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RATINGS: 1506   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2009
I feel that this could have been a really enjoyable beer if it wasn’t so over powered with vanilla and burt sugar flavor. A little too sweet.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Enjoyed on tap in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours a jet black with a tan head. The nose is pour caramel and vanilla, utterly splendid. Potentially within the top ten beer noses I’ve ever experienced. The palate continues what the nose started, giving hints of caramel, hops, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of maltyness, and graham crackers. A work of art. The beer also belies its abv, as there wasn’t a touch of alcohol in the palate or the nose. A very well-crafed beer, and another specialty classic from Southern Tier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (888) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Had this on tap straight from the brewery pub. Good dark almost black color with a nice creamy brown head. Big flavors of the caramel, toffee, and vanilla brought out in a way I’ve never had before or at least this strong. Very sweet and milky. An awesome stout and has quickly became one of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and stout in general. The only thing that dissapointed me about this beer was the fact I couldn’t get it in a growler because it sells to fast at the brewery:(

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 On tap at Rattle ’N’ Hum (NYC): I just don’t understand how somebody can drink 14 ounces of this "dessert" in one sitting (4 ounces was definitely enough for me). It’s incredibly sweet and full of creme flavour. The aroma and similar tastes of this sweet stout stands true to what Southern Tier is famous for- it’s ability to make brewed beer taste like melted dessert. It’s delicious. And it’s high in alcohol. Girls will love it- a Great substitute for a roofie- it will knock her out... Legally. #056 on 09072009, DG.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bomber, shared. Pours almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly sweet with vanilla bean dominating. The taste is roughly the same, though overall this beer was too out of balance for me. Something, anything, to balance out the overwhelming sweetness would have made it a winner. As it is I couldn’t take it for more than 5 sips.

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 (2165) - 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.


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