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RATINGS: 1560   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of growler. Pours black with minimal head. Delicious creme brulee aroma. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors and lots of biterness. Full body with tingly carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Different but good. I was hoping for more creme brulee flavor after smelling the great aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Sampled from bomber someone had @ RBSG. Dark brown pour, very thin light brown head. Thick dulce de leche and raisin aroma, caramel, alcohol. Sweet caramel taste, some minor roast astringency and alcohol heat on the back end. A bit rough around the edges and a bit cloying on the nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from ewestern. Dark brown beer with a thick brown head. Aroma is definitely as advertised, creme brulee. The flavor is the same, very sweet, with strong caramel, vanilla, light coffee and some roasted malt and a chocolaty finish. Kind of reminds me of a white chocolate type liqueur. Basically tastes like liquid creme brulee in a glass. If I really loved this custard desert, I would absolutely love this beer. It’s really my favorite, but I can appreciate it for being something different. ST definitely accomplishes what they set out to do, but it probably won’t appeal to everyone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Yeah santa! Pours a deep brown with a foamy brown head. Aroma is all caramel and vaniila. Taste is the same. sweet, rich and decadent. Wow this has to be the most unique stout I have had in a long time. Medium body and vanilla, caramel and brown sugar heaven. YES!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeke626 (446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque, pitch black body with thin, quickly disappearing tan head. Delicious aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, burnt sugar, and custard. Flavors of coffee and cocoa with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla tones. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; medium bodied. Slightly bitter coffee bite to go with the sweet butterscotch finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
22oz bomber served in a wine glass. Deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Fair amount of carbonation for the style. Huge aroma with lots of vanilla and toffee. Full bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel. More vanilla, toffee and a little coffee in the flavor. Alcohol is apparent. Plenty of lacto sweetness. Not much bitterness to balance. A good dessert beer. I enjoy sweet stouts, so I really liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. Aroma STRONG of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla. Flavor is very candylike with the same sort of notes, lots of toffee, a good bit of coffee ice cream. Extremely sweet of course, but it doesn’t start to wear for quite awhile all things considered. Still, even splitting the bomber 3 ways, the last ounce or two wasn’t my favorite ounce or two of beer ever. Quite an experience and glad I had it, but don’t see myself returning to it in the general scheme of beer selection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5500) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. Sampled this at the Williamsburg Gathering but got a bottle from Bon Vivant. Rating will come from the full sample. Black pour with mahogany around the edges and a thick, foamy tan head. Nose smells almost exactly like creme brulee. Some vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and coconut. Bits of toffee throughout. Taste lets a bit more dark chocolate and coffee in but retains the vanilla, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. The alcohol begins to come through here as well. The body itself is kind of thin and has a weird bitter astringency to it. It really detracts from the beer at times. Carbonation is also a bit thin on the palate. Finishes with more caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, hints of coffee and coconut. Though I enjoyed this beer, this is more of a "one time thing" than a beer I could drink on a regular basis, even if that basis is monthly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Bottle courtesy tpd975. Thanks Greg for another wonderfull treat from Southern Tier. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is freaking insaine, tons of sweet cream, toffee, caramel, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and toasted nuts. Taste is the same as aroma but slightly less prominent and a touch of alcohol. Full creamy mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a sweet finish. I have no clue how Southern Tier packs so much aroma and flavor into a beer but I know that they have to be cheating some how. Freaking delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3771) - 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.

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