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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Very thin head of fine bubbles from a somewhat vigorous pour. Minimal carbonation. AMAZING aroma! Super sweet with loads of vanilla, heavy cream, chocolate malt, caramel and a hint of black cheery in the background. Color is a very dark brown. Flavor is sweet but not as sweet as I expected based on the liquid sugar aroma. Lots of chocolate creme. The kind you get in the middle of a chocolate cream Dunkin Donut. Some roasted hazelnut coffee, more vanilla and some sweet molasses. Noticable alcohol presence. Creamy smooth palate. Bit of dryness at the finish which is surprising for a brew with this much sweetness. Lingering roastyness and vanilla. A pretty darn good brew but certainly not for everyone. Wow, really having trouble going deep into this brew. This may be a struggle to finish. Would have been better in a 12 oz bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2008
500ml bomber bottle. Sweet alcohol-infused vanilla bean aroma. Deep black portery color, not quite as thick as most Imperial Stouts. The taste is rich, smooth, and balanced. Vanilla-chocolate dominates, and smooths out the mouthfeel. Some delicate alcohol warming in the aftertaste. This is an excellent beer, another great bomber from Southern Tier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Another beer that although I was really impressed at the flavor they achieved it wasn’t something I really cared for. This brew tastes like pure icing, sweet honey/cream, sticky vanilla and butterscotch. Pours very dark brown with a smooth khaki head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: August 26, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet vanilla and caramel aroma, touch of roasted coffee, the best candy caramel sweetness ever like it was just roasted with a blow torch
Flavor: rich roasted coffee flavor sweetened with caramel and vanilla, light balancing bitterness grows with the coffee character, vanilla gets to be a bit much after a while

Date: December 07, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: trade
Score: 4.1 to 4.3
Score: iii to iiii
Aroma: sweet caramelized sugar aroma
Flavor: sugar crystal flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, touch of chocolate
Overall: still an amazing creme brulee taste alike, like an every flavor jellybean

Date: July 08, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: tmac canton
Vintage: 2010
ages really well as the flavors blend and mellow, although good fresh a bit of age is beneficial,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle shared with my by my friend Jeff. Poured dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy/frothy light tan head. A little light in color for an imperial stout. Aroma is heavily laden with syrupy vanilla and caramelized sugar with just the slightest touch of roasted chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet for an imperial stout, with lots of syrupy vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit to round it all out. Finishes surprisingly clean for an imperial. I can see purists not liking this, as it is very sweet without a lot of the roasted character prevalent in more traditional examples of the style. However, as a dessert beer this is an authentic attempt to recreate the flavors it advertises on its label, and overall I’d say a success.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeets (25) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
This is simply an amazing beer. The aroma is huge butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. I expected the flavor to be as sweet, but it wasn’t. It started off sweet, but finished much more balanced and stout like. This is definitely for after dinner. You won’t need desert. I just wish I could get this on the West Coast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Okay, 2 things about this beer: It smells like creme brulee. and it tastes like creme brulee! Unbelievable. The only reason I didn’t rate this beer a 5 is because it is quite rich and heavy, much like the dessert it’s named after, and to me that doesn’t make it perfect.It pours a dark brown, with a brown head. As I said before, the aroma is really the strongest I’ve ever seen in any beer. And the flavor is exactly what I was expecting. Amazing offering from an obviously amazing brewery. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1427) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2008
22oz bottle, held onto for a lil bit, pour is a nice black with minimal head.. nose is huge amounts of vanilla and butterscotch, minimal hops and malt to balance out the extreme sweetness, really is like Dessert in a bottle, tough to stomach all 22oz, slight alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with light carbonation. Aromas of vanilla, booze, and hazelnuts. Sickly sweet in the mouth, with more vanilla, caramel, and a bit of roasted nuts. Completely out of balance with hardly any roasted or hoppy notes to balance out the sweet vanilla. I could hardly drink any of it.

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