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RATINGS: 1540   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. You are either going to love this concoction or hate it. I actually enjoyed every moment of this gem from the first sip to it’s last. Even if imperial milk stout’s aren’t your thing, you should give this beer a try at least once – you will not be disappointed! The 10% ABV is undetectable, so drink carefully. Wonderful beer! ~

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
matthewjk (958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Sometimes you just have to make a stand. This beer is not drinkable. Syrupy-sweet artificialness all over the place overwhelmed me. I thought maybe this would mellow out, but it did not. I will give credit to Southern Tier for having the gumption to try something different, but this was a drain pour for me. Considering the price, I really didn’t want it to be. Southern Tier’s Jav-ah stout is excellent, so I know they make good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10594) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Fluffy light brown head. Aroma is sweet, full of molasses, chocolate, loads of vanilla, vague liqourice. Reminds me a lot of Baileys Irish Cream. Flavour of chocolate, vanilla, light alcohol, light coffee, light roast, light caramel. Very nice and again this Bailey feeling. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a sweet and chocolaty note. Quite nice. Hides the alcohol very well.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Pours a clear dark brown with tan head. Jesus the aroma on this one is great. Creme brulee all the way with candy corn, vanilla, caramel. Great lacing. Taste is wonderful I almost want to drink this out of a spoon. A nice bitter finish as well. Forget dessert, I would drink this for dessert every day.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Creamy dark brown almost black color. Creme Brulee, funnel cake cake candy jumps out of the nose. Awesome! Candy corn. Confectioner sugar. Wonderful nose. "Good shit!" says Jabo. Tastes amazing too. Maybe too sweet for some. This is the epitome of a dessert beer. It’s fucking candy man. Hides the 10% abv well. Can’t say enough good things about this brew. Now tied with Stone Ruination as my highest rated beer!!! Salud!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (935) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a small head The aroma is full of vanilla, caramelized sugar, butterscotch, and alcohol. Flavor is similar, but very sweet, with a little roasted malt. Alcohol heat is present throughout, and leaves a harshness. Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and thin, and has very light carbonation.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
madvike (3032) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Bomber - Pours dark black with very little head. The nose is sugary sweet, with vanilla, a little heat, and a blast of creme brulee. I like some sweetness, but this was over-the-top and pretty cloying. Taste is unexpected, as the sweetness is mixed with harsh alcohol notes of butterscotch, irish cream liquor, and graham crackers. It burns all the way through, and is surprisingly thin and watery. There wasn’t much that I liked about this beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bomber into snifter. Pours dark dark brown/black with very little head. Aroma is overwhelming butterscotch and caramel, alcohol is noticeable as well. Taste is sweet butterscotch and caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. Could not stomach this one for long, way too sweet for me. Open with others.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
addictedavi (4) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
Pours out of a 22oz bomber opaque/brown. Surprisingly enthusiastic, moderately sticky head lingers. Aroma makes you think you’re about to eat dessert with tons of vanilla. Vanilla persists throughout flavor right into the powerful aftertaste. Wonderfully sweet malt and caramel flavors. Mouthfeel is thick but not oily. The aforementioned aftertaste is my favorite part about this beer, it’s sweet and tastes like creme brulee but doesn’t hide the bitterness from the hops and the slight warming from the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shakesbeere (216) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2009
22 oz bottle. Aroma is strongly of caramel and toffee and also of vanilla bean, licorice, and coffee. Flavor is very sweet -- caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, and licorice with a bit of roasted barley grain. A desert brew reminiscent of la Chocolat store. Its "bellicose past" whispers "Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines" (Dr. Strangelove), a spontaneous, involuntary sugary, nonchalant expression of the puerile, professional imagination.


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