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RATINGS: 1483   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2008
The color was dark black/brown. The head was thin, tan, and fizzy. The aroma was buttercream, butterscotch, cinnamon and other spices. The flavor was sweet, eggnog, butterscotch, cherry, and cream. The palate was very smooth and thick. The finish was sweet and spicy.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (518) - - JUL 28, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is very sweet vanilla. Taste is also very sweet with vanilla and some malts at the end.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (391) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Tap. Pours a deep black with a creamy light mocha head. The flavor is incredibly strong and sweet creme brulee. There may have been a stout under those flavors somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. This was a bit too over the top and gimmicky for me. I would prefer the creme brulee flavor dialed down the sweetness cut way, way back.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (1524) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Tap: Deep brown edges, nearly black center with a mocha-tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Very nice aroma; vanilla, sweet cream, caramel, & brown sugar give off that heavy sweetness vibe & have a very dessert-like appeal. Taste is no different... It’s sweet. VERY sweet. Milky vanilla, sweet caramelized brown sugar, burnt toffee, just a slight astringency from the roasted malt. Sweet up front, sweet on the back-end.... Sweet everywhere. The taste, the aroma, all good, but the high sweetness makes this hard to drink more than a few ounces. I understand it’s SUPPOSED to be a "sweet dessert" beer, but this is overboard. Attenuate a little more & this beer might actually be really good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markpseg (10) - - JUL 24, 2014
Deliciously inventive. Perhaps overly sweet for more than a single serving but perfect for post dinner/holiday evening. High vanilla and caramel as the name would suggest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teemoney (20) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Poured from bomber into snifter. Dark, dark brown color, with thin white low retention head. Smells straight up like butterscotch. Taste is interesting: more butterscotch/ vanilla, but a little more bitter than I expected. Feel is like fizzy ice cream (I know thats weird, but thats the best way to describe it); the fizziness is a bit odd as well (maybe its not supposed to be that way?). Overall, a pretty interesting, pretty tasty beer, for all its oddities.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (809) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Dark brown with thin lacy beige head; aroma is rich vanilla and hints of butterscotch; Flava is rich rich rich phenomenal chocolate vanilla cream kahlua; feels medium thick silky creamy with nice decent fizzy bite; finishes long sweet vanilla caramel dry hints of coffee

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (283) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Another beverage filed under "it is what it is" because it smells and tastes exactly like a crème brûlée. The booze is nicely hidden. It’s super heavy, though, so definitely save it for the last beer in the tasting session or as a dessert. Enjoyed on tap at Sugar Maple, MKE, WI.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jojojam (61) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
GF. Pours a dark small head. Tons of butterscotch, caramel, and of course vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel. Very sweet. Nice alcohol burn on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkharper2007 (20) - Grovetown, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours very dark with thick head that fades with no lacing. Aroma is very sweet with vanilla and caramel. Tastes the same with a hint of maltiness. Pretty smooth and sticks to the stout style. I really enjoyed this beer. Poured from a bomber into left hand stout glass, second pouring the same but over blue bell vanilla ice cream.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JEprado1 (8) - - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Aroma a chocolate con fuerte infusión de vainilla y toque a dulce de leche, color ópalo, con cabeza avellana poca retención, en boca dulce de leche quemado con chocolate y mucha vainilla, muy goloso, perfecta para postre deliciosa....


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