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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java StoutKuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2009)
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

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

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 22:55:09 | More by Gfunk720
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously hooked up by Scoot1969. Thank you sir.

Poured into my Darkness snifter. Jet black pour. No trace of light coming through on this one. Two fingers of tan fluff rest on top of the vicious black. My nose is greeted by whole bean coffee. Vanilla and bakers chocolate have come to the party too. Beautiful. Taste is right on par with the smell. Coffee upfront, chocolate in the middle, followed by vanilla on the finish. It is sweet but certainly not overly to me. Mouth is pretty thin but that is what the doctor ordered here.

I've had the Southern Tier version of this beer before. That was like sweet syrup. This beer was sweet as well, but not near what the aforementioned was. This was like a wonderful cold pressed coffee. Downright fantastic. Would drink this regularly given the opportunity.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2011 01:41:18 | More by TheDudeRules
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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

Serving type: growler

02-20-2012 23:16:27 | More by facundoCNB
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Spider889

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2011 08:41:21 | More by Spider889
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | 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!

Serving type: growler

03-16-2013 05:10:36 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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fear025

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour.

Aroma:Coffee, chocolate, sugary syrup in the aroma.

Appearance:Black and opaque, very little head.

Taste:Very sweet. Dark chocolate and caramel. There's some roasty notes in the foretaste. There's a little bitterness, which comes out more on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability:This is quite a delicious dessert beer. I believe it's best enjoyed fresh, because I had a bottle before that tasted nothing like this fresh growler.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2011 00:18:47 | More by fear025
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the recent Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice party. Served in a snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that dissipates quickly to a ring and a bit of light haze - minimal lacing. Pitch black body, with only the tiniest hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Crème brûlée! Coffee (with cream)! Roasted malt, light brandy, maraschino cherry. Definitely not as saccharine and diabetic as the Southern Tier version - the coffee helps balance things out. It's just terrific - wonderful balance, and reference quality for this type of stout.

T - The taste is more of a 4.25, but since I was hard on the appearance I figured I'd round up. It's a little more roasty and dry, with less overt sweetness. The coffee starts to take center stage, with a bit of dark chocolate also creeping in. The aftertaste is bitter, and mounts throughout the serving.

M - Smooth, medium-thick body, with low carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish, with only slight residual stickiness.

D - A 12oz bottle is probably the appropriate serving size. It's very far into dessert beer territory. However, the well-hidden booze, moderate bitterness, and delightful flavor make it a well-enjoyed serving. It also helps that I don't feel like my heart is racing and that I have to amputate my leg afterward. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 01:58:57 | More by MasterSki
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, 10oz pour served in a tulip.

The beer arrived with a thin layer of dark khaki foam already settled on top of the black/brown body. The head dissipated quickly...poor lacing.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, sweet lactose, coffee and chocolate.

Like the nose indicates, the taste is roasty and sweet with a milky vanilla backbone. The sweetness takes over in the middle and gives way to a roasted finish. The ABV is hidden well and does not show up in the flavor.

Medium to thick mouth feel with little carbonation.

Awesome beer. Got better and better as it came to temperature. I really with I lived close enough to get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 03:40:56 | More by mgbickel
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a little bit of foam forming on the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Smells of coffee and of course, creme brulee. This is a much easier version to drink compared to Southern Tiers Creme Brulee. The taste is of very smooth coffee and quite drinkable. Glad I picked one up of these at the brewery. Very decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:09:00 | More by WeedKing4
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this brew a lot, tried a sample at the brewery and found it to be very tasty. The pour was as black as they come with a very minimal brown fizzy head on top that vanishes quickly. There was also some spots of what looked like oil patches on top of the beer. The smell is of coffee, lots of coffee, also some chocolate and vanilla in the mix too. The taste is pretty intense. Right from the get go ther is rich fresh roasted coffee upfront then it fades into a really nice soft vanilla sweetness. The only thing that bothered me about this beer was it's thickness. I think it was just a little too light for an imperial. Other than that this beer rocked. I even brought home a growler to share with some friends back at home.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:09:47 | More by Knapp85
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color; the small head quickly descends to a ringlet and archipelago though it leaves spots of foam behind

Smell: Black bread, coffee and vanilla

Taste: Black bread and coffee flavors, up front, with a hoppy bitterness that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla arrives to provide the Crème Brûlée character

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What a contrast to the Southern Tier version of this style - that beer is a sipper that ultimately overwhelms while this one is dry and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 16:10:04 | More by brentk56
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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!

Serving type: growler

01-29-2012 03:05:41 | More by EgadBananas
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 05:20:44 | More by alcstradamus
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a bottle of this on 1/30/10.

A - Poured a deep brown body with a bubbly burnt tan head that reduced to a patchy veil and yielded sparse lace.

S - Vanilla-infused coffee creme brulee goodness! Vanilla sweetness definitely dominates the aroma. Smells like an expensive dessert at a fine Italian restaurant.

T - As with the aroma, that little sweet vanilla bean packs quite a huge flavor, although there is a slightly bitter coffee character and underlying chocolate notes, both adding complexity to the stout and keeping the flavor from becoming one-dimentional. Finishes with slightly bitter, earthy hop notes amidst the intense sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a slick yet thin and watery texture. Finish is bittersweet on the palate.

D - Pleasant blend of creme brulee and coffee attributes, although the mouthfeel is a bit lacking for an Imperial Stout. Otherwise, this is a class act.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:29:32 | More by ffejherb
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/10/2010, updated on 3/27/2010. Growler. Pours black with a small tna head. Aroma of chocolate peanut butter fudgyness like a rich, chocolate pb cake with tons of fudge drizzled all over it. Or maybe a brownie with peanut butter cups inside. Either way, it's pretty awesome. Also slight vanilla notes. Flavor brings out more of the coffee and tons of vanilla notes, still some chocolately peanut butter notes but much less prominent. Wow, great dessert beer and only 8%! Top notch.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2010 19:44:21 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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farrago

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to no head with an aggressive pour, thin islets of brown microfoam, no lacing. You guessed it, liquid as black as the ace of spades, as impenetrable as a nun's knickers. Cappuccino, freshly whipped cream, vanilla extract, milk chocolate powder give the nose a soft, enveloping appeal, cherry syrup, brown sugar, this noted it does have an unprocessed graininess to it which approximates hop bite, fills your nostrils and stays there for some time. In the mouth it's medium-bodied with an acidic punch which jolts you and momentarily forestalls the arrival of the cappuccino, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, graham cracker pie crust, cinnamon powder, licorice and baker's chocolate. As it warms the bitter roast of the coffee becomes more noticeable. There's also more of a perfumed lift than downwards pressure on the palate. Tart cherry pie wafts through the finish. Within its general category it achieves a distinct personality, which is a rarer accolade then previously.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:38:02 | More by farrago
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liquidcraft

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:10:14 | More by liquidcraft
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing the darkest nut brown coloring. It sported a one and a half finger tall head of latte colored bubbles, showing decent retention into spots of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was appreciable, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma was sweet and rich, with notes of milk chocolates, bright hazelnut coffee, vanilla wafer crispness, heavy roast, fresh whole milk creaminess, and black cherry fruitiness. With warmth came light brushes of booze, burnt smokiness, and warming buttery diacetyls. Our first impression was that the coffee really enhanced through the taste, giving much more strength, roast, and genuine savoriness than in the nose. As we sipped, the flavoring began with soured ground coffee, lightly floral hops, fresh but darkly roasted brown and coffee malts, vanilla cream sweetness, bittered walnut oils, smoke, raspberry jam, and mint leafiness. The middle came to a peak with black cherry fruitiness and pit, mild coffee acidity, wet browns and burnt barley, medicinal phenols, and more freshly brewed coffee warmth. The final wash was a blend of continued medicinal bite, fusel booze, cherry sourness, French vanilla and hazelnut coffee beans, white cracker graininess, bitter roast, light leathers, and lemon juiciness. The aftertaste breathed of strong char and roast, fresh coffee, light lemony and floral hops, gritty gravel and mineral, alcohol, plum, and mashed hazelnuts. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice syrupy smack, nice pop, slurp, but lesser cream or foam. The mouth was left coated through the sip, with chalky astringency drying the palate through to the base of the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well.

Overall, what we like best about this beer was its taste. The coffee flavoring was genuine, raw, powder, sweet, roasty, and entirely stole the show, as it should have. The secondary addition of this to the final beer base blended excellently, striking just the right balance between the depth, roast, and smoke inherent to the grain bill. This is evident through the aroma as well, but it just doesn’t quite hit you as hard as it does in the tongue. This balance aids drinkability, and again, helps things avoid being sickeningly sweet, while not going overboard with the bitterness or the darkness on the other end. This is a fun, highly drinkable stout, loaded with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 21:58:11 | More by TheBrewo
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 02:16:18 | More by tectactoe
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, vanilla, light chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, vanilla,brown sugar, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice stout with good flavor and not overly sweet, enjoyable sipping

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 23:03:50 | More by MDDMD
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FrognutUnl

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:25:30 | More by FrognutUnl
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

On tap at Kuhnhenn. Black served in a tulip glass. Smell was intense sweet coffee. Taste was sweet coffee as well, with some hints of bitter dark chocolate. Excellent drinkability for the 8% ABV that was reported on the menu. Moderate mouthfeel.

This isn't really complex, but is an above average to decent coffee stout with excellent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 03:53:44 | More by webmanspidey
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 12:48:13 | More by Thorpe429
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smalenberg

Michigan

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

A - dark with slight ruby in strong light. Small head with slim tan foam ring.

S - coffee and enough caramel to call to mind cola syrup.

T - very favorful and smooth. Extremely well balanced giving precedence to sweet stout style.

M - not nearly as dry as an imperial stout can be.

O - sweet and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 00:10:00 | More by smalenberg
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jeonseh

Indiana

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.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2012 03:32:20 | More by jeonseh
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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.