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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Bottled on 6/10/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black; khaki head that fades but leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are extremely unique. It's basically a vanilla overload. It's smells exactly like cream soda. There are subtle alcohol notes in the aromas, but nothing overwhelming. There's some cocoa malts in the mix as well. The flavors are pretty intense. Alot of people say this beer is extremely sweet, but I never really looked at it like that. It's actually pretty bitter. The chocolate notes take a backseat and sometimes become completely unnoticeable. Alcohol notes are noticeable in the flavors. It's not boozy, but it's there. Mouthfeel is on the full-bodied; active carbonation. It's not milkshake thick, but it's far from thin. The flavors start off rough around the edges, but to be honest, it surprisingly becomes easier to drink and more enjoyable the more you drink. It really opens up as it warms up.

Hate it or love it, you have to appreciate it. It's very unique and one of the most polarizing beers out there. I definitely like it more than I dislike it. It's good. Everyone should try this at least once.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a dark tan, 2.5 fingers tall head. The head has some decent retention and loves light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (3.5)
Immediately upon pouring, your nostrils are assaulted by an overwhelming scent of intensely sweet vanilla and creamy, slightly tart smelling custard and not much else. As beer warms, the sweet facade starts to open up, allowing some sweet chocolate notes to surface. A very light alcohol presence cuts through the layers of vanilla as well.

Taste: (3.5)
Very similar to the nose, you're struck first by very sweet cream and vanilla. Building alongside the sweetness, is a faintly herbal twang of hops. Behind this hop presence, is a thick, creamy chocolate malt coating that resides on your palate up until the lightly bitter, off dry finish. Long lingering notes of creamy chocolate, bitter espresso bean and even more vanilla. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Thick and very creamy with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
Wow, this beer is extraordinarily sweet and intense, just like the desert it is named after; It truly is uncanny how strikingly similar the aroma is to actual Creme Brulee. I was hoping that some of the stout elements would be a bit more forward in the aroma, but they definitely shine through in the finish of the beer. Overall, this beer is too intensely sweet for my tastes, but I can definitely see this beer as a fitting after dinner treat. Very unique.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is very dark brown, and non translucent. Left nice lacing.

Smell was nice....caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars.

Taste was more beer like, but the Creme Brulee flavors came through nicely. A slight hop bitterness on the end. The alcohol taste comes in on the end. Heavy mouth-feel, and lowish carbonation.

Great desert beer. Definitely not a session beer...too sweet, heavy, and high abv.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Very dark brown color with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Great retention and some nice sheets of lacing. Very viscous.

S – Butterscotch. Tons and tons and tons of butterscotch. You can smell this from across the room. It’s one-dimensional, sure, but it does smell great for what it’s supposed to be.

T – Very sweet all the way through with crème brûlée, lactose, and vanilla notes. There’s no roasted character to be found here; this is all milk stout. Very sweet but very tasty, too.

F – Medium-full-bodied, average carbonation, a smooth, creamy, and velvety mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Sweetness lingers for a long time, and the nearly 10% ABV is nowhere to be found.

O – I don’t care what anyone says, this beer is delicious. It lives up to its name of being a big and bold imperial milk stout. If you’re a fan of roasted characteristics in a stout over sweet characteristics, you might want to stay away from this one. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely check this one out. I think the thing that puts this one above other very sweet stouts (eg. Imperial Biscotti Break) is that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This has nearly 10% ABV and is immensely sweet but is still very, very drinkable. I think Southern Tier has a winner here. Cheers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: with an aggressive pour this has a two finger off-white head that is reduced to a nice film over the beer that is retained. a sticky lacing remains from the top of the glass to bottom once the beer is finished.

S: butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, sugar and cinnamon. incredible.

T: a pleasant sharpness on the tip of the tongue, followed by a creamy vanilla/burnt sugar combination. there is a nice caramel and sugar spiked coffee finish. you could eat this beer as a dessert. for a 9.5% abv, the alcohol is masked superbly.

M: very smooth, the carbonation provides a nice bite and there's a very creamy finish. as the beer warms this doesn't change.

O: fantastic dessert beer. this does well after a meal on its own.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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