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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 51
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 08-12-2006)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

yet another kuhnhenn offering courtesy of my man bierenutz, enjoyed out of a kuhnhenn tulip.

2011 vintage - bottle says 15.5%

a - brew poured a dark plum brown with a thin head that was gone almost as soon as i finished pouring the bottle. swirling the glass brings things back to life for a moment. not the most attractive brew...kind of looks like idiot's drool (ick).

s - delightful. nutmeg, plums, raisins. the booze is there, but overshadowed by dark fruit. nice. great candied sweetness.

t - just like the nose suggests. nutmeg, plum, raisin and an assortment of booze soaked dark fruits. not as sweet as the nose suggests, but sweetness is there...the alcohol seems to tame it back. alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but it is a nice blend.

m - there is a bit of a boozy tingle in my mouth, but fairly tame for the ABV that this brew packs. dangerously drinkable for such a huge beer. smooth and easy...medium bodied not syrupy one bit.

o - overall, i'm floored by this beer. whether 15.5 or 17%, i've never had such a drinkable beer with this kind of ABV (aside from double black). truly a fantastic beer. after trying vintage ale the other night, i was a bit concerned that this would be a booze bomb, but it is not, it is fantastic and i'm really glad that this was my one and done choice for the night! cheers kuhnhenn!

cosmicevan, Apr 05, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DanGeo, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. This was one that I never thought I'd get the chance to try, so I was very excited when it was announced that it would be available on tap, and the 2010 vintage no less. Beaming copper on the edges with woody-brown on the edges; almost opaque in the middle with almost no head on the pour - the mere tan ring outlines the edge of the beer.

Commanding, powerful, boozy, and sweet are the four words that best describe the aroma. Lots of stuff going on here; deep grapes, boozy oak, hints of bourbon-soaked raisins, all lathered in sweet toffee with a sticky sweet cocoa note in the finish. It smells big, it smells thick, it smells robust. Though it certainly does smell boozy, there's no way it smells poignant enough to be 17.5% ABV.

Extraneous Ale has a HUGE body as it hits my palate; thick, creamy, smooth, chewy - you name it. This sucker is a big-ass beer. Sticky, boozy dates are at the forefront of each sip, followed up by a round of sweet plums; so sweet and nearly tart for a moment. The "dark fruit" aspect of Extraneous Ale is much bigger than I was expecting, but it's a welcomed and pleasant surprise.

All of the fruits seem to be coated in brown sugar, brandy, and toffee. It's definitely boozy and oaky, but again, I'd never pinpoint this as 17.5% ABV. Deep in the back, there's some lighter hints of licorice and anise. The finish is heavy with oak, wood, and surprisingly enough, a handful of nuttiness. The wood-heavy aftertaste coats the palate and teeth - very abrasive and sticky, pretty expected for a beer this size.

Wow! The six or so ounces that I digested of this was plenty, but I'd like to think that I could put down double that without much of a problem. Big beer; tons of flavor and complexity, and it's certainly a slow sipper, although it goes down extremely easy for being such high gravity. Very excited to finally try this one, it's a great beer. Not sure if it's an old ale, barley wine, or what, but it's pretty damn good.

tectactoe, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -16%

warnerry, May 08, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. 2010 vintage with the ABV listed on the bottle as 15.5 percent.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is a mix of caramel and toffee malt, dark fruit (mainly raisins) and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish tinge to dark colour, reminded me of an olde ale. This batch was rated at 15.5% abv. Caramel and sweetish, and big almost chewy mouthfeel. In a word, boozy, brown sugar, mollasses, drop of licorice.Booze and some bitterness in the finish.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

12oz bottle thanks to chswimmer.

This one pours clear mahogany-amber in color with no head.

Aroma is pretty nice: caramel, apples, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, bourbon, oak, and alcohol.

Flavor is somewhat Belgian with caramel malt, apple, plum, fig, and date. The bourbon -bal aging makes itself known for sure, yielding bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Not too boozy. Good overall but a little less impressive than I expected.

nickd717, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

On tap @ the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company on 4/24/10. Served in a snifter. ABV was listed as 15.5% for this batch.

Pours deep ruby in the glass, maybe almost a plum color, topped with a cap of off-white foam. This retains mostly around the edges of the glass, staying rich when swirled (which gives the head a bit more of burnt look) and leaving creamy froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick and sweet in the nose with tart dark fruits, vanilla, green herbal hops, burnt sugars, toasted grains, and some green tannic character on the edges. Maybe a touch of bourbon but it's hard to tell with all that is going on. This sits in the nose with some heavy warmth, giving off a bit of a medicinal feel as I sit here and sniff at this.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma for the most part. Burnt cocoa and caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, dark cherries, & other fruity berry flavors galore. Oak hangs on the edges of the profile and there is an earthy bitterness across the back of the profile, which meshes with the more burnt feeling bourbon flavors towards the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with some serious firepower going on behind it. This sits pretty heavy overall but there is also a good bit of creaminess to the carbonation that helps keep this flowing. The heat isn't off the charts or anything in the taste but it's definitely felt with a warm and boozy presence in the throat and chest after each swallow. Honestly, this probably drinks about as good as you can get for almost 16%.

Rich, complex, and almost decadent at times, this was a great night-cap after a great day of drinking. The sweetness and warmth almost get to be too much at times but the flavors here were enough to keep it out of the fire. This is yet another fantastic and flavorful alcohol bomb from Kuhnhenn.

Kegatron, May 04, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bum732, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of md655321
4/5  rDev +3.4%

md655321, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

claaark13, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

DrewZ926, Nov 17, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured from a 16oz. swingtop growler filled at The Double Windsor in Brooklyn, NY into my brand new Cigar City snifter.

A: "Mahogandy" color (dark reddish-brown) with little to no head (as I would expect) but noticeable carbonation.

S: Is there such a thing as a Belgian Barleywine? Spiciness, cloves, and banana come forth in the nose.

T: The booze is oh so subdued until it hits the back of your mouth, bam! I happen to like that in a beer. Peppery, caramelly, and mm mm bourbony. Even some citrus notes are present.

M: Slick and oily with a tinge of carbonation to make you want more.

D: The best feature of this beer. You wouldn't know this is 17% although as it warms up it gets harder to drink (sort of like Black Tuesday).

Overall, a rare treat I was pleased to try. Cheers to the Double Windsor for bringing this one in all the way from Michigan!

hoppymcgee, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%

Big thanks goes out to the wonderful BA who sent this one down my way, you know who you are! Vintage 2005, this cute little six ounce bottle was menacing looking with its 17.5% ABV promptly displayed on the front. None the less, I knew this would be the most perfect nightcap for me so I chose to dive right in. Served at a comfortable 50 degrees and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 09/29/2008.

Appearance - The pour on this one was very interesting, typical of the big old ales, no head, no lacing, and no carbonation what so ever. Just a sea of musty brown that was impenetrable to light and still as could be. I would be lying if I said it was not menacing.

Smell - The aroma was to die for, literally as this was one of the most intense smelling beers I have ever come across. At first lots of plums, figs and various dark fruits were dominant. But just wait, as that huge nose of toffee and caramel comes swooping in to take over the scene. Rich, decadent, sweet, beautiful. I literally fall in love with beer when it tastes like this. Simply incredible would be the best way to describe it. Some nice bourbon like alcohol falling into the finish and coming through with a clean, semi sweet smell of oak towards the end.

Taste - The flavor, wow, where to begin on this one. First off, this is just where it's at, if you cannot appreciate beers like this, I really do not know what to tell you. This is just sublime. Started out with a rich note of figs and prunes, very earthy and fleeting in the opening. This rolled over into that sweet, caramel and toffee like flavor that is so hard to describe, but I only ever see it in the best of beers. Rich, like a dessert, this was just perfect. Light notes of spicy and bourbon like alcohol mixing in, not strong though, until the warming notes hit your belly after your final sip, which fades too quickly as I would like nothing more then for this to go on forever.

Mouthfeel - The feel here was medium to full. Not a lot of carbonation here, but it was by no mean dull in anyway. Not slick, or thin, it was just about right, with a thoroughly coating texture that left no room for anything but the delectable flavor to soak in on your tongue.

Drinkability - The quintessential sipper, nothing bad could be said here. For something that is over 17% ABV, this was just spot on. It was so smooth you really just could not stop drinking it.

Overall I was blown away by this one, as I knew I would be, but still, it was just wonderfully complex and complete. Nothing really lacking here at all, as it had to be one of the most well put together beers I have ever had. I would have to recommend this one to anybody, as it was really that good. Too bad it won't be made again.

mikesgroove, Oct 01, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

2010 vintage shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig.

Clear crimson-amber, nicely carbonated for such a big beer with a small head that settles to a collar.

Smells very fruity, a bit like port. Very sugary, rich and fruity, slightly vinous with a little berry tartness and date sweetness.

The palate is leathery and sweet, port-like, quite oxidized. Full-bodied, almost syrupy on the tongue. It's a bit rough, like the flavors could use some homogenization - a few years of age would probably benefit this beer greatly. Finishes vinous with grainy, malty sweetness. Pretty good, but not my favorite Kuhnhenn beer.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9%

A: It poured dark amber in color with no head or visible carbonation.
S: The aroma doesn't really begin to develop until the beer warms up, after which it is filled with notes of brown sugar, molasses, plums, raisins and toffee.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell; there is some overall sweetness and a great deal of complex flavors that are dominated by notes of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, rich and slightly syrupy on the palate. There's not that much carbonation from the growler pour, but this seems to make the beer smoother. There is also some warming from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that needs to be allowed to warm up and then sipped. You have to be careful because the alcohol is relatively well masked and seems like it's more like a beer with 10-11% abv.

metter98, May 16, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

16 oz. growler, thanks to TempsPerdu for picking this one up and sharing it with me

A-Pours a dark amber with a small light tan head.

S- Smells like candied dark fruits, maybe some figs and raisins, caramel, some booze, but not too bad for a 17% b-wine.

T- The initial flavor is that of the smell, like rum-soaked raisins, but in the finish it gets almost salty and hot, slightly oxidized potentially.

MF-Low carbonation, which is good for the style, some nice heat in the finish.

D- How to rate this one...is it "easy" drinking? Definitely not, but for a 17% barleywine, it goes down pretty smooth.

mbudner, May 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Zaphog, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of KevSal
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

big thanks to dblab for this beast. thanks buddy.

lots of changes going on at the moment, at work and with the band (auditioned a new guitar player today) needed something big to sip on while i do some thinking.

2011 winter solstice edition 15.5% poured into a tulip glass

a- appears very flat, small bubbles from the pour, in the glass looks like wine. dark murky brown, not like the usual american barelywine. thin coat of clear on the top, thats gotto be from the big 15.5 this one sits at.

s-tons of dark fruit! along with some pear and a tad of green apple. no apparent hops. im curious to know what type of yeast they used, this guy smells more like a beefed up quad than a barleywine especially since ive been on barleywine kick.

t-woa this follows the nose exactly, this one is screaming quad, a big beefy intense quad! lots of sweet dark fruit, some pear and slight fruity apple. the booze is very slight and only completely felt with the huge warmth in the throat and chest. although intense it i very tasty. strong aftertaste, cant really describe it, a slight tart in a way.

m- very thick and juicy, carbonation is evident on the tongue (or maybe thats the alc pricking my tongue.) i enjoy the mouth feel on this one.

o- as an american barleywine this one sucks. as a quad or even strong ale this one is quite good! after investigating the bottle, theres no indication of what style they are labeling it, maybe its miss catagorized on ba or more likely its change over time since its 17.5% days. another possibility is the winter solstice version is indeed a quad. either way man they know how to hide the alc! maybe thats why the flavors are so intense, i kind of wish i aged this one a few years, i can imagine this one smoothing out quite nicely. i also kind of regret not sharing this one with some friends who might have appreciate this guy.

KevSal, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of beertasterb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

beertasterb, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of semibaked
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours very syrupy and looks almost flat. A hard pour yields no head and the color is dark amber but looking at the body there is a lot of bubbles in the body.

S - Dark fruits like Prunes, Very rich syrupy and alcohol.

T - Holy crap this strong, ridiculous amount of alcohol, way over the top in my opinion. Aside from that it tastes like syrupy cough medicine.

M - Very syrupy, medium bodied, and decent carbonation.

D - Had like 3 ounces of it and that is enough, The alcohol is way out of control, this wasn't hot it was on fire. I couldn't really taste anything else because the alcohol was out of control.

semibaked, Jul 09, 2010
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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.