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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java StoutKuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black color and a mocha head that declines to a ringlet and leaves minimal lacing behind

Smell: Smells like cuban coffee with a sweet coffee tone that is underpinned by a lot of vanilla

Taste: Up front, it's not dissimilar to a sweet cuban coffee, although there is more chocolate and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate is joined by the coffee though the finish is dominated by the sweet residual vanilla flavor and the burnt caramel topping of the creme brulee

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I am wowed by the flavor here; much less cloying than Southern Tier yet still a bit sweet to drink in quantity

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dense black in the glass. As the light filtered through the stream, it had dark chestnut highlights in the inky darkness. Dark tan foam rose slightly, but didn't stay around.

Utterly fantastic aroma, ultra creamy. Turbinado sugar melted with a torch, sweetly toasted caramel with lush coffee tones underneath. An aroma to get lost in, just one of the finest ever.

Flavors of coffee come out more in the taste, cut with a generous dose of cream. Slight roast and hints of sweetness. Low carbonation and dissipating finish, it comes away feeling very light afterward. Easy to savor, I couldn't get over how great it smelled!

Growler generously shared by tyee, thanks!

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great chance to try some of the different brews from this place yesterday at the World Beer Fest,this poured a deep dark brown with an almond colored head awesome aromas of caramel and dark roast coffee this hit the nose and woke me up.Taste couldnt get any better like eating vanilla/caramel ice with a hint of coffee.The mouthfeel was amazing like biting into a marshmellow cant think of a better dessert beer I have ever had thats for sure.next time I go home I might have to take a trip down to Warren for this place.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep black with a thin layer of creamy mocha colored head that retains nicely around the edges, with thin wisps across the center that leaves some decent lacing behind. The taste is fantastic with rich notes of dominant vanilla, coffee bitterness, chocolate sweetness, and brown sugars.

The taste profile is more of the same with (I hate to be redundant but quite frankly rich is the only word to describe it) accents of vanilla, cream, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some lighter notes of roasted coffee bitterness running through it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a fantastic smooth and creamy feel to it that perfectly accentuates the flavors.

Is this beer...? Really? Or is is dessert? While I would have like to have seen the coffee character shine a little more beneath all that sweetness, I can't really argue that this is one hugely tasty and quaffable concoction.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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 yourefragile
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, NC in a nice Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A: Very dark, almost black, very thin quickly receding tan head that leaves no lacing.
S: Wow, punch in the face strong. Others at table could smell it. Very rich and sweet, so much going on here, nice balance of sweet and coffee. Smells like a melted down desert, as strong as it is, nothing is too overpowering, I enjoyed just smelling this.
T: Starts off very sweet, tasting like, well, a liquefied creme brulee. Vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, etc up front balanced by a smooth coffee taste in finish. Like nose, its very strong, but very little alcohol or bitterness present.
M: Medium carbonation and despite creamy, almost syrupy taste not overly thick. Nicely complements the flavors.
D: I really enjoyed this as an after dinner drink but this certainly isn't something I'd drink everyday or more than one of at a time. The flavors are very strong, not in a bad way, but they still hinder the drink ability of this. I've had better stouts but I would definitely have this again if I ever find it again.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Black, lots of tan head, nice lace.

S: Creme brulee or pancakes? Awesome!

T: Pleasant roastyness, slight tartness, maple syrup, candy-sugar/toffee, British fruityness, bittersweet finish.

M: Moderate to full body, chalky, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Enticing, but not very sessionable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this bottle!
Appears a brownish black with a thick tan head that fades quickly. Spottly lacing is left all over the glass.
The smell is of caramel, cream, vanilla, and chocolate...heavenly
Taste was a dropoff comparing to the awesome aromas. Lacto sourness with some caramel cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is of sour and sweetness with a coffee bitterness punching around.
Drinkability...the aroma alone is worth cracking one open but don't get the taste buds overly excited.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from nortentimber as part of BIF18. Thanks for the opportunity. Bottle dated February 2005, best before June, hope this one's better than the last.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades slowly to a continuous film of small bubbles, with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, with a slight sour fruity tinge to it. Uh oh. Taste is actually reasonably well balanced between coffee and fruity (cherry?) tartness, sort a light lambic thing going on. Mouthfeel is average, maybe a bit above, with smoothness overcoming the sourness a bit, and drinkability is okay. Just have trouble believing this brew is supposed to be like this. And I would think a stout would last in good storage for longer than the prescribed 4 months. Oh well.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. This beer was almost completely black, with just a faint chestnut tint at the edge of the glass. The dark tan head left some chunky lacing and the foam showed good retention. The aroma was overwhelmingly vanilla, with a fair bit of roast (almost coffee) and milk chocolate as well. Mild bitterness, definitely balanced towards sweetness, this brew is malty. Full of chocolate and roasty notes, there's still a lot of vanilla in here. Full bodied, low carbonation, and silky smooth. This stuff is good, but really intense. I imagine it would go great with a lot of desserts.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eric!

Kuhnhenn's Creme Brulee pours jet black with a thin head that doesn't hang around for long, or leave anything in it's wake. That's fine, 'cos the beer is the bomb on the nose - excellent, this is what Southern Tier should have done. Brilliant vanilla, butterscotch and chocolate, but to keep things from getting cloying, there's some coffee and a gorgeous roasted character, both of which (along with the chocolate), lend a balancing bitterness to the beer. On the palate, this beer opens up with the same flavors - moderate vanilla, some butterscotch, caramel, chocolate and coffee. The roasted bitterness provides the necessary backbone for this beer. The m/f is great too - medium-light in body with soft carbonation and a great sweet/bitter finish. I drank about 20oz and could have gone for more!

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kuhnhenn, on the way down to DLD.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark black, thick tan head forms, tons of lacing on the glass, very good retention, nice ring. Smell is awesome, insanely rich, mocha, chocolate, toffee, coffee grinds, bread, nice malts, caramelized, great. Taste is similar, rich coffee roast, chocolate, toffee, actually tastes like creme brulee, caramelized sugars, and a cup of coffee, amazing. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable, a fantastic stout.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewpub. It was an interestingly flavored beer that I had to try but won't want to sample again.

The appearance was pretty good, nearly opaque brown color with a wet-looking but none too clingy-to-glass head. The aroma was very sweet, vanilla and cocoa and maybe a touch of smoke. The flavor was intensely sweet, almost tasted like a syrup was added to the beer or something. Decent enough mouthfeel, but the bitingly sweet taste was too much for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 tavernjef
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dense black. Very thin dark tan cap. Super creamed collar remains. Minimal lace in some some spots and skinny sheeting.

Aroma has a good medley of roasted mocha milked coffee with chocolate additions to its roast. A tender amount of dark cherry and purple grapes steep underneath.

Taste is a load of sour milked chocolate. Wow, a doozy of weird souring cream and strangely bitter coffee flavors break the surface up front with tremedous force and brashness. Smoothes off the back end with very light smoothness of chocolate cake and cookie dough. Stays pretty sour and sad for most of its duration. I'm wondering if this may be an infected bottle?

Feel is slippery and smooth with a lighter medium body and some empty areas. Not all that active or playful. Just kinda there. Sourness is getting in the way of most of what the feel potentially could be?

I'll need to get another bottle or more to determine the infected theory. Still seemed OK to me in a way but the weird sour tone conjured up a bad vibe on this one. Sorry Tim, I think I'll need some more...

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a nice label. February 2005 edition. Damn is this brewery excellent, I can't wait to make my pilgrimage in a few weeks:-)

Dark black with red ruby edges. Head is tan coloured in nature and billowy. The aroma screams of strong dark roasted colombian coffee beans, roasted malts also come into play. There is also a slight hint of vanilla in the background. The taste is all roasted coffee. Bitter and acidic. There is also a sweetness in the background and hints of vanilla bean, sugar, and perhaps even the creme brulee that this brew is named after. The mouthfeel is light, considering all of the flavor that is packed into this gem. It's also acidic and a little lactic on the tongue. One can certainly tell that a double/imperial version of this brew beefed up to about 10%abv with a thick-ass mouthfeel would be legendary. Hopefully the brothers Kuhnhenn take note! Drinkability is good as well, but not perfect. The mouthfeel and acidic sweetness of this could get annoying after a while. But if I had a six pack in front of me, it would probably be gone by the end of the night. Another majestic creation from this brewery that sits amongst my personal favorites. Thanks to walleye for the sample!

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tyler's in a stubby goblet...for some reason I didn't get the sweet Kuhnhenn tulip, maybe they don't trust me. I've had this a few times at fests, but never in a review-friendly situation.

a: Low, light mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. The beer is nearly black in color.

s: Love it. Smooth java, caramelized sugars, sweet vanilla, chocolate, and a base of roasted malt aromas. Just comes together near perfectly.

m: Full in body with a medium-low carbonation.

t: Almost straight coffee on the tongue, with less of the sugar and vanilla found on the nose. Carries some of this at first, but soon turns towards the coffee side. Moderate to high sweetness. Very limited hop flavor with a light bitterness.

d: Very enjoyable

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 hopdog
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before 8/4/05 & bottled on 4/4/05.

Poured a dark black with brown edges and an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of lactose, chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla. I was really into this aroma and it reminded me of a coffee latte. Tastes of light sour milk, bitter coffee, and caramel. Tastes a little bit of a let down compare to the awesome aroma.

Notes from 11/22/05

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Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to have this one fresh at the source for some time....finally my time has come!

A-Deep, dark brownish black with garnet highlights. Medium light tan head reduces to a thin veil and leaves nice lace.

S-Sweet, caramelized brown sugar and vanilla with a touch of light fresh roasted coffee. Even with my allergy affected nose this smells fantastic.

T-A royal rumble between the brown sugar/vanilla sweetness versus the roasted coffee bitterness. In the end the coffee flavour wins out as the bitterness lingers longer in the finish.

M-Medium body and despite the sweetness it never gets sticky. Long lasting flavours.

D-Wonderful! At "only" 5.8% this brew has all of the flavour you could want. Simply outstanding!

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