Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar EclipseKuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse
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:
129
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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195
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but quite strong and boozy.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of duceswild
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 11/18/13 notes. Pleasantly surprised to see this still on tap at Beer Authority in NYC, and even happier to see it was a 10 oz. pour. Served in wine glass stemware. 2012 vintage.

a - Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident. A thick looking big stout, looks very nice.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, toasted malts, burnt malts, molasses, oak, sugar, and light smoke. Also got some toffee as it warms up. Awesome nose, and the alcohol is well hidden.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, roasted malts, milk chocolate, fudge, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt malts, oak, molasses, sweet dark fruits, leather, coconut, and smoke. Taste is a little bit sweeter than the nose with more bourbon, very light alcohol, and more fudge. Awesome taste.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Thick and chewy, with a motor oil-ish body. Alcohol is crazily well hidden. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I think the normal Solar Eclipse is a good stout but very strong and nothing mind blowing, but this version is fantastic. It someone tastes lower in ABV than the base beer; I couldn't believe this was 18% ABV. Tons of complexity and the bourbon is great in the taste and nose. Highly recommend, would love to get some bottles of this one.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Black with one finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Massive sweet vanilla and bourbon aromas up front. Some oak and chocolate fudge aromas are also present. Huge overall barrel presence and an amazing overall nose.

T - The barrel really dominates, as the nose indicated. Big oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours with a warming alcohol presence that cuts through the sweetness. Some chocolate fudge and roast notes as well but they definitely take the back seat to the barrel notes. Considering the 18% ABV, this is fairly easy drinking.

M - Full bodies. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

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4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a pitch black color with a slight bit of brown head.

The aroma has bittersweet chocolate, soy and umami, booze, dark fruit, and some booze. A deep woody character as well.

The flavor follows with a bit of chocolate in the front, and then carrying onto this strong woody bitterness. There's a sweet roasty malt that balances that slightly, but a very barrel forward and bitter beer (for the style).

The mouthfeel is heavy, but not very huge on the palate.

The ABV is actually well hidden despite the booze in there. A very well done beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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