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RATINGS: 1557   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14707) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Bottle at Chris o New Year tasting 08/09. Thanks to Mes and Sim for bringing it. Very deep brown, thin beige head. Does smell of creme brulee/creme caramel. It?s a bit over the top in the mouth, yes it?s creeme caramel, but it?s more like a liquer than a beer. Bit too much for me. But nice. Could imagine drinking this out of a shoe, much the same as Baileys. I?m Old Gregg. Re rate just lovely. Creme brulee in a glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle - Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is big time butterscotch ( not diacetyl). Flavor is butterscotch, vanilla, light chocolate, and lightly roasted malt. Palate is creamy smooth and slightly dry. Medium body. I like this one and so does the wife.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
This is a delicious, potent stout! You can taste the sweetness of the creme brulee with the whopping 10% ABV coming in to complement it on your palate. This is perfect to start off a cold night of drinking, and then move onto some lighter brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bomber. Pours a dark, mahogany colored body. A frothy brown head settles slowly to a thin film, a sudsy wash of lace mostly rejoining the body. The aroma is ultra sweet, vanilla cake icing coming to mind immediately. Deeper inhalation reveals notes of burnt sugar, caramel, lactose, and chocolate. Flavors continue the dessert-like experience, massively sweet and sugary, with very little roasty character. Vanilla and caramel dominate, with an overall feel of caramel custard with a slight chocolate infusion. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable, the beer is sweet but not overly cloying. If anything, the body is a little on the light side for such a huge, sugary beer. Perplexing as this brew is, I simultaneously love it and hate it. I would maybe drink this every 6 months or so, but in the right situation, a small glass is divine. This beer would be a perfect candidate for a nip bottle.

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