Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java StoutKuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 12-25-2009

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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz growler from DeCicco's. Thanks to Alex as always.

A- Pitch black with a foam espresso head. Little to no lacing. The beer appears thick and full.

S- Smells of the most wonderful whole bean coffee aroma. Notes of chocolate, caramel,and butterscotch. Creamy and delicious.

T- Much like the smell, a brilliant java stout. Better than most I've ever had. Again whole bean coffee/espresso, chocolate, and butterscotch. A great balance of the three, with the coffee really leading the way. The aftertaste is perfect, not too acidic or overboard.

M- Again, pretty much spot on. A little light on carbonation, but the body is perfect.

O- Not sure how this beer is rate a B+, as it was an A all the way in my book. A must have for coffee lovers. Would absolutely seek out again.


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Photo of aratcliffe
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the first beers that blew my mind. I enjoy this beer with pleasure every time I'm back home in Detroit. Among the several great beers that Kuhnhenn produces, this one looks, smells, and drinks the best.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of justinp444
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a black with a 2 inch beige head. Smells of sweet vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel, sweet cream, dulce de leche, and roasted malt. Taste of sweet coffee, caramel, creme brulee, slight bitter, roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of spice. Full mouth feel with a light to medium body and just a slight crisp making it very drinkable.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously hooked up by Scoot1969. Thank you sir.

Poured into my Darkness snifter. Jet black pour. No trace of light coming through on this one. Two fingers of tan fluff rest on top of the vicious black. My nose is greeted by whole bean coffee. Vanilla and bakers chocolate have come to the party too. Beautiful. Taste is right on par with the smell. Coffee upfront, chocolate in the middle, followed by vanilla on the finish. It is sweet but certainly not overly to me. Mouth is pretty thin but that is what the doctor ordered here.

I've had the Southern Tier version of this beer before. That was like sweet syrup. This beer was sweet as well, but not near what the aforementioned was. This was like a wonderful cold pressed coffee. Downright fantastic. Would drink this regularly given the opportunity.

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4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spider889
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Normyk. Damn dude, this stuff was awesome, thanks Rob!

The brew is black with a thick head. Good retention, even in my mini Jackie O's snifter. I will say upfront that I went back for 2nd and 3rd pours of this so it was a good sample size to be rating this so high.

Overall this is just a thick looking stout. Ok lacing as well, which was even better for some of those using full-sized glasses for the tasting.

The aroma is utterly delicious. It's very sweet, but not cloying. Coffee is big as is vanilla. There is an amazing toasted marshmallow smell that translates into crème brûlée most excellently. Also plenty of roasty malt and chocolate aromas.

The taste was outstanding as well. Strong, dark french roast coffee. Bitter roasted barley adds an element of char. Bakers chocolate, and vanilla add to the desert aspect of this beer. There's a light greenness to the hops, which is the only thing I might change. But that's me getting really nitpicky.

Medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I imagine it as taking all of the best aspects of the Southern Tier Imperial Stout series, leaving behind the heavy booziness and cloying sweetness associated with them, and rolling it all into one super coffee chocolate oatmeal crème brûlée stout. Aww yeah..

And I must say again, that the brewers got the crème brûlée character spot on. Too many claim to impart such flavors into their beer, but most cannot deliver. Kuhnhenn has delivered crème brûlée on a silver platter... erm... growler.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep black with a solid 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. head reduced to 1/4" throughout life of glass.

S - toasted oats, vanilla, lactose sugars - very sweet aromas, slight hint of coffee, bourbon

T - a party of tastes just exploded in my mouth.. my first taste was tiramisu.. i guess it's like a rum soaked creme brulee now that i think of it.. very sweet, delicious. the longer i drink, the more coffee flavors i get. this is perfection for a stout.

M - creamy, yet smooth and watery enough to not make you full like most stouts this heavy

O - as far as a flavored stout goes, this is hands down the best thing i have ever had. this, along with joe mama's milk stout are a tough fight for my #1 spot

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Photo of seedyone
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very pleasant surprise. Kind of noodlin' around the list & this catches my eye. Maybe early in the session for an 8.5%, but alongside the other tastes I requested, this bad boy spoke to me.

There is a heap of flavor here. In similar circumstances I've found clashes for attention, but these elements are very well mannered. You can check all the familiar boxes, coffee, vanilla, choco & a touch of lacto.

Ummm, Ummm, Ummm. One to watch out for in all sense of the expression. It might draw you on to the rock like the sirens of old. What a way to go, right? But remember once you are "on the rocks", there's no looking back. So give the keys to the designated driver & have another 'cause this is one you may not see again, if at all.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to BigBadBarrel for sending this beer as an EXTRA! Thanks Jon you are seriously awesome!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 2 finger of medium brown head. Thick lacing on the side of the glass and the head has a good amount of staying power, slowely droping down to a thin cap.

Smell: This beer smell just like it should...exactly as the name would imply and honestly even better than I expected! Big dark, rich, roasty ,expresso beans. Then comes the sweetness...it matches the intensity of roasty with sweetness. Big whiffs of vanilla and caramel and coffee creamer its completely undeniable and unmistakeable.

Taste: As if the smell of this beer was irrestable...it tastes very similiar to how it smells! Kuhnhenn you are blowing my mind! Very expresso forward beer; heavy roast and rich coffee beans. Then comes the sweetness which adds spectacular balance to the heavy expresso flavors. Lots of coffee creamer, caramel, and vanilla flavor. It finishes with a nice balance between the roast and sweet flavors and imparts a touch of nuttiness. Almost peanut butter like flavor. This beer is wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth beer here. Drinks well below 8% abv. Not a hint of booze.

Overall: I really thought that I would have to belly up to the bar at Kuhnhenns to get a sample for this beer, but thanks to Jon...he saved me a long trip and I still got to try this beer.What a treat. Its such a good coffee beer i would even say its on the same level as veitnamese speedway stout and it might even be better...almost a good as Surly Four! Kuhnhenn you guys just nailed this beer out of the park! This beer has been a long time want that was completely worth the wait. Thanks again Jon!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 201 ratings