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RATINGS: 1491   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


2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
A big, thick and foamy head sits on top of a very dark brown and opaque body. Its head is dark tan in color and it slowly fades to just a very thin covering. Lacing is rather sparse and slick as it slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is strong and noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. The big bold sweetness of caramel and vanilla bean hits the nose. Under that there is a hint of roasted malt and sweet boozy alcohol like butterscotch schnapps. The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet!!! A thick, heavy caramel flavor dominates the over some creamy vanilla notes as well as a hint of dark powdery chocolate. Hop flavor is well hidden with just a slight bitterness sliding in near the finish. Also there is a mild warming from its 10% abv. The body is heavy and full with a syrupy slick, sticky texture. Its carbonation was mild which added to the slickness. Its thick sticky body and its unchecked, unbalanced sweetness made for a very slow sipping beverage. In fact after the first glass I dumped the rest of the bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Creme Brulee was one I first tried at a beer tasting, and I remember going back at least twice throughout the event. I bought a bottle and shared it with my wife, who usually hates all things stout. She loved this one, however, and so to I. the vanilla beans really stick out and ST once again delivers a world class stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angelmonster (115) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Pours a black body with dark chocolate highlights. Head is very thin, eighth of an inch. Lacing and head retention were average. Smell is of sweet vanilla tootsie rolls. Little bit of burnt caramel also comes through. Some alcohol is present but this beer is pretty much a sugar bomb. Taste is full of creme brûlée, especially vanilla. Bits of burnt malt and alcohol compliment the sweetness, could swear theres some run or bourbon in here. Hops are non existent. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, body is a bit on the lighter side. Head faded unfortunately, wish beer was fuller. Overall this was a pretty good dessert beer. It was pretty sweet but not anywhere near as bad as people on this site make it seem. This stout drinks well for being almost 10 percent but it needs more malts or alcohol to cut the sweetness. Not my favorite of the Southern Tier Stouts

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lancenelson (25) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Very sweet but with a nice malty after kick to even it out. Not hoppy, very much a stout.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EyeAmBaldman (229) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours dark with a thin head. Aroma is butterscotch and alcohol. Tastes like liquor not beer. This is like butterscotch schnapps in a glass. Not bad but not what I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2014
22 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, malts and cocoa. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1957) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a small thin head that quickly fades away. Aroma is awesome. Toasted marshmallow, vanilla, custard, caramel, and coffee cake. Tastes very sweet and sugary. Big vanilla and coffee cake taste mixed custard and caramel. Some alcohol shows in the finish. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel is decent but not as smooth and creamy as it should be. Overall, great aroma but tastes a bit too sweet. Plus I wish the mouthfeel was a little better. I’ll have to try this fresher next year to see if it makes a difference.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 25, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with crimson hues when backlit. Head fades quickly to light lacing. Aroma is overpowering: vanilla, flan, butterscotch and roasted malt. Flavor is same with very sweet Creme brûlée finish. Impressive.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (157) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma is dark licorice, vanilla, caramel, the look is dark as night, brown head, good lacing. This is it for me, may not be for everyone but this is it. It has bitterness, sweetness, tartness, coffee, vanilla, it drinks so smooth it goes down like a soda!!! The only bad thing I can say about this beer is the strong bigger hangover after the swallow is very hard. ABV is perfect, great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (523) - - MAY 12, 2014
Bomber. Rich vanilla bean and lactose aroma that easily overpowers whatever else might be there. Pours dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Taste is dessert in a beer. Extremely sweet lactose sugars, like evaporated milk, as well as strong vanilla flavors with a bit of caramel. Finishes smooth with the lactose and vanilla lingering on the palate long after the drinking. Very good, but I find it a bit heavy on the sweetness especially on the finish.


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