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:
4,579
Reviews:
1,463
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
1,092
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of Curt3
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy scouring the shelves at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop since I never know what I might find to drink & review next! Of course, I would have preferred more CANs and fewer bottles, but c'est la guerre.

From the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Vanilla Beans & Natural Flavor"; "25 [deg.] Plato[,] 2-row barley[,] dark caramel malt[,] vanilla bean[,] lactose sugar[,]Columbus & horizon hops[,] natural flavor".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it an aggro pour befitting my frustration with Th' Stillers' play this evening. This raised just over a finger of foamy, deep-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was very sweet with loads of vanilla and caramel evident. Mouthfeel was medium. Phew, was this ever sweet! The caramel was the most prevalent taste, followed by vanilla and a slight smokiness and dark chocolate. Oh my. This made me feel like I was going to have a sugary overdose. It is absolutely a Sweet Stout. no question. Finish was cloyingly sweet & I found myself wondering what might accompany this. I might have coffee as an accompaniment since as it warmed, it began to take on a pronounced chocolatiness along with the caramel and vanilla. I would consider this to be a dessert beer, but not one that would require an additional dessert to go with it. This was plenty on its own.

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Photo of SFNC
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Look: Pours a pitch black color with a one finger beige head that laces the glass very well.

Aroma: It smells exactly like Creme Brulee. I'm getting notes of salted pretzels, burnt/caramelized sugar, creamy custard and mild chocolate.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose exactly. Sweet upfront with notes of lactose and caramel candy. Notes of salted gourmet chocolate and sour dough pretzels dance in the background. This is an absolute treat. Like creme brulee in a glass

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation. Sweet and quite silky with rich malty flavors.

Overall: A little cloying at times, and slightly boozy and slimy on the palate, but for a desert beer it's very good. The way I like to serve this beer is to split it up in 6oz servings for dinner guests at the end of a meal.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Marklaker
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Sebas
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 bundy462
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tourdot
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 mmorris15
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SvengaliSavage
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PJCarnell
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazing. Pretty, no, EXTREMELY sweet but great dessert beer. Impossible to find in my town. Only had it on tap.

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Photo of CalebM
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,579 ratings.
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