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RATINGS: 1485   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


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Sampled at the Sep. Carolina Crew gathering. Butterscotch, vanilla, caramel aroma. Smells great. Doesn’t taste quite as good as ot smells though. Way, way too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bomber: This poured dark brown out of the bottle and turned black in the glass, capped by a creamy tan head that left spotty lacing. I keep wondering if I really like the aroma, a caramel and vanilla custard with a splash of old coffee. This has one of the creamiest mouthfeels that I’ve experienced in a beer in some time. The flavor adds some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate to all that was carried over from the nose. The finish is dry and has a burnt coffee/charred nut bitterness. Interesting Imp, hiding its sturdy alcohol content throughout the drinking.

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Orland Park,IL

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a burnt brown with a tan head. Devastatingly sweet aroma of creme brulee (shocker!), and a sort of burnt caramel dulce de leche. The flavor was much less sweet. Surprisingly dry finish and full mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by vanilla and some weird crème brulé-like syrup. Taste is also dominated by the vanilla and whatever syrup they’ve used and little else is discernable. Full body but could have been creamier with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Interesting experiment but a bit over the top and not sure I would want to drink a full bottle by myself.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5213) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Draught @ Cole’s in Buffalo. Pitch black, opaque with thick but receding tan head. Aroma is smelled across the room, or must be. Potent and a lot like coffee creamer. Mouthfeel is creamy. Flavors are wholly disjointed and never come together. The roastiness and hop in the finish are incongrous with the sweet entry, alcohol is plainly detectable almost like someone threw a shot of Kahlua in here. Couldn’t finish the pint but it was worth trying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle. Wow is this beer hit or miss with people. Glad i didnt really try and pick it apart, at 10% this is an after dinner dessert in a glass. Lots of vanilla Cream coffee custard and of course milky sugar. Good beer.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Big artificial nut and vanilla aroma. Very dark. Tastes like a vanilla hazelnut syrup mixed with cheap, stale coffee. Truly awful and utterly undrinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2008
22 oz bottle poured dark brown with red at the edges. Aroma of french vanilla cappucino and caramel. Flavor is much the same with a slight bit of roasted malt bitterness to balance things out. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
22oz - Aroma is pungent, sweet vanilla, caramel and subtle roasted malts. Pours black with a small brown head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a roasty finish. The 10% is completely hidden and dangerous. Palate is creamy and a little ashy. No question it’s tasty, but so sweet I had to drink a different beer after the first half of the bomber before finishing it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Proteus93 (65) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Very deep brown, basically becoming black. A lighter, offwhite head puffs up like a puffy marshmallow. Heavy aroma - butterscotch takes it, followed by vanilla extract, with lactose notes like heavy cream (actually rather similar to a vanilla coffee creamer), and a touch of malt roast. Very sweet, and maybe a little too much so. Butterscotch again, vanilla, a bit hot with alcohol, and something medicinal (like... cherry cough syrup???) starts to poke through as it warms. A rich and creamy body, with a shimmering carbonation that works nicely with it. A little on the fence. A small serving would likely go over just fine - but likely nothing much over a 10 oz. snifter of it, at most. It starts off great - scent is appealing (in a candy craving sort of way, I suppose), the flavour starts off quite nice, and body is good. As the end of the glass nears, it becomes more cloying, the flavours overwhelm the palate a bit, and the novelty starts to fade. Well worth the try, and perhaps a good candidate to share with company who like such things, but not one I can easily finish 22 oz. of.


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