One of the Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts, Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is a their summer seasonal. This “stout brewed with vanilla beans” is available in June and clocks in at 10% ABV.
We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.
By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew.
Crème Brûlée pours a dark brown with ruby higlights that appear when holding the glass up to the light. The beer is fizzy, but pours with almost no head or lacing.
This beer smells pretty much like you would expect it to. I picked up chocolate, vanilla extract, caramel, Whoppers candy and even Kahlua!
Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout tastes almost exactly like Kahlua. The chocolate/caramel flavors are present, with an alcoholic bite in the backend. There’s almost a chocolate syrup like sweetness in the after taste.
Mouthfeel is thick, bitey and goes down like chocolate milk.
Overall, Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout is not a horrible beer, but not necessarily one I would buy again. It’s a decent dessert beer, but I don’t think that I could drink more than 1 or 2 glasses. The only way I would buy this again is to try it poured over some vanilla ice cream or maybe substituted for Kahlua in a White Russian. I think the Dude would even approve of that!
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As a MILK STOUT: 7 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Left Hand MILK STOUT, Young’s DOUBLE CHOCOLATE STOUT, Duck-Rabbit MILK STOUT