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: 4,621 |  Reviews: 1,474
Photo of MerryTapster
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poors pretty dark, almost black, with a nice white heads that lingers. Lacing is ok.

S: Vanilla and Coffee are the most presnt in this. I also found notes that would be very similiar to a butterscotch candy.

T: Vanilla and sweet cream up front, followed by espresso and dark chocolate. Tasty, but different.

M: This beer is very smooth and creamy, with a medium carbonation. Basic stout mouth feel.

O: Not a bad beer, it is on the sweet side but nobody said that was bad. This would pair nicely with a variety of deserts. Again, this one is worth a try.

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, awesome aroma for this beer. Smells like butterscotch, caramel, and vanailla. Really nice pour, medium tan head. Flavor was very good, but got to be a little too sweet for me. The vanilla, in particular, was a little too overpowering for me. Bomber bottle is way too much for me. Really unique brew.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with a thin tan mousse that doesn't linger all that long.

S: Aromas of cream, milk chocolate, roasted grain, and coffee dominate the nose. Like many American stouts, there is a slightly boozy, alcoholic aroma present as well.

T: Notes of heavy cream, milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, burnt toast, roasted grain, and warming alcohol are present on the palate. The finish is smooth with a combination of chocolate, cream, and coffee notes reminiscent of a cream liqueur.

M: Creamy, silky, and smooth in the mouth, this beer displays very full body. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and is very noticeable. All in all, drinking a glass of this beer is a challenge because it feels like drinking heavy cream. It's a bit too thick to be really appealing.

O: This beer was pretty good at first, but that ridiculously heavy mouthfeel and that exaggerated cream flavor conspire to ruin the experience. Southern Tier obviously has no problem creating big beers, but they seem to lack the ability to consistently craft them with balance. As is, Creme Brulee isn't horrible, but is difficult to drink and tastes synthetic. Other breweries do this type of beer better.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours thinnish black with a thin film of quickly disappearing dark sand colored head, leaving behind a ring. So-so retention and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel candy, carmelized sugar, loads of creme and vanilla. Powerful aroma, and pretty close to creme brulee.

T: Carmelized/burnt sugar and vanilla cream. Lingering sweetness and burnt note. Toning down the burnt flavor would up the score on this portion. It's sweet but, frankly, not overwhelmingly so; less than your typical port.

M: Medium-high carbonation and full body. Milky mouthfeel. The alcohol is a bit noticeable. A bit sticky on the lips.

O: Unique and pretty tasty as a dessert beer. Not one that you'd want to put back a lot of--fatigue sets in after about 6oz--but it works.

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Photo of drcarver
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a thick black body with that slowly releases a thin medium brown film to the top. It fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - an assertive cream and vanilla aroma that smells of boxed cake mix

T/M - sweet yet a bit of burnt bitterness sits in the back. Vanilla is very much to the forefront and hangs around. Thinner in body than expectted. There is an astringent bitterness that floats over the sweetness.

O - no, good try but no.

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Photo of BobZ
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a weizen glass (all that was available).

Appearance: Dark brown, with a ½” tan head that recedes to a ring. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Big vanilla and caramel with a slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet, sweet, vanilla/caramel hits the palate first. I was ready for sweet, but this is easily the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. Then the beer moves to a bitter malt finish with heavy on the bitter, this beer is almost “bi-polar”. I would not call it balanced as the sweetness and bitterness are very separate and distinct. In-fact the bitterness lingers as an aftertaste that is not all that pleasant.

Mouthfeel: I kept this beer cold and kept returning the bottle to the fridge after each pour and still I found it overly cloying. As it warmed in the glass it got worse.

Overall: I was expecting an extreme beer and got one, but even as a sweet/milk stout this was over the top. I admit drinking the whole bomber was way too much, maybe as a small pour desert beer this could work but I highly doubt I’d buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of robboyd
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a couple bottles of this beer with the intent on using one to bake with and the other to share with my girl. We're sharing one now and I have to say it's rather enjoyable although I can't see myself drinking a whole bottle so I'm glad I'm sharing this one.

It smells as advertised, extremely sweet. Lots of caramel and vanilla. Vanilla extract strong. Some maltiness but the sweet notes overpower everything. I also get some booze and a little chocolate as well.

The taste bakes the nose up. Vanilla, caramel, sugar, and more sugar. Some roastiness on the back end and a little bit of malt as well. I also get some bitter chocolate and a bit more booze on the palate than on the nose. The mouthfeel is heavy, really heavy. It's almost too heavy but it suits the style so I forgive the weight of it.

It's a really interesting beer and one I'm glad to have tried. As I said earlier, I don't think I could drink a whole bomber on my own but this is certainly a beer I'll drink once or twice a year. Once or twice will be it though. I can't wait to eat the brownies my girlfriend is going to make with the other bottle.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creme Brulee, 22oz bomber. 2011 bottling split into two wine glasses with the wife.

A: Pours a very dark opaque black, viscous and creamy, with a small ring of mocha colored head and good alcohol legs on the glass.

S: Holy caramel Batman. Lots of sugary sweetness upfront and throughout; caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt & toasted caramel/sugar, sweet cream.

T: Dark roasted malts show up a little more here but this beer is still all Creme Brulee all the time...toasted sugar, vanilla, and cream. Hints of coffee and hop bitterness arrive on the finish.

There is the slightest of alcohol presence on both the nose and tongue, it actually cuts through the sweetness a little and is a welcome addition to the flavor profile.

MF: Pretty moderate-full body with some sticky viscosity. Carbonation isn't bad either, it definitely helps the beer not seem as syrupy.

O: Good but f-ing sweet. I think splitting this bomber 4 ways is probably best. A sipper and a darn unique beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,621 ratings