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RATINGS: 1570   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


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urraca (44) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Thee most aromatic, and unique smelling brew I’ve ever encountered. A little heavy on the palate, but with it’s deep hints of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and molasses on the nose, you expected that. It poured almost dark black, with a small white head that vanished rather quickly. It’s taste of rich vanilla, caramel, and chocolate malt. But becomes bitter with some coffee and at the end, nicely finishing of the almost overly sweet tone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Aroma is sticky and very sweet - molasses, vanilla, chocolate, a touch of cinnamon; smells like a candy store. Pours black with a near white head. Taste is just like the aroma plus butterscotch, a slight hoppy bitterness and a coffee finish. Very smooth, sweet, and creamy; alcohol is very well-hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3281) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
1/2 pint shared with Lubiere at the Empire Brewing Co., served in a small cocktail(?) glass. AU15/08.

App.: Very deep ruby with an off-white rim. Aroma: HUGE gobs of vanilla, chocolate, creamy and lovely and sumptuous, dark rum, molasses, lives up to the name. Palate: Full bodied, flat and syrupy. Flav.: Vanilla, chocolate, cream/dairy notes, some light warm spices, dark rum; very sweet, quite alcoholic and moderately bitter with long, lingering coffee.

A huge dessert beer that would win over many non-beer drinkers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
wow this was world class big rich nose of fresh cream and milk maid caramel, notes of chocolate and a light perfume were present in the aroma and flavor. smooth and rich with a decent addition of hops to help counter the strong sweetness. velvity and sweet witout being syrupy. oh and vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.6? Come on people. I cant image why anyone would give the aroma and palate of this brew anything but nearly perfect. Nose is sweet vanilla and coffee, sweet toffee malt, some fruit. Flavor is much of the same. Carbonation compliments this beer. Layers of flavor combinations on your palate throughout. Will probably age beautifully.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Phew! Vanilla? Hell no. The overwhelming butterscotch in this aroma can be detected a good 20 feet away. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Thankfully the taste is more subdued, allowing some roasted malt to come through. Beyond that, more butterscotch and a little vanilla. Alcohol not noticeable. 22 ounces of this? That’s just wrong.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mingo1968 (51) - phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
At first wiff i would not think that it was beer in a glass, but a vanilla coffee drink. The color was almost black with a minimal head. It was very sweet to the taste, like desert in a glass. skip the chocolate cake and have a glass of this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
In the context of beer, the rating for this would be questionable. In the context of dessert, this is amazingly good. Crack open the bottle and butterscotch aromas are already leaping at your nose. It pours deep brown black with almost no head. Delicious flavors of butterscotch, caramel, and burnt vanilla. Lingering boozy warmth. Sitting at the bar, I’d say maybe, maybe not. After a meal, why not have a dessert with 10% alcohol?

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2008
@Richmond/Williamsburg Gathering-22 oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and bark brown color. Aroma is maple syrup. Taste is maple syrup, tannin-like, dry. Thanks LooseCannon for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draft at Bocktown, 8/10/08. Pours black with khaki head, quickly dissipating. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, banana and roasted burniness. Taste is exactly like creme brulee. Toasted burnt caramelization with vanilla and sweet caramel. Glad I only got a sample. Sweet as all get out. Very tasty though, just not beer-y enough for me. Slight alcohol flavor and heat.


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