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RATINGS: 1557   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. There’s lots of lactose sugar and vanilla on the nose - very custard like - along with graham cracker pie crust and some dark berries late. It’s a dark, opaque, oily brown black with a glassy surface, and a light tan, soft, sudsy head that retains a moderate ring and moderate lace. The taste is a medium bitter and medium high sweet. The texture is thick, oily, and slick with a smooth, but fuzz,y light carbonation. The full malty body is loaded with custard and vanilla flavors upfront, along with secondary flavors of caramel and a boozy warmth. The finish is warm and creamy with a burnt character and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste is burnt and surprisingly dry with bitter spice and pine notes, and late, abundant sugar followed by nuts and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (420) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pours a coffee black with basically no head. Vanilla beans and coffee in the nose. This is definitely a dessert beer. The caramel malt and vanilla is definitely predominant over anything else. Solid beer, but not a stout that knocks it out of the park for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (98) - - FEB 7, 2015
Beautiful dark beer with deep ruby highlight against the light, a small tan head that persists and leaves elegant lacing. The nose is a pillow of vanilla, which also leads the way on the tongue, along with caramel, smoky wood, burnt sugar. There’s a touch of heat from the alcohol, and bitter leaves that provide a nice counterpoint but last a bit too long on the finish. Life is too short to drink bad beer. Try this instead.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Riccardi50 (19) - Montreat, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Caramel, chocolate, coffee, and especially vanilla are all flavors to enjoy. I just want keep drinking this delicious beverage. It has a strong vanilla smell and taste. The name does the beer justice. My only qualm was it has a very slight bitter finish and I think if it had a higher alcohol content that it would finish smoother. But that didn’t stop me from giving this beer one of my highest ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (894) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Very dark with small head. Strong sweet vanilla toffee aroma. Taste- sticky sweet caramel and vanilla flavor balanced with some bitter roasted malt and some warming alcohol. Wonderful taste but very sweet. Nice sipping dessert stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renntag (7) - - FEB 5, 2015 does not count
Caramel, nuts, toast, floral, butterscotch. Nice head. Complex flavours of caramel with a heavy body. Magnificent execution of creme brulee. What a wonderful stout. This might be a desert pour for most, but many should find the aromas and complexity to be top shelf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2755) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2015
650ml bottle A - opaque, but clear, dark red-brown body with great reddish highlights under light. Smallish but durable tan head. S - smells like a superb liqueur; vanilla and caramel dominate, but has good depth and complexity. I’d give it a 10 were it not for the alcohol, even though it is partially hidden. T - like the smell, this is rather weet, but well-crafted with the flavors and aromas blending very nicely but in your mouth. Smooth, tiny bitter kick, liquid vanilla creme cake. Very sweet but I like it. M - light carbonation; creamy smooth; medium+ body; some obvious warming from the high ABV. O - A bit too sweet, but after all, it is a "creme brulee". Exceptionally smooth; unique flavor. Great dessert beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
c1raider (67) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2015 Its very rare I dont finish a beer, I didnt take 3 sips of this one before I gave it away. Imagine a creme brulee milkshake mixed with a watered down stout. Overtly sweet, palate feel was light and carbonated, huge vanilla notes, Carmel. Even the person I gave it to didnt finish it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Augdraught1981 (176) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2015
WOW this is a big beer! Black pour, virtually no head with a delicious vanilla coffee & cream aroma. The taste is thick vanilla alcohol forward with some sweet creamed coffee in the finish. I have a big bottle of this stuff and have no idea how I’m going to finish it before it goes bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (504) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2015
It pours black with a healthy dark brown head. It has a hugely powerful vanilla aroma when first smelled. There are also various creamy aromas as well. It has tastes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. There is a rich, creamy texture to it that compliments the moderate carbonation.

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