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 jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one had a really nice nose and pours a beautiful black color, but the mouthfeel is really disappointing and the taste is really watered down despite a really nice roasted nose.

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Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours an inky, opaque black that grabs light and hurls it inward, never to escape. Except, that is, for the finest band of mahogany at the most outer edges. A single finger of light tan head is rapid in its re-deployment elsewhere. Wisps of lacing flutter along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is nothing short of a creamy, rich explosion, notably sweet with molasses, candy sugar, maple syrup, and earthen with dark coffee and lactic bite. Still, the biggest wave of the blast is reserved for the mountainous swell of vanilla that tamps down what should be a more obvious wedge of alcohol.

Upon sipping, warily and anxiously, the sweetness is like a sugary broadside from a confectionary warship, firing away with balls of milky custard, toffee, sweet coffee, and singed sugar. Ah, but it's the vanilla that rumbles forth from the beer's Guns of Navarrone, laying waste to all that comes before it, even more so here than in the aroma. And yet, the alcohol is decidedly more poignant and warm here, resisting any real cloaking efforts from other agents. A very slight bitterness comes forth near the close, teasing with a tinge of crispness, no doubt from the roasted malt and burnt sugar, but then the sweetness dominates once again, leaving slowly through a lingering and very cloying finish. This pretty much defines "dessert beer," and in a very good way.

Full bodied, it's incredibly round and creamy, sliding in slow motion like heavy buttermilk across the palate.

I would imagine many will love this, and many will hate it. If you don't want sweetness, you'll likely abhor it. I, on the other hand, while an inveterate hophead, am a soul with a dag-nasty sweet-tooth, and this will capably cater to the most intense sugar Jones. I shared the bottle and still found it hard to finish my share, but that's because of the huge body and enamel-rotting sugar content, as opposed to any real faults. Simply, in the right context, this is nicely drinkable and enjoyable. I'm envisioning actually trying it with its namesake dessert. So, no matter, love it or hate it, I can think of no reason someone would not at least want to try it. I did, and am quite happy I've recovered from the resulting diabetic coma.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of abex44
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who said you couldnt turn many peoples favorite dessert into a beer? This "beer" hits creme brulee on the head.

Pours a Hershey Chocolate Brown with mocha bubbles lacing down the glass.
Smells extremely sweet of vanilla, toasted marshmellow, sugar and toasted malts. Everything to be desired in Creme Brulee.
Tastes extremely sweet, toasted chocolate, burnt sugar, Vanilla been overdose, and malty goodness. Malt is really an aftertaste with so much sweetness off the front. I would describe this as a Starbucks"ized" beer. Everything has been added to this beer to sweeten, enhance and uplift. A delicious beer that would make a great after dinner drink with company over. Looking forward to finishing the rest of this beer.

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Photo of RKing44
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Urk1127
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Photo of younger35
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this at Dobby's World Wide Liquors in Palatine Illinois for $7.99 (probably ended up being around $10 with the stupid fucking Cook County tax...). I absolutely loved Choklat and OAT so I can't wait for this one! Jahva was just okay. Drank from my Ithaca tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish/black with dark brown hues around the edge of the tulip. A very disappointing ¼ inch head that dissipates very quickly leaving no cap and small thin collar with very little lacing.
Smell- Loads of butterscotch (I mean LOADS!) and caramel. It smells almost exactly like those little yellow butterscotch candies that you get at old ladies houses. A bit of vanilla and coffee are also barely detectable under all that sweetness.
Taste- Lightly sweet (way less sweet than I was expecting) with some vanilla and caramel notes that quickly fade away to reveal a really roasted bitterness. Lightly citric in the middle that seems slightly out of place with some semi harsh warming from the alcohol. More chocolate than coffee but both are still present in moderation. Loads of butterscotch and toffee in the aftertaste and some bitter vanilla that seems to linger for days.
Mouthfeel- Nice thick feel without being syrupy or unnatural with light carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall this isn't too bad of a beer. It's fairly sweet but not cloying however it's not the easiest drinking. It's a definite sipper and good after dinner drink but bring a friend. I found the whole bottle to be fairly tough to drink by myself. The nose itself is worth buying a bottle for though.

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Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of boogerisu
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured thick black with a huge khaki head and tons of lacing. smelled of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and roasted coffee( maybe). taste was vanilla, bitter dark chocolate and heat from alochol. mouthfeel was thick and bubbly from carbonation. overall i thick some time in the cellar will do this some good. my throat burned from too much sugars and booze.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. purchased at least 6 months ago. cellared ever since. poured into tulip.

dark and opaque. good foamy head that fades to thin layer. somewhat sparse lacing.

smells of vanilla from the pour onwards, with notes of sweet cream. hint of chocolate and coffee CANDY.

flavor is cold, heavily-sweetened coffee, plus lots of vanilla again, but quite fresh. sweet, sweet, SWEET. balanced somewhat by a coffee-like bitterness, with hint of grassy hop. slight alcohol note brings in reminiscences of kahlua.

feel is quite smooth and lightly syrupy. moderate carbonation gives some lift to the heaviness.

ok, ok, it's not as bad as some people say. i'm probably not seeking it out again, but it may work for people unconvinced about dessert beers. the sweetness is cloying, and must be matched up with something like a raspberry and champagne white cake with buttercreme frosting, which is what i did.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DustinSWB
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of joemochas
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmitC
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t8dd
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Photo of coldmeat23
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees
Acquired from corey0212 in Comic Book BIF (Thanks so much!)

Super dark ruby colored liquid. Nice, quickly dissipating head. No retention. Minimal lacing.

The smell is pure Creme Brulee. No doubt about that. One of the best noses on a beer, ever. Lots of sweet cream and buttery caramel notes. Delicious brown sugar. Butter toffee. Tons of vanilla. My neighbors can probably smell this one, down the street. Powerful.

Much like the nose. Big Creme Brulee taste right upfront. Brown sugar caramalized with butter and vanilla. Lucious sweet cream. Big stout maltiness follows, which brings amazing balance to the sweetness. Coffee notes mix with hints of marshmallows. Very slight hop bite. Just a hint of the alcohol content.
This is almost perfect. With just a touch more sweetness and vanilla, then take down the bite of the hops a little bit more...perfection.

The mouthfeel could be just a tiny bit more full/thick. As it is, it's lovely. Very smooth and silky. Super easy going down.

If I had regular access to Southern Tier, this would probably be my number one beer choice, my have to have on hand at all times.
I could easily drink a bomber of this in three swallows, maybe even two. It's that good.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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