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RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Wow this is underated. Pours a rather reddish brown. Big khaki head. Nose is pure butterscotch. Really amazing. Some dark chocolate and toffee peak out also. Flavor is crazy butterscotch up front with a chewy dark chocolate and toffee middle. Finishes with a bit of roast and bitterness and another strong dose of butterscotch. ABV is non existant. This is really great.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2009
A fantastic aperitif or dessert brew. This pours the deepest (almost opaque) mahogany into the glass, with a non-retentive brown head that leaves no lace. The nose is spot on for vanilla and caramel... heavy, sweet and deliciously aromatic. The flavors follow somewhat in tow. There is a ton of vanilla, sweet yet roasted malt, caramel, hazelnut, maple syrup, toffee, coffee and butterscotch in the flavor palate. The finish has just enough assertive bitters to disallow the brew from becoming cloying. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, yet a little syrupy. The body is full and bold, with many different complexities intermingling with soft carbonation levels. One of the greatest interpretations of a personal favorite style I’ve ever tried. Great job!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle -- Wow! Only one way to describe this brew. V-A-N-I-L-L-A! Deliciousy sweet, rounded off with some caramel warmth. Absolutely no sign whatsoever of 10% ABV -- kids could drink this a soda and knock their socks off. Amazing dessert beer. (#3640, 8/15/2009)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2009
OH MY GOD. The aroma is beautiful - liquid toffee/coffee. The flavor is equally exquisite. Great dark syrupy brown color and dark tan frothy head. Used this in a beer float, died, went to heaven.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1593) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
Immediately aromatic of syrupy sugar and strong vanila bean. Defiantly dark with a bit of tan head. Big taste of vanilla sugar and some cocoa and coffee, plus some milk sugars not too cleverly sneaked into this. The hops fight it all a bit, and the alcohol is very warm. In general I like it. Finish is a bit confused, thanks to hops and vanilla that will not resolve harmoniously. Agree with ’caramel macchiato from Starbucks’ comment - Brulée Stoutt is a bit crass, but still adventuresome in a fun way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 22oz bottle from once upon a vine. pours an extremely dark brown, damn near black, with a thin khaki head and bubbly lacing. aroma is incredible with huge notes of vanilla cream, butterscotch candy, warm maple syrup, and freshly baked yellow cake with chocolate icing, with a touch of roast coffee, and toasted coconut. flavor is excellent as well with big, creamy notes of french vanilla, toffee, burnt caramel, and espresso with a touch of nutty malts leading to a beautifully sweet vanilla and roast coffee finish. palate is full bodied, creamy, smooth as silk, and amazingly sweet with medium carbonation. overall, an amazingly underrated (how in the world is this not rated 4+ ?!), decadent, and one of a kind, dessert imperial stout.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bomber shared by Eric. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. The aroma was very unusual; loads of caramel, sweet sugars, butterscotch, a Werthers original- loads of candy note. The flavor tasted like something your Grandma would give you; creamy sugars, butterscotch, just so sweet. I don’t think I could drink more than 2 ounces of this. Try drinking 22 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream- I dare you. I can’t hate this entirely, it is what it claims to be and is a niche beer, lots of people love it, just not me.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
i was so excited about this beer when i poured it, aroma was soooooo sweet, caramel, vanila, burnt malt, beautiful dark brown head, deep brown body...so promising...right up until i drank it...sickeningly sweet, overwhelming vanila and toffee, more than i think i have ever tasted in actual creme brulee. i cant imagine how they made this without syrup being added...the sweetness persists through the whole realm of the flavors and then some hop bitterness comes in very very late....kind of sad this wasnt better.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
After dinner only. I would imagine rating this beer would depend on when one has it. Definitely not a lawn mower beer. Best when the weather is cool and you want something sweet. Goes great with vanilla ice cream.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Total dessert in a glass. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Strong aroma of vanilla with some lighter notes of roasted coffee and caramel. The aroma of vanilla is so strong that to me it comes across as artificial. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is very sweet with loads of vanilla and more touches of caramel and coffee. I will agree that this one tastes very much like creme brulee but to me it’s more a novelty than anything. I couldn’t drink 22ozs of it.


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