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: 4,592 |  Reviews: 1,466
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark black color with off white head with brown hints in it.

Smell is sweet with carmel and vanilla in the forefront.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and carmel and a candy like taste almost butterscotch.

Finish is a bit thin and bitter almost off-putting. Takes away from the experience.

A very interesting take on a milk stout. Could see having this as a dessert beer with sweets.

Something I would try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black, with a brown head and light lacing.

Nose is very sweet, with cream, vanilla, and fresh caramel. Excellent.

Taste is toasted malt, sweet vanilla cream, and toasted coconut. The flavors are strong and sweet, and stay that way.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

Overall, it is decadently rich. And for the most part, it pulls it off. I would label this as a dessert beer. It starts off great, but the sweetness and richness become tiring before a full glass is finished if you don't have a dessert to pair with it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark colored with a thin-ish, but fluffy head that disappears rather quickly, however it does leave a good, long-lasting, sticky residue on the side of the glass throughout the drink. Wish the head stuck around more.

S: Strong caramel smells complimented with an overwhelming vanilla aroma. I actually really like the aromas.

T: This starts with a sweet vanilla taste, and finishes with a roasted caramel flavor. The sweetness from the lactose is a great compliment to the vanilla, but overall tastes a bit too artificial for my liking.

M: medium-heavy body. Could stand to be a but thicker, but does have a good creaminess.

O: This is a good dessert beer. Would be a good one for a 8-10oz pour. A bomber by yourself is just too much though.

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4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 8/12:

The nose really is Crème Brûlée. I've honestly never had a beer that expresses a certain aroma so well. I mean, I can't really describe the aroma in any other terms than Crème brûlée.

Creamy vanilla and dark caramel notes cover the palate. It's sweet but that is to be expected of this style, definitely one packing such amazing flavors. Just like the aromas it truly delivers the flavor! Amazing dessert beer!

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black, maybe passes only the slightest amount of light. Nice head, doesn't stick around all that long. Poured nice and thick.
S - Super caramel, maybe some vanilla and light chocolate. But mostly caramel, never smelled a beer that smelled more like caramel. Anticipating a very high amount of sweetness.
T - Yes, very, very sweet, mostly caramel, more vanilla flavor, here comes the high level of milk sugar, and finally a fairly boozy finish. A very sweet and filling beer. Alcohol is present enough to make it fairly rough and not at all sessionable. Yet - I can't say I don't like this, at least for the over the top attempt.
M - Full bodied in the beginning of the sip, but goes down fast, probably from the high alcohol. Medium carbonation.
O - Not at all drinkable, but this is a very good dessert beer, and this would be a very difficult beer to replicate. I give STBC credit for this beer. Don't start off with the beer though - it will likely ruin your experience with all other beers. This is something to sip at the end of your night.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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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