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Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Creme Brulee Stout

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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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“a stout of great contention” 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. 9.6% abv • 25º plato • 195º L • 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon


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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Like drinking a tub of butterscotch with caramel sauce. Sickeningly sweet. Intolerable. Drain pour. We tried giving it away at the bar, and no one would take it.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
(trade w/Olking) what an aroma! Smelled the wonderful sugary sweetness of Creme Brule as soon as I opened the bottle. Small tan head which is pretty much gone now. Somewhat thick body. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel with a boozy backend that lingers on the palate. Perhaps a little too boozy than I?d like. I’ve been wanting to try this for a few years. Now wish I had traded for several bottles!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BLADT (603) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2014
From tap. Dark brown with small beige head. Hot damn, does this beer nail its title. Blindfolded, you’d swear you were smelling eponymous dessert. Strong smells of french vanilla flavoring, icing, brown sugar, etcetera. Taste follows, though at a slightly reduced intensity. If you plug your nose, all you get is sweet. Thick and heavy. Cloying. Well executed (I think this is exactly what ST wanted to brew), but unfinishable. More marvel than beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (119) - ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark brown with quickly diminishing low beige head. Heavy mocha aroma, milk chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet. Heavy vanilla flavor, medium sweet, mocha, notes of coffee, low bitterness. spicy, complex. The alcohol is well hidden. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Full body. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 1, 2014
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice Appearance – Served a black colored beer with a one finger tan head that fades over a moderate amount of time. Upon fading a nice level of lacing is left on the glass. Smell – The smell is sweet and delicious, like crème brule in a cup. Big aromas a sweet milk, caramel and a lighter vanilla are complemented well by some dark chocolate and roasted coffee smells. Taste – The taste begins with sweet vanilla and caramel mixed with a roasted malt flavor. Soon flavors of chocolate come to the tongue and bitter the very sweet start. The flavors meld very well at this point and are only complemented and accentuated by a roasted coffee flavor the enters the taste profile more toward the end. Along with the coffee is some alcohol booziness, which when mixed with the other tastes leaves a warming and satisfying taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thickness and creaminess of the body coats the mouth, bathing the taste buds in the sweet and roasted flavors, really allowing then to be individually distinguished and makes for a nice drinking brew. Overall – A nice sipper after dinner for dessert. The flavors transition well and complement each other nicely. A good sweet stout if I must say.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (567) - ISRAEL - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Brown-black with a small head. Aroma - vanilla, milk chocolate, mocha and cocoa. Taste - crème brulee, toffee, chocolate and vanilla, medium-high sweetness. Medium-full bodied, a bit sticky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (655) - - JUL 28, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is very sweet vanilla. Taste is also very sweet with vanilla and some malts at the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (399) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Tap. Pours a deep black with a creamy light mocha head. The flavor is incredibly strong and sweet creme brulee. There may have been a stout under those flavors somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. This was a bit too over the top and gimmicky for me. I would prefer the creme brulee flavor dialed down the sweetness cut way, way back.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (1725) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Tap: Deep brown edges, nearly black center with a mocha-tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Very nice aroma; vanilla, sweet cream, caramel, & brown sugar give off that heavy sweetness vibe & have a very dessert-like appeal. Taste is no different... It’s sweet. VERY sweet. Milky vanilla, sweet caramelized brown sugar, burnt toffee, just a slight astringency from the roasted malt. Sweet up front, sweet on the back-end.... Sweet everywhere. The taste, the aroma, all good, but the high sweetness makes this hard to drink more than a few ounces. I understand it’s SUPPOSED to be a "sweet dessert" beer, but this is overboard. Attenuate a little more & this beer might actually be really good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markpseg (11) - - JUL 24, 2014
Deliciously inventive. Perhaps overly sweet for more than a single serving but perfect for post dinner/holiday evening. High vanilla and caramel as the name would suggest.


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