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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11710) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2008
(22oz bottle) Clear brown-black body with creamy medium tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, some caramel, Bailey’s cream, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, caramel, Bailey’s, alcohol warming. Smooth medium-full body. The Blackwater series scores another success!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2516) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On tap @ Vintage Estate (thanks, Ron!) Anyhow, the aroma is intense... just like the Choklat release from ST, I’m left wondering how they get such a vivid nose... Not much to the aroma, though... just creme brulee/vanilla with a bit of alcohol in the background. Still, creme brulee is a pretty good smell, so I’m scoring high marks for that choice. Flavor was a different story. My first reaction was that it was a combination of creme brulee, jet fuel (yup, the alcohol was pretty detectable on the first couple of sips), coffee and chocolate. I liked it more as I worked through the sample, (warming helps some of the flavors come through better?), yet I was glad that it wasn’t a large sample. Still... how do they make a beer smell like that?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Amazing vanilla, butterscotch, even some coconut aroma. Pours a dark medium body milky black. Taste is way overboard vanilla, butterscotchy & coconut. High scores for flavor 7 aroma but dont really buy into this gimmick. Love the attempt & IM sure some people will love this but doesnt really seen like beer to me. More like a new baileys flavor that girls will do Blow Job shots to. Takes really big balls to attepmt this & Phin should be commended. But too sweet & gimmicky for me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2010) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22 oz bottle split two ways. Black in color with a light brown, medium head. Aroma- alot of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, sweet malts- very sweet, and the taste follows suit with chocolate, alot of vanilla and lactose sugar, which becomes overbearing and moderately cloying. Some roasted malt in the finish. Couldn’t get into this one, a bit too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color, with brown edges, and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of vanilla, vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, caramel, and, well, creme brulee. Tastes of vanilla, butterscotch, custard, chocolate, and caramel. Some alcohol in the finish. This one was definitely different and interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Pours a rich black color with smal tan head with abundant lacing. Aroma...whoa...it’s like a imperial stout and a sugar cookie had sex. Huge amounts of vanilla, butterscotch, light spice, honey and chocolate. Damn, I can smell this thing a few feet away. The taste is essentiall the aroma but encapsuled in liquid form. while it sounds good on paper, it gets to be a bit too much. It’s definitely a big bad dessert beer that is very enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden and overall, it’s very enjoyable. ST does it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Pours a dark black with a medium mocha head. Aroma is heavily vanilla extract and brown sugar. Taste is about the same with some butterscotch and ginger characteristics. Taste is incredibly rich and unique, but a well done expression.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3341) - 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 (5070) - 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.

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