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RATINGS: 1496   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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2197) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2014
22 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, malts and cocoa. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2054) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a small thin head that quickly fades away. Aroma is awesome. Toasted marshmallow, vanilla, custard, caramel, and coffee cake. Tastes very sweet and sugary. Big vanilla and coffee cake taste mixed custard and caramel. Some alcohol shows in the finish. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel is decent but not as smooth and creamy as it should be. Overall, great aroma but tastes a bit too sweet. Plus I wish the mouthfeel was a little better. I’ll have to try this fresher next year to see if it makes a difference.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (491) - - MAY 25, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with crimson hues when backlit. Head fades quickly to light lacing. Aroma is overpowering: vanilla, flan, butterscotch and roasted malt. Flavor is same with very sweet Creme brûlée finish. Impressive.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (165) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Aroma is dark licorice, vanilla, caramel, the look is dark as night, brown head, good lacing. This is it for me, may not be for everyone but this is it. It has bitterness, sweetness, tartness, coffee, vanilla, it drinks so smooth it goes down like a soda!!! The only bad thing I can say about this beer is the strong bigger hangover after the swallow is very hard. ABV is perfect, great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (554) - - MAY 12, 2014
Bomber. Rich vanilla bean and lactose aroma that easily overpowers whatever else might be there. Pours dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Taste is dessert in a beer. Extremely sweet lactose sugars, like evaporated milk, as well as strong vanilla flavors with a bit of caramel. Finishes smooth with the lactose and vanilla lingering on the palate long after the drinking. Very good, but I find it a bit heavy on the sweetness especially on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shanoknowsfood (51) - Hawaii, USA - MAY 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 Just had one these, yesterday, on tap ($8.13 a glass). At The White Horse Pub (English Pub), in Sarasota, Florida. Appearance was dark brown. Nose was rich with vanilla bean and a hint of chocolate lased coffee. Taste was rich cocholate coffee laced with vanilla bean. Hints of plum, raisins and allspice. Palate was chocolate & coffee. I hate the taste of coffee, and the 1st few gulps were not easy. But, after that, the alcohol took over and the taste changed to vanilla & chocolate with hints of fruit & spice. Not as good as a Muncher Doppelbock, but it was quite refreshing, and an interesting experience indulging in a nice blend of flavors. A bit expensive, but i would definately try it again.

2.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
htzpah (99) - - MAY 10, 2014
Smells amazing, like the most luscious creme brûlée. Cheesecake also on the nose. No head, rolls like wine. Disappointing taste, too medicinal.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerSlayer (8) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2014 does not count
caramel, roasty, coffee, vanilla, black, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, creamy, thick feel, soft carbonation,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nakedwhendrunk (2198) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a pour that is a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white foamy head in the snifter and a one and a half finger white foamy head. No lacing in the snifter but some sticky white sporadic lacing in the pint glass. The smell. well Southern Tier did what they’re supposed to and that’s put crème brule in the smell (I get it, its there), however, there’s also an ample amount of caramel and chocolate coming through as well. The taste was well sticky sweet all around through the crème brule flavoring and still bringing back the caramel and chocolate, sweet sticky caramel/crème brule aftertaste leaving a dry and somewhat chocolatey finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a decent sipping aspect to it, carbonation seems good for a Milk/Sweet Stout and to have held up this long with the ABV, there is a semi-dry yet smooth aspect rolling around the mouth and tongue.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkinWell (274) - - MAY 2, 2014
Pours jet black with off-white head and substantial lacing. An overpowering sense of butterscotch drowns out all other aromas. Incredibly sweet, creamy caramel mouthfeel, syrupy, hints of dark tropical fruit, hints of caramel and molasses. Way too sweet for my taste.


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