Southern Tier – Creme Brûlée

Tasting: January 22, 2012
Style: Imperial Stout

Southern Tier Creme Brûlée

A few weeks ago, I had Southern Tier’s Choklat and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to seek out the other four stouts that make up their “Blackwater” series. From what I’ve read, each one is available at a different time of year – yet they all seem to be available side by side on shelves right now. This one was released in June and it packs an ABV of 9.6% so I’m not concerned about it going bad. They point out that it is a milk stout brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla bean as an homage to the popular dessert. As usual, I’ll give you some additional beer geek information from the label — 25 degrees plato. Again, anything above 20 is considered a dense brew laden with solids – so, this one should have the high ABV and should have rich and thick flavors.

Wow, snort on the aroma and this really does smell like Creme Brûlée — creamy and full of vanilla. First sip carries over that vanilla and creamy custard taste and butterscotch – but there is a bitterness that doesn’t fit it here. I’d say more of a hop bitterness than a roasted grain bitterness. As I work my way through this one — some licorice peeks out. This is one where the first eleven ounces are novel and the other eleven ounces in the bomber wear thin on you. So, the rule of thumb with this one? Share it with a friend. Creme Brûlée does have a nice mouthfeel and all in all, its a very creative brew and I’ll put it at 85 points.

Read my comments on Southern Tier’s Choklat Here

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