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.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at The Half Pint in Rochester, NY. Got an eponymous half pint of this sweet beast of a beer.

Pours a dark, sticky black. Small head lingers, and leaves globs of beer sticking to the glass. Great lacing.

Smells like sugary milk, vanilla, and some slight roast.

An explosion of sweet taste that gets tiring after a while. Creamy, thick melted french vanilla ice cream, burnt sugar, leftover cereal milk, caramel, butterscotch. So sweet, and definitely cloying. Good in small amounths, about 4 oz.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.

A polarizer for sure. I can take a small amount a year and be happy with it.

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

A dark, sweet, powerful beer – the perfect nightcap, I’m hoping. Cheers.

A: Pours like coffee, a deep reddish-brown that lets a few rays of light through. Head is a very light color for a stout, a beige foam that rises to an inch in height; reminiscent of cappuccino cream. Sandy lacing and a few bubbles circling as retention.

S: Sweet Jesus, this is vanilla syrup. The body oozes with tones of gooey butterscotch, caramel, and yes, a ton of vanilla bean; a dessert in a glass. I can smell a little fruit underneath, maybe some strawberry, and a little bit of booze, too – crème brulee with a little Bananas Foster flambé to it. I’ve never preferred sweet beers, especially stouts, but there’s something about this that’s just so enticing…probably the fact that it smells like a candy store.

T: Initially, it’s a nice, roasty stout – notes of dark chocolate, burnt bread, smoke. Then comes the sugar rush: a cloying, syrupy taste of caramel, vanilla extract, and butterscotch fudge. It’s sweet enough to totally dry out my mouth, and a tightening oiliness of the hops just augments it; slick pine resins crystallize this as a sticky, impossibly sweet stout. A quick taste of brandy finishes it out with pepper and thick booze, a bit like cough syrup in the aftertaste; molasses, lactose sugar, and hop resins linger, as well.

M: It’s so sweet it sticks to the roof of your mouth like saltwater taffy. It’s rich, but there’s enough heat and carbonation to keep it from being too viscous. If this were at 11% ABV or higher, it would be basically undrinkable (a la Founders CBH).

O: I don’t know what to say. So you like your pine cones dipped in vanilla icing? This is your beer. Do you like expensive, vanilla-heavy desserts, but hate the whole chewing thing? Grab a bottle. I actually liked this experience, though, and that’s the weird part – my brain tells me this is too sweet, but I keep drinking. It’s a strange beer, but it’s mesmerizing at the same time; overall, an enjoyable drink.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is great, really smells like creme brulee, its has a sweet taste but then it doesn't, the smell is sweet but the beer has a nice stout taste and feel. I put some in a snifter then put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it,and it was great a must try.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,599 ratings.
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