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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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2.9
Drake (14058) - 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.

4.5
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.

3.6
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?

2.9
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2008
@Richmond/Williamsburg Gathering-22 oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and bark brown color. Aroma is maple syrup. Taste is maple syrup, tannin-like, dry. Thanks LooseCannon for sharing.

3.5
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Draft at Bocktown, 8/10/08. Pours black with khaki head, quickly dissipating. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, banana and roasted burniness. Taste is exactly like creme brulee. Toasted burnt caramelization with vanilla and sweet caramel. Glad I only got a sample. Sweet as all get out. Very tasty though, just not beer-y enough for me. Slight alcohol flavor and heat.

3.7
smith4498 (3670) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of growler. Pours black with minimal head. Delicious creme brulee aroma. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors and lots of biterness. Full body with tingly carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Different but good. I was hoping for more creme brulee flavor after smelling the great aroma.

3.6
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Sampled from bomber someone had @ RBSG. Dark brown pour, very thin light brown head. Thick dulce de leche and raisin aroma, caramel, alcohol. Sweet caramel taste, some minor roast astringency and alcohol heat on the back end. A bit rough around the edges and a bit cloying on the nose.

3.7
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from ewestern. Dark brown beer with a thick brown head. Aroma is definitely as advertised, creme brulee. The flavor is the same, very sweet, with strong caramel, vanilla, light coffee and some roasted malt and a chocolaty finish. Kind of reminds me of a white chocolate type liqueur. Basically tastes like liquid creme brulee in a glass. If I really loved this custard desert, I would absolutely love this beer. It’s really my favorite, but I can appreciate it for being something different. ST definitely accomplishes what they set out to do, but it probably won’t appeal to everyone.

4.3
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Yeah santa! Pours a deep brown with a foamy brown head. Aroma is all caramel and vaniila. Taste is the same. sweet, rich and decadent. Wow this has to be the most unique stout I have had in a long time. Medium body and vanilla, caramel and brown sugar heaven. YES!

4.2
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque, pitch black body with thin, quickly disappearing tan head. Delicious aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, burnt sugar, and custard. Flavors of coffee and cocoa with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla tones. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; medium bodied. Slightly bitter coffee bite to go with the sweet butterscotch finish.


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