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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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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 136
Gots: 37 | 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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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A - Pours a pitch black with no foam but a ring of tan bubbles around the glass
S - I'm picking up alot of dark fruits, some soy sauce, brown sugar some roastiness.
T - Hit with a big amount of plum, really sweet brown sugar, very sweet, there is no roastiness at all. There is also a bit of a soy sauce flavor to it but its not distracting. The sweetness almost becomes cloying which is weird. I've never had a RIS this sugary. Maybe it should have sat longer.
M/D - smooth and slightly creamy. almost thin bodied. The alcohol is actually starting to take effect on me. The sweetnes limits this one so far and the alcohol hits you pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:31:20 | More by mikereaser
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

01-21-2012 00:12:17 | More by imperialking
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-16-2012 22:53:05 | More by whartontallboy
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Marti403

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2012 06:24:42 | More by Marti403
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a fine tan lacing sticking to the edges of the glass. Very dark and still.

The aroma has a lot of dark fruits in it. I get fig and plum mixing with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Decent amount of booze is there as well. Just a hint of roasted malts. Very nice aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of the sweeter dark fruits to it throughout. I get a little chocolate and roasted malts in the finish along with some caramel and alcohol. Lots of malty, fruity sweetness to it. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It has a lot of dark fruit, sweeter, malty flavors to it and seemed to lean towards the old ale style a little to me. Pretty smooth and flavorful, especially given the abv %, but it also seemed a little overly sweet and one dimensional at times as well. A very enjoyable beer to sip on though this evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:47:12 | More by billab914
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 07:20:26 | More by corby112
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2011 21:23:21 | More by TCgoalie
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fcdepalm

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-28-2011 15:28:41 | More by fcdepalm
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, out of my CL tulip.

A- Pretty black, though not completely. I expected it to be really thick, but it looks fairly average. Nice tannish head, with some light lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts, sweetness, and licorice. Hints of brown sugar, some soy, and a touch of booze.

T- A rather robust and sweet RIS, strong roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar and caramel, and again with the soy. A hint of hops on the back end and some heat. A bit cloying, but surprisingly drinkable for the ABV

M- Despite its appearance it is quite syrupy. There is a light level of carbonation, but it is pretty fitting for the style. The sweetness gets to be a bit much.

O- Overall this was a decent sipper. Very sweet, and the flavor was a bit over the top. About half way through it, I really started to have a hard time drinking it. Wish I split it with some friends.

-GFunk

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:45:38 | More by Gfunk720
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2%

12-12-2011 20:33:40 | More by tbeq00
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

12-01-2011 00:28:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Exiled

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-24-2011 18:07:57 | More by Exiled
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-22-2011 05:36:09 | More by bob727
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-19-2011 21:57:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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Dael5859

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-19-2011 19:02:48 | More by Dael5859
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 00:21:59 | More by klipper
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 21:27:53 | More by HopStoopid120
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 08:04:28 | More by ithinkimasofa
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 03:54:38 | More by JAHMUR
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Photekut

Tennessee

1/5  rDev -74.5%

11-14-2011 23:22:36 | More by Photekut
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

11-14-2011 21:52:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 18:10:50 | More by surlytheduff
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Acephale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 18:00:04 | More by Acephale
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 17:46:26 | More by jh1982
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2007 vintage. Alcohol roasted malts and dark fruits aroma. Some licorice. Black, some brown edges. Surprisingly nice tan head. Alcohol taste, faint chocolate and roasted notes, light coffee. Not very dynamic. Carbonation is extreme for the style and very stingy and prickly. Fairly full bodied, but hard to enjoy with the carbonation.

Very disappointed in this this.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 16:02:54 | More by EgadBananas
Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.