American Imperial Stout
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

American Imperial StoutAmerican Imperial Stout
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #534
Ranked #1,640
4.3 | pDev: 7.91%
Jul 07, 2020
Nov 26, 2004
American Imperial StoutAmerican Imperial Stout
Notes: This black ale has a malty sweet aroma, a roasty coffee like flavor, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. This is a bold full flavored stout.

Serve at 45-55 F (7-12 C).
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2012 vintage. 8 years later, how has it held up?

This one pours an exceptionally dark black color, with a surprisingly large head, dark and mocha colored, with huge sheets of sticky lacing down the glass. I really expected this to be nearly still after all this time, but it's almost the opposite.

This smells fantastic, with minimal-to-no signs of oxidation. The hop flavor seems to have fallen off, and what's left is dark chocolate truffles, smoke, roasty dark coffee, caramel, and slight dark fruit.

It's really astonishing how well this one held up. A little bit colder, it's all dark chocolate and roast, with some coffee-like undertones, and a hint of smoke. As the beer warms, layers of dark fruit reveal themselves - raisin, plum, cherry, what have you. There's no booze, no hop character, and no oxidation - other than maybe that fruitiness.

This is medium bodied, super creamy, and very drinkable. I'm still just so surprised how well this aged.

Most Kuhnhenn big beers seem to have nearly unlimited aging potential. I am so pleasantly surprised by how good this was.

Jul 07, 2020
4.38 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Oct 23, 2019
4.44 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 15, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

L - 1-finger mocha head slowly fades down into a pitch black body.

S - chocolate cookies, bourbon bonbons. God.

T - coffee-chocolate dessert drink. Fresh espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon heat, vanilla. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb,

O - just lovely.

Feb 17, 2019
4.25 by goblue30 from Michigan on Jan 26, 2019
3.84 by sweemzander from Illinois on Apr 17, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter

This beer pours black and doesn't really have much head. There is a small cap of mocha head the disappears fairly quickly. It looks like motor oil when poured. It appears quite viscous.

The aroma is fantastic with smells of dark and milk chocolate along with hints of anise.

The tastes starts out sweet with milk chocolate. Then some anise and chocolate malt flavors come into play. It develops a light bitter chocolate and black coffee flavor in the finish and aftertaste.

The body is thick and viscous with a full, chewy mouthfeel.

It is sometimes risky to hold onto stouts this long. This cellaring paid off. It is a delicious stout with great flavor and aroma and a perfect mouthfeel. It was well worth the four year wait to try.

Dec 31, 2016
4.57 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Dec 18, 2016
4.42 by ductape28 from Michigan on Nov 04, 2016
3.75 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2016
4.25 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jun 03, 2016
3.52 by msumike89 from Colorado on May 31, 2016
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on May 13, 2016
5 by ZombieHead from Illinois on Feb 25, 2016
4.34 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Feb 20, 2016
4.5 by GrizXTKEX519 from Michigan on Dec 09, 2015
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Resuin from Massachusetts

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This came out in 2012.

A: Pours jet black and leaves a finger + of medium brown head. The head lingers for a while. A good looking beer.

S: Roasty coffee, smoked malts, char, bitter dark chocolate, hint of dark fruits.

T: Big toasted malts, roasty coffee, a bit of marshmallow, toasted oak, char/coals, dark chocolate fudge. On the bitter side but with huge flavors.

M: Thick, full, creamy body with a low to medium carb. Really nice feel for the style.

O: Tons of big flavors: char and roasted malts are big in the flavor and finishes a little bitter. This is a nice stout.

Nov 12, 2015
4.53 by onespartan from Michigan on Nov 07, 2015
4 by rden4654 from Ohio on Sep 06, 2015
4.35 by wellsnb from Ohio on Aug 24, 2015
4.22 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 07, 2015
4.19 by Cynic-ale from Texas on May 10, 2015
4.35 by OneEye78 from Texas on Apr 25, 2015
4.05 by kamikazeokami from Oregon on Apr 17, 2015
4.43 by schmidtmattsays from Illinois on Apr 14, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by PHBoiler from Illinois

Really nice richness and deep flavors. Pitch black stout. There's a hint of the hops as well as charred roast. The fruitiness throws the flavor a bit out of balance. Very interesting big stout.

Apr 13, 2015
4.5 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 04, 2015
4.33 by adamant1912 from Michigan on Jan 27, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by glazeman from Pennsylvania

One of the best imperial stouts out there. Here's to hoping they continue to release this often. So thick and flavorful.

Jan 18, 2015
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by dar482 from New York

The beer offers smokey flavors with lots of meaty flavors. However, it is generally surrounded by bourbon, lots of vanilla, coffee, and 100% cacao dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

A beautifully complex barrel aged stout deserving of much praise. Another world class Midwest barrel aged stout.

Jan 14, 2015
4.84 by Braden from Tennessee on Jan 04, 2015
4.58 by ljc973 from Michigan on Dec 28, 2014
4.18 by robwestcott from Indiana on Dec 27, 2014
3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Dec 23, 2014
4.2 by BeerMeBro720 from Ohio on Dec 22, 2014
4.28 by _morandi_ from California on Dec 22, 2014
4.25 by CaptainFleeker from Illinois on Dec 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
by SHODriver from North Carolina

I've had this bottle for at least three years. Black label with a yellow eagle

A: poured into a snifter to a viscous black with a dark brown head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing
S: smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and a little coffee.
T: taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a little bit of charred black malt, slight sweetness and a hint of oxidation. swallow is a little oxidized with some lingering notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee
M: full in the mouth with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: an impressive beer. with some age on it it's a very smooth sipper that has some nicely blended edges. I'd like to try a fresher bottle to see how it compares.

Oct 30, 2014
4.25 by Jas45678 from Michigan on Sep 30, 2014
4.25 by spycow from Illinois on Sep 28, 2014
American Imperial Stout from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 125 ratings