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:
4,592
Reviews:
1,466
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
401
Gots:
1,096
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,592 |  Reviews: 1,466
Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Thin white head... falls quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla and sweets... dessert... smells just like creme brulee. Nailed it.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Strong flavors of vanilla and cream... kahlua and iced cream... a little bitterness in the roast for balance. No discernible hop presence. Full in body... thick and smooth... almost creamy. Residual roast and sweetness on the tongue in the aftertaste. Warming but not boozy.

O: The very definition of a 'dessert beer' and very impressive how they've hit the aroma and flavor profile of creme brulee. Not one I'd want often, but a very well done effort.

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Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark and has ok carbonation. The had is very small brown and leaves little lace.

The smell is good very desert like, lots of vanilla.

The taste follows, the vanilla and alcohol make it quite good something you would pour on ice cream. Chocolate notes are also present but maybe too sweet and deserty.

The mouthfeel is good nice thick body but little carbonation.

The drinkability is off for me as it is just too sweet.

Prosit MK

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/13. Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin tan head and thick ring at the edge. Plenty of delicate strands of lacing.

Smell: Tons of vanilla and buttery toffee. Maybe the barest hint of orange with a really good swirl of the glass. A dessert in a glass.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt, vanilla, buttery toffee, black coffee, hint of pine at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, creamy. Good carbonation, but I think the mouthfeel would be even better if the carbonation was a tiny bit less.

Overall / Drinkability: Very well done beer and definitely a dessert complimenting beer. When I had this with vanilla ice cream as recommended on the bottle, the bitterness really came out and complimented the ice cream. Sweet aroma with bitter roast compliment to the ice cream. Once I finished the ice cream and let my palate rest a bit, then all the sweetness in this beer came out. Even then, the sweetness was tempered by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. While I want another bottle to crack open right now, I know I should not have a second one of these in a sitting. That being said, a big glass of this beer with dessert is fantastic.

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Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kdown
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Painfully sweet. Love vanilla, but not like this.

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Photo of RichD
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark obsidian black with a narrow collar of creamy tan.

Smells of bit-o-honey and vanilla taffy with a slight cocoa dryness. That's about it. I'm not picking up much "beer-ness" at all other than a distant sharp dryness that could be perceived as an after thought of hops.

The flavor starts with an over-the-top cocoa and vanilla that reminds me of chocolate breakfast cereals and marshmallows. It rounds off with a slight sting of musky and woody hops that picks back up on the cocoa that transitions into a dark baking chocolate. There's a lingering milky sweetness in my mouth long into the finish.

Feels thick and rich with an undetectable carbonation that probably adds to the thickness. This adds tremendously to the dessert like nature of this beer.

Splendidly complicated, but a little too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of PopnLoads
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bmjivi221
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of allenson21
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Urk1127
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Appearance is dark brown (not quite black). Not too viscous. Thin head dissipates rapidly. On the nose I get TONS of vanilla. It smells like a cream soda. There is also a little bit of coffee and leather.

The beer is very full-bodied with a huge candy-sweet flavor. On the front of the palate, you get roasted malt and vanilla that makes you think of vanilla wafers. At mid-palate, the roastiness and the hops combine to bitter things up a bit and produce a taste like gourmet coffee. On the back of the palate and on the finish, there's a bit of alcohol heat and the bitter roasty notes get a little overwhelming. I wouldn't call the beer overly bitter, but the contrast to the intense sweetness makes it seem more bitter on the finish than it really is. In addition, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin for me with all that sweetness. I'd expect something a lot creamier.

I have to give this beer a good review because it's so unique and distinct. I haven't found anything else quite like it (plus, I think it tastes good). The sweetness brought on by the vanilla and the addition of lactose sugar is so extreme, you sometimes forget you're drinking a beer. That said, this beer is one that a beer drinker will either love or hate. There's not much middle ground. Try it if you like imperial stouts (and have a bit of a sweet tooth).

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Photo of ChrisKayler
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Black in color, this beer is basically opaque. An aggressive pour produced a small head tan in color, with rocky bubbles that diminished quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Initial thought right away is cake batter, burnt sugar, marshmallow, and ice cream. Wow, this smells sweet.

Taste: Beyond sweet, that is all. A weird chemically burnt sugar taste. BLECH.

Mouthfeel: Trying to taste enough of this to get an idea of the mouthfeel ... not easy. Syrupy body with average carbonation. Good ...

Overall: My god. This is the sweetest beer I've ever had. I know a lot of people must like this, to achieve the rating it has gotten ... but holy shit. It made me cringe it was so sweet. It made me cringe when I even thought about tasting it the next day. My tasting buddies tried to salvage it by putting vanilla ice cream scoops in it. Eventually, we chose to drain pour. It smells nice, it has good mouthfeel, and it looks fine ... but I can't get over dat sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,592 ratings.
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