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RATINGS: 1559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
I’ll be honest with you, I love creme Brulee. I do, I’m a Creme Brulee fan. For my money, it doesn’t get any better than when it sings "When a man loves a woman". Pitch motherfuckin’ Black. Starts with some impressive looking head in a nice chocolate-milk suit. The nose is like snorting an actual creme brulee, then going out on the streets and wrecking shit. This nose is off the hook...sweet, vanilla custard...pudding. Flavors are somewhat sweet and very vanilla custard like...The hopping is actually quite brisk, yet the mouthfeel remains soft and creamy. The finish hides a little roasty imperial stout qualities, but until then, it’s sweet creamy vanilla custard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1214) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Black color with a nice dark head. Aroma smells like cake frosting. I never thought I’d have a beer that smells like THAT! Taste is really sweet. It almost taste like a beer made from frosting. A true Creme Brulee! This is more of a dessert beer. I tried mixing it with Long Trail coffee stout and it was amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CrankyYankee (1) - USA - SEP 27, 2009 does not count
Few beers that I’ve tried transport me. This is one of them. I would have thought it unlikely that I’d so enjoy this beer so much, given its ambitious name, but it’s well worth the high price per 22oz bottle. Generally, I’d consider this somthing of a dessert beer, but it’s more of an "experience beer." After trying this beer while on vacation on Cape Cod, I made a point of sharing it with beer enthusiast friends. It’s something everybody should try. Some might not like it, but amidst the flavor bonanza that is this beer, the vanilla is so over the top that it makes it very distinctive. The descriptive notes described in other ratings are all there. This is an orchestral suite of flavors. Unlike another evaluator, I do think this beer is something to write home about. My mom and dad like some really good beers, and they would like this one, at least to try.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Yeah, it tastes like creme brulee, I guess. Caramel, chocolate and alcohol both in the aroma and flavor. Nothing too complex or worth writing home about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8205) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on September 26, 2009
Clear dark brown color, smallish tan head. Fudge, buttery, sweet, sugar, caramel, ice-cream scent. Caramel, fudge, butter, coffee, dry, ice-cream taste. Coffee, roasted, dry aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Ice-cream with toffee this one, though more fun than good, a small glass is enough, a bomber split on two is a bit too much.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 26, 2009
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a semi-opaque dark ruby red brown colored body and a poor lacing. The very nice WOW! aroma was butterscotch and toffee. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The very nicely yummy flavor contained notes of strong hops dark malt and was mildly vinous. A wonderful best in class brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14486) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Stobbe74. Pours pitch black with a small creamy head and lacings. Very sweet nose and taste. Vanilla, buiscuit, chocolate, syrup, kahlua. One dimensional and somehow synthetic. Smooth and full palate. Interesting desert!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2009
pours pitch. aroma is AMAZING vanilla, caramel... sooo much a creme brulee it is scary. mouthful is more just amazing creme brulee. this is like a creme brulee smoothy. so wonderful and great with any desert! amazing beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Brown black pour. Frothy, sticky tan head, temporary lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel, but with a decidedly burnt undertone to it. A lot of strength and longevity to the nose. Flavor decidedly sweet, caramel, dulce de leche. Syrupy, but more complex than that, also abundant roasted elements, dark fruit, cola. If you mentally subtract all the sugar there’s a really nice dry stout hiding here. I like it, but not unreservedly so. At moments the sweet and the burnt harmonize together, something like a great cream soda. At others the two sides clash, and the burnt seems acrid against the sweet. On the whole through a positive impression. Very full body, borders on syrupy.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ekstedt (5842) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 From a bottle at SB&WF. Dark brown, tiny beige head. Strong fudgy and caramelly aroma with notes of vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied and very smooth. Sweet and cloying.


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