Crème Brûlée Java Stout
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Crème Brûlée Java StoutCrème Brûlée Java Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #21
Ranked #2,429
4.17 | pDev: 13.19%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Crème Brûlée Java StoutCrème Brûlée Java Stout
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 9/6/15. Enjoyed out of a 32 oz howler filled at Kuhnhenn on 9/5/15. Poured into an large brandy-style snifter glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours an opaque, so-dark-brown-it's-black kind of brown. Honestly, the only reason I was able to tell that it was brown was due to the color of the liquid cascading out of the howler. Atop the black-brown body, a finger and a half of creamy tan colored head forms, consisting primarily of tight, microbubbles--just a few larger bubbles interspersed throughout. Retention is moderate, hanging around for a minute or two before becoming a fairly consistent and healthy looking film across the surface of the liquid. Not much to speak of with regards to lacing.

Smell (4.75) - It's honestly hard to fault this smell in any way, as it aligns perfectly with the name of the beer. Fantastic notes of hazelnut, light caramel, brown sugar, baker's chocolate, and the hero--a decadent Vienna roast smelling coffee. Roasty and pungent, but not charred or burnt smelling. Honestly, if I didn't know I was looking at a beer, I might mistake this for a mocha latte based on smell alone.

Taste (4.25) - I have to admit, after the fantastic aroma, taking a drink felt a little bit like crashing to Earth. And perhaps that's not fair, as this is a very quality tasting stout. But compared to the rich aroma, everything about the flavor seems muted and dull. There are still the same elements present--hazelnut, chocolate, some sugar, and of course, coffee--but they are all less vibrant than they were in the aroma. I will say this, the coffee and chocolate are more prevalent in the taste than they were in the aroma. And admittedly, it's incredibly easy to drink. There is just enough bitterness to keep it interesting, which fits well with the aroma that didn't have the overly-charred coffee characteristic.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - A nice fullness, especially for a 5.8% beer, but I would still classify it as medium bodied on the overall spectrum. Carbonation is moderate, with enough present to give the feel some kick to it. Finish is semisweet.

Overall (4.25) - A beer that teases you with greatness from the intoxicating aroma, but ultimately turns out to be just a very good beer. The good news is that I would gladly drink this again and again, and with a relatively low ABV, it's easy enough to down 32 oz on your own without becoming sloppy.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this on a trip to Kuhnhenn brewery, best beer I tasted out of 10 here today. Rich black color with a graham cracker head that dissipates. Excellent sweet creme brûlée smell with some coffee. Sweet on the front of the taste with nice roasty coffee flavor on the finish. A little more watery than I like for my stouts but otherwise excellent

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh growler into pint glass, pitch black color, a finger of mocha head that disappears quickly. Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not as thick as I thought it would be, more oily and smooth. Not a bad thing, though. Aroma is vanilla and sweet caramel, with hints of roast coffee. Taste is the opposite, roast coffee and dark chocolate forward, with sweetness underneath as a smooth balance, not too bitter. The coffee has a definite roasted note, not burnt. Beautiful balance, one of the smoothest stouts I've had.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Old notes transferred from December 2012. I had accidentally placed them under the "Imperial Creme Brulee Java Stout" but have since confirmed that it was actually the non-imperial version.

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Deep, dark, black pour with a fine, tan, creamy-looking head. No lacing on the glass, but the head will be around for a while. The initial smell is fantastic - like super sweet coffee and cream. Bittersweet roasted coffee beans fill the aroma, and over time, the smell becomes deeper and more intense. I'm also picking up a Kahlua & cream aroma, very nice and inviting.

The taste starts with an abundance of coffee, roasted to perfection. Hints of toasted malts, chocolate, and very slight vanilla also find their way in. Some floral notes pop through in the middle, just as the carbonation breaches your tongue. This provides a nice bitterness spike to balance the sweetness. The flavor shifts back to the malty-coffee side, now filled with dark cocoa beans. The chocolate essence of the beer comes out more and more as it warms. Surprisingly thin body for a beer of this style. Wet finish and overall low carbonation, for a slightly watery mouthfeel.

Great aroma, great taste, definitely a nice dessert beer or winter warmer. Not as creamy or heavy as expected, which may or may not be a good thing to some.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this *LAST YEAR* at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I'm now reviewing it because I was just made aware that this is the mystery beer that I was freakin' in love with.

Appearance: Dark, tan head ... what you'd expect from a stout.

Smell: Vanilla, bits of coffee, a lot of coffee. Awesome.

Taste: A lot of dark coffee and chocolate, but it's not very bitter... super tasty, and very drinkable. Really, it drinks a lot like a cold coffee. Feel's smooth and only makes the beer even better.

What else to expect from Kuhnhenn? I'm not normally HUGE on stouts/porters, but this pretty much blew my mind. Bold flavor, awesome aroma, easy drinking... what a beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours black with some transparency at the edge. No real head. Just a thin collar and some bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass.

Smell - Wow, incredible aroma. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts. Delicious.

Taste - Sweet vanilla and coffee up front. Becomes extremely roasty. Very bitter. Overpowering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Extremely bitter that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - Smells and tastes quite nice until that roasted bitterness takes over.

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Photo of PattyMelt
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap an Kuhnhenn's last weekend for the first time. I love coffee stouts of any kind, no matter what else is thrown into the mix, and this is one of the best I've had.

A- Dark and heavy, with a tan head.
S- Absolutely divine- strong coffee and vanilla
T- Also absolutely divine. I'm not the biggest fan of a lot of vanilla taste, but it was pretty hidden underneath the coffee, as well as caramel and chocolate. I never pass up a coffee stout of any kind, and this was by far one of the best tasting one's I've ever heard. A new favorite.
M- Very creamy, and mid-full body.

O- Great beer. I may be biased because I'm partial to Kuhnhenn beers, and I'm also partial to coffee stouts, but this was just an awesome, well-blended, flavorful stout.

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Photo of craggt
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the world, anytime I go back to Michigan I make sure to stop in and have a pint or two...and then take out a growler or two.
Best nose of any beer I've ever had, and the taste doesn't disappoint either. Not too much coffee, not too much vanilla, not too sweet and it actually still tastes like beer unlike the Southern Tier Creme Brulee. If I was left with only one beer I could drink for the rest of my life it would be this one.

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Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. Thank you Frank and Lester for sharing this majestic brew with me and many others the night before Dark Lord Day at the Marriott Courtyard.
Score: 96

Growler pour served in a plastic cup and enjoyed 04/27/12. Once the growler passed around, I was able to get a larger pour, and I could not have been happier. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, coffee-like color with ruby highlights and a thin tan ring of head around the glass. No lacing or retention discernible. 4/5

Smell: Ridiculously inviting! An excellent medley of creamy coffee, roast, crème brûlée, vanilla, milk chocolate and mocha. 5/5

Taste: Iced coffee, roasted, milk chocolate and mocha. Modest vanilla and plenty of bittersweet nestle morsels flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, roasty finish. Thinner bodied than hoped for, but it does not undermine the overall quality of the beer too much. 3.5/5

Overall: A very flavorful and delicious smelling non-imperial stout. Fans of chocolate, mocha and crème brûlée unite! I will surely be seeking out bottles of this in the future.

Recommendation: A great starter craft beer for iced coffee drinkers and flavorful stout for beer geeks.

Pairings: Crème brûlée, of course.

Cost: $28 for a 64 oz growler.

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Photo of DersOne
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler into a tulip glass.

A-pours dark black with red highlights, virtually no head an minimal lacing. A few small bubbles lingered for a few minutes.

S-Notes of vanilla, chocolate, red fruit and coffee, with vanilla being the strongest.

T-Minimal carbonation, sweet sugar, caramel and and vanilla on the front, blending to a mild coffee finish.

M-Very thin, fairly average in my opinion.

O-A decent creme brulee stout, but not quite as flavorful or comparable in body to others (ie Southern Tier)

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Photo of korguy123
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap fill growler from the brewery this morning.

A- Pitch black pour with a thin tan ring. Lacing is spotty.

S- Huge vanilla aroma with chocolate and coffee. This thing puts Southern Tier to shame. Brown sugar and molasses.

T- Massive coffee notes, it's a straight double shot of espresso. The vanilla is there but nowhere near as strong as the nose lets on. Dry bitter finish.

M- Light to medium bodied. More porter than stout.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1101st Review on BA
Growler to Snifter

HUGE thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A liquid chocolate pour with a minimal fingernail head. A bit of crimson and sienna around the edges with zero cling or lace.

Smell- Burnt sugars open this up and flow into a nicely blended chocolate syrup and smooth vanilla mash up. A little bit of roast and bitter from the coffee but not much

Taste- The coffee/java is more pronounced on the taste and really makes a good blend on this one. A bit creamy from the vanilla/chocolate and a little bitter from the coffee. Creates a pretty delicious caramel note from the sugars as well. I like the layering and not one overpowers the rest. I do have to say I prefer this one a little bit colder vs warmer though.

Mouth- A bit more body to it when warm but then thins out when its a tad bit warmer. A good medium body all around with a low-medium carbonation level. Residual chocolate notes and a slight bitter.

Drink- This one was worthy the hype that I put in my head. It was creamy, smooth, rich, lush and full of that vanilla, caramel chocolate note. I might finish a growler in one night and I am okay with that.

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Photo of buffs9
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A - Dark, basically black w/ little or no head.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, nice smell which improves w/ some warmth.

T - Vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate malt, solid but not amazing.

M - Would love this to have some more thickness to it

O - a decent beer, but not sure it's worth going out of your way to try.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this during the bottle share at Jackie O's before the bottle release. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some red showing up at the edges. There is a small amount of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Like a wonderful desert.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying at all. Vanilla, caramel, graham cracker, and coffee. Really nice desert beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not too sweet but really tasty. The coffee is smooth and complimented well by the other flavors. I would have this again.

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Photo of treyrab
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to the generous person at the Jackie O's release who shared this with me. I owe you one!

A: Pours like a normal stout - nothing special here...yet. A decent dark black with some crimson hues), and a decent, creamy tan head.

S: This is glorious! Smells like a nice creme brulee blended with an awesome stout. Great coffee, rich chocolate, caramel, and sweet creme brulee. Some nice cherry flavors too.

T: Decadent. Contrary to Southern Tiers version, I could drink this all day. Tons of sweet creme brulee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, but at the same time light enough to drink a few glasses.

Would love to try this again sometime. Thanks again!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 10 oz pour at Tylers in Apex.

Pitch black with absolutely no head. It poured that way all night. Which means no lacing.

Smells exactly like how i like coffee. Strong on the coffee with hints of vanilla, milk, and caramel.

Tastes like it smells. Strongest flavor is definitely coffee, followed by caramel and vanilla. Light body and creamy mouthfeel. Almost feels nitro.

Not about destroying your mouth, but what is there is really well pit together.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor

A - Pours a deep brown, not much light penetrating this one, nice mocha colored head that leaves little lacing

S - Smells exactly like you would expect. Good amounts of coffee and vanilla, sweet milk, some burnt sugar.

T - Very, very sweet. Like a chocolate milk with some vanilla in there. Lots of that burnt sugar too, a bit of coffee.

M - Very smooth, medium-full body

Overall - It was pretty tasty. It did however almost become unbearably sweet by the end. One 10 oz pour was plenty for me.

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Photo of jale
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a deep black with 2 quarters of brown head.

S: Huge coffee aroma and a hint of roasted malt.

T: Lactose, burnt sugar and brewed coffee. Slight roasted malt.

M: Creamy medium-thick body.

O: I think the burnt sugar made this less enjoyable.

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Photo of JizackFH
1.59/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on-tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a small mocha colored head on it. The head left just a little bit of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells like old coffee. There is an earthiness to it, as well as a weird sourness. Hmm.

T - Yep, I now know why this was on sale for $3 a glass. It is just awful. It starts off with a stale coffee flavor which is then overtaken by a very strong sourness. The sourness just ends up overpowering the whole taste.

M - This has a medium to full body and lower carbonation. It is is extremely sour and hard to get down. The sourness lingers for quite a while.

D - This is very hard to drink. The smell is not good and the flavor is just awful. I had to choke down my glass of this, and barely made it through. I would recommend steering clear of this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black with a smooth, quickly fading coffee brown head.

Smell: Dark, medium roasted malt, tons of creamy coffee, vanilla,

Taste: It starts out with some milk sweetness, a good amount of roasted malt, lots of slightly bitter and very full-flavored coffee. There is some lingering bitterness, but the vanilla and cream really come to dominate the flavor. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, light carbonation. Slight milk stickiness. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: This was very good, although it became a little bit sweet as the glass progressed.

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Photo of readbaron
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a hint of foam.

Smells fantastic - sweet, malty, coffee, and a hint of booze.

Taste is good - not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. The coffee is noticeable, as is the lactose. However it doesn't come together quite as nicely as I would have imagined.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit thinner than it looked from the initial pour.

Overall, a tasty beer. Wish it tasted as good as it looks and smells.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, forboding black color with a thick tan head. Very, VERY coffee and vanilla in the nose, one of the most decadent aromas outside of Southern Tier I’ve had in a long time. Medium mouthfeel. The java coffee flavor domintes the start to this but after a second a nice sweet vanilla note joins the flavors and pairs nicely with the coffee. Slightly roasty and dry finish. Some chocolate notes as well. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Dark black with almost no head and little visible carbonation.

S - Vanilla, coffee, caramel. Good overall sweetness without being too sweet. Excellent nose.

T - Dark roasted coffee; some good bitterness. Sweet caramel and vanilla. Bitter coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - A great flavoured sweet stout. They managed to perfectly balance the bitter and the sweet in this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with quite a bit of haze. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is quite nice with a lot of cream and vanilla plus a good deal of coffee. Some roasted malt lingering in the background. The flavor is a bit too cloying as the vanilla and cream start to take over a bit. Still, nice flavors lingering in the background and I like the addition of the coffee, which makes this much, much more drinkable than Southern Tier's Creme Brulee. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the sweetness works here. I like this version better than the Imperial.

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3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

terrific brewed coffee aroma, and very nice appearance. The rest of the experience is average. There is vanilla, some woodiness, but surprisingly sour. A fresh newly bottled beer, thanks to Tim (IPFreely) for sharing. Much better in the imperial version.

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Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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