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:
4,590
Reviews:
1,465
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
400
Gots:
1,097
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,590 |  Reviews: 1,465
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 12/8/16, 10% ABV. Pours semi transparent dark brown amber with a medium sized khaki head; some lacing. Smells of mostly vanilla, custard, sweet lactose, and caramel with some faint roasted malt. The taste follows with roasted malt, custard, vanilla, sweet lactose, and caramel. Extremely sweet and light bitterness; probably the sweetest stout I've ever rated before. The body is above average and carbonation is below average. Overall, this was too sweet and needed more balance, but was drinkable with a good feel. I've had the 2015 version in a 22oz bottle (the one with a cow on it) and I remember it being more balanced in regard to sweetness versus bitterness.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer is jet black, got almost no head despite aggressive pour, couldn't really coax one by swirling. Smell is crazy sweet and strong vanilla, like smelling straight extract. Taste is a repeat, somewhat creamy but very strong vanilla, very sweet. Definitely a dessert beer.
Feel is very heavy, cloying, a little astringent.
Overall not my cup of tea. I'm not crazy into stouts, and when I do drink them I prefer drinkability and balance to flavor bombs. I can see some people liking this, unfortunately just doesn't really mesh with my palate.

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Photo of curtis6290
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good looking stout with a nice thick foam head that lasts over 20 minutes. The smell was bold with nice flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. The Taste and Fell really killed this beer, which is the main factor. It was so sweet and overbearing that it wasn't enjoyable. Needs less vanilla and flavoring and more hops to balance this out. Great concept, but this beer was not very drinkable at all. Ended up draining it.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of RBuckley73
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 72u7h
2.21/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer. I don't know. You smell it and it's like WOW VANILLA IN YOUR FACE. Then you taste it and it's like vanilla extract all up in your mouth. It's sort of harsh, really sweet. Vanilla is overpowering, big time. I got 4 bottles of this, and tried 2 so far and I'm going to trade the rest because this beer is just no.

look - its dark
smell - like vanilla, like ALL the vanilla has descended into this single bottle
taste - like vanilla extract, sweet vanilla extract. Nothing more nothing less, there isn't any depth because you can't taste anything beyond the damn vanilla!

feel - like a vanilla soda, but overpowering went and camped out in your mouth.

Is that good enough? Yea. I love southern tier, but this beer is I don't know, feels like someone messed up.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyRecord-oh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with almost no head, lacing, or legs.

Aroma is concerated caramel and vanilla. Smells like a pure caramel candy; an over-abundance of sweetness.

Taste reminds me of drinking pure vanilla extract. It smells better than it tastes, with an astringent bitterness and alcohol bite at the end. The pure vanilla extract is mixed with an extremely artificial caramel coffee sweetener taste.

I am not a fan of this beer. Smells quite good for a dessert beer, but the taste is a mess. I don't pour many beers out but this one was a drain pour. It gets a 65/100.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Werther's Original nose! Crazy!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Werther's flavor with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Over the top, but unique. One is more than enough!

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of breakdownbbe
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How much you enjoy this beer is going to depend on how open you are to the concept. On one hand, it's probably the truest realization of the term "dessert beer" out there. On the other hand, I see how the sweetness could be a bit overwhelming for some. Personally, I loved it. The easiest drinking 10 percenter I've ever tasted, and the smell is just astonishing; if you blindfolded me and had me smell this I'd swear it was actual creme brulee. There's not a crazy amount of layering to the flavor, but if you're like me and love vanilla custard that's not really a problem. Super rich, too. Overall, pricey, but very unique and daring!

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Thin white head... falls quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla and sweets... dessert... smells just like creme brulee. Nailed it.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Strong flavors of vanilla and cream... kahlua and iced cream... a little bitterness in the roast for balance. No discernible hop presence. Full in body... thick and smooth... almost creamy. Residual roast and sweetness on the tongue in the aftertaste. Warming but not boozy.

O: The very definition of a 'dessert beer' and very impressive how they've hit the aroma and flavor profile of creme brulee. Not one I'd want often, but a very well done effort.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this really fits their bill as a "dessert" beer. Tastes and smells of vanilla beans, khalua, and... ice cream? I need to find more for sure, not exactly sure how it will age though. At $4.50/12oz it's somewhat expensive, but when you taste, it's worth it. Definitely not a flavor profile you'll find in many brews, and the 10%abv really helps to mellow/meld the overall flavors.

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Photo of heinekenike
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet but not too much, there's a balanced flavor with the stout

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Photo of Johncnh
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DOB 12/08/15: this well aged bottle pours pitch black color with a beige colored 1 finger thick foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of vanilla extract, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, lactose sugar and ice cream. The sweetness is too much and cloying, with no stout qualities and too much vanilla and egg cream. Impressive how they get a beer to smell like a liqueur, but it was too over the top for my enjoyment.

Tastes like it smells with strong vanilla, Crème Brûlée, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, lactose sugar, brown sugar and vanilla ice cream. There are some roasted stout elements, coffee grinds and espresso, but the sweetness is beyond anything I can enjoy. I give Southern Tier credit for masking the ABV and creating a beer that actually tastes like creme brulee, but this brew is not for me.

Choklat, Choklat Oranj, Mokah, Jahva and most of the Blackwater Series have been very enjoyable, but this was a sweet mess that I would not drink again.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,590 ratings.
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