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Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout
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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Black ale beer, made with real coffee. This java stout goes through a unique process, involving caramelizing brown sugar to give it an intense caramel & vanilla aroma.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle from Walleye: Pours nearly opaque with crimson highlights and a fading frothy head which leaves a ring and good lace. The aroma is pure chocolate and vanilla latte with a hint of berry and earthy esters. The taste is less refined with the expected coffee, mocha, and vanilla bean notes but also displayed some interesting sour fruit and charred wood notes. A finish of some lingering bitters and grainy notes. The feel is a letdown, fizzy and thinner than I would have guessed. Different from most Java Stouts as the vanilla bean and mocha character is more dominate and then there is that lactic/fruity sourness than keeps you wondering. A darn solid brew but something I can say is probably not for everyone.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
Smells great! Looks great! Tastes like... a lager and a bitter cup of coffee simply poured together. Not too appetizing, this one. I feel like they’re trying to cover up the unbalance of flavors by adding very sweet, almost fruity flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a deep black color with a very small brown highlight and a thin light brown head. Wow, amazing aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate, maybe vanilla too. The flavor is very different, it’s much more lactic with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. This beer feels a bit like a let down since the aroma is so excellent and the flavor while being good is less amazing, still this is an enjoyable stout. Merci Stephen !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle: Coffee brown, nearly black, foamy beige head, thin, smeared lacing.   Freshly ground coffee bean dominates.   Subtle roasted malts.   Lactic up front, slightly sour immediately after.   Trailing lambic like sourness.   Light bodied Stout, mouthfeel much the same.   Confused finish, heavily roasted malt based lambic, or baby gueuze.   Great nose, but didn’t follow through.   Quite interesting otherwise.   Thanks John!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2005
Black with maple hues. Thick beige ring of foam retains well. Spent coffee beans aroma with chalky accents. Phenolic, toffee pudding, and lactose whispers. Notably airy and fuzzy. Light bodied. Heavy acidity stymies the fullness with a frontal assault of yogurt and soured plums. Smoky phenols lurk in the background. Lengthy java finish shows hints of cinnamon, roasty malt, and more custard flavors as the body possesses just enough softness to curtail the acridness. The full-blown acidity is puzzling, especially with this being a relatively young bottle. Otherwise, behind the overt coffee presence in the aroma, there’s a good degree a brightness. A noble effort.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Strong cocoa and roasted malt, coffee-like aroma. Opaque brown-black with decent but short-lived, off-white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Chocolate, pit fruit and roasted malts with a mild cabbagey note in the flavour that is not wholly unappealing. Medium body with moderate carbonation that feels a bit strong. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #36. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle. Solid black, tiny head falls into a miniscule ring...absolutely jawdropping chocolate-latte aroma, burnt caramel rustling with bourbon vanilla and the tiniest hint of black cherry...sweetened Turkish coffee in the body, bit of wine...somewhat thin and too-carbonated late, so it doesn’t quite ascend the mountain, but damn if I can’t still smell it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Thanks again Clark! This Kuhnhenn stout sure does resemble the acclaimed Founders Breakfast stout. It is very dark brown and proposes a nice off-white ring. Its aroma is an overwhelming espresso medley, not even beany, this wins big points considering the vanilla undertones. I rarely encounter them without this usually unpleasant beany aspect. Strong chocolate complexities make this a total dessert brew. Strongly carbonated body, medium in size. It has pleasant sweet and tart vanilla essence notes that match the chocolate in an overall sweet flavour profile that doesn’t quite match the aroma, but this remains a surprisingly good stout.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Scrumptious coffee beans and cream flourish within the dark chocolate...Mild coffee bean and malt roastiness blend well and fade into a sweet, quiet finish...Decadent simplicity remains simply decadent...Thanks Clark for this bottle!!...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 draft and bottled versions are nearly identical. intense coffee aroma, but augmented by a strong sweet caramel aroma--an interesting contrast. quite silky smooth, essentially no element of alcohol. unfortunately, later batches of this have been plagued by infections. i’ve decided to average the scores based on the decent taste of fresh stuff and the acidic artificial taste of the bad stuff since i probably had more samples of bad bottles.


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