Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!"
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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?
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Decent black color. Tan to light brown head. Soy like aroma. Saline flavors. Decent beer but perhaps over-aged??? The soy like qualities really threw me.
jtw (1119) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at brewery. solid black, gorgeous tan head leaving a touch of lace.13.5% ??? good god. that canít be. smells like coffee, licorice, raisins and grapes, lots more fruit than is really describable. TONS of malt and residual sugars--more hops would make this an absolutely perfect imperial stout.