RATINGS: 1643   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (16045) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Stobbe74. Pours pitch black with a small creamy head and lacings. Very sweet nose and taste. Vanilla, buiscuit, chocolate, syrup, kahlua. One dimensional and somehow synthetic. Smooth and full palate. Interesting desert!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2009
pours pitch. aroma is AMAZING vanilla, caramel... sooo much a creme brulee it is scary. mouthful is more just amazing creme brulee. this is like a creme brulee smoothy. so wonderful and great with any desert! amazing beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Brown black pour. Frothy, sticky tan head, temporary lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel, but with a decidedly burnt undertone to it. A lot of strength and longevity to the nose. Flavor decidedly sweet, caramel, dulce de leche. Syrupy, but more complex than that, also abundant roasted elements, dark fruit, cola. If you mentally subtract all the sugar theres a really nice dry stout hiding here. I like it, but not unreservedly so. At moments the sweet and the burnt harmonize together, something like a great cream soda. At others the two sides clash, and the burnt seems acrid against the sweet. On the whole through a positive impression. Very full body, borders on syrupy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ekstedt (6683) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 From a bottle at SB&WF. Dark brown, tiny beige head. Strong fudgy and caramelly aroma with notes of vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied and very smooth. Sweet and cloying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
A deep dark beer with big vanilla and burnt suger flavors. Could be an overly sweet beer if that isnt your thing. Very different from any other beer Ive ever had. Almost like a keg dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle. This is a very unique beer. Black pour with a tan, creamy head. Notes of vanilla, burnt sugar and chocolate malts. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Certainly full bodied. Take the time to enjoy this one, because there just arent a lot out there like this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bomber. Deep, thick black beer with a big sturdy brown head. Smells amazing. Lots of vanilla, some coffee, and hints of chocolate. For the first few sips, I enjoyed the flavors that consist of dark chocolate, coffee with a lot of cream, and vanilla. The more I drank, though, the more glad I was that Id split this bottle with 3 other people. The sweetness and vanilla completely dominate the palate, eventually wearing down my mouth. Its an interesting beer and I can see why some people would love it, but everyone who split it with me agreed it was too overpoweringly sweet to buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2009
This is an incredible beer. It really tastes like an alcoholic creme brulee. The vanilla bean aroma dominates the nose and it is very inviting. The alcohol is 10% but it is covered very well, mainly by the unfermented lactose sugar. This is a very heavy beer and difficult to finish a 22oz. bomber, but if you have a couple of hours to sip this all night it is well worth the purchase.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nealblind (1825) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 Rating 4.7 date 8/31/2013: Dark brown smells like the dessert, milk caramel. Tastes like it too. Well balanced though with a slight dry and bitter coffee finish. CLASSIC Rating 4.5 date 9/15/2009: For me there is no such thing as too sweet. I eat marshmallows like other people eat potato chips. For me this is a tier one beer all the way. The only thing that could make it better would be a thicker mouthfeel and longer lasting head. The carmel milky flavor more than makes up for it and the bitter roasted finish encourages you to have another sip. I will have this again when I am trying to seduce someone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Pours black with just a slight tan head to it. Has a sweet vanilla smell to it. Has a sweet, vanilla and coffee taste to. Little to sweet for me.

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