Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 12-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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194
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24
For Trade:
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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company out of Warren, Michigan.

Score: 85

December 2012 vintage bottle served in a Tyranena snifter and enjoyed on 01/25/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Tradional Russian imperial stout color with minimal head off the pour. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3/5

Smell: A vanilla and booze bomb! Bourbon, brown sugar, oak, fudge and caramel too. Tiramisu? Has a dessert-like sweetness in the nose that reminds me of Scotty Karate. The nose is well integrated and bold. Very complex, but apparently sweet. 4/5

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon, light caramel and a LOT of perky spice. Was this aged in rye barrels? Plenty of booziness too, borderline fusel-esque at room temperature. Has a vanilla undertone, but where is the intense vanilla from the nose? Not as sweet as nose led on. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, no carbonation whatsoever. Boozy warmth and spiciness pair well. Very dry finish. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer is high in unashamedly high in ABV, but it is no World Wide Stout. Worthy of a tick, not worth seeking out. Kuhnhenn's American Imperial Stout was not barrel aged, but it was much better.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours viscous with a surprising khaki head. Leggy and sugary as I swirl it. Not quite inky.

Smell - Bourbon, lots of booze. Chocolate. Vanilla. Raisins. Big and caramely. Even fruity.

Taste - Big bourbon flavor. Very sharp alcohol. Raisins and caramel behind it. Chocolate in the back. Slightly bitter, possibly from the malts.

Mouthfeel - Well it's incredibly boozy. Medium low carbonation. Sipper.

Overall - Sluggish as hell, but I can't deny that it's tasty.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason. Served in a snifter.

A - Thin tan foam settles to nothing. Very dark brown body. Wasn't expecting much, and I got exactly that.

S - Jeebus, this is quite boozy! Soy, chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, anise. Not a ton of distinct oak and bourbon character, just a reinforcement of the extant booze and charry notes in the base beer.

T - The taste is pretty similar with the aroma, albeit not quite as boozy. Again, soy, smoke, roasted malts, cocoa, light oak and bourbon. Like the American Imperial Stout it's extremely well-attenuated, with maybe a bit more dark fruit.

M - Viscous, chewy, full body, with a smooth texture, and lower carbonation. Finishes hot and boozy. Exactly what you'd expect from an 18% beer aged in a bourbon barrel.

D - A definite sipper, although it didn't drink a ton hotter than something like Road Rash. Either be ready to share this many ways, or don't plan on drinking anything afterward. This might be fantastic in a few months, but at this stage I liked the American Imperial Stout a little more.

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