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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Tenacious CassisKuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis

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BA SCORE
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140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big, big thanks goes out to gory for sending this my way. I had a growler folks, and entire growler of this wonderful beer which I had the pleasure of enjoying over the course of the last few days. Always served around cellar temperature and consumed via an oversized wine glass. This one was enjoyed from 10/31/2008 until 11/03/2008.

The pour was full and wonderful looking. A deep, reddish brown was all over this one. Very hazy and cloudy look, nearly opaque as I really could make out next to nothing in the glass. Some very small reddish notes coming through around the sides and bottom of the glass. A smallish, off white head creeped up the side to a height of around an inch before settling back down to earth for the remained of the session.

The aroma was most unlike anything I had experienced before. Huge notes of fruit here, deep, dark berry like notes are all over the place. Small hints of caramel, toffee, and some light chocolate start coming through more and more s it warms up. This was amazingly complex I have to admit. Most unlike anything I have had in the past. Deep black currant and alcohol notes just jumping at me from all angles now. Really a very special beer. The flavor was simply amazing to say the least. Rich and beyond full, it transformed time and again as each sip came behind the next. Started with a rush of berries, very fresh, with a very nice tart finish to it. Some nice notes of chocolate and toffee then coming down the pike after that one. Some light notes of alcohol, but nowhere near as strong as I would have thought. Now by the time you reach the bottom of that glass and the flavor is almost at room temperature, well that is where it just starts to all fall together. Huge notes of chocolate covered blackberries, which were dipped in caramel and served with a side of grapes, just sublime. I really and truly have never tasted anything like this one before. It was just that good. Smooth and silk, with a luscious flavor to it that you really just cannot compare and a subtle carbonation that was just absolutely fitting for the style. A superb sipper, I think the most I found myself enjoying in an evening was about 20 ounces of it, which was a heck of a push at the time. But, I cannot think of anything in this high of an ABV that I would find more drinkable.

In the end, blown away. This was just absurd it was soo good. I would have no issue with trying this any day and in any way. It was just wonderfully put together and really just a great beer.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2008 11:57:02 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 Vintage courtesy of Kevin. Shared with a couple friends.

A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with a ring of off-white head forming around the outside of the glass.

S: The nose starts off with with extremely sweet fruits, particularly currants and red grapes. There's a caramel undertone to the beer as well as some sweet brown sugar and cola.

T: Lots of sweet red grapes, currants, and cherries to keep the sugary fruit character theme. More sweetness from caramel and cola. This one has a weird flavor that comes through as it warms up (maybe cough syrup), perhaps from the alcohol.

M: The body is thick and syrupy, and the beer is fairly lowly carbonated.

D: This was just cloying and got worse the more I drank. Too bad since I really enjoy most Kuhnhenn beers and the raspberry eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 07:03:57 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a tawny brown color with garnet highlights; the modest head nevertheless leaves some lace behind

Smell: Tart aroma of currants with some chocolate undertones

Taste: At first split second, it is like liquid chocolate; only to be quickly overwhelmed by the tart currant flavors that build by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely into a lingering finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Delicious in small quantities; marvelously complex; the abv was listed on this batch at 16.5%

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 13:20:31 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a flute.

Color is a dark reddish-brown with no real head. The aroma slaps my nose silly with really strong fruit components. I get some black currants, cherries, berries, and a pretty nice amount of dark sugars. The taste pretty strong as well with a lot of fruit, and then the booze kicks in a tiny bit, making it a bit less enjoyable than the nose. Feel is great with some nice warming alcohol. Drinks really well and I was actually disappointed I didn't have too much more after my first flute full of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 12:43:22 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued hints at the edges and encircled by a ring of off-white bubbles. Here goes nothing.

Smell: Holy moly, you can smell the black currants the second the cap is lifted from the bottle. No doubt I'm in for a treat. Pure cassis, babies!

Taste: Dark malts bolstered by a strong sweetness. The flavor is dominated by the concentrated, liqueur-like black currant taste. Faint hint of roast, a touch of chocolate. A lip-licking tartness from the fruit comes out to temper the sweetness. Finishes leaving a lightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick, tongue-coating mouthfeel. Wonderfully warming.

Drinkability: Sporting an intense, yet refined cassis liqueur flavor, this beverage is best suited to a post-dinner sipper or instances of plotting intriques. I will always adore Kuhnhenn for brewing this beer, as well as others like their Raspberry Eisbock, Fourth Dementia, and Imperial Stout. Don't care what they churn out in the future; they'll forever have my awe because of these beers.

But that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 04:00:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, purchased the the brewery. Served in my Foothills taster glass.

A - A dime of quick-dissolving tan head with minimal lacing and a small ring of bubbles. Attractive, transparent dark reddish-brown color, with a few bubbles lazily rising to the top. It's about as good as I can expect for a 15% brew.

S - Grape, currant, truffle, caramel, a hint of booze, Swedish berries candy - it's really potent and quite wonderful. The alcohol is shockingly understated for a such a high-gravity brew.

T - The taste maintains the same elements from the nose - lots of currant, caramel, berries, and truffles. The booze is a little more present, but not overwhelming. There's a slight bitterness to the aftertaste - almost like what you get from oak-aged brews.

M - Very low carbonation - almost juice-like, which is appropriate for the taste. Very smooth and warming. Again, style-appropriate, but nothing special.

D - The 6.3oz bottles of this stuff may even be a tiny bit much. A great dessert brew, or for a night cap. Not quite as good as the Raspberry Eisbock, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 04:13:02 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at yourefragile's the other day. At the time of this review, this beer is the #9 top beer on the best of Fruit / Vegetable Beer list. Fun, top 10 beer! Thanks!

Beer is dark ruby wiht a little haze, tan thin weak head, small bubbles. No lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, raspberries, chocolate, currants (although at the time I guessed cherries, I wasn't sure what I was drinking), smells really nice. Perhaps a slight oxidation.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, with strong fruit flavors. The finish is a little bitter, the chocolate comes up in the back half of the palate, an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 21:47:30 | More by drabmuh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark plum color that's completely opaque with a miniscule off-white head that lingers for a minute before disappearing. No lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that's bursting with currant, dark cherry, blueberry, grape and other dark berries. This is countered by a nice malt character with hints of chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but not overpowering and although the ABV is really high, there us little to no booze in the nose. Smells like dessert!

Medium bodied with a very prominent vinous, dark fruit flavor that's countered by dark malt notes and boozy sweetness. Lots of sweet currant flavor along with some grape, blackberry, blueberry and other dark berries before being countered by hints of toffee and chocolate cake. Even with the maltier notes it's still too sweet for my liking. The ABV is decently masked considering its 15% but there still a decent amount of boozy warmth throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 09:04:11 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark brown, nearing purple with a small white head that quickly fades out into a mild head. Small spots are left around the glass.
Smell is of blackberries, brown sugar, cocoa, citrusy, herbal hops, & port wine.
Taste is of ripe, dark fruit, roasty, oats, black grapes, and molasses.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, sweet, complex, sticky, with noticable abv.
Well done and will do great with aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:35:36 | More by weeare138
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, think grub picked one of these up for me a couple years ago at the Solstice party.

Pours a murky ruby red, some purple highlights, medium sized tan head forms, drops to a thick ring, good amount of lace on the glass, especially for the ABV. Smell is wacky, but awesome, tons of blackberry, currants, raisin, raspberry, caramel, chocolate, biscuit, alcohol, very bready, licorice, brandy and port, tons of fruit, pretty crazy. Taste is great too, blackberries and currants, raspberries, caramel cake, very fruity, biscuit, alcohol, chocolate covered raisins, big licorice hit, candy, sweet in the finish, but pretty crazy stuff. Mouthfeel is medium to fuill bodied, very sticky feel to it, low carbonation, pretty great intensity of flavours, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 18:14:34 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one at the Winter Solstice Party, 12/07.
Poured a dark reddish brown, kind of murky, with a tan collar. There was a little bit of spotty lace. Currants hit my nose first, fairly intense, with a bit of herbal/minty character. Lots of fruit, mostly berries, raspberry and strawberry, some red grape. Toffee was close behind though, along with dark chocolate, giving it a rich aroma. Nice balance of sweet caramel/toffee with the fruity currants. Bitterness played a backup role here, but stayed solid throughout. Some alcohol flavour and lots of warmth in the finish. Lots of fruit again, raspberry and blackberry, with a bit of mint towards the end. Mild cocoa filled out the background too. Good stuff. Easy drinking considering the abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 02:52:57 | More by DrJay
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz provided at a recent tasting by SAS... Thanks Steven for holding this bottle for this long... I'm actually surprised you did.. Jackass!!

Pours cola brown with a thin khaki head.... ABV is very heavy.. no lace and cap... ehhhh.. okay.

Nose is thick and boozy fruit syrup... even after all this time there is still a pretty heavy EtOH burn.... not flammable.. but it would be cool to try.

Thick berry sweetness... tannic tart notes barely balance the thick berry presence.. chewy jammy fruits in a liquid form.. love it.. bits of cocoa/chocolate on later pours helps really push the complexities up and out.. Steven says "Cabernet", I guess? Sam said "jammy zindandel", I guess too?

wonderful... complex beyond nearly every beer to ever cross my palate... the fruits really do mesh and the tannins come in late but hard.. dry and fruity yet I still want another sip.

3/4/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 07:33:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 6.3 oz bottle into Stone Old Guardian glass

Pours the slightest amount of tan head that doesn't last but seconds. Color is dark murky brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: I don't know if I have had a beer with currants before, but this is smelling amazing. So much fruit in this beer. It is a little sour and mouth puckering, but nothing like a wild. Also has some chocolate and toffee to it. Lots of sweet flavors.

Taste: Wow, this is a huge beer. From the aroma, I wasn't expecting such a huge body, but this packs flavor. It starts out with the currants, then goes into a lot of the bock flavors. Roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. A nice amount of heat shows. It settles down to a raspberry taste, but probably is just more currants.

Mouthfeel: A little tart, but relatively creamy. There is a lot of heat in this beer. The aftertaste is like that of taking some kind of liqueur shot. Full bodied with hardly any carbonation showing.

Overall, this is an interesting beer to say the least. It is a big time sipper. The 6.3 oz bottle is a perfect size for this beer. I really am shocked with the taste of this beer compared to the aroma. Very unique and worth a try. It does have a high abv and the heat shows, so it isn't the most drinkable beer, but I do like it.

EDIT: I recently had this again and here is my review.

2007 vintage

Poured into snifter.

Pours no head. Color is a dark brown with a mahogany hue to it.

Aroma: Tons of heavy fruits. I am guessing this must be the cassis. It is rich and malty. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts all show. I can smell how big this beer is, yet it doesn't show heavy heat. I also get some raspberry flavors. Awesome.

Taste: More malty and boozy here. This has the always inviting Kuhnhenn heat. The cassis flavors come out early. Then I get the caramel and toffee malts with notes of cocoa. It is pretty fruity and I get raspberries up front with cherries in the finish. Has a leather and tobacco flavor in the end as well.

Moutheel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a low amount of carbonation, but I am alright with that. It ends with some heat and fruit flavors.

Overall, this is another fine offering from Kuhnhenn. It is a big beer, but I am able to sip it away quickly. Pretty drinkable for how high the abv is. I like this one.

Changed mouthfeel from a 3.5 to a 4.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:07:27 | More by mothman
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HopHead84

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/8/2011

2007 nip shared by Javier, thanks!

A: The beer is still, with only a few stray bubbles that disappear almost immediately. The color is a brownish magenta. An energetic swirl brings the liquid up the glass and leaves a thick collar. Great color.

S: Caramel, raspberry, toffee, brown sugar, and cassis. It’s like candied currants, resembling a desert beverage. Faint booze notes. Chocolate comes out as the beer opens up. The beer is lightly oxidized, lending sherry notes.

T: Candied sugary sweetness overwhelms the palate. Cassis is immediately evident, accompanied by caramel, toffee, and booze. Oxidation is once again sherry-like and complimentary. The sweetness makes three ounces more than enough. The finish exhibits much warming.

M: Medium in body and still. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with ample alcohol warming.

Overall: A very sweet desert beer. Fantastic nose, but the sweetness is a bit overpowering in the flavor. Worth a try, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:52:33 | More by HopHead84
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one with the group! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured orange-brown with a very minimal cream colored head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, blackberry, and raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, raspberry, and blackberry. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. There was just something about this with how the berries and caramel/toffee aspect worked really well together. I have to say that this one has aged pretty well over the years for the most part. Maybe the carbonation suffered a little as a result, but hey, the flavor made up for this one. Just hate it was in a ~6 oz bottle...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 14:20:25 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

07 bottle shared by Bring. Thanks! Dark clear burgundy body, a vigorous pour leaves me with a thin crown of foam. Tons of currant in the aroma, but it's backed by an equally large malt base with notes of leather, tobacco and sherry. Taste is a bit cough-syrupy, very sweet and fruity but complex and tasty. The base beer appears more in the finish, leaving a mélange of alcohol, leather, molasses and tobacco on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:17:13 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the 2007 vintage, bottled in 12oz bottles. Received from goryshkewych and TheBlackMallard. Thanks, guys.

In my snifter this sits a beautiful deep crimson, briefly adorned with a brown head that dissipates rapidly leaving no lace. The nose is really, really good. Yes, it's syrupy and sweet, bringing to mind cough syrup, but the fruit character here is really interesting and enjoyable. Bursting with ripe acidity with currants, half-ripe grapes, but also with berries, specifically black cherries and raspberries. Some chocolate is also present, making this increasingly cough syrup-like. Despite its age, this smells surprisingly fresh, with no oxidative off-flavors. All said, the single most dominant characteristic of the nose is the fruit. There's even a little bit of prune character here.

The palate opens with a blend of big fruity sweetness, berry tartness, alcohol and syrup. The sweetness profile here is complex, with sugar, sugar syrup, brown sugar, caramel and a little toffee with a touch of molasses-like complexity. The fruit is really dominant on the mid-palate, with berries (black cherries, raspberries) and currants, with the cat pee-like muskiness. Sweet on the finish with a lingering chocolate, caramel and vanilla sugar sweetness, this beer is full in body with noticeable alcohol and softly carbonated. The alcohol does lend a little bit of bitterness and some bite. Despite the sweetness, the vibrancy and acidity of the berries make this really drinkable, more so than the much more lauded Raspberry Eisbock IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:54:07 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of masonjer poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a bubbly tan head that shows fair retention and leaves a solid collar and spotty lacing. There are definitely some boozy legs clinging to the sides.

Whoa, this aroma blew me away! Just massive currant aroma but with tons of brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. It smells like a chocolate covered fruit dessert...decadent nose.

The taste is more of the same with the currants dominating with a tart sweetness that lasts from start to finish. The big sweet sugary malt backbone is more than enough to support the fruit and the finish is almost like a tootsie roll...weird I know.

The mouthfeel is full bodied but with solid carbonation that keeps it from getting cloying or overly syrupy. The alcohol is definitely there. I'm not sure I'd peg it at 15%, but it has a solid burn going down.

I've been disappointed by a few infected Kuhnhenn bottles, but beers like this are what keep me coming back for more. If they could get their quality control issues under control, they'd be one of my top breweries without a doubt. I loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 03:28:27 | More by gford217
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Ryan Meray! 6.3oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Pours a really dark mahogany, bordering on eggplant purple. Not surprisingly, no carbonation. Comparing to other Kuhnhenns, specifically KRE, this looks a lot better...Awesome aroma that has a wonderful red grape backbone, freshly squeezed grape juice that I remember sucking down as kid. Complimented by toffee, syrupy molasses and vanilla. A hint of the 15% alcohol creeps in, but its used perfectly to break up the sweetness. Can't imagine a 15%, or beer with fruit smelling better...The taste lets me down ever so much, I think particularly because the alcohol is not as well hidden at all. The grape juice quality is still there but mostly only shows on the front. I get a ton of alcohol not bad grain, but just prevalent. There is a slight tart finish, blackberries are shown off in a great way, sweet but tart. Toffee, vanilla and wood come in too. There is a slight chalky taste and feel that is by biggest complaint, not sure if this has gotten old already!..The feel is warm, chalky and tannic. Slightly distracting...Pretty easy to drink for a 15th.

Another solid Kuhnhenn, I'd drink this again; I'd even track it down again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:20:47 | More by jrallen34
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6.3oz bottle, 2007 vintage. I picked this up at Cloverleaf earlier this year, forgot I had it, found it deep in the cellar tonight. And here we are. The beer is a dark red shade of brown, transparent at the edges, with a thin ring of tan bubbles. The aroma is big-time fruit and toffee, apparently the fruit is cassis (never had cassis before to my knowledge). Very similar smell as Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, I'm not sure but I'd guess much of the base beer is the same. I smell a little chocolate in there too, and maybe a hint of cheese. The taste is, if anything, better than the Raspberry Eisbock. This berry taste is key, also currant and chocolate, maybe a hint of cherry, and more than a hint of alcohol (but well integrated, it just adds some mild burn). Wow, really really good, with a mildly syrupy body and lingering chocolate candy aftertaste. A sipper, and 6.3oz is about enough. To be purchased again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:33:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to both Chris and Tony for supplying yet another Kuhnhenn goody. You guys seem to be keeping this brewery afloat entirely by yourselves. That's a seriously wonderful decision.

A: Brilliant red-amber body; few bubbles, but lovely legs.

S: So rich. Bitter raspberry (which I guess is what cassis tastes like to me) and vanilla, caramel, toffee, and fruity booze. Amazing.

T: Pure, intense, sweet cassis, chocolate, vanilla, and booze. Highly reminiscent of KRE, and also incredibly awesome.

M: Full, sticky body, with surprisingly present carbonation in addition to some spiky alcohol heat.

O: Kuhnhenn has absolutely perfected the high-ABV fruit beer. While this one was clearly more fruit-forward than the Raspberry Eisbock (which very much focused on the chocolate + vanilla richness), it was equally admirable for its ability to pack both huge flavor and huge alcohol into a dangerously drinkable concoction. I'd take either one (or Extraneous Cassis, for that matter) over just about any dessert wine on the market. Fantastic beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:46:24 | More by woosterbill
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tpd975

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joey R for this one. It is one I have been chasing for quite sometime.

A: Pours a lovely bright brown hue with hints of red showing thru. Very cola like in appearence I would say. The head was average in size and retention.

S: Oh boy I have died and gone to heaven. One of if not the best smelling beer ever. If I could buy one of those car air fresheners in this aroma I would hang them with pride from the mirror of every vehicle I own. Tons and tons of currents blast your senses. Raspberries, chocolate, and caramalized brown sugar round things out.

T: I think the aroma really transfers to the taste in such a wonderful way. Tons of current yum. Fresh picked tart raspberries dipped in chocolate fondue then smeared with caramel.

M: Medium in body somewhat dry with a bit of alcohol burn.

D: It's a sipper for sure but Waaaayyyy too drinkable at 15%.

Wow the highlight of my night. What a beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 12:54:28 | More by tpd975
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!).

Poured a medium brownish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of all kinds of berries (I could smell them as sooned as I popped the cap), grapes, chocolate, and a little roasty. Tastes of the same berries and chocolate. Chocolate coated berries. Alcohol burn in the finish (well, it is 15%). A nice dessert / sipping beer!

Notes from 2/8/08

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 14:25:34 | More by hopdog
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy, turbid brownish tinged copper with a medium tan head that faded into a thin ring. Spotty bits of lace left behind.

S-Sharp smack of currants, blackberry, raspberry and even a bit of grape...crazy!! Like jamming your nose into a bowl of fresh fruit! If I could have sucked this stuff through my nose I would have!

T-Tart fruit notes of currants, blackberries with a mild alcohol burn, no shock being this one is listed at 16.5%!! A bit of sweetness somehow creeps in but it is an added pleasure.

M-Medium-light with a nice zippy feel. A bit viscous but never cloying. A treat to rol around on the palate.

D-An enormously well done HIGH octane fruit beer. So much flavour, a perfect apertif. The limiting factor...hey, it's 16.5% for cryin' out loud! You aren't going to pound too much of this before falling out!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 06:41:39 | More by Deuane
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Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with no head.
S: It smelled strongly of prune and raisin and fig, with a little brown sugar and molasses.
T: It tasted like a rich blend of every dark fruit ever, with a little coffee and toffee. The aftertaste was earthy and dry (almost leathery).
M: It was syrupy thick with no carbonation at all.
D: This was a very unique beer that was more like a port or cordial. Super rich and bursting with flavor, as expected. Alcohol is hidden surprisingly well, but it still had to be sipped since it's so strong and thick. Quite enjoyable, and could probably age a very long time. I just wish it had even a hint of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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