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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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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of anhigdon
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep chocolate brown color with minimal head.

Smell - unmistakable aroma of creme brulee, with sweetness overtly apparent and a hint of background stout flavor.

Taste - as far as stouts go, this one is a bit thin. I tend to expect a thicker, heavier beer with these. That being said, the aftertaste is a distinct blend of the coffee beans with the sweetness, leaving you wanting another taste.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin and still leaving something to be desired.

Overall - well-done beer. Worth the purchase and recommend to anyone that is curious.

Comments: I consider this a novelty beer. Quite tasty for what it is, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than a single bottle of this. I will, however, applaud Southern Tier on their ability to capture the creme brulee flavor in this stout this accurately. It takes an above average stout (though not top notch stout) and is able to successfully meld the sweetness from the well-known dessert.

Take home message: If you're curious, it's worth giving it a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Chetti
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a rocket into a recently purchased Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout tulip imperial pint glass. Figured this would be an appropriate beer to use it on.

Appearance: Pours an aggressive head, light brown. Body is very, very dark with only the slightest bit of ruby red when held directly up to light. Looks impressive.

Smell: Holy crap, it smells like a creme brulee! Like, really. Behind it is alcohol and some soft chocolate. No room for hops.

Taste: Well, I'll be damned -- tastes like a creme brulee too. It's a bit more subdued, allowing room for alcohol, blackened barley, and some mystery off-flavors. Good and distinctive, but not flawless.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, sugary body. Residual sugar left over.

Overall: It's good for a novelty beer. I'm not sure if it's worth getting more than once.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- poured super black into my delirium tremens snifterish tulip and I can't get any light to shine through. Minimal tan bubble head disappears fast but holds strong as a dense ring that drops some spotty lace.

S- crazy vanilla aroma. Like insane. I'm sure the lactose accentuates the vanilla as well. It's just straight up vanilla custard with like a coffe glaze and a dusting of cocoa powder. Incredibly sweet and dessert-like.

T- this is quite a radical achievement. They must have used a shit load of vanilla. They must be crazy. They nailed it, in my opinion. Vanilla vapors flow up through my nostrils with every sip, recirculate down to the palate and become integrated with more vanilla, caramel, and mild coconut. Cocoa, coffee, and any roasted flavors that pull through the vanilla are most definitely set on the back burner. Latte with an extra shot of vanilla syrup? Yeah, kinda like that. Except way more bad ass. Finishes with slowly fading sweetness and a bit more coffee. Roasted bitterness with a smidge of herbal hops appear wayyyy down the line.

MF- full and viscous with tight cooling carbonation. Sticky all up in my beard. Kinda dry on the cheeks from the alcohol but then again the lactose and vanilla sweetness kinda negate that.

D- dessert beer from outer space. I don't have much of a sweet tooth so it's hard to drink this whole bottle in one sitting.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was hesitant to try this one as the Jah Vah was super gross. I figured I would give this one a go.

A: Super dark. Looks very thick and the small bubbles take some time to rise. Good tan head.

S: Killer smell. Smells just like a creme brulee. Huge caramel and toffee notes. Subtle coffee and smoke notes. Cream, vanilla. Love it.

T: Caramel, toffee, vanilla. Quite overpowered by the sharp alcohol though which makes them hard to enjoy. Pretty nice though.

M: Sits pretty full bodied, that alcohol has a very sharp bite to it though which overpowers the lingering notes. Also a somewhat uncomplimentary lingering dull bitterness.

Overall this beer would be killer if that alcohol wasn't so dominating. There are great tastes notes and the beer stays true to what the name incites. After the alcohol dissipates there is a bitterness that seems to come from nowhere. The finish is so bad I have to knock it down to a 3.5. So much potential though...

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, nice head sized tan for 9.6%

Aroma: Super intense vanilla bean. Like you can smell it clearly from feet away intense. Up close you can smell the caramelly, sugary sweetness to it. Little to no roast character.

Flavor: Holy diabeetus. Cloying vanilla, blackstrap molasses, hersheys syrup. Instant headache.

Mouthfeel: Do I really have to drink more? Full+ bodied, cloying, beets.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep-red brown. Head is cocoa and one finger. Falls flat and leaves minimal lacing.
S- The aroma is sensational. Vanilla, sugar, a whiff of coffee. Smells like creme brulee with a few wisps of coffee.
T- It has a creme brulee taste to it. big kick of vanilla with a touch of sugary caramel. There is some espresso and a bit of milk chocolate as well.
M- Medium body, a bit chewy. Carbonation is low and smooth, maybe a bit too low.
O- It's a good imperial stout. It's quite clearly off the wall. But it's enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Southern Tier tulip
A- Deep black, Held up to light dark ruby red, Off-white/tannish head builds quickly and then fades away into almost nothing soon after
S- Big time vanilla, caramel, sweet chocolate and sugar, smells like something I want to sink my teeth into
T- Intense sweetness, caramel, vanilla, cappucino and burnt sugar, not complex but very delicious
M- Big, smooth and creamy, nice bit of carbonation on the tongue
O- Maybe the most unique beer I've ever had, Enjoy a few bottles of this every year, not for everyone, but for a dessert beer they really nailed this one

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,603 ratings
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