Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 182
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great chance to try some of the different brews from this place yesterday at the World Beer Fest,this poured a deep dark brown with an almond colored head awesome aromas of caramel and dark roast coffee this hit the nose and woke me up.Taste couldnt get any better like eating vanilla/caramel ice with a hint of coffee.The mouthfeel was amazing like biting into a marshmellow cant think of a better dessert beer I have ever had thats for sure.next time I go home I might have to take a trip down to Warren for this place.

Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Old notes transferred from December 2012. I had accidentally placed them under the "Imperial Creme Brulee Java Stout" but have since confirmed that it was actually the non-imperial version.

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Deep, dark, black pour with a fine, tan, creamy-looking head. No lacing on the glass, but the head will be around for a while. The initial smell is fantastic - like super sweet coffee and cream. Bittersweet roasted coffee beans fill the aroma, and over time, the smell becomes deeper and more intense. I'm also picking up a Kahlua & cream aroma, very nice and inviting.

The taste starts with an abundance of coffee, roasted to perfection. Hints of toasted malts, chocolate, and very slight vanilla also find their way in. Some floral notes pop through in the middle, just as the carbonation breaches your tongue. This provides a nice bitterness spike to balance the sweetness. The flavor shifts back to the malty-coffee side, now filled with dark cocoa beans. The chocolate essence of the beer comes out more and more as it warms. Surprisingly thin body for a beer of this style. Wet finish and overall low carbonation, for a slightly watery mouthfeel.

Great aroma, great taste, definitely a nice dessert beer or winter warmer. Not as creamy or heavy as expected, which may or may not be a good thing to some.

Photo of pwoods
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for this growler at DLD. Nice meeting you!

Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours pitch black with some good viscosity. Short head forms and falls pretty fast. Some decent lacing.

S: Smells of rich Russian and German chocolates.. melted in heavy cream and espresso. Wow, does this smell great or what? The richness of the whole thing is amazing.

T/M: More of the same. Strong, rich, melted chocolate with a great added milky sweetness. The java is a bit on the weak side but still present and pleasant. A touch of dryness but not much.. any more and I think it'd ruin the whole milkiness. My initial thought on the body is 'too thin'. I realize this is a single American stout but I think a slightly lower alcohol imperial version would have made a bit difference.

D: Tasty and definitely a unique beer. The lower alcohol is great and I'll finish nearly the entire growler tonight.

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

terrific brewed coffee aroma, and very nice appearance. The rest of the experience is average. There is vanilla, some woodiness, but surprisingly sour. A fresh newly bottled beer, thanks to Tim (IPFreely) for sharing. Much better in the imperial version.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with some transparency at the edge. No real head. Just a thin collar and some bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass.

Smell - Wow, incredible aroma. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts. Delicious.

Taste - Sweet vanilla and coffee up front. Becomes extremely roasty. Very bitter. Overpowering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Extremely bitter that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - Smells and tastes quite nice until that roasted bitterness takes over.

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep black with a thin layer of creamy mocha colored head that retains nicely around the edges, with thin wisps across the center that leaves some decent lacing behind. The taste is fantastic with rich notes of dominant vanilla, coffee bitterness, chocolate sweetness, and brown sugars.

The taste profile is more of the same with (I hate to be redundant but quite frankly rich is the only word to describe it) accents of vanilla, cream, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some lighter notes of roasted coffee bitterness running through it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a fantastic smooth and creamy feel to it that perfectly accentuates the flavors.

Is this beer...? Really? Or is is dessert? While I would have like to have seen the coffee character shine a little more beneath all that sweetness, I can't really argue that this is one hugely tasty and quaffable concoction.

Photo of buffs9
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A - Dark, basically black w/ little or no head.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, nice smell which improves w/ some warmth.

T - Vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate malt, solid but not amazing.

M - Would love this to have some more thickness to it

O - a decent beer, but not sure it's worth going out of your way to try.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Java Stout pours textbook stout black with a modest tan head on top. The nose is sweet coffee and chocolate malts, very strong without being aggressively burnt roasty like many stouts.

The flavour is an interesting two part act: the first part is a delightful coffee infused stout: lightly roasted with strong bitter coffee aspects present. The back half is extremely sweet and sugary with a big vanilla cream flavour, and makes for a great send-off.

The mouthfeel on this is moderately thick, but not overly so, simply decent. The drinkability is exceptional though, a beer that I will be looking for actively whenever I visit the brewery.

The bottom line: I love coffee, and I love beer. I think most of the coffee brews that are put out end up unbalanced in some way, or unsatisfying. Kuhnhenn have put together my ideal java brew here. Strong coffee, but balanced. A unique sweet vanilla finish. Really great stuff.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dense black in the glass. As the light filtered through the stream, it had dark chestnut highlights in the inky darkness. Dark tan foam rose slightly, but didn't stay around.

Utterly fantastic aroma, ultra creamy. Turbinado sugar melted with a torch, sweetly toasted caramel with lush coffee tones underneath. An aroma to get lost in, just one of the finest ever.

Flavors of coffee come out more in the taste, cut with a generous dose of cream. Slight roast and hints of sweetness. Low carbonation and dissipating finish, it comes away feeling very light afterward. Easy to savor, I couldn't get over how great it smelled!

Growler generously shared by tyee, thanks!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Dark black with almost no head and little visible carbonation.

S - Vanilla, coffee, caramel. Good overall sweetness without being too sweet. Excellent nose.

T - Dark roasted coffee; some good bitterness. Sweet caramel and vanilla. Bitter coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - A great flavoured sweet stout. They managed to perfectly balance the bitter and the sweet in this one.

Photo of docoman
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good beer... enjoyed enough to bring home growler of it.

Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. Thank you Frank and Lester for sharing this majestic brew with me and many others the night before Dark Lord Day at the Marriott Courtyard.
Score: 96

Growler pour served in a plastic cup and enjoyed 04/27/12. Once the growler passed around, I was able to get a larger pour, and I could not have been happier. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, coffee-like color with ruby highlights and a thin tan ring of head around the glass. No lacing or retention discernible. 4/5

Smell: Ridiculously inviting! An excellent medley of creamy coffee, roast, crème brûlée, vanilla, milk chocolate and mocha. 5/5

Taste: Iced coffee, roasted, milk chocolate and mocha. Modest vanilla and plenty of bittersweet nestle morsels flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, roasty finish. Thinner bodied than hoped for, but it does not undermine the overall quality of the beer too much. 3.5/5

Overall: A very flavorful and delicious smelling non-imperial stout. Fans of chocolate, mocha and crème brûlée unite! I will surely be seeking out bottles of this in the future.

Recommendation: A great starter craft beer for iced coffee drinkers and flavorful stout for beer geeks.

Pairings: Crème brûlée, of course.

Cost: $28 for a 64 oz growler.

Photo of lou91
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a February 2005 bottle almost 10 months later and judging from the reviews it is way past its prime. Too bad because it looked great - dark with solid black coffee with sugar sweetness. The taste was like a beer cocktail combining a coffee stout with a sour lambic. Some may like this blend but sad to say that I had to dump it. It didn't make me gag but the taste and smell do not work together. Thanks to mjohn27603 for throwing this in a recent trade.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with brown highlights; half inch of Ovaltine head. Minimal lace.

Super fragrant French vanilla coffee & creamer. Some dusty dark chocolate as well. Anything else gets buried. Headache inducing.

The flavor gains dimensions with sharply charred marshmallows, vanilla, lactose, oatmeal, milder coffee notes, burnt sugar, & a slight rub of grainy malt. Actual roasted flavors are very minimal. Coffee & earthy greens represent whatever mild notions of bitterness that can fit into this already concentrated dosage of caffeine & sugar. Maybe not the best base stout, but I wouldn't know, since the added flavors are so dominant & delicious.

Carbonation is on the lower side, & whether or not that's because I didn't attack on sight, it does give the illusion of some needed body.

That whole growler wasn't a smart idea. My heart is racing, I'm yawning while my fingers are fretting all over the keyboard. I'm a jittery mess.

Thanks to the ugly duckling for making me this way. :P

Photo of deesteelers
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of glasses of this at Kuhnhenn Brew Pub. An exquisitely tasty stout. In the glass it itimidates you with it's dark chocolate appearance. The head was minimal medium brown in color. A touch of lacing to the glass. The seller, the aroma. A friend of mind mentioned Nestle Qwik cocoa powder. Yes, the nose on this is definately Nestle chocolate. All that I wanted to do is just sit there and smell the beer. Okay, okay, let's take a sip...

OMG! Absolutely delicious. Probably the best stout that I have tasted. A well balanced beer with tons of malt and a subtle sweetness. It smells sweeter than it tastes. If you get the chance stop by the brew pub and try a glass or two. Can I say heaven in a bottle?

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tyler's in a stubby goblet...for some reason I didn't get the sweet Kuhnhenn tulip, maybe they don't trust me. I've had this a few times at fests, but never in a review-friendly situation.

a: Low, light mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. The beer is nearly black in color.

s: Love it. Smooth java, caramelized sugars, sweet vanilla, chocolate, and a base of roasted malt aromas. Just comes together near perfectly.

m: Full in body with a medium-low carbonation.

t: Almost straight coffee on the tongue, with less of the sugar and vanilla found on the nose. Carries some of this at first, but soon turns towards the coffee side. Moderate to high sweetness. Very limited hop flavor with a light bitterness.

d: Very enjoyable

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's before the bottle release. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some red showing up at the edges. There is a small amount of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Like a wonderful desert.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying at all. Vanilla, caramel, graham cracker, and coffee. Really nice desert beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not too sweet but really tasty. The coffee is smooth and complimented well by the other flavors. I would have this again.

Photo of Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again Clark! This Kuhnhenn stout sure does resemble the acclaimed Founders Breakfast stout. It is very dark brown and proposes a nice off-white ring. Its aroma is an overwhelming espresso medley, not even beany, this wins big points considering the vanilla undertones. I rarely encounter them without this usually unpleasant beany aspect. Strong chocolate complexities make this a total dessert brew. Strongly carbonated body, medium in size. It has pleasant sweet and tart vanilla essence notes that match the chocolate in an overall sweet flavour profile that doesn’t quite match the aroma, but this remains a surprisingly good stout.

Photo of weeare138
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this bottle!
Appears a brownish black with a thick tan head that fades quickly. Spottly lacing is left all over the glass.
The smell is of caramel, cream, vanilla, and chocolate...heavenly
Taste was a dropoff comparing to the awesome aromas. Lacto sourness with some caramel cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is of sour and sweetness with a coffee bitterness punching around.
Drinkability...the aroma alone is worth cracking one open but don't get the taste buds overly excited.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler I picked up while visiting some friends in Michigan.
Pours a very dark brown in color. A nice, tan colored head forms and sits on top of the beer. Smell is creme, vanilla and some roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is a wonderful balance of vanilla creme, chocolate and roasted espresso. This beer is everything that I was wanting. Much different than the Southern Tier version. This beer is much more approachable and drinkable. Very creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel. Contrary to what I was expecting, I could actually see myself drinking a few glasses of this before tiring of it. Thought I would get tired of the flavors, but it's just so damn enjoyable and good. Very good beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dirty dark brown with a frothy tan collar.

Smells of vanilla and caramelized sugar, sweet cream and marshmallow. There's a dry grain behind it all with a hint of coffee. Although there's a lot going on here, the balance is extraordinary.

Tastes of a luscious nutty brown ale base that's piled high with a delicate vanilla and sweet cream. The caramelized sugar is there again too. Again, the balance is marvelous.

Feels thick with a quick swarm of thin carbonation.

Balance! Well done. I'm also impressed with how well the sweetness was kept at bay.

Photo of DaveFL1976
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Out of the bottle, this thing pours with a humungous head that clings to the sides. A pretty beer. The smell is like your nose walked into a Starbucks that just spilled a few bottles of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout on the floor. What a nose. Perhaps too big? Is that possible?
Taste? Maybe I got a bad bottle. This is the antithesis of smooth and tastes like a cold cup of coffee. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and not very smooth. A drainpour for me.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-6 oz.'s consumed at the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest. This was one of my highlights, and I can't wait to track down the bottled version and give it an even more thorough/critical review. I wanted to pull the trigger and give this a 5 for taste but there are so many distractions while sampling I didn't want to let my excitement get in the way of better judgement.

Pitch black with a billowing, fluffy head. Smell is coffee beans with very strong hints of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is like washing down a spoonful of brownie batter with a cup of a fresh gourmet coffee. Full bodied and extremely inviting and drinkable, this is one that I will have to seek out again and re-review the proper way.

Photo of DeadTerry
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the definitive review on this beer. My friend brought me some fresh from the brewery on a visit out east (Delaware) in August 2005. AMAZING! The coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel (creme brulee) flavors were there in the aroma as well as the taste, and the beer was awesome! I set 3 aside to see what age would do...the results were not good. The beer took on a vinous, sour taste after 2 months and by 4 months it was undrinkable (poured 2 bottles out, after sampling). Definitely, this beer is to be consumed as soon as posible and should not be put down for future consideration...unless you mean to put it down by shooting it...like Old Yell'r (sob....sob...). I can't speak to the rest of their beers durability cuz they didn't survive the weekend they arrived at my house. They brew very good beers, just don't wait to drink them.

Photo of Brewfan
2.04/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Warrior Soul for the bottle.

January 2005 printed on bottle.
Poured a dark cappuccino chocolate brown, with tan highlights. No head, even though I poured it rather rough. An oil film lace coated the top of the beer, then subsided to a few whisps around the edges. No more lacing to speak of.
Aroma - mild coffee aroma with some creaminess and caramel. Quite malty and sweet. Very nice nose.
First taste was a bit malty then pronounced sourness took over and never let go. Tasted of day old coffee left in the coffeepot with soured cream added. Had some sour cherry essence to the taste. Not sure if it was planned, but really didn't go with this beer. There was a bit of sweetness at the beginning, but once the sour coffee taste took over, that's all I could get out of the beer.
Thin mouthfeel, boadering on watery.
Drinkability, almost nonexistant. Had trouble finishing the 12 oz. bottle I split with Cooperrip.
The worst stout I've ever encountered. I'd like to try it fresh, since this bottle was a year old.

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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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