Saturday, January 16, 2016

Southern Tier Creme Brulee (review)

Beer Review #78

In November I reviewed Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company. Last night I reviewed Rocky Road from Smuttynose Brewing. To continue the dessert theme I'm returning to Southern Tier Brewing Company's Blackwater Series for their luxurious Creme Brulee Imperial Stout.

This pitch black, tan headed behemoth weighs in at 10%ABV and boasts a huge vanilla nose with hints of caramel and coffee. I've honestly never encountered a "real" beer that smells so boldly sweet. But even so, it manages to hang on to some nuance, although vanilla is clearly the lead player.

As far as taste, vanilla leads the pack (which is to be expected), along with creamy butterscotch imparted by the lactose sugars. Yeah, its a sweet beer (relative to beer), but the dark roasted malts and alcohol cut through the sweetness surprisingly well with coffee and dark chocolate notes and some back end warmth.

Its not the kind of beer you'd want to drink for refreshment, but it works well as dessert in a bottle after a big winter holiday meal to perhaps go along with a slice of pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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