Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java StoutKuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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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 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 bamadog
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviews on 6/18/2010 and poured from the tap at the brewery into a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown/near black and starts with a one finger dark tan creamy head that fades to a thick ring around the surface with a faint skim floating in the center; body is entirely opaque; no lacing is really left behind at all.

Smell: Holy s**t! Smells of strong, freshly brewed espresso; really dark bakers semi-sweet chocolate and burnt/caramelized sugar. Quite robust, and quite possibly the greatest smell ever. Smells more like dessert than beer.

Taste: Oh my... Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean and the burnt caramelized sugar on top of a creme brulee. Alcohol is small in this beer, but entirely unnoticeable due the amazing dessert like flavors. This beer would be perfect for dessert on it's own, or on a nice winter night -- if only every other chocolaty stout could achieve this level of greatness...

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and creamy; no carbonation really, but it works well because all I can really focus on are the flavors and how amazing they are; a nice, dry and chalky stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; body is of medium weight and holds its own without being watery like many other American Stouts.

Drinkability: Moderate at best despite the amazing flavors that I've been raving about throughout this whole review; the weight starts to sit a little heavy after a bit and the sweetness would become a bit much after a while, so while it's awesome here in a snifter, I don't think I'd want it too much as it could get to the point where it actually turns the stomach.

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Photo of Overlord
1.54/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours deep brown with a tan head.

Smells like ... old stale coffee. Hurm. What were they going for here? Maybe a bit of rancid malt noticeable.

Taste is ... not good. Old, sour, stale coffee, a hint of artificial sweetness ... this tastes like awful, awful, coffee gone cold with some alcohol. Mouthfeel is flat and thin.

Well, I appreciate the chance to try this from a generous trader, but I must sadly admit it is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had.

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

At the GTOM.

Very nice head and dark almost black. Smelled like coffee and candy. Tasted like something you could sink your teeth into. The carmelized sugar gave it this great desert taste with a knockout coffee flavor to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth. I would drink this day after day after day. My brother doesn't drink anything thats not candy and I think that he would even jump for this beer. This is what I call a desert beer.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Beautiful black, it looks just like a tasty cup of coffee. A nice tan head about an inch in height. Also, a nice lacing down the side of the pint glass.

S: Cocoa! Chocolate! Coffee! What an outstanding smelling beer. If you were to give this to a non beer drinker, blind folded them, and made them smell it, they would seriously think they were about to drink a gourmet hot cocoa from Zingerman's Coffee Shop! I'm blown away at how good this baby smells!

T: Have you ever had Founders Breakfast Stout? I'm assuming you have! It tastes just like the Founders BS except for the amazing cocoa taste! Mocha Java, Cocoa, Toasty and Roasty! If that's even a word. Probably not but considering I'm reviewing a beer, I'm going to go with it! One of the finest beers I've tasted! Mainly because of the coffee/cocoa combo!

M: A little heavy but that is expected. Medium carbonation.

D: Wow! Give me a couple more of these. I could drink this for breakfast every morning with a smile on my face. One outstanding offering. I seriously am impressed!

Overall, Ashley's has had Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout on tap for the last couple of weeks and let me tell you, I dented that keg quite nicely. But the Kuhnhenn version blows the ST out of the water IMO. I like the ST because of it's high ABV but the Kuhnhenn just tastes that much better. A lot of coffee and a lot of cocoa. Not as rich as ST. Sorry Southern Tier, Kuhnhenn beats you out here!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-6 oz.'s consumed at the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest. This was one of my highlights, and I can't wait to track down the bottled version and give it an even more thorough/critical review. I wanted to pull the trigger and give this a 5 for taste but there are so many distractions while sampling I didn't want to let my excitement get in the way of better judgement.

Pitch black with a billowing, fluffy head. Smell is coffee beans with very strong hints of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is like washing down a spoonful of brownie batter with a cup of a fresh gourmet coffee. Full bodied and extremely inviting and drinkable, this is one that I will have to seek out again and re-review the proper way.

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Photo of ShareANevada
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A solid black pour with a very attractive tan cap on it. The nose is solid with caramel and vanilla, showing off on top of the chocolate.

The slick touch on the tongue is a real treat. The flavor is very pronounce, but not overbearing. While there is a definite slick sweet note to this, it is far, far less than the ST version, although the punch it hides is much different.

You go into a beer like this questioning whether you'll finish your glass on a good note. This is easily a yes. I think the sweetness may get a little cloying after a couple, but this is a great dessert or anytime ber.

That being said, after having my glass, I promptly asked for my growler to be filled for the road.

Note: At the Michigan Craft Brewers Guild Summer Fest, Kuhnhenn poured this in slushee form, in their 'Brain Freeze' edition beers. Still, very good.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn.

Dark brown/black colored.. medium bodied.

Smell and taste are semisweet dark chocolate.. fairly bitter for being such a strong chocolate flavored beer. Virtually no alcohol presence and extremely drinkable. Not much in terms of hops or heavy malt flavor.. but a lot of dark rich chocolate.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler I picked up while visiting some friends in Michigan.
Pours a very dark brown in color. A nice, tan colored head forms and sits on top of the beer. Smell is creme, vanilla and some roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is a wonderful balance of vanilla creme, chocolate and roasted espresso. This beer is everything that I was wanting. Much different than the Southern Tier version. This beer is much more approachable and drinkable. Very creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel. Contrary to what I was expecting, I could actually see myself drinking a few glasses of this before tiring of it. Thought I would get tired of the flavors, but it's just so damn enjoyable and good. Very good beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade at DLD. Huge thanks to Russ (grub) for giving me the opportunity to try this one! Split the growler two ways with pecorasc.

A- Poured a dark, dark chocolate. Almost black. Formed a fingers width of cream colored head that dissipated quite quickly. Left some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Simply fantastic. Huge notes of vanilla and dark rum run rampant. Almost reminded me of opening up a bottle of Kahlua. Also detectable are hints of caramel and chocolate malts.

T- Upfront vanilla, rum and mollases flavors meld together to create layers of complexity. Midway through a distinct roasted, coffee bean flavor comes in. The beer finishes with some bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

M- As the beer warmed, the mouthfeel became thicker and creamier. I wish it would have had a slightly higher viscosity.

D- While this beer was extremely tasty, it was a little hard to put down multiple pints because of the rich flavors. Still a fantastic beer.

Overall, a solid beer and unlike many I have ever tasted. Really unique flavors and complex on many levels. Thanks again Russ for hooking me up with this beer.

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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 PittBeerGirl
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to goryshkewych for this growler! Awesome beer and have been looking forward to trying Kuhnhenn brews for quite a while now.

A- Body is a thick viscous black/dark brown hue. Seems like its going to pour completely flat at first but then at the last second a 1/2-1 finger dark brown foamy head emerges and stays for a few seconds before it fades to a very thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Just as the name suggests. A big vanilla scent comes forward first along with sweet cream and roasted dark malt/coffee notes. Smell is more sweet than bitter but does add a very nice roasted coffee accent.

T- Much like the smell. This is much more of a sweet stout than a bitter stout and follows the milk stout style profile very well. Upfront is sweet vanilla and cream with a big roasted malt java backbone. The roasted malt flavor comes through a bit more for the finish as well as the initial flavors intensifying.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a very nice, rich, smooth and creamy milky body.

D-This is a great beer overall and definitely Trumps Southern Tier's offering. Wonderful, sweet, rich, and creamy. It almost becomes cloying after 1/2 a growler but it takes much much longer than ST's offering to reach this point (about 3 oz). great beer overall and I am looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of joepais
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to goryshkewych for the growler. I shared this with a few friends so it was in a standard pint glass a rough pour produced a two finger tan head that went to a light lace. There was a black body on the brew with brown highlights.

Aromas were coffee and sweetness, someone said it reminded them of a French vanilla coffee and I'd have to agree. Even so much in the flavor profile as well this I would have to classify as my first desert beer. This brew is a sipper with a medium feel to the mouth with light carbonation. The roastiness of the malts helped the sweetness a lot by keeping it in check. The only negative in the taste was an imitation vanilla flavor that kept popping up in my mind.

A great desert beer if I lived in the area I would defiantly use this brew to close out a great dinner with friends. This brew is very unique; I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a little sweetness in their brews.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with brown highlights; half inch of Ovaltine head. Minimal lace.

Super fragrant French vanilla coffee & creamer. Some dusty dark chocolate as well. Anything else gets buried. Headache inducing.

The flavor gains dimensions with sharply charred marshmallows, vanilla, lactose, oatmeal, milder coffee notes, burnt sugar, & a slight rub of grainy malt. Actual roasted flavors are very minimal. Coffee & earthy greens represent whatever mild notions of bitterness that can fit into this already concentrated dosage of caffeine & sugar. Maybe not the best base stout, but I wouldn't know, since the added flavors are so dominant & delicious.

Carbonation is on the lower side, & whether or not that's because I didn't attack on sight, it does give the illusion of some needed body.

That whole growler wasn't a smart idea. My heart is racing, I'm yawning while my fingers are fretting all over the keyboard. I'm a jittery mess.

Thanks to the ugly duckling for making me this way. :P

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for this growler, its been on my wants list for quite some time now so here we go.

64 oz. growler poured into a nonic a few times.

Pours an almost complete black with a monster three finger brownish chunky head that takes a while to subside to a thin layer which lasts throughout. A fair amount of stick clings to the sides of the glass here and there. Smell is just sublime. Vanilla, toffee, egg nog, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. A good amount of smokey malts and coffee beans as well. Just a delight to stick your nose down into. Taste starts off with a big explosion of sugary coffee with lactose and butterscotch. Midway some slightly burnt toast flavors and dark chocolate emerge on the tongue. The finish is nutty and sweet with a toffee glazed almond taste. Body is somewhat thin but still creamy and soft. Carbonation is light in the mouth but enjoyable. Another one of those "I want to take this to work" beers. I can't find a touch of alcohol anywhere making this way too easy to put down. This is a zillion times better than Southern Tier's Creme Brulee because it's actually drinkable, why they have the same B+ score is beyond me. Excellent beer for sure, kudos to Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of Loki
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I've build some karma up, because hoppymeal sent me this growlers simply because he had bought to many. Not sure how you can buy to many. Unless maybe you suddenly become a celiac or your liver stops. Either way I need to not look a gift horse in the mouth. Huge thanks to hoppymeal!

Appearance: Solid, opaque, blackish brown body. The darkest brown I've ever seen. Creates a 1/2 inch, camel beige head that quickly this to a wispy covering that leaves faint lacing around the glass.

Smell: Heavenly. I see, or should say smell, why Creme Brulee in the name for it smells just like the freshly torched desert. Burnt/caramelized sugar, vanilla, lightly roasted coffee, and sweet custard.

Taste: Beautiful levels of sweat malt, vanilla, and cream balanced by mild coffee and roasted malt bitterness. Wonderfully balanced flavor. Lingers in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: This is the beers true one flaw. It is way too thin for the stout. The body is a kin to a light ale or even a lager. The taste hangs pleasantly, but it is just too thin. Not too thin to stop drinking, but too thin for a stout.

Drinkability: Ridiculous! Can a beer be too drinkable? No, but this one is close.

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

On cask Aug. 15 2008 @ Hop Cat BA / Brewery Grand Opening event, to tulip glass

Nice brown head fades, opaque black shade, looks good

smells of roasty clean malts, chocolate, coffee, creaminess, mm

taste is thinner than the smell would lead, but based on alc it makes sense and is actually perfect, sweet chocolate, bitter roasty malts, excellent flavors and balance for a normal abv, highly drinkable

mouthfeel is sweet, roasty, bitter and light bodied, loads of flavor - excellent!

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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 GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured mostly black with a brown head that left some nice lace.

S- It had an awesome aroma with a definite coffee scent and hints of vanilla.

T- Really good flavor. The java is definitely present with a nice hint of vanilla. Just a little lighter than I expected.

M- It was definitely smooth, if not a tad thin for what I was expecting.

D- It's a nice sipper that I'd really like to try again.

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Photo of rodrjf
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the first glass out of the Firkin at the BA gathering at HopCat in Grand Rapids 2 months ago. It was amazing!! It was Black with a very dirty brown head with a light milky hint. The Smell was very rich and well balanced, a very good foreshadowing of the flavor. There was not a lot of mouth feel witch I thought fit this very flavorful beer. The mocha and cream flavors were very well balanced not overpowering. Very drinkable beer that would go well after a big Italian dinner, or maybe in the morning to help nurse a hangover. Over all excellent beer!!

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Photo of jeremytroy
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a firkin at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

A: Black, with a hint of a dark, woody brown. Head is a somewhat milky tan, and has decent retention for a stout.

S: Coffee and creme. Very well-balanced and pleasing. Predicts the flavor wonderfully.

T: Coffee and mocha flavors are most pronounced. Some creme and cherry flavors are hinted at over time, but do not overwhelm the focus of the beer.

M: A little bit thin. Little bite, which fits the flavors well.

D: Highly drinkable. Even with the relatively complex flavor structure, the beer is in many ways still refreshing.

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Photo of kkipple
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Grub & Viggo for this one.

A. Dark brown, low head. Clear. Head around edges of the glass. Good retention for what is there, I suppose.

S. Suspiciously like... coffee. Huh! Watery coffee with milk. Chilled. Bitter, roasty, chocolate, slight booze. And as it warms - yes! There's that burnt sugar toffee! Hah! As advertised, on the nose.

T. If you handed me a flat chilled cup of this, I'd assume it was just sweetened coffee. Yep, it's that deceptive. Coffee in spades. Bittersweet and roasty with a hit of sugar. The Creme Brulee is subtle but certainly there. Is this even alcoholic? Who knows.

M. Thin and very java-like. Bitter up front, fine sweet finish.

D. Pretty high, if you like sweet coffee. This would be good for breakfast, methinks...

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dirty dark brown with a frothy tan collar.

Smells of vanilla and caramelized sugar, sweet cream and marshmallow. There's a dry grain behind it all with a hint of coffee. Although there's a lot going on here, the balance is extraordinary.

Tastes of a luscious nutty brown ale base that's piled high with a delicate vanilla and sweet cream. The caramelized sugar is there again too. Again, the balance is marvelous.

Feels thick with a quick swarm of thin carbonation.

Balance! Well done. I'm also impressed with how well the sweetness was kept at bay.

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3.99 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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