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RATINGS: 1622   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; 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


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (22762) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2009
Bottled at Örebro Öl- och Whiskeyfestival. Dark brown, small head. Strong aroma of coffee, vanilla and, well... creme brulee... The flavour is exactly that as well - burnt sugar, traecle, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Not bad in itself, just extremely superficial and one dimensional. A good beer for people that don’t like beer. Pseudo-craft beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
If you could turn a great Creme Brulee into a liquid, this would be the outcome. A bit much and over the top with flavor, but thats what I love. Not sure If I could drink a whole one myself. This was dark black and had a very strong vanilla and butterscotch. The taste had very little stout characteristics, almost pure butterscotch. The nose was intense.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maddog (502) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Draft at the Dilly Deli. Wow, what an amazingly overwelming beer. Pours a jet black with no head to speak of. The huge aroma is vanilla and caramel, and the flavors are an explosion of vanilla, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Incredibly flavorful, incredibly sweet, this beer is best when handled in small amounts. I could never drink a full pint of this sweet beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
saravn (8) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009 does not count
This is an amazing beer. It’s aroma is what is most alluring. Its not overly sweet, and can get a little bitter with it’s aftertaste. It’s a must try!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
650ml bomber: Pours a clear ebony brown some ruby highlights. Smallish tan cap. Soft carbonation. Aroma is dominated by a vanilla-cream-cocoa tones, light caramel sweetness. Medium body, rich oily mouth feel. Big chew of toffee-roasty malts spiked with vanilla in the front, mid palate the cocoa and lactose(cream) tastes join the vanilla in creating a chocolate-custard character, then this dissolves away in the long finish which turns bitter and roasty with slight drying. Great blend of flavors in a strong stout without cloying....intensely flavourful, satisfying and warming....a definite must try Après à manger beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
This beer pours dark brown with an opaque body and average sized, creamy, light brown head which quickly dissipated. It has a powerful sweet caramel aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla. A livelier, carbonation than expected on first taste that thickens at the finish. A heavy sweetness up front with strong caramel and alcohol flavors; a slight burnt and bitter finish. I think this beer hits the flavors it attempts to, but I would prefer a smoother, less sweet version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
Unique is an undertstatement. Sweet aroma - heavily loaded with caramel, and a wild sweet, custard flavour that stops just short of becoming cloying. Keeping all of this sweetness in line is a subtly alcohol presence that reveals itself after drinking. Impossible to drink quickly, it could be the best after dinner beer ever brewed.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bomber. Horrible... Taste and smells just like Creme Brulee but thats not what i want in a beer.... Smells nutty and fake, not like a brew. Flavor is also artificial, syrupy, and sugary. They got just what i think they were going for but what they were going for was stupid. BAd beer; way too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Draft at Dilly Deli. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. Strong aroma of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, cream, roast- definitely can picture the burnt cream and custard when smelling this. The flavor is strong vanilla and caramel-chocolate liqueur, without much else. Medium bodied, with a syrupy texture and mouthfeel. Cloying- would be nicer if it were more subtle, but this one pounds you with an alcoholic creme brulee flavor. Lingering aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strowlands8 (180) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Nearly black with no head. Aroma is very powerful, with lots of sweetness, specifically caramel and vanilla. Taste is similar with some coffee as well as alcohol. Some carbonation, overall a nice mouthfeel. A great imperial stout for those who enjoy sweet brews.


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