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RATINGS: 1478   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
thanks nhorween. pours actually a little thin, but looks good. just like the choklat stout, in fact. smell is so unsubtle. smells like pure caramel. maybe a bit of chocolate, probably some vanilla. it’s wonderful. ST has mastered aroma in my opinion. very sweet. flavor is a tiny letdown. very sweet, almost dessert-like. it’s like eating a boston kreme dunkin donuts donut. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle, sampled at RBSG 08. Pours a dark brown. Huge dessert aroma, with a lot of caramel and butterscotch notes. Tastes really a lot like creme brulee, with a bit of nuttiness - like amaretto - and chocolate. Lingering creme brulee and burnt sugar flavors. Absolutely delicious and almost overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
22oz bottle from west lakeview.... poured close to black with dark brown edges and heady on some pours and semi-non-existent on others.... aroma of butterscotch and vanilla. wiily wonka’s wet dream.... sweet vanilla and toffee flavors throughout. could have used a creamier mouthfeel. medium carbonation.... depends on who you ask but not too bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of carmel, cream, vanilla, light coffee and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cream, vanilla, dark chocolate and light coffee with a smooth lingering creme brulee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter has a dark brown color and minimal dark tan head. aroma has sweetness, vanilla, custard, burnt butterscotch, and some cream. interesting likeness to the real desert. mouth feel is medium thick with low level frothy carbonation. flavor has all the aroma characters and malt gets introduced. light poke of hops hits against the burnt that picks up. fully warmed coffee sweetness and bitters come through. thick, lactic, and very sweet. unique and interesting to try but too much to have on a regular basis. extra points for originality and uniqueness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a dark black with some light the head is one finger frothy and tan. The nose is sweet, has some butterscotch, sugary, vanilla, some alcohol, smells cloyingly sweet, like a dessert, bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is sweet, cloying, warm alcohol, thick butterscotch, vanilla, light waxy hop feel. The palate is thick and velvety with a warm light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle. Excellent take on a brilliant and sophisticated-yet simple-dessert. Flavour is of creme anglaise (in layman terms...melted vanilla ice cream), caramel, and butterscotch. Although not a beer to be consumed daily, it is a wonderful dessert beer (and about 1/10th the number of calories of crème brûlée) and a splendid take on the normal Imperial Stout. The alcohol is masterfully masked...and would make a superb base for a beer float!

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