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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 125
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Russian Imperial Stout was made by our very own Jessica Weiman. It is black in color with dark fruit aromas and roasted grains and alcohol are present on the nose. Rich and complex, this intense stout has medium hop bitterness and rich burnt malts. It is a full bodied, velvety beer.

(Beer added by: walleye on 08-29-2007)
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Gushue3:
Photo of Gushue3
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big want poured into a Kate bulb. 2011 Vintage

A Pours very dark brown and can barely be seen through while pouring, sits an inky black in the glass. Smaller mocha head that's pretty nice in color forms and goes away rather quickly leaving no lacing. Some lively carbonation as well.

S Big time roast and chocolate. A decent whiff of alcohol in the nose along with molasses and slight tobacco .

T Big time roast and bitter chocolate from front to back. Dark fruits like fig are in there along with tobacco and a touch of alcohol. Really nice tastes all over . The finish is very sweet, almost a sweet berry flavor. Very interesting. I might be shooting a little high but this is really really good. A ton of depth.

M pretty full mouthfeel, slick and oily with little carbonation. Nice cold weather sipping beer.

O I'm blown away by this beer! really hit everything I wanted in a stout. Flavor was fantastic and it frank unbelievably. I really wish I had more of this stuff, I am currently ISO. I loved the 4D's and Barleywines from Kuhnhenn, they are winning me over big time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from May 2012; on tap at the brewpub

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head has good retention and leaves some pretty nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of burnt malt and a sweet aroma. Some noticeable alcohol as well.

T - Taste is like the smell, but brings on some dark dried fruits that I didn't get from the nose. Has a marshmellow like taste as well. Quite good. The finish is very roasty and bitter.

M - Full mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely. Starts sticky sweet and end s dry and bitter.

O - On the roasty end of what i like in a big stout, but this works well. A bit of sweetness, but focused on the chocolate and roasted malt.

Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, brown around the edges with a tan head the recedes to a ring around the glass. Boozy smell, chocolate, roasty, caramel, and some cardboard. Roasty, some hops, chocolate, and espresso. Full body and medium carbonation. Pretty decent Imperial Stout that I'd drink again, given the chance.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola color with a thin chocolate colored head. The aroma is that of dark dried fruits, and chocolate. Flavors of dark fruits, currants, and dark chocolate are strong in the initial taste, with charred malt flavor coming in stronger as the glass warms a bit. The 12.5% alcohol is masked quite well and is only truly detectable in the finish. It is a full-bodied brew that is very thick and creamy, the tapioca is certainly doing its job here. Overall, I find this brew to be fantastic and wish there were more available and I can't wait to see what my last bottle does in about a year or two.

Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours completely pitch black and thick as motor oil. Good sized dark mocha head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of deep roast, bitter malts with some chocolate in the back. Definitely some tobacco in the back with a bit of astringency. Dry and smoky. Plenty of alcohol as it warms.

T/M: More of the big deep bitter roasted malts. Pretty dry and bitter, not a lot of rich sweetness or dark fruits. Definitely more of that tabacco flavor, especially as it warms. Big alcohol all over the place. Kuhnhenn's signature I'd say, but not really a bad thing when in the mood. Body is full and smooth.

D: A big Kuhnhenn beer that needs time to get through.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb though very high ABV IS. Roast aroma, dark black with soapy dark mocha head. A good amount of lace follows down the glass. The taste is more coffee than chocolate, a significant characteristic of roast and its good. Creamy sweetness makes it quite drinkable, its above average mouthfeel. Very smooth coffee and cream. Mondiale 2008.

Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Photekut
1/5  rDev -75.5%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted sided by side with Black Albert, Kuhnhenn had the edge.

Black, sludgy oil pour. Tan foam with a creamy texture. Cascading beads of foam cling to the sides when swirled. It eventually settles into a thin skim with a ring around the edge.

Rich chocolate aroma with some black cherry in the background.

Fudgy chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, dry earthy char, with a light undercurrent of black cherry. Mildly spicy Syrah barrel character. Full and rich in feel. One for dessert is all I could handle. Thanks Jay!

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used motor oil blackness crawls out of the battle and settle into the glass like a tar pool. Head is milk chocolate brown and beautiful with big rocky bubbles that leave scattered dots of lace. My mouth starts to water as I take first whiff of the nose and am greeted by huge doses of chocolate, toasted malts, burnt toffee, black licorice and some rich coffee. Amazing aroma. So far its perfect. As you take first sip you are surprised by a sharp balance of bready richness to balance this but not what I was hoping for, based on the nose. A cold coffee like bitter feel hangs on to the back of the tongue along with a slight sour feel. Alcohol is completely hidden except for the fact that it warms the belly well. This is very unique for the style but still very good. Very nicely drinkable.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of london1o1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northernbrews for one awesome extra!

Pours a beautiful black color with a 1 finger tan, creamy head that does mostly diminish but still leaves some nice legs.

Smells relatively sweet with a fair amount of roasted grains and quite a bit of rich coffee - espresso. Wonderfully decadent dark chocolate is also in the aroma along with a touch of smoke.

Flavor is initially relatively sweet but with a great espresso/dark chocolate taste. Bitterness shows itself on the finish. Nicely roasty. Subtle dark fruits linger behind that dark chocolate. Think blackberry infused chocolate mated to a rich, creamy espresso with a lightly bitter, roasted component at the end. Maybe a touch of ash as well, but fully within my acceptable range. Long finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is most definitely rich with a slightly dry finish. Soft carbonation with a slight astringency. Moderate alcohol presence.

Highly recommended. A wonderful RIS indeed. These guys most definitely know how to do this style.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from seaoflament. Thanks Carlos!

Appearance: Black, but not your average imperial stout black - this stuff is absolutely pitch black and the head is nearly as dark.

Smell: Roasty as hell, sweet molasses and straight-up burnt sugar, tar, chocolate and a dash of smoke.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet at first, with flavors of chocolate syrup and molasses. Heavy on the palate. Not quite Dark Lord heavy, but pretty close to it. The finish is pretty acrid and acidic, like they used a bit too much black patent, which mingles in a strange way with the syrupy sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat ashy and tarry. Not bad, but not great either. Definitely a rough beer. Glad I had the chance to try this, but it's not something I can see myself revisiting often.

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ShrLSU
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into an Ommegang goblet.

appearence: Poured a very deep black color. Not much head to speak ok but great lacing from a slight tan foam.

smell: Some deep coffee and slight fruity scent. A little bit of cocoa and a slight sour scent. .

taste: OK there is so much going on here i'm having trouble breaking it down. i taste bitter coffee flavor, some sweet dark fruit, and a sour finish. Extremely complex.

mouthfeel: Very creamy and nice carbonation to balance.

drinkability: Big thanks to Tosque for this beer. It's the first beer i have tried from the kuhnhenn line and it's very different, but very interesting. I can't wait to try some others from this brewery.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pwoods with RoyMunson and myself.
Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. There's just a bit of frothy head that forms on the pour. With the abv, I'm even surprised that that happened. Smell is huge roasted malts, some dark fruits and some slight tobacco. Just subtle hints of tobacco. This beer isn't trying to hide anything. It's full frontal assault on your tastebuds and your sobriety. I don't know why we continue to pull out these high abv bottles near the end of the night. Don't you remember how the 3 Guys off the Scale went?! After it gets a chance to warm up more, there's even more of that tobacco, leather flavor coming in. It's really starting to come into it's own. It's a very nice, different stout that I've not had too many like. Good beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoppymeal for this one.

This beer pours terribly thick and is a light swallowing dark black with hints of raisin creeping in around the edges. The head is a tan creamy film.

Smells of charcoal briquettes soaked in port with a hint of cider vinegar that works quite well. This is also accompanied by a boozy sting.

Tastes of a charred smokey and a pinch of salt with a light and easy gooey barley and maple syrup. It finishes out a delicately smokey caramelized sugar.

Feels light, but slick and solid with slight dismissive pin-pricks of carbonation.

This one is a great candidate for the cellar. Perhaps two years would do this well. To be paired with exceedingly dark chocolate.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lazy Saturday beer #2. My lady friend got this sent to her from a friend...I don't ask, I just drink and appreciate.

Opaque black with a dark clay colored head. Thick legs leave foam painted on the glass. Good retention. Dark fruity esters leap from the glass and up my schnoz. Raspberries and chocolate with a roast backdrop.

Vinous dark fruit, burnt caramelized sugar and a few light roast notes. This must have been aged awhile as you can tell there's a boozy ghost floating within, yet I can't detect any heat at all. Mouthfeel is too thin.

One of those dark fruit centric RIS. I prefer'em much roastier but if that's you're thing (Otter Creek RIS comes to mind) you may be a fan of this lil' lady.

Photo of dave122382
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.