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Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American Imperial StoutKuhnhenn American Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 239
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: walleye on 11-26-2004)
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Reviews by divineaudio:
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2012 batch, 9.25%
founders snifter

a - pours an extremely viscous looking, oily dark brown. gave me a pinky's worth of dense, creamy, dark brown head that calmed to a film right away. leaves thin, leggy lacing behind.

s - roasted malt, licorice, tobacco, faint peat.

t - roasted and burnt malts at the forefront with strong tobacco notes. also picking up milder notes of anise, charcoal and molasses. dark chocolate comes out a bit as the beer warms. has a bitterness that stings the tongue on the back end and a slightly boozy finish.

m - far beyond full bodied, but just shy of syrupy. adequate carbonation with a finer co2 profile and just a bit of alcohol burn.

o - interesting take on the style and enjoyable, but a bit of a chore to drink. flavors and mouthfeel are so intense that it fatigues the palate quickly. i could see this pairing well with a fine cigar.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:09:22 | More by divineaudio
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-01-2014 05:03:31 | More by 22Blue
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sirsteve42

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02-01-2014 01:45:35 | More by sirsteve42
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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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WesM63

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-24-2014 07:03:50 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly simple but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:26:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Served in a snifter. This imperial stout pours a deep, dark brown, verging on pitch black. No light passes through the body of this beer. The head has a thick, cream-like texture to it, and looks about as dark as coffee and cream itself. There is lots of lacing going on, and the heads retention is very good.

The aroma is a mix of light fruitiness and a subtle nutty, roasted smell. The aroma is light in general, but that might be because of the temperature. Notes of walnut, fig, ripened pear, chocolate, and marshmallow. Nice complexity, but could use more volume.

A full bodied stout, viscous creamy mouthfeel, gentle (ever so soft) reminder of the alcohol content in the finish. Flavors of bitter hops in the finish and aftertaste, mixed with intense charred grain, coffee, fig pudding, raisins, caramel, and a certain acrid tang to the palette. Lots of flavor in this beer! Bold flavors.

Another great beer from Kuhnhenn! Very impressive that this beer has the body and flavor of a stout with much higher alcohol. Very rich, and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 18:14:50 | More by MusicaleMike
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brewtechnik

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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EB1

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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tswater

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Anonymous1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to liamt07 for this badass 2012 beer.

Appearance. Pours black with half a finger of rich brown head.

Smell. Molasses and dark chocolate, dark roasty malts and a touch of dark fruit and black coffee

Taste. Tons of dark chocolate, woody dry and roasty malts, maybe a touch of dark fruit, cocoa powder and char in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Great representation of a big American stout. Bold and flavourful, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:25:16 | More by Rutager
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

Beer is jet black. The pour results in a large, cocoa-coloured head. Very good retention, some lace. Very nice looking.

Nose contains roast malt, vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate. Rich and good.

Taste contains a lot of roasted malt, and a good amount of coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of anise and dark fruit. Though it isn't fresh, the hops are still notable, resulting in some bitterness. The finish is a nice balance of bitter and slightly fruity sweetness. Really tasty.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Very smooth and silky. Booze is quite well hidden.

Overall, excellent. A seriously good RIS. Super enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:11:21 | More by jrenihan
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LaChupacabra

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-11-2013 23:47:41 | More by LaChupacabra
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

09-08-2013 01:25:05 | More by klipper
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

08-30-2013 16:18:59 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-21-2013 01:00:32 | More by IrishColonial
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2013 04:01:50 | More by liamt07
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Mike for opening this beauty at an impromptu tasting; his altruism is extremely admirable and will one day be repaid. This sucker is thick and black, like motor oil that's seen its fair share of mile. The head is an impressively deep tan color; thin-bubbled and foamy as it rests upon the black hole and takes its time settling to a collar.

What a wonderfully huge and bellowing aroma, perhaps amplified from the lackluster Brooklyn Black OPS consumed just before this one. Thick, sweet mountains of baker's chocolate held up with hands of mildly roasted malt. Light coffee beans outline the aroma, with a hint of cream and sweet (brown) sugar that blends nicely with the mild roast character. Sweet without being cloying, and roasty without being over-charred... Great execution.

Just like I'd imagine, the first sip begins with an up-front induction of bittersweet chocolate; think somewhere along the lines of rich fudge; very, very lightly bitter with a heavier hand in the creamy and sweet department. This sucker is packed with tons and tons of cocoa flavors; cocoa powder, liquid molten chocolate, and dense, deep fudge cake. As sickeningly sweet as that sounds, it's balanced exceptionally well by the moderately roasty malts.

A faint undercurrent of sweet anise is present in the tail end, along with a light, scraping coffee bean, dry finish. A good mix of flavors all-around, although the clear king of the hill is definitely the decadent amount of fudge. The alcohol is hidden almost completely, and this could probably pass for a chocolate-introduced sweet stout over an imperial stout. The mouth is huge, creamy, and almost as thick as the fudge its flavor resembles. Mild carbonation to retain that silky smooth mouth feel.

One of my biggest wants from one of my favorite breweries... I don't know how this one eluded me for so long. Huge thanks again to Mike for cracking his last bottle with me. Definitely one of the best of the night (for me at least). I don't think I enjoyed this quite as much as Kuhnhenn's Michigan Mud stout, but it was still damn good nonetheless. Their ability to perform well with so many different styles never ceases to amaze me.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:35:02 | More by tectactoe
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of creamy medium-dark chocolate notes with light floral coffee notes with some roasted malt notes but limited bitterness. Taste is quite spectacular with great creamy medium-dark chocolate notes with some floral dry coffee notes, some lactose notes and some medium dry bitter roasted malt to finish. Body is full with luscious creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite a balanced experience with loads of flavours while retaining some good amount of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 17:29:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.2%

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Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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