MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to RagallachMC for the bottle. I think this is the first Kuhnhenn beer that Iíve actually rated (I have a few cellared). I probably should have started somewhere else.
Pours deep brown with a smallish head. Aroma of dust and cardboard, alcohol, dark malts and prunes. Maybe a little liquorice and chocolate in there, but the big alcohol taste covers the subtleties fairly well. This might have improved with age, but I doubt it would ever be a upper class stout.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz via my Kuhnhenn hookup hoppymeal. Shared with my GF Cyn, my friends Geoff and Chris, most went to me and Cyn. Nice to see that the last rating came from a shared bottle between two ratebeerians iíve traded with. Peer fizzed. Pours black with a head that quickly faded. Nose is mighty huge with coffee and choco. Taste is sweet, and rich and the alcohol comes through really big. This is good, but really boozy and not and interesting. Its definetly higher than a low 3, but lower than 4, so Iíd say its going middle.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared with MrBendo. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is coffee, cocoa and a touch of molasses. Medium body with tangy carb. Taste is chocolate, coffee grounds and dark fruits with a bitter alcohol finish. Quite boozy but understandable at 18%.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black body with a small tan head. Sweet chocolaty nose with molasses, licorice and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet and moderately bitter with anise, chocolate, toffee, raisins and rum. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation. The finish is long and warm.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to TheRealBastard for this special offering. Poured black with a huge tan head. Aroma of fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. This one may be painful. Real heavy body. Thick. Some fruit and chocolate but the alcohol just overpowers it half way through. What a mess.
3fourths (8798) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Popped the cap and it starts slowly foaming out. Into a snifter with a patchy brown head on top of a nearly-pitch black body. Nose full of milk, cottage cheese, and dough scents from the overabundance of yeast, on top of what may be some chocolate malt and smoke, but really it’s tough to get much under the yeast and sweet-hot alcohol. Hugely thick up front, then sweet, then hot and biting, then warming the back of the mouth and throat with a resinous black tar and char flavor that smoothes out over time much like bourbon. Interesting, and not completely disgusting like I was expecting.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Artusory. Super boozy aroma, totally ridiculous harsh. There is definitely some chocolate malt in there but its masked by pure vodka/rum. Theres a huge head on the pour but its quickly destroyed by the alcohol. Flavor is actually quite nice, behind the booziness there is a wonderful plummy sweetness are rich chocolately notes. Fruitier than a normal IS, the sweetness really does this well.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow,my favorite style at 18%,to begin this journey it poured slow and thick like molasses in to my glass,as i am pouring i get this smell of sweetness and coffee,it stops with a small almost faint head into dark blackness,now my first sip i was overwhelmed at how sweet it was but as i warmed up it turned into a great sipping desert,with hints of chocolate and alcohol,alot of it to,if you can find it try one and you like i will have a graet experience with one of the strongest RIS i have hadCHEERS!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of styles. Wow, not what I was expecting. Very hot on the tongue, but really tasteless and dry finish. Odd brew. If youíve got one, sit on it for 3-4 yrs atleast. Alcohol heat obliterates all other flavors.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to MIketd for the trade! 18%? Crap! Pours a wierd deep brownish muddled with a fizzy diminishing headd- not very black as expected mostly because of the name but whatever. Aroma is tons of fruity esters, fusel hot alcohols, tons of toffee, caramel and molsasses- with some light chocolate and nutty hints- not stoutish enough though. Tons of solventy alcohol, esters, fruits in the flavor with paint thinnner as it warms- insanely sweet and cloying with brown sugar, toffee, honey and maple syrup- agian just ntoes of chocolate, no roast and not really stout-like. Burning alcohol in the end. Very hot, and kinda messy.