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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Solar Eclipse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 136
Gots: 36 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewpub. Dark body, very little head, some lace. Thick chocolate body, some coffee. Good RIS, though not the most complex,and so not the most representative of what brewers are innovating now, this is mostly chocolate malt delivery, it is enjoyable and surprisingly high abv.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.8%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and burnt sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, caramel, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but very boozy.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Another booze bomb from Kuhnhenn. Good thing these beers are normally pretty good, so I had to give it a go. Pours black with a minimal head and some nice legs in its stay as the small amount of foam goes away. Nose is strong roast, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and slight dark fruits. A bit of molasses. The taste is actually quite a bit boozy, and I'm wondering whether we might have gotten into the batch a bit too early. Feel is boozy and a bit sweet. Drinks well after my mouth gets used to the booze, but this definitely needs some time.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of alcohol and chocolate malts in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the chocolate malts stand out in the taste, which is quite malty and also has raisin flavors.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to strong amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The beer is remarkably drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2007 vintage

metter98, May 03, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some subtle black chocolate and surprisingly no alcohol. Taste is not as flavorful as expected with some notes black chocolate and some light dry coffee that seems to cover most of the alcohol. Body is fuller then average with an oily texture with average carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol is discernible.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Hoppymeal for getting this one to me. Twelve ounce bottle that had been sitting in my cellar for a few weeks after I received it. Served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 07/16/2008.

The bottle erupted as soon as I popped the cap on it. A cascading stream of tan foam poured out of the bottle when I was not looking and I probably lost a good two ounces. Once I made it into the glass it was dark, black as night, with a huge four inch high head of tan foam that took forever for it to finally sit back down. Even once it did, it never fully went away and in fact it kept about an inch of foam layer across the top throughout the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace just dripped down the sides of the glass throughout the session and really gave a great overall look, too bad it was a gusher.

The aroma was very full. Loaded down with cocoa and dark fruits, I knew this one was going to be big from the very first moment. Rich prunes and fig notes were cascading from all angles here. This was really a tremendously good smelling beer. Hints of coffee and alcohol as it warmed only served to enhance the overall presence here. The flavor just followed along beautifully. First thing I have to make note of was the smack of alcohol as I opened it up. Burned the lips a bit at first as it was very strong, but as it warmed and the session wore on, it mellowed out considerably. Deep cocoa and prune flavor. Rich, with raisins and coffee bouncing around, hints of run soaked raisins and touches of sweet malts way in the back. Had a very Belgian like feel to it, lots of fruity yeast flavors, especially toward the back end of it. Long drawn out finish was drown in cocoa and alcohol, leaving hints of it lasting long after it was gone. Fantastic Mouthfeel on this one, rich and very well carbonated. It was not as heavy as some of the bigger stouts, but was just as rich in texture. Very lively, never really giving up any ground on me, I was very impressed here. For 18.00% ABV, this had to be one of the most drinkable big stouts I have ever come across. Just easy to sip on, though I was feeling it later, this was ridiculously smooth after the first initial sip.

Overall this was just flat out awesome. I have to find away to get another one of these somehow. This was just too damn good. A truly rich and decadent dessert, you need to seek this one out, it really was that good! Thanks again to Hoppymeal for this one, really packed a punch!

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Boom! Gunshot opening! Pours a black body with a foamy, extremely short-lived beige head.

Smell: Black malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, charred fruits, nut ash, coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted grains with a snap of sugary sweetness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, prunes, burnt nuts and creosote struggle to remain cohesive. Hot finish, baby! Hot finish comin' thru!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Very warming all the way down.

Drinkability: About as fine and drinkable as really any of these high octane stouts possibly can be.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -30%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage. Thanks, Barry. Pitch black body, viscous and thick with a wispy layer of bubbles. Molasses, roasted barley, alcohol, soy sauce and a bit of charcoal make up the aroma. There's some dark fruit in there too. Sweet, borderline syrupy on the palate, roasty with flavors of molasses, charred malt, teriyaki sauce and dark fruit. Intense lingering molasses and and burnt toast finish. Surprisingly smooth stuff, the alcohol is well-hidden and it's fairly drinkable despite the sheer intensity of flavor.

largadeer, May 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Dave Schuster for bringing this to our "mini" stout tasting on Friday night. Bottle is from 2007 and also says "Burns" - does that mean this will burn? At 18% I suspect it might...

A - ...and we've got a gusher. Thank you Kuhnhenn for high-quality bottling. Once we got this under control we managed to collect most of it in a communal glass that we passed around. Quick-dissipating dark mocha foam - no lace. Pitch black with a hint of orange-red at the fringes when held to the light.

S - Dark roasted malt barley, sweet cream, caramel, molasses, a pinch of dark fruits. This is one very sweet and very boozy brew. There is a surprising hop presence as well - sort of pine-like. I'm not sure how that's possible, but it was there! Like most of my Kuhnhenn experiences, it smelled wonderful.

T - Sour dark fruits, roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee with cream, and (drum roll please) alcohol! Reminded me of Black Albert after taking stanozolol.

M - Medium body, surprising carbonation generating a ton of tingling sensations. Gritty and sticky, with lots of alcohol warmth.

D - Let's see - high ABV and carbonation. Not the best combo here, as you end up stupidly drunk and bloated. The brew tastes quite good, but there's no way anyone would drink two of these.

This (like many Kuhnhenn brews) is kind of a novelty. While I prefer Kuhnhenn's high-gravity beers to those of Dogfish Head, I can still only consume one in an evening.

MasterSki, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is hot alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt and maple. The flavor is hot alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate. The beer smells and tastes very good, but the alcohol is so hot that it is tough to drink too much of it. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good imperial stout, that would be even better if the alcohol was toned down just a little bit.

Mora2000, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 inch of tan head and lighr carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of oak and whiskey. Hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes of oak, whiskey, chocolate, and caramel and roasted malts. Has some heat to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Enjoyable but still too hot; could use even more time in the cellar. Would like to try again ina nother 2-3 years.

mdfb79, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.8%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Sweet, boozy aroma with with subtle dark fruit accompanying the sweet and roasted dark malts. Huge ethanol/alcohol presence overpowers things a bit too much for my liking hiding the malt character. Underneath all of the booze there are hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, fig and raisin. The malts become more prominent as it warms but the alcohol still dominates the nose.

Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation lingering throughout. Lots of sweet, boozy heat but more complex than the aroma suggests. Slight smokey presence with a subtle roasted malt character that counters all of the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, char and oatmeal provide some nice bitterness as a counterpoint to the booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit notes. This beer has calmed down a bit in four years but there is still a ton of alcohol flavor. Sweet booze overpowers the other flavors but the ABV is relatively well masked. A decent amount of heat in the finish but not harsh and it's surprisingly easy to drink. It's definitely still a sipper but I finished the bottle way faster than expected.

corby112, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a pitch black, with foamy tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap that floats on top of the opaque darkness.
Smell is of heavy cocoa, vanilla, roasted nuts, espresso, dark fruit, and mild smoke.
Taste...very complex with ripened fruit, toasted malt, java beans, molasses, and hints of smoke rounding out the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, fruity, with some grapes, and heat in the swallow. The heat is tolerable for being 18% abv.

weeare138, May 12, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a small bottle with a couple friends. This could be the best 18%+ stout I've had. Yes, there was a touch of sharp alcohol, but it wasn't overly rough or thick with residual sugar.

If you told me this was a Belgan take on the style I'd believe it. The dark berry fruit esters are unmistakable up front. This is followed by smooth caramel and mellow roasted barley. Overall this was a great sipping beer. A fine drink for a snifter on a chilly day.

tempest, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Georgiabeer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked a growler of this the other night. Split with kbutler1 and crew. I am still trying to figure out why we did this.

Poured into snifter.

Pours a dark brown, near black. Very little head.

Aroma: Rich, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and booze. Dark fruits also shine through this one. Pretty big.

Taste: Super rich and chocolaty. Boozy and oaky. Lots of dark dried fruits, cherries, plums, and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, sweetness, and boozy, but not overwhelming for how big it is. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends boozy and rich.

Overall, this beer hides its abv very well. Fairly drinkable. Good flavors. For what it is, it's not too bad. And yes, we did finish the growler. So intense.

mothman, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, purchased at di cicco's on a recent visit to the captain.

A- Black, that pretty much sums it up, a big black thick body on this beer with a small minimal amount of tannish cap on top, no lace.

S- This smells like a monster and with the ABV I kinda knew this going in. A big amount of booze/alcohol. Under that roasted malt out the ass, dark fruits minimal. Hops are kinda in the picture in a storm king kinda way.

T- My god, huge beer here, very boozy and rizzy. Dark malts, chocolate, dark fruit a small amount of roast with no coffee. And of course there is the booze, Oh my how you've grown. It kills the beer for me, I cant get past it.

M- A big bodied beer here with a pretty full body with a small amount of carb that's barely detectable under the heat that resonates on the tounge and mouth, heat bomb. A small amount of nail polish. I like the feel it's just HOT.

D- My 4oz's or so was enough, Im good on any more. It will take about ten years for the booze to be tamed in this monster, on par with the demon series beers from Avery in terms of HEAT.

BARFLYB, Aug 12, 2010
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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.