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)
4,601 Ratings
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: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Appearance is dark brown (not quite black). Not too viscous. Thin head dissipates rapidly. On the nose I get TONS of vanilla. It smells like a cream soda. There is also a little bit of coffee and leather.

The beer is very full-bodied with a huge candy-sweet flavor. On the front of the palate, you get roasted malt and vanilla that makes you think of vanilla wafers. At mid-palate, the roastiness and the hops combine to bitter things up a bit and produce a taste like gourmet coffee. On the back of the palate and on the finish, there's a bit of alcohol heat and the bitter roasty notes get a little overwhelming. I wouldn't call the beer overly bitter, but the contrast to the intense sweetness makes it seem more bitter on the finish than it really is. In addition, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin for me with all that sweetness. I'd expect something a lot creamier.

I have to give this beer a good review because it's so unique and distinct. I haven't found anything else quite like it (plus, I think it tastes good). The sweetness brought on by the vanilla and the addition of lactose sugar is so extreme, you sometimes forget you're drinking a beer. That said, this beer is one that a beer drinker will either love or hate. There's not much middle ground. Try it if you like imperial stouts (and have a bit of a sweet tooth).

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

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JayS2629
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a rich desert beer to share with others. Grading this for its intentions.

It pours a jet dark black with dark brown edges and a thin mocha head that leaves a thin ring of lace.

Guess what this smells like? Creme brulee! Who would have guessed? Loads of vanilla and marshmallow, burnt carmel, and charred chocolate. Roasted malt, hints of coffee. Intensely trace of hops.

The taste is...guess? Creme brulee! Rich chocolate and tons of lingering vanilla. Dark, roasted malts with a campfire burnt marshmallow tste that lingers too long. The burnt taste is what knocks this down from 5 to 4.5. It lingers a bit too long. Rich and sweet and decadent. Quite cloying, but its supposed to be.

Thick and creamy just as you would expect.

Overall, rich and delicious, cloying and sweet. A definite desert sipper to share.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this specialty stout pours a typical dark black with a half finger of golde tan head

S - big vanilla in the aroma, toffee, and slight coconut right as the cap is popped; rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and slight coffee take up the rear but are not lesser

M - the vanilla becomes more distinct in the taste, almost discernible as french vanilla as opposed to plain vanilla, the chocolate and toffee and coffee notes compliment the vanilla so well, such a sweet taste

M&D - super smooth and very drinkable, may be too sweet for some, on the heavier side of medium bodied, i fully enjoyed this stout

As an aside: as i was drinking this beer, the girlfriend was enjoying her favorite, a bottle of Lindemans Framboise, as a swirled my last sip of this, i poured an equal amount of her Framboise in with my Creme Brulee Stout; MAGIC! it was amazing, like chocolate-cheesecake with raspberry swirl, very tasty!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/13. Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin tan head and thick ring at the edge. Plenty of delicate strands of lacing.

Smell: Tons of vanilla and buttery toffee. Maybe the barest hint of orange with a really good swirl of the glass. A dessert in a glass.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt, vanilla, buttery toffee, black coffee, hint of pine at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, creamy. Good carbonation, but I think the mouthfeel would be even better if the carbonation was a tiny bit less.

Overall / Drinkability: Very well done beer and definitely a dessert complimenting beer. When I had this with vanilla ice cream as recommended on the bottle, the bitterness really came out and complimented the ice cream. Sweet aroma with bitter roast compliment to the ice cream. Once I finished the ice cream and let my palate rest a bit, then all the sweetness in this beer came out. Even then, the sweetness was tempered by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. While I want another bottle to crack open right now, I know I should not have a second one of these in a sitting. That being said, a big glass of this beer with dessert is fantastic.

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Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of taez555
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Tasted 9/4/08

This beer poured a dark coca cola colored body with small off-white head.

Nose. OH MY MOTHER FUCKING GOD!!! Creme Brulee. It smells like candy straight from a candy factory in heaven. Burnt sugar, caramel, candy, vanilla ice cream, vanilla milk shake, pure 100% from the finest french chef in the world creme brulee.

Taste is full bodied and along the exact same lines as the nose. Creamy caramel, milky vanilla ice cream, silky milk shake. Creme Brulee!!!! It tastes like liquid creme brulee. Holy shit. Absolutely no hint whatsoever of the 10% ABV. This is a dangerous beer. Little hints of chocolate, vanilla and other grains, but.... creme brulee. It tastes like liquid creme brulee, did I mention that?

Wow!!!. Southern Tier has raised the bar. I thought Choklat was the be all end of all, but this.... this is heaven in a bottle. Simply amazing.

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Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black, good amount of tan head

S-it smells like a creme brulee times one thousand. I have never known a beer that smells more like the advertised flavor than this. caramel is very evident as well. i don't even have to drink this!...i'll have fun just sitting here smelling this one!

T-mmm wow tastes like a great caramel creme brulee. the taste is extremely strong and very sweet. there's a slightly bitter after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a very slightly dry finish

D-very, i've purchased this many times and i always enjoy every bit of it! the taste stays extremely well. abv does hit sorta quickly tho.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RichD
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zetcha7x
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Lelampp
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark and has ok carbonation. The had is very small brown and leaves little lace.

The smell is good very desert like, lots of vanilla.

The taste follows, the vanilla and alcohol make it quite good something you would pour on ice cream. Chocolate notes are also present but maybe too sweet and deserty.

The mouthfeel is good nice thick body but little carbonation.

The drinkability is off for me as it is just too sweet.

Prosit MK

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, that was interesting.

Nose- Burnt caramel, vanilla, sugar, glazed icing

Taste- butterscotch and vanilla upfront with a horrific fake sugar aftertaste. Almost medicinal and cloying. Like fake Equal meets fake Splenda.

Definitely a dessert beer with a good nose but the Splenda/fake aftertaste really killed this beer for me.

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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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