Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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87
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
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:
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(Beer added by: Derek on 08-12-2006)
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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.

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.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.