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Kuhnhenn Nine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: walleye on 06-16-2005

This beer is a Belgian Dark Strong, black in color, it has aromas of rich dry malt and a slight caramel sweetness. Rich and smooth there is not any bitterness to this full bodied beer. The high alcohol level in this beer provides some balance of it’s malty palate.
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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed on 4-18-05. 9% abv per the label. Pours from the 12oz bottle, with a stylized number 9 on the front, into my glass a dark, murky, deep brown color with only a ring of light tan head around the top. Seems to be a bit on the undercarbonated side here unfortunately. Brown sugar hits me first with plenty of caramel and a spicy baked bread. Dark fruits with a definite banana aroma in there. Yeasty tones round out the aroma.

First sip brings a nice sweet brown sugar, toffee, caramel maltiness with a fruity following that's lead by a nice banana flavor. I am getting a slight sourness throughout. A bit syrupy slick, it finishes with a hint of clove and a lingering yeasty afterthought.

Mouthfeel has a very mellow carbonation with a good body and a smooth, creamy finish. Goes down quite quickly actually. An interesting brew that I'm happy to have sampled, I wish I could try it fresh off tap sometime and see the differences with this aged bottle. Thanks to Crosling for sending this my way.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Chocolate malts and on the sweet side, nitro but still spicey and decent taste. A head,brownish colour lots of lace, middling mouthfeel. The alcohol is there in aroma and taste. Quaffable.The nitro is there but not overdone and may be a twist to make it more interesting from initial batch. Nice Belgian that may turn out different with age.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Deep caramel. Slightly fruity.

Taste - Dramatically different. Bright fruitiness. Almost raspberry. Caramel. Slight acidity.

Mouthfeel - Lighter than the flavors would suggest. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overal - Nothing like I expected. Very fruity.

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a rather short dense head that settles into a light ring. Not all that impressive for a Belgian style.

The aroma is fruity and spicy. There is a noticable coriander presence to go along with a raisin sweetness. The coriander brings out a bit of a vegetal note. Perhaps some earthy tobacco but it is hard to get past the coriander.

The taste is of prune or raisin with some earthy carob. Big coriander presence which kind of ruins it for me. But looking past that, the beer has a nice bright dark candi sugar flavor and some earthy notes. The malt seems to have some subtle chocolate notes. I think I might detect some grassy bitterness as well.

The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation. Good balance between sweet and earthy/bitter flavors. ABV fairly well hidden though does pop its head out once in a while.

A solid BSDA but way too strong on the coriander. It is not a boozy mess which is a plus

Photo of n2185
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a near-black with very little khaki head that remains as a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Tart and sour cherry aromas dominate at first followed by sweet breads, candy sugar, and subtle roasted malt notes.

T: Tart fruit up front here followed by some roasted malt and slight acetic flavors. The finish is a bit roasted and tart.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, the tartness saves it from being too watery.

O: Perhaps this was an infected bottle with the acetic and sour notes, though it was not over-carbonated like most infected beers. It tastes more like a sour stout than any sort of Belgian style. Not bad, though not particularly enjoyable, either.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Dark brown; completely opaque. Half a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, clove, dark caramel and raisins.

T - Clove and Belgian yeast flavours up front. Dark fruit, dark caramel, raisin and a touch of cocoa also present.

M - Medium body. Somewhat thick at times and watery at other times, which was odd. Light carbonation.

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn snifter
2012 vintage

A - This beer is almost as dark as a stout. It is topped with a couple inches of head.

S - The aroma is spicy and fruity. I get some dates and raisins.

T - The taste starts out decent. The Belgian yeast spiciness comes through. Then I get a little date and fig taste. Finally, I get some roasted malt.

M - Medium

O - It is different. It started out like a normal Belgian strong dark ale. The finish was almost stout or porter-like with roasted malt.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Winter Solstice vintage.

Was afraid this would be dead, finding on store shelf today, but it still had life.
Nice looking foamy 1 finger head that stayed for a good while. I poured it a bit too cold into a tulip glass and let it warm. It had ample lace too. Totally black no light would shine through when held up to it. I think it looked pretty good for a dark ale, what else could I expect?

The smells lasted to the very end. Very pungent. Malts and fruitiness. Belgian.

Nice carbonation and for as sweet as it was not too sticky on the mouth
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This tasted a lot like their double bock. Dark fruit plum, raisin figs. Malty and a bit sour. Got the alcohol too but not bad. This is a sipper or it gets overbearing for me. It took a long time to finish. I did not really enjoy it overall but it was worth a try.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012 vintage, into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost-black very dark brown color with a nice tan head.

S: Some anise, cola, ginger, cloves, prune, toasted grain, crushed grapes, caramel.

T: Taste comprises roasted malt, dried figs, raisin, anise, honeycomb, a bit yeasty, dry caramel, dark bread and a hint of booze in the finish.

M: Thick-boded with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky but the carbonation keeps things drinkable.

O: This is a nice BSDA that I wouldn't mind drinking once and again.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this one...
Appears a dark mahogany with a small, off white ehad that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, oak, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, and cherries.
Taste is of the mentioned cinnamon, oak, vanilla, nutmeg, along with plenty of ripened fruits up front.
Mouthfeel is sweety, syrupy, vniuous, oaky, lowly carbonated. Pretty damn good beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Metallic with coca-cola and caramel. Underneath there is plum, currant, and raisin fruitiness with hints of Christmas spices.

3.0 T: Like the nose. Lots of metal, coke, and caramel. Fruits in the form of plum, currant, cherry, and raisin. There's a fairly strong tartness in the taste. I'm not sure if this is infected or if there is actual fruit additions in this. Either way, it isn't bad, but isn't good either.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit light for the style and not spritzy enough. Reasonably creamy though.

3.0 D: I do enjoy me some Kuhnhenn, but this was a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of liamt07
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice 2012 from a 9L Salmanazar into some plastic tasting glasses then had later on in a tulip.

Dark brown body with some deep red hues, no head and no lacing to mention. Nose has dark fruits, bread, candi sugar and some liqueur candies. Taste has candied dark fruits, licorice, liqueur, a bit bready and quite sweet all around. Medium full feel, alcohol is evident. Sticky on the palate.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Drake. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a medium brown with a short off-white head. Nose has some dark fruits, bread, and banana. Light carame-toffee in the background. Flavor is malty with some dark fruits and moderate sweetness. Medium body and light carbonation. Interesting.

Photo of granger10
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky crimson color with a thinner head which dissipates quickly. Unfortunate.

Aroma makes up for appearance with strong raisins and caramel notes. Lots of banana esters. Nutty with some spices coinciding. Smells nice.

Taste is also solid but not quite as good as the aroma. Definitely on the sweet side with dark fruits on top and a deep chocolate toffee flavor underneath.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy but the carbonation is just a bit too weak. Finish has a yeasty spice along with the slightest hint of alcohol burn. The finish saved the sweetness from being too sweet in the end.

I enjoyed this bottle and drank it rather quickly. But I don't know if I'd care to consume many more. I'd like to try a full pint/snifter of this on tap.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2012

Appearance: a deep brown color. Completely opaque. A finger or two of a creamy tan head. Leaves a complete lacing.

Smell: strong scent. A mixture of dark fruit sweetness and more caramel sweetness

Taste: a short taste of dark fruits and caramel followed by a wallop of alcohol. Ends slightly sweet but mostly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: starts off kinda creamy but leaves an alcoholic stickiness behind.

Overall: for the price kuhnhenns charges I expect a lot. This was well short. It is just okay. Alcohol taste is off putting and there is almost no complexity to it

Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!).

Poured a deep and cloudy brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, stronger yeast, and dark cherries. Tastes of stronger raisins, cherries, yeast and caramel. Starts of lightly sweet in ends in a lightly sour/tart cherry finish. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 7/27/06

Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hm, paradoxical.

This one has definate potential, but is suffering from the Kuhnhenn bottling problems I think. They definatly need to get it together in that regard or just stop bottling because it's honestly hurting them in the perception of quality department, but I digress...

Pours a murky deep brown in color with little to no head to speak of. Nose is of banana bread, doughy and sugary. Quite strong in character. Taste doesn't disappoint, belgian candy sugar, overripe bananas. Very malty with a bitter kick toward the end. Not as many flavor layers as you'll find in real deal belgians, but quite enjoyable nontheless.

As I said, bottling issues hamper this one and it could do with some age as well. I bet this was killer on tap despite all.

Slàinte!

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel brown color with a small white head. Nice bubbles coming to the top with a decent amount of spots on the side.

S - Dark fruits, belgian yeasts, bit of brown sugar and caramel. Smells pretty nice.

T - Was expecting some more alcohol and a bit of a heavier taste. Surpringly light taste with a bit of citrus and some cinnamon and caramel, bit of brown sugar and honey sweetness. Nice dark fruit and some oak.

M - Syrupy and full bodied. Decent carbonation on this one.

D - Really drinkable for the style and a good beer. Would definately drink again.

Photo of Spider889
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black with a very short mocha head on it. Very light carbonation though there are some visible bubbles rising from the glass's laser etching. Rootbeer highlights in the light.

Smells of strong cinnamon initially. Then comes fig and some mild raisin. The bottle didn't state what style this was, but I was able to guess a BSDA only this far in. There's also some mild roasted malt as well as sweet fragrant vanilla. I was reminded of french toast.

The taste was a little off. I was now guessing a flanders old bruin or something. The flavor had a very potent cola quality to it. Hints of cherry syrup and green fruit tartness was on the sides of my tongue. Maybe this is showing some degree of infection?

The carbonation feels much stronger than it looks. Slightly boozy. There's an odd combination of sticky yet watery textures in the mouthfeel. I attribute this to undercarbonation.

If the above seems contradictory to you, you're not alone. My notes state, "the carbonation doesn't know whether it wants to be non-existent or too pronounced." It was a strange combo of feeling too strong, but in reality being quite low on carbonation. Being Kuhnhenn, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised by this.

Overall not my cup o' tea, but again, there's a chance this bottle is infected to some degree. Who knows? I hate the Kuhnhenn labeling as it essentially tells you zero about the beer inside. Seeing as this was an extra in a deal, I had no real expectations of this coming in.

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery & actually 10.5% abv.

A: Dark-caramel/brownish-black, off-white head, some lace.

S: Banana, caramel, spice.

T: Dark banana bread, plenty of spice, burnt caramel, dark raisin, some phenol and bubblegum esters.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D: It's a sipper.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this would be best on tap, but maybe this bottle is an accurate representation of what the brewers were going for. Poured out to a cloudy burnt red color with very low carbonation. A short lived head bubbled down to just a thin layer of foam after less than a minute. Odors of banana, caramel, light spices and some smokey notes were present. Flavor was very good; flavors of unsweetened caramel, earth and dry plumbs and grapes were well mixed, and do quite well together. Mouthfees was very smooth and mellow, making the relatively high 9% ABV go down quite easy. Another winner from the guys at Kuhnhenn. The only change I would make would be to up the carbonation, to make the flavors more noticable. Recommended.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks northertimber for a growler.. aged in syrah barrels.. is this normal or a one off? either way, its barely detectable. served in my last remaining rapscallion chalice.

pours the color of grade a vermont tree juice, moves slow and bears a darker tan head that spews significance and strength. lacing left in hawaiian dots all around the glass and continental haze swirls on the surface. keen look for a belgian, what i'm looking for when i decant something as dark and sweet.

great nose, absolutely wonderful. treated leather meets an old port wine.. all the while, carried through with sophisticated air of booziness and belgian malt sweetness. perfect. raisiny with slight clove/lavender accents, this belgian strives for accuracy and presents really nice aromas. nothing off here to speak of.

smooth and silky, with adequate carbonation, this beer starts off with some banana. i question that, but at least it fits in line with belgian flavor territory. woody and vinous without being tart, heavy and slow-drinking without being overly sweet. impressive in its tameness yet still a big beer with unique character. banana begins, but brighter red fruits emerge on a bed of candied dates and figs. vanilla comes from the oak and really becomes noticeable in the finish. surprisingly no bretty funk overall. this beer picks up wood without the critters. nice.

drinkable? probably not. i wouldn't recommend this in 85 degree heat, like im drinking it in. still, im enjoying the hell out of it. so it must be good. avoid kuhnhenn bottles, drink fresh.

Photo of ahking
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a sucker for big beers so this may be a biased review. One of the best aromas I have ever encountered - smells like cherries and alcohol. Bannanas and apple fruitiness attack your taste buds. Not sure what kind of hops are used in this beer, but they are mild and of nobility. Obviously, at 9 percent ABV, the malts in this beer dominate. Very sweet overall which limits drinkability ( that and the alcohol). Aromatic and biscuit malts make this beer taste like fresh baked bread. Perhaps a Rochefort 9 clone? I like it a lot.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, winter 2011 bottling. Pours hazy dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, raisin, molasses, plum, caramel, bread, dark candi sugar, clove, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Nice, well balanced, and fairly complex aromas; with decent strength. Taste of banana, raisin, plum, caramel, toasted grain, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, molasses, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Much more sweetness over the yeast spices; but is not cloying at all. Nice flavor balance. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10% with hardly any warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Nice balance and complexity; and very smooth for a 10% beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bierenutz for sending this my way. 2011 vintage poured into la trappe chalice.

a - poured a brownish purple with a somewhat thin creamy head that was gone quick. catches somewhat the BSDA look.

s - whoa that's interesting. figs and bakers chocolate with strong cranberry.

t - tastes just like it smells. figs and cranberries and some coconut and banana. not really a fan at first sip, but as i got adjusted to the flavoring i found myself enjoying it more and more. a belgian strong dark or dubbel...perhaps, but not in the traditional sense. some coffee flavors also. an interesting mix of flavors. the heat is there. pretty good beer, but not really anything to write home about.

m - fizzy as opposed to creamy, but not as bad as most american breweries. i can feel the booziness quick.

o - overall, not your classic american miss on a belgian, but far from the classic flavoring and feel. glad i tried it. i have another one of these that i think i'll tuck away and forget about for a year or two and then see what its like.

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Kuhnhenn Nine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.