RATINGS: 1644   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; 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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nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009

Source:22 oz bottle shared at a tasting in Nashville.
Glass:Fullers snifter.
Appearance:Black pour with a one finger tan head.
Aroma:Vanilla, toffee, chocolate cake and caramel.
Flavor:Creme Brulee accurately describes this. Chocolate and a hint of roast as well.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Excellent, as are all of the Blackwater series.

jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2009
From a bottle poured black with a small head. Sweet malty flavor and aroma of vanillla, with a lingering aftertaste.

DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to Punkrkr27...Pours black with a thin off white head.. Aroma is amazing with vanilla and cake batter ... Flavor was not overly sweet like I was expecting. It has that burnt flavor, almost like the sugar on top of a real creme brulee. This stuff really does taste like some creme brulee.. Also some vanilla and caramel in the flavor... Good stuff.

JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
Shared a bomber pours a dark black colour with a nice head strong cream carmal chocolate aroma, taste very rich cookie cream. I liked it alot but wouldn’t have been able to finish whole bottle by myself

Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Dark ruby brown with a lasting tan head. Sweet and cloying caramel, fudge and vanilla aroma. Sweet caramel flavour with a cappucino touch. There is a little drying roast note in the finish, but overall, way too sweet. Fun experiment though

playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Pours a midnight sky with a luxurious head. Nose of dessert, caramel, vanilla, sugar, sweet cream, with a tinge of alcohol as it warms. Wow. Tastes like it smells, luscious vanilla, caramel, and cream dance in a loving embrace with your taste buds as they waltz done your tongue you get a hint of their darker side, a crisp bourbon flavor. You’re hit with pleasant crisp carbonation up front that ends in a pleasant overall mouthfeel that reminds me of eating pudding.

DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
I’ll be honest with you, I love creme Brulee. I do, I’m a Creme Brulee fan. For my money, it doesn’t get any better than when it sings "When a man loves a woman". Pitch motherfuckin’ Black. Starts with some impressive looking head in a nice chocolate-milk suit. The nose is like snorting an actual creme brulee, then going out on the streets and wrecking shit. This nose is off the hook...sweet, vanilla custard...pudding. Flavors are somewhat sweet and very vanilla custard like...The hopping is actually quite brisk, yet the mouthfeel remains soft and creamy. The finish hides a little roasty imperial stout qualities, but until then, it’s sweet creamy vanilla custard.

halfonit (1366) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Black color with a nice dark head. Aroma smells like cake frosting. I never thought I’d have a beer that smells like THAT! Taste is really sweet. It almost taste like a beer made from frosting. A true Creme Brulee! This is more of a dessert beer. I tried mixing it with Long Trail coffee stout and it was amazing.

CrankyYankee (1) - USA - SEP 27, 2009 does not count
Few beers that I’ve tried transport me. This is one of them. I would have thought it unlikely that I’d so enjoy this beer so much, given its ambitious name, but it’s well worth the high price per 22oz bottle. Generally, I’d consider this somthing of a dessert beer, but it’s more of an "experience beer." After trying this beer while on vacation on Cape Cod, I made a point of sharing it with beer enthusiast friends. It’s something everybody should try. Some might not like it, but amidst the flavor bonanza that is this beer, the vanilla is so over the top that it makes it very distinctive. The descriptive notes described in other ratings are all there. This is an orchestral suite of flavors. Unlike another evaluator, I do think this beer is something to write home about. My mom and dad like some really good beers, and they would like this one, at least to try.

MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Yeah, it tastes like creme brulee, I guess. Caramel, chocolate and alcohol both in the aroma and flavor. Nothing too complex or worth writing home about.

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