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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 75
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:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2009)
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-04-2013 18:23:26 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-31-2013 00:11:04 | More by Drk93TT
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-29-2013 22:18:01 | More by bsuedekum
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-28-2013 18:34:10 | More by jbuddle
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

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!

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-09-2013 18:25:04 | More by Michigan
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-08-2013 20:51:53 | More by warnerry
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-24-2012 12:34:17 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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JLG193

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-12-2012 14:19:59 | More by JLG193
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2012 04:12:26 | More by tobelerone
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dave122382

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-07-2012 02:26:07 | More by dave122382
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

10-19-2012 02:37:46 | More by t0rin0
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-17-2012 23:35:02 | More by ncaudle
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smalenberg

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

09-27-2012 17:19:23 | More by sullenbee
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-26-2012 15:15:48 | More by pschul4
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Marti403

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-22-2012 04:20:18 | More by Marti403
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Czar_chasm

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-15-2012 02:03:13 | More by Czar_chasm
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

07-14-2012 03:32:20 | More by jeonseh
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ToddIlgen


4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-07-2012 05:34:31 | More by ToddIlgen
Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.