Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Solar Eclipse

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by grub on 01-08-2008

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 101
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of badbeer
2.38/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle generously shared by iowaherkeye, thanks Joey! Very dark brown color, brownish head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very boozy, once you get past a big wiff of alcohol you find some bready and roasty aromas; just not very pleasant. Taste is also very boozy, burnt, ashy, and just a little weird to me. High carbonation and light body. Too much focus on alcohol, not enough attention to the beer. More body and less alcohol, then we'll talk; no more alcohol for the sake of alcohol. I have all the confidence in the world that the Kuhnhenn brothers will get this one fixed up and into another one of their masterpieces; it's just not there yet, IMO.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2007 vintage. Alcohol roasted malts and dark fruits aroma. Some licorice. Black, some brown edges. Surprisingly nice tan head. Alcohol taste, faint chocolate and roasted notes, light coffee. Not very dynamic. Carbonation is extreme for the style and very stingy and prickly. Fairly full bodied, but hard to enjoy with the carbonation.

Very disappointed in this this.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Lothore
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep black color, I could tell this was almost a gusher. The head is out of hand ... almost like overcarbonated homebrew status.

S- Sweet, roasted malt notes with a tangy mettalic smell followed by a caramel scent, hints of baby diaper. I should note that the smell is a little off and because of the carbonation at this point it's possible the bottle could be infected but lets press on and find out.

T- Taste is lots of roasted malt followed by a thick mettalic taste. Alcohol is well hidden. At this point I don't necessarily think it is infected but it just seems off to me.

M- Thick with lots of carbonation.

D- This was not drinkable for me at all. I loved trying it but there were multiple things in the taste and smell that made me want to run from the hills. The high alcohol was very well hidden but that's the least of this beers concern at this point. I have to believe it was better fresh.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, purchased at di cicco's on a recent visit to the captain.

A- Black, that pretty much sums it up, a big black thick body on this beer with a small minimal amount of tannish cap on top, no lace.

S- This smells like a monster and with the ABV I kinda knew this going in. A big amount of booze/alcohol. Under that roasted malt out the ass, dark fruits minimal. Hops are kinda in the picture in a storm king kinda way.

T- My god, huge beer here, very boozy and rizzy. Dark malts, chocolate, dark fruit a small amount of roast with no coffee. And of course there is the booze, Oh my how you've grown. It kills the beer for me, I cant get past it.

M- A big bodied beer here with a pretty full body with a small amount of carb that's barely detectable under the heat that resonates on the tounge and mouth, heat bomb. A small amount of nail polish. I like the feel it's just HOT.

D- My 4oz's or so was enough, Im good on any more. It will take about ten years for the booze to be tamed in this monster, on par with the demon series beers from Avery in terms of HEAT.

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-an aggressive pour results in a small amount of khaki colored head, dense and creamy sitting on top of an opaque black liquid.

S-notes of milk, meat, light smoke aroma, yeast, lots of raw malt sweetness, a fair bit of booze.

T-these huge imperial stouts just don't go down easy and a full 12oz is going to be too much. milk chocolate, lightly meaty, notes of smoke, a fair amount of yeast, a bit of booze, malty sweetness, maybe some dried plums, more booze and some heat.

M-full bodied to say the least, pass me the fork and knife, creamy texture, syrupy, moderate carbonation, not enough carbonation in the world to balance this huge body. heavy, syrupy, so thick.

D-not the huge mess I thought this would be. there is a ton of flavor in this, huge beer, similar to Dark Lord, alcohol and cloying sweetness underneath yeast seem to dominate but the big malt body isn't done horribly. not something you want a lot of.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A - Pours a pitch black with no foam but a ring of tan bubbles around the glass
S - I'm picking up alot of dark fruits, some soy sauce, brown sugar some roastiness.
T - Hit with a big amount of plum, really sweet brown sugar, very sweet, there is no roastiness at all. There is also a bit of a soy sauce flavor to it but its not distracting. The sweetness almost becomes cloying which is weird. I've never had a RIS this sugary. Maybe it should have sat longer.
M/D - smooth and slightly creamy. almost thin bodied. The alcohol is actually starting to take effect on me. The sweetnes limits this one so far and the alcohol hits you pretty quickly.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Sweet, boozy aroma with with subtle dark fruit accompanying the sweet and roasted dark malts. Huge ethanol/alcohol presence overpowers things a bit too much for my liking hiding the malt character. Underneath all of the booze there are hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, fig and raisin. The malts become more prominent as it warms but the alcohol still dominates the nose.

Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation lingering throughout. Lots of sweet, boozy heat but more complex than the aroma suggests. Slight smokey presence with a subtle roasted malt character that counters all of the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, char and oatmeal provide some nice bitterness as a counterpoint to the booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit notes. This beer has calmed down a bit in four years but there is still a ton of alcohol flavor. Sweet booze overpowers the other flavors but the ABV is relatively well masked. A decent amount of heat in the finish but not harsh and it's surprisingly easy to drink. It's definitely still a sipper but I finished the bottle way faster than expected.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle, out of my CL tulip.

A- Pretty black, though not completely. I expected it to be really thick, but it looks fairly average. Nice tannish head, with some light lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts, sweetness, and licorice. Hints of brown sugar, some soy, and a touch of booze.

T- A rather robust and sweet RIS, strong roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar and caramel, and again with the soy. A hint of hops on the back end and some heat. A bit cloying, but surprisingly drinkable for the ABV

M- Despite its appearance it is quite syrupy. There is a light level of carbonation, but it is pretty fitting for the style. The sweetness gets to be a bit much.

O- Overall this was a decent sipper. Very sweet, and the flavor was a bit over the top. About half way through it, I really started to have a hard time drinking it. Wish I split it with some friends.


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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

A: Quite thick and dark as it is poured out, and no head whatsoever. Obviously.

S: As I am pouring the beer, my nostrils pick up what at first smells like pure alcohol. Luckily, more in depth sniffs reveal molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, and brown sugar, with alcohol fusels in the background, not dominating.

T: I get the booze right away, which is an oddity for me, as I usually don't taste the heat until the middle of the sip. There are also some notes of unripe plums and molasses that come in soon after. The dark fruit pervades the middle, turning a bit tart, truth be told. The beer gets even odder towards the end, with a cherry cough medicine taste taking over at the very end of the sip and comprising the entirety of the aftertaste which lingers for at least 10 seconds, much longer than preferred.

M: More carbonated and less thick than I would have expected. It does feel fairly creamy when sloshed around in the mouth, but not that heavy.

O: A peculiar beer. I have another that I will age for a few more years, but I fear that the medicinal aspects of the beer will only become more prominent.

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3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I only pour for a split second and the head crawls past four fingers and over the top of the glass and out of the bottle. This beer is totaly carbonated. When it settles you get a leather brown head. Body is used oil jet black. Nose is of sweet malt, port, black currant and some coco with a bit of alchol. Soured dark fruit enter the mouth shrill and darkly bitter. The dark ruits keep a very dry feel throughout the palate. Bitter and mediciney tart feel really hangs on to the back of the tongue and creates the sharp mouthfeel. Alchol really warms the belly. A slight coco liquer feel comes about as this on warms a bit. Drinkability would suggest this one in small doses.

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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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Photo of brystmar
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler from New Beer Distributors.

A: the first glass poured two full fingers of creamy tan head; the second yielded precious little. Mild, beady lace forms raindrops on the sides of my glass.

S: disappointing, as it's very subdued with dark fruit and booze being the only two items I can even detect. There's precious little here to savor, even from the first pour with plenty of head. Gets boozier as it warms.

T: plums, raisins, figs, and other dark fruits surprised me up front. Booze and roasty malts bring up the rear. Dry finish with plenty of alcoholic warmth, but really not harsh like I expected. Easily the fruitiest RIS I've ever consumed.

M: big, creamy body helps with the drinkability. Slippery and smooth on the tongue. This is as good as it gets without nitro.

D: pretty drinkable for an 18%, but I'm not sure I can stand more than one glass at a time. Definitely easier to drink than a fresh pour of Bourbon County Stout -- despite being nearly 50% stronger -- but still quite far behind other big boys like Dark Lord, 120 IPA, or DFH Fort. An enjoyable brew, but not one I'd purchase again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some subtle black chocolate and surprisingly no alcohol. Taste is not as flavorful as expected with some notes black chocolate and some light dry coffee that seems to cover most of the alcohol. Body is fuller then average with an oily texture with average carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol is discernible.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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