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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 146
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 191
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007

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Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany with ruby edges, almost still

Smell: Sweet black currants

Taste: Very sweet black currant liqueur with some chocolate and toffee undertones. Perhaps some raspberries. You don't taste the sky high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Not sticky but very thick

Drinkability: Very intense and thick, a bit of a one trick pony. Only a 12 oz bottle but best split among friends. If I did it again I'd put it in a wine glass and serve it with desert. (453 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing clear ruddy purple body and no head, no lace. Handles like a cordial. Smells like grape drink and cough syrup... in other words, like blackcurrant cordial. Everything as expected so far.

Tastes very blackcurrant-y sweet up front, followed by a roasty, tannic bitterness and slight astringency in the malt backbone. Warming on the way down. Very noticeable alcohol presence that cuts through the otherwise medium syrupy body. More like a cordial than a beer; a sipper for sure. Something to enjoy in one of those vintage cut crystal glasses while skål-ing after dinner.

Overall it's a very different sort of beer and the cassis and the strength help it along in that department. A nice one to warm up to by the fireside at winter. Also a nice one to have with a sliver of cheese[cake]. (841 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Romulux for the bottle!

2007 vintage served at cellar temperature and poured into a small tasting glass. A small fizzy white head forms at first, but quickly disappears, leaving no trace of lacing. The body is a thick dark maroon, almost blood like in color. Looks more like a wine than a beer.

Currants and toffee make up the majority of the nose. Quite fruity with a sweet malt base. Grapes and caramel. Very sweet. I can see that this is going to be more of a dessert beer. Slight alcohol, but not as strong as I would have guessed for the 15% ABV.

Booze, grapes and currants define the flavor. The backbone is sweet, bready, caramel-rich malts. This is a strong beer, both flavor-wise and with regards to the ABV. Almost more of an after dinner liquor. Very fruity with a nice tannin layered grape tartness to it.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Could use a few more bubbles. Nice warming alcohol and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good for what this beer attempts to be. The label describes this as "the perfect after dinner beer" and in some ways it does a good job of substituting for a rich dessert. Not a beer I would have very often, but a nice dessert or liquor replacement. Warms you up and has a nice toffee fruitiness to it. Plus it comes in an appropriately sized bottle. Interesting stuff. Worth trying out. (1,332 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.37/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't recall the vintage. It was in the same bottle as the raspberry eisbock. No wax.

Pour dark brown and syrupy. Smell is an alcohol bomb and currants. Huge cloying sweetness and currants. Tastes like raspberry or black cherry jam. Strong alcohol and sweet finish. This beer is more of a dessert beer. Barely any drinkability. I wouldn't recommend drinking it by itself. This small bottle probably has 600+ calories in it. I don't get the appeal of a beer like this. (470 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

i believe this was a trade from flandersned. please correct me if i'm mistake.

2007 green bottle w/ dark red wax on cap. black label, white background.

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into small tulip glass.

very dark brown, red tones under the light. 1-finger fizzy tan head, soon fades to wisps and ring, then eventually just a thin ring and no wisps. lace ring after each sip, but slides right back down.

aroma: currants upfront, also concord grape juice. berry skins. caramel and graham cracker underneath. fruit remains dominant to the end tho. touch of alcohol, touch of medicinal phenols.

taste: fruit upfront w/ "jammy" character or like fruit preserves, but accompanied by overly medicinal phenols and booze. cough syrup! notes of grassy hop, some caramel, but all drowned out by the cough syrup character.

medium body, lightly syrupy, but phenols, fusels and booze come in for a sticky astringency that just annoys. carbonation is tingly, but just brings out more cloying fruit and cough syrup. kind of yuck...

dunno what happened here. loved it on tap at EBF '08 (1,088 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (887 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Masterski (Alex) for providing the beer in a recent trade.
Great guy & trading partner.

Bottle labeled 2007

Pours with essentially no head. An interesting color that is deep brown with reddish tints. Held to the light there are tons of burgundy tones here. No lacing.

Aroma is fantastic. Very fruity. I would have guessed cherry, had I not known. A sense of warming alcohol and perhaps some wood as well. Very nice.

Woow, this is good. Great combination of dark fruit, deep malt and some sweet caramel. All this is very deep with a warming finish. Fruit sticks with you at the end along with some oak tones. Drinks like a Port. As I worked through the glass I was getting some vanilla.

The slightest carbonation, fairly bold body and provides a wonderful warmth, but not at all hot.

This is fantastic and even better than I had hoped.
Great beer. (873 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours and appears like a sherry or lighter port, kind of purple, brown, and eerily translucent.

Smells like a pungent fortified strawberry/raspberry fruit wine. No hops to speak of. And enough booze to kill a small animal. Robust and vinous.

The taste is an assault of strawberry, currant, and raspberry. It's kind of like jam or marmalade with alcohol thrown in. Madeira and Harvey's Bristol Cream on the finish. Very intense, but not too hot.

Lush mouthfeel, kind of overwhelming.

A 3 oz pour was more than enough and lasted me 15 minutes. This would go very well with a creamy dessert like creme brulee or chocolate mousse, and was very good mixed 1:2 with Dark Horse Plead the 5th RIS. (694 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by CrellMoset... thanks, Chris!

A: Deep brown with some reddish hues... My glass appeared a little hazy.

S + T: Some very direct aromas and flavours paired with intriguing complex notes. Scents of berry... I dunno about cassis, but I certainly get a strawberry/raspberry like scent. Woody and almost creamy hints of vanilla. A suggestion of Twizzlers was made, and it makes some sense. Flavour is full on cassis, along with a big saltiness, anise, alcohol and slightly musty. Some hints of oxidation without doing much harm. While the booziness is huge, it has been managed beautifully with the fruitiness and other notes.

M + D: Big, rich, with a full-on alcohol heat. Flavours are huge, and along with the heat, it's on to be enjoyed with friends in strict moderation and slowly. Excellent and intriguing. (825 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2007 6.3oz, thanks to Greg for the trade. I had been warned about this one, but still wasn't quite prepared.

Pours a purplish, deep ruby color, still, barely a bubble forming in my 5oz snifter.

Whoa, tons of berries in the nose. Macerated in sugar syrup. Blackberries especially, but there is some of a darker cherry note too. Some alcohol through the back, stinging just a bit. A bit messy overall. The taste is like a very robust fruit juice blend, grape, cherry and blackberry. There's something harsh in the finish, not all alcohol, its kind of toffee but with an edge to it. Booze lingering down the throat throughout the finish. Uggh, very sweet and a bit messy.

Not huge body-wise, but has a considerable sweetness. Really slowed down the drinkability. I split the nip bottle with another person and neither of us had any desire to finish the pour. Interesting to try, but a true sipper and not something I really have much desire to drink again. (959 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks a ton, Derek!

Vintage 2007

Tenacious Cassis pours a murky, dark brown color. It's definitely hazy. Backlighting shows nice cherry highlights. A thin layer of bubbles briefly appears on the surface, but evaporates quickly. Eh. It's 15% abv. It happens, unfortunately. Lacing was non-existent.

The nose is good. It has a very sweet, malty scent initially. Smells like a mix of caramel and cocoa. A heavy dose of berries and black currants follows. Throw a little cherry in for good measure. It definitely has the 'dessert beer' thing going for it. Surprisingly, the alcohol seems rather tame for 15%. I'm getting a little, but nowhere near that level. Nice job there.

Tenacious Cassis is a good beverage. It's not very reminiscent of beer, but it works pretty well for a fruit/vegetable concoction. It is sweet and malty. The base is a mix of caramel and chocolate malts. Neither seems to overpower the other. The combo works well. Raspberry, black currants, and cherry flavors are strong and work well with the sweet, malty base. Dessert? I believe so. Yeah, there's a bit of alcohol, but what'd you expect? It's most noticeable in flavor. Doesn't feel warm. It finishes sweet and a little fruity.

The body is medium and leans full with some warming. Carbonation is rather light. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. Drinkability is above average. I'm good with one of these smaller bottles, but anymore would be too much. It's damn strong at 15%, too. Gotta be careful with this.

I'm impressed with Tenacious Cassis. Kuhnhenn Brewing does a nice job with fruity dessert beer. It's generally not my favorite style. This one's perfectly packaged in the smaller bottle. It is extreme and certainly a novelty. Not something I could handle much of. Definitely something worth checking out. Thanks, Derek. (1,842 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of brewdan, I believe - many thanks! Shared at the Charlottesville Throwdown #3, poured in to a tulip. 2007 vintage.

Appearance: Pours an appropriately incredibly dark mahogany, nearly entirely opaque, but holding this one up to the light reveals plenty of gorgeous ruby and sepia overtones, crisp and transparent. The hue of this one seemed to change across five pours, with the beer growing darker the closer to the bottom of the bottle the pour got. No head or surface lace of which to speak - not unexpected due to the 16.5% abv bill - but with plenty of legs ... this one has some booze!

Aroma: Twizzler ahoy! Huge raspberry, cassis, slight blackberry notes, mingling with darker malts - almost chocolatey in places, with tons of dark toffee and honey. It comes across as syrupy, but, in a good way. Beautifully, there's almost no kiss of alcohol - only the faintest estery blister on the far back end of the aroma. A few salty-esque, soy-esque, heavy-esque notes ... the kind that almost always come with Kuhnhenn, and at this point I've come to appreciate. Very nice.

Taste: Beautifully dark. Absolutely on fire with dark fruits - cassis, blackberry, hints of blueberry, cabernet-esque grapes (more franc than sauvignon), dark cherry, and raspberry. Tons of darker malts - sort of what you'd expect from an over-attenuated Fifth Dementia, right? - with enormous amounts of toffee, caramel, bready biscuity notes, dark cocoa powder, faint butterscotch, and brown sugar. And with only a faint, distant hint of alcohol burn, though it does become slightly more prominent as the experience continues. Very opulent.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sugary, intense, with a mild amount of carbonation, probably the right amount for a 16.5% fruit-infused malt bomb.

Drinkability: "This is some decadent shit," to quote Bankhead. And it's also not infected - hurrah! This one was surprisingly enjoyable - I expected it to be too boozy, too fruity, too malty, too thick, too ... something, as Kuhnhenn can be and often is. But this one threw me a curve, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a cassis fan, or a fan of higher abv% brews. (2,147 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Now the consensus on this beer is that it's very good apparently, but in the immortal words of Bill Lumbergh from "Office Space," "Ummm yeeeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there." It's not a bad beer, but there is something a little off with it.

Pours a mostly clear dark brown with purplish hues and a small tannish head.

Aroma is great fresh cassis, spice, and sweet malt. Smells like I'd hope it to.

Flavor is a little cough syrup-like but otherwise good. Lots of cassis, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Fairly boozy on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Decent stuff, a little underwhelming though. Sort of tough to drink a lot of this. (749 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'07 wax sealed bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin beige head.

Nose has a big currant presence over toffee, caramel, booze and cocoa.

Taste has sweet currants up front that turn a bit bitter through the finish. Cocoa, bready malts, caramel and toffee round this out nicely.

Thick body has a delicate carbonation. Tart currants in the finish keeps it light and refreshing.

Interesting brew from Kuhnhenn. Quite unique. (428 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

What I love about this bottle is that it looks like it has gone through the depths of hell. It is a little 2007 6.3 oz bottle with the label looking like it has been chewed on by a dog. The quality of the label is not high quality at all considering it looks like computer paper pasted on the bottle with a glue stick. The wax top is pretty good looking with one stream of wax making it all the way to the base of the bottle.

The look of this one is a purple-amber color that has the potential of producing a 1/8 finger tan head. It is carbonated, but come on, its 15% ABV. There is no lacing, but the legs look like a fine liquor.

The smell is of berries and currants, dark fruits, paint thinner jet fuel, toffee sugars. It an intoxicating aroma.

The taste is of currants, liquor and heat, sweet caramel, raspberries, lots of berry flavor. A vinous flavor that could embrace cranberries, grape, and many others.

The mouthfeel is carbonated perfectly after all this time with a slight alcoholic breath. This is one good brew that has an array of complexities that are a little overwhelming. This thing has been maturing gracefully and could go much longer. This would be interesting about three or five years down the road.
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Photo of PDXHops
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pieper for this 2007 vintage 187 ml bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

At first glance, it looks like a glass of Coke, complete with a fizzy, short-lived head. Held up to light, though, it reveals a cloudy brownish red with a steady supply of fine bubbles. No lacing, although thick legs are left on the glass.

Massive aromas of caramel, toffee and what I take to be the currants (raspberries, overripe blueberries, a nice sourness). Boozy and a bit chocolatey.

A pronounced roasted maltiness is established right away- although it is certainly very sweet, this is no 'sugar bomb'. As in the nose, huge toffee and caramel, with chocolate to a slightly lesser degree. The currant flavor is persistent and quite tangy, almost like fermented raspberries with a bit of overripe orange. The body is thickish and rather creamy- all these flavors seem to slip and slide over the palate. Low carbonation- just enough to keep it from getting too sticky. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

Overall impression: Wonderfully complex sipper. Glad I got a chance to try this one. (1,085 characters)

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

Got this tiny bottle from heliosphann way back when. Thanks a bunch Scott!

6.3 oz bottle, cap covered in red wax. 2007 vintage. The bottle looks like it's best days are behind it.

Pours a hazy brow color. I think it has reddish highlights but that might just be me assuming. Whatever head is produced on the pour vanishes within a minute and leaves only the thinnest ring behind. No lacing.

Not really sure what cassis is, but as far as I can tell it's a syrup/liquer/Belgian Soft Drink flavored after Black Currants. The nose is pretty fruity, but there is a large sweeter character, from caramel or toffee or something. It's strange, and I'm not entirely sure if it goes well enough together to make me want too much more. Alcohol plays a big part in this one.

The taste builds off the nose and takes it one step farther. I get tofee and caramel flavors along with the unripened fruits (apparently black currants). I also get a woody character and a light toasted malt as well. Again, alcohol is big in this one, but you would expect that at 15%. Finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with a slow laboring carbonation. It has a light acidic bite, but it otherwise smooth. Drinkability is good considering the specs.

Overall, I've been sitting on this for a while, and decided that since it's such a small bottle, and I'm not sharing it with anyone, what the heck am I waiting for. First week of classes being over is a good enough time to celebrate as any.

Thanks goes out to Scott for hooking me up with this. I'm extremely glad I got a chance to try it, as this is a unique beer and one I can't imagine that I'll have the chance to try again. (1,661 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (2,369 characters)

Photo of Popkas
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a flat brown with reddish hues. Virtually no head, just a thin ring of bubble.

S: Caramel, toffee and currants are all there along with a healthy dose of booze. In addition I am getting raisiny/prune smell, chocolate and cherry(maybe?) to go with it.

T: A lot like it smells - fruity and sweet with currants upfront followed with a nice burn.

M: Nice thick body.

D: The bottle size is perfect... (408 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'07 vintage.

S: Currants, jam, strawberries, wood, port

A: Looks like cranberry juice w/min. carb

T: Same as smell w/sweetness, and some alcohol heat coming through the end.

M: Fairly slick and vinous. Dry finish.

D: Good for ABV.

Overall: A dessert sipper for sure. But very impressive. Like New Glarus on steroids. (322 characters)

Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.