Solstice Stout
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Solstice StoutSolstice Stout
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From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #85
ABV:
16%
Score:
99
Ranked #261
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
153
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2023
Added:
Jun 07, 2014
Wants:
  77
Gots:
  20
SCORE
99
World-Class
Solstice StoutSolstice Stout
Notes: A special blend of aged ales. This beer, black in color with robust flavors of sweet roasted malt and toffee .
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2022 vintage, poured at fridge temp. Pours jet black with basically no head. The nose is crazy. Huge roasted malts, black licorice, sticky toffee, vanilla, maple, and loads of dark fruit. Lovely.

The taste is really nice. Maple syrup, roasted malts, vanilla, licorice, toffee, bitter oak, cherries, blackberries, prunes, and some coffee grounds. Super intense.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and viscous. The aftertaste is bitter malts and sticky toffee.
Apr 23, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Feb 21, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2018 vintage, enjoyed on 12/14/2021. Licorice, leather, molasses and vanilla on the front. Tobacco/cigar and maraschino cherries on the finish. So much going on, it’s hard to describe everything. At 16%, the alcohol is hardly even noticeable. Incredible!
Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served at 54 degrees and poured into a tulip. Pours absolutely jet black. Not even a hint of any other color. Somewhat small coffee ice cream colored head that didn't last long. Overall, an attractive beer. Aroma is extremely rich. Waves of fig, raisin, malts & more. Taste largely follows the nose, but adds in wonderful toffee notes. Sweet molasses / caramel notes, but not cloyingly so. Feel is fairly thick but smooth.

This is one of those beers that makes me wish I were a more sophisticated reviewer. I can't pick up every note, and I certainly can't describe them all, but what I do know is that this is an excellent beer.
Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Blind review:
12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

A- Black with small mocha head. 4

S- Chocolate, whiskey, oak, cocoa, some caramel malts, roasted malts. 4.25

T- Chocolate, cocoa, whiskey, oak, some dark fruits, touch of caramel malts, some roasted malts. 4.5

M- Smooth, medium to full body, carbonation is a touch high. 4

O- A tasty barrel aged stout/porter with chocolate added, nicely balanced. 4.25

After thoughts:
I’m moving some number up after learning this 16% ABV I have to bump up numbers because is drinks like it is between 10-12%. Also getting some toffee and more of a complex dark fruit flavors was it warms up.
Jul 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.56 by EMH73 from New York

May 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by matts2896 from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: very low carb; very dark brown, almost obsisian in color; a little sticky lacing on the glass

S: big oxidation aromas: old books and leather, generic must, masticated dark fruits

T: initial impression follows smell, this beer tastes wicked old despite having been bottled last year. Midpallette, mustyiness of the nose gives way to toffee, fig newton filling, and sickly-sweet marshmallow. The finish is sweet with a bit of bitter dark cherry on the swallow. This beer's flavor is defined by oxidation, but in this case, that is not a bad thing.

Barrel is a nice balancing presence and comes through appropriately. But I do not think the barrel is the star here.

F: solid mouthfeel: slick and a little syrupy, not big and chewy as you might expect a 16% stout. From first taste, however, you can tell this is not a traditional stout. A thinner, more syrupy mouthfeel and low carb work well here
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head that lingered. Complex aroma with chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, vanilla, and bourbon. Same on the taste. I was impressed with the complexity of the malts which only increased as the drink warmed. The barrel presence was there but it did not detract from the stout flavors. Surprisingly not boozy on the finish. Really outstanding.
Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This one pours a very dark black, with a tiny head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like molasses, sarasparilla, chocolate fudge, roast, oak, sweet bourbon, caramel, and dried dark fruit.

This is very, very sweet, but doesn't get too cloying luckily. That classic molasses and almost sarsaparilla type flavor from Fourth Dementia is certainly there, with a ton of bourbon and oak, along with maple and caramel, plus melted sweet chocolate fudge.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with strangely no booziness, despite the 16% ABV. It's not super thick but it's also not thin.

This is typical knockout territory for Kuhnhenn - big, malty, and sloppy.
Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by M_chav from New Mexico

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by antrocks from Massachusetts

Jul 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Jul 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jun 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana

May 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by DaveCash from New York

May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

May 13, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Kuhnhenn Solstice Stout, 16% ABV. Pours thick and black with a real nice two finger brown head that left some lacing. Nose is sweet toffee, bourbon, and malt. Taste follows, quite sweet, plus fruit, very slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class. Tastes so great that it is all to easy to drink fast, dangerous with that ABV.
May 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.51 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by codytwo from Connecticut

Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.66 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Apr 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas

Mar 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.32 by clay23 from New York

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. 2018 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: jet back with a half finger dark tan head. Absolutely black with only a hint of brown from the head. Head dissipates into a decent ring that lasts along with a few clouds. No lacing to speak of.

Nose: sweet malts, bourbon, dark fruits. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose pretty closely. Sweet but not cloying. Dark molassses, maybe some brown sugar, malts, balanced with coffee/dark chocolate bitterness. Dark fruits, maybe some vanilla. Probably some hops somewhere but well hidden.

Mouthfeel: smooth, silky, low carbonation. Slight marshmallow feel. A beautiful sipper that you’ll want to swirl around a few times before swallowing. Really enjoyable.

Overall: along with BA 4th Dementia, my favorite from (my first) the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice releases. Would absolutely buy again although it may be a bit sweet for some.
Mar 04, 2019
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Really unique, and huge beer. Not incredibly complex, but the flavors that are presented are really big.

Roasted malt, sweet caramel/toffee, and a finish with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Full bodied, but not quite motor oil level. This bottle is a 2018 and I’m guessing it develops nicely!
Mar 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Mar 03, 2019
Solstice Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 153 ratings