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RATINGS: 1627   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Drank from a pint glass poured from a large bottle, split amongst clowns. Amazing aroma, a beautiful beer. After taste ain’t great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tobyrando (38) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
poured with less than a finger of head. great aromas of vanilla and burnt sugar. full mouth feel with a slight creamyness. front flavors of the cream and vanilla. finishes with coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weitz15 (542) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Dark oily pour, thin cream head. Aroma is a strong sweet cream, maybe one of the more distinct initial notes I’ve seen. Flavor is a roasted marshmallow, with a sweet, creme brulee finish. Very unique, very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (839) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Draft at Moes in Lee, MA. Pours a shaded black with plum highlights. Caramel beige head with light spotty lacing. Aroma of vanilla desert, pleasant and appealing. Taste of more desert goodness, some mild bitter malt interaction, then more vanilla, cream, chocolate pudding. This is fantastic, sneaky abv proves me right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerbewa (253) - - FEB 19, 2016
Weird. Had 4 pack from Holmes. Cost 20 bucks. Smells like a really expensive dessert. It’s stout and bitter and tastes like creme brulee. It’s love hate right now. Overall too sweet for me. When I wasn’t beer I wasn’t beer. If I wanted creme brulee I’d order dessert at a restaurant. Don’t think it’s worth 5 a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (204) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramellized sugar and custard is muted until the drink warms, but very much reminiscent of true Creme brûlée. Taste is just like the nose: custard, vanilla bean, sugar, earthy malt. This one is delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1093) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma - does not disappoint. Rich candied sugar, vanilla, and butterscotch. Appearance - body is black. The head is beige 1/4". Alcohol cloying that carries lacing. Taste - rich mix of roast, vanilla, cream, alcohol, and caramel ~ could be described as butterscotch. Palate - full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, and slightly roast bitters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle at home with my wife. pour is deep brown, almost black, with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Aroma is packed with sugar - cake frosting, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, light cocoa, and cake batter. Wow that is insanely sweet. Taste is big cake batter, vanilla, frosting, butterscotch, light coffee, cocoa, and marshmallows with an overly sweet finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Way too sweet for my liking and 2 oz was more than enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a thin sticky head. Substantial cling. Aromas of vanilla and caramel. Flavors are vanilla, caramel, spice, roasty malt and dark chocolate. Well balanced hoppy bite. Noticeable booziness. Sticky to oily mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Very sweet and candy-like. Nice beer, but a little too much like desert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (170) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Huge vanilla, caramel nose. Very sweet yet not syrupy or cloying. This is a liquid version of creme brûlée. Nicely balanced with earthy hops. Some lightly roasted coffee and white chocolate linger in the background. Delicious dessert stout!

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