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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Extraneous AleKuhnhenn Extraneous Ale

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 53
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Derek on 08-12-2006

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to henway for picking this up at the Kuhnhenn brewery! Apparently they don't even growler fill this beer...but they had a sweet spot for Rick considering DLD had wiped the majority of their beer out. Poured from a Kuhnhenn growler into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours a brownish color with a small one finger tan head that dissipates slowly into nothing. No lacing to speak of. Appearance is cloudy...solid, but no particles floating around.

Aroma is intense! Fruit, booze...wood...amazing!

Flavor...wow! Tons of sharp fruit, very strong booze...yet extremely drinkable, infact...thick and complex mouthfeel...and the booze only really comes into play very early with a quick bite, and then a long lasting warmth in the throat. All I can say about this beer is it's phenomenal. Carbonation is on the lower side. Great beer Kuhnhenn!

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Photo of Viggo
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for pulling this beast out of the cellar. 6 oz bottle, I believe from 2005.

Pours a very dark brown red, cola like, no head forms, no lace, lots of legs! Smell is absolutely crazy, alcohol, dark fruits, prunes, crazy toffee richness, raisins, the richest smelling beer ever. Taste is tons of toffee, very caramelized, dark fruits, lots of raisins, cherry fruitiness, very complex flavours, very full. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, warming, just amazing. Insane beer, thanks a ton Russ!

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Photo of Crosling
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6 ounce bottle. Brown color, with a head that disappears quickly. Lovely, tremendously expressive nose with hints of chocolate dough and dense toffee. Very impressive initial and mid-palate flavor, it’s chocolatey and very toffee-like and I can’t detect any hint of booze. Finishes like a fine 20 to 40 year tawny port, with hints of butter, lingering mixed nuts and nougat. Truly an amazing, 60 second plus finish that goes on and on.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Served @ approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm to room temp
Had this at the Kuhnhenn brewpub. I was extremely stoked to see that it was on-tap. Especially after an almost 1,000 mile drive to get there.

This glass is filled with a deep, dark, ruby colored liquid. A thin head of slightly off-white colored foam sits on top. This fades to a nice ring around the edge of the surface. Lacing is fairly minimal, but what does form manages to be quite sticky.

Good gravy, that smells good! Loads of deep, rich, dark fruit notes just ooze from this glass. Lots of figs, dates, raisins and plums. I don't even have to lean down to it to enjoy it. When I do though, it becomes much more intense and is obvious that it is mingling with some very nice wood notes. Loads of caramel and brown sugar notes are here. The backside of this has a touch of booziness to it that smells a bit like bourbon. The menu gives no indication of Bourbon-barrel aging, but it has that certain smell to it.
The nose on this is very deep and complex and totally amazing.

The taste follows the quite well. Loads of dark fruit notes are the centerpiece of this brew. They are mostly sweet, but also have a touch of tart/tanginess to them, which gives a nice balance. A big, healthy, dose of caramel/toffee sweetness is also a key component. Nice level of brown sugar sweetness without being overpowering. Hints of oak hang around, giving nice touches of dryness, but never become too big. The light hints of bourbon presence are very nice.
My one-word review of this one would have to be "fuckingodamnedelicious".

This has a medium-to-full body to it, leaning very close to full. The mild carbonation level gives it a slight appearance of thickness, which works very well for this one. A slight viscous quality leaves some wonderful 'legs' on the side of the glass. Very smooth, but would benefit from a touch more creaminess.

The way high octane level of abv in this beer is completely masked by all of the complex and wonderful flavors. Here is yet another beer that should not be as drinkable as it is. So delicious and easy-to-drink, yet it will totally destroy you if you aren't careful. That must be why you are limited to one pour per visit.

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Photo of grub
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewery dec 27/2006. listed as 17.5%

pours a deep brown, slightly hazy, with a thin ring of fine bubbles on top. no lace. you can almost see the water being driven up the side of the glass.

aroma is crazy. alcohol. bubblegum. tons of malt. loads of toffee and caramel. bit of roast. maple maybe. you can really tell this was boiled for 23 hours. the malt is just so intense and deep.

taste is great. alcohol is prominent, but not unpleasant. light bitterness. bittersweet chocolate. bready malt. light roastyness. toffee. dried cherries. currants. bit of vinous character. vanilla and oak. so many layers. fairly dry finish and nice and warm on the way down.

mouthfeel is good. decent body with a fairly dry finish. nice low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. fairly good balance between the alcohol, malt, and bitterness. still very warm on the way down. definite sipper. reminds me of a nice port. it's one of those beers that sort of defies classification. definitely worth trying and a really great beer. glad i picked up a couple bottles of this one to sample later.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrive with a tawny color and an off-white film of a head that leaves a few streaks

Smell: Bubblegum, dark fruit and vanilla

Taste: Dark fruit on the opening with blackberry, fig, bubblegum and a hint of banana; by mid-palate, the caramel and vaniila arrive, only to be joined by a boozy, oaky bourbon flavor; after the swallow, a tart complexity arrives that balances the sweeter flavors and carries through to the finish though there is plenty or residual, vinous sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another astoundingly complex beer from the folks at Kuhnhenn

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Photo of DrJay
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy, ruddy brown colour, a bit of a reddish hue, with no foam. It did show some legs though and still looks pretty appetizing. Rich, chocolate aroma, malty toffee, boozy alcohol, port, figs, sultana raisins and prunes. Fruity flavour up front, plum and red grapes, a bit vinous, followed by toffee and chocolate. Then some warming alcohol that was a bit spicy, lots of raisin sweetness. Full bodied with low carbonation, very fine bubbles, with lots of warmth that I could feel right down to my belly. Definitely a sipper, but very tasty with lots of flavour.

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Photo of walleye
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is time for me to rate this beer. I have had this a couple of times over the past few months. 1st was at the brewery when Eric brought a couple of glasses out from the keg to try in late sept early oct. don’t remember when. Since than I have had a couple bottle of this. 1st off wow what a big beer aroma the bourbon comes out nice and smooth followed by a big hit of alcohol which is a little bit of a shock since the brothers usually hide it so well, than out came the caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses. flavor was close to the aroma gotta love that alcohol burn and the bourbon flavor

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap the brewpub into a snifter. I love how the menu says only one per customer. The bartender said it was becuase they never measured the abv, but they think its around 19%!!!!....A medium brown pour, hint of amber, light retention and lacing...The aroma is super strong and interesting for a bw, tons of bubblefum notes, light vanilla, just sweet in general. A total lack of hops which is weird, never come across that...The taste is close the aroma, very sweet for a bw. Malty gum, vanilla and hint of banana. Again no hop finish...Nice semi warm moutheell, this is super easy to drink for 19, much easier than black tuesday...To me not a tradtional bw, buts its super good. A must try.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. Pours a cola brown, cloudy, a small skirmish of tan foam appears with a vigorous pour and is quickly gone. Aroma is sweet prunes and raisins, aged maltiness, leather, some strong alcohol and fruity port like aromas. Taste shows a very quick flash of sweet prunes and raisins that mix with an aged malty and chocolate aroma. Some cherry and fruity port are also very strong in the taste. Large dose of alcohol warms and drys the palette in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy but does not feel overly heavy with the low levels of carbonation. The alcohol is a major player in the taste in this beer and is at my limit of pleasurable but still stays within bounds. Nice complex taste goes from dark ripe fruits to chocolate maltiness and is very reminiscent of a tawny port. Small serving size is probably right for this I am not sure I could do to much more with the strong alc presence, still a very unique, tasty, and complex beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Winter Solstice release, 15.5% ABV. Thanks to joshuaseresse for opening this one up! Review from notes:

Mahogany color, no head or lacing, a few noticeable carbonation bubbles slowly rising from the bottom, which is a welcome site since I typically don't care for flat beers. Aroma is a lovely mixture of chocolate, apple cider, caramel, with some herbal/grassy notes. Taste is wonderful! Lots of apple cider, spicy, fruity, brown sugar, raisins, light cherry, maybe a touch of brandy, and some red grapes on the back end. Basically tastes like loads of dark fruits macerated in brandy. Excellent stuff. Very boozy, but all is integrated well. Full bodied, light carbonation, but there's some in there for sure. Almost like a fine cognac. An all around great ABW. Definitely a booze fest, but I love it.

Just went back and looked at other reviews for this. Can't believe it's got such low scores recently. I must be crazy, because I seem to like it much more than other reviewers. But hey, that's why we all have different tastes and opinions!

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founder's Snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks Mike, appreciate it man!

A: Appears to have very little carbonation. A very murky deep brown colored ale with a thin film of small bubbles that do not last long resting atop.

N: Deep, dark fruit notes. Raisons, prunes, a sort of tart apple, maybe some maple syrup or cherry.

T: The nose, only multiplied. Great flavors dancing the border of Sauvignon Blanc notes...muddled citurs, with some dried fruit body, beautiful caramel like undertone.

M: A bit syrup like, but it's so full of life it doesn't need the carbonation, and works better without I'd say. It's not cloying, but it is thick, and leaves a very pleasant feeling and taste in my mouth.

D and O: Easy drinking for 15.5%. Very easy. A real pleasure to consume honestly. This has been in my fridge for a couple weeks, and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet trade bonus courtesy of goryshkewych over on ratebeer. Pours crystal clear amber with copper edges and almost no head. The aroma is big bold rich and yummy. I get buckets of figs, plums and cherries to go along with a thin layer of sweet malts and molasses. Wow! The taste is stunning and pushes me away from the tasting table. I get lush nearly vibrant fig notes running from rich thick sweet fruitiness to dank earthiness. Behind the figs are cherries, plums and dates. Between these bold sweet fruity notes are a couple of thin strata of molasses, malts and caramel candy. I think a couple of years will allow the bold dark fruitiness to smooth into the malts and molasses for a truly exceptional experience. As of now this fairly fresh 2010 bottle is a bit too much fruit forward yet yummy nonetheless.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by the ever generous brian23456, thanks Brian. I believe this was released recently at the Winter Solstice 2010. Split with some other upright BAs. Poured into small taster:

A - Flat with little to no bubbles. Cognac color and a nice deep brown mahogany hue. A nice golden brown shines through the sides. I'd give it a 4.25 but will round up and round down a different category.

S - Huge notes of apple brandy. Pears and slight citrus hops and a bit of other pine tones.

T - Apples and tart brandy and other strong liquor barrel flavors. Caramel and citrus hops, flavors of lemon zest, bits of lime and blood orange peel. Bit of candy toward the end.

M - You can really feel the booze heat. A bit tart and puckering but just really boozy. I guess it is only 17%...

D - A really nice sipper. More flavors come out as it warms up (although it was served just a bit below room temp. Great brandy notes. But just an all around sipper...damn its boozy!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub - served in a 7oz snifter. This batch was listed at 15.5% and was described as an experimental high-gravity red ale made with a Belgian yeast strain - not sure how that translates to "American" barleywine, but I'm not sure what other category makes sense either.

A - Pours with a thing ring of foam that actually lingers for a while - there's a touch of film haze on the top of the beer, but nothing you could really call a head. The body is a dark woody brown color that displays a hint of transparency when held to the light. Pretty good-looking for a Kuhnhenn beer and considering the ABV.

S - Belgian yeast, bubblegum, raisins, and a wallop of fusel alcohol. I think this batch needs a bit more time to mellow out, because I'm usually immune to booze and this was too much. Surprisingly, it's not super-sweet like 5th Dementia. Usually long boils caramelize everything, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

T - The taste is much, much, better - there's a lot less booze (although it is still there to some degree). Fruity esters, dark fruits and raisins, treacle, and some oaky vanilla. There was some confusion as to whether this was barrel-aged - it is, but I don't pick up a lot of overt whiskey flavors, just some tannic character in the finish. There's also a surprising and welcome bitterness too - I appreciate that this isn't liquid diabetes.

M - The menu says creamy, and they aren't lying. Decadent, sticky, full body, with a tannic and dry finish. Some obvious heat at the back end, but less that you'd anticipate. A touch more carbonation spritz would make this perfect.

D - Shockingly drinkable for what it is - I put it down 7oz surprisingly quickly. It's a sipper, but is a little easier to work through than 5th Dementia (BA or regular), or the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Still, it's probably for the best that there is a one per customer limit.

The Cassis variant is easier to drink, as the currants (and age) blunt the harsh solventy nose. Hopefully I can snag a few bottles at Summer Solstice and sit on them for a while to see if the same occurs with the regular version.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2010 vintage. Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter glass a dark, clear reddish brown color with a tiny collared head. The aroma has hints of apple, bourbon, oak, and booze. The alcohol aroma is fairly strong. Pretty sweet start almost the flavor of apple cider along with the warmth of alcohol, bourbon, and oak. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. There is a slight bitter ending but other than that it ends pretty cleanly. The aroma I am really digging on this one. The booze gets a little hot and I think detracts from the overall flavor and enjoyment of the beer. The flavor is really nice though.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Winter Solstice Version 15.5%

The appearance is hazelnut with a hint of red. Carbonation is nowhere to be found in the appearance, and lace isn't there either.

The aroma is characteristically sweet of an English barleywine, but with the hops that usually accompany an American barleywine. There's a bit of sugary sweetness, as well as a bit of bright fruits (cherry comes to mind) and toffee.

The taste is really quite smooth for a 15.5% barleywine. It brings the cherrylike sweetness straight up the middle so you can't miss it, but it quickly surrenders to the burly foundation of hops and malt. At a certain point, it comes across as a cherry coke sort of flavor, but it tastes a lot richer than that description would imply.

The malt and hops really provide depth to this, but balance eachother perfectly, and in doing so, make themselves seem a bit minimal. When all is said and done, this is very well rounded, and somehow balanced.

The body is medium thick with a medium weight to it. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky. Carbonation is there, but minimal as I really enjoy.

Overall, this was another nice barleywine from Kuhnhenns. They may perhaps be one of the best breweries out there for hiding very high ABVs and making them only evident in the heat as it goes down. Being one of my first few brews to try from Kuhnhenn's I expected this to be one of the less exciting brews that they'd have, but I think it and their BBBW are a couple real surprise hits that will keep me trying whatever brews I can from them.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark mahogany with some red notes really making their way through in the light. Very thin head and a few legs on the side of the glass. Nose is strong with loads of fruit, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, figs, and certainly a touch of booze. The taste really accentuates some of the sweeter fruits and brown sugar and has quite a bit of booze.

Feel is good with a really nice body to support all the flavors and the hefty amount of alcohol, which is certainly present but doesn't get too much in the way. Drinks well and I'd love to grab a few bottles for aging.

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