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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
22oz bottle sampled at my first imperial stout tasting. Aroma sweet and extremely powerful with intense vanilla from a mile away and some coffee with cream up close, brown sugar and caramel. Some would rate this aroma lower due to the lack of complexity, but the aroma alone made my mouth water and was extremely inviting. Looks good too, flat, watery black. Flavor is all the same, tons of vanilla, light coffee, brown sugar, caramel, custard, etc. Creamy on the palate with a sweet after taste. No indication of the alcohol. Of the 16 or so Imperial Stouts tasted this was the most preferred along with Great Divide Oaked Yeti. Great idea and executed extremely well. Grab it while you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Black with reddish brown edges. Huge nose of butterscotch, HUGE caramel vanilla, cream and others. Medium-full body, creamy, flavors much like the aroma, lots of butterscotch , ultra sweet/thick caramel and vanilla. Very sweet with some backing hops. Excellent dessert drink, does not taste like beer, let alone an imperial stout. Some and probably correct, would call it a novelty:) I liked it though, I killed the whole bomber but as I said, doesnt taste like beer so I forsee many raters beating this one up but speaking objectivley soley on taste and concept...pretty good and with that said, I probably won’t go back to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
22oz bottle pours black in color with brown head. The nose is strong sweet butterscotch & a hint of mocha. Taste of creamy butterscotch with subtle notes of coffee. Fantastic lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Dark brown color with a small, but stable, tight bubbled light brown head. These ST brews certainly have a load of aroma. Big caramel and cream nose. Definitely an irish cream scent. A desert brew that is very easy to sit and smell. Big, rich feel. Thick and lightly oily, but thins out in the finish. Sweet flavors throughout. Dark roasted coffee, demerara and mild tropical fruit (a touch of pina colada). Sweet and satisfying in a desert way. A hint of malt in the linger. But the rest is another liqueur brew from Southern Tier. Enjoy it for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36091) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown and with a creamy tan head. Aroma is dense creme brulee and sweet caramel. Solid vanilla. Flavour is sweet and creamy creme brulee in flavour and texture. Smooth and sweet finish. Lovely although I would expect it to be cloying in larger pours than the sample I had.7-4-8-4-15=3.8

From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #25. Pours almost clear and deep brown with a golden deep amber glare and a small off-white head. Toffee and mocca aroma. Sweet toffee, caramel, liqourice and mocca flavoured. Very sweet and roasted. Mild bitterness and light roasted caramelish finish. Simple and very flavourful.6-3-6-3-13=3.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Dessert in a bottle. This is sweet with butterscotch aromas and flavors with a little vanilla. Little evidence of alcohol even at 10%. Very Unique! Finish lingers forever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Sampled at the RBSG at Pizza Port Carlsbad in San Diego. Holy cow! This beer is amazingly good smelling. Sweet and carmel butterscotch. But thats where the excitement ended for me. The flavor is too sweet. I couldn’t stand a full glass. But it sure was nice smelling.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22oz bottle, at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours pitch black in color with brown head. Aroma that full the room with strong sweet butterscotch, butterscotch and butterscotch. Taste of creamy butterscotch and bitter with bitter finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. Outstanding aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Pours a beautiful deep brown with dark tan head. The nose is chocolate, coffee and strongly vanilla. The flavor is too sweet, even for my major sweet tooth, but aside from that the flavors peaking out from the vanilla curtain make it a nice, smooth brew. Coffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Definitely a desert beer. Smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle sampled at RBSG ’08. Pours with a dark brown body topped by a medium thick off-white head with some lacing left behind. It’s full of sweet butterscotch notes with slight nutty notes underneath. Huh, I don’t think I would realize this was a beer if I hadn’t been told that. While I appreciate what they were trying to do, It was just way to sweet to get a great rating...I’m going to have to go middle of the road with this one.

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