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RATINGS: 1570   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4363) - 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 (3373) - 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 (10691) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3542) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle Pours out nice black topped with a tan head. The aroma O WOW the aroma. It is so sweet and GREAT. The tast i don’t know what to say but man I love this stuff. A very nice dessert brew. A big thanks to Jake

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Holy crap was this tasty! This is a massive monster of a beer. Very desert like, with tons of chocolate, cream, vanilla and sugar. It really is desert in a glass. As much as I liked this, it’s something I can take in very limited doses. It’s over the top for sure, but it’s a nice diversion from the regular old Imperial Stout that everyone seems to brew these days.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Black and small tan film of a head. Insamely rich sweet vanilla burnt sugar. Slightly bitter sweet choc flavor. Delicoius

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
bottle form fiver29: pours extrmely black with a small tan head. arima is full of vanilla, caramel, buttery dessert, very sweet with a slight roast. flavour is full of chocolate and vanilla, very sweet and very dessert like with plenty of caramel, great tasting beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with some light peaking through, and a slightly foamy, thin tan head. Smell is butterscotch and a hint of roasty coffee. Taste is big, sweet vanilla and butterscotch up front, with a touch of hop acidity peeking through and pairing with a sharp roastiness to bring the massive sweetness back in again. Unfortunately, the two balancing sides don’t really mesh that well, and the result feels rather discordant, with the acidity being overemphasized by the slightly-too-sharp carbonation as well. Medium-heavy body and moderate to light carbonation.


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