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RATINGS: 1575   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


4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (899) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (11372) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2099) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4406) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3434) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Bottle. Excellent take on a brilliant and sophisticated-yet simple-dessert. Flavor is of creme anglaise (like 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!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Sampled at the NY Brewfest on 9/12. Not able to give a very accurate rating due to the sheer number of brews sampled. This was the overall crowd pleasure of the night. So much large creame and burnt marshmellow flavor.. also rich toffee notes in this monster of a beer @ 10%. It had brew enthusiasts and n00bz together in awe. Could be one of the best dessert beers, ever.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2008
It reminds me of a butterscotch liqueur which is very heavy and creamy yet hard to digest without mixing it with something else (hint hint). A dessert beer which isn’t very beer-like despite its malt quotient and sweet qualities.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a small, fizzy, light brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of toffee and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.


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