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

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3.91/5
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4,604 Ratings
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
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#6,375
Reviews:
1,471
Ratings:
4,604
pDev:
17.39%
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Ratings: 4,604 |  Reviews: 1,471
Photo of jbonapar
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Large 650ml bottle purchased in Ottawa. Cows on the label, fun.

SMell - Creamy creamy. So creamy. Vanilla with a slight cafe mocha overtone. Almost like a vanilla caramel late from a nice coffee shop.

Taste - Smooth Stout, very smooth. Starts creamy with strong vanilla flavor, as the vanilla sweetness dissipates, a smooth stout comes into play, but quickly a sharp bitterness like a strong extremely dark espresso rears its head and lingers around. I think the bittnerness is a bit much at the end, but overall, a beautiful, a nice sipping beer for sure.

Certainly different.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown pour yielded a black beer with very little head - some bubbles around the edges, a mote or two of lace

S: vanilla (creme brulee), maple syrup, cocoa

T: vanilla bean alcohol mellowed out into mild coffee and chocolate with a maple syrup sweetness; vanilla throughout

M: the alcohol and vanilla were evaporating right into the roof of my mouth; fairly lightweight for an imperial stout; sticky caramel sweet

O: I'll go with this being a bit sweeter than I'd like - the vanilla vapors lent it some dryness on the finish, but it was very richly filling (i.e., I only wanted a little after I'd had some). Southern Tier has a talent for making strong, sweet, flavor-driven beers - this is a beer for someone who wants to be drenched in vanilla rather than, say, hinted at.

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Photo of jmg480
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brdc
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown, reddish accents on the edges, minimal, short lasting tan head.
Very very sweet aromas; chocolate, vanilla beans, sweetened milk, honey.
Medium bodied, lacking a bit of smoothness for something so sweet; taste is not as sweet as the aroma, but quite close. Some warming alcohol is not enough to balance. You need 5-6 people to go through one bottle. Nice, but way too sweet.

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Photo of jale
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost black with a dime of light brown head.

S: Huge sweet butterscotch, creme brulee ice cream or candy aroma. I have'nt tasted it yet but the aroma leads me to think this will be overly sweet.

T: Sweet butterscotch and creme brulee candy to start. Only a hint of alcohol heat. Lactose and some burnt sugar. Nice vanilla and then bitter coffee in the finish.

M; Sticky medium-thick body with average carbonation.

O: This is a dessert beer for sure. Would like to have seen more malt backbone.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance:(4)
Pours a thick, impenetrable black with a dark tan, 2.5 fingers tall head. The head has some decent retention and loves light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (3.5)
Immediately upon pouring, your nostrils are assaulted by an overwhelming scent of intensely sweet vanilla and creamy, slightly tart smelling custard and not much else. As beer warms, the sweet facade starts to open up, allowing some sweet chocolate notes to surface. A very light alcohol presence cuts through the layers of vanilla as well.

Taste: (3.5)
Very similar to the nose, you're struck first by very sweet cream and vanilla. Building alongside the sweetness, is a faintly herbal twang of hops. Behind this hop presence, is a thick, creamy chocolate malt coating that resides on your palate up until the lightly bitter, off dry finish. Long lingering notes of creamy chocolate, bitter espresso bean and even more vanilla. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Thick and very creamy with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
Wow, this beer is extraordinarily sweet and intense, just like the desert it is named after; It truly is uncanny how strikingly similar the aroma is to actual Creme Brulee. I was hoping that some of the stout elements would be a bit more forward in the aroma, but they definitely shine through in the finish of the beer. Overall, this beer is too intensely sweet for my tastes, but I can definitely see this beer as a fitting after dinner treat. Very unique.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall light tan head tops a pitch black beer. Great retention and lacing.

Heavy caramel in the aroma. Very sweet. Not much else to mention its hard to get past the caramel sweetness.

Intense dark roasted malt in the flavor. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee. More bitter than I expected.

Heavy, thick velvety mouthfeel with a delicate carbonation.

A decent beer, but I got sick of it pretty quick. If you're in the mood for something really heavy with intense flavor, this may hit the spot.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a Sothern Tier Crown.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head

S- Cream, Vanilla, Very dessrt like

T- Vanilla, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish.

D- Full in the mouth, coating.

I hate sweet beers. This is a sweet one. This is dessert. I knew it coming in, and I love Creme Brulee, so I enjoyed this one. Can you really call this a bear? I would rather drink this than eat the real thing.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Black, opaque beer, very opaque and very black. Poured no head to speak of, though attractive light-brown bubbles appeared with the glass was swirled.

S-Thick with vanilla, be it vanilla bean, vanilla pudding, or vanilla candle. An almost harshness was hiding beneath it, perhaps a slight alcoholic harshness.

T-Overwhelmingly vanilla. However, as I sorted through the vanilla flavors, I was able to find some dry roasty malt underneath, pushing through when it was able. The harsh alcohol in the nose was not present in the flavor, instead showing through as a smooth alcohol, fading into a nice, strong hop bitterness into the end. (Did I even sense some barely perceptible hop flavor? Maybe.) Finishes with a pronouned vanilla, semi-sweet.

M-Slick, full body. Feels like drinking an oil spill (though probably tastes better). Viscous on the glass and within my mouth. Carbonation was low, perhaps a bit too low.

D-Moderate, due partly to it's immenseness. The strong, at times overwhelming vanilla to hijack the rest of the beer's flavors, but in the end still helped provide this beer its unique character. Enjoy as a desert wine, and share the bomber.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger khaki shaded head. It certainly looks like a stout, that's for sure.

S: HOLY SHIZNIT. The level of vanilla, caramel, and cream I pick up on the nose is absolutely ridiculous. Of course, the sugar level is probably ridiculous, but I don't care. The aroma is amazing.

T: The flavors, however, aren't quite amazing. Having said that, this is probably the most caramel-forward brew I've ever had. Seriously, there's so much caramel and vanilla, it's fuckin' ridiculous. No balance between the sweet and bitter qualities at all. But honestly? I kind of like it, even if the sweetness burns the palate.

M: I'd really like the feel to be fuller/creamier to properly support all of the over-the-top sweetness. Because of that, this is *VERY* hard to drink. The low carbonation doesn't help it feel less cloying, either.

O: SAH-FUCKING-WEET. Sure, it's actually flavor is nice, but this is so hard to imbibe it's not even funny. Share this with about 4-6 people and you'll thank me later.

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Photo of Peter1977
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BostonHops
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of zrab11
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a jet black color with nice 1 finger off white head that dissapates quickly. Great lacing.

S-WOW is all i can say. It smelled like someone just stuck a creme brulee in my mouth. Has vanilla ,carmel, roasted coffee and chocholate notes. SMeel heavenly

T- Has a nice sweetnees upfront then followed by the roasted burnt coffee taste folowed by more sugary creme brulee sweetness

M-Medium bodied with a silk smooth feel in the mouth

D-OVerall this beer has soo many things good going for it. It looked Great, Smelled Great, but did not taste great. It was just WAY too sweet. Im glad i opened this between 4 people or i would of never been able to finish it. I think next time they should only add 2 pounds of sugar to the batch instead of 20! Im excited to try other stuff from them. But this was too much. I can sip on about 8 oz or so of this but then im done.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a black appearance. Very short tan head, turns quickly into moderate lacing.

S: Heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate, pudding. Cake frosting and bread pudding are two aromas that i can clearly decipher. Small hints of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg.

T/M: Not far from the nose. Big creamy vanilla flavor right away. The richness is almost like a pudding or custard of sorts, much like a creme brulee. Very mild french toast-spiciness. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans are overpowered by the big notes of vanilla and cream. Rich, and very very sweet overall body. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: The definition of a dessert beer. Extra sweet and rich in flavor. Pretty good, but not the greatest.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

poured 22 ounce bottle to snifter

A: black, no head

S: rich carmel, vanilla

T: rich rich rich, one small glass then it started to make me sick.

M: thick full body

D: i could only drink one 10 ounce snifter of this then I had to blend the rest with old rasuputin.

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Photo of DevilSaint78
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass thanks to Go Griz.

Pours super dark with a bit of hazelnut colored foam. The foam subsides fairly quickly. Strong smell that reminds me very much of Starbucks Coffe Liquor but with a bit more vanilla. Initial reaction is WOW a big smack in the face of vanilla sweetness, which shouldn't be surprising with something labeled as Creme Brulee, but still is. As it gets warmer, the sweetness mellows leaving you with a roasty chocolate body with a vanilla finish.

For a Stout at 10% it goes down very smooth, but more than a glass would be too much. A tasty dessert very which went very well with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I finally had the chance to try this one on tap while in the city today. I am really confused on how to review this one. Ok, so I totally understand what Southern Tier is doing with this one. On one hand, this brew is totally outrageous. It smells good, it looks good, it tastes good, and it's a pretty darn great idea. However, it is almost undrinkable in my opinion.

A- Dark black color. Looked like soda especially because of all the carbonation bubbles. Nice tan head, some lacing.

S- Wow. This smells exactly like a freshly baked vanilla/chocolate cake. More like cake batter and icing. Very similar to what fresh cookies smell like while baking in the oven.

T- I think sweet is an understatement with this beer. Extremely sugary and completely rich. Milk, sugar, vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough, pie, baked goods, brown sugar. This beer is outrageous. I have never had anything like this before. Tastes great, but I cannot stomach too much of it.

M- Sticky, rich, filling.

D- Horrible drinkability. I cannot imagine taking down too much of this in a sitting. A couple of sips were good for me and thats about all I could do. I am glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A simple light cocoa head with some tight froth-iness as well, sitting upon a simple dark black/brown walnut body. Pretty basic, looks like a stout, a good sized collar is left while drinking, seems good.

Bouquet is a giant sticky caramel, toffee, big sweetness with sweetened condensed milk. I suppose that's what it should be since it is called creme brulee after all, so it works. Vanilla doesn't seem obvious on the nose.

The on thing that comes off on the taste that seems to be an exception is the bitterness. Bitter almost hoppy in the finish, but not leaving as strong notes from the smell in the palate. Does bring a sweetened condensed milk taste primarily, but also a real fizziness too, along with of course caramel sweets.

Overall on taste this was not what I was expecting, it was also in taste not as sweet I thought it would be and didn't come out as a big sugar blast. However, there is an unpleasant almost acrid and strange hop bitter to this that doesn't make the drink particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of kk73
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle via trade thanks to cheezdawg.

A - Pours a dark, caramel brown with a small head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the glass. I dont know if its the appearance or the smell but this beer seems to be calling out eat me.

S - All creme brulee, loads of vanilla up front and almost has a certain creaminess in the aroma. No need to stick your nose in the glass for this one.

T - Brunt Custard. Sugary, sweet and everything the name of the beer says it is. Definitely a unique taste if you like sweet beers and the high abv. seems to be well masked in this one.

M - A little thin for a stout imo. But I guess if it was thick a syrupy then it may be a little to rich. Not overly carbonated. Beer is silky smooth and has a somewhat custard creamy mouthfeel.

D - Gotta be in the mood for a beer like this. Best after your dinner, a true desert beer. Smooth and drinkable just not sure if I would seek this out again, but definitely a good beer.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very tasty, but very sweet as well as a little thin for such a big beer. tasted alost like a cream soda beer.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Creme Brulee pours a very dark brown color with minimal highlights around the edges, and it is capped off by a light brown head that only left some spotty lacing on my glass. I could smell the sweetness coming from this beer as I poured it. It smells like a concentrated creme brulee dessert. There is tons of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, hazelnut coffee creamer, and a touch of cocoa. I am amazed how they were able to make this really smell like creme brulee. The taste that follows the smell with heavy tastes of vanilla, custard, cocoa, hazelnut cream, butter, and roasted grain to finish it off. The vanilla is the heavest flavor, but isn't overpowering compared to the other flavors. This is a very sweet beer, but I don't really find it cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and creamy going down. The drinkability is up in the air for me. I wouldn't make this a staple by any means, but I would like to have some around when I would be in the mood for something like this beer.

I like this beer, but I wouldn't have it around much I don't think.

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Photo of cmq103
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle I picked up at the Shoprite Liquors Hamilton NJ, into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A thick, dark cola color with the thin beige ring. No head at all even with a moderately aggressive pour. Lacing was minimal due to the non-existent head.

Smell: Sweet vanilla bean, caramel, and butterscotch overwhelmingly dominate the nose with a small dose of coffee. Very candy-like in fact. As it warms, a quick swirl brings out a little booziness.

Taste: Very sweet caramel, butterscotch, malt, coffee and vanilla flavors attack the palate all at once. Mild hop bitterness near the end, which gets swallowed up by sweetness. What you smell is what you taste with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth texture for this overly sweet syrupy thick beer. The ABV is well hidden behind the candy-like sweetness.

Overall: "Dessert beer" comes to mind immediately. I'm glad I tried it but it was way too sweet for my liking. I give Southern Tier credit for stretching the creativity boundaries with this Imperial Milk Stout. With that said, I probably wouldn't seek it out again

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a finger-width of tan head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is incredibly creamy. Lots of vanilla. Smells like ice cream. Even from the smell it is clear that this beer is crazily sweet. Pretty one dimensional, and you have to be in the mood for dessert, but the smell is quite nice for what it is.

Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of vanilla, very creamy, very sweet although there is a bit of bitterness surrounding the chocolate flavours that are present. Much like a milkshake with beer. Hard to drink too much of.

Highly carbonated, fairly irritating. Full bodied, the intense sweetness dries the mouth greatly. A little syrupy.

Overall, nice for a little bit, but hard to drink much of this. I certainly won't make it through the whole bottle. Needs to be shared by several people.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 9.5%ABV vs the 10% listed on this site

Look - dark brown/mahogany body with beige head

Smell - vanilla, caramel, butterscotch

Taste - much like the smell - caramel, vanilla, almond and butterscotch

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet upfront as the name suggests, artificial sweetner quality to this, slightly astringent on the finish

Overall - a decent dessert beer that you might want to split with someone else. I have no desire to polish off this bomber in one sitting. definitely lives up to its namesake.

Price Point - $6.99/22 oz bottle

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4,604 ratings
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