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RATINGS: 1480   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
flatmatt (1062) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours extreme dark brown or black with no head. Aroma very strong sweet vanilla bordering on butterscotch with coffee background. Flavor is a mess of sweet and bitter, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel. The various sweet flavors get muddled and give it a dirty taste that makes each sip a bit difficult. Aroma could have indicated either an amazing, unique beer or a mess, and unfortunately this was the latter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle. I have been anticipating this beer for awhile, because of the name of course. It actually didn’t disappoint! This is a very interesting and unique beer. For that alone, it is worth trying! Anyway, to the beer...pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma is quite powerful!! Lots of cream, caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. Flavor is pretty similar: lots of vanilla, cream, coffee ice cream, white sugar. Very sweet, obviously, and heavy on the palate. This is a very good beer if sampled in small amounts. So split a bottle with friends for dessert!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 15, 2008
An absolute wonder of brewing technology. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. $7.99 each at a local watering hole. Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a mocha colored head. Aromas are fandamntastic. Cre’me Brulee, with vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, souffle, all mixed into one beer. Egg nog, Christmas cake, and rum soaked fruit round out the aromas. Flavors are burnt sugars, vanilla beans, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate pudding, some malts, and a sweet component. Mouthfeel is phenomenal, with rich, swirling dessert notes mixed in. Total bliss, flavor wise. A top notch effort from ST.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2008
[Bottle] The only positive thing about this beer was the appearance of the pour. Really nice oily, viscous black, with a touch of dark tan head. But that’s where it ends. Super overpoweringly sweet aroma of french vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, and more vanilla. Way too sweet and discourages me from even tasting it. But despite what my gut tells me, ST’s reputation urges me to take at least one sip. That is more than enough for me. So much sugary sweetness it would give me a stomach ache (and probably a cavity) if I tried to drink more. Tastes like a reduction of that automatically dispensed french vanilla cappuccino. Overly syrupy. Have I said that? Yeah, very happy I didn’t pay for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
FIRST TRIAL: Opaque black with a nice mocha colored head; aroma is tons of butterscotch, chocolate, and caramel; leaves a long, cloying, rich, lingering aftertaste on the palate. Overall this beer definitely lived up to the name, but was just a bit too much... and I’m a butterscotch lover. Although I respect the beer for going all out (and immensely respect the brewer) I won’t be having it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle. Nice black body with a very pleasant aroma. Nice appetizing smell of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is very sweet, vanilla, butterscotch and light chocolate. This makes one nice dessert beer but the big bottle is in need of sharing, good thing there were two other people to share it with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This beer poured a dark brown with a quickly fading head of tan foam. Almost no lace to speak of. The aroma of the beer was made up of very rich chocolate cheese cake, vanilla extract, and caramelized sugar. Smells great...even more dessert-like than their Choklat. The flavor consisted of loads of caramelized sugar, maple syrup, and some lightly bitter roasted notes. Way, way, way too sweet. Barely resembled beer. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and sticky/syrupy with minimal carbonation. The aroma will get your sweet tooth excited, but this was pretty hard to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8861) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle... O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Part 8... Very dark with very little head. The aroma is a rich swirl of sweet cream and vanilla surrounded by caramelized, toasted notes. Full-bodied with a creamy/oily mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Sweet, rich and hot with essences of heavy cream, sweet butter, cocoa and ethanol. Finishes sweet and rich, yet bitter and boozy. Leaves a coating of oil inside of my mouth. Thanks to growler for splitting his bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours very dark brown with a mall tan head. The aroma is sweet as can be like creme brulee. There is thick chocolaty caramel, cram and heavy vanilla. The body is fairly thick with some semi-sharp carbonation. The taste is rich, but not as much as the aroma. There is cream, vanilla and roasted malt ~ very rich and smooth. The finish has some roasted bitterness. It was nice putting over ice cream as well. This was nice, but with the sweetness I wouldn’t want it very often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a thick oily black mahogany with a medium sized brown head. Very sweet aroma of Waffle Crisp cereal, maple syrup, chocolate syrup with hints of vanilla. Taste is dominated by sweet syrupy vanilla waffles, burnt sugar and chocolate syrup. Way overdone and too sweet for my tastes. Like sipping on a blended concoction of syrupy waffles with vanilla extract.

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