Essentially a milk stout brewed with vanilla bean, Creme Brulee Stout is part of Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. This is actually a summer seasonal that I picked up late in the season while traveling home to Buffalo. Still, I'm not worried about how a 10% imperial stout will have held up over a few months.
Everything you'd expect , it's completely opaque and black in color. The only surprise is the head, which is rather thin.
Not just a catchy name... it smells exactly like creme brulee, most notably the vanilla and burnt sugar, with some additional hints of coffee. It's a very strong, sticky scent. No hops in the nose whatsoever.
Taste & Feel
Desserty. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a dark, sweet flavor. Starts out with a robust, coffee malt that soon gives way to vanilla sweetness. It has a bit of warm, boozy bite toward the finish and leaves a sweet, sticky aftertaste.
Tasty and sweet. This is a good pair for a rich dessert, or as a standalone. A great beer, but between the sweetness and high alcohol content, it's nowhere near sessionable.
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