RATINGS: 1634   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2009
22 oz bottle. Aroma is strongly of caramel and toffee and also of vanilla bean, licorice, and coffee. Flavor is very sweet -- caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, and licorice with a bit of roasted barley grain. A desert brew reminiscent of la Chocolat store. Its "bellicose past" whispers "Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines" (Dr. Strangelove), a spontaneous, involuntary sugary, nonchalant expression of the puerile, professional imagination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (6020) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Location: 22 oz bottle from Norms, 8/25/09

Aroma: Tons of vanilla/butterscotch, really does smell like creme brulee, yummy!
Appearance: Dark brown/black color, thin brown head, moderate lacing
Flavor: Very sweet (be warned), this one drinks like a liquid creme brulee mixed with malts, I found it quite good, but I have no doubt that others will not, malty and sugary
Palate: Absolutely 0 alcohol burn (this is really 10%?), medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy
Overall Impression: I dont see how you could dislike the nose on this one (unless you dont like creme brulee, and then why in the world did you buy this?). I would think that this beer would be really neat to cook with, I wonder if any restaurant is making a stout brownie or something using this? It is damn sweet, a true desert beer for sure, but damn tasty. I would love to drink this while chowing down on some of the famous Little Italy creme brulee. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I really am a sucker for a good (but it better be good) gimmick beer, and Im not going to apologize either, this is really good. It is weird for sure, but it really works for ye old taste buds.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
madvike (3218) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Bomber - Pours dark black with very little head. The nose is sugary sweet, with vanilla, a little heat, and a blast of creme brulee. I like some sweetness, but this was over-the-top and pretty cloying. Taste is unexpected, as the sweetness is mixed with harsh alcohol notes of butterscotch, irish cream liquor, and graham crackers. It burns all the way through, and is surprisingly thin and watery. There wasnt much that I liked about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours midnight black with a foamy cocoa head. The aroma is all creme brulee. Full body, flavor notes of caramel, butterscotch, background hops andding a dry, bitter component, roasted malts give it a fine espresso finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Tap at McGraths. No idea this was so strong. Smells just like the real thing. Sweet flavor up front with a nice bitterness behind it. Still, couldnt drink too much of it because of the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
addictedavi (4) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
Pours out of a 22oz bomber opaque/brown. Surprisingly enthusiastic, moderately sticky head lingers. Aroma makes you think youre about to eat dessert with tons of vanilla. Vanilla persists throughout flavor right into the powerful aftertaste. Wonderfully sweet malt and caramel flavors. Mouthfeel is thick but not oily. The aforementioned aftertaste is my favorite part about this beer, its sweet and tastes like creme brulee but doesnt hide the bitterness from the hops and the slight warming from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
The pour reveals a black color with brown highlights and a thin brown head. Very very sweet aroma of Baileys, coconut, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is sweet, sticky, cloying and oh yes, its sweet, theres vanilla, chocolate, coconut and Baileys in there along some bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. If Southern Tier wanted to make a super sweet desert liquor, I think its a success, but the sweetness is too much for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bomber into snifter. Pours dark dark brown/black with very little head. Aroma is overwhelming butterscotch and caramel, alcohol is noticeable as well. Taste is sweet butterscotch and caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. Could not stomach this one for long, way too sweet for me. Open with others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Poured an almost opaque mahogeny brown. There were nice dark red highlights around the edge of the glass as the light passed through. There was a tall foamy light brown head that left very good lacing. The aroma said creme brulee. Strong aroma of vanilla and butterscotch. The beer had a nice creamy texture and again a good creme brulee flavor of vanilla, butterscotch and toffee. The finish was slightly bitter with somewhat of a dark chocolate flavor. This was definitely dessert in a bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nejhleader (1495) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
very different. Has a sweet butterscotch aroma and taste. Good creamy body, appreciate what they were going for, but I thought this was a weird taste for a beer.

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