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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

154 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2009)
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Reviews by facundoCNB:
Photo of facundoCNB
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep black with a solid 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. head reduced to 1/4" throughout life of glass.

S - toasted oats, vanilla, lactose sugars - very sweet aromas, slight hint of coffee, bourbon

T - a party of tastes just exploded in my mouth.. my first taste was tiramisu.. i guess it's like a rum soaked creme brulee now that i think of it.. very sweet, delicious. the longer i drink, the more coffee flavors i get. this is perfection for a stout.

M - creamy, yet smooth and watery enough to not make you full like most stouts this heavy

O - as far as a flavored stout goes, this is hands down the best thing i have ever had. this, along with joe mama's milk stout are a tough fight for my #1 spot

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn's brewpub in Warren. Pours very nearly black, maybe some hints of dark, dark ruby-brown near the very edges, but it's pretty much not letting any light through. Tan head shows decent retention, although it doesn't leave much lacing behind. Fine bubbled and cream, it just perches softly atop the black brew.

The aroma is deep, deep coffee beans; kind of like when you open a new pouch of coffee beans for the first time and stick your face in it and inhale. Roasted, rich, oily coffee beans. More roast than sweetness, although a small cream and sugar-like sweetness aspect is relevant. This one has a very faint, abrupt booziness in the tail-end, something that I don't recall being as noticeable in the non-imperial version of this brew. Aside from that, the aroma isn't much different. Maybe a little less sweet.

Handfuls of finely roasted coffee beans and used up coffee grinds line the edges of the flavor profile. The coffee is pretty "deep", in that it almost tastes like a quaintly made espresso rather than a cup of morning coffee. Not picking up as much sweetness on the palate as on the nose, but a faint, vanilla-like residual sweetness comes a-knockin' about halfway through and really ties things together. Without that, it wouldn't really be a "Crème Brûlée" java stout, right?

I'm having a hard time identifying any real differences between this brew and the non-imperial version, and it doesn't help that so much time has passed since I've had the former. These would be a nice one to do a side-by-side with. The mouth feel is pretty smooth, silky, and creamy. Seems thick enough for my liking, so maybe that's something else that the imperialized version has going for it. Either way, they're both very tasty coffee stouts that any coffee-beer lover would definitely enjoy.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TCJosh
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cola in color with a thin, almost non-existent, tan head.

S - The nose is very rich with coffee and chocolate. The aroma reminds me of fudge brownies, maraschino cherries, whip cream, vanilla and steaming cup of espresso all poured into a gigantic snifter.

T - Wonderful coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate flavors mingle well together, though it does not have the complexity of the nose. This is no where near as sweet as the regular version.

M - Full bodied despite the low level of carbonation present. Finish is quite dry in comparison to the regular version

D - The intense coffee and chocolate flavors make this a fantastic beer. I wish some of the complexities of the nose would have come through in the taste. A little more sweetness would have helped to make this a bit more "crème brulee"-ish.

Photo of jeonseh
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler poured into a CBS snifter

A - Dark, espresso coffee. No head other than a very slight layer of foam near the edges.

S - Sweet Coffee. Hints of caramel and vanilla waft up from this. In the backbone, there is definitely a smell of Creme Brûlée that stands out. Smells like you walked into a Gloria Jean coffee shop. Great nose on this one.

T - Sweet coffee at first. There are hints of vanilla and caramel mixed in. There is definitely a sweet hint of the Creme brûlée as well but it is just a hint. The coffee is definitely stronger in here. The finish is light, bitter espresso with enough cream sweetness to keep it from being too bitter

MF - Minimal carbonation. Medium body with a slight stickiness to it. There is a slight astringency near the backend that comes from the coffee.

O - A great coffee stout from Kuhnheen. Has a great nose to it. I really like how well it balances the coffee with the sweetness throughout.

Photo of king75
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A real coffee and sweet cream experience. Reddish brown body. Very creamy mouthfeel. Smells creamy coffee. Better than the Southern Tier version. Great even for a non-coffee drinker like me. Sweetish, and best as dessert after a meal.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for this one. A beer I was just thinking about and miraculously ended up on my doorstep. Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated December 2009 into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Increasingly heavy pour as I try to create some head, utterly fails on this one. A .5 finger mocha head rises for a millisecond and then disspates just as quickly. Beer is pitch black letting through no light. Lacing emanates slightly from the sides of the beer where a thin layer of head struggles to hold on. Not much there though, not that I expect a whole lot.

S: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate cake, cocoa, and every other synonym of "chocolate smelling" I can think of. Incredibly balance with the coffe though and depth equal to the looks of this pitch black beast.

T: Opens a sour coffee which is pervasive throughout. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, brownie, dark and milk chocolate, and sour purple grapes. Finish is more irksome sourness that won't go away. Lingers for a bit, though not at all sticky.

M: Medium to full bodied, carbonated and not as smooth as it could be. Oily in the mouth though not overly so. Finish is viscous and heavy and lingers for quite a bit. ,Not sticky like I expect though.

D: The smell of this beer just keeps me going back for more but the sourness in the taste repels me like no other. I'm not sure if this one is infected or not, but I hope it is (in which case I will edit this review later on). That being said, this beer shows huge promise. The flavors and complexity are there as well as the mouthfeel to pull it all together. I'm definitely gonna give this one a second shot if I get a chance!

Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry!

Pours dark brown with a very small light tan head. Kuhnhenn is not big on heads overall it seems. This has more than most of their beers though.

Aroma is very rich with loads of chocolate and coffee. Sweet malts and a little alcohol as well. Smells excellent.

Flavor is not quite up to the level of the aroma, but still tasty. Very Tootsie roll-like with milk chocolate as well as coffee, toffee, and roast. Not too much going on, but what is going on works well.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a drying mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable overall. Would not be hard to take down a full bottle of this beer.

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of md655321
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bung
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the new Dead Bear Brewing in Grayling MI of all places.
Becalmed dark brown pour, barely a ring of off white head. Though this is a really full pour.
Aroma, roast malt, fresh coffee. Vanilla is pretty subdued.

Taste, much more intense. Coffee, roast malt, mocha. Lingers nicely.

Medium body, a little low on the carbonation. Coats well enough and definitely no abv presence.

A coffee brew winner with the sweetness very well in check.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of SeaUrchin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had on tap tonight, second beer of the night, on tap in tulip at kuhnhenn

appearance - black in low light conditions, thin head if any that quickly dissipated, little cabonation

smell - smelled of sweet vanilla up front with nice roasted malts, then faded into a nice coffee scent, best part of this beer was the smell, that alone was enough for me to want to drink it

taste - followed nose, started off vanilla with a nice sweet roasted malt following, then that moved into a watery malty taste with possibly a bit of dark chocolate but that was a streatch, followed by a nice coffee flavor, over all it was balanced going from a moderate sweet vanilla and moving into a mildly bitter coffee, after taste was of a frozen vanilla cappuccino, will order again

mouthfeel - a bit watery for me based off of the style and my experience with both creme brule stout by souther tier and FBS, i would have liked a bit thicker with this type of flavor i prefer a thicker mouthfeel to pair with the above normal flavoring but over all pleasant still, went down very easily

drinkability - this is a very drinkable beer, went down a bit too easy for me and got a glass of water after it to prepare for the impending drive home, would gladly grab a growler and enjoy from the safety of my own house, if you are a fan of souther tier creme brule stout and FBS this is the perfect marriage of the 2

the score may be low due to mouthfeel as stated i prefer a thicker beer when flavored like this but overall this was a tasty brew

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Fievel
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikem409 (via RB) for this gem!

Pours with a black body, and a light frothy chocolaty head. Dissipates to a filmy ring. Aroma of sweet cream, coffee, roast, vanilla cream, sugar milk, and a robust chocolate. Fearing an overly sweet taste, I was pleasantly surprised. It's sweet with a vanilla/chocolate milk note, sweet creamy coffee, big roasted notes. Feels average though really. It's very creamy, but it's medium bodied at best. Nothing bad at all but definitely the slight week link. Admissible though in the end because this is a wildly tasty and aromatic beast!

Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bring. Thanks, Barry. Impenetrable black body with a small reverse-cascading tan head that quickly settles to a ring. Smells like...creme brûlée. With coffee. The vanilla and cream are right up there with the intense coffee aroma. Very sweet and dessert-like, there's a bit of milk chocolate as it warms. Tastes quite good, but it doesn't quite match the smell. Coffee is up-front, slightly vegetal in character. It isn't as sweet as the aroma led me to believe, but there's a sold vanilla-cream sweetness behind the coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich and the finish mild and roasty with a slight vegetal note. Very nice stuff.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz growler from DeCicco's. Thanks to Alex as always.

A- Pitch black with a foam espresso head. Little to no lacing. The beer appears thick and full.

S- Smells of the most wonderful whole bean coffee aroma. Notes of chocolate, caramel,and butterscotch. Creamy and delicious.

T- Much like the smell, a brilliant java stout. Better than most I've ever had. Again whole bean coffee/espresso, chocolate, and butterscotch. A great balance of the three, with the coffee really leading the way. The aftertaste is perfect, not too acidic or overboard.

M- Again, pretty much spot on. A little light on carbonation, but the body is perfect.

O- Not sure how this beer is rate a B+, as it was an A all the way in my book. A must have for coffee lovers. Would absolutely seek out again.

-GFunk

Photo of cestlavie
1.5/5  rDev -63%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours quite black with a one-finger mocha head that quickly diminishes, retention around the edge only, no much lacing

s - the aroma is the highlight, like a vanilla latte with four or five shots of espresso and some caramel thrown in as well, they hit the creme brulee notes very well, really fantastic aroma

t - bitter coffee burst up front the quickly turns into a sweet and sour vanilla and caramel flavor, lingering light coffee bitterness and a strange lactic sourness, I'm not sure if there is an infection issue with these bottles, but I tried this on tap at last years Winter Solstice and in the bottle (same batch) soon thereafter, and there was no sourness, my previous tastings were much more enjoyable, I'm giving this a 3 versus a lower score because I know how great it was before the sourness developed

m - full-bodied, moderate to low carbonation, fairly sweet and sour finish with only light bitterness, some alcohol warming

d - the sourness is rather awkward and really limits the drinkability, the alcohol is pretty well hidden

Pretty disappointed with this bottle, as my previous tastings of this beer were fantastic. I'll definitely revisit this one with one of my remaining bottles or the next release.

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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.