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:
4,584
Reviews:
1,463
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
1,094
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Ratings: 4,584 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of TheHopsman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of pjs234
2/5  rDev -49.1%

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 HollyHops
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of AlexJ
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Viscous tar black with a thin but dense mocha head that leaves scant trails of lace.

Aroma has notes of chocolate, dark malt, and minimal roasty char and is absolutely dominated by overpowering sweet caramel and butterscotch notes. The vanilla is there, but simply adds to the intensely sweet hard candy aroma.

Unfortunately the flavor follows the same path. Nice chocolate and dark malt flavors are quickly brutalized by unrelenting butterscotch caramel. No subtleties here and the base stout struggles to be tasted. The bottle only discloses malt, hops, vanilla bean, and lactose as the ingredients. As someone who has brewed numerous vanilla beers I must add that there is a suspiciously artificial taste going on here. Either that or just an insane amount. A fresher sample may have more hop to counter the dessert sweetness.

Thick, creamy slick body and lighter carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel. Too bad the cloying butterscotch renders this almost undrinkable after half a glass.

Extremely difficult to finish half the bottle althouth I can appreciate what they were going for. A little over the top and I'm pretty over the top!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Was tapped on 6-20-2013 as part of a Southern Tier tap takeover. Served in a small wide tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, oily walnut brown with almost zero clarity. Slightly translucent around the edges. Head is creamy, about 3/4th finger and dissipates quickly, leaving a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Lacing is slick and faint.

S - This is straight-up caramel and sweetness. Like a caramel macchiato. Very little of the chocolate-y charachetristics that come with milk stouts. If the taste is as sweet as the aroma, this is going to be like a melted milkshake. The name is very apt.

T - Thankfully, the sweetness is much more muted, but still present. Dulce de leche, cinnamon and vanilla overtones on a faint bittersweet base like burnt sugar. Reminds me a bit of a lighter, drier Kahlua.

M - Viscous and creamy with medium-to-heavy body. Light carbonation is just the right amonunt to keep it from feeling slimy. Lingering and sticky aftertaste.

Overall a unique and delightful beer. Would be perfect with the right desserts. Or AS dessert to be honest. Very tasty, but I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so be warned. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of M1A2
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 TexIndy
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle but it's this years. Deep black in color. Against a light it had slight mahogany edges. It had a large tan head that quickly settled into a thick collar and come central foam. Good lacing left as the head subsided.

Still can't believe how perfectly they nailed the aroma. From the moment you pop the crown, it smells like the waiter just put a fresh creme brulee in front of you to eat. Burnt sugar, custard, vanilla - it's all there. Just a hint of the ABV in the back. Creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts so this is one amazing aroma. The taste followed suit with more of the underlying stout flavor coming thru so not a perfect replication but still damn close. Others describe it as too sweet but for me it stays just north of that mark. A very interesting beer. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall, an amazing display of what a great brewer can do. They really have replicated the aroma and taste even better than I expected. Highly recommend if you a fan of the dessert and then again just to highlight what can be done with beer. I do agree with others that 22oz is probably too much since it is sweet and filling. I think 12oz would be the right portion so sharing this one would be good. Rotation: not avail in TX - got in trade. Wouldn't mind getting another and aging it to see what happens. On-tap at least once would be good.

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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 leinie13
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TTripp725
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerCon5
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a very nice fluffy/bubbly white head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent is very potent of sweet ingredients, vanilla, sugar, some dark fruit, also some notes of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate are noticeable toward the end. The alcohol is also well hidden.

Full body, smooth, thick, and creamy, low carbonation.

This beer was absolutely delicious, a ton of flavor, all well balanced. It's tough to drink more than one because it is very filling and sweet but one is all you need. I will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of HRamz3
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of erialbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that seems to have some semblance of retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque chocolate brown. Considerable lacing left behind. Does dissipate rather quickly but is nice nevertheless.

Nose- So much butterscotch it's difficult to parse anything else. There's cream, vanilla, toffee, and caramel but they are only secondary actors in regard to the butterscotch dominance. One of the best aromas I've ever experienced from a beer. Maybe a little bit of peppermint with some heat attached?

Taste- More butterscotch with an oaky bitterness in the background. It is not the oaky mess that I've gotten from a lot of vanilla beers but it is there. There is a bit of thinness in the profile. And there is a good amount of heat. Perhaps this is why Southern Tier suggests this should be served at 42 degrees instead of the normal 50 to 55 for an imperial stout. The caramel, vanilla, and toffee of the nose make themselves known but butterscotch and oak linger in the background. The components of the flavor profile are great but they don't really mesh. Perhaps that is too harsh of judgment; there is integration and balance but a bit of thinness. And considerable heat. This does not bother me but might bother many. Despite its flaws, I do enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but pretty weak for an imperial stout. To be a desert beer, this needs more heft and less carbonation.

Drinkability- It's tasty. It's wicked alcoholic. It's not too pricey. 9 bucks a bomber. But I would go for other Southern Tier beers over it. Backburner and Chocklat specifically.

Overall- A good beer that is messy. I don't mind its messiness or the booze. If you're not expecting crème brulee in a bottle, it could be enjoyable for you. I don't regret trying this but I might not repurchase. I would consider it specifically for a desert beer. I like it despite its faults.

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Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.52/5  rDev +15%

Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what all the fuss is about. Yes it is sweet...So what! This is a great beer. Outside the lines? You betcha! Thank goodness for bravery and creativity. A great reinterpretation of a milk stout.

A black brown brew with a tan head. Opaque and sticky looking.

A rich full bouquet of vanilla and caramel. Sniff deeply and you will be rewarded with a roasted dark malt undercurrent. A touch of butterscotch.

Taste is a bigger version of the nose to start. That is when it unfolds with burnt sugar and charcoal. A malted milk of cookies and cream. Coffee follows and leads into a nice bitterness that cuts through the river of sweetness that flows through the beer. Alcohol burns through to peek out here and then quickly retreats. A lingering caramel and vanilla along with a coffee based hopping coats your mouth. The feel
is full and tingly with a sticky thickness that feels decadent and hedonistic.

For such sweet thick beer I found it to be easier to drink than I thought. I went through one bomber by myself and seriously thought about another. A sipper to be sure but I found myself sipping rather quickly and delighting in this intriguing dessert in a bottle. Nice job S.T.

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Photo of KAP1356
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 4,584 ratings.
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