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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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance:Pours a thick black with a frothy dark brown/chocolate head, about half a finger in size. The head slowly recedes, leaving a caramel-looking foam. Retention is good.

Smell: It really does smell like Creme Brulee, with obvious notes of vanilla, cream, and caramel. Extremely malty, of course. I don't really detect any hops; it's pretty sweet smelling.

Taste: Well, it does taste like sweet Creme Brulee! However, it is certainly not the only note. I detect a strong hint of coffee, some hoppiness, and then there is that creamy caramel like backbone. There is an alcohol bite and the bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, it leaves a frothy beer-stache on me so it's fairly heavy in body. Creamy, of course. Desert, all the way.

Overall: A good beer that I would love to actually pair with Creme Brulee sometime, as it would match quite well. This is most definitely a DESERT beer.

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Photo of pershan
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a dark amber with a thin brown head into a chalice. The smell was of butterscotch, with a hint of vanilla. The taste was a big hit of butterscotch and vanilla, plenty of malt sweetness, with a creamy mouthfeel and slightly bitter finish. Not a bad approximation of a Creme Brulle in a glass. The alcohol content is masked quite nicely as well, making this a deceptively potent beer.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep brown/black with a fluffy tan colored head. Some sticky lacing left as the head dies to a splotchy film.

S: Big Vanilla, Butterscotch, Caramel, Toffee all fighting to get in your nose first. Its an epic battle of sweetness going on in your nostrils.

T: Same as the nose. This beer is straight forward; what you smell is what you get.

M: Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Just enough hoppiness to make this a beer.

D: I like to think of this beer as more of a novelty. Its nice to enjoy, but it tastes more like a liqueur than a beer. Not that there's anything wrong with this beer, as I do enjoy drinking it. I just don't see myself going through too much though. I think if they blended a little Jahva with this it would be divine!

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this Dessert!
Wow, taste just like it's supposed to!

A - nearly black with a big chocolate milk colored head. Looks appetizing

S - vanilla and coffee aromas with butterscotch

T - Huge vanilla, caramel, and hop bitterness in the finish. Hints of maple syrup and coffee are also present.

M - smooth and creamy, pretty damn thick

O - Awesome stout that is a perfect example of a dessert beer. one bottle am I'm ready formthe recliner!

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Photo of wingedeel
1.91/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is another of those beers that I am shocked anybody likes, but different strokes I guess.

Wont bore you with the appearance or even the smell. The taste however I will certainly touch on.

Frankly the best I can say about this beer is that it is slightly better than taking a swig of pure vanilla extract. Wow. The flavor is not enhanced with a nice, subdued Creme Brulee flavor, but rather an in your face, sweet, overpowering taste of cheap vanilla extract. Honestly this was one of only 3 or 4 drain pours in my 54 years of roaming this planet. To me this was undrinkable.

A novelty beer for sure.Tread lightly my friends, unless you are a huge fan of vanilla flavoring, and have your dentist on retainer.

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Photo of Hokies
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a an opaque black color with tan head with a light lacing on the glass.

You can smell this one as soon as you open it. Huge aroma of butterscotch and caramel right off the bat and some coffee and vanilla hints are also present.

Nice cream taste to it at first with the sweetness of the caramel and butterscotch coming through. Their is also a nice vanilla taste to it. Their is actually a nice light bitterness to it at the end.

Low carbonation with a creamy feel to it. I would have to give this a lower score on the drink factor just because it is so sweet and is probably a beer you want to share. This is the second time that I have had this beer and it was better the second time, I will save the third bottle for the Holiday season.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the moment the bottle is opened the room fills with vanilla. And it sticks around. Once poured into my goblet the vanilla can be appreciated along with the malt and a lot of alcohol. I don't usually chill my stouts very much, but this one recommends a 42 degrees serving temperature so I will oblige. The head is tan and short lived, winding down to a bubbly ring of lace.

Taste is all vanilla and alcohol at the coldest first sip. Kind of disappointed. And the slight bitterness of the aftertaste is kind of counter-productive to the sweet sugars and vanilla. Going to let this one warm a bit. Average mouthfeel for a cream stout.

Warming helped quit a bit. Don't know why they would recommend such a cold temp for a stout. Never again, souther tier. Never again.

The alcohol has slipped behind the vanilla after a good 15-20 minutes of sitting in my glass with periodic sips. Still not to drinkable.

Might try aging one of these until the winter months to use as a sweet winter warmer.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
1.83/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had a lot of people say to me "I don't normally like beer, but you've got to try this one" and against my better judgment, I got it on tap one night. I was stunned when I looked up the rating of it on here, can't believe it's scored as well as it has.

Anyway...looks unspectacular. Dark brown/black body with the slightest bit of white foam around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing. Smells downright putrid. Smells like really intense, artificial vanilla and alcohol. Taste was even worse. This was like a combination of vanilla extract, cough syrup, and cheap vodka. In fact, I could probably make a batch of that at home and it would be cheaper. Lots of overwhelming alcohol presence (the 10% ABV is not disguised at all) and just cloyingly, overwhelmingly sweet. Feel is harsh due to all the alcohol and not at all creamy and mellow like milk stouts typically are. Felt a little more like an unbalanced quad than milk stout. This beer is just plain unpleasant and I would not drink it again.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance - almost no head on this one, very fine lacing left, basically black in appearance,

Smell - very clear smell of vanilla and caramel (almost like a werthers original), even smelled like a glass of amaretto to an extent,

Taste - sweet!, but it did remind me of a Creme Brulee, with the strong taste of a sweet caramel mixed with a heavy dose of vanilla,

Mouth feel - some thickness, could have been thicker,

Drinkability - way too sweet so it loses pts in for drinkability, between two people we couldn't finish the glass due to the sweetness of this one.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: Bomber into taster glass at homebrew club meeting. This beer has become a favorite seasonal of the club's.

S: Creme brulee. Caramel, burnt sugar, cream, dark chocolate, roast coffee, just plain sugary. Little booze. No hops here.

A: Dark, black, opaque. Dark tan head, but not too frothy.

T: Fantastically sweet. Don't drink it and's a SUPER sweet beer. More creme brulee flavors very similar to aroma. Lightly burnt sugar and caramel, more roast and booze helps to counter the sugary flavors to keep it from being cloying.

M: Thick luxury. Minimal carbonation to fluff it all up. Ends heavy on the palate.

O: Fantastic dessert beer. Love it, and got three bottles to cellar and will keep adding next year. You have to like the sweet stuff to appreciate this. Tried brewing my own clone, which is good, but pales in comparison to this. Can't wait to see what a year of aging does!

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about niche beers! Here is a dessert beer if I ever tasted one.

A: Poured ink black from my bomber and produced one finger of fine deep oak colored head. Lacing was minimal.

S: Vanilla, caramel, milk and caramelized sugar (close your eyes and think the dessert Creme Brulee!).

T: Caramelized sugar, roasted coffee, sweet cream and Kahula.

M: Rich and full on the palate. Heavy coating properties one would associate with cream.

D: A better dessert beer I have never had before. Truly creative offering from Southern Tier and very aptly named.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black with a reddish brown hue about the edges. Not very much for head even with a fairly aggressive pour. The small ring of head that did remain still leaves decent spotty lacing for what it's worth.

Smells yummy. An overabundance of caramel and butterscotch fill the nose. Subtle hints of spices and vanilla too. Very good smelling beer.

Somewhat of a let down from what I was expecting from the nose. Bitter butterscotch with some smooth vanilla base. Somewhat astringent on the backside which kind of ruins the smoothness this beer should have.

Mouthfeel is semi viscous with little carbonation. Bit acidic.

Overall a good beer. But a bit of a let down, as Southern Tier's other stouts are outstanding.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for this bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A - pitch black, creme brulee-colored head on top.

S - amazing! Literally smells like the dessert if it were crammed into my glass.

T - same as the nose and title would indicate - it tastes like CREME BRULEE, but with a slight alcohol bite on the end, which is the only thing stopping this brew from being rated a 5. Really freakin' good!

M - liquid creme brulee with a little kick.

D - delicious and goes down really smoothly. Will be even better in 6 months to a year, so I guess I'm on the lookout for another couple of bottles.

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Photo of Chinon01
1.55/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was an utter disaster. In my opinion it could have been something nice if they would have cranked down the vanilla extract, cake batter taste about 7/8th. It's that outta wack. It looks like a stout without the bishop's collar. Smell is again vanilla extract only. The taste is equally non-complex with thankfully some bitter roastedness in the finish. Mouthfeel and Drinkability are irrelevant as it is too cloying to swirl in the mouth and have more than a few sips before leaving at the bar. Again other than appearance this beer was an utter disaster.

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Photo of Manoftyr
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence-Pours a rich dark brown and gives rise to a small tan creme-colored head, the head recedes rather quickly. It doesn't quite have that motor-oil thick consistency in the pour that you get from the richest Imperial Stouts.

Aroma-Creme brulee, it smells like creme brulee, plain and simple. It's exactly what it says on the tin, to to speak.

Taste-Vanilla and creme come forth first on the palette as well as the taste of bittering burnt-sugar, very much akin to the creme brulee namesake. It may be just me but I detect a certain kind of oakey flavor. Caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee mingle with the predominate vanilla taste while the burnt-sugarlike bitterness prevents everything from becoming sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel-In a word; creamy, very, very creamy. It fits the flavor and what they were going for with this beer perfectly.

Drinkability-A single bomber, or in my case a single 32oz growler, is plenty; this is definitely more of a dessert beer, best drank after dinner or on its own when one is in the mood for something very sweet.

Notes-I can see why this is a 'love it or hate it' beer, but for those of us like me who enjoy a very sweet brew now and again this is something to seek out now and again.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark black. Head dissipated quickly.

S - Smells just like creme brulee.

T - Tastes just like creme bruleee. This beer truly does come as advertised. Sweet vanilla, sugary, caramel flavor, this is creme bruleee in a bottle. The alcohol comes through in the finish.

M - A bit watery for a stout. Moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for such a highly alcoholic brew. I'm very impressed in how this brewery replicated such a complex dessert as creme brulee so faithfully. Bottom line: if you like creme brulee, you will enjoy this offering. If your not a fan, you might find this to be too sweet.

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

Beer is almost jet black with almost no head. Smell is burnt caramel with vanilla and malt. It tastes, not surprisingly, like a creme brulee stout. Lots of vanilla and caramel. It's got a sweet and almost candy-like finish. The mouthfeel is a little heavy and thick. The sweetness is almost too much. It's a very rich beer---not one to drink quickly. I'm not sure quite what to make of this. It's good and quite interesting, but not a beer I'd want to drink often. It's kinda like drinking dessert. But I could see enjoying one of these a few times a year, especially during cold weather, when I'm craving something heavy and sweet.

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Photo of Preismj
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: nice dark color black. Think looking on a swirl. minimal white/cream head with a very small amount of lacing. considering the color, the head is quite weak.

s: wowza! Vanilla bean, custard, sweet egg/milk scents slip from the rim. dark rich malts and the small hint of booze is present. smells super sweet. I can't even emphasize how sweet this really is on the nose.

t: follows the nose very well. tastes just like the flavors of creme brulee: Custard, milk, egg, nutmeg, and strong strong presence of vanilla on this. this is delicious. there is enough of a booze profile here to remind you this certainly is a beer...but the framework is quite nice. i'd imagine this would work even better with a drop to the ABV, though.

m: slick, thin. this is weak in the mouth, but necessarily so. If this was any thicker, I wouldn't be able to take it down with the strong sweetness. The thin body works for it given the flavor and when you'd want to drink this beer. As this warms, the flavors in this really get all mixed up and muddled. Too much heat with the sweetness and it doesn't work well together.

o: this really truly is the definition of a dessert beer/sweet stout. The flavors are tremendous, the booziness brings you back to the fact it is alcohol and not really dessert. It's quite good, but the sweetness would get to you after a while. considering the name, there is no misleading marketing here...this is creme brulee with alcohol. Hard to drink a lot of it warms the alcohol really comes through and crosses up with the flavors quite a bit.

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Photo of dejrrma
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle, around $8, poured into an oversize wine glass.

a-black with a reddish tint, a 1/2 inch of head that dissipates very quickly only a ring of thin foam remains. little lacing

s- vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, sugar, slight coffee. a bit overpowering.

t- just as it smells. strong and sweet vanilla and toffee soak the palate at first. black licorice and caramel next. This is way too sweet. A little coffee and a little help the cloying taste, but not very much. It's not very well balanced at all.

m- creamy, medium body, sticky. okay carbonation. syrupy after taste.

o- this is definitely a dessert beer and a hell of a specialty. It's unlike anything I've ever had. In my opinion, it's fantastic for the style, but it's not for me. I can only take it in small, small, very small doses. Way too sweet for me.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark color but not as thick as I expected. Nose is unbelieveble and lives up to its name. Deeply sweet on the younger but enough bitterness to give it a stiff backbone. Carbonation is a little light but the finish is a full 30 seconds. Nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had with JDV and pint sized.

A-Dark and stout looking
S-Like werther's or nips caramel butterscotchs.
T-Huge blast of cloying caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. So sweet and overpowering with lingering butter in the mouth. Did not like this and did not think it tasted like Creme brulee.
M-Thinner than expected and leaves an unpleasant lingering film.
D-I could drink this all night- for 1 million dollars!! Not a fan. Won't try again. Glad to try the novelty and thought it would be good paired with food but not standing alone.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my snifter.

Upon just cracking the bottle, butterscotch is pouring everywhere. After pouring still all I can smell is butterscotch.

A: Pours a deep black, consistency of skim milk. Nearly no head. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma, still all butterscotch. Small hint of chocolate. This is going to be sweet

T: Taste begins with butterscotch, and some mocha. Finish has a welcomed taste of alcohol

M: One of the creamier beers I've had yet - thinner but similar to a Baileys.

D: A bit disappointed by this, and certainly something I wouldn't drink more than one of. Yet, very smooth - too overly sweet for me. Would work well as a Desert beer, and could gain fans of non beer-geeks. Optimal serving would be 8 oz.

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Photo of pastradul
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak for this bottle!!!

Popped that cap and went in for a smell... It brought a huge smile to my face. Huge smell of vanilla and bready sweetness. Like there is a donut shop inside the bottle!.

Pours a dark black. with some head forming.

The mouthfeel is so creamy and chewy.

The taste is just outstanding. Just like the nose. Vanilla, sugar, bready dough yumminess!!! Wish I had some dessert to go along with this.

By far one of my favorite beers I have ever had.

Living in san diego... this is going to be a constant want!

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Photo of bgildea
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark almost black brown, with a slight plum hue. Slight head that sticks around for a little while. Mild lacing as well.

S: Smells delicious!!! A nice strong sweet vanilla flavor comes across immediately with some nice caramel in the background. Great aroma that makes me want to drink it ASAP.

T: A very complex flavor. First you taste the sweet vanilla flavor. Then the caramel hits you. It finishes with a nice roasted malts after taste. The three principle flavors work very well together and illustrate how the sum is greater than the individual parts.

M: A nice chewy consistency for this milk stout.

D: Extremely drinkable. Great tasting beer that will bring me back for more. I could drink these all night.

Overall: Phenomenal beer! Everything about this beer is great. The taste is amazing, I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. The 10% alcohol content is also a plus. You'll enjoy drinking these all night and probably get a nice little buzz out of it too.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Creme Brulee pours and almost opaque black with hints for dark mahogany. The head is a creamed coffee color with little retention.

Its aroma is extremely strong and dead on the smell of Creme Brulee. The sweet notes are overwhelming, but small amounts of dark malt can be found.

This beer is super sweet, and that flavor immediately takes over the moment it is sipped. It immediately goes into the finish which starts with roasty malt notes, but the sweetness again builds and last for minutes.

Its mouthfeel is heavy, and the carbonation is relatively low but perfect for the style.

Overall, this beer is definitely different than anything I had ever had. It is named perfectly. The only down side is that it is so sweet, it is hard to finish just a pint of it. But it is a most have.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,552 ratings.
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