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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,592
Reviews:
1,466
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
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401
Gots:
1,096
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28
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Ratings: 4,592 |  Reviews: 1,466
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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Photo of DelMontiac
2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased this one in MO in July of 2012 and kept in the cellar.

This beer looked pretty nice on the pour into an U.S. Air Force Academy pint glass. Color was murky black/brown with a crowned mocha head that fizzled down rapidly. Scant lace remained.

I love creme brulee, so I was excited to get a whiff of this. The scent of sweet buttery vanilla and slightly burned sugar had me pretty ramped up, but it also seems very...artificial. The dark fruity chocolate tinge was there, but was mostly overwhelmed by the sweet vanilla.

Unfortunately, flavor is where this one goes horribly wrong. So overly sweet it's sickening and it's not a good sweet either - it's a ten spoons of sugar in one oz of corn syrup sweet. It's hummingbird food sweet. It's got a cough syrup phenolic medicine type of flavor that makes me want to spit it out. Yes, the vanilla is big. So big you feel as if you're breathing vanilla extract fire. The bitterness from the brew fights with all this sweetness and they both lose as they turn into one horrible mess. Nearly all chocolate hints are lost in all this. Actually made my stomach sour. I think you get the picture. After struggling through most of one glass...drain pour.

This is a very chewy and sticky brew, but I found so not in a good way. Nearly all the carbonation is eaten up once the pour settles leaving it fairly flat. This combined with a cough syrup consistency...meh...no thanks.

I was excited to see this in the store as I very impressed with Choklat by this brewery. It seems they just simply poured flavoring (or maybe a scent) into this beer and released it without ever trying it for themselves. I see other BAs have given this beer stellar reviews. This makes me wonder about differences in batches at Southern Tier.

Next time, pass.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of anjah
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an all around GREAT beer! If you like milk stouts, try this sucker out! It has a rich and creamy color and tastes great too. Even at nearly 10% abv, it goes down smooth. The only thing about this beer is at one sip it will leave you with some dank coffee breath for the rest of the night. Consider yourself warned.

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance:Pours a thick black with a frothy dark brown/chocolate head, about half a finger in size. The head slowly recedes, leaving a caramel-looking foam. Retention is good.

Smell: It really does smell like Creme Brulee, with obvious notes of vanilla, cream, and caramel. Extremely malty, of course. I don't really detect any hops; it's pretty sweet smelling.

Taste: Well, it does taste like sweet Creme Brulee! However, it is certainly not the only note. I detect a strong hint of coffee, some hoppiness, and then there is that creamy caramel like backbone. There is an alcohol bite and the bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, it leaves a frothy beer-stache on me so it's fairly heavy in body. Creamy, of course. Desert, all the way.

Overall: A good beer that I would love to actually pair with Creme Brulee sometime, as it would match quite well. This is most definitely a DESERT beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is not a beer for every day. asthe namesake would suggest it is a dessert beer and a very good one at that. I read some of the reviews that were extremely critical. they qare failing to recognize that this is a dessert beer just a the name would suggest. yes, it is sweet but so are mose desserts. itis an outstqaning beer for its intended purpose

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,592 ratings.
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