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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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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 215
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but quite strong and boozy.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason. Served in a snifter.

A - Thin tan foam settles to nothing. Very dark brown body. Wasn't expecting much, and I got exactly that.

S - Jeebus, this is quite boozy! Soy, chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, anise. Not a ton of distinct oak and bourbon character, just a reinforcement of the extant booze and charry notes in the base beer.

T - The taste is pretty similar with the aroma, albeit not quite as boozy. Again, soy, smoke, roasted malts, cocoa, light oak and bourbon. Like the American Imperial Stout it's extremely well-attenuated, with maybe a bit more dark fruit.

M - Viscous, chewy, full body, with a smooth texture, and lower carbonation. Finishes hot and boozy. Exactly what you'd expect from an 18% beer aged in a bourbon barrel.

D - A definite sipper, although it didn't drink a ton hotter than something like Road Rash. Either be ready to share this many ways, or don't plan on drinking anything afterward. This might be fantastic in a few months, but at this stage I liked the American Imperial Stout a little more.

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 11/18/13 notes. Pleasantly surprised to see this still on tap at Beer Authority in NYC, and even happier to see it was a 10 oz. pour. Served in wine glass stemware. 2012 vintage.

a - Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident. A thick looking big stout, looks very nice.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, toasted malts, burnt malts, molasses, oak, sugar, and light smoke. Also got some toffee as it warms up. Awesome nose, and the alcohol is well hidden.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, roasted malts, milk chocolate, fudge, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt malts, oak, molasses, sweet dark fruits, leather, coconut, and smoke. Taste is a little bit sweeter than the nose with more bourbon, very light alcohol, and more fudge. Awesome taste.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Thick and chewy, with a motor oil-ish body. Alcohol is crazily well hidden. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I think the normal Solar Eclipse is a good stout but very strong and nothing mind blowing, but this version is fantastic. It someone tastes lower in ABV than the base beer; I couldn't believe this was 18% ABV. Tons of complexity and the bourbon is great in the taste and nose. Highly recommend, would love to get some bottles of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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2/5  rDev -54%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours near pitch black, but ends up being just a really dark burnt sienna color. Almost no froth, but some minimal tan bubbles; not surprising considering the massive ABV on this.

(S)- Big notes of cocoa and raisin. Equally big rich notes of vanilla and caramel barrel oak notes.

(T)- Again, like the smell, very big notes of raisin and a bourbon-like burnt caramel sweetness. Subtle vanilla and cocoa show up as it warms. Very nice barrel characteristics.

(M)- It has a mellow carbonation level, but it fits due to how huge this is. Despite its massive body, the 18%ABV is extremely well hidden and overall, quite a smooth beer.

(O)- It is just great how well Kuhnhenn can hide their massive ABV beers, and this one is no different. A quality BA stout that definitely surprises you with its immense richness, but restrained booziness and great balance that shows the barrel quite well. Not positive how well this would age, but its definitely worth trying this now if you have one.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Long overdue thanks to beerisheaven for sending me this bottle some time ago. Loved the base beer: what will this erratic brewery do with a fine brew tossed in barrels? Let’s find out. 12 oz. bottle, 2012 on the label.

Didn’t notice before, but the bottle is short-filled: I hope that didn’t impact the beer any, the liquid barely reaches the neck. Poured into my gold-filigreed Kuhnenn snifter (what the hell is a filigree anyways? I’ll look it up later), it’s heavy Metallica black, minimal carbonation. Nose is chocolate that’s been on a long bender: boozed up. Sweet booze about sums it up.

Solar Eclipse – Bourbon Barrel Aged is the booziest damn beer I’ve ever had; I almost coughed when it hit my throat. Pretty sure my 13 year old across the room would register on a breath test just from being in the same room with this open bottle. Wow. After my eyes clear a bit, I take another swig. Booze-soaked raisins back up the booziness, black licorice infused with booze, & the chocolate from the nose is strong but overshadowed. Bit of bitterness. Vanilla & bourbon start slow but build into a big, throat-tingling burn that makes my nipples harden. Mouthfeel is in the upper echelon of stouts. Thick, coating, satisfying, a beer to ward off the chill. Yet I could drink this like the sweat off Gong Li’s earlobes.

Well, this beer hit the inside straight. Elite mouthfeel, masterful use of the barrel, complex, but oh-so-approachable. Kicks ass, this is another elite beer, my second in less than a week. That never happens.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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