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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,590
Reviews:
1,465
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
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400
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Ratings: 4,590 |  Reviews: 1,465
Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is not as good as it smells. Nor does it have the best mouthfeel in the world. But damned it it doesn't smell good!

Appearance: Dark, black as night not as lot of head, but it does have a lingering amount that sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: About the best smelling beer I have ever found. Lot of creme brulee and vanilla in the aroma. No doubt! This is one of the better smelling beers you will ever run across. But it really doesn't live up to the aroma.

Taste: Some vanilla is present but it does not have the viscosity that you expect from the nose. This is by no means a bad tasting beer but it doesn't do what you would expect from the nose.

Overall: Solid beer but there are better offerings out there. Not a bad beer by any stretch but it it is not as good as the aroma would lead you to believe it is.

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Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor-oil black color with a brown one-finger head into my fluted glass. Pretty much the proper color.

Aroma is full of vanilla, caramel and cream in the nose. Very interesting. Only a whiff of chocolate.

Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla and cream flavors mingling in the mouth, followed by a roasted coffee and chocolate feel in the middle. Somewhat subdued, never overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering flavors mentioned above. Carbonation is a bit high and only a bit of alcohol warmth shows up. Otherwise, pretty easy-drinking for the flavors in it.

I was expecting something creamier but this stout has an interesting mix of flavors. It tends to get better as it warms up though. Worth a try at least once but ST makes better boundary-pushing imperial beers (Choklat for example).

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Photo of jsg2220
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: 22oz. into a snifter

A: Dark purplish-black, 3/8" of head that quickly builds then fades to almost transparent toward the center.

S: Vanilla custard, buttery caramel, and burnt sugar.

T: Vanilla and burnt sugar -> roasted malts -> hops in the finish, left with a caramel flavor in the mouth.

M: Milky and soft leaving a thick creamy feeling in the mouth and a sugary stickiness on the lips.

D: Have this for dessert.

Etc: Cool bottles with lots of info

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a nice off white head. Pretty viscous coming from the tap, man this stuff is pretty potent looking.

Smell is ridiculous. It smells like dessert. Lots of buttery, toffee flavors dominating along with rich chocolate and cake. I hardly smell anything else except maybe a hint of the alcohol.

Taste is sweet, very sweet. Its like melted ice cream in a glass with an alcohol back. All the tastes of creme brulee are evident so you can fault ST for anything. They have achieved what they wanted to and they did a damn good job of it.

This is a beer best enjoyed in small glasses with a dessert. Its actually pretty much a dessert unto itself.

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Photo of HKFrostyLips
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJim5021
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a strong and sweet aroma of butterscotch and vanilla beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel, brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is practically like having dessert; it goes down very easily and there's not a trace of the alcohol content in the smell and taste.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a huge head and ample lacing. The aroma was of caramleized sugar and caramel with roasetd malts, with a hint of chocolate. Taste was amazingly like the actual dessert, huge caramelized sugar, vanilla, roasted malt, wow. A party for the taste buds, but perhaps a touch sweet for some? Mouthfeel was great, with much carbonation to coat all surfaces. Drinkability is a little limited, first due to the very high ABV, but also this can get a little much with the rich taste toward the end of the glass. A bomber really needs two people (at least) to maximize enjoyment. Think of this as dessert, as it is!

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pvllbum
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this thanks to my guy at binnys reccomending it. Poured a nice dark brown almost black out of a 22 oz bomber. The aroma was like creme brule. Sweet and cinnamony. It tasted just like it smelled and was very smooth. I had to leave the drinkability down because i couldnt finish the beer it was just too sweet to knock out in one sitting.

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Photo of Roke87
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL (22oz) bomber poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a very dark black, you cannot see through this stout even when held up to a light. Had a miniscule tan head that very quickly dissipates to a thin lacing with little spotting left on the glass.

Smell- You are definitely hit with a very pungent smell of the vanilla and sweet caramel/butterscotch right off the bat, roasted malts are buried in there somewhere paired with a very faint smell of chocolate.

Taste- I get the roasted malts and coffee taste first, followed up by the sweet, creamy taste of the vanilla and caramel/butterscotch, you can definitely taste that this is a higher ABV stout with a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and very creamy, carbonation was not all there but not many stouts are overly carbonated to begin with, very drinkable for the higher ABV.

Overall- A desert turned into a beer and it lives up to its name, very sweet on both the nose and the palette, with lots of vanilla and butterscotch smells and tastes as well. I was impressed as I didn’t know what to expect I just thought I would give it a try because the name caught my eye. A very good stout from Southern Tier that delivers on all fronts.

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Photo of senglish7
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla on the nose. Pours a dark brown with a very slight head. Taste is dessert in a bottle. Seems to be very vanilla but aftertaste is actually very similar to Creme brûlée. Haven't had anything like this before. Very good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Strong flavors of caramel, brown sugar, heavy cream/whipped cream, and vanilla. The overall flavor is quite sweet but not cloying and very tasty. Very much reminds me of the flavors of creme brulee.

M: Just a touch heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: This beer is quite easy to drink with the fairly high ABV extremely well hidden. Super enjoyable, I think of this beer as dessert with the sweetness and it delivers on the name/description. I have enjoyed this one since the first time I tried it and many of my family have grown to enjoy it as well after having me suggest they try it.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier are the masters of brewing beer that does not even taste like beer. This one is no exception. Here is my review:

A: Pours a deep black. Head is tan and leaves light lacing. Not super thick, but still very nice.

S/T: The aroma is amazing. Butterscotch, coffee, vanilla, marshmallows, and roasted malts. Taste is very similar. Butterscotch is the main flavor component here. Lots of vanilla and that roasted marshmallow flavor in the background. A touch of coffee and roasted malts. This beer is on the sweet side, but not nearly as sweet as many reviews would lead you to believe. Excellent stout.

M/D: Probably my biggest knock about the beer is the body. More medium bodied than full. It does coat the mouth somewhat. Carbonation is a little higher than I expect for the style. Drinks very well, but this is definetly a sipper. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Drinking a bomber is a great way to spend the night.

Southern Tier seldomly disappoints. This beer is pretty amazing as it exhibits flavors I have never experienced in a beer before. Truely original, this beer is one to seek out. If this beer had a little more body, this would easily be one of the best Imperial Stouts ever. Great Stuff.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The very first bottle from The Perfect Pour (Columbia, MD), plucked right out of the box.

Smells of vanilla and coffee cream, quite good aroma. Dark, not quite jet black color. Smooth and creamy drinker, it hit a ton of intangibles here.

However, the taste didn't do it for me. As per the rules I'm judging taste by the style and what they were trying to accomplish here which clearly will earn good marks. But from a personal point of view, and this is probably heresy, I didn't come close to enjoying this offering from Southern Tier.

The taste is a bit more coffee cream than creme brulee, but the effect is similar of a sweet, vanilla and coffee and chocolate dessert beer. Very little to complain about if you dig that combination of flavors. Well worth the effort if so.

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Photo of captnpete133
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryantaussig
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night with a big brown head. Lacing is amazing and retention is moderate.

S: Amazing unique nose on this beer. The vanilla and cream come through in amazing amounts. Alcohol is present in the nose, but is mostly hidden. Plenty of malt character as well.

T: Plenty of lactose sweetness and roasted malt character are right in the forefront of the flavor. Caramel is present in the flavor as well. There is a bit of alcohol in the palate, but it is well hidden by the sweetness.

M: Thick and smooth and creamy. Quite good.

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Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notebook of beer reviews. Tried this on 12/14/08 at a BA tasting at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A small tan head and light lace.
S: Milk chocolate, coffee, coco, and vanilla. Delicious and powerful.
T: The taste follows the nose. Some milk chocolate and vanilla dominate. Tastes like chocolate cake.
M/D: A full body that is like velvet. Easy and smooth to drink. The high ABV is not noticeable at all.

A desert beer or after dinner beer. One I really liked, and would recommend.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black as night. Pours with a small coffee-colored head.

S- An incredibly "sweet" nose... smells of lactose, candy sugar and vanilla custard.

T- This stuff tastes like someone wrung-out a creme brulee desert into the glass. The dark appearance is deceiving... I would have expected more roasty or coffee notes, but I get none of this... just an intensely sweet (and wonderful) flavor of dessert in a glass!

M- Creamy and slightly chewy. Very full body.

D- Incredibly good (if you like Creme Brulee), but so rich and sweet that I couldn't have a pint on my own. I've had it in the bottle as well, and I feel like you need to have at least three people to split the bottle amongst. (Although my wife can drink this stuff all night!)

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is of all caramel and delicious. The taste gives more roastiness just like a creme brulee. This stout is just as advertised. A nice dessert.

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Photo of FFreak
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a unique beer. It's a sweet stout that smells and tastes like you're dining on an actual crème brulee. The aroma is overwhelming with vanilla and caramel. The taste follows the nose and the mouthfeel is silky smooth and slightly viscous with low carbonation. You can skip ordering dessert and just have some of this instead. I wouldn't drink this beer after mowing the lawn, but after a fine meal, it would perfectly hit the spot.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black with a nice thick tan head.

Smell is butterscotch, chocolate liquor, and cream.

Taste is similar to smell but has some burned, roastiness. Very distinct.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Considering the high abv, this is very drinkable. It is a unique beer.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PatronWizard...you're the man!!!

A: Poured somewhat thin and brown that transcended into a dark and seductive abyss. The beer also exhibited a nice white and frothy head that eventually went away after a few minutes.

S: When my girlfriend and me took a big whiff of this mighty beer, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks and ordered a caramel frappicino (not sure about the spelling there, lol). The aroma consists of a overwhelming caramel presence along with hints of whip cream and vanilla.

T: Awesome! Along with the caramel and vanilla qualities, the flavor has a nice and subtle roasted coffee character to it that almost makes this beverage seem to be anything but a beer!

M: Not as viscous as you might think, but still above-average for a stout. A medium-body beer that I thought that could have had more body, but this is not a knock on the beer itself.

D: Other than the subtle hints of alcohol warmness at end of the sip, this beer seems to nothing like a beer at all. Very smooth along with a rich flavor that I would find hard for anyone not to enjoy.

Overall: After enjoying Southern tier's Oatmeal stout and Choklat, I thought that this particular brewing company couldn't brew any other beers better than that. Simply put, I was completely wrong in thinking so. The Crème brulee is one of the most delicous beers to ever touch this palate, and I hope it will again someday soon. A must, must, must try!!! Cheers!

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Photo of domtronzero
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown with a big, fluffy, long lasting tannish head. Little lacing.

S - Frickin straight-up creme brulee. Vanilla, sweet milk sugars, chocolate and a little bit of actual malt bready aroma peaks through as it warms.

F/M - These guys nailed it! Awesome full-on creme brulee dessert in a glass. Rich chocolate, vanilla and sweet milk sugars. Thick, full, slick and medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation makes it easy to put past the gums. Dry finish with a lingering sweet vanilla aftertaste.

D - Such a rich beer, and kind of gimmicky. Great on the flavors and aromas, especially for a dessert beer, but much more than a big glass of this stiff would be hard to put down. Very enjoyable though.

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,590 ratings.
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