RATINGS: 1642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
“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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sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2008
The Dan Journal #226. Tasted 8/11/08. 22oz bomber. Pitch black hue with a hazy body. Cream ring of head. Cinnamon and caramel aromas with sweet toffee aromas. Bailey’s and butterscotch and a touch coffee. Man, this is a sweet nose! Great nose! Full bodied with a nice sweet/bitter dichotomy. Lingering and super sticky! Mixed together with a drying alcohol finish. So much flavor, so quick! Long finish and a big palate. This is definitely for sharing.

Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Holy Creme Brulee aroma!!....I smell loads of good stuff....very distinct caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and some maple...smells very much like Bailey’s caramel liquor....yum yum...dark brown body with a decent tan head---very sweet---flavors of toffee, caramel candy, butterscotch, some bitter vanilla and maple....a rich slightly creamy body....its a piece of caramel with a liquid beer center, that just keeps going and going on the palate...a delicious dessert beer

urraca (44) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Thee most aromatic, and unique smelling brew I’ve ever encountered. A little heavy on the palate, but with it’s deep hints of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and molasses on the nose, you expected that. It poured almost dark black, with a small white head that vanished rather quickly. It’s taste of rich vanilla, caramel, and chocolate malt. But becomes bitter with some coffee and at the end, nicely finishing of the almost overly sweet tone.

NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Aroma is sticky and very sweet - molasses, vanilla, chocolate, a touch of cinnamon; smells like a candy store. Pours black with a near white head. Taste is just like the aroma plus butterscotch, a slight hoppy bitterness and a coffee finish. Very smooth, sweet, and creamy; alcohol is very well-hidden.

probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
1/2 pint shared with Lubiere at the Empire Brewing Co., served in a small cocktail(?) glass. AU15/08.

App.: Very deep ruby with an off-white rim. Aroma: HUGE gobs of vanilla, chocolate, creamy and lovely and sumptuous, dark rum, molasses, lives up to the name. Palate: Full bodied, flat and syrupy. Flav.: Vanilla, chocolate, cream/dairy notes, some light warm spices, dark rum; very sweet, quite alcoholic and moderately bitter with long, lingering coffee.

A huge dessert beer that would win over many non-beer drinkers.

sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
wow this was world class big rich nose of fresh cream and milk maid caramel, notes of chocolate and a light perfume were present in the aroma and flavor. smooth and rich with a decent addition of hops to help counter the strong sweetness. velvity and sweet witout being syrupy. oh and vanilla.

BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.6? Come on people. I cant image why anyone would give the aroma and palate of this brew anything but nearly perfect. Nose is sweet vanilla and coffee, sweet toffee malt, some fruit. Flavor is much of the same. Carbonation compliments this beer. Layers of flavor combinations on your palate throughout. Will probably age beautifully.

Drake (13635) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Phew! Vanilla? Hell no. The overwhelming butterscotch in this aroma can be detected a good 20 feet away. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Thankfully the taste is more subdued, allowing some roasted malt to come through. Beyond that, more butterscotch and a little vanilla. Alcohol not noticeable. 22 ounces of this? That’s just wrong.

mingo1968 (51) - phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
At first wiff i would not think that it was beer in a glass, but a vanilla coffee drink. The color was almost black with a minimal head. It was very sweet to the taste, like desert in a glass. skip the chocolate cake and have a glass of this.

Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
In the context of beer, the rating for this would be questionable. In the context of dessert, this is amazingly good. Crack open the bottle and butterscotch aromas are already leaping at your nose. It pours deep brown black with almost no head. Delicious flavors of butterscotch, caramel, and burnt vanilla. Lingering boozy warmth. Sitting at the bar, I’d say maybe, maybe not. After a meal, why not have a dessert with 10% alcohol?

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