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RATINGS: 1622   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
douglas88 (8011) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3045) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmongoose (2074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2009
WOW. poured from bomber bottle with friend and the closer to room temp this beer got the better it tasted. it was so sweet and the vanilla and burnt sugar was outstanding and the caramel flavor lingered for along time. its almost black to pour and smallish head. like all southern tier products it has an almost oily texture. but this dessert beer is very very good. just wish i would have bought more when i had the chance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2009
(re-rate 8/11/09) Shared bomber. Pours black bodied with dark brown circumference and minimal light tan head. I can never get over the aroma from this thing...from the time you pop the cap to the last drop! Initial nose is sweet vanilla overload, dark coffee/toffee undertones, and you definitely can smell the candied creme brulee resemblance. Taste starts surprisingly syrupy and smooth, almost slimy. Lots of vanilla, some roasted coffee and dark cola with a tad of the 10% abv coming through. Interesting note - I paired this beer with make-it-yourself creme brulee dessert just for fun, and after sipping on the beer then taking a bite, the ensuing sip of beer opened up tremendously revealing a sweet milk chocolate component and pronouncing the coffee/toffee/caramel taste even further. As it warms near the end the alcohol becomes a little more hot and undesirable, but overall this is very well done and a unique treat. (oriiginal rating 9/15/08) Bottle, shared w/ and compliments of danielcurtis81. Lots of sweet, syrupy, creaminess in the nose. Amazing taste of sweet vanilla, cream and coffee, and maple syrup. A++ for the effort on this one of a kind stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2010 Wow, this beer has all kinds of stuff going on. Pours very dark brown with a brownish head to it. Smells amazing. Very sweet with aromas of vanilla, caramel. Flavor is also very sweet with the vanilla being the very prominent flavor. Massive beer that tastes like dessert in a glass. Had a 22 oz bomber that would have been perfect if I had 1-2 people to share it with.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Amazing aroma that filled the room. Flavor was not as intense but was helped by the smell. good overall

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bomber. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a light brown head. Aroma is pure caramel, vanilla, smells great! Flavor is vanilla, caramel, coffee. Taste like a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. But if that was 10% abv. Hides the alcohol well. Nice syrupy mouthfeel.

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