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RATINGS: 1578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle kindly shared by Skinnyviking. Pours a dark brown with a little light brown head. The aroma reminds me of some fudge or chocolate caramels I had when I was a child. Quite sweet and nice with notes of vanilla and a faint alcohol. Flavour is extremely sweet with notes of caramel, chocolate and hops. Ending in a bitter-sweet caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2009
growler. Holy Dessert Brulee Beer Batman! Dark w/ strong nose of caramel. Sweet, spiked, coffee w/ too much caramel. Yeah there’s vanilla but caramel, caramel, oh & coffee caramel. Sweet covers the alcohol. It’s good, just kinda lacks that "one more glass" drinkability. Still though!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (702) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 14, 2009
This must be the first time I have awarded a full 10 for Aroma. Wow, super rich and luxurious vanilla & roastiness overwhelms the schnoz. Dark, heavy, rich, and predictably sweet. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but you know it’s there simply by virtue of the brew’s grand presence. It’s a rich beer, and certainly enjoyable, but it’s not necessarily complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14613) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2009
Bottled 65cl@Oliver Twist
Opaque black color, small brown head. Intensive aroma of vanilla, vanilla ice-cream and cream with some roasted notes. Liquerish palate and full-bodied. Lots of "creme brulee" in the flavor as well as loads of vanilla, some alcohol, roasted malts and licorice. Total dessert beer Big bottle is good to share with friends.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle from DuffmanSW who received as trade from Punkrkr27. I have been waiting for this one for quite some time. It poured dark black with small yet very bubbly head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, sweet cake, caramelized sugar, and creme brulee. Taste was very sweet but not as intense as the aroma. I tasted vanilla, roasted caramel, cake batter. Medium pallet. Overall so good and tasty like a dessert. Crazy beer, so amazing. Southern Tier with another amazing brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2009
22oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with a thin, creamy light tan head. Leaves little lasting lacing. Aroma is rich sweet caramel , toffee and cream with milk chocolate notes. Like a dessert in a glass this beer is richly sweet, redolent of caramel and bitter dark chocolate in the finish but never cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3797) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Dark beer with a fluffy beige head. Damn this smells just like the hard butterscotch candies my grandmother used to keep in her purse, with some chocolate and burnt sugar. This really does taste like creme brulee. Toffee, Hersey’s chocolate syrup, vanilla, burnt sugar. This is a really rich beer. You almost need four people just to finish one of these bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 10, 2009
Botella. Deep dark brown colour with a beige head. Toffee, toffee and toffee in the aroma along with some chocolate. Well filling sticky mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet with toffee, chocolate, caramel, some alcohol, vanilla and a bitter sweet well lasting roasty toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7936) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Fluffy off-white long lasting head. Pitch black body. Creamy caramel very sweet aroma. Roasted barley malt creamy caramel smooth sweet and lovely flavor. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 22 oz bottle pours dark brown with an off white head, no lacing. The aroma is very pronounced caramel sugars, more like butterscotch candy than an actual creme brulee. Body has none of the stickieness usually found in an imperial stout, kind of an average stout feel. Flavors of coconut, oak, sweet stone fruits, alcohol, burnt sugars, and an undertone of hop bitterness. The medicinal aftertaste and burnt elements ruined this interesting experiment for me.

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