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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)
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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: 4,601 |  Reviews: 1,470
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip from a 650mL bottle.

Appearance - looks great, like an imperial stout should of this high of alcohol percentage. Little head. Black in colour.

Smell - vanilla and caramel, smells like creme brulee, almost as though it was a liqueur.

Taste - the taste follows the nose perfectly, pretty much no alcohol taste, warming if anything.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, no carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - another exceptional beer from Southern Tier, it is exactly what you would expect it to be.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black with no head into my tulip glass. Smells just like creme brulee. The taste is just too much. Syrupy and overly sweet with an artificial vanilla aftertaste, more vanilla, molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, yikes. A dessert beer for sure, and no need to put it in a 22 oz. bottle. Would have been fine with 4 or 5 ounces. Just too cloyingly sweet. Certainly unique, though, and I would like to pour this on ice cream some time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep cola black. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. These are fat, but dissipate quickly, leaving sheets of spotty lacing and aggregates of bubbles around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears standard. As we sniff, the first thing we notice is a creamy milkiness and an outrageous butterscotch. Vanilla works its way in, with warm buttery diacetyls, charred and roasted chocolate malts, and rich caramel. There is a steely coffee bean, with a sugary sweetness of cream cheese cake frosting. It certainly smells like dessert. Our first impression is in surprise that this doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. As we sip into it, we first get notes of fresh vanilla bean, bitter coffee bite, and sweeter caramel malts. Softer notes of buttery sweetness and cream comes through with warmth. The latter notes persist through the swallow and the peak, balanced by more bitterness of thick coffee steal, and light earthy hops. Vanilla bean remains strong throughout, pulling us to the finish single handedly, where dirty coin, caramel malt, chalk, and mineral mix together for the finale. This is smooth, and the aftertaste breathes of white sugar, heavy creamer, a little booze, vanilla extract, and buttercream frosting. The body is full, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip has a softness, with nice froth, slurp, and cream. There is a thick creamy coating over the tongue and palate, and the lips are left stuck together with residual sugars. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great, but it’s a dessert sipper.

Overall, what we found to be the best component of this brew was how well it represented both the dish and the style. The nose was insanely sweet, but perfectly attuned to all of the flavors, with butter, white sugar, vanilla, and a crispy char. At the same time, coffee and chocolate flavored malts crashed throughout, giving a depth of flavor, and a seriousness to the palate. The nose was crazy sweet, and made the drinker cautious at first, but the following sip was excitingly bold, and fitting to the beer, and the desired flavoring goals. This is definitely one of the best within the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series.

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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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