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)

Brewed by:
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.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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Ratings: 4,591 |  Reviews: 1,466
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 Dave1999
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pure black with no head just a tiny bit of white round the rim.

Smells exactly like creme brulee, quite amazing really.

The taste like the smell is creme brulee.It's amoust like a strong stout with liquidised desert in it. There's also a bit of alcohol in there but not too much considering the abv.

The mouth is creamy and medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

All I can say is this is amazing, southern have made a beer that tastes exactly like creme brulee. If I was in a resteraunt with the wife this would finish it off nicely. I couldn't drink too much but a 22oz was perfect.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

This beer poured pitch black and formed a small light tan bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt, and heavy of vanilla with hints of cocoa and coffee. It gave it a smell of someone's coffee or cocoa with some vanilla extract or Coffee Mate or the premixed concoctions. The flavor was of malt,
milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The body is medium and silky. The finish is rather sweet and hints of vanilla. Vanilla is obviously the strongest component of this beer which I guess represents the milk. A good beer, if sweeter than I like for this style.

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Vivs85
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

This review was just found after cleaning my apartment. After looking at some recent reviews, it seems there are a lot of mixed emotions. I, for one, loved this beer.

A-Black, oily. Light caramel colored head that didn't last.

S-I was preparing dinner next to this glass and could smell it. The aromas are strong, but well balanced. It smelled like a cold drink you would get from Starbucks. Coffee, caramel, vanilla beans, sweet malts.

T-Everything I smelled, I tasted. The alcohol started out mellow as this beer was colder than a recommended temp for a stout. As the beer "warmed", the alcohol bite intensified.

M-Creamy and smooth. Flavors linger in between sips.

D-I wish I could make a trip to souther tier and try this on tap (if it is available). Will be getting more and sharing with friends.

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Photo of Etan
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up out of curiosity. I tend to like some sweet beers, so let's see how this does. 22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a small light tan head.

S: Smells like straight butterscotch. Not sure how I feel about that.

T: Taste is a little more held back, with big notes of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, lactose. Slightly astringent hop bitterness gives a little balance. Astringent roasty note on the end.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Sort of an odd beer. It would taste better if the roasted malt/hop bitterness weren't as astringent. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of 1424IpA
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of kjyost
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle received in trade via TheSevenDuffs about a year ago, and kept ~4C. Served into a perfect pint at ~6C. Label claims 10% ABV

A: Jet black with a nice big tan head that laces, but not nearly as much as I would expect
S: A delicious nose, full of adjuncts. Vanilla, candied sugar, caramel. A hint of bitterness from the roasted notes.
T: An amazingly balanced brew with some roasted bitterness that is quickly crushed by the vanilla and milk and sugar and caramelized yumminess that is this beer...
M: Sweetness with very little bitterness and not a hint of the large ABV and expected alcoholic notes.
O: An amazingly well put-together beer... Not balanced in any way, but the flavours that are there make the beer what it advertises itself as...

Yum, yum, yum...

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Photo of Cycle69
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of rypkr
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle Poured into a snifter

A - dark brown. Almost no head. Sticky fizzy lacing with no signs of legs.

S - coffee creamer. Hazelnuts. Vanilla. Very sweet. Slightly roasty and smokiness is in there too.

T - excessive vanilla. Dark roasted coffe. Starts extremely sweet and finishes more bitter than expected, I can actually taste faint grassy hops at the end. Surprisingly little alcohol is detectable considering abv. Overall not that impressive here.

M - 6/5. Truly stellar incredibly big body and arguably the creamiest beer I've ever had. I find myself chewing it its so heavy. Love this big and slo drinking mouthfeel.

O - awesome feel and so-so taste. If try toned down the vanilla and threw this in a barrel I think BCBS would have a run for its money with the body this beer provides. It's just too one dimensional as it sits though. I may revisit occasionally but certainly not regularly.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip

A- black as night. Lacing is so-so. I like the cocoa foam. It looks as though it's a chocolate soda pop

S- wow, chocolate milk surrounded by vanilla beans. The brew exhibits a dairy treat. Butterscotch is present as well. There is a ton of flavor rising up

T- same as the scent. I feel like I'm drinking chocolate milk with some hops. The vanilla beans and butterscotch blend the whole thing together. Just delicious and very good

M- very creamy and filling. This brew will make you full

D- creme brulee is a great imperial stout! This is the desert brew you want. This is a great beer to split with someone and show them another side of crafted beers. What a treat for the palate! Buy this when you can find it

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a brownish-black color with a mocha head that left lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- In the aroma, I detected vanilla, butterscotch, and burnt sugar. In other words, it smells like crème brulee.

Taste - At the front was big vanilla, coffee, malts, burnt sugar. Perhaps another way to describe it might my a vanilla milkshake combined with a coffee stout. It was almost too sweet for my palate. In the aftertaste, one notes the continuation of the burnt malts and sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel - I love the smoothness of milk stouts, and this one is very smooth. The vanilla probably creates the impression that the stout is even smoother.

Overall - This is definitely a desert beer. The wife loves it. In the right company, this would be a hit.

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Photo of Lanstrum
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" tan coloured head over cola/black liquid.

S: Extremely sweet caramel and vanilla.

T: Vanilla, caramel, coconut and some coffee and bitter hops on the back end.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Its dessert in a glass, but is sickly sweet. I'm going to have a hard time drinking this all to myself.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Looks like I'm the one thousandth reviewer of this brew. I'd seen it around, so I've finally ponied up.

Look wise it's got a half finger thick tan head, which retains decently. The body is jet black and opaque when held up to artificial light.

In the aroma, the vanilla shines through with maybe a bit of coffee.

The taste is of French vanilla coffee, along with some hot cocoa mixed in.

Feels full in body, moderately carbonated, and has a mild warmth in the end.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,591 ratings.
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