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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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is HUGE! Its creme brulee to the extreme that’s all i can really say. Just like a Sunday morning danish. Flavor is vanilla and cream with a bit of oak and a small alcohol burn. Even though you get a little burn in the end the 10% is well hidden. Deffinatly some thing different and not something to knock back with your buddies. This is for slow sipping after dinner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2008
The initial pour is a little thin and light in color for an IS, with a small lace - but after this it gets much better - in typical ST fashion, they do a bang-up job on the aroma - it really does smell like a delicious custard with a caramelized crust on top - a bit of charred character underneath distracts a little - the aroma doesn’t quite prepare you for what’s in store, however - the flavor is heavy on caramelized sugars and roasted, almost burnt malts, and low on the vanilla and custard flavors (like the reverse of the aroma) - but it’s pretty tasty none-the-less - I’d like a little less burnt sugar flavor, but otherwise it’s a solid dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Pours deep brown color with a light tan head. Great vanilla, milk, and ice cream aroma. A bit thick in the mouthfeel. Now I know it is an imperial, but it was syrup like in consistency. Went down easy. Great aftertaste. Not as good as the Chocolat, but a nice after dinner Imp Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a soapy beige colored head. Aroma is caramel, butterscoth, vanilla, light chocolate. Flavor is buttery, vanilla, some burnt sugar, butterscotch. Palate is medium bodied, mild carbonation, finished ultra sweet. Body is a little thin for my liking. Flavor is horribly artificial, tasting like chemically laced butterscotch morsels. For me its not the sweetness is the artificial flavor. Way over the top, no balance here. I’m not quite sure which is worse Choklat or this. Horrid. I think I’d rather have coleslaw tossed on my windshield;)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2008
If you hate dessert, don’t even attempt a taste of this beer. It is exactly as it claims to be - it tastes exactly like creme brulee. It smells like it, with a rich vanilla, buttery, creamy, burnt sugar aroma, and tastes like it - with a sweetness that clings to your teeth just like the real thing. 10%? You’ll check the label again. No way. My only criticism is perhaps leaving the word ’stout’ out of the title for those who are expecting one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1344) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 22, 2008
tap at the ginger mans with the nyc crew. no notes. For what I remember; black with a small head. huge lacing. Huge and intense aroma, you could smell it a few feet away. Pure creme brulee in the aroma, some vanilla. Intense taste, sugary, chocolate, creme brulee, loads of vanilla. Nice experience but I would like to have it again as a desert or a nightcap. Very excellent but perhaps a bit over the top

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1994) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2008
22 ounce bomber. Poured a deep black hue with a thin tan head which had no retention or lacing. Aroma was a mix of rich vanilla, caramel. and a slight leather like note. A nice cloying sweet flavor, with a mild roasted note. Flavor was sweet, very sweet. A nice creamy finis

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Tap at Gingerman. Pours a nice deep dark black with a tannish head and some lace. Tons of vanilla, Diacetyl, butterscotch candies, - actually did smell like a nice heavily caramelized creme brulee, very sugary sweet also with some light roast and chocolate. A bit more chocolate and dark malts in the flavor, but the caramel and sugary sweetness comes out as well, including the buttery vanilla character that just gets way too intense and annoying. Beer becomes more annoying as it warms and everything is just over the top. Cool idea, and it works for the name they gave it for sure, but I just didn’t like it. Too over the top like the choklat that it becomes almost undrinkable for more than a few sips.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Pours opaque black with a medium brown head. Aroma is strong vanilla and coffee. Flavor is much the same with a lot of sweetness in the mix. Delicious in its own right, though not a traditional stout by any means. This is very much a desert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Not exactly sure what to do with this. It looks cool, smells incredible and kicks you in the face with sugar. Not like belgian sweetness, this is plain vanilla sweetness. I think i like that, but this is not a normal beer. Its more of a 10% milkshake. Needs to be enjoyed on its own as a nightcap.

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