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RATINGS: 1626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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


Nero55's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft. Dark brown with small brown head. Aroma of caramelized sugar and vanilla. Light body with coffee, vanilla, and toasted sugar notes. Its overly sweet for my tastes.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Pours dark black with light white head. Aroma of burnt Carmel and vanilla. Taste is a touch bitter, mostly from a really burnt carmel flavor. Very malty with strong vanilla carmel flavors. Aftertaste has a lot of burnt carmel to it. Don't like the bitterness. If the bitterness was gone, it would be smoother and better allowing more flavor to come through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Agalover (2) - - JUL 25, 2016 does not count
Had on tap in London - absolutely delicious - pudding in a glass. Viscous, sweet, strong - creamy vanilla caramel taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (799) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
A: Deep dark brown with a thick and huge light brown head. N: Caramel, vanilla, condensed milk T: Vanilla, coffee, burnt sugar O: Actually caramel brulee in a bottle!?! Well sone!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stef73 (544) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Acheter lors d un voyage au usa, Biere de couleur noir avec très peu everfesssance. On sens très bien la vanille et le butterschot.en bouche c est que de la creme brûlé au on goûte . La vanille se mélange à la creme, c est très bon comme produit .

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karivogel (1) - - JUN 21, 2016 does not count
high alcohol content makes aroma strong, opens up as it reaches room temp, good after taste thats creme bruleeish. drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigda83 (816) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Samples at 05-15-16 Public Day. Pours a dark brown with small foamy off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, burnt sugars, lactose, caramel. Flavor followed the nose pretty well, but it was overly sweet. Full body, thinner texture, average carbonation, very sweet finish. It’s solid for the style and what it’s meant to be, a dessert beer. If you love sweet and big flavored stouts then you’ll love it. It was just too much for me.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fujimo2000 (88) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Pours mocha with a lingering lacing. Aroma is vanilla and Carmel. Taste is hops that's just a little too bitter for me. Was expecting a sweeter beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MetalNHopHead (1344) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Sweet hedonistic Jesus. Thoughts in my head before having this beer: They can’t make a beer like Creme Brulee. My thoughts while having this beer: THEY TOTALLY MADE A BEER LIKE CREME BRULEE. Toasted sugar, tons of vanilla, cream, and some buttery chocolate. This is one hell of a dessert beer. You definitely get big notes of lactose and vanilla. Delicious. Be sure to bring your sweet tooth.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (1643) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle. A- Vanilla extract, french vanilla ice cream, creme brulee, cheesecake, heaven. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Sweet, strong vanilla, subtle bitterness, caramel, burnt sugar, cream. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, sweet bitter finish. O- This smells like heaven. Seriously, best smelling beer ever. Dessert in a cup. I’d give it an 11 on aroma if I could. Taste is very very sweet. 6-8 oz would be perfect, more than that is tough to get through. Overall, this was amazing. Can’t wait to try more from the Blackwater series.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroadestTom (375) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Aroma caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, alcohol, Appearance black, white foam, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, long finish, Overall a little on the thin side and a bit sweet. Long almost burnt finish. I would not suggest this beer to a friend.


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