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RATINGS: 1489   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Pours oily black, with a small, frothy light tan head. Smells of huge vanilla, and chocolate cream notes, very rich and sweet smelling. The flavor is huge on the smooth vanilla, with chocolate and coffee blended in. Really big on the flavor and definitely got this right if hey were going for creme brulee. I can see why it would be a touch sweet for some people, but I dug it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
SUPER vanilla-ey aroma. Has a very, sticky sweet, desert-like flavor. Tastes like a milkshake made of coffee and flan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
the name says it all.awesome blend of chocolate,cinnamon,spice,butterscotch,and coffee.very unique and very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bomber from Goldtwins @ RBSG. Pours brown with a tan ring. Nose is Amazing sweet and sugar butterscotch and amaretto. Taste is sweet and syrupy the desert beer.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
islay (1100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Small sample from 10 oz. pour, on tap at Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan. Consumed on 8-2-08. Butterscotch and caramel aroma; smells like a Werther’s Original. Also a heavily flavored coffee element to the aroma. Sweet and creamy smell. Very strong and interesting aroma. It’s a little too in-your-face to be great. The appearance is nearly black with thin beige head and good lacing. Tastes like heavily sweetend coffee. The candy-like aspects of the smell become sickeningly sweet in the flavor. Coffee-bitter aftertaste. The taste is way too powerful, but it certainly is unique. Medium body. Oily and frothy in the palate with some liveliness. Comes across as a smaller beer than it is. I guessed it was around 7% ABV, not 10%. Just too much. I sampled about 2 oz. from my friend’s glass, and it already was more than I wanted. Close to the least sessionable beer I’ve ever encountered.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Had this from a bottle-Poured a jet black with a nice tan head.Aromas were of vanilla,coffee.Flavors were also heavy vanilla,caramel,chocolate and dark strong coffee.Pretty good,but could not have too much of this.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2008
draft at coles- huge caramel aroma, accompanied by vanilla. Not much else there. flavor is similarly dominated by caramel, but there is a booziness here that is undesirable and unexpected. Still a nice little beer that would be good in one 6 oz. serving. Drinkability- very low.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3348) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, cream. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, creme, basically everything except beer. I almost feel like I got a milkshake. Good, though.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dutch23mp (272) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Extreme vanilla cream with a small headvbrowned, tan colored probably good with desert. the flavors hide the high ABV good not great.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3351) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours a brown head and a nearly black body. Brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel aroma overpowers your nostrils to extremes that I have never seen or rather smelled. Taste is huge amounts of caramel and brown sugar. Barely tastes like beer for that matter except for one point at the finish. Very sweet and very thick. No hint of alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but there is so much other crap in there though. It’s like eating a cake. I guess at dessert this beer would be cool, but at any other time it is way, way too much. As such my weird rating of this beer. I didn’t really like it, but I’ve never had anything quite like it.


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