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Road Rash Imperial Stout by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
12.50 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
64oz Growler

I received this growler today from one of the greatest traders out there, thanks Derek! Road Rash glug glugs from the growler and is black as Lucifer's soul. This sucker actually devours the light in the room. A rich chocolate brown head rose easily on the pour but fizzled to a thin skimming fairly quickly. There is a nice collar left behind that leaves part of itself on the wall of the glass after each drink. This is the picture that pops into my head when I think of a huge boozy stout.

The nose on this beast is impressive to say the least. Dark berries burst from the snifter up front along with a sweet milk chocolate and an underlying booziness. A deep pull allows the milk chocolate to morph into cocoa and finally rich dark chocolate. The nose has everything from toasty to lightly roasty grains, vanilla, and coffee grounds. The booziness tickles the nose a bit but doesn't get in the way at all. I find it difficult to pull my nose from the glass.

The graininess is more toasty than roasty which is a bit of a surprise to me and very well received. The fruitiness isn't as vivid as the nose led on but still gets things started. All sorts of chocolates wash over the tongue from the milk variety to heavily dark to baker's. Don't let me forget cocoa, but that doesn't join until the swallow. Coffee grounds join the mix along with the faint vanilla. I was warned this one may be a bit warm but the alcohol seems extremely well integrated. When this beer was out of the fridge it was a little on the hot side but as it nears room temp the boozy factor really calms down to an enjoyable level. The overall flavors aren't as intense as they showed in the nose but they are flawlessly combined.

The mouthfeel is damn fine and if I only had one complaint it's that it could use a touch more body, even though it's already on the lighter side of heavy. The carbonation is soft and keeps the beer rolling slowly over the tongue. All that alcohol heat is extremely well hidden besides the warming sensation in the cheeks after each swallow.

Drinkability? Well, it's about as good as you could expect from a monster such as this. Road Rash is a sipper for sure, don't forget that or you'll be hurting yourself. With that said, two snifters are going down awfully easy.

It's nice to be able to enjoy something from Kuhnhenn without it being gone after a mere 12ozs. All of their beers are enjoyable to the point 12oz just isn't enough and Road Rash falls right in line. Thanks again to a trader among traders! Cheers bud!

Reviewed: 3/26/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 07/18/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 3 8 2007
Thanks to tangfoot and mj for a bottle each of this beer.

Pours an intensely dark color, viscous and sinister looking. About an inch of foam topped the head, fizzy and active, but it quickly settles to a ring.

Aromas of dark berries, currants, deeply roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, hints of coffee, chocolate flakes, wood, oak, and vanilla. There’s a little bit of alcohol that peaks through the layers of sweetness but it doesn’t take away from the rest. I’m also getting a bit of olives, which is odd but I have encountered them in other imperial stouts. There’s also some maple syrup, sugar cookies, and a little bit of toast. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of Dark Lord.

The taste begins similar to the aroma, dark berries, currants, and then an onslaught of roasted malts, toast, chocolate, molasses, sugary bread, wood, cocoa, and vanilla. Pretty complex but there is a tangy almost vinous flavor in the after-taste that I could do without. There's also some anise flavors, and star anise as the tongue feels a little numb but that could also be from the alcohol.

Feels syrupy at first and then some carbonation tries to pick it up and push it back but it doesn’t seem to work out. Still, very decent and fairly easy to drink for a 12.5% alc. beer.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 04/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 3 8 2008
A - Pours a deep, dark inky black fluid into the glass. Complete absence of light. Head is a dark cocoa color and about a half inch of tight bubbles.

S - Loads of dark roasted malts. Lots of deep dark chocolate aroma. Light anise. Some molasses.

T - Starts out with some bittersweet baker's chocolate. Surprisingly big hop presence here, with some citrusy characteristics. Some dark chocolate mixed up with a bit of espresso and day old coffee. Roasted barley all over the place. Touch of anise and molasses. Finish brings forth more bitterness that sits on the tongue for a bit into the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Carbonation is somewhat fizzy.

Overall - Very nice impy stout. Glad to find another hoppy one. It's not as hoppy as Darkness, but it's up there vs most any stouts for hops.Drinkability is higher than I thought it would be considering the 12.5%. One negative is that the bitterness seems to be numbing out my tongue a bit and am not getting the full flavor I did to start.

Served In: Snifter

Review by beagle on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 3 9 0
Great Stout! High in alcohol, so this hurts the drinkablilty a bit, but I would recommend this brew to anyone stopping by Kuhnhenn Brewery. Taste is what a stout should be. Color is dark, but not extrememly thick. The smell, yum! This is my type of Stout, as it isn't too overwhelmingly coffee. Great job Kuhnhenn! I agree, Kuhnhenn needs to bottle more, cause this brew would make a nation proud.

Served In: Pint Glass

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