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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of CMUbrew
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served around 50 degrees in a snifter

A: Typical black as night stout. Not much head forms on this one.

S: Big scent of butterscotch candy dominates the nose. The rest is notes of vanilla, roasted malts, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, roasted and burnt malts, and a fair bit of warming alcohol.

M: Quite smooth with a decently big body. Alcohol is mouth warming.

O: I can't say I understand the hate on this one. Yes, it has lots of sweet, candy-like flavors, but it is meant to mimic a dessert and it does that. In my opinion it actually has a decent amount of balance because of the big roast presence. A unique must-try I think.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Creme Brûlée

10 oz tapper at Benno's in West Allis, WI. Served chilled...

A) Black to dark brown with a fairly thick mocha head, nearly a finger. Decent retention... No lacing noted...

S) A huge amount of vanilla and caramel. Made me think of drinking a Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks. If that is your thing it is hard not to be impressed by the aroma of this beer. Perhaps too sweet for some, but I really enjoyed it.

T) It is near the nose, with the vanilla and caramel referenced above, but the flavor came off as more artificial to me. It's like we went from Starbucks to some type of coffee mate creamer. The warmer this got, the more prevalent the alcohol content became.

M) It's hard for me to say this wasn't full-bodied. It was pretty thick and fairly smooth. As mentioned above a little alcohol burn as it got warmer.

O) Perhaps not the best choice on an extremely hot and humid day. Thanks to fellow beer advocate ncketchum, for the encouragement to give it a shot. A 10 oz pour was certainly enough. It was quite sweet, but overall pretty enjoyable.

Paired with the Super Nachos...
America!!!! Fuck yeah!!!!

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-big vanilla, caramel, malt, little toffee

T-lots of vanilla, sweet milk, malt, toffee, little chocolate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated, maybe a little thinner than I expected

O-interesting imp stout, but too much vanilla for me, may be better aged with a little bourbon to tone down the vanilla

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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a half finger tan head. On the thicker side.

Nose has HUGE vanilla notes along with big carmel notes that give it a really sweet smell. Very faint chocolate malt that is far overshadowed by the vanilla. Smells like dessert in a glass.

Taste has a Rich toffee, roasted malt that is overlayed with big hints of vanilla. Sweetness is much more mellow In the taste which is a good thing considering it smelled like strait dessert. Some bitterness from hops and roasted flavors from the malt mellow out the otherwise huge ruch sweetness that would be present from the vanilla and lactose sugar. Nice balance and the vanilla stays on the palate with a lasting plesent presence.

Mouthfeel is nice and somewhat thick and coats the mouth enough for vanilla to stay on the palate for a long while after the last sip was take

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

bomber into an oversized wine glass...

Ap- pours almost black with a nice tan head about 1/4 inch

Ar- seriously the best part of this beer and maybe the best smelling beer I have ever smelt (lets assume smelt is a word!) and did I mention it smells really good?

T-hmmmm. very sweet, caramel, molasses, sugar, milk, sweet malts and sugar!

M- medium bodied and sticky

O- a very delicious beer, just crazy different from most any other beer I have tried. Glad I split this one with the wife. This is for sure a dessert beer as it is way to sweet to have more than 1. Can only imagine how good this would be with some vanilla ice cream.... :)

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2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

9.6% ABV and 288 calories per bottle. I was attracted to tasting something different and surprise how well it smelled after opening the bottle. The taste was extremely off-putting - vanilla and coffee sounds attractive but the blunt caramel/butterscotch favor that kicks in does not match well with the combination. Easily one of the sweetest beers I've ever had. To be fair, you get used to it the more you consume, but it was just a weird taste at first. This is one combination I'll probably never see again and I do not regret trying it, however I would not purchase again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Pours jet black with a thin tan film for a head.

Smells of maple, vanilla, caramel, and coffee with cream and sugar.

Flavor is of brown sugar, vanilla, maple, caramel, a bit of coffee, some oakey bitterness, and a hint of Irish cream.

Full body with a light sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Slight boozy warmth.

A really delicious and decadent stout, but overwhelmingly a beer-as-desert experience. This isn't even trying to be anything but rich and sweet. If that doesn't sound like your cup of, beer, then you won't like it. Personally I'm enjoying this very much, it hides its strength pretty well too, but even I have to admit that this is something that you'll want to share, and not just because of the potency.

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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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