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RATINGS: 1531   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 Bottle with Butters and sixfootsix at the 3rd Cellar Reduction. Pours a tan head with a dark brown body. Smells of prailines and cream ice cream, butterscotch, and toast. Tastes like butterscotch, toast, little nutty, and some coffee. Tasty beer, sweet, not a stout for stouts, but tasty. Dessert palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s pre NYE tasting. Amazing mahogany looks with a very impressive off white head. Massive creme caramel aroma that totally overwhelms everything but damn it’s good. Once in the mouth it’s quite clear this is really not anything close to a beer but it’s just utterly excellent. Carmael, vanilla, lashings of thick freamy chocolate and full of butterscotch. It could quite easily make me sick but I would love every mingute. Late bitterness adds some more interest and just about brings it back into beery teritory. Outstanding texture and a truly incredible desert beer. Thick, sickly, very sweet but just an amazing experience. Far too much for some I’m sure. Sim and I loved every minute. Yet another thing I have to say a HUGE thank you to HogTownHarrry for. Nice one mate!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Huge vanilla aroma, sweet sugary creme brulee, with choclate malts. Pours black with a tan head. WOW, this really tastes like creme brulee with chocolate, creamy vanilla and milk sugars dominate, with chocolate malts with hints of cafe au lait. This is a desert beer if i ever had one. They really did a great job with this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9132) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 The aroma is pure creme brulee, chocolate coffee liquer. The mouthfeel is above average, and yes it tastes like creme brulee. Coffee and the like are the biggest stomach irritants known to man, and this was no exception. Great job, but not something I will go for again. Dangerously high alcohol, disguised of course behind the sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
If you like sweet beers you’ll be in heaven with this one, I did not personally like it but based on what this beer sets out to do, it nails it on the head. Aroma is big vanilla, with undertones of chocolate. Taste is straight creme brulee. The only thing it is missing is the carmelized sugar on top. Very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
22 oz. Black pour with some brown around the edges. Off white/cream colored head. Quite a bit of lacing sticking to the glass with this one. Aroma very sweet with vanilla, mocha, brown sugar. Flavor is heavy vanilla bean, followed by some roast malt and chocolate. Finishes just a hint of smoke and coffee bitter. Not quite creamy, which would really help if it was a bit more creamy. Lingers with you a bit, it really does taste quite a bit like creme brulee, especially when chilled. Gets a bit more diverse, and better, as it warms with more roasted tones coming through. The alcohol only peaks through a bit as it warms also, but still nearly non-existant for 10%. A bit overpoweringly sweet for regular consumption, but certainly a worthy dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draft at Capone’s: Poured a dark black with a tan head. The aroma was coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor was SWEET malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some butterscotch. This is definitely dessert in a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle from Once Upon A Vine - North on 08/09/2008. Dark black body with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate. Sweet light coffee flavor, lots of vanilla, more butterscotch. Very creamy smooth finish leaving almost a sticky residual mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked very well for 10%. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Also pairs wonderfully with ice cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bomber. Pours thick and dark brownish black with no head. Aroma is thick with caramel, burnt sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and butterscotch. Smells just like dessert. Very thick and oily mouthfeel, sweet at first with vanilla and sugar highlights that fade to a slightly bitter burnt sugar/coffee-ish flavor. Alcohol pretty well masked. Definitely a sweet beer, but quite good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Recommend splitting it with a buddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2009
22oz Bottle (Courtesy of SwoopJones): Pours dark brown with a smallish light brown head. Aroma is heavy butterscotch & vanilla. Butterscotch and vanilla are also the obvious flavors. Dig a little deeper and you find roasted malts, candied sugar, chocolate and a hint of hops. Very sticky sweet with lactose arriving at the party as this one warms. Man, this beer is super sweet, but very enjoyable. I’d like to see it in 12oz 4 Packs, 22oz is just too much of a good thing.

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