Drake (7850) - 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 (3340) - 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 (2927) - 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.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, creme brulee, and roasted coffee. It’s a dark brown with orange highlights along edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor chocolate and creme brulee...but not sweet like you might expect. The finish has moderate amounts of roasted coffee and light vanilla. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
HonusWagner (1156) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In recent memory, few beers have stuck in my mind like this one. I was fortunate enough to try it on draft, which is probably a huge difference maker in my experience and that of most other reviewers, because there was certainly no infection problem and the flavors were absolutely unbelievable. This was, as a coffee stout experience, perfection. Creme brulee flavors without the sweetness of the Southern Tier version, nice warming lightly sweetened coffee. Everything I could ever want in a coffee stout; I wish I could carry a keg around on my back.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/03/2010: Kuhnhenn Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout... Aroma: Wow, definitely fragant! I have it about a foot and a half away and I can still smell the caramelized sugar and coffee! Freshly roasted coffee beans and vanilla bean pops from the aroma when closer to the nose. Appearance: Near black color; lasting, dense, tan-colored head; opaque. Flavor: Coffee and vanilla right up front, a yeasy creaminess follows along with some milky chocolate, and the finish reminds me of a sweeted cappuccino. Palate: Medium-light to medium; a bit thin, but silky smooth. Overall: This beer lives up to its name, but it smells better than it tastes; extremely drinkable and balanced (not overly sweet like the Southern Tier), but the flavor isn’t overly complex and fizzles out quickly...
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #34 for this beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle; thanks Alex!! Dark brown with thin tan head; vanilla cream, cookies and chocolate; texture is thin and pretty high on the sweetness chart; rich coffee and creamy chocolate; not as over the top and undrinkable as say the road rash stout, but this is getting up there
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Baker for the bottle! Poured healthy deep brown with only a fizzy dusting sticking around for head. The aroma picked up warm coffee, vanilla, and caramelized sugars with a very desserty feel to it.. a bit of sour twang on the back. The flavor found coffee, chocolate, and vanilla sugars at the core.. some metallic sourness around (almost fruity.. if it had raspberry character to it and not potential infection, this could’ve been off the charts).. dry-roasted coffee bitterness emerged on the middle and left the longest impression on the finish.. the sourness was just too much, though. Medium-plus bodied with OK balance at best between the coffee and the sourness.. very tangy.. this must’ve been infected.