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RATINGS: 1491   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 SIMPLY PUT, THIS BEER IS AMAZING AND THERE IS REALLY NONE LIKE IT , IT POURS PITCH BLACK WITH CREAMY TAN HEAD AND AT %10 IT TASTES LIKE SWEET CARAMEL AND COFFEE YET STILL HAS A MALT BITTERNESS, IMAGINE A GREAT DARK COFFEE BREWED WITH FRESH VANILLA BEANS ADD A LITTLE CARBONATION OF A GOOD BEER AND SOME SWEET ALCOHOL FROM KAHLUA AND THATS WHAT THIS TASTES LIKE SOME GREAT DESSERT BEER OR ANYTIME BEER REALLY , INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS AND A REAL CULINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very strong vanilla with slight coffee notes. Flavor is sweet vanilla, creamy, with chocolate and coffee notes in the back of the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Pours almost pitch black with a big tan head. Incredible sweet vanilla and butterscotch aroma. Very sweet flavor, butterscotch, vanilla, cream and a little sweetened coffee. Smooth and creamy body, excellent beer, tastes exactly like a Creme Brulee stout sounds like it should taste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle purchased today at Rozi’s in Lakewood. Eric said I will be back for this one, and given my affinity towards Southern Tiers big beers, he might be right. This one smells to high heaven! Christ, I open the cap and wham, it smells like vanilla extract. It is about as subtle as your dentist using a sledge hammer, while hanging out the passenger side of a race car. The flavor is not as completely-fucking-ridiculous. It tastes like a stout, sweeter, with a good vanilla backing. Where the smell comes from, that must be alchemy.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2009
This one was a little over the top on the on the flavors...reminded me of a wawa caramel latte. Caramel and vanilla dominate this extremely sweet beer. Definately a desert beer; would make a great beer float with a scoop of ice cream.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Pours black with a small light brown head. Wow, strong aroma of vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a bit of coffee. Duplicated in the flavor quite well with vanilla bean spiked coffee and sweet cream, with just enough piny hops towards the finish to even out the sweetness. Palate is full and smooth like semi-bitter vanilla ice cream.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2009
bottle. drank a whole one to myself, believe it or not. blakish-brown color but lighter ruby-mahogany at the edges. darkish tan thin creamy head. aroma is like butterscotch schnapps, with vanilla beans and toffee, some chocolate malts. smelled like a creme brulee left on a stovetop overnight at the low setting - carmelized to the point of just carbonizing. flavor was denser but more one-dimensional - sticky syrupy burnt toffee malt, some licorice and coconut, a little alcohol heat, and on the verge of cloying. some lactose in the malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, but just too much condensed sweetness, somewhat artificial tasting. probly meant for 12oz bottles to be shared.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Pretty interesting and unique. If you want some sweetness this is your thing. Aroma is like the toasted brown sugar of a creme brulee. The flavor is slightly chocolate and very sweet. Some roasted malt on the finish. Pretty creamy texture. Perfect dessert beer but I’m not sure I could reach for this on a regular basis based on all the sugary lip smacking I have done with this one this evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
bomber from a local nonratebeer trade. pours black with a fizzy tan head. aromas of caramel, vanilla, some hops. flavours, very sweet, complex, burnt sugar, caramel, hops in the middle, vanilla, very sweet. overly sweet but still enjoyable. a bomber is too much.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Black with a tiny off white head . Very sweet aroma with toffee, coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Flavour was very sweet with coconuts, cocoa, vanilla and toffee notes. Finished very sweet.


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