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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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3.6
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 i’ve 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.

2.2
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, 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.

3.9
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!

4.7
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.

4.1
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Sampled at the ORF tasting. All I have to say is.... HOLY SH*T this stuff is good. The aroma is creme brulee, the taste is creme brulee, buttery smooth and sweet. Although this beer smells and tastes absolutely freakin incredible, I definitely would have trouble finishing an entire bottle. Its just too darn sweet. But for what it is, you can’t taste the alcohol at all and it literally tastes like you’re drinking dessert

3.7
jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Draft. Rattle N Hum, NYC. Deep brown body with a diminishing tan head. Yup, this is creme brulee, but with an underlying bitterness. Sweet aroma of vanilla, burnt sugar, cocoa. Hint of cream, caramel, toasted grain. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. An interesting beer. Most beers this sweet border on undrinkable, but this is an enjoyable dessert beer. Still, this is a beer to share, maybe with several people.

3.8
sourale (6) - ITALY - DEC 13, 2009 does not count
This beer has an intense aroma of vaniglia and caramel, that is found also in the taste.

4.8
TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 New Rate: so this brew is amazing. I cant believe i had it so low. The aroma is so sweet and delicious. The flavor really take control in your mouth. The chocolates and malts are so sweet. The best desert beer o have ever tried. Original Rating: So I was never really a stout guy. Then Southern Tier comes along and rocks my world. Now its saying a lot that my least favorite Southern Tier stout is still a 3.9. Try the others. They are even better. This beer is just like it sounds in both aroma and taste. Its creme brulee in beer form. Very good.

3.2
BigBeer45 (1557) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bomber bottle, has brown black pour with a tan and lighter colored bubbles to make a ring, I can see through this at the bottom of the glass, it is a very dark ruby, also, I can see tiny bubbled effervescence moving up the sides of the glass, aromas consist of sweet caramel and chocolate, milk duds (?) brown sugar and chocolate liqueur (?), there is faint vanilla with very little roasted malt and liqueur on the nose, flavors of sweet chocolate, chocolate liqueur again, not much malt flavor, faint coffee, small hints of mint, sweet and bitterness is not balanced right, I thought this beer did not taste natural, faint alcohol warmth on the palate, mouth feel is almost full and pretty smooth, there is some creaminess in the mouth and some warmth on the mouth and throat, this is very sweet on the nose, not as much in the mouth but still a lot of sweetness, could use some more malt to balance, I get the feeling I am drinking a liqueur mix without the sweetness that comes along with a liqueur, yes, this can be a great dessert drink or a cold evening sipper but I can think of better beers to chose than this, anyway, it was ok but I felt like I was drinking a mixed drink rather than a beer.

4.3
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap @ Dilly Deli, deep opaque black with some ruby transparency @ the rim, minimal head that dissipates to night sky haziness. Aroma is very authentically crème brulee, with sweet cream and rich caramel and hazelnut aroma. Very full-bodied with flavor matching aroma and oily sweet syrup coating the palate. Good dessert beer.


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