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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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Photo of stbo101
2/5  rDev -48.3%

stbo101, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of semibaked
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
2.28/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A-pours a copper colored beer that is completely clear with hues of red edges, the head is thin and tan in color.

S-huge nose, tons of booze, black currants, cherries, touch of oak with more alcohol.

T-ouch, this is extremely boozy and hot, tons of alcohol shows through in this, light peppery spice to it, black currants, and rum soaked cherries.

M-grainy and rough on the palate, huge carbonation to balance a creamy syrupy body that coats the throat.

D-there is just too much heat and alcohol coming through on this. luckily I only had a few ounces and left the growler for others.

cpetrone84, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to Derek. Winter Solstice 2010 release at a modest 15.5%.

A: The pour is a dark brownish amber color with minimal off-white head and carbonation.

S: Smells really strange. There's sort of a funky cheese aroma (sort of like the powdered cheddar cheese from popcorn) up front, but it's quickly cut through by a sharp alcohol aroma. Lots of sugary sweetness and dark fruits like currants and raisins.

T: The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not really all that great. Lots of sweet dark fruits--prunes, currants, and raisins--and dark sugar. A little bit of metal and a super strong alcohol flavor.

M: Definitely full in body with a low carbonation that is somewhat syrupy.

O: Some of these really adventurous beers from Kuhnhenn just don't do much/anything for me and this was one of them.

womencantsail, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For me this pushes the boundaries of what this brewery does best to a level not really worth visiting. I love how they push the limits generally and I love how malty their stuff tends to be, but this brew just goes too far. Liquid sugar! Color is a very hazy dark brown, reminds of a Belgian dubbel honestly, no head at all. Nose is of stewed fruits and molasses. Taste is a powerful combination of raisins, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and powerful alcohol, this reminds me of some sort of liquor honestly. Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, sticks to the palate, coats the teeth. I feel like I've just drank liquid candy with some alcohol added. I wouldn't pass up another go at this, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out. Too much, too far. I applaud the effort and the experimentation, but for me, this just doesn't work.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of maximum12
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to FlandersNed & beerisheaven, each of whom sent me one more bottle to feed my need to sample everything every good small brewery ever put out. Been grooving on the little guys lately; more excited getting boxes of small breweries than whales nowadays. 2010 Summer Solstice offering.

At 15.5% split this 12 oz. bottle with my wife. Amusingly, the Summer Solstice bottle has "Extranous Ale", missing an "e" on the label. The Winter Solstice bottle is spelled correctly on the standard Commodore 64 labels (which I love, by the way). Lovely amber-brown, still as an April puddle. Smells like cheese, or old socks - muenster, specifically. Raisins, alcohol, too. Weird.

Extraeous Ale tastes better than it smells (I changed my socks too, just in case...), but there's still that jittery cheese smell in the background that I can't seem to shake. Otherwise, loads of caramel, mixed with dark eastern fig/raisin/date-type taste. Surprising flash of bitterness flits in & out, along with a high-heel of alcohol to the throat. Then an oaky sweetness takes over & drives this one over the finish line. Alcohol limits this one; cellaring might do it some good; six ounces of any one beer is seldom enough, but here, it suits me just fine.

Rather strange creature, this Ale; average doesn't do it justice. Still wondering about the Velveeta, but hey, nobody's perfect, right? Decent enough, butbutbut. Not one of Kuhnhenn's ocassional triumphs of mankind, but not a bad way to pass a few heartbeats.

maximum12, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of wifehatesthebike
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 bottle properly cellared.

Dark ruby color, fairly translucent. Nearly flat and frankly unexciting.
Smells of dark fruit, syrupy sugar and bit oxidized.
Taste is a bit off putting to me actually. A blanket of thick sugary liquid, followed by bright dark fruit transitioning to a strange tartness. A caramel green apple comes to mind. A bit bitter on the backend.
Drinks and feels like a 9% aged barley wine crossed with a dopplebock.

Interesting to try but nothing I would purchase again.

wifehatesthebike, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of claaark13
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

DrewZ926, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -16%

warnerry, May 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Kuhnhenn, 15.5% ABV. 6oz snifter, $7. The menu describes it as an "experimental dark red made with ginormous amounts of malt. Intensely creamy mouthfeel with light fruity esters and an aroma of bubble gum and vanilla. Sweet, yet unbalanced, this helps mask the alcohol content. We use a special yeast and long boil time to produce the caramel colors and aromas."

The beer is a murky dark copper color, transparent, with the thinnest of heads. It smells a bit alcoholy, this might be straight spirits based on smell. Clean malts, scotch-like (OK, not scotch-like really but in that direction). Burning ethanol battles it out with sweet yeasty estery flavors, this is strong but flavorful. Thickish body, matches the powerful flavors. Watch out for this one, too strong overall in my opinion. But I get it, pushing boundaries and all.

TurdFurgison, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is the stuff hangovers are made of. On tap at the Blind Tiger last night.

Cear dark red with no head or lacing, as expected from a 17% beer. The nose is intense and beautiful. Very sherry like, oxidized with big currant and raisin with some vanilla. Leather, brown sugar are also present. Excellent stuff. The palate opens like red bull and vodka, blistering, sweet and phenolic. Huge sweetness is present, there's a long finish with plenty of sweetness and booze with currants and raisins. Full in body but very boozy and warming. A chore to drink, even the 4oz pour I got was too much.

DefenCorps, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AlexFields, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jbuddle, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kjrod20, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Michigan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Michigan, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of IAmHollywood13
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2006 Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

"Boiled for 23 hours, yielding around 30 gallons of beer, extraneous ale was then transferred to a bourbon barrel where it will spend 6 months before being released. Fermented with a lager yeast at ale temperatures. ABV is, at this point, an estimate."

A: Brownish-black, tan head, not much retention, zero lace.

S: Bourbon, candy (like a candy-apple), caramel, bread & figs.

T: Bourbon is up front and also leaves a somewhat harsh, burning finish. Slight acidity. Really over-powered by the boozy bourbon.

M: Moderate to full body, light to moderate carbonation. Well attenuated, with a good sweet-syrup/dry balance.

D: Seriously a sipper.

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of boomer31
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8-25. Taken from notes:

A - Deep ruby red with thick off white head that leaves qfuickly

S - Big fruit and malt topped off with huge alcohol

T - The caramel and fruity malt come thru much more than I anticipated at 15.5%. The alcohol really kicks you in the head and there are no hops to speak of

M - Creamy and little carb. I'm surprised at the creamy texture in this beer being so high in ABV

D - I got a short pour as they tapped the keg. The waitress came back with another full glass! Not gonna lie I didn't finish it. I guess that's all I need to say about drinkability

Overall I was happy to try this beer as it sounded very intriguing but was a bit disappointed overall. Tough to drink too much of this as the ABV is pretty high. Too bad the flavor profile was so dull.

boomer31, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 sweemzander
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a deep reddish amber color. Some subtle froth and bubbles formed; very surprising considering the ABV.

(S)- A huge blast of a figgy fruitiness (some cherry & spice too). A touch boozy but not overbearing.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very fruity and sherry-like in profile with a warming spice at the end.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits. Warm sherry-like malts and flavor overall. Not overly boozy, but it does remind you that, yes, this has alcohol in it.

(O)- A uniquely massive barleywine. Its. . very strong to say the least but not necessarily in a booze sense; its just really really strong. You could age this for a decade without having to worry about it.

sweemzander, Sep 27, 2012
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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.