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RATINGS: 1580   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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3.7
juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Courtesy Dragonstout. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with virtually no head at all. The aroma is very rich and fills the air as soon as you crack the top off. Sweet cream and vanilla sugar abound with notes of butterscotch, cake batter, and chocolate. The aroma is powerful and sugary sweet. The flavor is rich as well of chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, and more vanilla. Medum-full bodied with a very oily mouthfeel that is kind of thick and leads to sugary, sweet finish. The vanilla and sugar are just over the top sweet and makes it hard to drink the whole thing. Definitely a desert beer and certainly worth trying.

3.7
Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22 oz bottle

This was the latest release in the Blackwater series. After the Choklat I was prepared for something a bit over the top. This is almost exactly what that was. While a solid imperial stout the dominance of the vanilla and caramel keep it from being well balanced. Try it as a novelty but don’t have expectations that are too high.

Aroma / Appearance - The active black body built a one finger height tannish head. Dense lacing clung to the sides as one would expect. The nose was strongly caramel and vanilla. The other aspects of an imperial stout make an appearance with some concentration though the most obvious is coffee. I’d say it was one dimensional but it has just a bit more aspect than that.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy yet thin it isn’t the thickest imperial stout. Slightly above average it suffers from a strong introduction of caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate appears in the transition to a vanilla finish. It reminds me most of Kuhnhenn’s creme brulee imperial stout but without so much balance. I’d drink this with dessert.

3.8
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. Very dark brown, almost black, hue with a small off-white head that almost fully diminished and left some lace. Flavor has tones of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and Iced caramel frapachino. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Bitter on the finish. Smells amazing and very interesting idea but it’s all just a little too much. But, what the hell, it’s good.

3.9
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.

4.2
Funknmilla (747) - 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

4.3
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.

4.4
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.

3.8
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.

4.3
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.

4.1
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.


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