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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2008
A really satisfying and luxurious beer. Wonderful vanilla-caramel qualities in both aroma and flavor, strong but not sickly or out of whack. Rich stout qualities. Good (above average) palate. Alcohol is not apparent. Easy drinking. Would be great with ice cream. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Midnight black little head, aroma is vanilla, heavy, full bodied, light carbonation, sweet, vanilla with roasted malts and caramel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours absolutely jet black, not a peep of light coming through, nice initial tan head fades to just a trace. Aroma is a massive shot of vanilla, light caramels, and mocha. Sort of like creme brulee with a shot of espresso on the side. All components in the aroma are perfectly integrated. I could keep smelling this all night, just amazing. The closest thing I can recall to this was Bell’s Expedition through a Randall packed with vanilla coffee grounds. Just stunning. The flavor is essentially a match, but on the finish, there is just a faint trace of spruce oriented hops to remind you that yes, this is in fact a beer, and the additional bitterness brings out additional coffee notes, as well as prevents it from being cloyingly sweet. When I first started this, I thought that it was a great beer, but not particularly drinkable in more than a small snifter. As I polished off the snifter, my perception on this changed. As it warmed, the hops began to show a touch more, edging this closer to the range of dangerously drinkable. I can see how people might not like this, but I thought that it was amazing. Southern Tier is really, really impressing me. Perhaps the best "desert" beer I’ve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma is simply incredible. Vanilla, caramel, cream, chocolate, espresso, coffee, even maple syrup. Has a thinner body than I expected. Flavor starts way sweet with vanilla and caramel and finishes with abit of coffee. Much like Choklat, I found this to be way to sweet to drink a lot of. It looks and smells incredible, but I couldn’t drink that much of it. That being said, this would be a great desert beer, but I would never want more than like 5 oz. of it at a time.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head (had to go off my buddies, I did not get much head out of mine). Aroma was creme brulee and some alcohol, not overly powering, matched and enhanced the flavor very well. Tastes of caramel, coffee and chocolate come through in a manner that is not overly sweet. Seemed a little thin for an imperial and the finish was not quite bad but not very good either. Overall I was quite impressed with this beer and very much enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Thanks to Puzzl for this! Dark brown pour with frothy tan head and spotty lace. Extremely complex aroma; Vanilla, roast, cream, and liquor. Creamy flavor combined with vanilla and burnt sugar. Sticky palate. Slightly dry finish

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Very dark with a white head and frothy lace. Aroma comes out with silly amounts of vanilla and sweet cream. Flavor is much the same, way to sweet, too much vanilla, too much creaminess, nothing resembling subtlety. The powerful flavors drown out any complexity that might be there. Tastes a lot like Baileys, while that might have its place, I dont see its place as a beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Black body with no head formed. Very sweet caramel and vanilla aroma. Indredibly strong nose. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, liqueur, a bit of roasty bitterness. Very sweet all around. Sticky syrupy palate. This is just too much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5847) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Black with a tan head. Huge vanilla and toffee aroma, a very sweet smell like sweetened coffee creamer. Medium body. Flavor is toasted marshmallow, vanilla, toffee; wow, this is more like alcoholic Thomas Kemper cream soda than stout. Very much a dessert beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Meadowswine (3) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2008 does not count
Dark, rich and beautiful. A great Imperial Stout with a huge vanilla aroma, creamy body and a robust finish. On the palate its like a rich chocolate-toffee dessert. If you can handle a big dessert beer, this beer is sure to please.


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