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RATINGS: 1532   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Great dessert stout. Incredible aroma of vanilla and caramel. Taste follows the aroma with very subtle roasty elements. Smells more strongly of creme brulee than it tastes. Very tasty but wouldn’t want more than one in a sitting.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leepe_steven (161) - Lede, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2015
Pours black with little to no head. Smells like....creme brulee...taste is ok. Mouthfeel is velvety. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1100) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 Dark brown pour with a short-lived caramelized colored head. Fitting given it’s name. The aroma couldn’t be closer to a cold creme brûlée without being a cold creme brûlée. Rich, coating mouthfeel with enough carbonation to prevent it from being sickening. It’s like drinking creme brûlée. It even has an eggy quality. Aptly named.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlenVargas (144) - Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Motor oil black. Smells like creme brûlée. Tastes good. Good mouthfeel. 75 characters for stupid ratebeer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours black with a thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is very sweet with vanilla and butterscotch. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, plenty of vanilla, butterscotch, and sugary notes. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very flavorful dessert brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (404) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
bottle from dusty the bomber bottle assassin...nose is vanilla and butterscoth hard candy....really nice....velvety...

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. There’s lots of lactose sugar and vanilla on the nose - very custard like - along with graham cracker pie crust and some dark berries late. It’s a dark, opaque, oily brown black with a glassy surface, and a light tan, soft, sudsy head that retains a moderate ring and moderate lace. The taste is a medium bitter and medium high sweet. The texture is thick, oily, and slick with a smooth, but fuzz,y light carbonation. The full malty body is loaded with custard and vanilla flavors upfront, along with secondary flavors of caramel and a boozy warmth. The finish is warm and creamy with a burnt character and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste is burnt and surprisingly dry with bitter spice and pine notes, and late, abundant sugar followed by nuts and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (414) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pours a coffee black with basically no head. Vanilla beans and coffee in the nose. This is definitely a dessert beer. The caramel malt and vanilla is definitely predominant over anything else. Solid beer, but not a stout that knocks it out of the park for me.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (53) - - FEB 7, 2015
Beautiful dark beer with deep ruby highlight against the light, a small tan head that persists and leaves elegant lacing. The nose is a pillow of vanilla, which also leads the way on the tongue, along with caramel, smoky wood, burnt sugar. There’s a touch of heat from the alcohol, and bitter leaves that provide a nice counterpoint but last a bit too long on the finish. Life is too short to drink bad beer. Try this instead.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Riccardi50 (19) - Montreat, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Caramel, chocolate, coffee, and especially vanilla are all flavors to enjoy. I just want keep drinking this delicious beverage. It has a strong vanilla smell and taste. The name does the beer justice. My only qualm was it has a very slight bitter finish and I think if it had a higher alcohol content that it would finish smoother. But that didn’t stop me from giving this beer one of my highest ratings.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (864) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Very dark with small head. Strong sweet vanilla toffee aroma. Taste- sticky sweet caramel and vanilla flavor balanced with some bitter roasted malt and some warming alcohol. Wonderful taste but very sweet. Nice sipping dessert stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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