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RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown - almost black -coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar, caramel, chocolate and hazellnuts. Overall it smells like a creme brulee. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, burnt sugar and chocolate with notes of hops. Roasted and hoppy finish. If the intention was to make a beer that tastes like a creme brulee, the brewer has succeeded with this one. But to sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Wow does this beer smell like butterscotch, and from a mile away!! Like a Werther’s candy. A lot of roast in the flavor and some vanilla. A ton of butterscotch. One of the most unique crazy beers I’ve ever had. Very very sticky. Lots of lactose. This is tolerable in very small amounts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of frappucino and dark roast. Sweet exspresso, and frappucino. Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth, medium carbonation. GREAT breakfast beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black pour with some rocky white froth. it smells like a vanilla frappucino with some chocolate and cream. great thickness and a smooth finish of vanilla cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
bottle, thanks to bman113vr for this, coffe color with no head, aroma and flavor is one big butter pecan/hazelnut starbucks but twice as good, finish is a malty pancake syrup with marshmallows on top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pour a very very deep brown nearly black.... The aroma was of sweet caramel... Almost no head from my first pour and a foamy tan head on the second, either i screwed up or the beer was too cold the first pour.... The taste was shocking to me, initially the beer was not very sweet nor was it very roasty... The roastiness comes out a bit as the beer warms... Quite creamy, alcohol is masked greatly, very drinkable... The beer finishes quite sweet almost like a cow tail in terms of how much caramel came through for me... The slight roastiness lingered the most for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours pitch black with foamy coffee colored head. Aroma of vanilla bean, custard, chocolate and roasted coffee maltiness. Tastes like a sweet desert. Very creamy custard with lots of vanilla and roasted caramel maltiness and some butterscotch. Sweet and roasty with a dry bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to captaincougar in a trade. Pours a very dark brown color with hardly any head. Aroma of vanilla beans, chocolate, butterscotch, some light coffee, flan, hazlenut french vanilla roast. Tastes a bit like a Frappacino, sweet, alcohol, coffee, vanilla and vanilla frosting, lactose, maple syrup and butter (pancakes) creamy, light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
22oz - Nice stout pour with oily texture, fleeting head. It’s on the pour you notice something different: the aroma. It really does exude the vanilla. It was a good beer, but I’d want it paired with something. Maybe creme brulee!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a thinnish, short-lived, light beige head. Smell: Oh-so sweet-smelling aroma crammed with full notes of roast, vanilla beans, charred sugars, caramel, chocolate and burnt cream. Taste: Strong flavors of dark caramel, chocolate, roast, unbaked cookie dough, honey-soaked oven-toasted nuts, and fresh vanilla. Tons of sweetness throughout. Southern Tier, like the Indians, used every part of the vanilla bean. Creamy milk, fire-licked sugar crust. Touch of roasty bitterness, but, let’s be honest, nowhere near the level needed to even begin to temper the dessert-like sweetness. All of the flavors race across the palate on the way to the coffee-ish finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Creamy, velvety, succulent mouthfeel. Drinkability: All kinds of fantastic. Very yummy, very luscious, very enjoyable. Highly recommended, but beware, as this is a true love it or hate it brew. Hopefully, you’ll be in the love it camp.

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