Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch", courtesy of JaBier. Pours brownish-black with a medium light brown head that recedes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma with a mocha note. Rich and sweet body with flavors of coffee, caramel, vanilla and malt. The finish is sweet caramel with a mild coffee aftertaste. Definitely a sipper, but the coffee aspect definitely keeps it from being over the top sweet like Southern Tier’s version. A great beer overall.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome beer and have been looking forward to trying Kuhnhenn brews for quite a while now.
A- Body is a thick viscous black/dark brown hue. Seems like its going to pour completely flat at first but then at the last second a 1/2-1 finger dark brown foamy head emerges and stays for a few seconds before it fades to a very thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Just as the name suggests. A big vanilla scent comes forward first along with sweet cream and roasted dark malt/coffee notes. Smell is more sweet than bitter but does add a very nice roasted coffee accent.
T- Much like the smell. This is much more of a sweet stout than a bitter stout and follows the milk stout style profile very well. Upfront is sweet vanilla and cream with a big roasted malt java backbone. The roasted malt flavor comes through a bit more for the finish as well as the initial flavors intensifying.
P- Low to medium carbonation and a very nice, rich, smooth and creamy milky body.
O-This is a great beer overall and definitely Trumps Southern Tier’s offering. Wonderful, sweet, rich, and creamy. It almost becomes cloying after 1/2 a growler but it takes much much longer than ST’s offering to reach this point (about 3 oz). great beer overall and I am looking forward to trying more from this brewery.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 03-30-2009 02:49:02
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Kuhnhenn (Solstice 08 from notes). Pours a cloudy brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was as advertised: big sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, mocha, and coffee. The flavor seemed to be a step down from the nose: it had more coffee, less of the Creme Brulee influence and was on the thin side. There were still caramelized malts, but not to the level of the nose. Light-medium bodied. This needs to be imperialized (looks like I got my wish).
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap @ RnH: Dark arouma of candy, starbucks frappachino drink. Nice roasty dark malts and a little thin and some astringency. Arouma >> taste.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at RnH. Pours near black with a tan head. Super sweet aroma with coffee, caramel, and vanilla. The flavor has sweet caramel, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnuts, and coffee. Really sweet but damn tasty if you’re into this kind of beer.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 on tap at hopcat..black pour with small brown head. aroma is of wonderful coffee and toffee...caramel and hints of milk sugar...flavor is a letdown and oxidized. caramel, chocolate, diacetyl..aroma gives no indication of this, so it is a bit of a disappointment
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at at the Great Taste 2009. Pour was dark with a very well balanced vanilla and caramel aroma. Flavors were amazing with brown sugar, more vanilla, caramel, malt, and chocolate. Everything was very well balanced and nothing was too sweet or overpowering. Very fine brew.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had 10 oz. glass of this on tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, MI. I really couldn’t decide on what to get, so I just went with what sounded tasty. My first from this brewery, and I am definitely not disappointed.
It was a very dark brown/black with a nice creamy head. It had a great aroma! Nutty, caramel, dark roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla...it was just a great smell. Taste wasn’t quite as amazing, however it was a really tasty stout. Nice, sweet, smooth, light mouthfeel, mmm perfect! This is everything I enjoy about a stout.
DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer #37 of 42 at GTMW, 8-8-09. Finally hit the Kuhnhenn tent and got this much buzzed about beer (not the Brain Freeze version though, the Slurpee machine was out). Nice stout color in my narrow taster glass, solid black, very little head. Smell is a creamy ice cream in a root beer float. Just a little bit of harsh stout bitterness. Taste does have some root beer indeed, some cream, again some stout harshness. But it does go right down my mouth very smoothly.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GTMW ’09 - Pours jet black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is hazelnut, coffee, and nice roast. Taste is more of the same with a nice sweetness that never becomes cloying. And even though the smell blasts you in the face, I never felt like the coffee was too much. It just blended in with the other flavors. It’s smooth as hell and made me sad when I got to the bottom of my glass. One of the best beers I drank all day.