Kuhnhenn Crème Brûlée Java Stout
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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2009
On tap at Kuhnhenn. Pours a very dark brown to black with medium off-white head. Aroma very heavy on cofee and vanilla, with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is sweet, but no surprise from the aroma. This beer goes down all too easy with a creamy mouthfeel and a lasting taste of vanilla and cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2509) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 Tap @ Kuhnhenn: Dark, almost fully black pour with a fine, tan, creamy foam perched on top. Long lasting head with no lacing. Aroma is like fresh brewed coffee with a heavy hand of cream & sugar. Bittersweet cocoa, milky lactose, chocolate candy, & a lovely rich & roasted coffee bean essence from start to finish. Kind of a Kahlua & cream thing going on. Flavor is largely coffee. Roasted beans, semi-charred malts, bitter cocoa nibs, & a mild hint of vanilla. Starts off heavily with coffee & roast, transitions into a softer, milky sweetness, then finishes with a lingering note of dark chocolate. Wet finish, slick body with low carbonation. A lovely coffee forward stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (593) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is deliciously sweet vanilla and brown sugar, along with some coffee notes. Flavor is a bit lighter, less sweet, with vanilla and coffee most prominent. There’s a touch of bitterness. Not quite as good as Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee Stout, but very close. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Taster on tap at GTMW. Black color. Thin lighter brown head. Leaves decent bits of lace. Oh my god, this nose... Huge coffee, vanilla in the nose up front. Thankfully, the taste is not anywhere near as sweet as Southern Tier’s, but this has nearly all of the flavor. Lighter body for sure, medium-plus, good chewy stout texture. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Less with the obvious vanilla here, more of a spot - on burnt sugar authentic creme brulee flavor. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter, nothing cloying. Tasty, impressive flavorful stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
On tap, poured into a shaker. Very pleasant, sweet, strong aromas of sweet coffee, chocolate brownies, warm, thick teeth-hurting caramel, and vanilla are immediately noticeable. It’s a dark, nearly-opaque cola brown with a very thin, runny, coffee-brown head. A large bubble, thin ring remains, with a light, wispy lace. Perhaps I’m under-rating the sweetness in this one simply because of how sweet it smelled, but I’d say medium bitter, medium sweet taste. The bitter definitely seems to stand out a bit more on the taste based on the aroma. It’s a full, rich malty body, with a noticeable viscous texture (at first, I thought for sure it was an imperial stout based on its texture); not much help from the nearly flat carbonation too. Rich, meaty, sweet coffee ground finish with a rich caramel and vanilla, combined with a roasted grain aftertaste that has a moderate lifespan to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (937) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Growler from umich03jm, thanks Jason! Pours nearlt blqck with a nice brown head. Smells of spent coffee grounds, vanilla, uncooked chocolate brownie batter. Chocolatety dark malt backbone with a nice coffee flavor. Nice rich liquid dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Growler from Rayl. Pours near black with an espresso head. Aroma is big coffee and vanilla primarily along with some brown sugar, chocolate and some booze. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Thinner bodied with a dry finish. A little astringent on the end. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Smell of cake batter and coffee. Dark brown, sweet, toffee. Very smooth stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (799) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest. Really nice and creamy with good coffee flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
I had this *LAST YEAR* at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I’m now reviewing it because I was just made aware that this is the mystery beer that I was freakin’ in love with. Appearance: Dark, tan head ... what you’d expect from a stout. Smell: Vanilla, bits of coffee, a lot of coffee. Awesome. Taste: A lot of dark coffee and chocolate, but it’s not very bitter... super tasty, and very drinkable. Really, it drinks a lot like a cold coffee. Feel’s smooth and only makes the beer even better. What else to expect from Kuhnhenn? I’m not normally HUGE on stouts/porters, but this pretty much blew my mind. Bold flavor, awesome aroma, easy drinking... what a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3515) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Growler courtesy of Bill, pours black with small head, no lacing. Aromas is espresso bean, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and taste is bitter coffee, caramel, tofffee, brown sugar and vanilla marshmallow. Light to medium body, light carbonation. Delicious. Doesn’t have the southern tier cloying grossness.

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