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RATINGS: 1638   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; 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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
650mL bomber from the LCBO (perhaps priced at the more staggeringly high end of the spectrum. Pours an almost opaque blackish brown with a tiny khaki head. Smells so much like Wurthers Original candy its.....fascinating. Vanilla ice cream, cream, chocolate, my teeth hurt just from smelling it. I was afraid it was going to be cloyingly sweet but actually the flavours all work really well for me. Starts out intensely sweet yet somehow without getting out of hand, Wurthers candy, chocolate malt, some nice roasty bitterness then follows with a hint of subtle booze in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of vanilla and cocoa bean that is delicious. Slick and oily palate. Feels great. This is actually more or less my favourite ST Imperial Stout Ive had. I guess I love the lactose sugar in milk stouts. What impresses me the most is that everything works harmoniously and is well presented, when this is a beer that could easily be a train-wreck (and the train would be hauling sugar of course). Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
650mL bottle. Luckily I shared this bottle, since it is waay too sweet to drink alone. Pours black with tan head that quickly disappears. Nose is insane, crazy vanilla and toffee. Tastes starts out with tons of sugar (too much for me), more vanilla and toffee. Finishes with some bitterness to start to balance the sweetness. Dessert in a glass!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
i was scared after i bought this, without really looking at it too carefully, and noticed the "vanilla" in the ingredients list. Ive never met a vanilla laced beer I liked. This Barely qualifies as a beer. Its a sweetened malt beverage with enough hops to simulate some coffee bitterness and balance out the finish. Very well crafted. Very unique. great flavors. creme, butterscotch, caramel, coffee, sweet, toffee. Really a nice change of pace.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle, 22 fl. oz. pours a clear dark brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is toffee, caramel, vanilla and bailey. The flavor is coffee, toffee, caramel and vanilla. The palate is sweet. Overall an interesting and complex beer. Funny taste.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Ill take the 80s rock band from the league of gentlemen over this any day. Something tells me this beer doesnt pass Reinheitsgebot. Bottle pours a deep brown with a small white head. aroma of cream, custard, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is far too sweet and gets a little boozy. This is a neat beer to try once and you only really need about an ounce of it to get the gist of it. I would not want to finish a bottle of this myself, find some people to share it with. In short, the initial aroma is surprising and neat, but this is a gimicky beer with low drinkability and far too much sweetness. Could be okay in extremely small doses as desserts though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1898) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Wow. This is a unique beer. Paired with chocolate cake. The sweet butterscotch aroma is amazing. Sweet heavy malts, vanilla and cream. Huge alcohol presence is masked pretty well. If there was such a category on RB as Imperial sweet stout, this would fit the bill perfectly. Experimental and innovative. A well balanced beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Super dark ruby colored liquid. Nice, quickly dissipating head. No retention. Minimal lacing. The smell is pure Creme Brulee. No doubt about that. One of the best noses on a beer, ever. Lots of sweet cream and buttery caramel notes. Delicious brown sugar. Butter toffee. Tons of vanilla. My neighbors can probably smell this one, down the street. Powerful. Much like the nose. Big Creme Brulee taste right upfront. Brown sugar caramalized with butter and vanilla. Lucious sweet cream. Big stout maltiness follows, which brings amazing balance to the sweetness. Coffee notes mix with hints of marshmallows. Very slight hop bite. Just a hint of the alcohol content. This is almost perfect. With just a touch more sweetness and vanilla, then take down the bite of the hops a little bit more...perfection. The mouthfeel could be just a tiny bit more full/thick. As it is, its lovely. Very smooth and silky. Super easy going down. If I had regular access to Southern Tier, this would probably be my number one beer choice, my have to have on hand at all times. I could easily drink a bomber of this in three swallows, maybe even two. Its that good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a deep brown. Nose is ridiculous! Butterscotch bomb! Loads of sweet malt, cocoa, butterscotch, toffee, caramel. Flavor is more mild, but still insanely sweet. A good dessert stout. I could not imagine drinking this whole bomber though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
22. Pours an opaque black with a dense, creamy, sandy-colored head. Plenty of stringy, sheeting lacing coming down the sides of the glass. Outrageously sweet and creamy, chocolate and vanilla nose. Serious candy bar overload. Drinkable, but just barely. Without a doubt smells like you are trapped in a Willy Wonka outtake. Creamy medium body, soft woolly carb. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, nougat, the taste that satisfies awaits you...provided youre willing to brush and floss. Intensely sweet stuff.


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