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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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90
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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 190
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Fred.

Pours a clear and thick dark ruby brown with minimal head or lace. Aroma is like DFH but appealing; very sweet without being cloying, heavy on currants, licorice, raspberry, and butterscotch. Flavor has a subtle bitterness in the finish and undercurrent of chocolate and licorice to cut the intense berry fruit that dominates. Thick and viscous body with minimal carbonation, covering the palate like an oil slick. Very enjoyable.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.