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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 125
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: walleye on 08-29-2007

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.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to bierenutz. enjoyed from a kuhnhenn tulip.

a - poured a pewter black with a full finger of creamy tan head. the head slowly dissipated, but left a thin skin of stouty cream head. black as black gets.

s - WOW. stout witha kick or twist. almost like a peanut butter glazing. somewhat earthy and grassy with some hints of belgian yeast with an almost plum or nutmeg kind of vibe. this all on top of a nice roasty stout. smells distinctly kuhnhenn...some familiar spicing, has that uniqueness.

t - very nice chocolate and roastiness...finishes with the interesting spiciness that lead in the nose. almost belgian. really nice. if blind, i'd guess this was de struise. really top notch.

m - smooth and silky, full bodied without being thick. finishes a little dry and bready.

o - overall, another winner from kuhnhenn. truly unique. huge beer, but it doesn't feel like it. a masterpiece. as a big fan of big stouts, i love this one. it is different, but tasty as can be.

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 Jared14
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle.

Dark fruit in the nose and taste. Thick mouthfeel. Tastes a little past it's prime, drinks well.

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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 emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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 SPLITGRIN
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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 ShrLSU
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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 grub
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at the winter solstice party dec 21/07. sampled jan 13/08.

pours like motor oil - thick, opaque, and inky black. a small dense dark brown head rises up, quickly falling to a ring around the glass and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. roast. alcohol. coffee and dark chocolate. nice caramel sweetness. huge bready malt.

taste is excellent. loads of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. touch of alcohol, but certainly doesn't seem like 12.5%. huge chewy bread and biscuit malts. solid roast level. medium-low bitterness, mostly coming across as coffee and baker's chocolate. light fruity character. great caramel sweetness. there's some great depth to it too, which i can guess is from the tapioca and rice.

mouthfeel is great. super smooth well integrated medium carbonation level. huge body.

drinkability is excellent. near perfect balance. drinks more like 8% than 12.5%. this is one fantastic stout. just the right amount of roast and bitterness. excellent balance. great malt depth. everything you can ask for. kuhnhenn can really do no wrong.

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

Thrown in as an extra in a trade with Matt (mgp2675). Thanks!

Poured a dark opaque black with a foamy mocha head that retained well and left a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is driven by roastiness, dark malts, dark sugars, a bit of ash and licorice. More of the same in the taste, dark roasty malts with a bitter edge, dark fruits--plums, cherries--maybe a twist of citrus zest in there? brown sugar, and lesser notes of ash and licorice with some hints of booze-soaked wood. Mouthfeel is about medium, maybe on the heavier side, pretty smooth, lower carbonation, mildly hot from the alcohol. Overall a good drinker.

Photo of hopdog
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, earthy, and coffee. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins and plums), roast, coffee, and chocolate. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 2/27/08

Photo of SupaCelt
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the pour is rich and dark. despite a less than delicate pour, only a wee little head develops. there is no lacing left behind in the wake of the flood.

the nose is full of dark fruit notes. black cherry and alcohol with some toasted cocoa and chocolate syrup describes the scene that takes place in the nose.

the taste is beautifully complex. the dark fruit character is amazing mixed with the chocolate backbone. the black cherry aspect is again reckognized and their is even a bit of sourness that seems like milk sugar or could be imagined to be cherry juice. there is a noticeable bitterness and definitely some alcohol.

the mouthfeel is full bodied. it has a good thickness to carry the flavor profile.

overall, despite the lackluster looks off the pour, the important things are all in this beer. great nose and even better flavor are delivered to the drinker in a nice little twelve ounce package. just a solid imperial stout from these guys and gals. this is a 2011 bottling and a 2012 bottle is certainly on my list of beers to obtain. another solid sample from the Kuhnhenn camp.

Photo of sfoley333
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weisguy for this bottle. Poured from 12oz bottle into new belgium snifter. Poured a thick used motor oil black color with thick brown head. Smell is wonderful with a big dark fruit aroma mixed with chocolate and alcohol. Taste is roasted coffee beans, raisin, bitter chocolate, charred oak, and a warming alcohol feel. The mouthfeel is full body with a medium carbonation level but could be thicker. Pretty drinkable for a beer at 12.5%, i found its flavors really came out as it warmed up a bit.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled pretty high for a Kuhnhenn bottle.

Pours jet black into a snifter with a small mocha head.

Smell: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

Taste: Dark Fruits, Coffee, Vanilla, Molasses. Thick and Heavy, it doesn't get much heavier than this. Definitely a sipper and not something you'd want to enjoy after a big meal.

Photo of Viggo
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for picking this up for me at the Solstice Party!

Pours a very opaque black, thick dark brown head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves some nice lace spots, looks like a RIS! Smell is dark chocolate, tons of roast, oak, smoke, kind of meaty, alcohol, lots of dark fruit, rich. Taste in insane, super dark chocolate, very rich fruits, toffee, espresso roast, vanilla and oak, more chocolate, some smoke, tons of layers, raisins and bitter roast in the finish, with more chocolate, amazing. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, low carbonation, very silky, some alcohol warmth but it is well contained. Thanks for picking this up Russ!

Photo of BeRanger
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Kuhnhenns tulip.

Poured jet black with a rim of brown head. Smells of heavy licorice, chocolate, roasted malts, still comes off pretty hot. Nice taste to it, very rich in flavor. All the smells come through - pretty well balanced. It's a full bodied RIS with low carbonation. The flavors are coming out a little more when it warms. Not as hot as I had expected, so that was a plus as I'm drinking it rather fresh.

Photo of joepais
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this one for a while so a need to thank goryshkewych for this one.
A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger coco colored head that trailed of to a thick lace on top of a black bodied brew.

Aromas of Molasses come right to the front some dark fruit and roasted grains. The flavors are Interesting for a Imperial Stout. Licorice and molasses (sweetness) are up front then followed by some light bitter roastiness. At almost 13% I can't taste any alcohol at all that is incredible. This brew is nice and thick in the mouth making this a great sipper.

Now this is interesting to me it is very drinkable but the ABV on this is far from sessionable it is an interesting Imperial Stout but to me on the edge of the style guidelines for sure. I am sad to see Kuhnhenn jump there prices so much, because this will probably be one of the last I seek out. It was a great stout I can't take that away from them

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

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, not much carbonation, but still a very nice looking one-finger plus foamy tan head, some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, big chocolate/toffee notes, some licorice, vanilla, and caramel. The taste is malty, choco/toffee notes, licorice, some vanilla sweetness, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, thanks Adam.

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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.