratings: 4,565
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. I smell mostly of vanilla with notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts. Taste follows the smell with a creamy rich mouthfeel. Very good beer that hides the ABV quite well. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of bdaggett
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I had been hunting this beer down for years. The result was not as good as I had hoped. The sweet flavor was very strong, and combining it with an alcohol taste made it almost unbearable. The beer does not have many other flavors to support it, and if it does, they are smothered by the sweet cream flavor. A big disappointment for Southern Tier.

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Photo of Dilly84
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Being generous with my review.
I'll keep this short and sweet. (No pun intended)
The taste is overbearing sweetness. I'm baffled at the high reviews this beer has. There is very little, if any, alcohol taste to this and to say it's sweet is an understatement. Candy bars aren't as rich as this not is real creme brulee. Tastes like a mix of malt loaded down with sugar and heavy cream. Not a good sweetness. Just plain out overbearing.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at LoDa Bier Garten in Mobile, AL. It was a keg from 2014 they had been sitting on. Wow. Inky black with a small head. Smelled exactly like putting my nose in a bowl of creme brûlée. This is an awesome desert beer. Heavy on vanilla and caramel, sugar practically crystallizes on the lip of the glass. It coats the tongue and sticks around. Roasty, toasty, malty goodness. Definitely not an everyday beer, but this one was spot on for time and place.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown to the point of appearing black, producing less than a finger of frothy, deep mocha, short-lived head that leaves a thin surface layer & collar & no lace. Aroma is vanilla, Tootsie Roll, lightly creamed coffee, caramel, roast, dark malts, toffee, alcohol booze, a hint of amaretto & a faint hint of anise/licorice. Taste is Tootsie Roll, vanilla, strong & earthy creamed coffee, amaretto, burnt bread, prune, fig, alcohol booze & a little spice. The burnt malt & caramel adds a note suggestive of maple syrup. Hop presence is best defined as an earthy bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, burnt malt, vanilla/chocolate/coffee & boozy. Alcohol warmth is present. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low-moderate carbonation, silky & creamy, tongue coating, smooth in a deceptive sort of way due to the peppery alcohol spice & grainy on the tongue in the aftertaste. Just a trifle too sweet for my taste but a great choice for an after dinner desert beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Creme Brulee, 10% ABV, 55 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a two finger tan head. Smells strongly of sweet caramel, taste is cream, sweet caramel, with a bitter finish. A bit over-carbonated, so mouthfeel is just OK. Overall a decent beer, as long as you like sweet. I might get it again, over-carbonation may have been an anomaly.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 9.5%ABV vs the 10% listed on this site

Look - dark brown/mahogany body with beige head

Smell - vanilla, caramel, butterscotch

Taste - much like the smell - caramel, vanilla, almond and butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet upfront as the name suggests, artificial sweetner quality to this, slightly astringent on the finish

Overall - a decent dessert beer that you might want to split with someone else. I have no desire to polish off this bomber in one sitting. definitely lives up to its namesake.

Price Point - $6.99/22 oz bottle

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the tap at Yogi's in Dublin, OH. It poured a nearly opaque dark with off white head that did not leave a lace. The scent had hints of vanilla extract and sweetness. The taste was a bit on and finished acidic. I haven't had creme Brule in a while but the taste to me seemed more like an alcohol induced worthers butterscotch candy. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of darktronica
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better enjoyed quite cold, as suggested; whatever "natural flavor" has been added starts to taste pretty artificial as the beer warms. When chilled, I get the vanilla and some caramelized sugars, but the predominant flavor is amaretto. Much worse if you let it get anywhere near room temperature, with some bitter and metallic compounds that surface.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, thin tan head has great retention and coating lace. Rich nutty hazelnut and vanilla aroma. Tastes like the aroma, but the hazelnut and some char are pronounced, very sweet n caramelly. Mouthfeel is thin, but slick. Super sweet dessert brew, very nutty, odd but good overall.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, rich brown with a moderate khaki head.
Feel: Full bodied with soft, effervescent carbonation. Slightly sticky, rich mouthfeel.
Aroma: Sweet, nutty, and vanilla laden. Like molassess drizzled over vanilla beans.
Taste: Sugary, caramel, roasty toasty yummy dessert style goodness. Very satisfying, but might be cloying if I tried to drink more than one in a sitting.

This is not a very "balanced" beer if you like to kill a few brews in a sitting. This is very rich and sweet. Which is fantastic if that's what you're in the mood for. But I feel like this is a winter beer, or something to only have every once in a while. Delicious, but it might be a bit much. Then again, that goes for a lot of milk stouts in my opinion, as it's very decadent and and sweet for a beer. That said I love a good imperial stout. Strong, heavy, and in-your-face flavor with no apologies. I like it.

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Photo of Erikforreal
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall an awesome beer. If you're not even a fan of stouts, you might even like this since it appeals on a lot of different levels. The look is very dark, and the taste is where it's at. You can taste vanilla and caramel the most. It's almost like a vanilla milkshake mixed with a stout. That may not appeal to some, but it's worth a try I think. This may be my favorite beer I've ever had.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and creamy with good notes of caramel, vanilla bean, and malt. A heavy stout that's perfect for winter time fires... Not during the summer time heat.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one had a really nice nose and pours a beautiful black color, but the mouthfeel is really disappointing and the taste is really watered down despite a really nice roasted nose.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Boise’s 2014 Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. A bit sweet, even for a mil stout, but hits the marks for tasting like creme brulee.

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Photo of Squire123
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark brown. If there is a cap of any color it settled so fast I missed it.

Aroma: This smells fantastic. It does have the scent of desert but the flavorings overwhelm anything I might identify as hops or malt.

Taste: Hard to describe. It tastes like it's flavorings which are on the heavy side. Definite sweet vanilla with a sort of roasted nut flavor that reminds me of pecans. Harsh roasted malt then dominates the flavor creating a disconnect with the scent that mars the drinking experience. Don't taste alcohol though it's certainly in there, as well as hops I suppose. Not for someone seeking a traditional Imperial Stout, or any other sort of beer I know, a thing on it's own that some find off putting but I find rather interesting.

Texture: Heavy, any other word for it would be a synonym for heavy.

Overall: Named Imperial for the alcohol (10%) I suppose as well as the style though they could call it anything they want. It's so over the top style guidelines really don't apply.

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Photo of Beric
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap in a snifter
Served: 6 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish black with a soft tan head that sticks around for only a little while before giving out to just a ring around the edge of the glass. Looks pretty decent, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: Wow, this thing literally smells like cake. HUGE vanilla notes and very sweet smelling as well.

Taste: Very much like the nose- it is almost cake like in its vanilla sweetness. Honestly this isn't bad at all, especially in the 12oz pour the bar gave me. However, I found it pretty one-note after a while and can see that drinking a whole bomber of it probably isn't super awesome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, for sure, and one I definitely recommend. However, the pervasive vanilla sweetness does get to you after a while. Very good for dessert though, in pours ranging from 8-10oz!

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Photo of basaywhat
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is very sweet with vanilla and butterscotch. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, plenty of vanilla, butterscotch, and sugary notes. Medium body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Is this the sweetest beer ever made? Possibly. Comes out an equal mixture of brown and black. 1/2" tan head. Aroma was of super sweet chocolate, caramel, espresso.

Wow, amazingly sweet, goes great over vanilla ice cream. Lots of vanilla already in it. Such a dessert beer, through and through. Sugary caramel.

I would totally like to keep one of these on hand in case I get the dessert jam feels.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead in early February for $10.99. Bottled on 12-30-15.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some nice hand time.

Nose is vanilla, chocolate and cream, very nice.

Taste is vanilla, cream, caramelized sugar, and milk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice dessert beer. Southern Tier needs to rename the backwater series to the dessert series. Will definitely keep this in mind to serve as an after dinner dessert beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Dreilide
1.42/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst beers I have ever tasted. The smell and flavor could have been caramel vodka for all I knew. Poured it out after 2 sips, just in case the first wasn't typical. The sweetness was vague and artificial, and any of the normal stout full body was replaced by an unsettling alcoholic flavor that lingered long through the night.

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Photo of zshaft
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a great dessert. man this beer delivers on all notes. sweet. chocholate. milk. really good. only drawback is that it's way to sweet to have to to much. one is plenty. cheers

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Photo of Seanbonjon
1.72/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was disgusting, I'm honestly surprised people like it. I've also tried the Southern Tier Chokolat and been equally disappointed. I'm officially done trying out Southern Tier.

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Photo of spoony
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle (dated December 30, 2015) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated April 9, 2016.

A-A normal pour produces a fat finger of dense, mocha head. The head drops to a thick cap that hangs around above a nearly black, opaque liquid. No carbonation is visible.

S-The aroma is hugely sweet with massive amounts of vanilla. The vanilla is almost overpowering. Underneath the vanilla I sniff some milky mocha-java, caramel, brown sugar, and a nuttiness that suggests pralines. Really sweet....

T-The taste is also hugely sweet and almost cloying with the vanilla flavor. There is a bit of lactose sweetness, but I mainly taste butter caramel and brown sugar. I guess this is what I should expect for a beer named after a dessert famous for having burnt sugar on top. Oddly, however, there is a little punch of hoppy bitterness on the mid-palate. Seems out of place here.

M-The body is soft and somewhat chewy. It is on the heavy side, which amplifies the sweetness.

O-I have been warned about the sweetness in this beer, but I still had to check it out for myself. Even as a dessert beer, the vanilla is too much for me to want to drink more than just a sip. Maybe over ice cream would be the ticket?

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Photo of Skeezman
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer. This is my favorite of the Southern Tier Blackwater beers. The aroma when you pop the top makes you think you're about to eat a delicious dessert. This dark beer pours great and tops with a beautiful tan foamy head. The finish occasionally leaves a bit of hoppy flavor in your mouth then back to the sweet creme brûlée caramel. It has a high ABV which will sneak up on you because it tastes so darn good. Cheers!

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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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