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RATINGS: 1571   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michfan00 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Bold Aroma notes of caramel coffee and chocolate. Finished very similar to the aroma but began with a maltier flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8132) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is quite sweet, otes of caramel, sweet coffee and white/milk chocolate. Flavor begins dark with a dark malty flavor but ends much sweeter, bring back the flavors of the aroma. Definitely different than your typical imperial stout but for the most part I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2665) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bu en fut (11 oz) au Roadhouse BBQ à Brookline au Massachusetts, le 11 juillet 2009. Noir... tu sais, mini collet. Arome de caramel anglais et vanille très sucré et intense. Goût pas mal la même chose, avec une touche licoreux, bonne amèrturme. Totalement cochon, c’est de l’intensité à son meilleur!

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Aroma has roasted vanilla beans pretty prevalent. The body is medium, certainly not as dark as many other imperial stouts. The taste is fairly simple but nonetheless enjoyable. The taste of vanilla beans and caramel certainly make this taste like a crem brulee. The lack of complexity in terms of taste keeps this from being an exemplary imperial stout.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (4841) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Tap @ Rattle’N’Hum. Dark pour with nice head. Caramel/Butterscotch aroma is nice. Flavor is way too sweet not a fan of this. No chance i could finish an entire pint. Only redeeming qualities are 10% and girls who don’t like beer might like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2009
I feel that this could have been a really enjoyable beer if it wasn’t so over powered with vanilla and burt sugar flavor. A little too sweet.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Enjoyed on tap in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours a jet black with a tan head. The nose is pour caramel and vanilla, utterly splendid. Potentially within the top ten beer noses I’ve ever experienced. The palate continues what the nose started, giving hints of caramel, hops, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of maltyness, and graham crackers. A work of art. The beer also belies its abv, as there wasn’t a touch of alcohol in the palate or the nose. A very well-crafed beer, and another specialty classic from Southern Tier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Had this on tap straight from the brewery pub. Good dark almost black color with a nice creamy brown head. Big flavors of the caramel, toffee, and vanilla brought out in a way I’ve never had before or at least this strong. Very sweet and milky. An awesome stout and has quickly became one of my favorite beers from Southern Tier and stout in general. The only thing that dissapointed me about this beer was the fact I couldn’t get it in a growler because it sells to fast at the brewery:(

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 On tap at Rattle ’N’ Hum (NYC): I just don’t understand how somebody can drink 14 ounces of this "dessert" in one sitting (4 ounces was definitely enough for me). It’s incredibly sweet and full of creme flavour. The aroma and similar tastes of this sweet stout stands true to what Southern Tier is famous for- it’s ability to make brewed beer taste like melted dessert. It’s delicious. And it’s high in alcohol. Girls will love it- a Great substitute for a roofie- it will knock her out... Legally. #056 on 09072009, DG.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bomber, shared. Pours almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly sweet with vanilla bean dominating. The taste is roughly the same, though overall this beer was too out of balance for me. Something, anything, to balance out the overwhelming sweetness would have made it a winner. As it is I couldn’t take it for more than 5 sips.


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