Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Solar Eclipse

Brewed by:
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
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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Photo of flexabull
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again.

Pours thick and dark, flat black, with a small tan head that quickly faded, no lacing. It looks really still in the glass.

Aromas are boozy, with notes of dark chocolate, dark bread, and coffee beans.

Taste is of dark and slightly bitter chocolates, espresso, with some nice brown sugary sweetness. Finish is warm, boozy, but not overly strong from the high alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Really full, smooth, with good body.

Overall this is a very nice Imperial Stout, it just isn't very pretty to look at.

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Photo of Spider889
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to sample this at a little tasting at The Brick Store Pub back in July. Sorry I don't remember who brought this...

This is from the summer solstice 2010.

Black, thin, with a short khaki head and large soapy bubbles.

Smelled really fruity - raisin, fig, dark cherry aromas all present. There was a nice maltiness to this too, and not much alcohol was discernible from the nose.

Tastes really sweet, with some light char in there. The biggest flavor component was fruit, as in the aroma. Fig and rum raisin are bold and very tasty. There's some nice warmth to the beer, and the finish has a subtle vanilla quality to it.

The mouthfeel is warm but not hot. Sticky, but with a thin body.

Overall the abv works very well in this brew. Quite tasty.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black hole of a liquid with some nice legs that get me excited, i love good legs on a beer. The head receded quick but we both knew that wasn't going to last.
The aroma has some heat too it but not alot, really. I saw the bottle and made a verbal remark of disbelief. Kuhnhenn does high alcohol so well.
The flavors contain many layers of chocolate that contains milk chocolates and then dark chocolates that have elements of roasts and coffee withen, and a slightly under attentuated body that goes nicely with the heat from the alcohol within this snifter.
Mouthfeel is medium-full viscosity.

Very nicely done Kuhnhenn, i realy like what i have seen so far from you.

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Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at a private tasting.

*2010 Vintage*

A - A nice deep dark pour with a surprising head. considering the ABV.

S - Pretty good RIS aromas here. Some light dark fruits and chocolate.

T - Taste isnt that bad. Sweet malts (carmel) and dark fruits along with a little roasted chocolate. ABV is nicely hidden.

M - Alright mouthfeel. Not quite as creamy as I'd like. I agree with others that this is like a more refined WWS.

O - Overall, this is a tasty beer. Wouldn't mind getting one and tossing it in the cellar.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Poured a dark, inky black with a thick, creamy mocha-colored head that fades to a thick cap, leaving spotty lacing. Big aromas of dark malt, bitter chocolate, dried stone fruits, and caramel with a bit of alcohol on the edges. Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with huge chocolate notes that dominate the palate and linger for some time. Reminds me a bit of a liquor-soaked chocolate cake of some kind. Bit of dark fruits, caramel, and coffee are present as well as a touch of alcohol. Still, surprisingly smooth given the 18% ABV. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a big, creamy body and low carbonation. Overall a very intense, big beer that reminds me a much more refined DFH World Wide Stout. Seriously, how is an 18% Stout so darn drinkable!?

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Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler from New Beer Distributors. Poured into a Duvel tulip and shared with a fellow beer lover.

Probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, getting a growler of an 18% abv stout, but for the price, it was a steal. And I can't let good beer go to waste.

Pours a dark, mahogany brown with minimal carbonation. Murky in the middle, but with touches of light scoring the edges. Smallish head is the tone of milk chocolate, with lots of spotty lacing as it's swirled. The legs on this brew are ridiculous, but that's par for the course given how much heat this thing is packing. The nose is, naturally, full of booze. Underneath that solid layer of ethanol is a bouquet of dark, dried fruits. We've got the cornucopia here with raisins, dates, figs and prunes, maybe even a little dried apricot. There's a sweetish malt backbone as well. Quite the unique nose for such a big stout.

The taste is pretty much exactly like the nose, with the very prevalent alcohol taste sitting heavily on the tongue. Fruity notes follow, along with very subtle nuances of baker's chocolate and a little bit of peppery spice. Nice malt component on the back end to round out a very interesting taste. For how much booze this bad boy was packing, it was really really easy to drink. The heat is never oppressively heavy and the smooth, silky mouthfeel aids in its consumption. Even as the beer warms, it's still amazingly quaffable, despite the increased alcoholic kick. The body is somewhat on the lightish side, especially for such a potent stout, but still manages to maintain a nice, velvety feel.

Solar Eclipse is a big, big stout. That 18% is definitely there and you'll feel it. You won't necessarily taste it, however, given how smooth and balanced it is, even at warmer temperatures. Quality stuff, but you'll definitely want to share it with a friend.

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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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 winter solstice edition, now opening it 7 months later as I thought it could use some age after reading reviews and considering the 18% ABV.

This pours dark, more brown than black and with zero head. STRONG aroma of dark fruits and alcohol, sweet roasted malts and toffee/molasses. Like liquor soaked plums or raisins would smell.

It tastes very strong too, with a fairly strong burning feeling after each sip. Initially sweet, lots of dark fruit like figs/raisins/plums and plenty of malt. Thick bodied and viscous, nice match for the overwhelming flavors.

This defines a sipper beer, more like a night cap than a poundable beer.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solar Eclipse, vintage 2010

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours extremely deep dark with a minimal light brown head, which is surprising, given the 18 abv of this beer. When the glass is held up to a bright light and angled, the beer is revealed as clear and amber. 

S: Alcohol, port/fortified wine, dark cherries, raisins.  Additional aromas include very toasted grains, caramel and red grape skins. 

T: Alcohol is more subdued but still present. Sweet, but I expected that. The caramel is stronger on tongue and mingles nicely with notes of port, dark cherries, and raisins. Medium-light bitterness. Finish brings rubbing alcohol tingling and numbness. 

M: Heavy body and light carbonation. Flows in mouth like water but has velvety feel and sticks to every surface it touches, in particular glass and lips.

O: Solar Eclipse drinks like a much more refined World Wide Stout. Stouts that showcase dark and dried fruits rarely rate well for me, but this is an exception. Very well tuned.  

The alcohol does become much more obvious as the beer warms, bullying other aromas and tastes. I'm curious if another year or two will tame the alcohol a bit more. Until then, I suggest thoroughly chilling beer before consuming. 

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of alcohol and chocolate malts in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the chocolate malts stand out in the taste, which is quite malty and also has raisin flavors.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is a moderate to strong amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The beer is remarkably drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2007 vintage

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Photo of kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Romulux for a nice extra.
Pours absolutely black, no visible head or carbonation and it leaves nice legs on the side of the snifter.
Smell is nicely sweet and a ton of alcohol comes through. This is boozy as hell as an 18% beer should be. There is a faint spice note, maybe cinnamon? Yep, that's it....cinnamon. Go figure. Tons of dark malt with just bare hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild vanilla as well.
Taste is sweet and creamy, smacking of dense malts, vanilla, milky coffee and bourbon. Leaves a bit of a burn on the throat, which I like. Sticky and close to cloyingly sweet, the sweetness starts it off, the spice comes in the middle and it finishes with a clingy sweetness.
This thing is dense and smooth. The lack of carbonation suits the sweetness well. It coats the palate and it is only possible to take very small sips.
Overall a very nice stout and one I wish I could get on a regular basis.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2007 vintage

The beer appears a deep, dark brown with a thin head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The nose brings a heavy dose of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor is big and bold. I'm sure age has tamed the beer to a certain extent, but it still packs a heavy punch. Flavors include roasted malt, booze, brown sugar, chocolates, dark fruits. The feel is heavy with plenty of booze. I guess it is 18% abv, after all. Overall, a pretty good beer, albeit a slow sipper. A few ounces was plenty for me.

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Kuhnhenn Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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