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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Thanks to Blake for bringing this over! Poured clear, deeper brown with a short-lived cap of tan head. The aroma was just decadent.. candied caramel, vanilla, and coffee all over with lesser notes of chocolate.. left me with a vanilla caramel cream candy impression. The flavor was sweet again, and unfortunately not as well composed as the aroma.. vanilla and caramel at the core, both amplified by alcohol warmth.. sweet and cloying at the finish, picking up some coffee.. tasty initially, but very hard to drink more than a few ounces of. Too sweet and rich on the palate from a beer perspective.. toning this down would provide a wonderful drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle from VA. Black with a fizzy white head. Very sweet chocolate and SUGAR aroma. It really tastes like a chocolate creme brulee with big vanilla notes and a roasty finish. Big points for originality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Holy smokes the aroma kicked this thing off big time. Just sweet burnt sugar and caramel everywhere. Big froathy head with deep body. Flavor is the exact same. Friggin amazing but all the same thing. Drink it as a special 1 time thing, because you dont want a lot of it. But that once in awhile bottle is seriously tremendous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 My Bottom Line:
The combination of lactose and vanilla sweetness explodes into coconut icing and marshmallows in this impressively perfumy tropical liqueur replacement.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the blackness.
-This is as drinkable as Bailey’s Irish Cream. Thick, super-sweet and boldly flavorful. If you are not a fan of these flavors, you might gag after two or three sips.
-There is some roasted malt and hop bitterness in the end, which team up to cut away some of the dictatorial sweetness.
-This is as aromatic as pure vanilla extract. If you set your glass a few feet away from you, you can still enjoy the beer’s aroma.
-Toffee is also found within this heaviest of desserts.
-Although I would never for the life of me attempt to drink a full glass of this (let alone an entire bomber!), I have to say this novelty drink is beautifully crafted and clean throughout. A little more restraint would do it a world of good though, imho.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
Objectively speaking: A massive, vanilla and coffee liqueur-like dessert brew that escapes beer realm comparability.
I like: It assumes itself. Aromatic and perfumey to the point that you’d recognize it among any 30 different imperial stouts. Obviously doing just what it aims to do, but you really must be in the mood for non-beery nonsense. Relatively complex, cakey, full-flavoured.
I dislike: Sticky sweet: drinking more than a few announces would become challenging. Kinda dissimulated alcohol in the nose, but it jumps back at you in mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to KingpinIPA for this one. Dark black with a nice tan head. Smells and tastes like a butter rum Lifesaver. Some alcohol warmth in the finish. Very sweet. Different. Glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle; thanks for sharing, Todd. This smells lovely. Actually almost exactly like melted butterscotch chips and vanilla. Some caramel and a little burnt sugar, but more butterscotch than anything. Big sweet smell. Tastes like bitter burnt sugar. Really foul, to be honest, and much too sweet. I really didn’t like this at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 7, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from Kappy’s) Dunkin’ Donuts!....Pours very, very dark brown with a slight bit of tan head that recedes to the edges. Aroma of French vanilla and really nothing else. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and sticky. Really no lacing. Flavor is French vanilla and chocolate with maybe some coffee underneath. A bit hot but not too bad. Certainly not the most complex Imp Stout I’ve had but a very tasty one. Like a French vanilla coffee in a bomber!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3076) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The aroma is striing for its domination by vanilla beans. Some caramel is mixed in too. The apperance is a gorgeous jet black, with a small tan head. The flavor is roasted coffee and vanilla - very sweet. It definitely has the flavor of a milk stout, more so that anything else. The palate is initially sweet like dessert, but is quickly dominated by a roasted burnt quality. Enjoyable beer, not the best from ST, and maybe the weakest of their Black Water Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz. or 650ml bottle in to a snifter. Appearance: A big, thick and foamy head sits on top of a very dark brown and opaque body. Its head is dark tan in color and it slowly fades to just a very thin covering. Lacing is rather sparse and slick as it slides down the sides of the glass. Smell: The aroma is strong and noticeable as soon as the bottle is opened. The big bold sweetness of caramel and vanilla bean hits the nose. Under that there is a hint of roasted malt and sweet boozy alcohol like butterscotch schnapps. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is overwhelmingly sweet!!! A thick, heavy caramel flavor dominates the over some creamy vanilla notes as well as a hint of dark powdery chocolate. Hop flavor is well hidden with just a slight bitterness sliding in near the finish. Also there is a mild warming from its 10% abv. The body is heavy and full with a syrupy slick, sticky texture. Its carbonation was mild which added to the slickness. Notes: Its thick sticky body and its unchecked, unbalanced sweetness made for a very slow sipping beverage. It’s not exactly my cup of tea but cheers to Southern Tier for pushing the boundary with a very interesting beer.

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