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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solvaris (163) - - OCT 8, 2015
Tiefschwarz, hellbraune Krone. Nase nach gebrannter Creme, Vanille. Geschmack nach Caramel, Kaffelikör, Vanille, sehr süss und im Abgang leicht rauchig und bitter mit dänischer Tabaknote. Weltklasse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Antmar7936 (4) - Woodstock, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2015 does not count
roasty, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, black, tan foam, This beer is good although it is a little too strong for me. An excellent beer for someone who likes bold flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1416) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle to plastic :( Vanilla, caramel, candy, butterscotch. Dark brown with a light brown head, no lacing. Taste is vanilla fudge, oats, and some bitterness once the sweet subsides.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LiMuBai (222) - - SEP 2, 2015
Great beer! Full aroma of vanilla and caramel. Poured super foamy, so, I had to wait a few moments before drinking. Flavor full of vanilla and caramel. It also has a hint of smoke. Textbook coloring for stout. Despite the increased BAC, it is well hidden in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2015
22 oz bottle from a friend The stout poured a pitch black with small tan head that quickly dissipated and no lacing. The aroma of hazelnuts and vanilla greet you and never leaves you. The first sip was of sweet vanilla. This experience is like having a sweet desert and not a stout. This would be wonderful on dry cakes with ice cream. The stout has a medium body with soft carbonation. The sweet taste may appeal to some, but for me this is just too sweet for me..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2015
On tap at SS. Super sweet. Guess it achieves what it is going for but just too sweet to be enjoyable. Least favorite of the blackwater series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quick3Beers (525) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown from a bottle with a small khaki head with largish bubbles. Aroma is of a caramel vanilla sundae, flavor is somewhat similar, but in float form sitting in moxie. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (491) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2015
Aroma of overload vanilla, wood, faint smoke, butterscotch, caramel, and some figs and raisins. This is quite sweet, but still quite thin. Taste is vanilla, waay too much vanilla, a bitterness that I could only identify as vanilla bean bitterness, some wood astringency as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (120) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2015
I have the old label cow pic and it is more hip than the new label been shelving this for a year or two Served with vanilla ice cream Aroma is creme brûlée duh burnt sugar A little heat on the finish Oily appearance Reddish brown colour (note the Brit spelling here...hehe) As it is a nice dessert beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1736) - GREECE - JUL 3, 2015
650ml bottle. Black with beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.

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