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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java StoutKuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 76
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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Jas45678

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

10-14-2013 01:35:08 | More by Jas45678
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-11-2013 18:01:11 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-26-2013 13:19:36 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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alex021224

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

09-06-2013 18:39:01 | More by alex021224
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zachary80

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-27-2013 12:24:53 | More by zachary80
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trginter

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-21-2013 17:21:36 | More by trginter
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-21-2013 15:40:01 | More by kawilliams81
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

08-14-2013 13:39:02 | More by ajzy
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-13-2013 21:08:52 | More by thewimperoo
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

08-11-2013 01:59:44 | More by Soneast
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-29-2013 02:57:45 | More by Googs
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-22-2013 04:39:08 | More by BlissJunkie
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-21-2013 11:18:25 | More by beergorrilla
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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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erikkoppin

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

07-02-2013 02:07:24 | More by Kerrie
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thomseye

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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nlmartin

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

06-24-2013 10:12:53 | More by nlmartin
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heavynuggets

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-23-2013 21:42:43 | More by heavynuggets
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

06-23-2013 12:30:39 | More by DanGeo
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-18-2013 02:52:28 | More by sirsteve42
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-13-2013 15:41:40 | More by duceswild
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

4/5  rDev -1%

05-14-2013 01:28:21 | More by HarmonMW
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-04-2013 18:23:26 | More by iL0VEbeer
Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.