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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bomber. While I can’t imagine drinking the entire bottle, a glass is fairly yummy. Deep brown with a fast fading beige head. Aromas of vanilla extract and bourbon. Palate is soft and creamy. Taste is primarily vanilla but also toasted sugar and some coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Aroma is big on vanilla, bourbon, oak barrels, coffee, caramel, a mix of a creme brulee and a casked bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3804) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours black with a tan head. It smells really great, exactly like creme brulee with the vanilla, caramel, etc. It tastes of sweet roast malt with caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. It’s full bodied and filling, a superb dessert brew though some will find the sweetness overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Bishops Arms Järntorget, Porterveckan. Black colour. Very, very sweet, lots of vanilla, caramel, milk, coffee. Very cloying. Guess it´s kind of a love it or hate it type of "beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2009
On one hand this is not a very impressive for an imperial and it does not really taste much like creme brulee as the name suggests. On other hand I found this to be a very enjoyable beer with tons of malty goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a decent dense tan foamy head. Aroma: Butterscotch candy and or butterscotch coffee syrup. Taste: Butterscotch, vanilla, roasted malt, and finishes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly sticky. Overall: If you picked up this beer hoping for something that tastes like creme brulee, you wouldn’t be dissapointed. This beer is just too sweet for me to want to drink more than a half a glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Black with a very small and quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma is vanilla and custard. Flavor and mouthfeel is heavy and sweet; it is exactly what it says on the tin. Alcohol is almost undetectable. It took almost two hours to get through the whole bottle. Felt like I had eaten a carton of ice cream by the end. A remarkable beer and one that I am definitely glad to have had, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark black with thin tan head, Aroma is strong with vanilla, caramel, and a bit of toasted malts. Notes of chocolate and alcohol come out. On the palate, it is smooth and creamy, going down easy for the high ABV. The flavor brings out a bit of lactose and really pulls the vanilla and chocolate out. It finishes a bit bitter, leaving a very sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep blackish brown, not much light coming through at all. Aroma? Whooo this smells just like dessert. Intense dark chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted malts, lactose, very sweet and intense. Thick bodied and creamy. Finish is vanilla bean and notes of alcohol. Solid beer, this could double as a dessert after a fine dinner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours a very opaque thick chocolate brown with a very thin layer of tan-colored head. Aroma is intense. It’s as if I’ve stuck vanilla beans, dark chocolate and toffee up my nostrils and inhaled. Flavor creamy, very nutty with sugared vanilla custard and notes of toffee. Amazing. Chocolate cream malt undertones. So smooth. wow.

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