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RATINGS: 1603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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; its 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 Crme Brle, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. 9.6% abv 25 plato 195 L 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Wow. This is a unique beer. Paired with chocolate cake. The sweet butterscotch aroma is amazing. Sweet heavy malts, vanilla and cream. Huge alcohol presence is masked pretty well. If there was such a category on RB as Imperial sweet stout, this would fit the bill perfectly. Experimental and innovative. A well balanced beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Super dark ruby colored liquid. Nice, quickly dissipating head. No retention. Minimal lacing. The smell is pure Creme Brulee. No doubt about that. One of the best noses on a beer, ever. Lots of sweet cream and buttery caramel notes. Delicious brown sugar. Butter toffee. Tons of vanilla. My neighbors can probably smell this one, down the street. Powerful. Much like the nose. Big Creme Brulee taste right upfront. Brown sugar caramalized with butter and vanilla. Lucious sweet cream. Big stout maltiness follows, which brings amazing balance to the sweetness. Coffee notes mix with hints of marshmallows. Very slight hop bite. Just a hint of the alcohol content. This is almost perfect. With just a touch more sweetness and vanilla, then take down the bite of the hops a little bit more...perfection. The mouthfeel could be just a tiny bit more full/thick. As it is, its lovely. Very smooth and silky. Super easy going down. If I had regular access to Southern Tier, this would probably be my number one beer choice, my have to have on hand at all times. I could easily drink a bomber of this in three swallows, maybe even two. Its that good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a deep brown. Nose is ridiculous! Butterscotch bomb! Loads of sweet malt, cocoa, butterscotch, toffee, caramel. Flavor is more mild, but still insanely sweet. A good dessert stout. I could not imagine drinking this whole bomber though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
22. Pours an opaque black with a dense, creamy, sandy-colored head. Plenty of stringy, sheeting lacing coming down the sides of the glass. Outrageously sweet and creamy, chocolate and vanilla nose. Serious candy bar overload. Drinkable, but just barely. Without a doubt smells like you are trapped in a Willy Wonka outtake. Creamy medium body, soft woolly carb. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, nougat, the taste that satisfies awaits you...provided youre willing to brush and floss. Intensely sweet stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5033) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2009
0.65 l bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black color. Strong vanilla icecream aroma which can be detected from meters away. Sweet very strong vanilla flavor with coffeish roast, caramel and fudge. Hint of alcohol sharpness. Might be good dessert in small does, but the vanilla is really pungent and overpowering.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2009
this is a dessert in a bottle. rich taste as one could guess by the aroma. best to be enjoyed with a friend.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fcjack1 (258) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle from 99 Bottles. Pours dark brown. Not much head. Smells almost as sweet as it tastes. Good beer in small doses.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Deep black body supports an appealing chocolate head. Distinctive Creme Brulee aroma, saturated with diacetyl/butterscotch and chocolate caramel. Creme Brulee and roast barley are immediately recognizable on the palate, but come off too sweet. Some dusty coffee grounds on the finish along with a wave of charcoal dust and caramel. A chocolate caramel smoke vein underpins the Creme Brulee experience. Sturdy stout, but saccarine and, consequently, ultimately unenjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Nearly black with a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma with caramel, chocolate, and a little spice. Flavor is huge with creme brulee flavor. This is a dessert beer bar none. The Alcatraz is big too.


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