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RATINGS: 1634   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; 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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4.1
   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
polo_marco (328) - milton, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Smells like sweet sticky caramel and cream. Nice dead of night black color with one finger head thick lacing on the glass. Taste is awesome with butter toffee sugar cookies sweet cream caramels molasses slightly burnt bitter ending. Full thick creamy body with flattish carbonation with smooth tacky finish. Awesome stout but definitely more desert then every day drinkers stout but still tasty none the less. Nice job on that brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (3778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2016
December 28, 2016. Bottle, courtesy of tkrjukoff, thanks!
Dark brown, almost black with a medium sized frothy tan head. Aroma is intense sweet and sugary with vanillin, caramel, milk chocolate and some licorice notes. Taste is sweet. Medium to full bodied bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet with dark sugar, caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate.
The creme brule is there but its too sweet and the vanilla is over the top.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Agalover (2) - - JUL 25, 2016 does not count
Had on tap in London - absolutely delicious - pudding in a glass. Viscous, sweet, strong - creamy vanilla caramel taste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikeymike (46) - Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown/black with a 1/2 finger mocha head which dissipates rapidly. Aroma is a a vanilla sugar bomb with a hint of chocolate. Taste is vanilla sweetness and milk chocolate, but very one note. Medium body with decent mouthfeel. Overall, this vanilla bomb was a bit too much for me. I prefer my big stouts with a little more complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1982) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Bottle a few years old now. This has held up much better than Id thought. Deep black with light brown edges. Nose is massive vanilla, lightly toasted caramel. Taste is quite sweet, cloying. Flavor of creme brle. As youd expect they nail the nose and flavor on this but ultimately, just to rich for more than a couple of ounces.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tapefuzz (246) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is largely vanilla with some toffee, caramel, and sugar. Taste is vanilla, toffee, caramel, and cream. Lightly bitter roast finish with some lingering caramel sweetness. Medium body. Barely any carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little light for an imperial stout but it is pleasantly coating; smooth and sticky.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1985) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Something else and dessert-like. Aromas and flavors of cream, roasted malt, caramelized sugar with a mild sweetness. Really dark and smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Pours dark black with light white head. Aroma of burnt Carmel and vanilla. Taste is a touch bitter, mostly from a really burnt carmel flavor. Very malty with strong vanilla carmel flavors. Aftertaste has a lot of burnt carmel to it. Don't like the bitterness. If the bitterness was gone, it would be smoother and better allowing more flavor to come through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LagerDoctor30 (1) - - JAN 13, 2017 does not count
Never thought of a dessert beer but one never knows enough. Pours dark as night. Sweet, strong vanilla flavor. Creamy and full bodied. A nice after dinner beer for the winter by the fireplace.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1924) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2016
From bottle. Pours an almost pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has baileys, dooleys, dumle, vanilla, candy, cream caramel, toffee, cacao milk, light roast. Taste is sweet, candy... All candy! And then a pretty roasty finish. Average carbonation and a medium full body.


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