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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 91
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 53
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 91
Photo of semibaked
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.31/5  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. (588 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -37%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
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! (849 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.86/5  rDev -27%
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. (1,502 characters)

Photo of wifehatesthebike
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of boomer31
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle I got in a trade a while back. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a rich, dark mahogany color that has light amber hues when held to the light. Seems to pour with no real sign ofa strong carbonation - something I've heard this vintage lacks.

S - The smell is really quite nice with TONS of components coming through. There are notes of dark sticky fruits like figs, dates and raisins accompanied by strong notes of cherry. Chocolate and caramel come through as well. The smell really reminds me of a nice sherry with an extra kick.

T - The taste really follows the nose pretty closely. Dates, figs, cherries and strong raisins come through. Lots of smooth caramel and molasses come through along with a strong brandy/sherry taste. I wondered if it was barrel aged based on the flavors coming through. The booze is certainly present, but not as hot as I imagine this one was when it was first released.

M - Full bodied and pretty chewy. The carbonation is ever so slightly present, but that doesn't really detract too much from this one. A bit syrupy afer a while as it warms. The alcohol heat is there but, at this point, it isn't offensive.

O - Interesting offering here. I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. This kept reminding me of a nice cherry based sherry the whole time I drank it. Wonder what this one is like fresh? (1,361 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (334 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

Poured into snifter. Pours very little head. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: Rich, sweet, and fruity. Molasses, toffee, cherries, and berries up front. Smells like warm apple cider. A touch of pears show as well. Pretty malty.

Taste: Big barlywine malt flavors up front. Caramel, toffee, and a light hint of chocolate malts. Cherries, berries, molasses, brown sugar, and other sweetness. This beer is a huge booze bomb. Wow, this is intense.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied. This one is massive. A lower amount of
carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this was a really large beer from Kuhnhenn and the heat was a little overpowering. This beer is going straight to my head. Good, but a slow drinker. (741 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Summer Solstice vintage, 12oz bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a muddy dark brown, a very short appearance of any head and some spotty lacing. A very thin ring around the glass, but otherwise, not much else going on here.

S - Molasses, sweet dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, cherries, slight boozy alcohol (very well hidden). Lots of sweetness with very little booze. I'm really digging the nose.

T - Ultra sweet! Dark fruits, a little cough syrup taste, some oak, slight bitterness on the end. It's really sweet...gotta sip this one. The alcohol is very well hidden....I'm pretty impressed with that aspect.

M - Medium, syrupy, basically no carbonation.

D - I knew what to expect coming into this one. It's a sipper, plain and simple. Reminds me of a port, almost. Very smooth for 17% and it's something nice to enjoy from time to time. Recommend. (867 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a dark cola brown color with a pretty decent light tan colored head.

Aromas are boozy, with dark stewed fruits, light graininess, and a really strong earthy pine note.

Taste is nutty and sweet up front. Creamy, malty, with some dark bready fruits, and a very slight hint of soy. Finish is warm and boozy, but not as much as the nose suggests, with some earthiness and pine hop notes.

Mouthfeel is full, but a bit too thick, and almost syrup like.

Overall, a good barleywine. I never like it when flavors of soy show up, but they are mild enough here to not detract too much. (635 characters)

Photo of KevSal
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,867 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage listed as 15.5% ABV.

Pours very dark, mahogany brown in the glass, but shows through as a clear deep amber in the light. There is a small fizzy tan head which recedes immediately to nothing and leaves some sticky legs along the sides.

Aroma is sweet and very port-like. There is booze soaked dark fruits, hints of apples, along with some chocolate and ton of caramel in the background.

The taste is strong with alcohol dominating from start to finish, where the burn is noticeable. Sugary fruits, caramel, vanilla and oak.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and super slick with very low carbonation. Seriously boozy.

This is definitely a thick, almost syrupy sipper, but the booze doesn't seem too overpowering. Certainly not the most drinkable beer in the world (though pretty solid for the ABV) but very tasty nonetheless. (850 characters)

Photo of fartingdog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy dark brown with no head.

S- Date, caramel, fig, pit fruit.

T- Burnt sugar, tobacco, a bit of tartness, pit fruit. Hints of boubon and vanilla.

M- Slight bitterness, rich, not too viscous. Alcohol is very apparent, warms the back of the throat.

D- A sipper for sure, I wouldn't want more than one. The burnt sugar taste lingers. Warming.

Another unique Kuhnhenn offering, very interesting - not my favorite beer of theirs, but a respectable brew. Would be perfect to ward off a winter's chill. (513 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with little to no head. Doesn't seem to be very much carbonation left.

S- I could smell this from the moment the cap came off! Huge raisin, plum, fig smell followed by a stinging alcohol. It reminds me of sam adams triple bock in a good way.

T- Taste was very dark fruit, lots of plum and fig like in the nose, very sweet in the end and fades into alcohol. It warms as it goes down. Theres a very distinct sweet tartness that hits hard in the begining and lingers at the end that I can't quite put my finger on. Definitely tastes nowhere near 17 percent.

M- Thick with very little carbonation. Works well for the style.

D- My overall impression? This was by far the most experimental and extreme brew i've tried by Kuhnhenn and I think they pulled it off nicely. I couldn't see myself coming back to this one much if I had the chance but I loved trying it. This brewery definitely pushes the limit. (929 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,010 characters)

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Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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