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RATINGS: 1603   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


2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Cannot over emphasize how much I suggest that the 22 ounces of this sucker be shared with 3 or 4 others. Very promising aroma of butterscotch, caramel, candied popcorn and dairy creamer followed by a ridiculouly rich, creamy, toasty tan head(which tasted amazing by the way). That promise quickly faded about 4oz. in while realizing that the beer was never going to gain any complexity. A never subtle barage of sugary waves bombard your senses as you work through this glucose beast. Waaaayyyyyyyy to sweet for my taste, especially throughout a 22oz. pour. Tasted like a thick version of those fake syrupy french vanilla concoctions that a bad coffee shop would make. Great, full 2%dairy like mouthfeel saved this rating from being in the cellar. This beer could be enjoyable as dessert at around 4 oz. to a serving. Totally unbalanced.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Standard color and head for the style. An aroma of butterscotch extract overpowered everything else in my sample. Taste was bitter butterscotch with a slight roasted toffee finish, very little malt characteristic with this one. I love Imperials but this was a poor example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1571) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
good god! Thanks(?) iowa herkeye. Black pour with a thin off white head. Vanilla(!!!) aroma. Flavor is vanilla, cream, sugar, caramel, banana, powdered sugar, and a bit of orange citrus. Finished with an amazingly cloying sweetness. I can’t say I hated this, but I feel bad for the person that tries to drink more than a few ounces of this.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2008
nice beige brown head, black as tar body. nose is awsome!!!! it is Creme Brulee!!! burnt brown sugar, chocolate, and caremel. taste is a little too much, good but i dont think i could ever drink a pint by myself, sweet caremel,and sugar and vanilla extract. little bit of alcohol is in here too. extreme to say the least but very cool they tried it. Might mellow with ageing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2008
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black with a brown head. Aroma smells exactly like a good creme brulee. Cream and caramel dominate. The flavor is creme brulee mixed with chocolate, caramel, and dark malts. Lots of coffee at the finish. Smooth and silky and hides the alcohol well.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma the most powerful and pronounced I have smelled to date. Immense amounts of caramel. Literally smells like a river of caramel. Coffee and chocolate blaze through as well. Flavor is an amazing blend of caramel, chocolate, and loads of espresso. This is like no beer i’ve ever experienced and is a great example of a rut-breaking impy. This is truly a dessert beer. Palate is smooth and caresses the mouth and tongue. Wow.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2008
pours a jet black with a small head. Aroma is absolutely exquisite- Caramelized sugar, vanilla, cream, and butter. Flavor is similar, and oh so sweet and decadent. Sweetness pervades the palate as well. Very very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
holy smokes batman. Huuuuuge vanilla, cream, and choc aroma. Perfection in the nose. This beer truly tastes like dessert. I love it. A great change of pace from the usual imp stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8286) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 Update Feb 2013: Juste à noter que la première impression est formidable, mais avec le recul, force est d’admettre que un bomber seul prouve être difficile. Le côte crème brûlée est bien rendu (grâce aux extraits) mais devient rapidement épais, et très sucré sur la fin.

Bottle courtesy of Cartdan. A desert in a bottle. On top of that, it is a hit. Pours black with brownish head. Aroma quickly hits you with the strong sweetness, and lactose that really characterize a real Creme Brulee desert. Taste is loaded with lactose, vanilla, some nice caramel notes, buttery notes and malts. The beer is hard to descrbibe due ot its unique taste. Something I would definitely try and buy again. It is very drinkable, and one can hardly notice the 10% abv.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nephilium (1596) - Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
This has been sitting in my to try list for a while. So I finally decided it was time to put aside the fears, and try this beer. It starts with a very sweet aroma, strong vanilla, caramel, and something underneath that I can’t place. Pours an opaque black, with a thin tan head. Well... I’m not quite sure how to describe the flavor, very heavy upfront sweetness, vanilla notes, touch of caramel, and butterscotch. Very sticky mouthfeel. There is still a touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish. I think I’ve committed myself to a tough undertaking needing to kill the bomber myself. Not a bad beer, but really a once in a while type of beers.


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