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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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90
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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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Photo of goethean
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%

Recieved through generous trade with hopsleeroy.

Way overcarbonated. Grainy, sweet, strongly roasted malty aroma.

Amazing complex, tangy, vinous flavor. Really has the flavors of a barleywine of noble vintage...more so than most barleywines. Wonderful complex sweetness. The aftertaste (really more of an after-aroma) is of roasted malt. Mild hops bite toward the end. Fabulous!

goethean, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of grub
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

grub, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Gushue3
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

Gushue3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of sfoley333
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

sfoley333, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +14%

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.

cosmicevan, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of beaglemac
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Great Stout! High in alcohol, so this hurts the drinkablilty a bit, but I would recommend this brew to anyone stopping by Kuhnhenn Brewery. Taste is what a stout should be. Color is dark, but not extrememly thick. The smell, yum! This is my type of Stout, as it isn't too overwhelmingly coffee. Great job Kuhnhenn! I agree, Kuhnhenn needs to bottle more, cause this brew would make a nation proud.

beaglemac, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of FrognutUnl
4.53/5  rDev +11%

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.

FrognutUnl, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of walleye
4.53/5  rDev +11%

from the tap at the brewery. 1st let me say thank you Jessica for brewing this beer it rocked, I would like to get some bottles of this. This was as good or a little better than your other beer. that said poured black with mahogany edge with a dark tan head. aroma alcohol which is 12.5 on the menu. a lot of roasted malts and chocolate with some strong coffee. flavor the alcohol really comes out strong and it was difficult to get some of the other flavors out but as it warmed up the roasted malts and coffee came out the chocolate did come out when I left the beer in my mouth for a few seconds. over I think this was a awesome beer and as far as I know this is Jessica 2nd brew

walleye, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of dave122382
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

dave122382, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jules11788, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

surlytheduff, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of SirIPAalot
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tpd975
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Thoroughly enjoyed at the hop devil in NYC.

A: Pours a hue of pitch black that has never been seen by man with a small but dense cocoa brown head. The head lingers a bit and leaves behind sheets of lacing. A glass full of this brew or an empty glass with sheet after sheet of lacing is truly a site to see.

S: Very straight forward. Big bold chocolate with notes of roasted coffee. There is a hint of rum soaked raisins. I am sorry but I cut the smelling short to dive into the darkness.

T: I am seldom dumbfound by a beer but this one has done that to me. At first taste I went into sensory overload. It seemed to have so much going on. But once I sat back and enjoyed it, everything came out and had it's place. Right from the start there is lots of dark fruit with dark fruit flavors not even found in the best Belgian brews. The flavors just seem to meld into each other, and the dark fruits turn to oak, smoke and charcoal. The smoke is cut by a rush of brown sugar and the finish is all about smooth creamy chocolate which just seems to linger and linger.

M: Very thick, but oh so smooth. The carbonation is on the low side which is good. This one oozes and slides across the tongue and down the throat.

D: This one is big in flavor and ABV and is not meant to be sessioned. It is what the brewer set out for it to be. A wonderful RIS that is to be savored by the glass... and boy did I savor it.

Overall: This is a wonderful RIS, and it alone makes my trip to NYC worth it. This beer is so complex, I have never seen anything like it. The flavors come at you in waves and they are so big and bold. The alcohol is almost an afterthought, as the flavors are so big and bold that even at 12.5% the alcohol was almost unnoticeable.

It is a world class brew that every beer lover should be allowed to enjoy at least once.

tpd975, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A-Blackish brown with some ruby highlights.

S-Char....dark cocoa....molasses....

T-Big char/dark cocoa impression right away....a little bit of boozy rum and molasses as well...roasted malts...a little hint of coffee but not much...

M-Big....full bodied....it matches what I expected for the style....rich and velvety texture...

D-One of the better Impy's I've had....I expected big things and this did not let me down....12.5% ABV and there is some heat but it does not override things..excellent Impy...

ZAP, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of kirkfrailey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kirkfrailey, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of hopdog
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

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

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of bobv
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Dark, dark, dark. Very slight head, little lacing, here and gone.

S: Roasty coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, even a little anise and leather. As it warmed I even get a little root beer!

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, ah, there's the booze, with slight espresso towards the finish.

M: Although the head only comes back after a swirl or two the mouth feel has enough carbonation to make this rather tasty, indeed.

O: Very nice after all. Would like to have another, but, alas, received this as an extra! Thank you travMI13!

bobv, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

a: This was a murky, very dark brown with cherry edges. It poured with large, creamy, dark mocha colored head. Great retention and moderate lace.

s: Mild aromas of cocoa, cherries, and pungent, roasty, sour grains. Some gentle alcoholic warmth radiates out of the glass.

t: The most obvious flavor is that of rough, raw, roasty cocoa without a trace of sweetness. Some sour, floral cherries come next, leading to the bitter, almost acrid, finish. There is plenty of warmth on the end as well. This impy stout is assertive and full flavored. If you're looking for something subtle, look elsewhere. This is a palate battering brew.

m: This stout is super viscous with perfectly creamy carbonation. The heat left in it's wake is spot on.

d: Big thanks to TheBlackMallard for this one. This is a fantatsic extreme beer, well worth seeking out.

DIM, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

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!

Viggo, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of ryantho00
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Had on tap poured into a tulip.

This has an NO2-like quality to the creaminess and beautiful tan foamy head that laces the glass nicely in an espresso hue. I get a wonderful marshmallow and cream nose, some coffee and mocha tones, some dark fruits, subtle hops in the background.

This is so superbly smooth, I can't believe it! This has a wonderful creamy marshmallow and cocoa malt medium body to start that leads way into a dark dried fruit and hop balancing act with an abundance of sweet creamy malt flavors laced throughout. Really a magnificently balanced brew that is a very unique take on Russian imperial stouts. I enjoyed this immensely.

Wonderful brew! Well done by a fantastic brewery.

Cheers!!

ryantho00, May 12, 2012
Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

rallison, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Black as midnight. Nicotine stained brown head. Lace is minimal. Muddy aroma. Thick and muddy. Like grundgy, old used coffee grounds. Some mocha/java action too. The flavor follows suit. Very earthy and muddy. Black malts. Roasted nuts. A little vanilla. (Similar to a Baltic Porter in a way.) Baker's chocolate and coffee. Campfire smoke and char. Tar drippings linger.... Velvety feel. Alcohol is a distant contributor. Medium bodied. Could use a little heft. Quite enjoyable. Gotta thank big ol ZAP for having the patience of a Monk while holding this till I came up. Thanks Big Man!

Bighuge, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of BeRanger
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

BeRanger, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Wasatch, May 03, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

64oz Growler

I received this growler today from one of the greatest traders out there, thanks Derek! Road Rash glug glugs from the growler and is black as Lucifer's soul. This sucker actually devours the light in the room. A rich chocolate brown head rose easily on the pour but fizzled to a thin skimming fairly quickly. There is a nice collar left behind that leaves part of itself on the wall of the glass after each drink. This is the picture that pops into my head when I think of a huge boozy stout.

The nose on this beast is impressive to say the least. Dark berries burst from the snifter up front along with a sweet milk chocolate and an underlying booziness. A deep pull allows the milk chocolate to morph into cocoa and finally rich dark chocolate. The nose has everything from toasty to lightly roasty grains, vanilla, and coffee grounds. The booziness tickles the nose a bit but doesn't get in the way at all. I find it difficult to pull my nose from the glass.

The graininess is more toasty than roasty which is a bit of a surprise to me and very well received. The fruitiness isn't as vivid as the nose led on but still gets things started. All sorts of chocolates wash over the tongue from the milk variety to heavily dark to baker's. Don't let me forget cocoa, but that doesn't join until the swallow. Coffee grounds join the mix along with the faint vanilla. I was warned this one may be a bit warm but the alcohol seems extremely well integrated. When this beer was out of the fridge it was a little on the hot side but as it nears room temp the boozy factor really calms down to an enjoyable level. The overall flavors aren't as intense as they showed in the nose but they are flawlessly combined.

The mouthfeel is damn fine and if I only had one complaint it's that it could use a touch more body, even though it's already on the lighter side of heavy. The carbonation is soft and keeps the beer rolling slowly over the tongue. All that alcohol heat is extremely well hidden besides the warming sensation in the cheeks after each swallow.

Drinkability? Well, it's about as good as you could expect from a monster such as this. Road Rash is a sipper for sure, don't forget that or you'll be hurting yourself. With that said, two snifters are going down awfully easy.

It's nice to be able to enjoy something from Kuhnhenn without it being gone after a mere 12ozs. All of their beers are enjoyable to the point 12oz just isn't enough and Road Rash falls right in line. Thanks again to a trader among traders! Cheers bud!

joe1510, Mar 26, 2009
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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.