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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

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 137
Gots: 36 | FT: 9
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-16-2013 22:04:02 | More by acurtis
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-04-2013 03:44:27 | More by aasher
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gulogulo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2013 02:56:49 | More by gulogulo
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-07-2013 16:04:38 | More by ajzy
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-28-2013 22:23:46 | More by williamjbauer
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

05-27-2013 00:58:59 | More by mdaschaf
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

04-14-2013 22:31:01 | More by FalconA
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage
pitch black, no head.
Strong bourbon scent, strong bourbon flavor. Finishes with a bourbon booziness (redundant, but saying it once doesn't do it justice) . Incredibly smooth, Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky. For not being barrel aged, this is as good as it gets. This is what I look for in a stout.
Edit: Whew, 18% ABV, didn't say it on the bottle. That explains some things.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 04:44:41 | More by Jasonrm72
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kirkfrailey

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-25-2013 19:05:59 | More by kirkfrailey
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

02-25-2013 06:26:10 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

02-20-2013 02:51:45 | More by mjenkins5
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage

A - the name is a misnomer, solar eclipses are generally brighter than this beer, a big fizzy brown head that fades quickly

S - whoa! the age has brought this beer to powerful heights! bourbon, oak, some vanilla, even some dastardly dark fruits, the aroma is pervasive, from feet away even

T - some beers pack a punch, this one packs a shotgun blast! big alcohol, and definitely bourbon, with some vanilla derived sweetness, toffee or burnt caramel. Some tartness makes me pucker , but its soooo worth it!

M&D&O - smooth and ass-kicking all at once, sor puckering for just a moment, then sooo good. smooth,layered, complex, and challenging,. I miss Kuhnhenn!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:17:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
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DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-28-2013 14:31:03 | More by DmanGTR
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MordorMongo


4/5  rDev +2%

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cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-13-2013 06:37:34 | More by cmadd
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2013 21:49:38 | More by marine1975
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

A: Quite thick and dark as it is poured out, and no head whatsoever. Obviously.

S: As I am pouring the beer, my nostrils pick up what at first smells like pure alcohol. Luckily, more in depth sniffs reveal molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, and brown sugar, with alcohol fusels in the background, not dominating.

T: I get the booze right away, which is an oddity for me, as I usually don't taste the heat until the middle of the sip. There are also some notes of unripe plums and molasses that come in soon after. The dark fruit pervades the middle, turning a bit tart, truth be told. The beer gets even odder towards the end, with a cherry cough medicine taste taking over at the very end of the sip and comprising the entirety of the aftertaste which lingers for at least 10 seconds, much longer than preferred.

M: More carbonated and less thick than I would have expected. It does feel fairly creamy when sloshed around in the mouth, but not that heavy.

O: A peculiar beer. I have another that I will age for a few more years, but I fear that the medicinal aspects of the beer will only become more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:30:34 | More by WorldWideStout
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-28-2012 05:22:08 | More by AgentZero
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2012 02:59:44 | More by sneaks2210
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2012 18:20:37 | More by monitorpop
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-19-2012 02:39:55 | More by t0rin0
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freehafe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2012 20:33:14 | More by freehafe
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't think of a better occassion to drink this beer than. . . a solar eclipse. Popped open at the fiftyfifty solar eclipse party. Wasn't all big bad black in the appearance, was equal parts black and brown actually. Aroma was just pungent alcohol and yeast more than anything else.

Taste, powerful alcohol, a yeasty dominance, you can pull out some oak/wood and chocolate malt notes if you really search and get acclimated to the strength of the beer. A little more sweetness to the beer may have helped cover up the alcohol heat. A little bit of that dark fruit sensation is there, but this is a relatively straightforward beer, probably two yeast strains and just gobs of alcohol all over it. Enjoyable for what it is, a novelty.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 16:10:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2012 20:06:08 | More by resistdefy
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bierdabbler

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

04-23-2012 00:26:21 | More by bierdabbler
Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.