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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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89
very good

107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 286
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 183
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by erica:
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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this lovely beer the other night, I was quite excited about having something called Creme Brulee Java Stout. Sounds like heaven in a bottle! It wasn't quite that, but still good. The beer was very dark brown, reddish up to the light, with a light brown fat head that settles down to a thin layer which lasts throughout the glass. The aroma kind of got to me. It took me a few sniffs before I was OK with it. I thought it smelled like sweet sweet coffee with the slightest creaminess, some sourness, and covered in dust from some attic. Really, I got a weird musty smell mixed in with the roasty desserty goodness. Tasted better than it smelled, thankfully. There is a highly acidic flavour which helps to balance out the sweetness and roastiness of the beer, so no one taste is overpowering. I got a dry, almosty fruity (grapey?) aftertaste. Not bad. Mouthfeel was good and creamy, not too thick though. Drinkability for me is not the best- I would maybe have this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get ahold of a bottle. Mainly because the sour musty smell kept punching me in the face, and not in a real good way. The taste made up for that a bit, but didn't cancel it out. I was glad for the opportunity to taste it though!! (1,253 characters)

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of KevlarBrewing
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikejonze
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mireland
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pwoods
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of king75
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of danp14
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GuruDel
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (921 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.