Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
BA SCORE
3.91/5
4,601 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,147
Reviews:
1,470
Ratings:
4,601
pDev:
17.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
405
Gots:
1,100
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've now had two beers I consider "dessert beers", and only one of those (this one) that actually touts itself as such, well, this is one damn good dessert beer...

Out of the glass the brew pours a practically black liquid with weak head and no lacing. The smell is truly divine - creme brulee with a nice mix of distinctive stout. The mouthfeel makes this a very accessible beer, smooth and almost creamy. Though the beer should have tasted boozy, it was far from it. In fact, it was an incredible blend of the 10% ABV with the sweetness of creme brulee. Overall, it was really good as a dessert beer - not too sweet at all, a truly perfect blend of booziness and light sweet taste.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely dark brown and opaque with a small to medium khaki head that left only spotty lace. Nose is strong vanilla, burnt sugars/marshmellow, sweet milk coffee. Quite the dessert nose. Taste is a bit overly harsh on the vanilla. Chocolate and burnt marshmellow with an odd alternating sweetness/dryness. Overall, an interesting​ beer that pushes the adjunct limits...winning in smell but not as much on flavor.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 2-finger head and poured from a 22 oz. bottle. The head sticks around for a decent amount of time. Lacing continues on. Black as coal - absolutely no light coming through.

Smell: Smells like maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and hints of chocolate. Slight coffee hints, but the vanilla and syrup are the most powerful by far. It is a bit too "flavored drink" smelling... meaning a bit artificial.

Taste: Surprising bite upfront (hops I'm assuming even though you can't really make out hop flavor). The vanilla and maple and caramel flavor is very strong. Heavily roasted grains are very noticeable as there is a charred/burnt flavor. It seems to be very sweet, but at the same time, bitter and dry (quite confusing to the taste buds!). This is a very rich and heavy beer. Definitely a sipper. There is an alcohol warmth immediately.

Feel: Full bodied even though it is very high on the ABV scale. The 10% ABV knocks it down a bit. Stays interesting even though it flattens out as you drink it.

Overall: Great beer that I've heard about for years, but never seen it in the stores in my area. I'm in CO, and they have finally been distributing this one out here. Very full, thick, rich, and a dessert in a glass! Not one I would drink every week, but I can see myself having this one a few times a years. Winter/Holiday time would be great.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugget40
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lahey
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This imp stout is a dark brown color with medium khaki head and little lacing.

Smell is a ton of vanilla and little else.

Taste is vanilla, maybe a roasted marshmallow kind of flavor. Not much of the chocolate or coffee you get from traditional stouts. Some chocolate in the aftertaste I suppose.

Mouthfeel isnt very chewy for an imp stout, but thats fine.

Overall an ok beer. If you love vanilla it will hit the mark for you. If you like traditional stouts stick to them. Seems like coffee chocolate and bourbon are my preferable flavors.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strohm
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjtuggle
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmaskell33
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.91/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wasatchback
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two sips and dumped it out. Was very interested to try it out as the label made it sound rather interesting. Smelled and tasted like fake vanilla extract, very overpowering. I can't imagine drinking this. Wonder if this was a bad batch???

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Photo of DaveCash
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the label of this beer it says: "Why the hell not?" That is how one must approach this beer. The brewers did not try to hide anything, so you have to assume this will be a sweet, dessert beer based on the name alone. One must judge it for what it is, not in the same vein as other stouts. It's called creme brûlée for a reason. So, if you don't like sweet beers, or vanilla, or custard, don't waste your time, & then you won't waste more time complaining that you didn't like it. Beyond that, this deep, dark brown stout delivers what it promises.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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