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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 15.23%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 13:04:23 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color and a mocha head that declines to a ringlet and leaves minimal lacing behind

Smell: Smells like cuban coffee with a sweet coffee tone that is underpinned by a lot of vanilla

Taste: Up front, it's not dissimilar to a sweet cuban coffee, although there is more chocolate and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate is joined by the coffee though the finish is dominated by the sweet residual vanilla flavor and the burnt caramel topping of the creme brulee

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I am wowed by the flavor here; much less cloying than Southern Tier yet still a bit sweet to drink in quantity

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2006 21:05:15 | More by brentk56
Photo of Thorpe429


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with quite a bit of haze. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is quite nice with a lot of cream and vanilla plus a good deal of coffee. Some roasted malt lingering in the background. The flavor is a bit too cloying as the vanilla and cream start to take over a bit. Still, nice flavors lingering in the background and I like the addition of the coffee, which makes this much, much more drinkable than Southern Tier's Creme Brulee. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the sweetness works here. I like this version better than the Imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:59:19 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2004 11:30:44 | More by oberon
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-29-2008 18:28:29 | More by emerge077
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3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from nortentimber as part of BIF18. Thanks for the opportunity. Bottle dated February 2005, best before June, hope this one's better than the last.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades slowly to a continuous film of small bubbles, with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, with a slight sour fruity tinge to it. Uh oh. Taste is actually reasonably well balanced between coffee and fruity (cherry?) tartness, sort a light lambic thing going on. Mouthfeel is average, maybe a bit above, with smoothness overcoming the sourness a bit, and drinkability is okay. Just have trouble believing this brew is supposed to be like this. And I would think a stout would last in good storage for longer than the prescribed 4 months. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 21:33:57 | More by ppoitras
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 16:37:29 | More by Kegatron
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 23:41:41 | More by weeare138
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kuhnhenn, on the way down to DLD.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark black, thick tan head forms, tons of lacing on the glass, very good retention, nice ring. Smell is awesome, insanely rich, mocha, chocolate, toffee, coffee grinds, bread, nice malts, caramelized, great. Taste is similar, rich coffee roast, chocolate, toffee, actually tastes like creme brulee, caramelized sugars, and a cup of coffee, amazing. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable, a fantastic stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 03:14:08 | More by Viggo
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. This beer was almost completely black, with just a faint chestnut tint at the edge of the glass. The dark tan head left some chunky lacing and the foam showed good retention. The aroma was overwhelmingly vanilla, with a fair bit of roast (almost coffee) and milk chocolate as well. Mild bitterness, definitely balanced towards sweetness, this brew is malty. Full of chocolate and roasty notes, there's still a lot of vanilla in here. Full bodied, low carbonation, and silky smooth. This stuff is good, but really intense. I imagine it would go great with a lot of desserts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 02:35:12 | More by DrJay
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Black, lots of tan head, nice lace.

S: Creme brulee or pancakes? Awesome!

T: Pleasant roastyness, slight tartness, maple syrup, candy-sugar/toffee, British fruityness, bittersweet finish.

M: Moderate to full body, chalky, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Enticing, but not very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 01:57:20 | More by Derek
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dense black. Very thin dark tan cap. Super creamed collar remains. Minimal lace in some some spots and skinny sheeting.

Aroma has a good medley of roasted mocha milked coffee with chocolate additions to its roast. A tender amount of dark cherry and purple grapes steep underneath.

Taste is a load of sour milked chocolate. Wow, a doozy of weird souring cream and strangely bitter coffee flavors break the surface up front with tremedous force and brashness. Smoothes off the back end with very light smoothness of chocolate cake and cookie dough. Stays pretty sour and sad for most of its duration. I'm wondering if this may be an infected bottle?

Feel is slippery and smooth with a lighter medium body and some empty areas. Not all that active or playful. Just kinda there. Sourness is getting in the way of most of what the feel potentially could be?

I'll need to get another bottle or more to determine the infected theory. Still seemed OK to me in a way but the weird sour tone conjured up a bad vibe on this one. Sorry Tim, I think I'll need some more...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:40:23 | More by tavernjef
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eric!

Kuhnhenn's Creme Brulee pours jet black with a thin head that doesn't hang around for long, or leave anything in it's wake. That's fine, 'cos the beer is the bomb on the nose - excellent, this is what Southern Tier should have done. Brilliant vanilla, butterscotch and chocolate, but to keep things from getting cloying, there's some coffee and a gorgeous roasted character, both of which (along with the chocolate), lend a balancing bitterness to the beer. On the palate, this beer opens up with the same flavors - moderate vanilla, some butterscotch, caramel, chocolate and coffee. The roasted bitterness provides the necessary backbone for this beer. The m/f is great too - medium-light in body with soft carbonation and a great sweet/bitter finish. I drank about 20oz and could have gone for more!

Serving type: growler

04-30-2009 22:59:31 | More by DefenCorps
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2008 07:33:19 | More by blackie
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewpub. It was an interestingly flavored beer that I had to try but won't want to sample again.

The appearance was pretty good, nearly opaque brown color with a wet-looking but none too clingy-to-glass head. The aroma was very sweet, vanilla and cocoa and maybe a touch of smoke. The flavor was intensely sweet, almost tasted like a syrup was added to the beer or something. Decent enough mouthfeel, but the bitingly sweet taste was too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 22:40:19 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2013 23:55:45 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a nice label. February 2005 edition. Damn is this brewery excellent, I can't wait to make my pilgrimage in a few weeks:-)

Dark black with red ruby edges. Head is tan coloured in nature and billowy. The aroma screams of strong dark roasted colombian coffee beans, roasted malts also come into play. There is also a slight hint of vanilla in the background. The taste is all roasted coffee. Bitter and acidic. There is also a sweetness in the background and hints of vanilla bean, sugar, and perhaps even the creme brulee that this brew is named after. The mouthfeel is light, considering all of the flavor that is packed into this gem. It's also acidic and a little lactic on the tongue. One can certainly tell that a double/imperial version of this brew beefed up to about 10%abv with a thick-ass mouthfeel would be legendary. Hopefully the brothers Kuhnhenn take note! Drinkability is good as well, but not perfect. The mouthfeel and acidic sweetness of this could get annoying after a while. But if I had a six pack in front of me, it would probably be gone by the end of the night. Another majestic creation from this brewery that sits amongst my personal favorites. Thanks to walleye for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 01:34:21 | More by francisweizen
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1101st Review on BA
Growler to Snifter

HUGE thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A liquid chocolate pour with a minimal fingernail head. A bit of crimson and sienna around the edges with zero cling or lace.

Smell- Burnt sugars open this up and flow into a nicely blended chocolate syrup and smooth vanilla mash up. A little bit of roast and bitter from the coffee but not much

Taste- The coffee/java is more pronounced on the taste and really makes a good blend on this one. A bit creamy from the vanilla/chocolate and a little bitter from the coffee. Creates a pretty delicious caramel note from the sugars as well. I like the layering and not one overpowers the rest. I do have to say I prefer this one a little bit colder vs warmer though.

Mouth- A bit more body to it when warm but then thins out when its a tad bit warmer. A good medium body all around with a low-medium carbonation level. Residual chocolate notes and a slight bitter.

Drink- This one was worthy the hype that I put in my head. It was creamy, smooth, rich, lush and full of that vanilla, caramel chocolate note. I might finish a growler in one night and I am okay with that.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2012 03:11:01 | More by FosterJM
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before 8/4/05 & bottled on 4/4/05.

Poured a dark black with brown edges and an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of lactose, chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla. I was really into this aroma and it reminded me of a coffee latte. Tastes of light sour milk, bitter coffee, and caramel. Tastes a little bit of a let down compare to the awesome aroma.

Notes from 11/22/05

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 14:10:44 | More by hopdog
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to have this one fresh at the source for some time....finally my time has come!

A-Deep, dark brownish black with garnet highlights. Medium light tan head reduces to a thin veil and leaves nice lace.

S-Sweet, caramelized brown sugar and vanilla with a touch of light fresh roasted coffee. Even with my allergy affected nose this smells fantastic.

T-A royal rumble between the brown sugar/vanilla sweetness versus the roasted coffee bitterness. In the end the coffee flavour wins out as the bitterness lingers longer in the finish.

M-Medium body and despite the sweetness it never gets sticky. Long lasting flavours.

D-Wonderful! At "only" 5.8% this brew has all of the flavour you could want. Simply outstanding!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 12:43:54 | More by Deuane
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 14:24:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass hugely and wildly carbonated with only 5 ounces or so in the imperial pint before it tried to erupt out the top with a frothy and brown head which was 5" tall.

The aroma was estery and fruity with an odd green bell pepper vegetal note while the head was high. Almost a Texas Pete spice quality to the aroma after it was poured. As the head fell a chocolate and roast character began to emerge with a light bit of frutiness.

The flavor of the head was metallic and strongly so. Once the head dissipated the flavor was chocolate and roast and more of that bell pepper, but with a light bit of heat, just as if some Texas Pete had found it's way into the beer. No beer in their listing has anything to do with peppers, but the flavor was bell pepper and slithly hot. A very light tartness was present, but not enough to make one think the beer was infected except for the gradeur of the head.

The finish was dry with a light lasting roast and bell pepper into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a huge level of carbonation which caused the body to seem less than it was. I have no idea what is going on in this beer. Every time I have had it previous it had too much diacetyl for my preference. Now we have a huge presence of vegetal notes, but they are not cooked corn, it is raw, green bell pepper, and Texas Pete. Something is amiss and who the heck knows what it might be.

12 ounce bottle, March 2006 on the label. Many thanks to hoppdeup!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 23:58:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2011 04:57:47 | More by oline73
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2.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this extra

It pours a black color with a small ring of head over top. The nose is really nice. Almost like an iced french vanilla coffee milkshake. It smells really damn good. The flavor is not good. Its almost sour. None of the great full flavor of chocolate and coffee I expect. Bleh. Not right. The feel is light and lacking the creamy thickness that I want. This beer is like that hot girl I dated in high school that told me she wouldn't put out till marriage. It teases me with a voluptuous and complex aroma only to leave me blue-balled with the flavor, feel and drinkability. I just don't dig it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 00:09:22 | More by kmpitz2
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2.17/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Brewed February 2005. Classy label. 5.5% ABV. $8/6'er.

Pours out to a nearly opaque very dark brown, forming a small tan head despite a vigorous pour. Poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is predominated by black coffee, a ton of vanilla, caramelized and burnt sugar, and deeply roasted grains. Very nice aroma. Medium thin body and stinging mouthfeel. Hrmmm. The taste is odd. It's sour, and I think I better gobble this up before it gets any more sour, as it's barely tolerable now. Perhaps it's just a bad bottle. Not sweet at all, and not stoutish at all, this reminds me of the Reaper Ale with the wierd sourness. I'll have to revisit this, as this must be a bad batch (see Jetsbeer review, which was also Feb 2005). For now, I'll call it as I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 23:38:43 | More by Mitchster
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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.