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: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,463
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black color with a coffee color head. Rich aroma of, you guessed it, creme brulee! Vanilla beans, caramel, and toffee. Would genuinely have no idea that a beer were under nose if I were blind folded.

Big creamy-lactic mouthfeel. Tight and firm yet effervescent carbonation. Snap of creamy glazed vanilla beans followed by toffee, caramel and salt water taffy. Finishes with a dry bitter black chocolate edge. Incredibly well blended yet layered beer that acts as a desert itself. Amazing that it only has 6 ingredients, southern tier really pulls all they can from such a minimal amount of things and it works out amazingly.

Overall a sweet beer but damn is it devilishly good.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big fluffy medium brown head. Fades quite slowly, leaving thick lines of lacing down the glass.

S: Whoa. Extremely strong creme brulee for sure. Burnt cream and caramel with milk chocolate. Strong, stunning and very sweet.

T: Pretty much exactly as you'd expect. Lots of burnt cream, burnt sugar and chocolate. It honestly does taste like creme brulee in beer form. Very sweet and creamy as you might expect.

M: Creamy (have I used that word enough) and smooth. Heavy.

O: Well, it certainly stands up to its name. It's creme brulee in a glass, what more do you want to know? Very sweet, almost sickly but not as bad as something like a JW Lees.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WesM63
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large CBS snifter

A: Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black with a tiny 1/2 finger mocha head. Minor head retention and lacing.

S: Holy moly, this thing smells like heaven on earth. Vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee and chocolate. The vanilla is huge and beautiful, there is NO hint of alcohol in this what-so-ever.

T: Spot on the nose. HUGE amounts of vanilla, maybe the slightest hint of alcohol, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: This beer is beyond excellent. I'm not sure how they get away with it, as it tastes nothing of alcohol or even beer. Pure deliciousness. This is one of those beers that lives up to and in some cases exceeds the hype. I want more!!

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Photo of t420o
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern tier creme brûlée

A- aggressive pour produces a 1 finger mocha coloerred head that rests atop a dark dark brown body maybe black. Leaves very little lacing. Looks very thick 3.5

S- probably the sweetest smelling beer I've ever experiencesd. Smells a lot like creme brûlée! Vanilla pudding, custard, maybe a little maple syrup. I like sweet beers so this smelled excellent 4.5 

T- like the smell this is extremely sweet. Very creme brûlée tasting which is a dessert I love. A dark chocolate/coffe taste from the malt cuts through the sweetness so it doesn't linger too much. Very well done. An excellent dessert beer. 4

M- good mouthfeel. Light carbonation and kind of thick 4

O- great beer for people who like sweet beers. Excellent beer to end the night. 4


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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a deep dark brown/borderline black with a mocha-toned finger of head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

unique, bold nose smacks of the namesake dessert. very sweet: strong notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts. picking up on a slight coffee presence too. well done of that score. no less interesting a flavor, but... well... hmm... it's swinging for the fences, not sure if it's getting there. tasty at first - big vanilla/butterscotch flavors assert themselves early and often, along with more subtle notes of chocolate, even a slight hoppiness in the finish. however the sweetness becomes cloying as it warms and quickly begins to overwhelm the palate.

medium to heavy bodied mouthfeel; a little below average carbonation. it's good, but in a small doses kind of way; something to enjoy a few ounces of after dinner. even a bomber split 2 ways is probably going to be too much for me.

originally reviewed: 12-08-2010

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. pour is a heavy brown like pepsi or cola. huge tan head formation (2 fingers worth) dies down rather quickly, mild lacing.

S: holy crap this doesn't even resemble a beer.the name is 100% accurate. i get a huge load of butterscotch, sugar and vanilla that all blend nicely together.

T: again, like the nose, i get a huge butterscotch and vanilla character with milky backbone. there is a very subtle hop content that is noticeable in the after taste. a slight touch of alcohol on the lips is also noticeable

O: i find this beer amazing with one condition. it must be shared. a bomber of this is too much IMHO. it is so damn rich but the flavors are extremely well balanced. would be a fantastic choice after a nice steak. this one actually took first place out of 17 other random beers in a family blind tasting in December. I find this one more complex and more well balanced that the Chokolat.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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