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Kuhnhenn A Few Shillings Too Many - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 75
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2004

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by CoSMoSYS:
Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: As this beer was walked over to me by the waitress, my mouth began to water. This beer was going to taste phenomenal solely by the way it looked. Very dark beer, with a medium tan-ish head. There was some decent lacing in the beginning but that seemed to fade as the drink was downed.

S: The smell was absolutely delectable. It smelled like a very rich chocolate cake with a slight smell of bourbon.

T: It tasted just like it smelled. A very sweet and rich chocolate cake. It seemed like it started off smooth and then got a little bitter at the end.

M: Very creamy, smooth and somewhat heavy

D: This was a very good beer, however, by the end it was a bit too dark and sweet for me. It was very different from the beers I have had before and I am glad I tried it out!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Michigan brew I was really looking forward to having on tap at Cole's yesterday.Poured a deep dark brown nearly black with a thinner but tight formed tannish colored head,as expected mig malt dominates this beer notes of brown sugar,molasses, and raisin dominate with an underlying spiced cherry note the alcohol shows itself a bit as well.Dark fruits really take over on the palate almost to much so brown sugar and molasses flavors meld into a raisin-like quality that really hits home in the finish and to me makes it a bit one dimensional.Its an excellant winter brew it is big and chewey and sustaining just a bit one dimentional on the palate,still quite good.

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep reddish orange with only scant head, but a bit of lacing.

S -- Combination of sweet and earthy aromas with subtle bourbon notes. Caramel, faint peat and smoke.

T - Similar to smell with more caramel/toffee, but not really that sweet. Finish is actually semi-dry and earthy.

M -- Not as heavy as I thought it might be, but a solid medium mouthfeel that is spindly sticky but finishes a bit dry with some wood character.

O - I really enjoyed this. Not big and sweet, though there is some sweetness. Actually seems somewhat subtle for a big Scotch ale, in a good way.

Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. ABV over 13%. Notes.

A: Pours a deep brown, ruby in the light. A decent head rises through the alcohol. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of alcohol goodness. A very small smoky quality. Rich malts that are full of alcohol.

T/M: super sweet but surprisingly not syrupy. More of the big alcohol but without any burn. some smoked meatiness in the back along with the smoke and very light peat. Deeply rich malts with some light dark fruits in the back. Body is only about medium and has lower carbonation.

D: Not to be taken likely but a very tasty brew.

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil in NYC for their Kuhnhenn night. This beer poured a deep brown color with slight to no head. The nose was nice and doughy, yeasty and a bit sweet. The taste was equally sweet and had a touch of wood which meshed nicely with the high abv. Another steller treat from Kuhnhenn.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ashley's, served in a pint glass.

Really, this beer was over 12%? It honestly drank like a beer half it's strength. The body was smooth and relatively thin, I didn't have any trouble finishing the glass. I'm also surprised because the flavor wasn't very rich. Sure, it had the trademark caramel with bit of roasty malts. Watch out for this one, it could put you on the floor.

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, review from notes.

Served in a thistle glass, the Scotch ale had a ruby glint when held to the light. It had a minimal amount of foam, but there was a little when the glass was served. Halfway through it had no head at all, likely due to the level of alcohol.

Banana, melon, rich toffee and caramel. So distinct and powerful, the fruit and sweet confection aromas overpowered the hint of alcohol.

Fruit drizzled in maple syrup, rich caramel notes that lingered. Very malty and full bodied. Low carbonation, but not syrupy. The ABV is huge but doesn't become a distraction. One to sip and savor...i'll drink this whenever I can.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored hue with almost no head yet some layers of lace on the tulip glass.
Aroma of malt liquor, some caramel and plae malts and a light hop hit.
Flavor has grainy notes with some caramel with a strong hot malt liquor note.
Mouthfeel is gritty and grainy with a sweet alcoholic hit.
Drinkability is quite amazing given the hihg alcohol. Can't really taste it and this is good enough to be a session beer. A session with this might cause a coma though.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is intensely good. I must thank Jay again for sending me such wonderful beers all the time. This one I enjoyed tremendously. Served chilled and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 01/26/2009.

The pour was very big with a rich dark brown color coming forward right away. Nearly opaque with a small head of tan creeping up the sides throughout the session but eventually falling back down to earth. The aroma was wonderful with rich caramel and toffee notes that just exploded in the air. Hints of apricot and other light fruits bouncing around as well. Really the best flavor I could have imagined coming out of this one. Rich caramel and toffee flavors, hints of vanilla, pears and light tart flavors bouncing aorund. No alcohol at all, there is just no way this thing is twelve percent, it does not drink anywhere near this kind of strentght. Smooth, perfect carbonation with a drinkability that was off the charts. I just dont know what else I can say about this beer. Everything I try from them simply blows me away, and this was no exception, just outstanding in every way.

Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn's snifter
2012

A - It has a brown appearance until held to the light. Then the mahogany color comes through. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head after a slightly aggressive pour.

S - The smell has elements of caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, nuts, and alcohol.

T - The taste seems less complex. I taste some earthy flavors and some sweet malt and alcohol.

M - Medium with not a lot of carbonation.

O - I would have thought this would have aged well. It is not what I recall the draft version tasting like. The alcohol is warm and embracing. This is kind of a let down from a style that I am fond of.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the brown sugar flavors contribute a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and a bit sticky on the palate. There are hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of minterro
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes at Crunchy's

Not much head leading to not much lacing. Off white head.

Super drinkable for a scotch ale that’s plus 10%. Alcohol is super well hidden I would think it was almost half the abv if not told.

Full bodied low carbonation. Bready malts, bourbon, and boozy nose. Taste is a tad bit sour, dark fruits, and smokey. Not overpoweringly bitter or dry in the finish. Flavorful but not over whelming.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: on-tap
Glass: pint
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price: i believe it was $6.50

Appearance: dark brown almost black. clear and by time i got it no head just a lacing along the sides.

Smell: a tad bit fruity. a little bit of bready yeast.

Taste: very fruity. bready malts, some sweetness. the alcohol is hidden completely in this one.

Mouthfeel: No heat from alcohol but dry and a little sticky.

Overall: Whoa. this is the first scottish wee heavy that i have truly enjoyed ( even with dirty bastard) Score another point for Kuhnhenn's which is gaining points towards my favorite MI brewery (behind Bell's and Dragonmead still)

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (thanks Derek for getting this one off my want list!). 2008 Vintage.

After spending a couple hours at 'Bingo Bash' for my little one, I needed something strong to numb the pain so I reached for this one.

Poured a deep and dark orange/amber color, almost brown with a smaller sized off whtie head. Aromas of wood, earthy, peaty, and light bourbon. Tastes of woodiness, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugary, vanilla, and toffee. Sweet with a very light dark cherry tart finish. Alcohol content well hidden. I got to say, this one was very nice and I'm going to have to get some more!

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been waiting quite a while for them to brew another batch of this so I could review it. I finally got that chance, unfortunately it was pretty much a total let down for me.

Served in a tulip glass a very deep brown in color with little to no head to speak of. It was given to me quite cold, definitely not the the preferred Scotch ale temp range, but that's another complaint entirely. Nose is very sweet, molasses and brown sugar, slightly alcoholic. Taste is intensely sweet, brown sugar, molasses, slightly earthy with a caramel undertone. Mouthfeel is that of maple syrup, sticky sweet and lingering on the palate. Overpowering malt profile, very little bittering balance. I love a big malt bomb like many Scotch ales are, in fact it's my favorite style, but this takes the whole affair much to far for my liking.

Slàinte!

Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 release.

(A)- Pours a very deep and dark burn sienna color. Poured with no head or bubbles of any sort. Guess I am not THAT surprised since it is 12.5% ABV.

(S)- A very big beer for the style, I can tell already. A hugely dense burnt caramel, fig, and raisin going on in this. Quite sweet too.

(T)- Wowza, similar to the smell most, but not quite as sugary or boozy as I feared. It has a large body of burnt caramel, fig, and raisin. Finishes dry and a mild bitter spiciness. Some nice underlying notes of sherry, vanilla, and cocoa as well.

(M)- An extremely mellow; borderline flat carbonation level, but it is indeed carbed. It is ridiculously sweet and rich, but still less than what I was expecting based upon the smell. The big ABV on this is so well hidden too, though it does start to get a bit more noticeable as it warms.

(O)- This is quite the Wee Heavy! It definitely does not win any beauty awards, but it is one of the biggest takes on the style I have ever had. A bit too big to have more than one, but it is definitely an experience. Complex and dynamic with its huge malt profile.

Photo of kels
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Frank who found a bottle of this waiting just for me at Kuhnhenn's last weekend. Opened it tonight and split it with my brother.

Appearance: Deep ruby highlights in a dark brown liquid. The short white head fades out altogether quickly, leaving very little retention behind. Liquid appears pretty viscous; can't see the light all the way through.

Smell: Big alcohol hits hard, and is joined by sweet caramel malts, some earthy and slightly smoky peat.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mouth is very viscous and sticky with low carbonation. Supersweet, syrupy malts and lots of peat and woody flavors dominate, with caramel sweetness and strong alcohol in the aftertaste. Hints of chewy, sticky raisins and figs sneak in behind all the big flavors. It almost reminds me of port wine.

Drinkability: Wow, this is big. I definitely couldn't do more than one of these in an evening. I know Scotch Ales are on the heavy side, but even for the style I'd say this is only barely above average for drinkability - the syrupy consistency can be a little overwhelming.

Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 Winter solstice bottling. Pours very hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a small foamy head that lasts a second, and reduces to a thin lacing ring. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, prune, apple, pear, toffee, brown bread, tobacco, light pepper, leather, herbal, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, prune, tobacco, brown bread, leather, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, tobacco, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale! Great complexity of malt and fruity flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to steimie for hooking it up! 2012 vintage.

a - pours a deep crimson maroon with no head and hardly any lacing to speak of. swirling the glass creates some fleeting life, but for the most part there is just a thing ring of white bubbles along the surface.

s - ripe plums. raisins. caramel toffee. bready and even toasted.

t - yum. great balance of fruits and sweetness. big caramel maltiness with toffee bread and toasted plums. very well balanced.

m - feel is really nice. booze is really well integrated and invisible to me.

o - overall, another win from kuhnhenn. really great example of the style and really well integrated booziness. VERY enjoyable.

Photo of brewdan
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown. Small oatmeal colored head. Minimal lacing.

Smells strongly of dark fruit, raisins, dried plums, dark cherries with a hint of cinnamon.

Tastes a lot like it smells, strong dark fruits with a bittersweet cherry component. Alcoholic and fairly mouth puckering. Also fairly oxidized but it is over two years old now.

Mouthfeel is good overall. While carbonation is minimal I am glad it is neither flat nor overly carbonated.

I wonder what this beer was like fresh. It's decent now but fairly tart and I am thinking it was not like that fresh, although I kind of like it like this. Not really to style (now) but still enjoyable.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 355ml bottle poured into tulip 11/6/12 big cheers to liamt07 for sending me the bottle

A looks like some thick liquid, brownish maroon with big bubbles quickly rising to the surface, no head or lace but looks well carbonated

S sweet malts, caramels, nutmeg, booze, dark bread, sugar coated raisins, plums and a little spiced rum

T christmas cake with a little dried cherry, maybe just a little cola I didn't smell, other then that it mimics the nose fairly well

M thick and syrupy, could use a few extra bubbles but has a silky feel, sticky on the lips with rum raisin finish

O well concealed booze in a big beer, sweet and malty but it suites me fine, pretty solid but Its a little heavier then "Wee"

mellow but big, thick liquid and I almost want to dump it on some ice cream with all this caramel going on, worth looking for

Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub during the 2006 Winter Solstice Party. Very dark with amber highlights and a light brown, yellowish head. The foam formed a thin cap and showed good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma was almost overwhelming with sweet caramel and toffee. It was hard to tell how bitter this beer was due to the incredibly high sweetness. There was a lot of caramel, a bit of chocolate, and a vinous port-like quality. Faint hop flavour and a sweet finish. This was a thick beer. Low carbonation kept it feeling heavy, but still sort of luxurious due to the malt. I didn't detect any alcohol though, even with the high abv. I think a small sample of this is plenty - think after dinner drink, maybe with dessert.

Photo of gford217
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Derek for another Kuhnhenn brew, poured into a tulip.

Pours very, very dark, almost black in the glass. It shows a deep, hazy copper when held up to the light. there is a small off-white head that quickly recedes to a solid ring and a soapy swirl on top. Not much lacing but some boozy legs on the sides.

The aroma is very sweet with the requisite caramel malts and some vanilla, but there is also a healthy dose of dark fruits in the nose and some hints of smoked peat. The faintest tart cherry whiffs start to come out, but it's very faint. There's a little alcohol burn in the nose as it warms.

The tart cherries show up early in the taste with an initial pop on the tongue that seems a little out of place. The sweet dark caramel malt base is definitely still in there as well as some dark fruits, especially raisins and figs. The finish has a slight smoked peat character but also some lingering sourness.

The mouthfeel is slick and typical of the last couple Kuhnhenn bottles I've had. It's not nearly as infected as the Rauch, but it's definitely headed that direction. I'm glad I read some of the comments about these beers and caught this one before it really turned. As it is, it's a decent scotch ale that was probably an excellent beer when it was released.

Photo of biegaman
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles.
Big head that parted to the outside. A really muddy, earthy brown colour that was a shade lighter on the top. A dense, sticky body absolutely saturated in caramel/butterscotch texture. Thick and filling with tar like notes on the finish and strong malts lasting out for some considerable time. Not much - where any - alcohol noticeable. That, and the aroma, seem to be the only aspects of this beer that aren't ferociously bold! I can't seem to get much of anything out of the smell. The rest of the makeup, however, has no shortage of anything! Excitement, action, appeal - it's like a describing a summer Blockbuster movie - only this has good taste.
A nice whiskey barrel touch is very obvious, with less distinct notes of banana and raisins. So malty, so caramelly, so rich, so decadent (too decadent?)
Wow, near perfection...wow

Photo of beergeek279
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip by way of Brett Kuhnhenn's flask. The color was a dark brown, with a bubbly and wispy white head. The smell was a strong smoky, maltiness. The taste is a good malty base, with a good peaty smokiness in there, and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel was very syrupy thick. As for drinkability, this is another Kuhnhenn that I could have many, many of!!!

Thank you to the Kuhnhenn brothers for a sample of this one! A damn fine Wee Heavy (Brett estimated it at at least 140 shillings!), with a nice thick body and a good peaty flavor to it. Quite good, and this is only one of the million beers I want to have again when I go back there!

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Kuhnhenn A Few Shillings Too Many from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.