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Solar Eclipse by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
18.00 % ABV

Review by tangfoot on 12/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 17 5 9 2007
2007 vintage

I have to ding it in appearance because of what happened when I cracked the bottle. It's a beautiful inky black with a HUGE head of fluffy cream-colored bubbles that dissipated (after a very long time) down to a fine ring.
Upon opening the bottle, this guy was a gusher. It immediately overflowed and kept doing so for about 5 minutes. Luckily, I was able to contain it and save most of it.

The smell is strong, sweet, roasty, and everything else you want in a good Imperial Stout. It has a little alcohol smell to it, but it is mostly just very full of the aromas I mentioned previously.

I taste sweet cherries immediately, and then some smoke/roasted malt, and chocolate.
The beer is exceedingly smooth for 18%(!), but the alcohol combined with the carbonation tingles and burns at the tongue for a long time after each sip. And sip you must...this guy will knock you on your ass if you're not careful.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It is thick, and sweet, and just keeps on lingering with a strong alcohol oiliness.

I'm very impressed with this beer, I've been holding it for two years and I'm glad that I did. In light of Kuhnhenn's reported problems with bad bottles recently, I'm even more impressed with it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2009
12oz Bottle

A big thank you goes out to hoppymeal for yet another big bad Kuhnhenn brew, thanks Derek! This huge stout pours as black as Satan's soul which is appropriate considering it was being poured into a Maudite snifter. The milk chocolate head grew immediately, even on the soft pour, peaking at three fingers before crackling down to one finger where it rests. Big fluffy lacework clings to the glass on the heads way down. This is an excellent looking stout!

A big nose full of dark berries, coffee, heavy cream and barely charred roastiness greet my nose each time it enters the glass. Surprisingly enough it took a quick swirl of the glass to get the aroma going at first. Pine needles and a barely noticeable booziness cut through the other aroma briefly. Cocoa powder plays a big role in the nose and from time to time dominates.

Wow, this is a heavy hitter! The nose pretty much nailed this one but all those aromas really jump out on the tongue. Cocoa powder and roastiness are the major players in this brew. Coffee grounds with a splash of heavy cream come around mid-palate but never push aside the cocoa or roastiness. The swallow actually has a heavy handed dose of anise which I never picked up and the nose and I think adds a nice depth to the overall flavor. The booziness isn't even noticeable until the swallow when if warms up my entire chest.

The mouthfeel on this brew is purely decadent. It's easily one of the heaviest bodied most velvety textured brews I have had in a long time. The alcohol certainly warms up my chest on the way down but there are no fumes before then. The carbonation is soft and this beer just flows like lava over the tongue.

The HUGE abv limits the drinkability on this stout without a doubt but I'm thoroughly enjoying this one as I type. Solar Eclipse is a sipper that will last me a long time and delicious until the last drop.

This is one of the biggest abv beers I have ever had and it's really a treat. I actually expected a lot of heat but it's surprisingly well restrained. Thanks again for this big badass sipper Derek; it makes for a perfect Christmas Eve sipper.

Reviewed: 12/25/08

Served In: Snifter

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