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RATINGS: 1534   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours deep blackish with dark brown edges and 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is piquid chocolate cake, vanilla custard, coffee with french vanilla cream. The flavor is sweet, creamy, rich, a pleasant mix of chocolate cake, vanilla, custard, coffee, and mild cinnamon. This is the epitome of dessert beers, but some may be turned off by its unique recipe, which takes traditional beer recipes and mocks them with its ballsy uniqueness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1916) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Light chocolate aroma. Very dark but a little amber is noticeable in the light. Medium brown head. Moderate to mild bitter malt beginning with a sweet milk chocolate finish. Thick and creamy palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22 oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin thin tan lacing head. Very strong aromas of butterscotch, irish cream, vanilla, and caramel. Palate starts sweet winth hints of butterscotch, vanilla, and roasted malts with a bitter coffee finish . Very interesting blend of flavors, very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22 oz bottle. This is one hell of a dessert beer. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Strong vanilla and caramel aroma. Very sweet. Nice creamy sweetness, with a lot of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1528) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Bottle shared by robert at stateline. This beer smelled awesome. Just like wethers original candies. Taste is about the same. Super sweet caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, ice-cream, and cake. Blended all together for a very smooth beer. I dont think I could drink a whole bottle to my self but this beer is the ulitmate dessert beer. Above medium creamy texture. Another awesome brew by souther tier! It was so good I picked up couple bottles just for my self!***Update**** This bottle was a little different. More alcohol in the taste, I think it lost a little carbonation. Still a good beer for dessert. Dont drink a bottle alone, you will never make it through!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours a mostly opaque black with a thin, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Interesting aroma boasts lots of sweet butterscotch candy and vanilla with some mild roasty burnt character and cream. Body starts fairly full with a rich creamy caramel sugar sweetness, some mocha and burnt flavors before a drier, warming finish. A very unique beer and true to its name, just not really up my alley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 RERATE: I knew already that the was sweet and over-the-top but this time I really has an issue attempting to drink just one pint glass of it. The vanilla and lactic sugar was overwhelming. Simply far too cloying for me today. I am knocking my initial score way down.

Bottle and served in Expedition snifter: Jet black with a small frothy beige head and good lace. The aroma has notes of espresso, irish creme, burnt sugar and charred malts, some prune, a hint of chocolate and vanilla, herbal and dusty esters as well. The taste was sugary sweet and fruity at first before the coffee expression kicked in. The finish was more like a coffee and cream liquor than a beer, different but it just got to be too much by the second glass. The mouth feel is lush and syrupy. Not bad but like I said it just became too much in the end, you need to share this with a couple friends.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2008
I have tried other beers claiming to be a creme brulee brew (well not more than one other). This one is insane, it smells like it, it tastes like it (with a little alcohol kick). Much better near room temp than cold. The cold left behind some of the less desireable characteristics, alcohol and a little bitter finish. Once warmed it was perfect. Much less cloying than you expect after the initial aromas of butterscotch/vanilla. One of the most unique beers ever created, ST does it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Shared with BeerVirgin. Wow! This smells awesome.This brew is sexy.The pour was black as night with a small khaki head.The nose was phenominal.Where do i start?Smells just like creme brulee, espresso, vanilla, butterscotch and whipped cream.Flavor was coofee ans cream with vanilla and butterscotch.The alcohol was hidden well.This was too easy to drink, it can be dangerous.Very little bitterness as the sweetness came thru at the end.Good job ST

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Poured from bottle. Shared with Dragonstout. Aroma was all over the place. Vanilla, coffee, butterscotch, cream...Wonderful aromas! Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Flavor was light roasted coffee, vanilla cream, caramels, and butterscotch. This was wonderfully sweet, blended well, and way too drinkable. Better as it warmed.

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