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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
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

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2009

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Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 FrognutUnl
4.12/5  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
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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 nickd717
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Bung
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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 SeaUrchin
4.02/5  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 EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 largadeer
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
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 WeisGuy
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of airohead2001
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for taking the trip out to Kuhnhenn Brewing Company for this year's Summer Solstice!

A - Dark brown with nice legs, but surprisingly, there is no head.

S - Lactose, cream, vanilla, chocolate, coffee.

T - Slightly to my disappointment, this one is quite sour. Similar to the Short's Cup A Joe. The coffee is the clearly the most dominant taste, but the sourness is overpowering.

M - Pretty thin all in all. For an 8% imperial stout, I was expecting this one to be a little bit thicker.

D - Again, similar to Cup A Joe, the drinkability of this brew is limited by its sourness.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to glazeman for the opportunity to drink this.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head falls quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing.

5.0 S: Holy shit this is amazing. Wonderful coffee aroma and in fact the best smelling coffee I've ever experienced in a beer (it's probably Folger's or something, haha). Lactose, vanilla, and caramel come in at a forceful tie for second with chocolate in third. Just enough roastiness to keep it all in check. Wonderful strong aroma. Excellent!

3.0 T: This sure is disappointing. I'm not sure how they got so much aroma packed into this with so little taste. The strongest taste by far is the sourish sweetness of lactose. The coffee is barely there, the chocolate and caramel are barely there, and the vanilla is absent. It really is rather bland. Fuck.

2.0 M: I was expecting a thick and sticky, but bubbly mouthfeel. Instead I got a thin, lifeless body. Horrible direction for a creme brulee type beer.

3.0 D: This beer had so much going for it until I took a sip. The only reason the drinkability isn't lower is because stiffing the brew is a great experience.

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Chris of the Rhino, December 2009 bottling. Into a snifter.

Poured black, with some deep ruby highlights in the light round the edges. A thin head is produced, but a thick brown collar retains. Nose wafts huge notes of French vanilla flavoured coffee, hazelnut and brown sugar. Sweet and some lesser roast notes. Just awesome. Taste left me wanting much more unfortunately, lots of sour/lactic notes - a significant departure from the nose. Chocolate and coffee are there as well but are less pronounced, some roastiness prevails. We debated initially as to the likelihood that this lactic sourness was intentional, but based on these reviews, I'm guessing this bottle has turned south. Although the sourness isn't overwhelming, it certainly isn't what I'd like in this instance. Medium full feel, and I can't help but feel let down that this wasn't as good as it smelled.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The non-imperial version of this was definitely one of the highlights of the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest in my opinion. In fact, I enjoyed it more than both Canadian Breakfast Stout and Oak Aged Dark Lord. Hopefully the imperial version can stack up. Here we go....

Pours black with a small half finger of head that dies quickly. A quick swirl causes a collar to rise, but it dies out quickly.

The smell is incredibly complex for a coffee stout. First off, there is the freshly roasted gourmet coffee aroma that is wonderful. Underneath sits a bet of whipped cream that smells like I just shoved a Reddi-Whip can up my nose and pulled the trigger. Definitely some cinnamon spice, marshmallow, luscious milk chocolate, and graham cracker. Honestly, this makes every other coffee based beer smell like a plain old cup of Folgers. Stunning.

The taste is not quite as amazing but is still quite good. The way I described the regular version of this is "like washing down a chewy brownie with a cup of gourmet coffee." The word on the street was that this one wasn't as sweet, and it is not. And I have to say it is not an improvement. I enjoyed the sweet fudge...this one is a bit more like a mellow cup of coffee with cinnamon sugar. Still tasty, but emptier than I had hoped for. A solid coffee beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. This one could use a little more body, but is actually saved by the low carb because the flavors are able to marinate on the tongue for a bit.

Not sure what the ABV is on this, but I would be surprised if it was higher than 8%. Drinks very well, definitely sessionable. Honestly, I much preferred the version I had at the GTOM and really wish I could do a side by side right now to see if I am just remembering wrong. Nonetheless, this is a mighty fine beer.

Photo of liquidcraft
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out mildly; not exceptionally syrupy or fizzy but with no head. A huge coffee bean jumps out of the top of this, some scents of vanilla like it was a coffee with cream. It smells smooth if such an adjective can be used.

The taste captures the bitterness of coffee accurately and prominently. Creme brulee sweetness is the first detectable flavor before even finishing the sip that is quickly enveloped by coffee. There are subtle complexities under the coffee: cherry and some vanilla among other indistinguishable notes. Texture's silky yet thin; I want these flavors to be creamier. Alcohol's nowhere in sight, I could slip this to my friends at breakfast with a good chance of them not realizing they were sipping a beer with their toast and jam.

As a heads up, I've heard from people worth trusting that this beer ages poorly and is best when fresh.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Picked a bottle up at the brewpub.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin head. The nose brings out some chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of cream. The taste and body together make it evident why this is a "creme brulee java" beer as the coffee and cream flavors mix quite well with a bit of sugar. Chocolate in the background. Good body without too much booze. This was a good-drinking beer and I wish I had gotten a bit more to age.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kuhnhenn's

A: Pours coal black with a light beige head; lots of foamy beige lacing

S: Intense aromas of roasted, slightly burnt coffee; burnt sugar; and vanilla. Smells a fair bit like burnt coffee spiked with hazelnut coffee creamer. That might not sound too good, but this a delectable, delightful smelling beer.

T: A lot less sweet (thankfully) than I expected from the nose. Roasted coffee and light, sugary vanilla. Lots of roast coffee flavor upfront, and it finishes with dry and bittersweet coffee.

M: Creamy, but on the thinner side. Love the dry, bittersweet finish.

O: A great coffee-forward beer with an intriguing nose. Nice and rich coffee flavors, and no overbearing sweetness like your run-of-the-mill coffee beers.

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black beer with some tannish foam that faded to a decent ring.

S - Chocolate, coffee, cream, caramelized sugar, vanilla. Kind of does smell like creme brulee, not a bad thing. Definitely more of a dessert beer than anything else.

T - Taste is fairly creamy, with chocolate, vanilla, caramel, some lactose. A little like a milk stout, and sours some on the end. Not bad.

M - Thick beer, pretty creamy, lower carbonation.

O - Too sweet to drink tons of, not bad, but save it for dessert.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to BigBadBarrel for sending this beer as an EXTRA! Thanks Jon you are seriously awesome!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 2 finger of medium brown head. Thick lacing on the side of the glass and the head has a good amount of staying power, slowely droping down to a thin cap.

Smell: This beer smell just like it should...exactly as the name would imply and honestly even better than I expected! Big dark, rich, roasty ,expresso beans. Then comes the sweetness...it matches the intensity of roasty with sweetness. Big whiffs of vanilla and caramel and coffee creamer its completely undeniable and unmistakeable.

Taste: As if the smell of this beer was irrestable...it tastes very similiar to how it smells! Kuhnhenn you are blowing my mind! Very expresso forward beer; heavy roast and rich coffee beans. Then comes the sweetness which adds spectacular balance to the heavy expresso flavors. Lots of coffee creamer, caramel, and vanilla flavor. It finishes with a nice balance between the roast and sweet flavors and imparts a touch of nuttiness. Almost peanut butter like flavor. This beer is wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth beer here. Drinks well below 8% abv. Not a hint of booze.

Overall: I really thought that I would have to belly up to the bar at Kuhnhenns to get a sample for this beer, but thanks to Jon...he saved me a long trip and I still got to try this beer.What a treat. Its such a good coffee beer i would even say its on the same level as veitnamese speedway stout and it might even be better...almost a good as Surly Four! Kuhnhenn you guys just nailed this beer out of the park! This beer has been a long time want that was completely worth the wait. Thanks again Jon!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 5/20/11

Many thanks to Normyk for sharing this growler.

Dark brown. 1/8th inch of brown foam thins quickly. Wispy retention with a bubbly collar. Swirling helps a bit; however, by the end, only liquid remains.

Aromas of roasted coffee, cream, nips of chocolate and some toffee. At times, butterscotch. Nice and potent. Tastes exactly the same: lots of roasted coffee and some espresso, unsweetened cocoa. Not overly sweet; good balance with roast. Some hops. Full body. Moderately low carbonation. Half creamy, half gritty feel, like coffee dregs. Not hot, but tingly.

Quite tasty and enjoyable. I could drink it from time to time.

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Derek for sending this one my way. Finally got around to opening it up yesterday.

A: The pour seems to be black with a dense tan head.

S: A very sweet and sugary nose, sort of like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee. Lots of vanilla, milk, and a decent amount of butter, too. The coffee is the saving grace here, as it helps to mitigate what would otherwise be overwhelming sweetness.

T: There is an unfortunate sourness that just does not seem to match up. It has a bit of vinegar and lactic acids, but it's a fairly clean infection (sort of an oxymoron, there). A bit of cherries, as well, but not much in the way of the characteristics noted in the nose.

M: The body is thick and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: It's unfortunate that this one is soured. I would like to see what this would have to offer if it was in the original condition.

Photo of Spider889
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Normyk. Damn dude, this stuff was awesome, thanks Rob!

The brew is black with a thick head. Good retention, even in my mini Jackie O's snifter. I will say upfront that I went back for 2nd and 3rd pours of this so it was a good sample size to be rating this so high.

Overall this is just a thick looking stout. Ok lacing as well, which was even better for some of those using full-sized glasses for the tasting.

The aroma is utterly delicious. It's very sweet, but not cloying. Coffee is big as is vanilla. There is an amazing toasted marshmallow smell that translates into crème brûlée most excellently. Also plenty of roasty malt and chocolate aromas.

The taste was outstanding as well. Strong, dark french roast coffee. Bitter roasted barley adds an element of char. Bakers chocolate, and vanilla add to the desert aspect of this beer. There's a light greenness to the hops, which is the only thing I might change. But that's me getting really nitpicky.

Medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I imagine it as taking all of the best aspects of the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series, leaving behind the heavy booziness and cloying sweetness associated with them, and rolling it all into one super coffee chocolate oatmeal crème brûlée stout. Aww yeah..

And I must say again, that the brewers got the crème brûlée character spot on. Too many claim to impart such flavors into their beer, but most cannot deliver. Kuhnhenn has delivered crème brûlée on a silver platter... erm... growler.

Photo of BMoney575
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-16-10
Bottled in December 2009

Pours completely black and opaque, with almost no head and absolutely no lacing. Very viscous looking.

Smell is all coffee and vanilla, very sweet but without being cloying. The coffee becomes even stronger as it warms, really adding to the enjoyment.

Taste is much earthier than the smell, the coffee is not as sharp, adding more of a malty quality. The creme brulee aspect adds a an odd bitterness that a can't quite place. Not as good as I had hoped.

Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery, a disappointment.

Drinkability is decent, but the odd flavors and thin feel make it more difficult.

Overall, started out awesome, and then tanked.

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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.