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Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Lunar EclipseKuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-30-2010)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jale:
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3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A: Pours black with a good two fingers of tan head.

S: Belgian yeast, banana, slight roasted malt.

T: Taste is much the same. Belgian up front with some roasted malt in the middle and mild hop bitterness in the finish. This beer seems muddled and flavors don't blend well.

M: Medium sticky body with great carbonation.

O: One and done.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 15:00:37 | More by jale
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-24-2013 19:04:38 | More by oline73
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-23-2013 13:15:11 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-27-2013 03:37:57 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-25-2013 06:27:58 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-12-2013 21:51:09 | More by marine1975
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-16-2012 02:59:28 | More by sneaks2210
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

10-19-2012 02:38:05 | More by t0rin0
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with distinct ruby highlights; a finger of foam sits on top of the liquid, retaining nicely and leaving plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate fudge, wort, burnt sugar and vague booze and fruit elements

Taste: Chocolate fudge and caramel, up front, with a grainy/fruity character developing; in the middle, it gets somewhat boozy, bringing what is left of the hop elements into the picture; burnt sugar, fudge and booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Flipping through the reviews of this beer, I was rather surprised I liked it as much as I did; time has settled down the hops and the beer is now very malty and tastes more like a strong ale than an American Black

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:24:06 | More by brentk56
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is based on an 11 month old bottle, but I tried it fresh on tap too so I'll add what I remember to it. It pours dark, basically opaque but a little clear at the edges, brownish more than black. It smells like a hoppy barleywine, and that much seems pretty much what it smelled like originally, although maybe the malts are taking over a little more aroma-wise over time. Dark roasted malts and a little bit of cough syrup, plus a whole bucket of hops.

It tastes better than it smells, and if you like dark barleywines this might be for you. Actually it reminds me a little of Gulden Draak, some Belgian component might be in there like other reviewers have noted. Still very hoppy after all this time, still a bit of a mess though.

I don't think I'd want another but I'm pretty sure there are people out there who'd like this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:48:57 | More by TurdFurgison
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-18-2011 00:20:49 | More by klipper
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-17-2011 20:15:18 | More by goalie33
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-15-2011 21:25:24 | More by HopStoopid120
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 04:33:28 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

11-14-2011 18:12:37 | More by surlytheduff
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Peter of Flying Monkeys, 355ml bottle into some snifters. Winter Solstice 2010 bottling. Civic day tasting.

Poured a dark brown with a lighter brown head, some mahogany around the edges. Good legs. Nose holds rich dark fruits, strong booze notes, milk chocolate and a some slight nuttiness. Taste has raisins and dark chocolate, with a powerful roast character. Indiscriminate rich dark fruits again; sticky mouthfeel and a lengthy bitter and roasty finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, and although apparent in the nose, the booze isn't inhibitive here. Nice, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:27:35 | More by liamt07
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taproom 307 in NYC; pours pitch black color with zero light coming through and a small tan head that left good lacing; looks like a stout.

Smells of floral hops, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, rum, bourbon or other alcohol - you can smell the heat. Smells like an IPA and barleywine mixed together, with the strong sweet malts mixing with the hops for a very dynamic aroma.

Tastes like cocoa, toffee, floral hops, caramel, molasses, citrus hops, sweet malt, rum, bourbon or other alcohol; too sweet for an IPA, this tastes like a barelywine. It was not bad, in fact it was actually good tasting and complex, but just misclassified with a real identity crisis and a very strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick with no carbonation, a heavy body and an alcohol burn that sizzles each sip. Low drinkability, I had to sip this.

Overall it was decent, and would have been better in the winter. Not a typical Black IPA as I’ve come to expect them, but worth a try because the look, smell and taste will not be what you expect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 03:28:04 | More by CHickman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought an understated imperial stout. Smelled roasty, very balck with brown head. Would pass as a very decent RIS. Not thick, but chocolate, rich malt.Mouthfeel average. Good drinkability. Perfect carbonation.Peter Chiado's bottle from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:57:16 | More by Sammy
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that looks slightly reddish on the edges. Half a finger of tan head that faded to a thin ring and left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, yeast, piney hops, a little banana, caramel. Has a bit of alcohol on the nose with some fruity eithers.

T - Some alcohol burn, burnt caramel, cocoa, piney hops, caramel, licorice. Really rich and deep flavors, although the alcohol detracts a little bit. This is a big beer, flavor is decent.

M - Close to full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittering finish.

O - Not a bad beer, its a bit of a sipper, but I liked it as far as black IPAs goes. Wouldn't mind this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:26:46 | More by AgentZero
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3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse from none other that Kuhnhenn brewing of Warren Michigan. Enjoyed in a snifter this one was. Dark, near black with a lacy tan head. Nose has roasty malts, fruits, booze, molasses, and caramel. Needs some time to mellow out. Kind of a mess right now. Nice body, dinks well.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:21:18 | More by rye726
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3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a tan head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with large amounts of pine hops and hints of medium fruits and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the sweetness isn't as heavy. Smooth dark malts up front are joined by hints of roast and large amounts of pine hops backed by citrus. Small amounts of yeast spiciness come in midway before quickly fading. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this wasn’t a beer that I would like to have a lot of, but it was interesting for the amount that I had. Not worth seeking out but worth a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:06:09 | More by glid02
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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Pitch black...lunar eclipse. Some small almost lifeless bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Nose: Chocolate, banana, clove, dank hops, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste: Brown sugar, syrupy sweet like WWS, banana, cloves, brown sugar and the usual Khunhenn alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and viscous.

Overall: Not my favorite style but decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:41:40 | More by waltersrj
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from Masterski. Thank you, Alex.

Black with dark reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. There's plenty of fine carbonation here. The nose is surprisingly excellent given the very mixed reviews here. Plenty of hops, with pine and grapefruit pith leading the way. Right away, I can tell this is going to rather bitter. In addition, there's a herbal and spearmint-like sharpness to the hop character. There's a significant creamy aspect to the nose as well, along with a nice blend of cocoa and roast. In some ways, a RIS/IPA hybrid, an interesting beer alround. I don't get much Belgian influence here.

The palate opens with a rather surprising sucralose-like sweetness along with a definite alcohol bite. Sugary sweet and boozy, this is intense! There's cocoa,caramel, a little licorice, some coffee liqueur and a modest grainy bitterness. The hops, particularly the pine, work nicely here, with the pine taking on a candied character. Bitterness is moderate, tempered in part by the sweetness. Boozy on the finish with a distinct sweetness and grainy and hoppy bitterness, this beer is medium-full in body and has a wonderful, fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:12:40 | More by DefenCorps
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on tap at the Good Life in Massapequa Park, NY. This beer presented nicely with a mahogoany color and a creamy head with mild lacing. The nose waa of malty sweetness. Not as stong as I expected with a brew boasting an 11% ABV. The tase was of malty sweetness which was well balanced by a very nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall this is a very drinkable well balanced session brew that I would be glad to partake in again. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 02:08:34 | More by AnPiobaire
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2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into pint glass

This beer pours a dark brown to black. Very little, if any, tan-tinged head. No lacing. The smell is very sweet of caramel and toffee. Lots of piney, grassy hops. I can tell this is going to be my dessert. Yup, sure enough, very sweet. There are two sides to this. First, lots of sugary malts, caramel, werthers originals. Second, the hop bitterness. It comes across as a dank almost rotting hop bitterness. Almost a compost or old cabbage background flavour. Mouthfeel is sticky as hell and heavy. Overall, interesting brew. I had no problem finishing it in about an hour but would laugh at the suggestion of another. I didn't find it too bad, just not overly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 17:06:32 | More by OakedCanuck
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Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.