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Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Kuhnhenn Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Warren, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
An American example of an English style of beer made for the Russian Royals. This ale deep black in color, finally released after being aged for 16 months. Made using large amounts of malt and roasted barley yields the most robust beer we make. Thick coffee like flavor and aroma. This beer is well hopped and finishes bitter. This is a real treat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Draft sampler at brewpub when I was up for Bengals game. Black color with an average light brown head that lasted and had good lacing. Complex roasted chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Full body with a smooth sticky texture. Same complex roasted and fruit flavor with a solid small bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21769) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2006 Bottled. Opaque dark black. Aroma of anise and licorice. Sweet and thick like oil. Very full bodied. Flavourwise itís like chocolate cake covered in cocoa and tar with a punch of liqueur. Complex, but too covered in syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
My first new Kuhnhenn since they became famous. Extra thick dark brown. No carbonation and no head. Rich, fudgey, roasty and slightly soapy aroma. Ultra thick, flat body. Very unique blackberry accent amidst all the big malts and subtle roast. Fun beer. Wish I took better notes - there was much more going on I havenít written about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
This imperial stout pours a dark black color. Small to no head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet and floral. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Touch of floral hops. Very smooth. Touch of alcohol oiliness at 13.5%. Very complex and full bodied. Nice beer. It does hide the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8698) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Deep blackish pour with a 2-finger brown head. Great appearance for this one. The aroma was big molasses, black cherry, dark chocolate, some toffee nuts, brown sugar, and oats. I didnít get any coffee from this one, but I got tons of chocolate, molasses, and fruit. The flavor was roasty dark chocolatey, with a big oaty cherry molasses mid-palate and finish. Dense and complex, this is an another elite entry into an already stacked category. "Yes, let the darkness flow through you and your anger consume you. Your transformation to the dark side is almost complete!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5654) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Poured a pitch black color with a medium sized, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of anise, roasty malt, chocolate, and nuts. Taste was roasty, with lots of sweet chocolate, tobacco, intense coffee bitterness, rhum, and sharp alcohol in the finish. Solid mouthfeel. Thanks cquiroga!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Jet black liquid silently hits the glass. Abundance of tiny rich-cinnamon bubbles. Very subdued aroma of butter, doughy yeast, and vanilla taffy. Light swirl releases a hint of cookie malt, but little else. Prickly carbonation becomes creamier as it sits on the palate. Initially bittersweet with an odd display of rum balls, brash wool, and soy sauce. Overly beefy for its own good, with a reckless abandonment toward finesse. Somewhat slick in body, with a buttery popcorn edge to go along with the excessive huskiness and overstated metallic notes. Defined malt richness is short lived and becomes secondary to the inordinate level of graininess. Finishes with tar and tongue-numbing black licorice notes, with whispers of espresso, but more disharmoniously than anything else, as harsh, muddled yeast, chestnuts, and bittersweet chocolate compound the trainwreck of flavors. Given the brutish strength that this possesses, itís remarkably dull, aromatically. And although the alcohol is well masked, saying the flavor needs to be more polished, would be the understatement of the year. 4 oz. was very difficult to stomach. Thanks for the gift, cquiroga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours black with a small head. Aroma is complex and has lots of chocolate coffee and malt. Flavor is again very complex, lots of chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits as well. Tastes very rounded, probably because it was aged for 16 month before being served. I wonder what it would taste like unaged?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2005
On tap at Kuhnhenn 11/26/05 served in a tulip. Listed at 13% so perhaps a different recipe this year? Black as Vader in the glass with a deep brown fat-bubbled head. Over top roastiness, coffee aroma. Big malt flavors and intense bitterness, all this smoothed over by the care in aging. Rich and wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Draft @ kuhnhenn. Pours a thick dark black color with a dark tan head that is very bubbly. Bubbbles trudge through this mass attempting to reach the top. Nose is light coffee, some chocolate, lots of roatsed malt. WOW, thickest beer ever. Like molasses in my mouth, and there is quite a bit of sugary, carmel, coffee, chocolate mollases taste going on here. My mouth says no more, but I need to keep going. It is so thick and heavy. Burnt sugars and lots of roasted malt star here.

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