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RATINGS: 1623   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6442) - 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 (7914) - 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 (1062) - 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 (4721) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra and Rybra. I don’t usually like desserts, but this is damn good. Lots of sweetness and vanilla. Good dry finish as well. My first great success with Southern Tier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a deep dark walnut color with minimal head. The aroma is packed with vanilla, alcohol, and a creamy sweetness that is all very inviting. The flavor does not dissappoint. Well balanced vanilla, creamy milk chocolate, a light creamy sweetness that I’m sure is the lactose sugar, and plenty of noticable alcohol. It all hangs together quite nicely and is very believable as a Creme Brulee dessert. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected but it works for this fine after dinner dessert beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2008
22oz bottle, fresh. The pour is oily black with no head. Just black and deep. The aroma is deep vanilla and roast. Actually resembles capuchino in aroma. The flavor is a bit more complex. There is the vanilla and then a background of roast. There is also a toffee character. A really interesting mix. Kinda like a heath bar. I wonder how it will age? The body is thick and sticky, chewy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle. Deep brown colour with a small mocha head. Absolutely rockin’ aroma of vanilla and caramel with hints of cream, maple, brandy and cocoa. Flavour follows the aroma note for note. Body is full and slightly sticky. I can see why some people wouldn’t dig this - the sweetness is verging on being cloying - but alongside a few rich chocolate truffles, this is a fantastic dessert brew. Yum!

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