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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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 307
Photo of pwoods
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for this growler at DLD. Nice meeting you!

Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours pitch black with some good viscosity. Short head forms and falls pretty fast. Some decent lacing.

S: Smells of rich Russian and German chocolates.. melted in heavy cream and espresso. Wow, does this smell great or what? The richness of the whole thing is amazing.

T/M: More of the same. Strong, rich, melted chocolate with a great added milky sweetness. The java is a bit on the weak side but still present and pleasant. A touch of dryness but not much.. any more and I think it'd ruin the whole milkiness. My initial thought on the body is 'too thin'. I realize this is a single American stout but I think a slightly lower alcohol imperial version would have made a bit difference.

D: Tasty and definitely a unique beer. The lower alcohol is great and I'll finish nearly the entire growler tonight.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to goryshkewych for supplying this.

A: Pours jet black. One finger of mocha head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Roasted espresso. Really smells like creme brule. Vanilla.

T: Espresso beans. Tons of roast. Chocolate. Vanilla. Damn this is complex.

M: Nice solid medium body. Low carbonation but good.

D: I could drink this all day. Literally. Simply amazing.

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Photo of Avryle
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Thick & black. Pours with a one-inger mocha-colored head

S- Creamy coffee

T- Sweet, creamy coffee & vanilla. Is this really beer?? Finishes with a solid coffee sweetness

M- Medium-to-full bodied. A little thinner than I'd like.

D- Doesn't get any better than this.

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

On tap at Kuhnhenn on 4/25

Poured a deep black with a touch of deep reddish/brown hues, thin coffee tan head had little retention and left some lacing. Smells like dessert, lots of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, coffee, and cream, definitely sweet. Tastes of sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and cappuccino with a roasted coffee bitter finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy, really sweet and vanilla-y with a subtle bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink, low in alcohol making it really sessionable if you like sweet coffee flavored beers. This could be a nice dessert beer or a good way to start off the day.

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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 CortexBomb
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Java Stout pours textbook stout black with a modest tan head on top. The nose is sweet coffee and chocolate malts, very strong without being aggressively burnt roasty like many stouts.

The flavour is an interesting two part act: the first part is a delightful coffee infused stout: lightly roasted with strong bitter coffee aspects present. The back half is extremely sweet and sugary with a big vanilla cream flavour, and makes for a great send-off.

The mouthfeel on this is moderately thick, but not overly so, simply decent. The drinkability is exceptional though, a beer that I will be looking for actively whenever I visit the brewery.

The bottom line: I love coffee, and I love beer. I think most of the coffee brews that are put out end up unbalanced in some way, or unsatisfying. Kuhnhenn have put together my ideal java brew here. Strong coffee, but balanced. A unique sweet vanilla finish. Really great stuff.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery on St. Patty's Day.

A - Dark, near black... very thin head, no lacing.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, molasses. Everything sweet and wonderful that you could imagine. Gets more complex as it warms.

T - Chocolate and roasted, smokey malts. Vanilla and brown sugar nuances. Not super complex but finishes wonderfully.

M - Slightly thin but it ups the drinkability. Medium carbonation and syrupy at the end.

D - A wonderful breakfast brew, and a wonderful dessert beer... Not particularly sessionable, but an easy drinker.

I'd definitely order it again.

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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 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 drseamus
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mud in a glass. Jet black body with a small dark mocha head. I was surprised to get head out of a growler.

S: Amazing. Sweet cream and coffee aroma with some vanilla. It smells more like actual coffee than any other beer except maybe Jah-va. This is seriously a great smelling beer.

T: The taste is thinner than I expected. The coffee is there but it's more subdued than in the aroma. Dark chocolate is pretty strong in there and there is some lactose flavor too. It is a slight disappointment after smelling it.

M: The beer is very effervescent and it almost feels like a heavy soda. Around medium to heavy bodied. Definitely lighter than the flavor and aroma would suggest.

D: Why don't I live in Michigan? A definite good beer that I'd like to try on draft or in the bottle.

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Photo of deesteelers
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of glasses of this at Kuhnhenn Brew Pub. An exquisitely tasty stout. In the glass it itimidates you with it's dark chocolate appearance. The head was minimal medium brown in color. A touch of lacing to the glass. The seller, the aroma. A friend of mind mentioned Nestle Qwik cocoa powder. Yes, the nose on this is definately Nestle chocolate. All that I wanted to do is just sit there and smell the beer. Okay, okay, let's take a sip...

OMG! Absolutely delicious. Probably the best stout that I have tasted. A well balanced beer with tons of malt and a subtle sweetness. It smells sweeter than it tastes. If you get the chance stop by the brew pub and try a glass or two. Can I say heaven in a bottle?

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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 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 sinstaineddemon
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh boy, saw this on the board ar Kuhnhenn's, and had to have it...

A - dark dark dark, very dark, with a dark brown hot chocolate head, too dark for carbonation to be noticed

S - holy moley, this smells great, a big, no HUGE coffee aroma, with subtle hints of vanilla that aren't really subtle but they are relative to the coffee aroma

T - the board description is accurate, brown sugar, coffee, and vanilla, a wonderful meld of these great flavors and a background of hops

M&D - this is a near perfect beer, not too thick or thin, to bitter or to sweet, what a great flavor balance! if you can buy, trade, or steal (ok dont steal) this beer, its worth it

shouldn't this be a double stout?

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Photo of montageman
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was beer #4 of 4 last night & the most disappointing of the four. Last summer at the World Beer Expo, this was the hit of the festival for me, but since I only had a taste, I didn't want to review it until I had an entire glass. I must have had it built up so much in my head that this was bound disappoint. Brought to me in a pint glass out of a nitro pour. The appearance is nice - thin, tan head over deep mahogany, dark brown. Smells like vanilla cake/frosting/cake batter, burnt sugar, & roasted malt. Aside from the malt, it smells like a creme brule. Taste is vanilla sweetness up front followed by some bitter espresso & malt, but then there's a bizarre sour flavor that hits like cheap coffee - very odd. The mouthfeel was very watery, this needs to be creamier. With all of this taken into consideration, this is not very drinkable. It was actually difficult to finish. Hopefully it was just a bad batch...Not recommended.

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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 GCBrewingCo
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass hugely and wildly carbonated with only 5 ounces or so in the imperial pint before it tried to erupt out the top with a frothy and brown head which was 5" tall.

The aroma was estery and fruity with an odd green bell pepper vegetal note while the head was high. Almost a Texas Pete spice quality to the aroma after it was poured. As the head fell a chocolate and roast character began to emerge with a light bit of frutiness.

The flavor of the head was metallic and strongly so. Once the head dissipated the flavor was chocolate and roast and more of that bell pepper, but with a light bit of heat, just as if some Texas Pete had found it's way into the beer. No beer in their listing has anything to do with peppers, but the flavor was bell pepper and slithly hot. A very light tartness was present, but not enough to make one think the beer was infected except for the gradeur of the head.

The finish was dry with a light lasting roast and bell pepper into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a huge level of carbonation which caused the body to seem less than it was. I have no idea what is going on in this beer. Every time I have had it previous it had too much diacetyl for my preference. Now we have a huge presence of vegetal notes, but they are not cooked corn, it is raw, green bell pepper, and Texas Pete. Something is amiss and who the heck knows what it might be.

12 ounce bottle, March 2006 on the label. Many thanks to hoppdeup!

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Photo of ikats
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown head. Aroma is filled with coffee, with good quality cup of espresso. Roasted coffee dominates taste. Bitterness is present, but is subdued. This stout has coffee written all over it. It is by far the most coffee I've tasted in any beer. It is a good replacement for a cup o' joe. Tasty. Mouthfeel, so reminiscent of a good coffee brew, is wonderful, but just like with a cup of strong coffee, drinkability is not there. This beer is too powerful to be drank in large amounts. For me, even a full pint is too much.

I've enjoyed this beer at the quiet bar on Saturday afternoon. Despite the fact that I am not a stout drinker, I enjoyed this beer and will be glad to have another pint given the opportunity.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Out of the bottle, this thing pours with a humungous head that clings to the sides. A pretty beer. The smell is like your nose walked into a Starbucks that just spilled a few bottles of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout on the floor. What a nose. Perhaps too big? Is that possible?
Taste? Maybe I got a bad bottle. This is the antithesis of smooth and tastes like a cold cup of coffee. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and not very smooth. A drainpour for me.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark in color. Not a lot of head to speak of. Fantastic aroma-chocolatey and vanilla mix-just a great blend of smells-truely dessert in a glass. Great roasted flavor with a full though mellow coffee flavor behind it all. Pefect blend of the coffee and chocolate notes with a creamy vanilla mix in there. Great body-somewhat thin for all that flavor. A fantastic beer overall. Incredible stuff.

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

If your reading this review, than you might be considering try this beer...Do yourself a favor, and DO IT!

Poured a deep black with little lacing.

THe smell is, well, a mochaccino with cream. It's all those rich coffee textures, some roast, some sweet caramel, some nutty sense.

The taste is heavenly, at least on draft it is. Hits first with black coffee, followed by black with sugar and then slight cream, then comes the toffee, slight hop, and rich mocha.

Superbly balanced, I honestly could swill this all damn night.
Methinks I shall.

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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 philmath
2.26/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Took that one at the Mondial 2006. A nice dark black body with a dark brown thin head who disappear quickly. It really smells like a cola soft drink with a hint of peppermint (strange...) and some roasted coffee. Flavor of sour berries, black tea and chocolate mint. I didn't really liked it... In fact, I think that one was infected but maybe that was the REAL taste of it !? For sure, I wont try it again for a while.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this wonderful beer at the 2006 World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth.

Color was very dark with a lighter tan head than many stouts. The head was negligible, but it was going into a thin 4oz tasting glass, so not much room for it anyhow.

It smelled of coffee and caramel.

It tasted incredible. First taste was of caramel and cream, with a coffee aftertaste. I am not a fan of coffee. Indeed I refuse to drink it. However, if coffee tasted half as good as this brew, I'd have it every morning.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, less than what I usually expect from a stout, especially one with such a strong taste.

It was a very drinkable beer. While I wouldn't want to do sessions of it, I'd have no problem having a pint or two in a sitting. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of Brewfan
2.04/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Warrior Soul for the bottle.

January 2005 printed on bottle.
Poured a dark cappuccino chocolate brown, with tan highlights. No head, even though I poured it rather rough. An oil film lace coated the top of the beer, then subsided to a few whisps around the edges. No more lacing to speak of.
Aroma - mild coffee aroma with some creaminess and caramel. Quite malty and sweet. Very nice nose.
First taste was a bit malty then pronounced sourness took over and never let go. Tasted of day old coffee left in the coffeepot with soured cream added. Had some sour cherry essence to the taste. Not sure if it was planned, but really didn't go with this beer. There was a bit of sweetness at the beginning, but once the sour coffee taste took over, that's all I could get out of the beer.
Thin mouthfeel, boadering on watery.
Drinkability, almost nonexistant. Had trouble finishing the 12 oz. bottle I split with Cooperrip.
The worst stout I've ever encountered. I'd like to try it fresh, since this bottle was a year old.

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