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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Pour is black with a tan head. On the nose I get vanilla and butterscotch candy. The palate is intense butterscotch as well with a nice roasted coffee finish. This brew is smoking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Southern Tier Crème Brûlée is a brownish black ale with a dense, rich beige head that leaves incredible lacing. It has a very strong vanilla aroma that fills the room. Wowza! It’s quite sweet with a touch of roastiness. It smells like crème brûlée. It’s full bodied and quite smooth with a reasonably clean finish. It’s quite sweet and vanilla is the dominant flavor. There’s caramelized sugar in the taste with a nice bitterness at the finish. It tastes like crème brûlée. It makes for an awesome dessert beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
GEEZ, dessert anyone. The nose on this one is amazing. I dont know of any desserts that smelll this good. Pours a dark dark brown with a head that goes away pretty fast. A mild nuttiness and a type of creaminess that comes across like one of those fancy flavored coffee creamers, like hazelnut or something. Interesting is the best word that i can descrbe this. Not bad, but not one of my favorites from these guys

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1538) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Very dark brown in the glass with a generic-looking head, and not much of it. Astounding aromas of chocolate, butterscotch and butter. Pleasantly dry on the palate and on the finish, with a burnt sugar caramel flavor. Tastes a tiny bit artificial. I’m not sure I need a bomber of this, but it’s a creamy, respectable beer if you take it slow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2009
22 oz bomber. I had this last year and (falsely) remembered it being dark brown to black in color, but it’s actually more of a medium brown with unexpected hints of red. If I could give this beer more than 10 points for aroma I would... this may be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. Lots of carmel, vanilla, straight up sugar... it smells like melted dulce de leche ice cream, if you can imagine that. Not as thick in the mouth as the nose would lead you to believe, but still pretty heavy. Taste is everything described in the aroma, with a bit of an alcohol bite and something that reminds me of well water... iron? Rust? Not sure. Very roasty flavor. As a whole this brew is pretty delicious. I’m not an expert on cellaring, but it seems the flavors could meld a bit and this would be better with some time in the bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 22oz courtesy of bmartin08 and wow. how you make a good imperial stout smell like candy and taste like creme brulee with a bitter roasted finish, i do not know. but they have done it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Holy smokes! This beer smells just like cheesecake! Vanilla, caramel - is there any beer in this thing? Flavor is way to sweet for my tastes, sugar, sugar sugar. A sip and a smell is all you need for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle pour This is great! the aroma is toasted caramel and cream with wafts of vanilla and roast - it smells almost exactly like a dessert. The flavor has those characteristics as well as a burnt/roast backing with layers of sweet complexity and even a hint of hops. Quite tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1312) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown, nearly black. Whitish tan head, fades quicker than hoped. Immediate smell of milk chocolate and caramel. Smells like a piece of chocolate cake, very rich scent. Very sweet beer with a delicious roast aftertaste. Tastes like caramel, but just enough bitterness to not make this sickening sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty much what I was expecting...sweet, roast aftertaste..delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black with thick creamy head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Huge aroma of butterscotch and burnt toffee. The flavor is as advertised. All the qualities of crème brûlée are here: creamy butterscotch, toffee, caramelized sugar, vanilla, lactose. Insane. There’s also coffee, bitter hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and a subtle bitter finish. Not my cup of tea, and certainly my least favorite of the series. But if you love the real thing, then you might like this brew.

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