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RATINGS: 1451   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle - Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is big time butterscotch ( not diacetyl). Flavor is butterscotch, vanilla, light chocolate, and lightly roasted malt. Palate is creamy smooth and slightly dry. Medium body. I like this one and so does the wife.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
This is a delicious, potent stout! You can taste the sweetness of the creme brulee with the whopping 10% ABV coming in to complement it on your palate. This is perfect to start off a cold night of drinking, and then move onto some lighter brews.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bomber. Pours a dark, mahogany colored body. A frothy brown head settles slowly to a thin film, a sudsy wash of lace mostly rejoining the body. The aroma is ultra sweet, vanilla cake icing coming to mind immediately. Deeper inhalation reveals notes of burnt sugar, caramel, lactose, and chocolate. Flavors continue the dessert-like experience, massively sweet and sugary, with very little roasty character. Vanilla and caramel dominate, with an overall feel of caramel custard with a slight chocolate infusion. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable, the beer is sweet but not overly cloying. If anything, the body is a little on the light side for such a huge, sugary beer. Perplexing as this brew is, I simultaneously love it and hate it. I would maybe drink this every 6 months or so, but in the right situation, a small glass is divine. This beer would be a perfect candidate for a nip bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(22oz. bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla frosting, hazelnut, butterscotch, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel malt, and butterscotch.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (831) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
This might be the hardest beer to rate that I’ve sampled. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma was fantastic! Butterscotch, vanilla, and brown sugar smells. In a blind smell-test, beer might be the last guess I would make. Flavor was exactly like liquid creme brulee, maybe a bit too much. In a 4 oz serving, this might rate around a 4.5. In a 12 oz serving, the intense flavor might bring my rating down to about a 3 due to the immense sweetness. So I’ll rate in the middle at 3.8. Perfect as a dessert beer, but only tolerable in small quantities.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Bottle, courtesy tpdgreg I think. Dark brown pour, reddish highlights, creamy tan head, creamy thick lacing. Pure delicious butterscotch nose, vanilla, roasted notes, brown sugar. Butterscotch is big again in the flavor, chocolate, sugary cracker, vanilla, peanut butter, and a nice delightful divine roasted finish. Very smooth but not very drinkable, as it’s just so goddamn sweet. Tasty, though.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown with a thin, but lasting tan head. Aroma is sickly sweet, dominated by cloying butterscotch and vanilla and lactose. Flavor is better balanced between sweet butterscotch, roasty dark malts and boozy bitterness. Medium bodied and syrupy and smooth, with good warming as characteristic of ST’s impy stout series. Overall, not bad, but I am put off by the overly sweet and cloying flavoring used. But, I guess that is what this particular iteration is about, so at least we were warned.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
dark black with tan head, mild carbonation. sweet caramel nose. flavor mostly of caramel, to the point that i imagine it is more than just crystal malt, some vanilla and a little bit of roasted. the overall sweetness of the beer is distracting and i was disappointed in general

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2623) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Jet black color with no head. Assertive aroma of creme brulee. Tastes like creme brulee with a bitter end. Very enjoyable upfront, but becomes too sweet as as you work your way through the beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 bomber thanks to KAggie. shared at December Houston Tasting. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is a potent smell of butterscotch. Taste is butterscotch. Mouthfeel is sticky and way too sweet. Very one dimensional. I guess if you wanna drink alcoholic butterscotch syrup then this is for you. Not for me. Could only handle a few sips of this and gave it away.


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