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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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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

10-19-2012 02:33:41 | More by t0rin0
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-27-2012 14:31:34 | More by sweemzander
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-18-2012 14:24:47 | More by danp14
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-05-2012 01:32:48 | More by monitorpop
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cosmicevan

New York

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!

04-05-2012 01:56:16 | More by cosmicevan
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stbo101

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.3%

04-01-2012 20:11:41 | More by stbo101
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

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?

03-16-2012 05:31:55 | More by KAP1356
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

02-04-2012 21:37:14 | More by MarcatGSB
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KevSal

California

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.

01-30-2012 07:00:10 | More by KevSal
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beertasterb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2012 02:36:46 | More by beertasterb
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heff316

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-09-2012 02:39:03 | More by heff316
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

01-04-2012 02:21:21 | More by BBP
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claaark13

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-02-2012 02:22:17 | More by claaark13
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-04-2011 18:09:27 | More by JAHMUR
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-22-2011 05:20:02 | More by bob727
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 20:14:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 00:18:50 | More by klipper
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 21:22:33 | More by HopStoopid120
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-14-2011 21:47:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 20:19:10 | More by Exiled
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 18:16:44 | More by surlytheduff
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 17:44:30 | More by jh1982
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flexabull

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

10-28-2011 02:16:01 | More by flexabull
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

05-21-2011 21:22:58 | More by KeefD
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

04-23-2011 04:04:29 | More by maximum12
Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.