Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Lunar EclipseKuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by joshuaseresse:
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a generous extra from normyk. Thanks a ton, Will (Rob, Rabbit man...) Winter Solstice release 2010 I do believe. Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours a thick, heavy black with a tiny cap of foam that slowly turns into a thin foam ring around the edges. Murky, cloudy bubbles in the middle. Only the slightest amount of lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus notes like orange zest, lemon peel and the slightest hints of pineapple, and bits of chocolate and pine. I'm picking up a bit of brown sugar, vanilla and oak and other earth tones. Reminds me more of an IPA/DIPA than this foreign style of Black Ale which is unfamiliar to me. So I guess I'm really don't know what to expect.

T - Flavors of citrus, but only mildly compared to the smell. Tastes of lemon, orange, roast malts, wood and earth. A little boozy quality and finishing flavor of pine. Little bit of tabacco and leather too. An interesting flavor, unlike anything I've had before. Not sure if I'm digging it, but it is interesting...

M - A little creamy, but slightly on the lighter side (tiny bit watery). The carbonation is pretty good, tingly feeling and sensation after each drink. There is really no heat from the booze, so that's kind of nice.

D - Its pretty easy to drink when its cold, but when it warms up and more flavors come out, it turns into a sipper. The ABV is only noticable in the feeling you get after you drink about half a bottle, but not too noticable in the smell or flavor. A very interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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!!!

Photo of davod23
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an odd beer. American Black Ale, you say? Hmm. Poured into a Darkness snifter from the bottle. Thanks Eric!

Appearance is pretty nice. A very dark brown, near black, with ruddy red around the edges. A head develops but doesn't have much staying power.

Smell is... good. It's got quite a bit of herbal hop character. A bit of booze. Some sweet smells try to get through as well, but are difficult to discern. Molasses or brown sugar, perhaps.

Taste is not that good. This beer is fairly confused. Or perhaps I am the confused one. In any case, I'm getting a fair bit of sweetness on the front end, caramelized sugars, blackstrap molasses. Bitter finish, with the herbal hops making their presence known. Oddly astringent. The one positive was that the 11% abv was pretty well hidden here, despite a bit of solvency.

Mouthfeel was okay. A bit thin. Meh.

Drinkability was also only okay. One bottle was more than enough for my taste.

Worth a shot if you're looking for a tick. But this beer lacks direction, isn't put together all that well. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up by my mom at the Winter Solstice event. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings a very dark beer with a single-finger light tan head that fades down into a thin collar quickly but leaves a good deal of lacing behind. The nose is a bit off with some cherry and oxidation. Not much of a hop component--maybe some earthy hops in the background. The taste is a bit dry and astringent with some cherry, dark fruits, sweet malt, and a bit of bitterness. Medium body with a dry, slightly-metallic finish. Not terribly drinkable. I would not want to have this again.

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Derek.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: An intensely fruity nose to this beer. Lots of pineapple and fresh orange juice. There's definitely alcohol present (and not surprising at 11%). The roast and chocolate notes are not as prevalent as in other beers of the style.

T: Very intense tropical fruit flavors to this beer. Pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, and orange give an intense fruitiness and a mild sweetness. Not super bitter, but there is a nice bite to the beer. A mild roasted malt flavor and a bit citric feeling.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I personally found this to be a fantastic beer. An amazing fruitiness to it, just a little bit on the boozy side.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

next one up.

i was looking for something tasty last night, but not a stout. it was dark in the bottle, but when i held it up to the fridge light i saw a bit of clear copper color shine through. no indication of what it is or strength on the label.

comes across as an imperial CDA. first couple sips echo big hoppy imp stouts like smuttynose or bolshoi, but slowly i get a buildup of grapefruit flavors on my palate. there is even an inkling of star anise in the finish here. i can tell its a big beer, but there is no stickiness and very little warmth. the beer took me 2 hours to drink a 12oz, so probably not a repeater. it has the heft of an old ale but none of the balancing dry/roast qualities. still, it's an interesting experience in the CDA realm. probably my least favorite solstice beer thusfar but still eeks out a 3ish.

note: some websites seem to think this was brewed with a belgian yeast. i got absolutely no indication of that.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of david131
1.72/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a deep, dark red liquid, bordering on dark brown. There is just a bit of light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thick and creamy and has some good retention.

S- Oranges, dark chocolate, smoke, and alcohol. Nothing really seems to mesh... and the more I get into it, the more I dislike it.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Hot and sweet with a terrible aftertaste. The alcohol presence is abhorrent.

M- A nice body with a smooth amount of carbonation, but the alcohol heat kills it.

D- The flavors don't mesh and the alcohol is harsh. I don't get it. Drain pour for me.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of waltersrj
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of jale
3.23/5  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.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange with a bit of head. Very highly carbonated. Great head retention. Smells fruity and malty. Some sourish hints othe nose. Tastes very sweet and tart. Not sour but some dry tart fruit hints with a ton of dry malt. An almost syrupy mouthfeel but not really in a bad way. Not very drinkable but at 11% that's okay

Photo of rye726
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to xxx for this, nested amongst a large number of beautiful Kuhnhenn bottles. Popped open after putting the girls down for the night, & listening the winds & rain (rain?) of a Minnesota March pound away at the windows.

Pours black. It's in the right style. Smell is odd, highly fruity, roasted pineapple, strong herbous hopping. The overall effect is over on the other side of bizarre.

Lunar Eclipse is an entertaining train wreck of a beer that leaves my face squished up in repulsion after the first sip. Sickeningly, cough-syrup sweet, with a mouthfeel to match, pretty sure I could stand a marker up in this one, at least metaphorically. Medicinal is the word that fits the taste best; I do believe this actually tastes like Nyquil (blue version, '08 vintage). Everything else - vague citrus hopping, chocolate, fruitiness - gets wrapped up in the medicine cabinet taste & flushed. I've powered through an ounce or two.

And that's enough. This is not a well-made beer. It astounds me that this brewery can hit so many home runs while going Shoeless Joe on other beers. This is a hot, messy disaster. So thick, so syrupy, I'm not going to come close to finishing it. Big disappointment.

Photo of OakedCanuck
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried this on-tap at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice and picked up a few bottles. It was described as a Belgian Triple (and not Tripel) IPA. EDIT: The menu calls it a Black DIPA, but I'm 99% sure there is Belgian yeast involved.

A - Pours with a finger of light mocha foam that features good retention and leaves behind spotty lace. Dark brown body that displays light reddish transparency at the fringes. Bonus half-point for actually reminding me of a Lunar Eclipse.

S - Bready malts, spicy alcohol esters, some very herbal hop character that gets somewhat stale and cheesy as the beer warms.

T - Burnt sugars, caramel, fruity esters, some overt booze, stale hops that provide low flavor but hefty bitterness in the finish. This collection of flavors just doesn't work for me.

M - Low carbonation, syrupy sticky texture that makes the beer feel even stronger than the listed 11%. Some obvious warmth too.

D - I managed to drink a whole glass of this on-tap, where the hops were a little more present, but 6oz from the bottle was too much for me. Just not very good unfortunately - only for devoted tickers.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to normyk for bringing this back and BIFing it to me. Poured into an Ommegang flute.

A- The head is late to arrive but works double time, leaving thick lacing with great retention. On the pour this beer looks like its going to be too light for the style but once its all said and done I think the color will suffice the CDA/BIPA name. Cola colored edges with a darker inner core.

S- I enjoy the smell of this, but sticklers and self appointed style police might disapprove. The aroma is quite roasty and very malty. There is even chocolate malt. Hoppiness is below, with citrus dominating.

T- I know this is Kuhnhenn but the alcohol is right up front and remains a big part of the flavor throughout. Assertiveness like this is out of character for most good DIPAs. It starts off really malty but that roasty character find in the aroma is toned back. Its mostly chocolate and fruit sweetness at first. Both carry through, pushing past the orange pith flavored hops and making it to the finish. The finish is big on alcohol and bitterness.

M- Very dry with a cocoa powdery feel. Carbonation is low, but right at a level that I like. Alcohol warmth is something that stems out of place amongst the flavors here.

D- Enjoyable overall but perhaps not pieced together in the best way.

Photo of GregSVT
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of grapefruit hops and light chocolate aromas. The hops really dominate this thing.

T: Holy crap this thing has some hops in it. The first thing that hits your tounge is a huge blast of citrusty grapefruit hops along with a big malty sweetness and a touch of chocolate.

M: The feel is medium bodied and oily as hell.

D: I actually didn't mind the hops in this one and thought it more of a Black DIPA due to the massive hops. ABV is high which hurts the drinkablity a bit.

Photo of kdub87
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dogfish head snifter from 12oz bottle.

A: pours a murky black with a vanilla white head. Small Head fades to a very thin layer of lacing.

S: I can pick out the citrusy hops along with a malty backbone. Hints of smoke and dark fruits lay underneath.

T: Big malts up front. Seems reverse from smell. Malts first then a mild citrus hop finish. Hints of subdued chocolate. Boozy middle but cleaned up by the hops. Make for a smooth and charitable flavor.

M: It's carbonation and body are very good. Medium Body with perfect carbonation. Not to much but just enough to lead into a nice dry finish led by the hops. Velvety smooth and one of the better finishes in a beer.

D: This beer is a sipper for sure. If there wasn't a gap in the alcohol blending with the malt and hops this would be a heck of a beer. Very good mouthfeel. Hops a little subdued when it comes to my preference in dark/cascadian, but much better than I expected.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.