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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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1/5  rDev -75.5%

Photekut, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur at a tasting at the home of proteus93. Poured into a Brooklyn-logoed footed pilsner glass.

Appearance: Huge creamy sticky light brown head with great retention. Very nice. Body itself is brown, and lacing is big and fairly sticky but about as runny as you'd expect given the abv%.

Aroma: Incredibly pungent, but not the most pleasant smelling beer. There's cocoa powder, heavy, heavy dark fruits, rum raisin, and salty soy sauce.

Taste: Unbelievably salty and bitter at first, and those notes unfortunately taint the whole experience. The bitterness may be intentional - citrus, sour cherries - and the malts are still there, with some cocoa notes and some earthy, lightly roasted, tart and grassy coffee. Very harsh, though.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy and absolutely devoid of carbonation. Not impressive.

Drinkability: This beer was definitely downhill pretty quickly. Everything was harsh and off, but Kuhnhenn isn't known for its quality control, so perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh. So I'll be this harsh.

CrellMoset, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -26.5%

krl2112, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

n2185, Aug 30, 2012
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.

largadeer, Aug 23, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

brycevolk, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of SteelersX
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

SteelersX, Apr 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

dfhhead25, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

beergorrilla, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Zaphog, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

mtrog313, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ryrust5301
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Pours like a motor oil, very syrupy and thick. Doesn't bulk up to much of a head, but more like a thin layer of toffee colored bubbles. Nice thick halo effect left around the top of the concoction.

Smell - Nose is nothing short of mind boggling. At first smell I could have sworn it was a DL, eerily similar. First of all it's sweet as hell with the usual bitter coffee bite. The thing that makes it all come together is the bold strong dark fruits that just radiate from this devils brew.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Hello dark fruits! Your palate is crushed under the dark fruit flavor, especially the cherry. Sweet chocolate and the coffee biterness try to hold their own, but are easily curb stomped by the massive fruit presence. An almost sour like drying taste accompanies the bitterness. Very harsh on the first sip but mellows into a thick syrupy slide down the throat. The beer is so complex I won't even begin to disarm this bomblike brew.

Drinkability - Wow! There's so much going on here it's incredible. The dark fruits are so overpowering that they almost run away with this beer instead of holding it together. It's definitely a unique beer, but with so much going on it's hard settle in on it. A beer to sip over time and explore all it holds within.

ryrust5301, Jun 13, 2008
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.

pwoods, Oct 28, 2009
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.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

TheBlackMallard, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tangfoot and mj for a bottle each of this beer.

Pours an intensely dark color, viscous and sinister looking. About an inch of foam topped the head, fizzy and active, but it quickly settles to a ring.

Aromas of dark berries, currants, deeply roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, hints of coffee, chocolate flakes, wood, oak, and vanilla. There's a little bit of alcohol that peaks through the layers of sweetness but it doesn't take away from the rest. I'm also getting a bit of olives, which is odd but I have encountered them in other imperial stouts. There's also some maple syrup, sugar cookies, and a little bit of toast. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of Dark Lord.

The taste begins similar to the aroma, dark berries, currants, and then an onslaught of roasted malts, toast, chocolate, molasses, sugary bread, wood, cocoa, and vanilla. Pretty complex but there is a tangy almost vinous flavor in the after-taste that I could do without. There's also some anise flavors, and star anise as the tongue feels a little numb but that could also be from the alcohol.

Feels syrupy at first and then some carbonation tries to pick it up and push it back but it doesn't seem to work out. Still, very decent and fairly easy to drink for a 12.5% alc. beer.

seaoflament, Jul 18, 2008
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.

ShrLSU, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2%

jegross2, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -2%

WeisGuy, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2%

claspada, Apr 28, 2013
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.

FtownThrowDown, May 18, 2009
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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.