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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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132 Ratings
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 13:08:00 | More by Sammy
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 08:04:04 | More by womencantsail
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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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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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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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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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:08:33 | More by mothman
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:07:06 | More by largadeer
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gford217

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Kuhnhenn bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours almost completely black and oily out of the bottle with almost no light passing through underneath a small creamy tan head that recedes to a trace of bubbles and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is excellent with plenty of espresso and lactose and vanilla sweetness as well as dark roasted black malts. It's like a sugary coffee dessert in the nose.

The taste is odd because I get all the same character as the aroma but it seems very watered down. The initial taste is the vanilla and caramelized sugar sweetness with a quick roasted coffee presence that gets washed away into a lightly roasted but sweet finish.

The mouthfeel holds this one back for me as it tastes watered down. The mouthfeel is very thin and slick with low moderate carbonation but way too light bodied.

The aroma really had me excited but the flavor is just too washed out for this one to be a great beer. Which is a shame because I think the flavors are there but it's tough to know due to the light body.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:14:10 | More by gford217
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jrallen34

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 13:01:54 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting hosted by HopStoopid120. Cheers, Tony!

A: Clear, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, fleeting brown head. Ok.

S: Sweet + sour. Vanilla, coffee, whipped cream, lactose, lactic acid, chocolate, and maybe some soy sauce. Huge, insane, and inexplicably enjoyable. It sounds terrible, and yet I can't stop inhaling.

T: Way more sour than the nose, with some acetic character joining the lacto. Tons of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate, but even more sourness. Not nearly as well done as the nose.

M: Surprisingly thin, almost fully flat, and generally disappointing.

D: Meh. Interesting as hell, but frankly not that good.

Notes: I always love getting to try crazy beers, and this may have been the craziest of the night, flavor-wise. There's just something about an infected, adjunct-laden imperial stout that keeps me interested. Interesting as it was, though, this was by far the least memorable beer of the tasting - I'm entering my notes less than a week later, and I'd already forgotten about this one. Next to Extranious Cassis, Heady Topper, Jubel 2000, and BCBVS, this one really didn't measure up. You know it was a hell of a tasting when this is the weakest beer you open - way to represent, guys!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:57:31 | More by woosterbill
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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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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:58:03 | More by AgentZero
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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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:56:55 | More by DavoleBomb
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 16:16:32 | More by BARFLYB
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illidurit

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure who wandered up and gave me a pour of this at Woodshop 5.0 but thanks. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma explodes from the glass: creme brulee (duh), vanilla, semisweet chocolate, cocoa, and brown sugar. Flavor has some licorice, vanilla extract, roasted malt, hazelnuts, vague fruits. Very high carbonation but with some swirling it's okay. Medium body, too thin to properly support the flavor. Otherwise a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 11:31:03 | More by illidurit
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nickd717

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 16:54:05 | More by nickd717
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:38:56 | More by liamt07
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rye726

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black, creamy tan head. Nose has vanilla, coffee, caramel, roasty malts an cocoa. Tasty is roasty and astringent from the coffee. Perhaps infected, a bit sour. Flavor seems to be going downhill. Drink now, going down hill fast! Go get some, try it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:10:22 | More by rye726
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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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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 01:55:12 | More by Ryan011235
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:26:02 | More by SpeedwayJim
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Normyk. Thanks a lot, I always love trying Kuhnhenn stuff.

Appearance
This beer is a deep, onyx black. Very inky looking. The head and it's retention is superb.

Aroma
I think it was unanimous, at our tasting, that this aroma is fantastic. Lots of vanilla lays down a thick creaminess to the aroma. Coffee carries equal weight and imparts a rich roast with plenty of caramel in tow. This smells sweet, but not sickly sweet, as I had feared.

Taste
The flavor is a little bit less sweet than the aroma, and I think that's a good thing. Lots of coffee with french vanilla. Very nice. This beer pretty much tastes like a cappuccino. The flavor is, however, a bit on the weak side. At least its not cloying. There is a light booziness on the back end.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied with a loose, soft carbonation.

Overall
Very nice. I feared that it would be another sickly sweet mess like most other vanilla imperial stouts.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2011 18:21:30 | More by MbpBugeye
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david131

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very deep black with barely any light getting through at the edges. The mocha head is creamy at first but settles to numerous splotches on the surface. Looks like it means business.

S- Coffee, cream, and cocoa powder. Smells very sweet and oddly complex. There is something to this I can't quite put my finger on.

T- Sweet chocolate and coffee with just a hint of a nutty aspect at the end. Not as rich as the aroma led me to believe, in fact it is rather well balanced.

M- Smooth but there is just something a bit off at the very end... maybe a touch metallic or sour.

D- Drinks rather well and it is nice to have something a little different than just a normal coffee stout. This tastes a little different than it did on tap. Worth trying either way.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 05:03:41 | More by david131
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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.