RATINGS: 1641   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3590) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Bottled 12/15/15. 10% ABV per the label. Pours a medium thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, light beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 25) body.......nose is heavy vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, light dried fruits......taste is heavily sweet, with lactose, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, toffee/caramel, becoming slightly dried, with mild hop bitterness, balance to the adjuncts and additives......mouth feel, medium sticky body, alcohol heat present, carbonation low with light acid. This is on the dessert end of the Imperial Stout range, and that is of course what the brewers were attempting to achieve, and they got there. Unfortunately it is too manufactured to be a great Imperial Stout within the style, as the multitude of additives are quite dominant and muddle up the contribution of the base malts, hops and yeast. BJCP 5/3/10/4/6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (392) - North Branch, USA - APR 7, 2016
22oz bottle at home. Smells like desert. Wow. Butterscotch, vanilla. Very rich, so splitting a bottle is just fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (705) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2016
BOD 12/15/15. Pours black. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing. World class rich nose of vanilla, cream and light caramel. It screams crme brulee. Underneath is a light coconut aspect. Medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments. Carbonation is world class with a perfect body / carbonation balance that really allows the complex flavors to open up. The middle has a burst of effervescence while the finish is pricky and finely bubbled. The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Had the alcohol remained covered and suppressed the very slight astringency, it would be world class. It begins with a wave of vanilla that floats above cream then shifts to vanilla over caramel. The middle has a hint of roast oriented bitterness underneath. From the middle to the finish, chocolate and coconut notes emerge. The finish is a slow sweet fade of slightly sweet vanilla with a touch of alcohol flavor and astringency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
raoul_duke (240) - - MAR 27, 2016
Artifical vanilla and caramel aroma. Big tan head. This really does not taste good for me. This tastes kind of sweet in a saccharine sort of way. Would not drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2016
22oz. Bottle. Black pour. Huge Rich sweet aromas of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch. Strong rich flavors of the same with chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Way too sweet for me to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Drank from a pint glass poured from a large bottle, split amongst clowns. Amazing aroma, a beautiful beer. After taste aint great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tobyrando (40) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
poured with less than a finger of head. great aromas of vanilla and burnt sugar. full mouth feel with a slight creamyness. front flavors of the cream and vanilla. finishes with coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weitz15 (569) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Dark oily pour, thin cream head. Aroma is a strong sweet cream, maybe one of the more distinct initial notes Ive seen. Flavor is a roasted marshmallow, with a sweet, creme brulee finish. Very unique, very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Draft at Moes in Lee, MA. Pours a shaded black with plum highlights. Caramel beige head with light spotty lacing. Aroma of vanilla desert, pleasant and appealing. Taste of more desert goodness, some mild bitter malt interaction, then more vanilla, cream, chocolate pudding. This is fantastic, sneaky abv proves me right.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerbewa (253) - - FEB 19, 2016
Weird. Had 4 pack from Holmes. Cost 20 bucks. Smells like a really expensive dessert. Its stout and bitter and tastes like creme brulee. Its love hate right now. Overall too sweet for me. When I wasnt beer I wasnt beer. If I wanted creme brulee Id order dessert at a restaurant. Dont think its worth 5 a beer.

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