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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 207
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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Reviews by wordemupg:
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/13 big cheers towards liamt07 for this little monster

A not quite black with a deep cola edge, I didn't expect much foam but it pumped out a dark short lived two finger foam that leaves no lace, a little color on the glass and some legs running down the side of the glass

S chocolate syrup and smokey bourbon, soy, teryaki beef jerky, booze but I'd never guess its a 18% monster, molasses, some dark fruit and chocolate covered covered raisins, faint licorice and a little more booze

T not as much soy, some faint char, booze is still there but all things considered I'd say its in check, a little more dark fruit and chocolate covered raisins, not a massive barrel presence but it works, sweet but well within my limits

M thick and syrupy with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling still, I feel the booze in my chest more then my throat, chocolate syrup, faint smokey bourbon and wood lingers quite strong for quite some time

O quite drinkable for such a massive beer, rich, intense and a little intimidating, I only have a sip left in my glass at this point and its one of those brews that will just level you if given the chance, my glass is empty before the booze from the first sip hits my blood, watch out

I'd love to have a bunch of these to age but I'm stoked to get the chance to try it, most beers this big I don't love but this ones an exception. I could see this pairing well with an empty stomach first thing in the morning before important social events, go big or go home!!

wordemupg, Jun 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

SkiBum22, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Black throughout. Thick and heavy in body. Very thin small ring of small brown bubbles surround the top of the glass. Leaves the glass nearly clean, but oily on the way down. Appropriate for an imperial stout brewed in 2009 and aged in barrels for multiple years.

Lots of cocoa in the aroma, along with lots of bourbon and barrel notes, and the most burnt/char character I've ever experienced in any beer, though this isn't at all smokey. Lots of caramels and toffees and assorted burnt sugars. Licorice. Very nice. Surprisingly, there really isn't a ton of booze or alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. Lots of charred chocolate, toasty, browned pie crust, caramels and toffees, candy bar and nougat, lots of bourbon and barrel, just a hint of soy, licorice, and complementary warming booze. The flavor comes together incredibly nice, especially considering it's incredibly high ABV strength.

Nearly full in body with very low, coating, creamy, silky carbonation. Appropriate.

This 12 oz. bottle took me exactly 4 hours to finish. I enjoyed every minute.

ehammond1, Apr 09, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottled 12oz, in 2012, aged another half year, served in snifter at 50F. Drank with wife who loved it in celebration of Kentucky derby and birth of son. Her first BBA RIS.

Black with not a photon shooting through this beer with a thin brown bubbly head round the glass, moderate retention, lacy bubbly lacing. Moderate alcohol legs, no surprise at 18% etoh.

Aroma of toffee, caramel, molasses, with the bourbon notes ble dig well including vanilla, smoke, oak, and a nice tone of licorice. Taste includes the entirety of the nose starts sweet with nice complex malt body and sharp licorice and caramel notes with a strong smokey bourbon finish, bold but not overpowering.

Full body, low carbonation, strong warming mf, chewy.

Overall, loved it, thought this twas excellent for the style. I think I like bcbs a touch more, very similar beers minus the heavier caramel instead of choc and coffee in bcbs. Loved the licorice notes, maybe star anise? Would drink this anytime. Would not pay more than 15 bucks though.

williamjbauer, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

kevwcamp, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

striker2160, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Beerontwowheels, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mdaschaf, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours viscous with a surprising khaki head. Leggy and sugary as I swirl it. Not quite inky.

Smell - Bourbon, lots of booze. Chocolate. Vanilla. Raisins. Big and caramely. Even fruity.

Taste - Big bourbon flavor. Very sharp alcohol. Raisins and caramel behind it. Chocolate in the back. Slightly bitter, possibly from the malts.

Mouthfeel - Well it's incredibly boozy. Medium low carbonation. Sipper.

Overall - Sluggish as hell, but I can't deny that it's tasty.

Alieniloquium, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

FalconA, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

md655321, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Danimal25, Jan 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

DrewZ926, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

buzze40, Jan 07, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%

2012 Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Black with one finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Massive sweet vanilla and bourbon aromas up front. Some oak and chocolate fudge aromas are also present. Huge overall barrel presence and an amazing overall nose.

T - The barrel really dominates, as the nose indicated. Big oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours with a warming alcohol presence that cuts through the sweetness. Some chocolate fudge and roast notes as well but they definitely take the back seat to the barrel notes. Considering the 18% ABV, this is fairly easy drinking.

M - Full bodies. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

enelson, Mar 16, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -16.6%

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company out of Warren, Michigan.

Score: 85

December 2012 vintage bottle served in a Tyranena snifter and enjoyed on 01/25/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Tradional Russian imperial stout color with minimal head off the pour. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3/5

Smell: A vanilla and booze bomb! Bourbon, brown sugar, oak, fudge and caramel too. Tiramisu? Has a dessert-like sweetness in the nose that reminds me of Scotty Karate. The nose is well integrated and bold. Very complex, but apparently sweet. 4/5

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon, light caramel and a LOT of perky spice. Was this aged in rye barrels? Plenty of booziness too, borderline fusel-esque at room temperature. Has a vanilla undertone, but where is the intense vanilla from the nose? Not as sweet as nose led on. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, no carbonation whatsoever. Boozy warmth and spiciness pair well. Very dry finish. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer is high in unashamedly high in ABV, but it is no World Wide Stout. Worthy of a tick, not worth seeking out. Kuhnhenn's American Imperial Stout was not barrel aged, but it was much better.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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