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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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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: 4,604 |  Reviews: 1,471
Photo of AmitC
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TexIndy
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle but it's this years. Deep black in color. Against a light it had slight mahogany edges. It had a large tan head that quickly settled into a thick collar and come central foam. Good lacing left as the head subsided.

Still can't believe how perfectly they nailed the aroma. From the moment you pop the crown, it smells like the waiter just put a fresh creme brulee in front of you to eat. Burnt sugar, custard, vanilla - it's all there. Just a hint of the ABV in the back. Creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts so this is one amazing aroma. The taste followed suit with more of the underlying stout flavor coming thru so not a perfect replication but still damn close. Others describe it as too sweet but for me it stays just north of that mark. A very interesting beer. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall, an amazing display of what a great brewer can do. They really have replicated the aroma and taste even better than I expected. Highly recommend if you a fan of the dessert and then again just to highlight what can be done with beer. I do agree with others that 22oz is probably too much since it is sweet and filling. I think 12oz would be the right portion so sharing this one would be good. Rotation: not avail in TX - got in trade. Wouldn't mind getting another and aging it to see what happens. On-tap at least once would be good.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that seems to have some semblance of retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque chocolate brown. Considerable lacing left behind. Does dissipate rather quickly but is nice nevertheless.

Nose- So much butterscotch it's difficult to parse anything else. There's cream, vanilla, toffee, and caramel but they are only secondary actors in regard to the butterscotch dominance. One of the best aromas I've ever experienced from a beer. Maybe a little bit of peppermint with some heat attached?

Taste- More butterscotch with an oaky bitterness in the background. It is not the oaky mess that I've gotten from a lot of vanilla beers but it is there. There is a bit of thinness in the profile. And there is a good amount of heat. Perhaps this is why Southern Tier suggests this should be served at 42 degrees instead of the normal 50 to 55 for an imperial stout. The caramel, vanilla, and toffee of the nose make themselves known but butterscotch and oak linger in the background. The components of the flavor profile are great but they don't really mesh. Perhaps that is too harsh of judgment; there is integration and balance but a bit of thinness. And considerable heat. This does not bother me but might bother many. Despite its flaws, I do enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but pretty weak for an imperial stout. To be a desert beer, this needs more heft and less carbonation.

Drinkability- It's tasty. It's wicked alcoholic. It's not too pricey. 9 bucks a bomber. But I would go for other Southern Tier beers over it. Backburner and Chocklat specifically.

Overall- A good beer that is messy. I don't mind its messiness or the booze. If you're not expecting crème brulee in a bottle, it could be enjoyable for you. I don't regret trying this but I might not repurchase. I would consider it specifically for a desert beer. I like it despite its faults.

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Photo of BeerCon5
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a very nice fluffy/bubbly white head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent is very potent of sweet ingredients, vanilla, sugar, some dark fruit, also some notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate are noticeable toward the end. The alcohol is also well hidden.

Full body, smooth, thick, and creamy, low carbonation.

This beer was absolutely delicious, a ton of flavor, all well balanced. It's tough to drink more than one because it is very filling and sweet but one is all you need. I will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of HRamz3
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of erialbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jason_nwx
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of cfrances33
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is crisp white and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is sweet coffee liquor with generous chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Very sweet, smooth chocolate, vanilla, and a ton of toffee. Hints of smokey dark grain. Finish is sweet and boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

A very sweet dessert beer. Tasty and smooth, but too sweet to drink more than one. I could swear there is Kaluha in this.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with only a wispy head that forms on the pour. I'm a little disappointed in the fact that it pours just as thin as this years version of Jah-va. I wish they would get back to the fuller, more viscous beers that they used to.
Smell is exactly as the bottle states, Creme Brulee. Lots of vanilla, roast and some caramel. Wow, taste is roasted, vanilla, hazelnut espresso. Taste is good. Let me state that I love desert beers though, so this is right up my alley. The taste is very sweet. If I see one problem with this beer, it may be the sweetness may be much for an entire bomber. Everytime you lift the glass to your mouth, your nose is telling you that you have a nice hazelnut espresso in your hand. I keep expecting warm coffee, but then there's a cold beer. It's a beer unlike any I've ever had.
A little thin on the mouthfeel, but smooth. It'll be very interesting to see what time does to this beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good initial 3/4 finger head with decent retention and a nice dark brown color.

Smell is of caramel. Not caramel malts, but straight up caramel, like a caramel candy. Underneath are notes of cream and chocolate, but only if you really pay attention, because the most awesome smell is of caramel. It even masks the vanilla. But I love it and I can smell it from a mile away.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Upfront there is a bit of caramel sweetness with an undertone of vanilla. The vanilla really creeps into the nose on the swallow. This is followed by incredible smooth milky and chocolateyness that makes the beer incredibly smooth. Hop bitterness helps to balance the beer out, but I'd like it to be a tiny but tamer. EDIT: at first I have this complaint, but the complaint is quieted as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy and this is one of the most interesting beers that I've ever had. I could drink it for a long time. For some the caramel might be too much after a while though. I don't really notice the 10% abv all that much.

Thanks to seanpachfddfa, or however you spell his crazy screen name, for the sample

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Photo of Phillyz
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Treebs
2.17/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a thin mocha colored ring and some swirls on top.

S: Wow there is a lot going on. Caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate, and coffee. It's just too overpowering and smells like it's going to be too sweet.

T: Big vanilla coffee flavors, some caramel, some roasted malts, extremely sweet chocolate. Some bitter coffee grinds as well. This so cloying it's crazy. I feel like I'm going to get diabetes if I keep drinking this, yet I press on.

M: Heavy and slightly chewy with a very heavy coating across the mouth. Does have some nice bubble carbon from the top, but still the sweetness just lingers and kills it.

O: If you like the sweetest candy and chocolate in the world, thrown into a barrel of vanilla and caramel as well as early onset diabetes, this is the beer for you. It had a lot of potential, but the sugary sweetness was too much for me to handle.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a jet black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Very sweet smelling of syrupy creme brulee flavoring over a very thick and sweet malty body.
T: Very sweet taste of chocolate and the creme brulee flavoring that really overpowered this beer. I could taste a bit of the malts but not alot, this beer was mostly the creme brulee.
M: Very thick, smooth, and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable but probably no more than 1 or 2 because of its viscocity and how rich tasting it is. Very good dessert beer and I really like how Southern Tier delivers on bold flavors like this one. Definately worth a try.

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

poored a transparent black, ruby through in the light, little head mostly just a ring of bubbles around the rim
Smell was a strong vanilla pudding
taste was roasted coffee over a vanilla pudding
mouthfeel looked like it would be thin when it was poored but had lots of body, was a bit shocked how thick it really felt.
Drinkability - was very sweet but is a wonderful dessert beer, which is when it was enjoyed

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured

Black liquid

Very sweet creme brûlée aroma

Taste of sweetness and then quickly to roast beer

Burnt coffee aftertaste

Interesting beer

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

Photo of doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared with wife and sister-in-law during game night.

A: Pours deep, dark inky chocolate with minimal cola bubbles. Looks at the same time both viscous and thin (if that makes any sense).

S: Tons of vanilla bean and lactic sugar sweetness. Smells like creme brulee - fancy that!

T: Tons of Vanilla bean and lactic sugars, very sweet but doesn't wear you down. Some light roasted malts and

M: Soft and somewhat viscous, solid carbonation to round everything out. Coats the mouth quite well, but not quite like an Imperial Stout.

O: Nice dessert treat, not as good as it warms but still quite enjoyable. Cloying sweetness after a while, so make sure to share.

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Photo of TonyTalon
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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