Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -16.6%
Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company out of Warren, Michigan.
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.
02-08-2013 04:46:49 | More by jegross2
4.54/5 rDev +4.4%
huge thanks to buzze40 for this beer in a recent IP trade! Thanks Brian! Really looking forward to another BA Kuhnhenn beer that I havent tried before!
poured into a tulip glass.
reviewed from notes taken 1/21/13.
Appearance: pitch black boided beer with a thin medium brown cap resulting from a hard pour. The cap on the beer quickly drops down to a small ring.
Smell: Huge coconut notes just off the charts coconuts! Barrel notes are huge as well oak and bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla with hints of leather and dark fruits.
Taste: Deep whiskey/barrel notes of coconut, oak, tobacco, leather, and a light char. Fudgy bourbon, with a hint roasty and smokey notes. Finishes with a touch of vanilla sweetness and bittersweet milk chocolates. This is awesome!
Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Its such a great sipper beer. So smooth! Really silky as well. And it has the perfect amount of bubbles in this beer. Almost perfection! You honestly would not think its 18% unless you looked at the label.
Overall: What a monster BA RIS made by Kuhnhenn! This is way better than Avery's Uncle Jacobs Stout. I am beyond impressed by this beer brewed by Kuhnhenn. You could honestly sip on this for a long time.
02-01-2013 17:55:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.
01-11-2013 02:56:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Pours a dark mysterious brown. Surprised by the finger-length tan head that followed the pour. Although dissipates quickly.
S - Boozy, Dark Fruit, Coffee, Vanilla, Carmel
T - Definitely boozy, Dark fruits such as raisin and prune shine through. Huge bourbon flavor. Vanilla,
M - Sticky, Very little carbonation.
O - What's Brown and Sticky? A Stick!....and this beer. But this beer is also filled with tons of flavor, A great offering of Bourbon and Stout in near-perfect harmony. P.S. It'll getcha drunk!
12-31-2012 06:10:55 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours black with a dark brown head. Relatively thin head for a RIS, but thick for a bourbon aged stout.
The aroma is the typical welcoming bourbon Kuhnhenn uses, but with a substantial malt base. Rich and luxurious. Not sharp but smooth.
The taste is reminiscent of 4D, but more substantial due to additional malt. Alcohol is hidden but the heavy ABV catches up with you within no time at all. A mix of dark and roasted malt as well as a hint of coffee and vanilla balance the bourbon quite evenly. It's incredibly balanced for 18%.
The body is fairly full with medium carbonation. The finish is moderately dry.
Overall, this was beyond the balance I could have expected for this beer. The age did it wonders and I'm thrilled to have been able to pick up three of these.
12-24-2012 02:38:11 | More by BBP
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.