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RATINGS: 1489   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2009
On first sip, there was a delicious blend of caramel, vanilla bean, chocolate, and cream. Soon the taste buds get saturated with too much sweetness. By the end, it is overly sweet caramel and barely palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiver29. Pours a clear dark brown with a reddish hue and a small, beige head. Intense aroma of burned caramel. Medium body, hard roasted malts, chocolate and intense caramel. Malt bitter finish. Would be tough to drink a lot of, rather cloying. 010509

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle 650ml. @ [ Chris O’s pre NYE Tasting ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, milk chocolate, coffee, nutty, vanilla, coconut. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. [20081230]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 bottle at DLD 2009 ... Dark copper brown ... sweet toffee toce cream and banoffee pie ice cream nose ... sweet juicy ... its pie pie pie ... wow ... banana toffee toffee ...4.1

Tk2 bottle at home .... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... sweet creamy toffee and vanilla nose... soft roast ... loads of toffee ... very pudding .... sticky toffee pudding ... nice but really need to share ... 3.9 ...no on second thoughts even though its nice for a little... its tooo sweet to be balanced.... 3.9 ->3.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pinball (10776) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2009
#25 at papsø blind tasting clear dark brown small light brown head. aroma of cocoa, licorice, coconut, faint toffeee, and caramel. too much for me. flavor is sweetish, cocoa, licrice, toffee, chocolate. can’t help rating this low - it’s far too sweet chocolatey for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
#25 Bottle. [Papsoe grand American tasting] Small beige light creamy head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Black color. Heavy notes of nutella, chocolate, mild mocha, toffee, coconut, strong roasted malt. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Heavy sweet and roasted bitter flavor. Lingering roasted malty and toffee finish. 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 15 = 3.5

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Courtesy of eaglefan538. Bold aroma of vanilla bean chocolate coffee that lights up the nose. Black body with tan head. Had a thick creamy vanilla chocolate flavor. Sweet chcolate milk aftertaste lingers on the palate. Good brew thanks brian

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Well, they certainly nailed the flavor here. It tastes exactly like its namesake, problem is it’s just about impossible to drink more than a couple sips without it being ridiculously overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2009
i can’t remember where this bottle came from but muchas gracias if you sent it my way.

it pours fairly thin for an imperial and especially for 10%. dark brown with a thin tan head which is not easy to wake from it’s slumber. initially, this smells like a werther’s original candy... butterscotch, vanilla and it’s woody pod, high roast and maple syrup. the flavor is mostly caramel/butterscotch with a blast of cheap vanilla cream. bitter roast tries in vain to finish off but the sugar and sweetness beats it back. coffee peaks its head into the aftertaste and lingers around for a while. medium body is sticky and syrupy but surprisingly thin for a beer with so much sugar and alcohol. i would be hard pressed to drink more than 4 ounces of this stuff as it is terribly one dimensional and sickeningly sweet. now, if it tasted the way it smelled = yum! 8/3/4/3/12/3.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks BrewCzar! - Hard beer to rate...Pours a thin dk brown with a small tan head...aroma is sickly sweet vanilla creme, frosting...flavour is similar, with some coffee bitters that peek thru at the end with come cocoa, so I guess you’d call that mocha...as with other, less regarded labels I’ve had, the artificial punch in the face quickly ends the fun, so ST doesn’t get amnesty...I love trying new beers and sought this out to experience...fun to try, and to share with others, but comes across as a novelty rather than a serious stout...

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