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RATINGS: 1556   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a thin head. Intense vanilla aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and toffee. Very sweet flavor. Lots of vanilla, caramel with a bitter coffee finish. Very rich beer. I split this three ways and it was still a bit much.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
First off, the label text describing this beer is regrettable dreck. Whereas Stone bottles are always an entertaining read, I plead with Southern Tier to stop aping them, or, at the very least, find a new writer. OK, off soapbox...and into this beer. This is the second massive disappointment in a row from Southern Tier after their lackluster Cherry Saison. The aroma is well-executed burnt, caramelized sugars and butterscotch, but these characteristics end up overwhelming the body, creating a cloying monstrosity barely clinging to the title, "beer." I had a hard time picking up the "stout" characteristics here, which did not surprise me, considering the translucent red-brown body that hinted at a lack of "oomph." Gimmicky and over-the-top. What happened to Southern Tier?

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Tap at Ginger Man shared by beastiefan2k: Thanks Eugene. Opaque pour with a thin tan head. One of the most pungently aromatic beers I’ve encountered. Smells like a scented candle from Yankee Candle. Caramel and butterscotch. Painfully sweet and one dimensional, but how did they do that? Slick sticky body. Sugary sweet butterscotch flavor. Over the top sweet and sticky. Unbelievably caramel and butterscotch like. Burnt marshmallows in there as well. Not for my taste, but how did they make this so rich? Pours this on your ice cream, rather than in your snifter glass.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrYuk (21) - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
This one tastes like an "Imperialized" version of my favorite beer- Saranac Caramel Porter! I would give it a 20 for aroma if I could. The flavor was much more complex than the Caramel Porter, but the little bit of alcohol burn seemed unneccesasry. I can’t imagine a better "dessert" beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (4543) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Vanilla. Bit of bourbon taste. The movement into the dessert beer. Late night. Friday night when the kid is asleep. After dinner drink. Nice, but the body could be heavier. It feels as if the added vanilla is pushing this beer rather than the beer pushing the vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours deep brown, capped with a thin white head. Very sweet aroma, with vanilla bean, sugar, butterscotch (like grandma’s candy dish), and some burnt malt. This really smelled like a creme brulee. Very sweet (almost too sweet) on the palate, again with butterscotch, vanilla and custard. The flavor then shifts gradually to a more bitter profile, with charred wood and coffee flavors. Long, moderately bitter finish. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. This was very interesting and perfectly named, but just a bit too sweet for my taste.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Wow, what an interesting smell. Lots of vanilla and coffee. Maybe it is hazelnut or caramel too? Anyway, that’s intense. Taste is initially bitter. Nutty, vanilla. This is fucking crazy. This is pretty fucking gross. Lactose, sugar... this is a latte, and not a good one. Tastes like fucking syrup.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 22 oz. bottle from Binny’s shared with a friend. What a beer! The second the top came off, you could smell this bad boy. Poured a deep dark, almost black, hue with ruby notes if you actually hold it up to light. Very nice looking and sized brownish head that compliments the beer very well. Beautiful. Aromas are largely vanilla and creamy, giving a true picture of creme brulee. This beer is as advertised, for sure. Taste is largely sweet and vanilla up front, mixed with some caramel, making way for some darker roasted malts on the back end (but still possessing strong sweetness). Very smooth and very enjoyable, but this would be tough to session. Still, a really well done beer. Only qualm might be cloying sweetness for some, but not for me. Compliment to dessert for sure. Won extra points from this lover of vanilla and person who doesn’t like chocolate as much. Cheers

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
AS SOON AS YOU OPEN IT UP THE SWEET SMELL OF VANILLA IS OVERWHELMING. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT A BEER COMPANY WOULD PUT MY FAVORITE DESSERT IN A BEER BUT IT WORKS WELL ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM SOUTHERN TIER.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Black color with a medium head. Aroma of hot cream, a little coffee and butterscotch (in a very good way). Wickedly good cream and vanilla flavor. Lightly burnt malt and some hopiness helps to brunt the full force of the sweetness, but it’s still way to the far sweet side of the spectrum. Wouldn’t be able to have one often, but an excellent dessert beer.


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