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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
197 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by grub on 01-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,085
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
197
pDev:
12.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
31
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter
2010

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The first thing I smell is anise. As it warms I get some dark chocolate and hints of alcohol.

The taste begins with anise. Then I get some dark fruit and dark chocolate with hints of warming alcohol.

Full mouthfeel

It drinks pretty smooth for an 18%er. The alcohol is warming, and I can feel the effects only about halfway through.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Ay caramba, now that's an aged beer. 18%. I was worried this would be past its prime, but... nah.

Can't really categorize this beer. It's very unique. It's stout-like, yet not. It's almost like a port, yet not. It's a bit sour with a wine-like, tannin vibe... I don't even know if it's supposed to have that quality, but it does. The depth on this is incredible. The smell is tough to describe. The flavor is the same way. Despite sitting for six years, there's still a definite warmth on this beer, though it's surely mellowed out from what it once was. Boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark fruits, roast, some chocolate, "je ne sais quois" ... this beer really is a treat. Hard for me to really commit to what style it truly tastes like, as it tastes like a blend of many. Would be ecstatic to get my hands on another bottle of this.

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thought this was gonna be darker but no. There are darker beers. Aroma was fucking harsh, hot and boozy.

Taste was a little better than that, thick ass malt, heavy booze sting, yeast pronounced? A cool non barrel aged beer of this strength, yes, but I don't think it is a return trip if I'm buying. Just huge and hot covering up other aspects of the beer.

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4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle. Pours a thick black color, with a sudsy cap. Smells almost exactly like chocolate malted milk balls. The flavor isn't too far off, chocolate malt notes, sugared boozy finish that warms up the belly. Very smooth and aged quite well. I imagine this was a bit hot when fresh, but after 5 years it is just a mellow dessert drink that is fun to sip on a cold day.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2007 bottling

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a frothy film that fades quickly; the ringlet is leggy

Smell: Chocolate, roast and a vinous, plummy character; c;early boozy

Taste: The boozy, vinous character dominates, with chocolate and roast peeking through; tart tones build through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I am being generous with my scores as this beer is well past its prime; I have had other Kuhnhenns with similar age that have held up better but this one is souring

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenspointexas
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a dark brown, almost Cola color.

The beer pops of rich dates, plums, raisins, licorice. It follows with tobacco, roasted bitterness, and cacao. The amount of complexity makes the beer seem barrel aged. The ABV is completely hidden as it drinks nowhere towards BA beers of similar ABV like Uncle Jacob's or Black Tuesday.

The beer offers unbelievable complexities and hides its ABV extremely well.

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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Bottle. Pours out black as night with a finger of mocha colored head. Lots of dark fruits and roasted malt bitterness. How is this 18%, seriously. So smooth. Really good.

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

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikediesel124
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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