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: 4,615 |  Reviews: 1,472
Photo of icemanrulz
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this tonight and as soon as I popped the cap the whole room filled with a strong vanilla and butterscotch aroma, like a sweet punch in the face. Poured this beer into a snifter glass, the beer pours a dark dark brown with a thin head. The nose is a powerful combination of vanilla, butterscotch, and light coffee. The first sip hits like a ton of bricks with huge vanilla/butterscotch notes mixed with a light hint of alcohol. It really does taste like creme brulee. It's a thick beer, almost chewy mouthfeel. The finish is pleasant with the alcohol sneaking up at the end to finish off the almost too sweet taste. There is definitely no need for dessert if you're drinking this beer, it borders on being too sweet, but would go great with a slice of vanilla cake or custard pie. Overall I would say it's a beer you should definitely put on your list to try since it is so different from most beers you find out there, but be careful...the alcohol sneaks up on you, especially if you drink a bottle yourself. Not a selection you could sit and drink all night, but enjoyable as an after dinner aperitif .

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about niche beers! Here is a dessert beer if I ever tasted one.

A: Poured ink black from my bomber and produced one finger of fine deep oak colored head. Lacing was minimal.

S: Vanilla, caramel, milk and caramelized sugar (close your eyes and think the dessert Creme Brulee!).

T: Caramelized sugar, roasted coffee, sweet cream and Kahula.

M: Rich and full on the palate. Heavy coating properties one would associate with cream.

D: A better dessert beer I have never had before. Truly creative offering from Southern Tier and very aptly named.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, with little to no head. White thin layer left on top.

Smell is vanilla and cake batter. Reminds me of when my mom would let me lick the whisk after doing some baking.

Majorly sweet. Confectionery sugars and vanilla upfront. Cake battery goodness and finishes with warming alcohol booziness.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected.

Smell was incredible. Taste was good as well but I think it would be better as a lower ABV, but that is just me. The mouthfeel was what would be expected from what would be a higher alcohol content brew. If it would have been say 6-7% and had a little more body (think, more Katy Perry less Kate Moss) this would be a nearly perfect across the board.

Very good offering. Solid brew. Basically have to nit pick to find something wrong with it. Would buy again, but highly advise to share it with a couple other people to share the experience with.

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Photo of deapokid
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Shared last Friday with my mother (way to go, Mom). Reviewed from notes.

This "Imperial Milk Stout" pours a thin, hot chocolate brown with a creamy white head that I'd hoped would stick around a bit longer. The carbonation is rather light and the liquid itself looks rich and viscous.

The smell is absolutely perfect. Burnt sugar, caramel, sweet custard, milk, heavy cream and anise liqueur are the most prevalent of the cornucopia of scents on display.

Taste fits the scent brilliantly. Vanilla and oat meet chocolate and a spicy alcoholic burn for a successful and inventive take on the dessert beer. It also packs in the creamy smoothness of a traditional milk stout, but with that extra boozy tingle which produces an interesting juxtaposition. Some dark chocolate and decadent spicing only make this one that much more arousing.

Not to bring up that incredible smoothness again, but it pretty much carries the beer down the hatch, only to be interrupted by the warming singe of ethanol. This alcoholic nature cuts the richness a bit, which is certainly appreciated.

All raves aside, this beer is way too intense (i.e. sweet) to take down on your own. I'd recommend sharing it with a good friend after a nice dinner or at a special event.

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Photo of JohnDee
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with a thin head and only a little lacing. Smells and tastes strongly of vanilla. Dense and sweet, but balanced with just the right amount of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is forward, but, again, well balanced. Overall a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Biggness
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with no head, there is plenty of carbonation, I poured it properly and I attained 0 head. Other than the head the Beer looks very tasty. The smell is very powerful, it smells like a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting on it, with a mild hinto of toasted malts. The flavor is very original and well balanced, you can certainly taste the vanilla in it and it is not overpowering and you can taste the beautiful toasted malts as well. The mouthfeel is comfortable, it is nicely carbonated. It has a high drinkablility but I doubt I could do more than 2 bombers in a night. Well done beer ST!

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Photo of bbeane
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz pint glass...Black in color, no transparency when held up to light. About a finger thick brownish colored head

S- Honestly no typical beer scent, but an strong smell of irish cream

T- Strong irish cream taste with malty overtones, and a slight hop finish. Unbelievably tasty with no hint of the 10% abv

M- Thick and creamy, with a smooth finish

D- Very... might start to get a little sweet after to many, but at 10% abv, you don't need to many


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Photo of Mikecd234
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJim5021
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pvllbum
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
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 +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,615 ratings
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