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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Okay, 2 things about this beer: It smells like creme brulee. and it tastes like creme brulee! Unbelievable. The only reason I didn’t rate this beer a 5 is because it is quite rich and heavy, much like the dessert it’s named after, and to me that doesn’t make it perfect.It pours a dark brown, with a brown head. As I said before, the aroma is really the strongest I’ve ever seen in any beer. And the flavor is exactly what I was expecting. Amazing offering from an obviously amazing brewery. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2008
22oz bottle, held onto for a lil bit, pour is a nice black with minimal head.. nose is huge amounts of vanilla and butterscotch, minimal hops and malt to balance out the extreme sweetness, really is like Dessert in a bottle, tough to stomach all 22oz, slight alcohol burn in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (2269) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with light carbonation. Aromas of vanilla, booze, and hazelnuts. Sickly sweet in the mouth, with more vanilla, caramel, and a bit of roasted nuts. Completely out of balance with hardly any roasted or hoppy notes to balance out the sweet vanilla. I could hardly drink any of it.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours a chocolate cola colour with minimal head. Nose- blast of thick vanilla. Taste- creamy vanilla- super sweet, with some roasted malts. Some caustic nuttiness and finishes with stale vanilla. thick too sweet. booze is hidden, I will give it that. otherwise uggh

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KornDogg (568) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
I was highly anticipating this release...absolutely amazing... my new fav of the Blackwater series... rich and flavorful, long sweet finish... Great as an after dinner treat... The sweetness might over power some, but def is something everyone should try...

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bomber. Opaque rich dark brown pour supporting a tall creamy dark tan head. Unmistakable aroma of butterscotch. Exactly the same for the flavor. Butterscotch overwhelms everything else. Some milk chocolate and roasted malt try to punch through towards the back of the tongue but they’re rarely successful. Creamy texture and long sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Sampled at the Sep. Carolina Crew gathering. Butterscotch, vanilla, caramel aroma. Smells great. Doesn’t taste quite as good as ot smells though. Way, way too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bomber: This poured dark brown out of the bottle and turned black in the glass, capped by a creamy tan head that left spotty lacing. I keep wondering if I really like the aroma, a caramel and vanilla custard with a splash of old coffee. This has one of the creamiest mouthfeels that I’ve experienced in a beer in some time. The flavor adds some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate to all that was carried over from the nose. The finish is dry and has a burnt coffee/charred nut bitterness. Interesting Imp, hiding its sturdy alcohol content throughout the drinking.

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Orland Park,IL

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a burnt brown with a tan head. Devastatingly sweet aroma of creme brulee (shocker!), and a sort of burnt caramel dulce de leche. The flavor was much less sweet. Surprisingly dry finish and full mouthfeel.


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