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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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154 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2009)
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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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
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 Knapp85
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
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!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

Poured into Darkness snifter.

Pours hardly an tan head that fades to a thin ring fast. Color is a dark copper brown, but settles in the glass as pretty much black.

Aroma:The aroma is very rich. Tons of hershey chocolate flavors with strong coffee and roasted malts. I also get some chocolate syrup up front. One of the sweetest beers I have smelt. Massive flavors coming from the nose.

Taste: Taste is very similar to the aroma, but not as big. Big dark chocolate flavor with lots of roasted malts. Some strong coffee flavors with some faint grassy hops showing. It isn't as sweet as I was expecting, however.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, roasted, and slightly crisp. A fuller body with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, the aroma got me very excited for this beer, but the taste didn't pack that big of a punch. I do like it, however. The aftertaste ending so dry makes it a little hard to drink.

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

on-tap at Rattle & Hum.

Creme Brulee Java Stout stays in the glass with a dark shade of black, not jet oil black but a nice dark color. I cant see through it, dark enough. A tight half inch of coffee colored foam stays on top and dirties up the glass alot. Smell is coffee with creme brulee added. Not over the top and integrated with some oat and a faint storm kingesque hop scent. The taste is good and Im not dying after drinking it. The thing about this is that I don't get over the top cloying butterscotch diactal ala Southern Tier. This alone makes this one leaps and bounds above that. The coffee makes for a great counterpart and adds some burnt flavor that aint that large. Feel is medium and not the smoothest beer out there, a bit rough around the edges, but I dig the aftertaste. Carbed up just fine, this one is a winner in my eyes.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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 tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery into a tulip...The beer is medium black, light tan carbonation, doesn't last long...The aroma is super strong, exactly like coffee, too strong though. A little too sweet...The taste is sweet milk and vanilla, interesting, really hits the creme brulee on the head. Coffee finish, can drink a little, but right now the flavors are too strong. Tone it down a bit and maybe this will be really good.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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 AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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