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RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (71) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a minimal mocha head and spotty lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, and lots of it! Taste is sweet with the vanilla dominating and burnt sugar and molasses following. Solid bodied and creamy on the palate. Overall, very solid, yet sweet stout that will appeal to your sweet tooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kingaugusta (22) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Dessert, and then a slap. Pours inky with a quick light brown head. Nose is vanilla and poignant. The sip is very sweet and creamy for a moment, then the combination of vanilla, hops, alcohol, and roasted barley all come crashing in on the palate. Did I mention this stuff has vanilla in it? It’s interesting and will ultimately be a bit polarizing. I could have a small amount but I don’t think I could drink a whole bomber of it...too rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CpyNPrnT (507) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
Aroma of sweet creme, taste is lactose, creme burlee, chocolate, can only drink a little at once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
WABeerFiend (327) - - APR 25, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 03.20.15. A: Creme brulee. Sweet cream, vanilla, and caramelized sugar. A: 1 finger off white head that fades to a ring and some fluff. Black body with no red in the glass. T: Sweet cream, vanilla, and caramelized sugar dominate. Chocolate, bitter chocolate on the back end, woodiness, and marshmallow are subtle. P: Creamy smooth. Thin, but not watery. O: They really nailed the flavor. It is super, almost icky sweet, though. I should have shared the bottle because the sweetness wore on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizardking3 (193) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2015
Whoa, this one lives up to the name! Pours dark black with small tan head. The aroma, holy crap the aroma... Tons of creme soda and butterscotch. You won’t smell another beer like this. The taste is massive vanilla and bitter malts, the finish is big time butterscotch and toasted marshmellow. This beer is big on lactose, so understand that you’re drinking a sweet stout. It is quite sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
Old rating. Yeah, really really sweet. Dark pour. Creme brulee elements all there caramel, creamy, burnt sugar, vanilla, some coffee and chocolates. It is just so amazingly sweet its hard to drink more than a few sips. Maybe a dessert beer shared with several friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (978) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bomber from my buddy Jon Upson in December 2013 (not sure how old it was then, but should be nicely aged by now). Pours black with some dark brown around the edges and one finger of tan-brown foam. Gorgeous AROMA of big (and very sweet) crème brûlée right off the bat, sticky butterscotch, rich vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, roasted nuts, with a hint of popcorn butter(?!). FLAVOR of butterscotch candy, crème brûlée, creamy vanilla, coconut, toffee, vanilla latte, Bailey’s Irish Creme, with some earthy-dirty dark roasted malts. Certainly sweet but not yet to the point of cloying (I am thinking that the aging has mellowed the sweetness somewhat). Soft and creamy on the palate and somehow the quite big ABV is utterly concealed under all the dessert notes. I had heard about this beer years ago and really wanted to try it as I am a big fan of vanilla and crème brûlée. It’s quite amusing reading other ratings of this beer as it becomes obvious that it is mostly a love-it-or-hate-it kind of beer. I thought this might be really one-dimensional and lack nuance, but I was wrong. Certainly not something I want to drink with any frequency, but judged by itself in isolation, this is very satisfying. Thank you @JonUpson for saving a bottle of this for me. (1550, 964)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
yewberry (6) - USA - APR 11, 2015 does not count
I’m reading all the 4 and 5-point reviews and wondering if I drank the same beer. If you’ve ever wanted to tuck into a butterscotch Yankee Candle, this one’s for you. Also, all who claim this tastes/smells "exactly like a creme brulee" must never have had one. Maybe you’re thinking of butterscotch instant pudding? Only sweeter, if that’s possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (180) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 Bottle from Epsom Circle Market, Epsom, NH. Aroma is strongly caramel malt with mild burnt smell. Appearance is dark brown to black--almost completely opaque, with 1 finger off white head with fair retention. Taste is heavy sweet caramel. Palate is full bodied, thick without noticeable carbonation. Finish is sweet and long. Overall, this is a great dessert beer if you are looking for Creme Brulee. There isn’t much complexity here but that’s probably unfair to ask given how it’s advertised. Very good at what it does and props for achieving it with malts and not running it over a bed of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (135) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2015
Aromas of burnt, sweet toffee; burnt sugar and butterscotch. Small, off-white head. Black or very dark brown head. Very sweet, hops seem swamped by the malt, though some moderate bitterness. Medium body, sticky texture; average carbonation; a long finish with sweet burnt sugar and some bitterness. Overall This is a pretty unusual beer - lots of burnt sugar and toffee. Personally it is a bit sweet for me and lacking in balance; still it is interesting.

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