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:
4,579
Reviews:
1,463
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
1,091
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of Skrumpy
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the label of this beer it says: "Why the hell not?" That is how one must approach this beer. The brewers did not try to hide anything, so you have to assume this will be a sweet, dessert beer based on the name alone. One must judge it for what it is, not in the same vein as other stouts. It's called creme brûlée for a reason. So, if you don't like sweet beers, or vanilla, or custard, don't waste your time, & then you won't waste more time complaining that you didn't like it. Beyond that, this deep, dark brown stout delivers what it promises.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Profundobaso
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - black, with a thick head that dissipates but leaves behind lacing
S - literally like a creme brulee. strong hints of vanilla and custard.
T - tastes as sweet as it smells. a bit of roasted malts, in addition to, well, more creme brulee
F - medium mouth feel, a bit unsatisfying for a milk stout, especially at this ABV. fairly easy to drink though
O - they definitely weren't kidding about this one being a dessert beer. one of the sweetest beers i have ever had. i enjoyed it, but this definitely isn't the beer for everyone. if you like creme brulee and feel adventurous, go for it.

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Photo of mdecross
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colbster92
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JG_NYC
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RichieRich1812
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 12/8/16, 10% ABV. Pours semi transparent dark brown amber with a medium sized khaki head; some lacing. Smells of mostly vanilla, custard, sweet lactose, and caramel with some faint roasted malt. The taste follows with roasted malt, custard, vanilla, sweet lactose, and caramel. Extremely sweet and light bitterness; probably the sweetest stout I've ever rated before. The body is above average and carbonation is below average. Overall, this was too sweet and needed more balance, but was drinkable with a good feel. I've had the 2015 version in a 22oz bottle (the one with a cow on it) and I remember it being more balanced in regard to sweetness versus bitterness.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer is jet black, got almost no head despite aggressive pour, couldn't really coax one by swirling. Smell is crazy sweet and strong vanilla, like smelling straight extract. Taste is a repeat, somewhat creamy but very strong vanilla, very sweet. Definitely a dessert beer.
Feel is very heavy, cloying, a little astringent.
Overall not my cup of tea. I'm not crazy into stouts, and when I do drink them I prefer drinkability and balance to flavor bombs. I can see some people liking this, unfortunately just doesn't really mesh with my palate.

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Photo of curtis6290
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good looking stout with a nice thick foam head that lasts over 20 minutes. The smell was bold with nice flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. The Taste and Fell really killed this beer, which is the main factor. It was so sweet and overbearing that it wasn't enjoyable. Needs less vanilla and flavoring and more hops to balance this out. Great concept, but this beer was not very drinkable at all. Ended up draining it.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 72u7h
2.21/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer. I don't know. You smell it and it's like WOW VANILLA IN YOUR FACE. Then you taste it and it's like vanilla extract all up in your mouth. It's sort of harsh, really sweet. Vanilla is overpowering, big time. I got 4 bottles of this, and tried 2 so far and I'm going to trade the rest because this beer is just no.

look - its dark
smell - like vanilla, like ALL the vanilla has descended into this single bottle
taste - like vanilla extract, sweet vanilla extract. Nothing more nothing less, there isn't any depth because you can't taste anything beyond the damn vanilla!

feel - like a vanilla soda, but overpowering went and camped out in your mouth.

Is that good enough? Yea. I love southern tier, but this beer is I don't know, feels like someone messed up.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyRecord-oh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with almost no head, lacing, or legs.

Aroma is concerated caramel and vanilla. Smells like a pure caramel candy; an over-abundance of sweetness.

Taste reminds me of drinking pure vanilla extract. It smells better than it tastes, with an astringent bitterness and alcohol bite at the end. The pure vanilla extract is mixed with an extremely artificial caramel coffee sweetener taste.

I am not a fan of this beer. Smells quite good for a dessert beer, but the taste is a mess. I don't pour many beers out but this one was a drain pour. It gets a 65/100.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black liquid.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Werther's Original nose! Crazy!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Werther's flavor with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Over the top, but unique. One is more than enough!

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,579 ratings.
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