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American Imperial Stout by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
American Stout
12.50 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 5 8 2009
12oz Wax Capped

12.5%

Received 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 its 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.

Reviewed: 3/15/08

Served In: Snifter

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