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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Milk chocolate-brown, thin and with the clarity of soda. A little thin-looking, with translucent burnt orange at the edges. The head is about half a finger tall, composed of silky bubbles the color of coffee and cream, and quickly recedes to a sticky ring.

An amalgamation of sugary aromas. Brown sugar, coca cola, vodka, custard, vanilla yogurt. Quite unexpected.

Leads with a blend of bitter dark chocolate, vanilla yogurt and custard. Stout notes are more noticeable when cold; creme brulee sweetness emerges when it warms. Lingering mildly bitter toast.

Body is just a touch under medium, smooth and syrupy. Carbonation is nearly absent — just a soft, spicy tingle that breaks the brew into a little silky fizz. Alcohol numbs the tongue a little.

Tasty stuff. I don’t find it as cloyingly sweet as some say — in fact, it’s fairly well-balanced. And the recreation of custard dessert flavors with nothing but vanilla and lactose is pretty impressive. Good stuff.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.91/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a dark cola brown color with a 2-finger caramel head. The head has decent retention leaving some splotchy lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is probably the sweetest thing that has ever entered my nostrils. Lots and lots of vanilla, with extra sugar, followed by lots and lots of caramel and milk chocolate, also with extra sugar. This smells like some candied syrup you'd pour on your ice cream to enhance your diabetes.

The taste takes "sweetness" to a level once thought impossible, and I used to pour sugar on my apple jacks. Artificial vanilla and caramel lead the way, followed by some milk chocolate and sugar directly from the bag. It's sickeningly sweet. I wouldn't put this on my pancakes. If there's one good thing I could say, it's that the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The feel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth, yet slightly syrupy and sticky.

Overall, gross. Just gross. I appreciate sweetness in a big stout, just like I appreciate hops in a big stout. But I need balance. In this beer, I don't taste balance. I taste sugar and sweetness beyond belief. I do understand why people would enjoy this beer, however. People appreciate decadence and sweetness. But for me, this beer is not.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque black body with a thin tan cap which drops quickly and leaves only the slightest ringlet of lace.

The nose is, in short, creme brulee. Caramel, vanila beans, burnt sugar, cream, chocolate. Fantastic.

Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate, vanila beans, cream and brunt sugar. Sweetness borders on cloying. A nice roasted and bitter quality is there but it is all but washed away by the intense sweetness. Boozy alcohol note is present but mild.

Mouth is voluptuous and silky.

Drinkability is not high. I only wanted one small glass because the intensity of the sweetness was too much for me.

A nice dessert beer. I enjoyed it and it went well with a slice of cheesecake. Key here is to pair it with something even sweeter - say a slice of turtle cheescake - because in comparison the beer is not as sweet.

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2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aroma is amazing and the initial taste is sweet/chocolate/vanilla... but then... in the end all I could taste was bitter dark chocolate/burnt malt flavor and it wouldn't go away. That ruined the beer for me... too over the top in the aftertaste to enjoy more than one of these. Mouthfeel was motor oily, very little head in the glass. If burnt coffee taste is your thing then you would love this. But this one is not for me. It does get better by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but it's not enough to save it for me.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this guy out of a 22oz. bottle I picked up at the local boozery. Very stout-like in its color and pour. It had almost no head at all, and a powerful vanilla smell. The flavor is amazing, but very sweet thanks to a heavy dose of lactose. The only negative thing I can say is that it finishes thick and sticky, and even someone who really likes stouts would have trouble drinking alot of it. Overall, a great dessert beer!

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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

Served On Tap at Westover Market Arlington, VA

A: Dark black havoc. Zero foam residue. Pure heaven!

S: ohhh my my my. Sweet sweet malt balls, Vanilla sugar cookies, dark roast Costa Rican coffee beans. Caramelized sugar cane.

T: OMG. OMG.. seriously... OMG... Southern Tier are the masters of Dessert beer!!!
Vanilla with caramel swirl ice cream. Toasted Honey bun. Oak Cask. Dark roasted Costa Ricas coffee. Whopping malt balls. Like WHOPPERS candy in a glass!!
The Full creamy dairy milk masks the booze in this utterly delicious brew.

M: Richy creamy medium carbo mouth full. This would be glorious on a nitro tap! Smooth and gum tingling. It really coats the tongue O so well.

O: So amazing. It's so out of this world amazing that it should be held high above all other stouts as WOW... This will knock the socks off anyone who tries it. This is what should be served with my last meal..
Get yours NOW. Today.. Check all beer places. and Buy as many bottles as you can.. Well save some. just get 3.

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4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch bottled on June 28th, 2012. 22 oz. bottle split 3 ways with 2 friends.

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a finger of a brown head.

Smell: Smells like vanilla frosting. No joke.

Taste - Taste is vanilla in your face with slight burned malts, chocolate, and a tinge of alcohol but not even close to being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall: One of the most unique beers I've ever had. Absolutely 1 in a million. Insane. Great beer.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,593 ratings.
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