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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Ratings: 4,620 |  Reviews: 1,473
Photo of Brenden
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This one can be polarizing for sure. I will always defend it as being the quintessential creme brulee beer (if not an original), and one of the absolute quintessential desert beers ever made.

A: Black, almost inky, quite thick. The head is a medium brown cap that rests on top and drops down fairly significant lacing.
S & T: Creme. Brulee. What more do you want? Seriously, though, this is well fleshed out, as drinkers get the full sum of the parts as well as the individual flavors expected. Everyone has their opinions, but I have to scoff at those who say it's too sweet: its moderate hoppiness almost perfectly counters the sweetness. So much vanilla, with chocolate, coffee, and cream culminating in near perfection. A touch of coffee liqueur flavor hits the middle with the chocolate alternating between milk and bittersweet. A touch of toffee rests in there as well. If anything, the hops take away slightly. This beer could easily be so much sweeter, and I reject any claim that it's cloying. A true beauty.
M: Thick without being a fudgy stout in the feel, this one has an extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just enough balancing crispness. Milky and creamy in the feel, with a pleasurable flow to it. I would take just the slightest bit off the bite, but it's very smooth ultimately.

Haters gonna hate.

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Photo of Retroman40
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a very long lasting creamy brown head. The smell is pure vanilla custard. The taste is like liquid cake. Very sweet but not cloying as the sweetness is somehow balanced out. There is absolute no hint of the alcohol. The carbonation level is perfect and the mouthfeel is super smooth. Overall this is what a desert beer should be. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Vivaresh
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drstalker
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: The beer is almost completely black, with just a hint of brown if I look very closely. Head was one finger, dark tan, and creamy. A nice looking dessert.

S: The smell jumped out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. There is a very sweet smell that is vanilla, caramel, maple, honey, milk chocolate., gingerbread This is sweet and layered and totally unique. Really hits the concept head on. Delicious smelling.

T: Truly a dessert beer. I don't think I've tasted anything quite like this. Really hits the creme brûlée with the dominant flavor being burnt sugar and vanilla pudding. A bit like drinking a Boston cream doughnut in some ways with a big malty character holding everything together. A bit of bitterness in the finish reminds me that this is still a beer.

F: A bit more bite than I was expecting. Still smooth, with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall: This would make a great float, but also does well on its own. Definitely a one at a time thing - this is a big beer with big taste. Towards the end it was a bit cloying, but truly lives up to the term dessert beer.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, dark and deep: this stout looks, smells, and tastes as good as anything that's rolled down my palate. It's a dessert in a pint glass. I'm not a big fan of flavored beers, but Southern Tier has pulled this off.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amb3do
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craigferraro
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pour that is a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white foamy head in the snifter and a one and a half finger white foamy head. No lacing in the snifter but some sticky white sporadic lacing in the pint glass. The smell. well Southern Tier did what they’re supposed to and that’s put crème brule in the smell (I get it, its there), however, there’s also an ample amount of caramel and chocolate coming through as well. The taste was well sticky sweet all around through the crème brule flavoring and still bringing back the caramel and chocolate, sweet sticky caramel/crème brule aftertaste leaving a dry and somewhat chocolatey finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a decent sipping aspect to it, carbonation seems good for a Milk/Sweet Stout.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of hitchhikergal
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tubeyes
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wilhelmr3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHigby2K6
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of braican
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've now had two beers I consider "dessert beers", and only one of those (this one) that actually touts itself as such, well, this is one damn good dessert beer...

Out of the glass the brew pours a practically black liquid with weak head and no lacing. The smell is truly divine - creme brulee with a nice mix of distinctive stout. The mouthfeel makes this a very accessible beer, smooth and almost creamy. Though the beer should have tasted boozy, it was far from it. In fact, it was an incredible blend of the 10% ABV with the sweetness of creme brulee. Overall, it was really good as a dessert beer - not too sweet at all, a truly perfect blend of booziness and light sweet taste.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely dark brown and opaque with a small to medium khaki head that left only spotty lace. Nose is strong vanilla, burnt sugars/marshmellow, sweet milk coffee. Quite the dessert nose. Taste is a bit overly harsh on the vanilla. Chocolate and burnt marshmellow with an odd alternating sweetness/dryness. Overall, an interesting​ beer that pushes the adjunct limits...winning in smell but not as much on flavor.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 2-finger head and poured from a 22 oz. bottle. The head sticks around for a decent amount of time. Lacing continues on. Black as coal - absolutely no light coming through.

Smell: Smells like maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and hints of chocolate. Slight coffee hints, but the vanilla and syrup are the most powerful by far. It is a bit too "flavored drink" smelling... meaning a bit artificial.

Taste: Surprising bite upfront (hops I'm assuming even though you can't really make out hop flavor). The vanilla and maple and caramel flavor is very strong. Heavily roasted grains are very noticeable as there is a charred/burnt flavor. It seems to be very sweet, but at the same time, bitter and dry (quite confusing to the taste buds!). This is a very rich and heavy beer. Definitely a sipper. There is an alcohol warmth immediately.

Feel: Full bodied even though it is very high on the ABV scale. The 10% ABV knocks it down a bit. Stays interesting even though it flattens out as you drink it.

Overall: Great beer that I've heard about for years, but never seen it in the stores in my area. I'm in CO, and they have finally been distributing this one out here. Very full, thick, rich, and a dessert in a glass! Not one I would drink every week, but I can see myself having this one a few times a years. Winter/Holiday time would be great.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,620 ratings