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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Solar Eclipse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: grub on 01-08-2008)
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HopHobo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage picked up at Kuhnhenn Summer Soltice Party 2009

Poured jet black with a 1/2 finger of dark tan head into my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. The head diminishes after the first drink or two, but for 18% the carbonation is really quit nice. The smell gives a bit of mystery to the beer because it does not have a strong smell. It has faint smells of smoked malts, sugar and coffee, once again for a beer that weighs in at 18% it really doesn't have much of a booze smell. The taste is actually quit nice. I expect that this beer would have been very sweet in 2008, but a year to age has done wonders. The booze flavor is apparent, but not overpowering by any means. It also has tastes of leather, honey, maple syrup, roasted and smoke malts. The mouthfeel is medium and the beer is very complex with waves of flavor coming on as the beer warms in my mouth. I really enjoyed this offering and I have a feeling it will only get better. I really look forward to trying this beer as it ages and possibley trying it on a cold winters day. I must admitt...I had the Bo's version of this beer when it weighed in at ~23% and that version was all kinds of too sweet, I enjoy this version much more. Kuddos to Kuhnhenn!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 03:56:45 | More by HopHobo
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12oz bottle into snifter. 2008 vintage courtesy of TurdFurgison. Thanks again, Eric!

A: Pours a thick inky black color with a short lived dark chocolate colored head that quickly faded away into a faint collar.
S: Still boozy as hell after almost 8 years. Oxidation is minimal but sherry and wet cardboard and soy sauce are noticeable. Dark chocolate, booze, leather, sweet but faded caramel, and brown sugar dominates the nose.
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M: Very low carbonation tingles up on the tip of my tongue at first, but then melts into tiny soft bubbles that create a bit of chew to the extremely thick, syrupy, chewy and rich mouthfeel. This is one potent beer. Alcohol flavor is present but there isn’t much warmth or heat to the beer anymore. Very smooth overall. Drinks like something 8% less ABV.
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pitch black, no head.
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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.