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RATINGS: 1571   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35101) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
bottle. Pours a thick inky black, not much head to speak of. And that’s when things go horribly wrong. The nose is noticeable from feet away- sticky sweet overpowering vanilla. One hopes the flavor would improve... it doesn’t. Overpoweringly sweet, with little to nothing going on other than vanilla. Some alcohol in there too- which does not help the vanilla at all. Palate follows, sticky sweet with a pretty bad finish. Overall, really, a bad, bad beer. ST usually brews some great stuff... this is NOT an example of that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Black, ultimately brown, with a haze. Nose is toffee, vanilla, caramel and a candy i can’t remember. I want to say Mary Janes but i don’t think that’s it. Heath bars? Regardless, pretty close to creme brulee. Thick almost full body; sticky with sharp carb. Taste is licorice, molasses and sweetened condensed milk. Dries leaving a latte finish and mild, bitter coffee beans. I feel embarrassed liking this, the Choklat and Pumking but they do appeal to my sweet tooth. May i suggest piña colada?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle at RBSG Grand tasting. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. The aroma was rich with sweet creme brulee--vanilla, butterscotch and light caramel dominate. This one had the best noses of the evening. The flavor is not quite up to the aromas promise. The taste of butterscotch, caramel and vanilla is there but the mouthfeel was just a bit light. If this one had a full creamy palate it would have scored with one of the greats. Still it was a pleasure to drink, thanks to whoever brought it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (5581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, buttery toffee, crème brulee, roast, and chocolate. Taste was light roastiness up front, with more vanilla, and sickly sweet crème brulee taste. I had a tough time with this under the hot sun.

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