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RATINGS: 1585   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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MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bomber. Deep brown pour with a medium head. Intensely aromatic; sweet custard, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla that can turn your stomach if you were expecting beer.
This is reminiscent of the pumking, in that it treads the line between drinking a beer and drinking a pie. To call it a dessert beer isn’t doing it justice. It’s a lot like drinking Brach’s creme-filled caramel Royals. Just too sticky sweet to be enjoyed. Southern Tier has officially crossed the line in my book.

3.9
railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2008
This was a surprise to see when i walked in to the local store a 22oz bomber with a chocolate and vanilla flavor and has hints of coffee and the beer has a sweet and sticky resin left on the glass overall it was a good beer.CHEERS!

3.8
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Pours a thin but sticky looking coffee brownish black with a minimal brown head that consists of bubbles, really does look like a cub of joe. Has the aroma of a syruped french vanilla latte that one would get from the gas station out of the machine. It tastes like the french vanilla latte from the gas station as well! ha! Sweet sugary creamy vanilla overpowers notes of coffee and brown sugar. Despite this, I still think its pretty tasty. Medium/light sticky viscous body, quite syrupy with subtle bubbles carbonation. Very rich and definitely for late night or relaxing... but then when else would you attempt to down an imperial stout?

3.8
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Generously shared by some locals at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours deep brown with a wisp of a head. The aroma is strong and wonderful, sort of like like Bailey’s Irish Creme. I dig it. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. The flavor profile is fairly simple here. There is lots of hazlenut andvanilla, with a backdrop of dark chocolate. Tons of residual sweetness, and not much dark roast or bitterness ( a little more of which could have taken this beer to the next level). Alcohol is well hidden. Overall this enjoyable. It’s one dimensional and definitely a rich dessert beer- but that was probably the intent. I don’t recommend attacking a 22 ounce bottle by yourself. An 8 to 10 ounce serving is about all I can handle.

4.1
njduckman (6) - USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
poured with less than a finger of head. great aromas of vanilla and burnt sugar. full mouth feel with a slight creamyness. front flavors of the cream and vanilla. finishes with coffee and chocolate.

3.1
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
22oz bottle. just released. pours thin dark brown with small off white head that didn’t last long. this is extremely aromatic and they nailed the creme brulee aroma, tons of vanilla! this is loaded with vanilla flavor as well, some lactose, debittered expresso, and graham cracker. alcohol is well hidden but the body is pretty thin. more like liquid creme brulee than a beer but I’m sure many will really get into this one.


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