Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Imperial Crème Brûlée Java StoutImperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,488
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,160
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
214
From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  89
Gots
  7
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Imperial Crème Brûlée Java StoutImperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout
Notes: Coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. Vanilla. You’re used to seeing a lot of these terms when describing stouts. These are not just descriptors; they are ingredients. “Java,” as we call it, has become a crowd favorite by perfectly balancing the sweet and the roast, thanks to the use of Creme Brule coffee. The aroma and flavor are a coffee, chocolate or dessert-lover’s dream in a glass.
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz aluminum Kuhnhenn "prowler" from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). Filled 2 days ago. Served in my Phish snifter.

*a disclaimer- there was a slight leak in the growler that resulted in a loss of carbonation. I'll report the results, with as much understanding as I can muster for the obvious impact to appearance and feel

Pours black with very little head. Given the situation there is no surprise over the complete lack of retention or lace.

Sweet, roasty nose of coffee, caramel and vanilla. Nice.

No surprises in the flavors. A predictable and tasty blend of coffee, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. Very little detectable alcohol. This is more successful at blending both coffee and vanilla than many other attempts I've had.

A fairly light feel with almost no carbonation. Finishes with java, burnt cocoa and vanilla beans.

While not up to the greatness of several of their other offerings, Kuhnhenn has a nice coffee vanilla stout here. The nose and flavors are right on and I can't really fault the appearance or feel for falling a bit short.

May 18, 2015
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POTABLE83 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Jan 29, 2014
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 27, 2015
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ToddIlgen

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Jul 07, 2012
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Mavigo from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 21, 2016
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tcbro023 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2019
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fredmugs from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Aug 12, 2014
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smalenberg from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with slight ruby in strong light. Small head with slim tan foam ring.

S - coffee and enough caramel to call to mind cola syrup.

T - very favorful and smooth. Extremely well balanced giving precedence to sweet stout style.

M - not nearly as dry as an imperial stout can be.

O - sweet and very enjoyable.

Oct 02, 2012
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Kerrie from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Jul 02, 2013
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Rons35 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Dec 21, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2016
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BuckeyeFaninMI from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Oct 11, 2013
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Michigan from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mar 09, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/21/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, whipped cream, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, vanilla, coffee, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, whipped cream, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, whipped cream, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, vanilla, coffee, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an excellent imperial cream stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, lactose, vanilla, coffee, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Great balance of rich malts, lactose, vanilla, fruity/nutty coffee, and earthy hops; with restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering hop/char dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example as expected. Was a little more bitter/drying than I expected, but not overdone. No complaints.

Jan 19, 2020
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alex021224 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sep 06, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Dec 22, 2013
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chewy6935 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 16, 2014
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GRFounder from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 23, 2014
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HardyA from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 23, 2018
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Eziel from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2015
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Fargrow from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 25, 2016
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 05, 2015
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JohnnieNepal from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Jun 09, 2014
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shredder83 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 2015
Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 214 ratings