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Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout

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Formerly brewed at Kuhnhenn Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Warren, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanLaursen (3063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012
Bottle at Papsø tasting. Ghee, this is black-black. With no head. Prunes, licorice, roasted malts in the nose. Flavor is more impressive. Overripe fruity, darkly hidden secrets, sweet sticky licorice syrup, coffe roast. A bit too boozy. And maybe a bit too old? Full body, engine oily, flat carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of footbalm/douglas88. Pours an opaque black with no head. Very sweet chocolate aroma, almost milk chocolate, and....ammonia! Sweet, rich body, completely flat, sweet roast and licorice with a warming alcohol finish. Very rustic indeed. 120412

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark black. Nose is dark licorice and boozy. Way complex imp stout. It’s got a layer followed by another level. Overall has lots of sweetness but by no means cloying. Rich and intense with dark fruit roasted malts. Easy to drink way too easy drink. Abv totally hidden. Finish is sweet woody and good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
From notes: Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when and a thin dark mocha head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing. Sweet boozy aroma with lots of toasted malt, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and marshmallow as well as vinous fruit, especially grape, raisin and plum. Chewy medium body with a nice balance of sweet booze, roasted malt, silky chocolate and vinous dark fruit. A bit hot up front with lots of boozy alcohol flavor but this is quickly countered by a sweet and slightly roasty malt presence. Hints of silky bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, coffee bean, hazelnut and caramel. There’s also a slight earthy oak presence that gives off notes of vanilla and marshmallow, slightly mellowing things out a bit. More sweetness toward the end of the palate with hints of vinous raisin, fig, grape and plum. Although the alcohol is evident throughout, the ABV is decently masked with subtle warmth in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty tasty but has a bit too strong of an alcohol flavor. Nevertheless, this beer is still tasty and pretty quaffable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2010
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with zero head. Aroma is mild, oats, toast, coffee, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, toast, chocolate, booze, rum. Finish is very full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (10953) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle. Black. Edge head, no lacing. Aroma of burnt espresso, taste has roasted coffee, plums, raisins, vanilla. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack34 (639) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
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!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
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.


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