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RATINGS: 1602   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


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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
I think this is the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. But, the combination of vanilla, caramels and sugars make this quite enjoyable. It’s a perfect after dinner beer.


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (851) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Aroma - does not disappoint. Rich candied sugar, vanilla, and butterscotch. Appearance - body is black. The head is beige 1/4". Alcohol cloying that carries lacing. Taste - rich mix of roast, vanilla, cream, alcohol, and caramel ~ could be described as butterscotch. Palate - full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, and slightly roast bitters.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle at home with my wife. pour is deep brown, almost black, with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Aroma is packed with sugar - cake frosting, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, light cocoa, and cake batter. Wow that is insanely sweet. Taste is big cake batter, vanilla, frosting, butterscotch, light coffee, cocoa, and marshmallows with an overly sweet finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Way too sweet for my liking and 2 oz was more than enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (339) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a thin sticky head. Substantial cling. Aromas of vanilla and caramel. Flavors are vanilla, caramel, spice, roasty malt and dark chocolate. Well balanced hoppy bite. Noticeable booziness. Sticky to oily mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Very sweet and candy-like. Nice beer, but a little too much like desert.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (144) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Huge vanilla, caramel nose. Very sweet yet not syrupy or cloying. This is a liquid version of creme brûlée. Nicely balanced with earthy hops. Some lightly roasted coffee and white chocolate linger in the background. Delicious dessert stout!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueshockey24 (182) - Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bomber. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is Vanilla, Custard, burnt sugar pretty much exactly like creme brûlée. Taste is thick and sweet like caramelized sugar, vanilla and marshmallow / eggy custard. Finish is a little bitter but assume it will settle down as it warms up. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1261) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Dark, brown color . Thin and weak head. Aroma of milk chocolate and creme brulee . Very sweet , though not cloying taste with roasted bitterness at the end. Good , dessert beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neurbob (102) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Poured to snifter as advised on bottle. Dark brown clear syrupy appearance without any head. Nose is clearly dessert up front with burnt sugar and vanilla. Very sweet with immediate alcohol kick on top of the pronounced vanilla and burnt caramel. Pretty thick mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (810) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours pitch black. Flavor is super sweet well, creme brulee, sweet vanilla icing. As for flavor, wow, smoky, vanilla icing, cream cheese frosting, some roasted malts. Dessert beer. This is sweet. Don’t treat this like a regular Stout. It’s super sweet. You better be in the mood for this bad boy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Really nice vanilla taste. I enjoy this stout as a dessert drink. It is very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BreWedge (437) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a near opaque brown with a short-lived medium mocha head. Aromas are burnt sugar, Bailey’s, and alcohol. Tastes are akin to a creme liqueur like Baileys, coffee, and some alcohol. Robust, warming alcohol, and a medium sweet/alcohol finish. The mix of sweetness and heavy alcohol did not work for me.


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