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RATINGS: 1542   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4416) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Vanilla. Bit of bourbon taste. The movement into the dessert beer. Late night. Friday night when the kid is asleep. After dinner drink. Nice, but the body could be heavier. It feels as if the added vanilla is pushing this beer rather than the beer pushing the vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours deep brown, capped with a thin white head. Very sweet aroma, with vanilla bean, sugar, butterscotch (like grandma’s candy dish), and some burnt malt. This really smelled like a creme brulee. Very sweet (almost too sweet) on the palate, again with butterscotch, vanilla and custard. The flavor then shifts gradually to a more bitter profile, with charred wood and coffee flavors. Long, moderately bitter finish. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. This was very interesting and perfectly named, but just a bit too sweet for my taste.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Wow, what an interesting smell. Lots of vanilla and coffee. Maybe it is hazelnut or caramel too? Anyway, that’s intense. Taste is initially bitter. Nutty, vanilla. This is fucking crazy. This is pretty fucking gross. Lactose, sugar... this is a latte, and not a good one. Tastes like fucking syrup.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 22 oz. bottle from Binny’s shared with a friend. What a beer! The second the top came off, you could smell this bad boy. Poured a deep dark, almost black, hue with ruby notes if you actually hold it up to light. Very nice looking and sized brownish head that compliments the beer very well. Beautiful. Aromas are largely vanilla and creamy, giving a true picture of creme brulee. This beer is as advertised, for sure. Taste is largely sweet and vanilla up front, mixed with some caramel, making way for some darker roasted malts on the back end (but still possessing strong sweetness). Very smooth and very enjoyable, but this would be tough to session. Still, a really well done beer. Only qualm might be cloying sweetness for some, but not for me. Compliment to dessert for sure. Won extra points from this lover of vanilla and person who doesn’t like chocolate as much. Cheers

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2008
AS SOON AS YOU OPEN IT UP THE SWEET SMELL OF VANILLA IS OVERWHELMING. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT A BEER COMPANY WOULD PUT MY FAVORITE DESSERT IN A BEER BUT IT WORKS WELL ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM SOUTHERN TIER.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Black color with a medium head. Aroma of hot cream, a little coffee and butterscotch (in a very good way). Wickedly good cream and vanilla flavor. Lightly burnt malt and some hopiness helps to brunt the full force of the sweetness, but it’s still way to the far sweet side of the spectrum. Wouldn’t be able to have one often, but an excellent dessert beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Darker brown (nearly black pour) that is quite nice looking. Aroma truly is of creme brulee witih a bit of caramel - inviting, but maybe excessive. Flavor is really just subpar - some caramel, sugar, and a lot of artificial sweeteners. Tastes loaded down with sweet & low. Feel is OK, but this seems much messier than their other great Impy stouts. You can’t win em all.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 16 fl oz. estimated at 250 C Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA, on tap for $7.00 (Hi to my new found friends there.) Aroma: overpowering, overwhelming, room altering, caramel scent. 9 out of 10. Visuals: opaque, dark, black, thick, tan, persistent head, thin lace. 4 out of 5. Taste: caramel, crystal malt, few hops, alcohol, overpowering, like dessert. 8 out of 10. Palate: oily, long cloying finish. 3 out of 5. Overall: It was almost entirely the essence of caramel. Interesting but not one of my favorites. I’d have it again, but It’s not something I’ll go out of my way for. It was well crafted, but not one of my favorites. 16 out of 20.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle: pours dark black with some hints of red, frothy tan head, this smells just like creme brulee, plenty of vanilla and butterscotch in the aroma, taste is sweet up front but then mellows out to a dark chocolate, roasty and mildly bitter finish. A little too sweet for me without enough balancing it out. Very interesting brew. Nice job by ST.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4591) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 30, 2008
On tap at Capones. Pours a deep almost black with a medium creamy deep tan head that left wonderful lacing. Great looking beer! The aroma and flavor were almost a match. They hit the Creme Brulee for sure. Vanilla, sweet cream, butterscotch, molasses, caramel, mocha, walnuts, cappucino, a touch of some hops/bitterness. Sure it’s sweet and dessert like, but that is what I was expecting and ST did not dissapoint! Reminds me of a Starbucks Frappucino if they made a Creme Brulee one...they should!


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