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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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, that was interesting.

Nose- Burnt caramel, vanilla, sugar, glazed icing

Taste- butterscotch and vanilla upfront with a horrific fake sugar aftertaste. Almost medicinal and cloying. Like fake Equal meets fake Splenda.

Definitely a dessert beer with a good nose but the Splenda/fake aftertaste really killed this beer for me.

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

This is a very unusual Imperial Milk Stout, but enjoyable. There is a very strong aroma of crème brûlée and it goes down incredibly smooth, much like the dessert.

The high ABV and slight dark coffee taste keep the sweetness at bay enough to be able to comfortably drink this. Definitely worth a try.

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

Got this, and a Pumking at By The Bottle up in WA....

- Looks like a stout! Dark cola color... can't see through it... quick mocha bubbly at pour, down to a little slew of lace.

- Rich sweet vanilla, roasted chocolate malt.. chocolate mouse, dark fudge... slight bitter coffee.. all around very desert-like!

- Nice smooth vanilla chocolate.. slight bittering hop that is very balanced with this... little bit of an Irish creme flavor.. maybe like that creamer you get in those little green containers at a 7-eleven. Very good.

- Little chewy... bitter dry... interesting aftertaste..

- 10%? Hides it very well, and is very smooth... overall this is the second brew that I actually quite like from this brewer. All the others I have reviewed before the Pumking I didn't like very much. Now I look forward to my Mokah I have been sitting on for about 6 months...

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Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick and has a khaki head.

S - Pure, unadulterated vanilla bean and a little sugar sweetness. Literally a joy to sniff.

T - A sweet vanilla shake from the start that develops into vanilla bean goodness. The end is a little bitter, which detracted a bit for me.

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Has a smooth, velvety body.

O - A vanilla bean bomb... The way people talk about this, I was expecting a sweet concoction and it wasn't.

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Photo of bcrossan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of xJMFCx
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russwbeck
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Black pour with a small tan head that disappears quickly.

S: The smell is really sweet. Predominantly butterscotch, with some vanilla and chocolate mixed in as well.

T: This has one of the most interesting tastes I have ever encountered. Butterscotch mainly, really a lot like creme brulee, but in stout form.

MF: Creamy and oily body.

D: Not very good. Took me a while to put down one glass.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thumperskibum
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishkyle21
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer oh well. It has a lightly tanned head and a deep brown almost black color. Some nice lacing.

The smell of this beer is unbelievable. Loads of sweetness, smells like creme brûlée. Some syrup (like pancake syrup) and a little bit of roasted malts.

Tastes pretty much like I though it would. This is one big flavourful beer. Sweet, roasty, warming and one hell of a dessert beer. I can't see myself drinking more than one of these! But they sure are good.

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Photo of hermit990
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, served in a goblet. Bottle Date: 1/9/2014. Review Date: 3/15/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color, very little head - only a small film of dark tan bubbles that recedes quickly. Little visible carbonation. Looks like a good, viscous stout.

Aroma: The smell is spot on. Immediate burnt caramel/sugar and vanilla bean. Slight roasted grain/coffee/chocolate mixing in. Finishes sweet, a touch boozy. Fantastic aroma.

Taste: A slight sweetness, strong vanilla flavor, into the caramel/burnt sugar. Finishes with a strong, roasted character. Lots of chocolate/coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. A hint of the alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body to this one. Thick, smooth, velvety. Finishes with a slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Creme Brulee is a very interesting take on the style by Southern Tier. The familiar qualities creme brulee mix well with the typical stout characteristics to make a very enjoyable beer. While not an everyday drinker, it's enjoyable to break one out while in season. Should be pretty easy to find and at the price of $8.99 per bottle, it's tempting to pick one or two up on each release.

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Photo of rojapa
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zrab11
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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 gpblackgt
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Pours totally black, of course, with a light brown head that reduces to a ring in my glass with a bit of lacing.

The aroma is like no other beer I've smelled: Vanilla, cream, burnt sugar and alcohol. Smells like dessert. I haven't had actual creme brulee that many times, but its smell is similar.

The taste (fortunately) is not as sweet, though this is a sweet beer. But there is balance with roasted notes of coffee and chocolate and alcohol flavors to tilt it back from the vanilla and cream flavors.

Good, creamy body.

Overall this is an interesting novelty beer. The sweetness and high alcohol level make this a beer to savor. It's too sweet to be a regular drinker, though.

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Photo of bootdown21
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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

When my good friend came to town for a surprise visit, I happened to have a bomber bottle of Creme Brulee in the fridge on hand, for I had never tried it. In honor of his joyous if unexpected presence, we cracked it opened, and it was so good that we grabbed another a couple days later. Simply phenomenal.

A lazy pour produced one and one-half fingers of tan foam atop an impenetrable black body. A small, persistent dollop rested atop it like a small scoop of vanilla ice cream that wouldn't melt for much of the duration. Amazing. The smell did not disappoint--rife with vanilla bean, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar. Sterling.

Creme Brulee combines these flavors into a phenomenal concoction--smooth, dense, bold, embodying and defying contradictions all at once. In a sip, one gets vanliia, then sugary coffee, then a whiff of molasses, and some dark chocolate to boot.

I admit to being a huge fan of Southern Tier and therefore am a bit biased, but Creme Brulee blew me away. This was far better than I expected, and I grabbed it expecting it to be very good. So smooth, so rich, so complex, and so accessible.

Stunningly good, nay, great. I could drink this every day. To me, this vaults Southern Tier into my personal top five breweries in the US, hands down. A grand achievement.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 22oz bottle of this from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI in fall 2012.

It pours a very dark brown with a slight light brown head. The scent is a rich, sweet stout with a fantastic vanilla aroma. The taste is rich, complex, and delicious. Initially you get the bold taste of the robust malts but then a finish that is sweet from caramel malts and vanilla. Has a strong vanilla linger after taste. This is something you have to try for yourself, no words can describe the unique flavor of this brew.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JC333
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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