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RATINGS: 1451   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (356) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle (dated 2/3/14) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Aroma is spot on creme brulee. Lots of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar. Tasting notes of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, bitter roast, subtle chocolate. Full body with a dry finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (928) - Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2014
On tap, dark Carmelly brown with a tan head and some lacing. Amazing nose totally lives up to the name. Taste is deep, sweet, just like the desert, but it gets a bit heavy on the tongue after a full glass.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rich_beer (2) - - APR 2, 2014 does not count
If you are a fan of phony tasting flavored coffee you would probably love this. Personally I found it gross. Can I give this zero stars? I’m at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME with a great selection of beer. I thank God that I only purchased a 5oz sample of this vile concoction. Do yourself a favor and skip this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (2918) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
On tap at The Cove. Pours a very dark brown with beige head that leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is a strong burnt caramel, vanilla, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with burnt sugar, sweet vanilla, and lingering roast finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (454) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Draft. Pours black thin head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, creme, and alcohol. High sweet and rich taste. Full body, oily texture, some alcohol bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable, and filling. One was enough for me but would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
22oz bottle. pours silky smooth, dark black with a tiny tan head. almost overpowering huge sweet aroma. caramel, marshmallow, vanilla. very sweet taste, light roast, heavy marshmallow, chocolate. little bitterness at the finish that doesn’t do much to offset the sweetness. nice tasty dessert beer or sipper. I imagine it would go great with chocolate cake.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
Black. No head. I just poured and from three feet away all i smell is vanilla. Maybe somesweet toffee or caramel too. Same in flavor. Great notes of sweet vanilla caramel before a mouthful of espresso. Really nice stout. Good balance between sweet and bitter

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (664) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Poured from a tap. Dark brown color, medium off white frothy head. Smells like Creme brûlée. Light malt characters with a distinct Creme brûlée flavor and a mild burn malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FriendOfBeer (74) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Aroma of toasted marshmallow and caramel. Taste is very sweet but not overpowering. So much flavor. The coffee flavor of a stout still breaks through and occupies the rest of the aftertaste. Pretty boozy at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (181) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
With Vanilla Bean..on tap..great pour..opaque with huge tan head..big butterscotch aroma,along with vanilla and caramel..very sweet for 9.6% ABV..and more carbonated than I thought..but still really good.

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