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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial StoutKuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 18:03:15 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pennzoil black with a similar opacity. The brown sugar hued lid that is currently snuggled into the upper half of the glass doesn't look as though it will melt any time soon. In spite of a sky-high ABV, a few scraplets of sea foam lace manage to stick.

The sloping sides of the snifter help to concentrate what is already a potent and roasted malty nose. Aromas include dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. This is shaping up to be a doozy of an RIS.

While Jessie's Road Rash isn't the world-beater that I was expecting, it's still good beer. The biggest negative is a tart-n-tangy fruitiness reminiscent of unripe plums (and maybe even lemons). Hopefully, that characteristic will fade as the beer continues to warm and as malt sweetness plays a larger role.

Too bad that Kuhnhenn doesn't publish ingredients because it tastes like American hops such as Cascade and/or Centennial are in the house. The beer has a citrus quality that would be more enjoyable if it was bitter rather than tart. The aromas described above find their way onto the palate, providing almost as much enjoyment. Molasses is front and center. Alcohol, amazingly enough, isn't.

Do other brewers use tapioca and rice in their big stouts? The goal must have been a full, creamy, silky mouthfeel. Mission... partially accomplished. Given the ABV and the flavor profile, however, it needs to be meatier. Carbonation? Appropriately subdued.

Even though the label looks like it was done on someone's laptop computer, who doesn't love hot chicks on motorcycles? I'm torn between being slightly disappointed in what was expected to be an outstanding Imperial stout and being thankful for a good sipping beer that should gently ease me into my midday nap like a velvet hammer upside the head. Let's go with the latter. Thanks to bakerslp for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 15:29:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Bottle picked up for me by Mikolaj. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip and shared with DeaconBluez way back in late September. Somehow skipped entering this one when I transferred my notes.

A - A very thin foam quick dissipates almost immediately. Black body, that leaves behind a glass-coating oily film. Very ominous, and does the name justice.

S - Big notes of anise, heavily roasted malts, tobacco, dark chocolate, leather, and alcohol. Very low sweetness here, with only a hint of dark fruits. Somewhat hot, but not unreasonably so for 12%.

T - There's a tad more sweetness in the taste, with light fruity berries and molasses notes amid the intense roasted and charred malts, bitter anise, dark chocolate, and leather.

M - Low carbonation, thick and sludgy, chewy, full body, with plenty of sticky residuals. Some alcohol burn too. Pretty much what you'd expect from a 12% RIS.

D - First, let this one warm up so that the sweeter notes become a little more apparent. When served too cold it's unbalanced toward the burnt side of things. Enjoyable in small doses, although I probably could have used another person (or two) to help Chip and I with the 12oz bottle. It's an extremely 'classic' RIS and a beast of a beer. The 2011 vintage should probably age well for many years to come.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 06:40:53 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:40:38 | More by emerge077
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:22:09 | More by Rifugium
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:59:15 | More by Wasatch
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

The warm flashes of light brown that encircle the edges lead me to believe this can't possibly be entirely opaque. But despite my many inspections to the light, all angles conclude that Road Rash is, in fact, a dense, inky shade darker and more black than an asphalt road itself.

Though impervious to light, a rusty sepia coloured ring is belted around the circumference and while it won't leave lacing, its 12.5% ensures a glossy set of legs. This looks alright but is in stiff competition with the attractive young lady on the label.

The aroma is a bittersweet blend of coffee and cocoa. There's a touch of residual piney hop resin in the backdrop that is lost amongst notes of molasses, figs, and dried cherry. Perhaps it is the lactose or the ample amount of anise, but something is hiding the alcohol very well.

Taste and aroma are very much similar, each with copious amounts of roast malt, hop resin, and hints of dried berries. First and foremost they share generous anise, bitter freshly ground coffee beans, and lactic, bittersweet dark cocoa.

I'll have to take their word on the final gravity, because this doesn't register as a beer stronger than 12%. The mouthfeel is sleek and oily, with a lingering, bitter finish that could be accredited to either the hops, the taste of unrefined cocoa, or the sensation of freshly ground coffee beans.

I never quite became carried away with this Russian Imperial Stout like I do many others. A constant lactic taste combined with harsh bitterness didn't make for the most sensuous example of the style. I enjoyed it, but it won't be cracking the top of my favourites list.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:26:14 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 04:58:38 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

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!

Serving type: growler

11-18-2007 03:05:07 | More by Bighuge
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:21:42 | More by largadeer
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: growler

11-11-2007 21:42:09 | More by ZAP
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing.

A: Opaque black body with a clumpy dark tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Very sweet, with gigantic marshmallow on top of chocolate, dark fruit, and light booze. Very nice.

T: A little roastier than the nose, with dark chocolate, coffee, marshmallow, and prominent booze. Not quite as nice as the aroma, but still tasty.

M: Very thick, viscous, sticky, and full of fine, creamy carbonation. Intense.

O: This was a huge RIS, and a very good one. It didn't have any particular Kuhnhenn craziness, but was actually straightforward and to style (albeit ramped up a bit in terms of ABV). Good stuff, and something I'd love to see on the other side of a bourbon barrel...

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 15:27:11 | More by woosterbill
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tpd975

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 19:38:08 | More by tpd975
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 14:21:15 | More by hopdog
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cosmicevan

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:05:50 | More by cosmicevan
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:35:32 | More by grub
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:31:19 | More by donkeyrunner
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 10:44:09 | More by DIM
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 04:02:49 | More by CrellMoset
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joe1510

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: growler

03-26-2009 03:04:40 | More by joe1510
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this stout pours extremely dark with a light brown dark head, the body is dark enough to obscure any carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate the aroma, with strong supports of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans

T - the strong roasted malts dominates the taste as well, with a peculiar addition, a sharp almost medicinal (but not unwelcome) cherry note, just for a brief second, then the coffee/bittersweet chocolate come in for the coup de grace, and they come in huge, a big flavorful finish

M&D - a great brew, a little sharp for some, not for me though, a great blend of flavors ordered in a tongue-pleasing way, a very tasty beer, well done, man i wish Kuhnhenns still sold 12 oz bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 14:20:36 | More by sinstaineddemon
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 01:59:07 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 17:25:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
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pwoods

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 00:24:21 | More by pwoods
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan and hoppymeal for this one (I think).

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute midnight black letting no light through with a one finger brown head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles that reamains. Some stickiness, but not much. Smell begins with roasted coffee grinds and sweet espresso. Dark chocolate and smoked barley with a sweet caramel and molasses backbone. For the 12.5%, I don't detect much alcohol in the nose which is beyond me. Holy Batman roastiness! Charred malts, smoked barley, and dark French roast coffee. Cocoa powder, licorice, and some vanilla midway with a touch of booze and lots of fig and dates. Aftertaste is bitter and smokey with a funky finish. Full body with a slick and chewy feel that has a very mild carbonation. A monster brew for sure, even a 12 oz. bottle should be shared.

Serving type: bottle

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