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; its 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 Crme Brle, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. 9.6% abv 25 plato 195 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a lacing light tan head. Aroma is pure butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean, also some birthday cake. I guess the point is...creme brulee. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2009
660 ml bottle. Intense caramel and vanilla aroma. Clearly a crme brle beer. Quite a bit of espresso coffee in there as well. Tia Maria? The vanilla melds into the other flavours and it is the chocolate and the coffee that dominates the flavour. An extraordinarely beer. Dark malts are there but they hide well in the background behind the vanilla and the caramel. Hints of sweet licorice. Very enjoyable. A treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5233) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bomber. Opaque with a small, fleeting foam. Big sweet aroma of vanilla-caramel candy. Flavor is the same, with only a light hint of wood in the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated with well-hidden abv, and is an easy drinker. Nice, and definitely got the sweetness of the creme brulee in there, but could use some dry, edgy roasted malt flavors to keep it in check a bit more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (11218) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle. Strong cream/caramel and coffee malt aroma. Black/brown color with thin head. Creamy vanilla malt flavor with light alcohol finish. A dessert in a bottle - very tasty but unlike any other imperial stout Ive tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spanky167 (17) - , UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS - DEC 23, 2009
Good flavor but I found it hard to drink an entire glass. Tastes and smells just like the name suggests. Good an after dinner drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cavie (4609) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Deep ruby pour. Aroma is insane! Huge coffee roast with sweet whipped cream and loads of vanilla beans. To top it off its all been slowly roasted over a campfire. Freaken insane. Butterscotch on the nose but Im certain its purposely added, and rightfully so. Flavor is exactly like it smells. So sweet, with butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla. Amazing, I could drink this all freaken day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours jet black body with small creme / beige colored head. Smell of burnt sugar, molasses, cream brulee basically. Taste is of sweet sugar / cream, vanilla, with roasted malts on the finish. Very nice and definitely a unique brew. Overall very sweet though - maybe one of the sweetest beers ive had in a long time. Slightly overpowering, though some darker, roastier things come through on the finish. Fun to drink one time, recommended, but not a session beer. Probably would not come back to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
From bottle at Haket. Dark brown with no head. Coconut dominate the aroma, with traces of burnt sugar. Sweet, sticky coconut, creme brulee, and toffee in flavour, with a littlle coffee in the end. Not much alcohol detected in this sweet, oily beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle:   Deep rich brown, thin light brown head, sudsy, spotty lacing.   Oh my lord, that nose is amazing.   Vanilla, toffee, mocha, coffee, caramel, cocoa, the list goes on.   Smells like a fancy coffee.   Soo good.   Wow, on the tongue its a sweet vanilla and toffee experience.   Lingering cocoa and coffee, with heaps of vanilla.   Not even sure you can call this beer.   Seems more of an alcholic coffee.   Me like!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2009
Sweet zombie jesus! This is one of the most impressive stouts ive evr had! Not only does it have all the deliciousness of an imperial stout is packed full with the flavours of a creme brulee. Dark black pour with a fluffy off white head. The scent sent me reeling; all the cocoa and roast maltiness you would expect, lots of good vanilla, and a shit-ton of carmelized sugar. The taste is so very similar, with the added notes of some dried fruits. Truly a fantastic beer.

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