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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
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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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mtrog313

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

04-19-2012 21:46:44 | More by mtrog313
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DevilsCups

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter, taken from notes.

A - Sits black in the glass with cola edges. As the supply goes down it develops a more dark ruby red hue. Still, a very dark stout. Medium brown head and crystal clear. Photo of the pour : http://tinyurl.com/7b7qfqu

S - Marshmallow, caramel, black coffee and soft vanilla. This one smells fantastic. Roasted malt is swimming around in there. Really an outstanding aroma. Not crazy sweet as it hits on the bitter coffee notes more.

T - Marshmallow again upfront followed by bitter black coffee and vanilla. Very nice. Not overly sweet like Southern Tiers Creme Brule, as it focuses more on the coffee than the vanilla. Very dark chocolate in the late finish.

M - Carbonated like Old Rasputin. Slightly fizzy, medium in body. Not too thick, not too thin. She's a tickler.

O - Search it out. I had this on draft, so I can't comment on a bottled version, but it was a treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 03:48:26 | More by DevilsCups
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TCJosh

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-27-2012 22:02:42 | More by TCJosh
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superspak

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-24-2012 03:29:43 | More by superspak
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JxExM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-24-2012 02:36:45 | More by JxExM
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Creme Brulee Java Stout, 32-oz growler filled at The Growler Station in NYC.

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey snifter, this thing comes looking mighty hefty with a shiny-oily black color and a great two-finger head that soon recedes into one and then to a rim and thick soapy bubbles.

Smell: Coffee, dairy, vanilla powder. Coffee-mate and other artificial sweeteners. Cheap chocolate (Russel Stover, most likely)

Taste: Follows nose, with coffee and more of that fake vanilla upfront, then some roastiness and hops. Spoiled heavy cream and funk.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thin for a beer this big. Disappointing, with low body and carbonation, medium flavor. Ends very watery and flat.

Overall: Drinks good for the style, but this really isn't so good. It mostly tastes of fake vanilla powder, instead of the real creme brulee you get in Southern Tier's version. Will not revisit.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 22:23:37 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2012 18:17:53 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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elephantrider

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

01-02-2012 22:19:24 | More by elephantrider
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-24-2011 20:18:27 | More by brystmar
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-27-2011 04:11:12 | More by StoutHunter
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

11-21-2011 18:12:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
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goalie33

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

11-17-2011 20:16:04 | More by goalie33
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tclapper

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-17-2011 03:37:48 | More by tclapper
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-15-2011 21:24:59 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 03:50:49 | More by JAHMUR
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Photekut

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-14-2011 23:22:56 | More by Photekut
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-14-2011 21:49:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 18:14:10 | More by surlytheduff
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Holland

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor; served in a small sample glass.

A: black with deep brown highlights, little head when it got to me, but it kept it fairly well.

S: smells heavily of coffee, some chocolate, and sweet malts.

T: tastes much the same as the smell, no surprises here.

M: fairly carbonated for something so thick (medium-heavy body). Not sure how much that added, but it was fine.

O: not very drinkable, but neither is the breakfast stout. That's the big comparable here, and I think the FBS is more complex and delicious. Give this one a try, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 19:02:35 | More by Holland
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chris' bottle

Pours a deep black, light tan head, good retention. Smell is rich with sweet sugary notes, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, burnt sugar, very nice to smell. Taste is malty and roasted, lightly astringent, light sour lactic like notes, some bitterness comes out, mild vanilla and chocolate, some coffee, this was pleasant at times and at times a little on the bad side. Medium carbonation, good feel, decent weight. This was fairly enjoyable, aside from the overly lactic and sour points experienced in some sips it was quite good, if you have any in the cellar you should open them soon as these probably wont last much longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:44:00 | More by peensteen
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.