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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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4.33/5
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130 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
130
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 17
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage into Villeroy Snifter

Pours a glowing mocha head with visible carbonation from the bottom and a nice hiss when opened. Slightly surprised at the hiss at such a high abv for some reason.

S: Aroma of sweet raisins, caramel, mocha roasted malt, toffee and cocoa.

T: Sweet dark fruit with raisins toffee and caramel. Smokey and oakey along with some hints of soy sauce. Cocoa flavors are strong along with the burnt cotton candy and hints of vanilla oak. This is delicious stuff :) . Hidden booze that is extremely drinkable. Cocoa and vanilla beans merging with oak and licorice at the end drying it out. Definitely my preference to a syrupy thick mess of a RIS.

M: lighter in body than expected but better than a thicker variety to make it easier to go down

O: overall very happy to have tried this and look forward to this again one day further down the road. Hoping to one day make it to the brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours near pitch black, but ends up being just a really dark burnt sienna color. Almost no froth, but some minimal tan bubbles; not surprising considering the massive ABV on this.

(S)- Big notes of cocoa and raisin. Equally big rich notes of vanilla and caramel barrel oak notes.

(T)- Again, like the smell, very big notes of raisin and a bourbon-like burnt caramel sweetness. Subtle vanilla and cocoa show up as it warms. Very nice barrel characteristics.

(M)- It has a mellow carbonation level, but it fits due to how huge this is. Despite its massive body, the 18%ABV is extremely well hidden and overall, quite a smooth beer.

(O)- It is just great how well Kuhnhenn can hide their massive ABV beers, and this one is no different. A quality BA stout that definitely surprises you with its immense richness, but restrained booziness and great balance that shows the barrel quite well. Not positive how well this would age, but its definitely worth trying this now if you have one.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jegross2
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to buzze40 for this beer in a recent IP trade! Thanks Brian! Really looking forward to another BA Kuhnhenn beer that I havent tried before!

poured into a tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 1/21/13.

Appearance: pitch black boided beer with a thin medium brown cap resulting from a hard pour. The cap on the beer quickly drops down to a small ring.

Smell: Huge coconut notes just off the charts coconuts! Barrel notes are huge as well oak and bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla with hints of leather and dark fruits.

Taste: Deep whiskey/barrel notes of coconut, oak, tobacco, leather, and a light char. Fudgy bourbon, with a hint roasty and smokey notes. Finishes with a touch of vanilla sweetness and bittersweet milk chocolates. This is awesome!

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Its such a great sipper beer. So smooth! Really silky as well. And it has the perfect amount of bubbles in this beer. Almost perfection! You honestly would not think its 18% unless you looked at the label.

Overall: What a monster BA RIS made by Kuhnhenn! This is way better than Avery's Uncle Jacobs Stout. I am beyond impressed by this beer brewed by Kuhnhenn. You could honestly sip on this for a long time.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Solar Eclipse from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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