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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; its 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 Crme Brle, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. 9.6% abv 25 plato 195 L 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste are similarly ridiculous. Lots of caramel, butterscotch, lactose, over the top sweet malt. Its hard to tell this is even a beer. Mouth is smooth and creamy. This is the 2nd ST brew that I really didnt care for. And this one was really bad. I was probably good for 6oz. and that was all.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Great good god, another overwhelming pretentious Impy. Nose must be pulled rom glass and then it assaults you with a tsunami of vailla and wet slimy oakiness. Creamy? Clotted cream and margarine tones followed by vomitouriously sweet malts lead up to a lingering burnt finish. Not sure iof they are attempting to over impress me or kill me. Thin head dissipates expediously on top of the deep deep brown. Very little light gets thru the glass. Droopy consistent lacing. I finished half the bomber and poured the rest. Enough is enough. After thinking about this trainwreck I had to re rate and lower my score.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, fine, reticulated lace. Lots of caramel in the aroma, but big doses of chocolate and vanilla fight for prominence. Thick and smooth mouthfeel, full body, lots of richness. Quite sweet, but in a good way, and a very subtle bitterness is welcome at the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
The intense butterscotch flavor is the first thing you noticed upon cracking this baby open. Smells incredible. Very dark brown beer with a disappointingly thin head that vanished quickly. Flavor is an incredible mix of roasted malts and butterscotch. It actually tastes almost exactly like a caramel frappucino in the best possible way. A very delicious beer which holds the 10% well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours a deep dark red with a thin tan head. Nose is heavy butterscotch and caramelized sugar. Flavor is incredible! Caramel porter by Saranac tried to be butterscotchy and failed. Southern Tier pulled it off perfectly. Not too sweet. A slight taste of alcohol. Slightly roasted bitterness on the finish with a nice warming effect. Mouthfeel is full and slightly oily. Lacing, like the head, kind of disappointing.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle opened by Ryan at the bottle shop. Thank Ryan. Another nose pounding beer from Southern Tier. I dont know how they do it. Huge vanilla bean and caramel aroma. Smells very sweet, but the taste is only slightly sweet. Delicious. I dont the other people like it as much as me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 On tap, Coles, Buffalo. Appearance: Black body with a brown head. Aroma - wow, I feel silly saying it, but JUST like Creme Brulee, Awesome. Flavour: Melted creme brulee with malt, alcohol and coffee. Rerate: Bottle from LCBO. Pitch black with the tiniest brown head, barely noticeable.. Aroma: Metallic at first making way to an absolute bomb of a Creme Brulee - wow... so similar its uncanny. Flavour: Sticky initially and a lot of coffee and dark chocolate followed by a punch of creme brulee. Just lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Poured black with a brown edge and small tan head. Huge caramel sauce, like from a sundae, aroma with notes of vanilla and a roasted malt base. The flavor has the same sweet caramel in it as the aroma. Also notes of burnt sugar. The sweetness is moderate to full but then disappears leaving a bitterness that seems to be more from burnt roasted malt than from hops on the finish. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is ridiculous -- just too many smells to label -- but definitely notes of candy sugar, toffee, butterscotch, cream, vanilla, caramel, almost like smelling a fresh tiramisu cake. Flavor is ridiculous as well -- Amazingly complex array of coconut, cream. vanilla, custard, ripe dark fruit, liquor, coffee, toffee and other notes. Generally medium body with a sweet and syrupy finish. Amazingly different beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle (650ml). Pours a very deep amber-brown with lots of hard to see bubbles and an average size frothy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma: Wow, thats unique! I get Irish Cream first, followed by some espresso, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla and caramel too. Flavours quite sweet -- can I drink a whole bomber of this? Vanilla, Irish Cream again, espresso, caramel and some alcohol in the bitter coffee finish -- definitely not something to drink if you arent in the right mood. Creamy mouthfeel. Its certainly an interesting beer, and I like it, but I think I will give half of the bottle to my wife, a bomber of this is way too much.


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