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RATINGS: 1491   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle from somebody at the stoners tent at BCTC. Thanks! Pours brown with a tan head. Nose and flavor of heavy butterscotch, vanilla, and a bit of heavily creamed coffee. Its well done, but its totally not for me. Just like the chokolat, I am not a big fan of this. At all. I could hardly finish the 2 oz sample I was given.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle. This was pretty delicious. Pours a deep black with a very thin tan head. Nose is abundant with sweet butterscotch. First sip continues with butterscotch, vanilla and the overall sweetness. This mixes with the roasted notes of mocha and it was slamming. Mistake was that I attempted to drink a pint at a regular pace and honestly these flavors become somewhat overbearing as the flavors were telling me to taste it gain and again so I slowed it down to a sipper. Much better now. GREAT dessert brew and possible an ingrediant in a baked good or paired with another confection. Definately would get again if not buy a few to hold.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1779) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
islay (1135) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3390) - 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.

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