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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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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 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.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
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
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!

emerge077, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Nov 25, 2012
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.

Rifugium, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, May 03, 2009
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Zaphog, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
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!

Bighuge, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2%

claspada, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ZAP
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...

ZAP, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BMart, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
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!

woosterbill, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of tpd975
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.

tpd975, Mar 27, 2008
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

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
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.

warnerry, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
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.

cosmicevan, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -2%

ncaudle, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of grub
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.

grub, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

dfhhead25, Oct 09, 2013
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Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.