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RATINGS: 1589   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Pours a deep black color with a small creamy tan head that sticks around throughout. Aroma is vanilla, and lots of it. It reminds me of my old female boss who wore way too much vanilla perfume, but it was a good thing because she couldn’t possibly sneak up on you to see if you were screwing around, because you could smell her coming from a long way off. Fortunately, this stuff tastes a lot better than she did! Vanilla is definitely present in the flavor, but there is also dark roasted caramel malt, espresso roasted coffee, and hints of chocolate and hard candy sugar. Thick and creamy on the palate. A touch of alcohol on the finish, just enough to remind you this an imperial stout you’re drinking. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnoutdoors (2) - Allover, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2008 does not count
Huge Coffee Smell, Black as Night Appearance, Vanilla,Coffee,Sugar to the taste with very little alcohol finish. Gonna try it as a float with ice cream next time....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Head about this one a few months ago when it was first being brewed. Sounded awesome and ST knows how to do beer to I was expecting what I got. Pour is pitch black with frothy cream colored head. Aromas of vanilla, sugar, coffee, and some alcohol. Tastes exactly like Creme Brulee, but in liquid form. Thanks ST!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This beer is very very sweet. Be prepared. Poured black and left nice lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate smashed together. Taste is very sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of alcohol on the finish. This beer is diabetes in a bottle. You probably won’t be able to finish the entire 22oz’r. I couldn’t, but it’s not because it tastes bad, just a little over the top with sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle from Sean. I have heard many things about this beer, being either a love or hate thing. I had it in the fridge for several hours, so when I cracked it, it was way too cold to be consuming. I have also heard many things about it being ridiculous to have this in a bomber. I am not so sure about that. I could have drank my weight in this stuff, espeically once it got to a better temperature. Dark black color. Smells like a giant vanilla / roasted coffee drink with some alcohol in it. It IS sweet to drink, are there any hops in this? Rich, full of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, just all around a very unique and interesting beer. I could have drank the 22 oz myself, but more than one would leave you in hangover land. A nice dessert beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1260) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is HUGE! Over-the-top sweet butterscotch, maple syrup and vanilla that just explodes out of the glass. The taste is fairly sweet up front (not as much so as the aroma), then I got some black pepper, followed by deeply roasted malt (nearly charred), then maple syrup, and finally vanilla with the deeply roasted malt again. Good thick mouthfeel with a long finish. At times this tasted almost like a syrup-laden pancake, and other times it tasted like butterscotch candy. The almost charred malt is not something that I generally care for, but in this beer I think that it was necessary to offset the sweetness. My mother had one of those scented candles in the house once that smelled just like this, and I hated it. It actually made me feel nauseous at times. Unfortunately, this beer reminded me of that, which dropped the score some. So overall this was very unique and I can see how it is often love/hate--it should be in nip bottles instead of bombers though, because there is no way I would be able to finish this on my own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2008
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a scant off-white head. As others have mentioned, the aroma hits you as soon at the bottle is opened. It’s very sweet with a lot of vanilla, and plenty of butterscotch, which makes it smell very similar to a Wether’s original hard candy or some Handi-snacks pudding. The flavor is a mixture of roasted malt with the vanilla and butterscotch flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky, with a lingering finish of burnt malt along with vanilla and butterscotch. The flavor and aroma are really over the top, but it’s definitely a beer that would be tolerable in small doses.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours deep deep dark brown with thin tan head. I could smell this from six feet away. I get knock you on your keyster vanilla, chocolate, coconut, caramel, brash nuttiness, butterscotch, rich fatty yummy Irish butter and loads and loads of WOW! It smells like a fresh box of rich assorted chocolate candy. The taste is just the same and just as decadent and amazing. It begins with slick yet chewy sweet rich goodness. Almost too rich to drink much of. I get a bit of heavy cream, coconut, dark chocolate, nuttiness, butterscotch, almonds, pecans, filberts and coffee. Holy cow this stuff is crazy good and rich. The alcohol seems just noticeable at times. I’ve noticed I haven’t dished out many 10s (and only for aroma so far) but this one is a no brainer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5615) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Poured a black color with a tan head. Aroma just hits you in the face, I head it about a foot away and could still smell it. Basically smells like cold cappucino with extra vanilla, but very strong. Flavor was just the same. very strong vanilla flavor mixed with chocolate and coffee with a small alcohol burn. Very good but hard to finish a whole bottle because its sooo sweet.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2008
This beer is like if someone opened one of those flavoring syrups they have at some coffee shops and poured it into a beer glass with a lot of food coloring. I could smell this beer from across the room when it was opened. It does pour a very nice deep dark color with a thin off-white head. My wife ended up drinking most of it and it was all I could smell for hours after the beer was gone. The smell is just cloying and horrible. I had to wash the glass out three times before i felt like the smell was gone. Flavor is kind of burnt coffee with hazelnut syrup. This is a huge miss for Southern Tier which is sad because they usually have really great beers. Blech.

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