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RATINGS: 1491   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


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Poured a black color with a tan head. Aroma just hits you in the face, I head it about a foot away and could still smell it. Basically smells like cold cappucino with extra vanilla, but very strong. Flavor was just the same. very strong vanilla flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee with a small alcohol burn. Very good but hard to finish a whole bottle because its sooo sweet.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2008
This beer is like if someone opened one of those flavoring syrups they have at some coffee shops and poured it into a beer glass with a lot of food coloring. I could smell this beer from across the room when it was opened. It does pour a very nice deep dark color with a thin off-white head. My wife ended up drinking most of it and it was all I could smell for hours after the beer was gone. The smell is just cloying and horrible. I had to wash the glass out three times before i felt like the smell was gone. Flavor is kind of burnt coffee with hazelnut syrup. This is a huge miss for Southern Tier which is sad because they usually have really great beers. Blech.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with a moderate to an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted toffee with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Heavy butterscotch malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a heavy standout beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Pours dark, dark brown that settles black in the glass with a dense tan one-finger head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. The aroma has an intense butterscotch smell with a little vanilla, caramel and milk as well. It’s crazy sweet smelling, like a dessert. The taste continues the sweetness and is pretty one-dimensional in that respect. There is the milk and malt background but it’s really about the huge caramel, butterscotch and vanilla tastes which overpower all else. The mouthfeel is very stick, chewy even, with the sweetness just sticking to the mouth. This is an OK stout but I’d put it near the bottom of the Southern Tier Impy Series. Just a little too sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009
<b>8/23/2008</b>: Moo! I like the cows on the label. They look funny and seem to say "drink me"... Southern Tier Imperial Creme Brulee Stout is very fragrant. Sweet, creamy butterscotch and intense vanilla just burst from the bottle and open up even more once this very dark brown beer (looks like coffee or cola) hits the the glass. There is a small, frothy tan-colored head that leaves a thin whispy crust on the surface. The flavor is sweet and smooth. It is very soft in the front and dominated by vanilla and caramelized sugar. This beer really does taste like creme brulee with a really nice roasty and slightly bitter finish (like semi-sweet and dark chocolate). Damn this is tasty! I can sense the strength of the alcohol, but the over flavors are so large that they keep the alcohol in check and forces them to meld together nicely. The bitterness also comes through in the finish as the beer warms which really helps to create a good balance in this beer. I kind of expected this beer to be really thick, smooth, and creamy, but really isn’t quite there. It has a medium-full body and is smooth, but it doesn’t have the creamy palate. That’s okay though as this mouthfeel still suits the beer pretty well. This is one big beer that is packed full of aroma and flavor and really delivers on the label’s promise of creme brulee. Nicely done and quite unique and memorable!

<i>650 ml. bottle / Alc. 10% by Vol. / 25° Plato / 195° L / 2-row pale malt, dark caramel malt, vanilla bean, lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon. Purchased at Dutch’s Pony Keg in East Hyde Park (Cincinnati, Ohio); $8.99+tax. Rating #178 for this beer...</i>

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Dark brown with small tan head. Intensly strong aroma of vanilla. Like fresh creme brulee, a sweet inviting dessert. Medium bodied vanilla flavor, nice solid bitter chocolate notes compliment the vanilla with a hint of butterscotch. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Courtesy Dragonstout. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with virtually no head at all. The aroma is very rich and fills the air as soon as you crack the top off. Sweet cream and vanilla sugar abound with notes of butterscotch, cake batter, and chocolate. The aroma is powerful and sugary sweet. The flavor is rich as well of chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, and more vanilla. Medum-full bodied with a very oily mouthfeel that is kind of thick and leads to sugary, sweet finish. The vanilla and sugar are just over the top sweet and makes it hard to drink the whole thing. Definitely a desert beer and certainly worth trying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22 oz bottle

This was the latest release in the Blackwater series. After the Choklat I was prepared for something a bit over the top. This is almost exactly what that was. While a solid imperial stout the dominance of the vanilla and caramel keep it from being well balanced. Try it as a novelty but don’t have expectations that are too high.

Aroma / Appearance - The active black body built a one finger height tannish head. Dense lacing clung to the sides as one would expect. The nose was strongly caramel and vanilla. The other aspects of an imperial stout make an appearance with some concentration though the most obvious is coffee. I’d say it was one dimensional but it has just a bit more aspect than that.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy yet thin it isn’t the thickest imperial stout. Slightly above average it suffers from a strong introduction of caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate appears in the transition to a vanilla finish. It reminds me most of Kuhnhenn’s creme brulee imperial stout but without so much balance. I’d drink this with dessert.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. Very dark brown, almost black, hue with a small off-white head that almost fully diminished and left some lace. Flavor has tones of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and Iced caramel frapachino. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Bitter on the finish. Smells amazing and very interesting idea but it’s all just a little too much. But, what the hell, it’s good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2008
The Dan Journal #226. Tasted 8/11/08. 22oz bomber. Pitch black hue with a hazy body. Cream ring of head. Cinnamon and caramel aromas with sweet toffee aromas. Bailey’s and butterscotch and a touch coffee. Man, this is a sweet nose! Great nose! Full bodied with a nice sweet/bitter dichotomy. Lingering and super sticky! Mixed together with a drying alcohol finish. So much flavor, so quick! Long finish and a big palate. This is definitely for sharing.


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