Big Tony's Imperial Stout
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Big Tony's Imperial StoutBig Tony's Imperial Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.9%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
77
From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
95
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Big Tony's Imperial StoutBig Tony's Imperial Stout
Notes: Big Tony's American Imperial Stout is brewed by Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. exclusively for The Wine Garden and aged for 18 months in our own Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels hand-selected by our very own Tony for our exclusive single-barrel bourbon releases!

This American Imperial Stout recipe is a brand-new recipe from Kuhnhenn, never before brewed. After aging for a year and a half, this "Big" beer clocks it at a whopping 12.9% ABV and will continue to age in bottles for years to come - if you can manage not to drink it all immediately!

Initially on the nose, Big Tony's smells like a bourbon mash, but the first taste is all cocoa with a deep espresso finish. Kuhnhenn's head brewer, Todd Schwem, called this a "killer" beer before it even got into the barrels - now, 18 months later, it is a beautiful beast!
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark and inky looking black color, with a small head, and no lacing. It looks quite nearly still.

This smells strongly of caramelly and leathery bourbon on the nose, along with vanilla, old malt, cocoa powder, cookie dough, strong espresso, sticky dark fruit, sherry, and oak.

This is much better than a six year stout has any right to be. I had heard that fresh this was a boozy monster - it seems to have aged into a silky smooth little treat at this point. There's essentially no booziness anymore, which amps up the other flavors there. There's a slight and pleasant oxidation - sherry and raisin and whatnot. This only helps the beer. The barrel still seems pretty strong - there's dry oak, vanilla, and some caramel, with no heat. The base pulls up herbal spice, milk chocolate, dark espresso shots, and even some cookie dough. This is very complex, and still so delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a very low level of carbonation. It doesn't affect this beer - there's still a hint, and it's enough to prop those flavors right up.

This is a very special beer. I hope Kuhnhenn has plans to make this one again at some point.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, May 06, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Done as part of a semi blind tasting and ranked it Big Tony’s as my #5 / 9. Was a little too old I think, thinned out and oxidized.

Flavor was unique - both earthy (old aged hops?) & fruity (oxidized malts?). 4.25

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Black body. Smell has quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Boozy. Roasted malt. Extremely strong bourbon. Tastes extremely boozy and bourbony. It's all bourbon. Sweet. Dark chocolate and alcohol. Intense. Low carbonation. Heavy and boozy. Serious beer, but good.

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4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz Bottle into Kuhnhenn snifter..
WOW.... Has to be one of the best Bourbon Barrel Stouts that I have had. Thick and creamy, Coco, caramel and hints of dark fruit. A must have.

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MoeBeer from Illinois, Sep 03, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This American Imperial Stout recipe is a brand-new recipe from Kuhnhenn, never before brewed. After aging for a year and a half, this "Big" beer clocks it at a whopping 12.9% ABV and will continue to age in bottles for years to come - if you can manage not to drink it all immediately!

Initially on the nose, Big Tony's smells like a bourbon mash, but the first taste is all cocoa with a deep espresso finish. Kuhnhenn's head brewer, Todd Schwem, called this a "killer" beer before it even got into the barrels - now, 18 months later, it is a beautiful beast!

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Photo of mig100
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 12oz bottle. Pours oil black, with light mocha head that disappears instantly, nothing shines through this whatsoever, even when held closely to the light. Smell is heavy on booze and bourbon, but there's also big milk chocolate, light vanilla and toasted coconut.

Damn... this taste good... It starts off with a milk chocolate bourbon burst at the front of the tongue and follows through with some light vanilla and booze heat, which you can feel going down. The milk chocolate sweetness and booze heat really stick around on the palate. It's a little unbalanced when compared to some of the BA legends, but this is a kick-ass BA stout.

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mig100 from Texas, May 28, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers bourbon throughout with light amounts of dark chocolate, some licorice and umami. A caramel sweetness is in the middle and some dark fruit, with a drying back end.

A fine BA stout from Kuhnhenn.

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dar482 from New York, Mar 20, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 03/14/15 notes.

Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Tons of cocoa and chocolate to it. Bourbon is there, and a strong alcohol bite to it. Thick full body and low carbonation, some heat.

Overall a very good beer being held back from being a great beer due to the fact that it is so strong. I could definitely see this getting better with age. If I had it I would wait another year to drink it.

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mdfb79 from New York, Mar 16, 2015
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4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Kuhnhenn Sniftulip

A-Pours a super dark Chocolate Brown color with a rich dark chocolate caramel translucent rim. 3/4 in. cola like head appears that is more mocha or brown sugar in color. Head lasted about a minute before leaving and left a nice ring for about half the drinking. Slight lacing with lots of legs to show you this has a punch. Residue left on the glass from the liquid known as Big Tony's.

S-Well.... This Tony Guy, he's renowned for picking wine barrels and Bourbon Barrels. Let's just say he's pretty good at what he does. Sweet Bourbon and tons of it. Mixed with fudge and dark burnt chocolate. Sweet liquorice and dark fruit round out most of what I could smell through a pretty damn good smell of Bourbon and wood.

T-Overwhelming fudge with espresso and dark fruits paving the way before the sweet attack of the bourbon hits with highlights of oak and caramel. Burnt and roasty at the end before the alcohol warmth takes hold and seems to linger there until the only remedy is to take another sip.

F-creamy, medium to heavy in body, sticky and slightly oily. Lightly carbonated.

O-Bar none worth all the ranking it's getting. A freaking masterpiece of an Imperial stout that's highlighted by one of the best tasting Barrel presence of any Barrel Aged beer I've drank. The warmth at the end is nuts, comes out of no where and lingers there. Superior in taste and smell and obviously Kuhnhenn can brew World class brews and Tony can sure as hell pick a damn barrel. It's worth it.

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pjkelley82 from New York, Feb 18, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Initially a great looking brown lace, pitch black liquid. Massive nose of bourbon barrels, the residual booze inside, its own alcohol, ripe dark fruit, lots of wood, lot of char. Creamy semi-syrupy body, very sweet but a good amount of balance from the alcohol, wood, and roasted malts. 12.9% is very noticeable but still very approachable, perhaps as approachable as a very fine cordial. Without a doubt this brew is a treat. Seek a bottle or few out, I'm sure they'll mellow out nicely.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Jan 11, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a small amount of slightly fizzy mocha colored head. Nose is huge, tons of malt richness, lots of wood, a decent bourbon presence. Malts have some vanilla, marshmallow, fudge. Flavor isn't quite as rich, bourbon and wood take over a little on this and the rich maltiness is slightly overshadowed. Still tons of flavor, vanilla and marshmallow, chocolaty malt goodness. A strong bourbon and barrel flavor. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Really good stuff.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Jan 04, 2015
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4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite kuhnhenn beer. Had this the same night as double Huna and remy's pappy and it no doubt belonged on that stage. I'm shocked there aren't more iso's.

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linnymtu from Michigan, Dec 14, 2014
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4.98/5  rDev +10.2%

OOOOOH BOY! Kuhnhenn hit this one out of the ballpark!
Their BA4D is STUNNING enough, and now Todd and the Kuhnhenn family comes out with this 'beautiful beast' . WOW!
As I understand, this was a VERY special and limited release made for / and with BIG input from 'Tony', a VERY respected purveyor of fine wines and craft beers and good friend of the Kuhnhenns. Fantastic job guys and the release party was AWESOME!
The commercial description is spot on and if you are a fan of BA4D, this will blow you away.

Laura

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Hands down one of the best beers I've had. This brew is full bodied and has an excellent aftertaste that sticks with you. Not too boozey but you can definitely catch the bourbon touch. Lots of flavor here. Can't wait to try this again after another six months to a year of aging. Wish there was more to be had. I'm glad I was able to pick up a few of these though. Very limited release.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of a Bourbon Barrel American Stout.

Big Tony's American Imperial Stout is brewed by Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. exclusively for The Wine Garden and aged for 18 months in our own Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels hand-selected by our very own Tony for our exclusive single-barrel bourbon releases!

This American Imperial Stout recipe is a brand-new recipe from Kuhnhenn, never before brewed. After aging for a year and a half, this "Big" beer clocks it at a whopping 12.9% ABV and will continue to age in bottles for years to come - if you can manage not to drink it all immediately!

Initially on the nose, Big Tony's smells like a bourbon mash, but the first taste is all cocoa with a deep espresso finish. Kuhnhenn's head brewer, Todd Schwem, called this a "killer" beer before it even got into the barrels - now, 18 months later, it is a beautiful beast!

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WCW from Michigan, Dec 07, 2014
Big Tony's Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 77 ratings