Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-23-2012 00:17:10 | More by SupaCelt
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.
05-12-2012 21:38:03 | More by ryantho00
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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...
04-05-2012 15:27:11 | More by woosterbill
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!
04-05-2012 04:47:20 | More by bobv
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.
03-30-2012 01:05:50 | More by cosmicevan
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.
03-17-2012 02:52:33 | More by BeRanger
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
04-19-2010 00:31:19 | More by donkeyrunner
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
10-28-2009 00:24:21 | More by pwoods
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-18-2009 17:25:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
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.
05-03-2009 21:59:15 | More by Wasatch
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Growler from brewery, pours black with a rich brown head. Aroma is mostly roast, coffee, and molases. I made the 2 hour drive out there to get a few bottles of KRE (they were sold out but sweet on draft) I ended up landing a growler of this and a good buzz. Flavor is coffee and roasted malt. 12.5% is non-existant, amazing and dangerous. The only fault is that its a little thin bodied but that's what makes this brew dangerous. It's about as thick as an 8.5% but packs 12+. Good Stuff.
04-05-2009 06:27:19 | More by mbrasi
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
03-26-2009 03:04:40 | More by joe1510
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Served on tap in the brewpub in an oversized wine glass. Decent chocolate smell with nice roasted malt character. Similar taste.. lots of chocolate and coffee. Slight alcoholic twinge at the end, but in general a very smooth and drinkable imperial stout. Lots of character and creamy texture.
03-21-2009 03:39:02 | More by webmanspidey
Kuhnhenn Road Rash Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.