puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery, and again at HopCat. Kuhnhenn sure knows how to get dessert into beer, and this may be their best effort yet. Amazingly sweet caramel perfection, mild coffee, sotolon, and even a slight umami notes. Sweetness throughout. To compare this to Southern Tier’s offering is silly; one of them is a work of art, one of them is a sweet mess. I’ll let you figure out which is which.
KyotoLefty (6318) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at HopCat, RBSG. Big coffee and crème brulee nose. Rich, light body, again with crème brulee and coffee, as well as wood. Tasty and rather light, with a somewhat thin body. Enjoyable.
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour seems to be black with a dense tan head.
S: A very sweet and sugary nose, sort of like Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee. Lots of vanilla, milk, and a decent amount of butter, too. The coffee is the saving grace here, as it helps to mitigate what would otherwise be overwhelming sweetness.
T: There is an unfortunate sourness that just does not seem to match up. It has a bit of vinegar and lactic acids, but it’s a fairly clean infection (sort of an oxymoron, there). A bit of cherries, as well, but not much in the way of the characteristics noted in the nose.
M: The body is thick and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: It’s unfortunate that this one is soured. I would like to see what this would have to offer if it was in the original condition.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at hopcat..black pour with small brown head. this beer is massive and overwhelming in fresh brewed coffee and caramel. superb body to complement the rich, outstanding nose.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at The HopCat as part of RBSG 2010. Pours medium, opaque black, 1-finger tan head, quite persistent, passable lacing. Nose is amazing on this beer. Could be given an 11 for aroma. Pistachios, creme brulee, milk chocolate, chcolate cake, whipping cream, rainbow residue and unicorn farts. Flavours are same as above, though less heavy on the unicorn farts; mostly chocolate-driven, with quite pronounced nutty (pistachio and cashew), caramelly, and creamy notes. Finish is sticky and sweet. Really didn’t know what to expect going in, but I really enjoyed this one.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Shared by someone.... thanks. Pours a dark brown color, appearing black in the glass. Not much of a head but it shows some decent lacing. Big chocolate, mocha aroma with caramel and rich coffee notes. The taste is dry, bitter coffee notes, caramel and faint fruity notes. Full bodied.
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kuhnhenn imperial creme brûlée stout. 12oz bottle from Derek... Pours
a dark stouty dark brownish black pour with lesser degree of darkness
towards the edges. Thin soapy beige head... Huge coffee and vanilla
nose with a lingering sweetness... Mild roastiness and vanilla
standpoints but quickly sours up for not the better. Already though?
Hard to believe with how soon this has degraded. Semi-lively
carbonation. The added sour cream aspect def detracts. hoping this was an isolated situation and not affecting others.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to GCurlow!
Black pour, tan head that goes quickly leaving no lacing. Nose is myraid of cliche elements blended into a balanced experience: creme brulee offset by black coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, and very faint strawberry, almost sherbert-like. Flavor shows significantly more significant coffee grains, again the lactic, slightly refreshing strawberry element, and really faint chocolate. A bit of a dry, lengthy fruit finish, insignificant creme brulee through the palate. This is remarkably balanced for Kuhnhenn, absolutely stunned in fact, partially because there is no booze here. It’s still a bit sweet and thin, but an excellent dessert beer that reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THIN, COFFEE, too light. this is imperial?!?! tastes about 6% abv. super coffee flavor, but lacked any oomph. still, pretty good.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had this on tap at the brewery as well as on cask at the 2010 World Expo of Beer. Pours a nice dark chocolate tone with moderate light chocolate head. Fades to clingy lacing. Coffee-vanilla nose, intense, robust. Perfect sweetness, amazing coffee flavor. Taste is fresh roasted coffee, sweet, slightly bitter, really awesome stuff. Creamy, rich, medium mouthfeel. Silky. Rich. Delicious. I’d keep this in my fridge year round if they could make this in any quantity. It really barely meets the underside of the ’imperial’ part though, not nearly high enough abv or low enough viscosity IMO.