Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
4,601 Ratings
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: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mooseo
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml into goblet.

A - Dark black brown with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Sweet custard, vanilla bean, burnt caramel, hint of black coffee. Pretty amazing.

T - Similar to the nose but much sweeter than expected. It really tastes like a liquid creme brulee or flan dessert. The vanilla bean is prominent along with hints of toasted malt, caramel, and lactose.

M - Thick and creamy, full bodied. Mild carbonation.

O - This is a true dessert beer that nails the taste of creme brulee. That in itself makes this beer worth a try after a good meal. The extreme sweetness makes it hard to drink a lot of though. Overall very enjoyable and tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of jeremyd365
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a nice dark brown with little tan head. Its nose was awesome from the get-go: strong coffee and vanilla... Very sweet. It's flavor was somewhat less powerful but still very delicious. It was full bodied and definitely one ill have again.. I'd especially like to try it on tap!

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Photo of ChaserBD04
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely dark. I didn't even get bronze highlights when subjecting to light but then; I have weak lights. Still, basically opaque. Poured into an imperial pint glass and had decent lacing. Color is amazing.

S - Open the bottle, creme brulee. This beer is as advertised. Extremely strong hits of vanilla and caramel make this smell like a dessert you can't ignore. Best smelling beer I have ever had.

T - Tastes as smells. As others have noted it might be a bit much for more than one 22. I feel like I could drink this all day but I might be heaving in the bathroom after the third one lol. This is a great beer to sip on a cold day by the fire. Even after a heavy meal, the taste is perfect.

M - The caramel, for me, really hangs around. It is tinged with vanilla but thick in the mouth. Not a beer that can be drank quickly.

O - This beer delivers on all it advertises and more. I recently discovered a new love for milk stouts but this one goes above and beyond. Maybe it's the vanilla or caramel but this is a beer you can't put down.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark, only a tiny amount of dark brown seen from light penetrating at the fringe. Head was a thick finger of foamy cappuccino. Fine lacing lingered nicely on the walls of my glass.

S: Absolutely matches the aroma of a dessert! The vanilla and caramel dominate, with sweet cream, chocolate, and coffee notes as well. If there's hops, I can't detect in on the nose.

T: Very sweet malt -- in anything other than a dessert beer, I'd fault it for this degree of sweetness. Oh, now there's the hops that I missed on the nose! slightly harsh and grapefruity initially, but mellowing nicely in the long, luxurious finish as bitterness mixes with caramel, vanilla, and cocoa (and maybe a little nutty flavor).

M: Moist, slightly chewy, with decent carbonation. A little too boozy as the high ABV raises it's head. A touch dry in the finish.

O: A few rough edges (especially the hops notes -- I think they could have toned them down or picked a different variety -- and the strong presence of ethanol), but overall an enjoyable brew. Next time, I think I'll share it among a group of about 4 guys, as a bottle is a bit too rich and heavy to consume alone in one sitting.

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4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into DFH snifter.

Disclaimer: I've never had creme brûlée, the food.

A: Motor oil black body, no light showing through this one. A khaki, pecan color head which dissipates to a ring with some soapiness in the middle pretty quickly. leaving little lacing.

S: Unique smell--I'm assuming creme brulee, which again I've never had! SO much vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. It's a really awesome aroma that I've never gotten on a beer before.

T: Awesome! Dark chocolate bitterness/dark coffee when it hits the tip of the tongue, with that amazing vanilla ice cream flavor through the middle. All-around, it tastes like butter pecan ice cream. DAMN, this is good. On the finish, you get cafe au lait. Interestingly, there is a bit of an encore that includes vanilla extract and butterscotch (and in a strong way, not simply an afterthought).

M: Full body bringing out that cafe au lait character. Little carbonation.

AMAZING dessert beer. I think people who give this a low rating are probably biased against sweet beer.

UPDATE: As I'm continuing to sip it and as it's warmed, I'm getting some hazelnut, coconut, and pecan notes. The aroma is also really picking up the butterscotch and getting a little more boozy as it warms.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger off white head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing. Color is all black.

S. Damn it smells like creme brule. Vanilla, custard, brown sugar, carmel, milk chocolate, candy sugar. Pretty amazing smelling stout. Smells like dessert in a glass.

T. Vanilla, carmalized sugar, custard flavor. Taste isnt quite as amazing as the aroma. This really does taste as close to creme brule in a beer, as I can imagine. Get a little bit of roated malt, and some milk chocolate as the backbone.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finsihes with lip coating sugary sweetness.

O. Pretty cool beer. Beer lives up to its name. Definitely sweet. I like vanilla stouts so this is right up my alley. Maybe a tad sweet to have in large volumes, but damn good.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,601 ratings
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