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RATINGS: 1626   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


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 (9305) - 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 (182) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frothmeister (717) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
650ml bottle. Pours dark amber, little head. Beautiful aroma. Lots of butterscotch, caramel, with some vanilla. Honestly, beautiful. As for taste, the alcohol is very apparent. More of the butterscotch, and caramel. Really a decent beer, but FAR too sweet for my tastes. So, so sweet. Would love to try a drier version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
Several bottle samples. The latest from Christian. Thanks man! Deeper than used motor oil, with a frothy mocha cap that lasts and laces well. Nice nose of burnt sugar (creme brulee), milk chocolate, vanilla extract, roasty caramel malts. Tastes very. very sweet. Of roasty chocolate covered coffee beans, creme brulee, with the sugary vanilla, butterscotch, and burnt sugar all being the main contenders. Thick, oily, decadent and sweet finish. Certainly a sipper but very enjoyable. All of ya’ll complaining about the sweetness need to understand what is being accomplishes here. If I can drink two bombers in a night, there is no reason you can’t drink a 1/4 of a bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4106) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
650ml bottle from the lcbo. The aroma is quite incredible. A potent mix of werthers caramels, butterscotch pudding and a sticky cloying burnt brown sugar caramel. The flavor is more is tge sticky sweet caramel, and butterscotch with some intense dry bitterness in the finish. There really isn’t any resemblance of anyroasted malt, the only clue that there is some hops is the intense bitterness in the end. This isn’t bad but good god it’s sweet and a 650ml bomber is way too much for one person .

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (7113) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance: shade of garnet on brown base , rather small top , light fizzy creme
Nose: sweet , soft creamy caramel , a la Krowka candy. Quiet sweet.
Flavor/Palate : malted , creamy texture , quiet heavy. Melted chewy soft caramel as in aroma. Light burn of brown sugar on sides. Light burn , dynes of alcohol finishing. Interesting , I like sweet beers but this one is cloying candy crazyness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
650mL bomber from the LCBO (perhaps priced at the more staggeringly high end of the spectrum. Pours an almost opaque blackish brown with a tiny khaki head. Smells so much like Wurthers Original candy it’s.....fascinating. Vanilla ice cream, cream, chocolate, my teeth hurt just from smelling it. I was afraid it was going to be cloyingly sweet but actually the flavours all work really well for me. Starts out intensely sweet yet somehow without getting out of hand, Wurthers candy, chocolate malt, some nice roasty bitterness then follows with a hint of subtle booze in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of vanilla and cocoa bean that is delicious. Slick and oily palate. Feels great. This is actually more or less my favourite ST Imperial Stout I’ve had. I guess I love the lactose sugar in milk stouts. What impresses me the most is that everything works harmoniously and is well presented, when this is a beer that could easily be a train-wreck (and the train would be hauling sugar of course). Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
650mL bottle. Luckily I shared this bottle, since it is waay too sweet to drink alone. Pours black with tan head that quickly disappears. Nose is insane, crazy vanilla and toffee. Tastes starts out with tons of sugar (too much for me), more vanilla and toffee. Finishes with some bitterness to start to balance the sweetness. Dessert in a glass!


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