RATINGS: 1642   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma is strong with vanilla, caramelized sugar and chocolate candies. Full bodied and sweet with soft carbonation. Quite sweet with too much vanilla for me, it tastes like a soda at times.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgedOak (99) - Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Enjoyed a 22oz bomber at Windy Corners. A rich dark brown color with substantial lush brown tan head. Aroma is subtle and intense all at the same time. Burnt coffee, caramel and vanillla bean are striking. Taste is of sweet caramel, caramelized sugar and deep dark chocolate. This is an exraordinarily rich beer. Truth in advertising; this is liquid creme brule. A bomber takes a table full of friends to enjoy. It is truly an after dinner dessert beer to round out an evening of fun.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (2793) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
650 ml bottle for $7.99 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours black with a small brown head. Nose is FULL of sweet caramel, malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, dark chocolate, whipped cream, and burnt coffee. Finishes with a deep, dark chocolate bitterness. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Pour is black with a tan head. On the nose I get vanilla and butterscotch candy. The palate is intense butterscotch as well with a nice roasted coffee finish. This brew is smoking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Southern Tier Crme Brle is a brownish black ale with a dense, rich beige head that leaves incredible lacing. It has a very strong vanilla aroma that fills the room. Wowza! Its quite sweet with a touch of roastiness. It smells like crme brle. Its full bodied and quite smooth with a reasonably clean finish. Its quite sweet and vanilla is the dominant flavor. Theres caramelized sugar in the taste with a nice bitterness at the finish. It tastes like crme brle. It makes for an awesome dessert beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
GEEZ, dessert anyone. The nose on this one is amazing. I dont know of any desserts that smelll this good. Pours a dark dark brown with a head that goes away pretty fast. A mild nuttiness and a type of creaminess that comes across like one of those fancy flavored coffee creamers, like hazelnut or something. Interesting is the best word that i can descrbe this. Not bad, but not one of my favorites from these guys

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Very dark brown in the glass with a generic-looking head, and not much of it. Astounding aromas of chocolate, butterscotch and butter. Pleasantly dry on the palate and on the finish, with a burnt sugar caramel flavor. Tastes a tiny bit artificial. Im not sure I need a bomber of this, but its a creamy, respectable beer if you take it slow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2009
22 oz bomber. I had this last year and (falsely) remembered it being dark brown to black in color, but its actually more of a medium brown with unexpected hints of red. If I could give this beer more than 10 points for aroma I would... this may be the best smelling beer Ive ever had. Lots of carmel, vanilla, straight up sugar... it smells like melted dulce de leche ice cream, if you can imagine that. Not as thick in the mouth as the nose would lead you to believe, but still pretty heavy. Taste is everything described in the aroma, with a bit of an alcohol bite and something that reminds me of well water... iron? Rust? Not sure. Very roasty flavor. As a whole this brew is pretty delicious. Im not an expert on cellaring, but it seems the flavors could meld a bit and this would be better with some time in the bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 22oz courtesy of bmartin08 and wow. how you make a good imperial stout smell like candy and taste like creme brulee with a bitter roasted finish, i do not know. but they have done it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Holy smokes! This beer smells just like cheesecake! Vanilla, caramel - is there any beer in this thing? Flavor is way to sweet for my tastes, sugar, sugar sugar. A sip and a smell is all you need for this one.

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