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RATINGS: 1450   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (748) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours from bomber a lovely, thick black goodness. Aroma immediate of vanilla and chocolate. Taste of much the same. Truly creamy, but not overly sweet. Very satisfying stout.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
youneverknow (4) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
What to say that hasn’t been said already - this is a big kids treat. Delicious, sweet, and smells heavenly. The 22oz had a fairly high price tag but it was oh so worth it. This is definitely a sipper - savor the flavor because the alcohol is so well hidden you’ll think you got duped.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/9/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, custard, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with very authentic creme brulee character with light-moderate hop presence; with big strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, custard, cream, brown sugar, toast, light coffee, and light herbal/pine hops. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, butterscotch, brown sugar, custard, toast, light coffee, and slight herbal/pine hops on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and complexity of dark malt, lactose, and vanilla flavors; with just enough hop bitterness to cut out any cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial milk stout! All around awesome balance of dark malt, vanilla, and lactose flavors with moderate hop balance; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (618) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2014
22Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown with a small tan head leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a blast of vanilla and caramel (cre me brûlée). Taste is quite sweet but it is in all honestly delicious consistent with aroma, you feel the booze but it is very well combined with the other flavors. Not as heavy as I expected and very enjoyable. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lutz2jm (31) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Sweet and delicious. Can only have one but you will really enjoy it. Smell is the best part of the drinking process. Finish is a little strong. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyBinion (16) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
A strong Creme Brulee aroma. Pours black with a light head. It has a very sweet burnt sugar flavor paired with just the right amount of bitterness. An ideal desert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
The aroma is rich in vanilla as is the taste. Sweet, creamy, toasty vanilla is accented with buttery caramel. Very creamy, easy to drink once. It is too sweet to drink more then one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Single finger head on top of a red pour. Caramel right off the bat along with some vanilla and butterscotch. Thick syrupy mouth. Very sweet. Taste just like advertised. Slight bitterness at the end makes this easier to drink without fatigue. Aftertaste is a little weird though.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (316) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Poured from a bottle with a dark brown color, no head. Has an amazingly sweet vanilla, sugar, and caramel aroma. Taste is the same sweet vanilla, but also has a bitterness that prevents it from being too sweet. I can’t help wish this was a pure sweet stout, but maybe it would have been too rich. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is a delicious beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobGuts (15) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Split a bomber with 2 buds. Absoutly delics, served it a little to warm at 60 it was still teriffic. Wish we had some vanilla ice cream to try with it. Going to do it again using some Vanilla ice cream next time. Just a 3 or 4 ounce glass - so stay tuned...


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