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Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout

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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2004
draft at brewery. solid black, gorgeous tan head leaving a touch of lace.13.5% ??? good god. that cant 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
On tap at the brewery. Body was black as night with a tan head. Malty, roasty, bitter chocolate, molasses and carmel were all in the aroma. A molasses taste with hints of carmel and lots of roasty malts. A clingly mouthfeel that lasted a while. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
On tap: Great aroma. Nice coffee, black licorice, light chocolate aroma. Dark brown, virtually black. Small tan head. The aroma is not the best indicator of what to expect in the taste. Mostly black coffee with some light licorice. Finishes kind of salty and sour. No real chocolate presence. Doesnt live up to my expectations of an imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 November 2004 draught. At first I thought this was the much famed Russian Imperial Stout from 2002, but this is in fact a different recipe. Dark brown appearance, completely clouded over with a dark dark burnt tan head that is retained very well. Very intensely nutty and burnt aroma; lots of black malt, and roasted barley. Dry on the nose is an understatement. Flavor, however, is surprisingly much more balanced, with plenty of caramel adding sweetness. Good chocolatey tones throughout and a lovely milk-chocolate finish. Lightly bitter roast throughout, low hops apparency. Light nutty coffee notes, a touch of yeast and no alcohol whatsoever. Body is a bit lighter than expected, though it makes it that much more drinkable. A bit too bitter on the finish, with all the roast, but its still superb.

November 2005 draught Thick, tar-like pour is black with deep browns near the edges and a fluffy tan head perched atop that retains well and provides plenty of lacing. Carbonation is evident from the bubbly head and apparent bubbles surfacing. The nose is very malt oriented, with salt, prunes, milk chocolate and a bit of sharp brandy-like notes from the alcohol. Pieces of ashen barley really break on the palate, as the brown sugar and salty chocolate try to balance (which they do, to some extent). Hops are subtle (for the style) and provide juicy, green hop belches, retronasal. The flavor is full of cocoa steeped in molasses, very dry with definite peanut-brittle suggestions, raisins and light prunes. High amount of bitterness on the end, seemingly comes out of nowhere, as the hop flavor is low on this one. Mouthfeel is not syrupy, nor particularly heavy, though some soy sauce-like notes do crowd the palate on the end. Carbonation is firm, though low.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
at my favorite brewery from the tap poured black with a nice size dark tan head. aroma malts, barley, caramel, honey,chocolate covered cherries, toffee, alcohol. flavor, malts, barley, caramel, honey,toffee bitter sweet chocolate, some hopshas a very nice sweetness to it,hint of bitterness. hides the alcohol well.I think this is one of best beers that has come out of this brewery

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