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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; 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a big thick brown head. Smells and tastes exactly like creme brulee, but with a stout bitterness around the edges. If you like creme brulee and beer, you will love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Beer Geek Show & Tell at the Bruery in Dec08. Incredible nose with flavors of chocolate & vanilla and a bunch of other stuff. Nice chocolatey flavor, tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1523) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 at the Houston Impy stout tasting. The love it or hate beer. Poured black with no head. Nose of milk and butterscotch, eeww. Tastes of vanilla, a bit of chocolate, butterscotch. Sweet and sticky and cloying. Kevin actually got the remainders of 2 of the beers at the tasting and sucked them all down. Well, I did not love it but a small apertif beer limited to 4 to 6 ounces I could bear it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from BlackForestCO. I love you, J. Pours a deep, thick black with a beige head. Aroma is butterscotch, vanilla extract, and candied sugar. Flavor is butterscotch, candied sugar, and butterscotch, with a butterscotch finish. Beer leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Great liquid dessert; I love it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
Growler from Consumer Beverages; opened in Puerto Rico. Sweet caramel, butterscotch aroma and flavour. Alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Nice aftertaste. One of my favourites, definetly worth the effort of driving to Buffalo, and packing in a suitcase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Black pour with a small frothy tan head. Huge, dominant vanilla aroma with caramelized brown sugar and sweet milk chocolate. Strong vanilla flavor with more caramelized brown sugar, heavy cream flavor, butterscotch, and huge vanilla and milk chocolate. Oily full body with soft carbonation. I know this has little depth and is incredibly cloying but it it just so delicious and possibly the perfect dessert in a glass. Love this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4979) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a minimal fizzy light brown head that faded very quickly. The nose is just big dominating vanilla beans, there is some roast and chocolate there, but it really is hard to get past all the vanilla. More and more lactose comes out as it warms. The flavor is surprisingly good for what I was expecting from the nose. There is a wonderful balance between the chocolate, roast, and vanilla. The slight alcohol kick on the back end does recall drinking vanilla extract straight from the bottle though. Full bodied and quite oily in texture with nice soft carbonation. This is pretty good, but like their Choklat, it gets a little tiring on the palate as you make your way through the whole bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle from a couple people. Huge sweet aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, general sticky sweetness, and some underlying roast and earth. Pours dark brown with a tan head that resides quickly. Flavors of vanilla and butterscotch initially followed by chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a nice earthy hop profile that rounds it out. Lots of lingering sweet butterscotch and vanilla. Nice what they have done here, the sweetness covers up a lot of the alcohol. This took me over an hour to finish due to the richness of the brew, but it wasnt bad. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2008
This things pours nice dark color. Almost resembles a wine, but I may be making that association by the flavor. You can smell this thing long before you bring it towards your nose. So sweet. The flavor is like liquefied butterscotch. It initially tastes pretty good, but then it just goes to crap after the first sips because it is just too much. This is definitely where too much of a good thing is bad. With that said, it is still really good for about five minutes.

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