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RATINGS: 1580   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; 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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gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Bottle, courtesy tpdgreg I think. Dark brown pour, reddish highlights, creamy tan head, creamy thick lacing. Pure delicious butterscotch nose, vanilla, roasted notes, brown sugar. Butterscotch is big again in the flavor, chocolate, sugary cracker, vanilla, peanut butter, and a nice delightful divine roasted finish. Very smooth but not very drinkable, as it’s just so goddamn sweet. Tasty, though.

3.4
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown with a thin, but lasting tan head. Aroma is sickly sweet, dominated by cloying butterscotch and vanilla and lactose. Flavor is better balanced between sweet butterscotch, roasty dark malts and boozy bitterness. Medium bodied and syrupy and smooth, with good warming as characteristic of ST’s impy stout series. Overall, not bad, but I am put off by the overly sweet and cloying flavoring used. But, I guess that is what this particular iteration is about, so at least we were warned.

3.5
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
dark black with tan head, mild carbonation. sweet caramel nose. flavor mostly of caramel, to the point that i imagine it is more than just crystal malt, some vanilla and a little bit of roasted. the overall sweetness of the beer is distracting and i was disappointed in general

3.7
alobar (3833) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Jet black color with no head. Assertive aroma of creme brulee. Tastes like creme brulee with a bitter end. Very enjoyable upfront, but becomes too sweet as as you work your way through the beer.

3.2
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 bomber thanks to KAggie. shared at December Houston Tasting. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is a potent smell of butterscotch. Taste is butterscotch. Mouthfeel is sticky and way too sweet. Very one dimensional. I guess if you wanna drink alcoholic butterscotch syrup then this is for you. Not for me. Could only handle a few sips of this and gave it away.

4.1
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a big thick brown head. Smells and tastes exactly like creme brulee, but with a stout bitterness around the edges. If you like creme brulee and beer, you will love this beer.

4.1
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Beer Geek Show & Tell at the Bruery in Dec08. Incredible nose with flavors of chocolate & vanilla and a bunch of other stuff. Nice chocolatey flavor, tasty.

2.9
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 at the Houston Impy stout tasting. The love it or hate beer. Poured black with no head. Nose of milk and butterscotch, eeww. Tastes of vanilla, a bit of chocolate, butterscotch. Sweet and sticky and cloying. Kevin actually got the remainders of 2 of the beers at the tasting and sucked them all down. Well, I did not love it but a small apertif beer limited to 4 to 6 ounces I could bear it.

4.7
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from BlackForestCO. I love you, J. Pours a deep, thick black with a beige head. Aroma is butterscotch, vanilla extract, and candied sugar. Flavor is butterscotch, candied sugar, and butterscotch, with a butterscotch finish. Beer leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Great liquid dessert; I love it.

4.6
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
Growler from Consumer Beverages; opened in Puerto Rico. Sweet caramel, butterscotch aroma and flavour. Alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Nice aftertaste. One of my favourites, definetly worth the effort of driving to Buffalo, and packing in a suitcase.


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