jimmack34 (632) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours thick dark brown with a nice tan head that quickly disapates. Smells of roasted coffee and sweet malt. Tastes of dark roasted coffee, some mocha, slightly smokey, and long, sweet aftertaste. The beer does get thin and watery as it warms, but very good, none the less.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle ... I threw my back out and wanted to treat myself. This works. Nose throws a mix of coffee/roast and berry/sweet...apparent bitterness. It takes some work to formulate a head. Flavor put me back. Unbelievable! A dark chocolate bitterness hides behind an upfront (and unique) cherry/blackberry, plum...this is not your normal impy stout. Very, very rich, thick, syrup like palate...decadent. The kind of beer that you cannot put down ... you want to keep tasting, then think, then immediately taste again. Such a complex, cool beer. And unfortunately, probably another beer I’ll never see again. A NON CLOYING VERSION OF DARK LORD. Thanks Derek!!!!
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Pours a deep brownish black hue with little to no head.
S- Smells a lot like 5th dementia, deep caramel hues, mixed berries, dark fruity undertones. Quite a bit different from the coffee / roasted malt smell I was expecting.
T- Sweet, caramel, fig, raisin, hidden hints of blackberry dominate the first wave of taste. I have never had a beer before that had such a distinct first and second phase to the taste as Kuhnhenns AIS. The first few seconds, as previously described tasted more like a barleywine or an old ale. Once that rounded itself out and you thought the flavor was over a deep wave of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt flooded the tongue. It was just like a good long hop bitterness in a DIPA but instead of bitterness, there was a wave of coffee. This second wave didnt present at all until after the original taste had subsided.
M- Low carbonation (it has been in the cellar a couple years) with a high viscosity.
D- This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever tasted and certainly one of the best imperial stouts I have had. It’s definitely not your traditional imperial stout. This makes me wish I flew over for the winter solstice so I could have tasted the BA version.
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with no head. A pleasant licorice and dark chocolate aroma, with soy sauce notes. In mouth, a sweetish cherry blossom with warming alcohol, and light licorice. Rich and complex. Tasted at Mondiale 2007.
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dégusté avec french tickler et agaguk le 5 juin 2007.
<b>*Drank at le Mondial 07*</b>Opaque black, oily poor with no head. Aromas of dark chocolate, prunes, coffee, soya, black cherries and a hint of vanilla and port. WoW! This is an impy? ... Very creamy, oily mouthfeel.... Good sweetness and somewhat a little salty? Added flavors of molasses, hint of hickory, alcohol, maple syrup, dark chocolate, black cherries and prunes.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got some soy sauce smell right when I opened it. Somewhat dry finish also. 12oz bottle poured flat black in my plastic cup. Very slow sipper, chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, and coffee were the majority of the flavors pulled from this. Recommended.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz, wax dipped, bottle acquired in trade with badbeer (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with a small sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, and I"m getting a little woodiness. Tastes of dark fruits (more than the aromas and included raisins, prunes, and cherries), chocolate, roast, and coffee. Smooth and creamy body with the alcohol well hidden. Kuhnhenn beers can go either way, and this one was pretty darn good. My 5 year old smelled this and said it smelled like pineapples mixed with sweet patatoes...
dalekliz (826) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thank you to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Huge toasted malt aroma, with hints of brandy, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel. Big sweet taste of malt, brandy, a lot of dark fruit with chocolate that builds as it goes. Just a hint of an alcohol bite. Heavy mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness of fruit and chocolate. Absolutely wonderful.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz I believe from hoppymeal, and another Derek beer, Derek you rule, so yes, this is cool and special and why the hell not crack this bitch, shared with Dalekliz and my GF Cyn, biggest pour for me in my reidel snifter. Pours black with a ridiculosly beautifal head a trippy fractal ying tang. Killer, nose is huge, big big robust smooth malts and roasty, coffee. Taste is sweet, full of coffee rich bitterness and overall an incredible feat of smoothness. 12.5% is where? this is alc hidden from a brewer that can hide and sometimes doesn’t hide well enough, on the day my birthday token arrives from them, I give back a big cheer for a great beer.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Wax Capped
Recieved this is a trade awhile back from Badbeer. Kuhnhenn’s American Imperial Stout slowly gurgles black as night from the bottle. A small swirling head is all I can muster even as I pour a little aggressively. The small head that does form fades quickly to an oil slick and a skimpy ring. A Small head is expected on such a big beer but I was hoping for something more than I got.
The aroma on this beer is huge! Big brandy-like berriness runs throughout with a healthy dose melted dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. Each swirl brings about under-ripe berries but that fades as the head does. Ghost like alcohol in the background that adds some spice and tickles the nose hair.
Flavor seems to move in stride with the aroma. The berries are there and bright but he dark chocolate is rich and creamy in the mouth. There’s a flash of that greenness I mentioned in the aroma and a sharp but quick bitterness on the finish form the giant roastiness. This beer really shines as it gets close to room temperature!
The mouthfeel matches the flavor in it’s sheer size. Thick body, creamy and slick. Like sipping on some used motor oil. That may not sound too good but it fits this beer nicely.
This goes down pretty easy for such a big rich beer. One bottle is plenty but makes a great cold weather sipper.
I haven’t had the opportunity to sample much from Kuhnhenn’s but what I have tried has been very good! There seemed to be the smallest amount of oxidation but it ended up complimenting the other elements.