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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Date of bottling is 06/06/13.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with a slight hint of brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very rich and sweet dark aroma with lots of caramel, coffee, and syrupy chocolate hints. Dark roasted malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, biscuit, coffee beans, milk and dark chocolate, and cream. Big hints of vanilla and chocolate syrup. Brown sugar sweetness and lactose as well. Light hints of dark fruit in the background. Hop presence is very light on the nose. Very forward on the sweet caramel and creamy coffee smell. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Like the nose previews, a big rich sweet taste of dark malt, caramel, and cream. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, coffee beans, milk, cream, dark chocolate, and biscuit. Lots of vanilla bean flavor and syrupy chocolate along with sweet brown sugar and lactose notes. Subtle notes of dark dried fruit in the background. Very subtle earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. Very rich and sweet taste but not quite to the level of being overwhelming. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and fairly sticky and syrupy. Slight alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very good imperial milk/sweet stout. Big, rich, and creamy. Very sweet but still pretty smooth.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Was tapped on 6-20-2013 as part of a Southern Tier tap takeover. Served in a small wide tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, oily walnut brown with almost zero clarity. Slightly translucent around the edges. Head is creamy, about 3/4th finger and dissipates quickly, leaving a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Lacing is slick and faint.

S - This is straight-up caramel and sweetness. Like a caramel macchiato. Very little of the chocolate-y charachetristics that come with milk stouts. If the taste is as sweet as the aroma, this is going to be like a melted milkshake. The name is very apt.

T - Thankfully, the sweetness is much more muted, but still present. Dulce de leche, cinnamon and vanilla overtones on a faint bittersweet base like burnt sugar. Reminds me a bit of a lighter, drier Kahlua.

M - Viscous and creamy with medium-to-heavy body. Light carbonation is just the right amonunt to keep it from feeling slimy. Lingering and sticky aftertaste.

Overall a unique and delightful beer. Would be perfect with the right desserts. Or AS dessert to be honest. Very tasty, but I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so be warned. Definitely a sipping beer.

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

I had to write a full review because this beer seems a little up or down with people.

It is a milk stout and to me comes off more of a barrel aged beer..

Poured into a standard pint glass...

Very dark pour, thin head, not much retention, very sticky lacing.

Smell is super duper sweet... toffee, caramel, butter.... again smells super sweet like candy.

Take at first sip was very sweet, a little too sweet for me and I like sweet.... but it's all what it described... creme brule.... toffe/caramel/butter/whipped pecan taste. Bery sigary...most people don't know what it tastes like but southern tier nailed it... has a perfect taste of creme brule with that perfect burnt taste to it that is also in wee heavy.... mouthfeel was good, a little sticky but not to heavy and not too light....

Overall this was a great brew that is more of a sipper... alcohol is noticeable but my biggest thing is it was a little sweet.... had it in summer and probably better in the winter. But they nailed the taste just a tad too much..

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,585 ratings.
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