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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
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 Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

11-12-2010 12:52:30 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of rtepiak


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

come out feeling like a intensely aged baltic porter. pour is black as expected with a very small head, obviously due to the large abv but the sugar seems to hold the beer with some body. there is lace. there is a body that is very much so not something to write home about. nose is mesquite bbq molasses, and coffee and chocolate this is in the palate but with a resounding quality of toasted malt and the sweet honey. very dense and syrupy. one dimensional. rich but not a ender but something to mask the over doing of the beer itself.

i couldn't finish it so i put it in a resealable small bottle and had i again a week later. still maintained a bit of head. and the palate has substantially broadened. now is was notes of chocolate and cherry and a very reduced palate of acidic smokiness. the mouth feel is still a sort of chunky flaky feeling of carob powder. but this is quite drinkable now. quite sippable. and great for cooking. great for mole sauce and as a shortening for borsch. brings out sweet earths.

10-29-2010 06:34:29 | More by rtepiak
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

10-02-2010 15:28:18 | More by mothman
Photo of kbutler1


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

So 4 of us decided it was a good idea to attack a growler of this on Friday night, either a really good idea or a really bad idea!
Pours a super dark brown/black wih very minimal head. The aroma is super roasted chocolate, some coffee, and vanilla with an overall sweet smelling nose. The mouthfeel is freaking heavy as hell but surprisingly drinkable. Super malty is the first thing that comes to mind. Dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and oh so rich rich flavors. Ends rather sweetly. Very good but god damn this thing is tough to drink but in the end we killed the growler and moved on.

09-27-2010 13:28:56 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

09-14-2010 05:51:34 | More by Mora2000
Photo of fear025


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Aroma:Hot alcohol and dark malts. Maybe a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

Appearance:Black, mocha head. Very little head.

Taste:Huge alcohol burn slowly fades to dark malt and chocolate. The alcohol stays hot through the midtaste, and lets you know it's still there on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a dark alcohol bomb, pretty tasty, and very unique.

09-11-2010 05:24:56 | More by fear025
Photo of Spica66


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

I am so glad this is this beer that is earning me my BA Initiate mug!!

A: Completely black. Thin ring of head with some retention and fine lacing left on the glass.

S: Dark roast, some coffee, alcohol, and a little dark chocolate.

T: Dark roast malt. Sweeter than I expected. Coffee and dark chocolate notes. Really strong alcohol. A sipper to be sure. Love it!!

M: Smooth, but with an alcohol burn all the way down to the bottom of your stomach.

D: Considering that a few years ago this would have been one of the strongest beers in the world, I had no problem making this one disappear!

This is a no-gimmick RIS. Sweet, strong and very nice to drink. Wow, what a great beer...

09-07-2010 02:05:33 | More by Spica66
Photo of tpd975


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Pours a very deep dark black with a very small tan ring. No lace, but this is a very thick beer that really coats the glass.

S: Aromas of deep roasted malt, sweet molasses, and dark fruit. Strong chocolate notes , coffee, and loads and loads of sugar.

T: Bold and rich. Sweet molasses and candied sugar covered figs up front. Nice chocolate tones with some roast. There is some boozy burn on the backend.

M: Rich, bold, sweet, thick.

D: It's a sipper. Sweet and rich, but very good.

09-02-2010 00:52:53 | More by tpd975
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

First bottle: 8.26.2010
Second bottle: 4.25.2011

A. Pours a dark motor oil black with a wisp of a dark tan head that disappeared as soon as I saw it.

S. Strong fig smell with coffee, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, dark rum, and a bit of nuttiness (walnuts or pecans).

T. Thick loaf of delicious sweet bread pudding with caramel, brown sugar, walnuts, and rum. A second bottle had a lot more alcohol on the tongue with some soy sauce as well; I deducted .5 from the taste score.

M. Medium to thick with very little carbonation. A bit hot on the tongue.

D. An incredible sipper. It's a bit hot still, but much smoother than I expected at 18%. This is a heavenly dessert in a bottle. I'll probably let this sit another 4-6 months before I pull another bottle out, but I'm already excited for it. The beer (oddly) seemed more fresh with an additional 8 months in the cellar. The alcohol numbs your cheeks and tongue a bit, but doesn't come through in the taste as much as the beer warms. While I still like this beer, I'm not as enamored as I was after the first bottle of it.

08-26-2010 03:23:23 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Black with a small toffee colored head and thick legs on my glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate with an accompanying light roast, and a big brown sugar influence. Alcohol is potent. The flavor is stinging alcohol with chocolate and light oxidation. Brown sugar is strong and dark fruits are subtle. The mouthfeel is thick, full, and viscous. Carbonation is low.

08-25-2010 02:23:18 | More by HopHead84
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Brief notes From a Handbottle

A: Pitch black, with a single mocha colored ring around the edge that did not leave any lacing.

S: Very boozy, almost like a chocolate liquer. Some roasted notes and some molasses as well

T: Dark fruit notes with a touch of caramel, some roastiness and lots of booziness. Molasses and some chocolate

M: Very thick with a nice amount of creaminess

D: This is a huge beer and i actually quite enjoyed the boozy quality. I had about 10 ounces of this no problem and actually found myself wanting more once i was nearing the end. I definitely would like to try this one again

08-17-2010 15:11:10 | More by mikey711
Photo of BARFLYB


2.7/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

08-12-2010 00:43:27 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of cpetrone84


3.1/5  rDev -20.9%

A-an aggressive pour results in a small amount of khaki colored head, dense and creamy sitting on top of an opaque black liquid.

S-notes of milk, meat, light smoke aroma, yeast, lots of raw malt sweetness, a fair bit of booze.

T-these huge imperial stouts just don't go down easy and a full 12oz is going to be too much. milk chocolate, lightly meaty, notes of smoke, a fair amount of yeast, a bit of booze, malty sweetness, maybe some dried plums, more booze and some heat.

M-full bodied to say the least, pass me the fork and knife, creamy texture, syrupy, moderate carbonation, not enough carbonation in the world to balance this huge body. heavy, syrupy, so thick.

D-not the huge mess I thought this would be. there is a ton of flavor in this, huge beer, similar to Dark Lord, alcohol and cloying sweetness underneath yeast seem to dominate but the big malt body isn't done horribly. not something you want a lot of.

08-10-2010 00:36:15 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of webmanspidey


4/5  rDev +2%

2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is solid black without much head.. doesn't look to be too thick either. Smell is pretty well masked.. but a lot of molasses, sugar, and dark fruits.

Taste is very sweet with a strong molasses and sugar component. Also some hints of rum and raisins. Not very typical for an imperial stout without the typical coffee/chocolate or even hops flavors.

Drinkability is terrific for 18%, with only a slight alcohol burn. Without actually knowing, I'd have guessed this was closer to 10-12. Mouthfeel isn't very thick, pretty medium-bodied and slightly oily.

This is a good and unusual imperial stout.

08-08-2010 01:43:00 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A bottle split with some of the best friends ever.

A- a small fizz of tan head from a stiff pour that settles instantly to a mirror finish. Super dark brown almost pitch black in color. Not as thick as I was expecting from a stout of this stature.

S- booze soaked plums and dates with bakers chocolate and molasses. Lots of heat in the nose.

T- booze and chocolate cake. Burnt dark brown sugar. Over ripe black berries.

M- full bodied but not super thick. The heavy alcohol presence really cuts through the body. Lite carb.

D- well its a monster to be sure and huge on flavor. Not an everyday brew but a good one if ya like big ass stouts.

08-07-2010 04:03:02 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of jrallen34


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle into my Narke tulip.

2010 version.

Pours a light black with a disappointing total lack of carbonation, nada...A light aroma but very intriguing and complex. Very matly balance of sweet chocolate, vanlla, light coffee finish but not bitter coffee, a cool peat moss underlies everything...The taste is a lot of the aroma, lightly sweet, a little coffee, just not a ton going on to keep me wanting to drink...The feel is fine, nothing special...Drinkability is off the hook good, no way in hell you canll this is 18%, crushed this bottle in like 10 minutes.

A very up and down for kunhenn, but the aroma and drinkability factor to get you messed up quickly makes it worth trying.

08-05-2010 21:52:39 | More by jrallen34
Photo of hoppymcgee


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 12oz. 2010 vintage bottle into a small snifter. Part of Kuhnhenn's Summer Solstice series of beers.

A: Dark, dark cherry brown riding on the very verge of black.

S: The best feature of this beer. Honey, fermented figs, and black licorice with a hint of booze. Neat.

T: Caramel, rum raisin, hazelnut, and a good amount of booze.

M: Slick, oily, and buttery with little carbonation.

D: I thought this was quite the nice sipper. I think most beers at this ABV would be way too sweet for my liking. Let it be know that this is much less sweet than Black Tuesday, but at the same time I wouldn't classify this beer as an RIS but rather an Old Ale.

Overall, this one from Kuhnhenn was built to last. Pick up a bunch of this year's batch and throw 'em in the cellar, but make sure you try one first!

08-04-2010 01:53:30 | More by hoppymcgee
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz. bottle. 2010 edition.

Dark root beer brown body. Vigorous pour yields a dark sandy brown head that dissipates quickly. The nose is a mix of smoky meats, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, figs, soy sauce, aged balsamic, and vanilla. Intriguing for sure.

Roasted, charred malts greet the tongue. Quickly turns sweet and rich with notes of treacle, port, figs, ripe plums, and blackberry reduction. Peppery alcohol settles in, with vanilla and dark chocolate accents. Roasted coffee bitterness in the long, warming finish. Big and rich and sweet, but not too hot for the abv. Full-bodied with a thick, syrupy feel. A sipper for sure, and a good one at that.

07-31-2010 01:45:55 | More by alexgash
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

2010 vintage.

A- The high alcohol kills any chances this beer has of supporting a head. It fizzes out right away. On the pour it doesnt look to be as thick as some of the thickest beer.

S- Really nice smelling. Heavy on the chocolate and raisins. Obviously strong alcohol notes but not anywhere near what I was expecting.

T- Again, alcohol is beastly but its not anywhere near how it should be for 18%. The first few sips almost take your breath away with alcohol but I soon became acclimated. Sweet chocolate covered raisins play the dominant roll. A nice bittering roast brings it down to earth. Finish is warm but still very smooth.

07-28-2010 20:36:32 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to glazeman for the opportunity to drink this.

4.5 A: Black color. Not quite one finger of light brown frothy head that falls quickly overall, but has good retention for being 18% ABV.

5.0 S: Wow this is nice. Full on flavor. Good bit of roastiness to start with, then bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and toffee next. Also a bit hit of smokiness. The most amazing thing about the aroma is that the massive alcohol is hidden nearly perfectly. It doesn't really register in the nose, but can tell it's there on the exhale as it blows it up into my eyes, causing a slight burning. Not the most complex smelling brew, but the integration of what is there is flawless.

4.5 T: Taste is not quite as amazing as the nose, but it does follow it closely. Good bit of roastiness again, but this time the residual sweetness is strong enough to overcome it. Molasses is a big contributor here (and the heavy body leads you to believe that you might be drinking molasses anyway), toffee, dark roast coffee which I didn't pick up in the nose, sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate again. Warming alcohol throughout and especially on finish. However, the taste of alcohol (not the warming) is again pretty well hidden.

5.0 M: Big thick, rich, and heavy body. Smooth as silk. Carbonation is on the lower end, but is fine for this brew. This is how I like RISs to feel.

4.5 D: An excellent example of a super high gravity brew. The residual sweetness can be a bit cloying at times, but it's pretty well balanced for what it is. I'm not big on the taste of alcohol and fortunately this brew does a great job of hiding it. There aren't really any major flaws, but this could perhaps be a bit better with a touch more roasted barley. Anyway, I think I have to get some more of this now.

07-22-2010 05:20:21 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Shumista


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

2010 vintage from the summer solstice party.

Solar eclipse pours dark brown with little to no head at all. Some lighter brown highlights around the edge. Smells firstly of alcohol, then some roasted coffee, dark fruits, and wood. The taste is actually much less boozy than the smell suggested it might be. Very very sweet, puckeringly so at first. Tastes of roasted coffee, dark fruits, bitter chocolate and of course some alcohol. At the abv of a liquer, however, it is not as noticeable as I would have expected. Syrupy mouthfeel, warming and sticky. Surprisingly I had no problem polishing off a full 12 oz bottle over the course of about an hour.

07-06-2010 03:45:19 | More by Shumista
Photo of Darien


3.88/5  rDev -1%

2010 vintage. Poured into a pint glass and was presented with a beer that was as black as night, zero head and no lacing obviously. Smells like alcohol covered by roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes much the same. The alcohol is not as strong tasting as the smell would have you think, there are plenty of dark fruit flavors here and a very very sweet malt presence. Mouthfeel is very creamy, thick and rich, pretty chewy. This beer could really really use some age on it to mellow it out, it's definitely a sipper but the alcohol is more hidden than the smell has you thinking.

06-24-2010 12:49:41 | More by Darien
Photo of coldmeat23


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, fridge chilled approx 15 min. before opening
VINTAGE: 2008 (Summer Solstice 2009 Release)

Black, black, black. A small, filmy head of dark brown foam appears and recedes fairly quickly, but at 18.00%abv, that's no big surprise. There is some nicely spotted lacing, but it's very slippery.

This is a huge nose. Big, bold, and rich. Loads of rum/wiskey soaked dark fruit notes. Figs and dates and prunes. Lots of cocoa presence. A smooth roastiness. Very boozy (Shocker!). Very light traces of vanilla and smokiness.

Huge presence of dark roasted malts. Burnt sugar notes and dark fruit notes land a nice sweetness. Blackberries and currants. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Blackstrap molasses out the wazoo. Good presence of smoke. Very light trace of vanilla smoothness. I believe that there is a touch of candi sugar in this one, as it has similar sweetness characteristics.

This is full-bodied and has a light-to-mild carbonation level. It's active enough to keep things interesting, but not to really generate a head or anything. Very smooth, like satin. Would love to see this one with some creamy carbonation to it.

Okay, you smell the big abv and you feel it via some warmth, all the way down, but you don't taste it. Nice. This one is a way tasty sipper. Easier to drink than it rightfully should be.

06-17-2010 04:44:11 | More by coldmeat23
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

06-09-2010 00:18:04 | More by mdfb79
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Thanks to flandersned for this puppy in a trade. Cant believe it's 18%

This 2009 pours out a coffee head with an eclipsing black that overwhelms your eyes.

Smells of chocolate, alcohol, and licorice fill the room.

Taste follows the nose with heat, licorice, anis, chocolate, and roasty character thrown in to boot.

Too much heat and not enough sweet.

05-31-2010 04:24:14 | More by Murchmac
Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.