Kuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Lunar EclipseKuhnhenn Lunar Eclipse

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 12-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by jale:
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3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A: Pours black with a good two fingers of tan head.

S: Belgian yeast, banana, slight roasted malt.

T: Taste is much the same. Belgian up front with some roasted malt in the middle and mild hop bitterness in the finish. This beer seems muddled and flavors don't blend well.

M: Medium sticky body with great carbonation.

O: One and done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a tan head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with large amounts of pine hops and hints of medium fruits and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the sweetness isn't as heavy. Smooth dark malts up front are joined by hints of roast and large amounts of pine hops backed by citrus. Small amounts of yeast spiciness come in midway before quickly fading. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this wasn’t a beer that I would like to have a lot of, but it was interesting for the amount that I had. Not worth seeking out but worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought an understated imperial stout. Smelled roasty, very balck with brown head. Would pass as a very decent RIS. Not thick, but chocolate, rich malt.Mouthfeel average. Good drinkability. Perfect carbonation.Peter Chiado's bottle from the brewery.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on tap at the Good Life in Massapequa Park, NY. This beer presented nicely with a mahogoany color and a creamy head with mild lacing. The nose waa of malty sweetness. Not as stong as I expected with a brew boasting an 11% ABV. The tase was of malty sweetness which was well balanced by a very nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall this is a very drinkable well balanced session brew that I would be glad to partake in again. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of davod23
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an odd beer. American Black Ale, you say? Hmm. Poured into a Darkness snifter from the bottle. Thanks Eric!

Appearance is pretty nice. A very dark brown, near black, with ruddy red around the edges. A head develops but doesn't have much staying power.

Smell is... good. It's got quite a bit of herbal hop character. A bit of booze. Some sweet smells try to get through as well, but are difficult to discern. Molasses or brown sugar, perhaps.

Taste is not that good. This beer is fairly confused. Or perhaps I am the confused one. In any case, I'm getting a fair bit of sweetness on the front end, caramelized sugars, blackstrap molasses. Bitter finish, with the herbal hops making their presence known. Oddly astringent. The one positive was that the 11% abv was pretty well hidden here, despite a bit of solvency.

Mouthfeel was okay. A bit thin. Meh.

Drinkability was also only okay. One bottle was more than enough for my taste.

Worth a shot if you're looking for a tick. But this beer lacks direction, isn't put together all that well. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taproom 307 in NYC; pours pitch black color with zero light coming through and a small tan head that left good lacing; looks like a stout.

Smells of floral hops, caramel, molasses, sweet malt, rum, bourbon or other alcohol - you can smell the heat. Smells like an IPA and barleywine mixed together, with the strong sweet malts mixing with the hops for a very dynamic aroma.

Tastes like cocoa, toffee, floral hops, caramel, molasses, citrus hops, sweet malt, rum, bourbon or other alcohol; too sweet for an IPA, this tastes like a barelywine. It was not bad, in fact it was actually good tasting and complex, but just misclassified with a real identity crisis and a very strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick with no carbonation, a heavy body and an alcohol burn that sizzles each sip. Low drinkability, I had to sip this.

Overall it was decent, and would have been better in the winter. Not a typical Black IPA as I’ve come to expect them, but worth a try because the look, smell and taste will not be what you expect.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Peter of Flying Monkeys, 355ml bottle into some snifters. Winter Solstice 2010 bottling. Civic day tasting.

Poured a dark brown with a lighter brown head, some mahogany around the edges. Good legs. Nose holds rich dark fruits, strong booze notes, milk chocolate and a some slight nuttiness. Taste has raisins and dark chocolate, with a powerful roast character. Indiscriminate rich dark fruits again; sticky mouthfeel and a lengthy bitter and roasty finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, and although apparent in the nose, the booze isn't inhibitive here. Nice, but not outstanding.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up by my mom at the Winter Solstice event. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings a very dark beer with a single-finger light tan head that fades down into a thin collar quickly but leaves a good deal of lacing behind. The nose is a bit off with some cherry and oxidation. Not much of a hop component--maybe some earthy hops in the background. The taste is a bit dry and astringent with some cherry, dark fruits, sweet malt, and a bit of bitterness. Medium body with a dry, slightly-metallic finish. Not terribly drinkable. I would not want to have this again.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that looks slightly reddish on the edges. Half a finger of tan head that faded to a thin ring and left the sides of the glass clean.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, yeast, piney hops, a little banana, caramel. Has a bit of alcohol on the nose with some fruity eithers.

T - Some alcohol burn, burnt caramel, cocoa, piney hops, caramel, licorice. Really rich and deep flavors, although the alcohol detracts a little bit. This is a big beer, flavor is decent.

M - Close to full bodied, moderate carbonation, bittering finish.

O - Not a bad beer, its a bit of a sipper, but I liked it as far as black IPAs goes. Wouldn't mind this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Derek.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: An intensely fruity nose to this beer. Lots of pineapple and fresh orange juice. There's definitely alcohol present (and not surprising at 11%). The roast and chocolate notes are not as prevalent as in other beers of the style.

T: Very intense tropical fruit flavors to this beer. Pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, and orange give an intense fruitiness and a mild sweetness. Not super bitter, but there is a nice bite to the beer. A mild roasted malt flavor and a bit citric feeling.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I personally found this to be a fantastic beer. An amazing fruitiness to it, just a little bit on the boozy side.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

next one up.

i was looking for something tasty last night, but not a stout. it was dark in the bottle, but when i held it up to the fridge light i saw a bit of clear copper color shine through. no indication of what it is or strength on the label.

comes across as an imperial CDA. first couple sips echo big hoppy imp stouts like smuttynose or bolshoi, but slowly i get a buildup of grapefruit flavors on my palate. there is even an inkling of star anise in the finish here. i can tell its a big beer, but there is no stickiness and very little warmth. the beer took me 2 hours to drink a 12oz, so probably not a repeater. it has the heft of an old ale but none of the balancing dry/roast qualities. still, it's an interesting experience in the CDA realm. probably my least favorite solstice beer thusfar but still eeks out a 3ish.

note: some websites seem to think this was brewed with a belgian yeast. i got absolutely no indication of that.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from Masterski. Thank you, Alex.

Black with dark reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. There's plenty of fine carbonation here. The nose is surprisingly excellent given the very mixed reviews here. Plenty of hops, with pine and grapefruit pith leading the way. Right away, I can tell this is going to rather bitter. In addition, there's a herbal and spearmint-like sharpness to the hop character. There's a significant creamy aspect to the nose as well, along with a nice blend of cocoa and roast. In some ways, a RIS/IPA hybrid, an interesting beer alround. I don't get much Belgian influence here.

The palate opens with a rather surprising sucralose-like sweetness along with a definite alcohol bite. Sugary sweet and boozy, this is intense! There's cocoa,caramel, a little licorice, some coffee liqueur and a modest grainy bitterness. The hops, particularly the pine, work nicely here, with the pine taking on a candied character. Bitterness is moderate, tempered in part by the sweetness. Boozy on the finish with a distinct sweetness and grainy and hoppy bitterness, this beer is medium-full in body and has a wonderful, fine carbonation.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a generous extra from normyk. Thanks a ton, Will (Rob, Rabbit man...) Winter Solstice release 2010 I do believe. Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours a thick, heavy black with a tiny cap of foam that slowly turns into a thin foam ring around the edges. Murky, cloudy bubbles in the middle. Only the slightest amount of lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus notes like orange zest, lemon peel and the slightest hints of pineapple, and bits of chocolate and pine. I'm picking up a bit of brown sugar, vanilla and oak and other earth tones. Reminds me more of an IPA/DIPA than this foreign style of Black Ale which is unfamiliar to me. So I guess I'm really don't know what to expect.

T - Flavors of citrus, but only mildly compared to the smell. Tastes of lemon, orange, roast malts, wood and earth. A little boozy quality and finishing flavor of pine. Little bit of tabacco and leather too. An interesting flavor, unlike anything I've had before. Not sure if I'm digging it, but it is interesting...

M - A little creamy, but slightly on the lighter side (tiny bit watery). The carbonation is pretty good, tingly feeling and sensation after each drink. There is really no heat from the booze, so that's kind of nice.

D - Its pretty easy to drink when its cold, but when it warms up and more flavors come out, it turns into a sipper. The ABV is only noticable in the feeling you get after you drink about half a bottle, but not too noticable in the smell or flavor. A very interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of gordavidson
1.72/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a deep, dark red liquid, bordering on dark brown. There is just a bit of light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thick and creamy and has some good retention.

S- Oranges, dark chocolate, smoke, and alcohol. Nothing really seems to mesh... and the more I get into it, the more I dislike it.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Hot and sweet with a terrible aftertaste. The alcohol presence is abhorrent.

M- A nice body with a smooth amount of carbonation, but the alcohol heat kills it.

D- The flavors don't mesh and the alcohol is harsh. I don't get it. Drain pour for me.

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Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of surlytheduff
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with distinct ruby highlights; a finger of foam sits on top of the liquid, retaining nicely and leaving plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate fudge, wort, burnt sugar and vague booze and fruit elements

Taste: Chocolate fudge and caramel, up front, with a grainy/fruity character developing; in the middle, it gets somewhat boozy, bringing what is left of the hop elements into the picture; burnt sugar, fudge and booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Flipping through the reviews of this beer, I was rather surprised I liked it as much as I did; time has settled down the hops and the beer is now very malty and tastes more like a strong ale than an American Black

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Photo of waltersrj
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Pitch black...lunar eclipse. Some small almost lifeless bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Nose: Chocolate, banana, clove, dank hops, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste: Brown sugar, syrupy sweet like WWS, banana, cloves, brown sugar and the usual Khunhenn alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and viscous.

Overall: Not my favorite style but decent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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