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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 147
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 193
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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 147
Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle shared by Fred.

Beer pours a dark reddish brown with very little head and hardly any lacing. Smell is extremely fruity and fantastic with booze hiding in there. Flavor is certainly unique, berries and tootsie rolls and very big, definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this is very interesting, not a beer you need a whole lot of, but very nice.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby with a fair amount of transparency. Very little head or retention.

S - Sour with hints of dark fruits, including cherry. Alcohol definitely comes through in the aroma.

T - Cough syrup is a perfect description for how this beer feels. The dark fruits provide a very juicy backbone, and there is a cherry edge which gives it an almost artificial tasting bite. It all combines to taste a lot like a cherry cough syrup, which sounds disgusting but tastes quite good. A very all encompassing flavour that mostly drowns out the alcohol, though the booziness comes through partway through the taste and lingers in the finish. Sweet chocolate also comes through in the finish, with an edge of the dark fruit. The finish is a smooth jammy sweetness that is neither too sticky or sweet. Strange but satisfying.

M/D - High carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Never had anything quite like it. A very unique beer that manages to make drinking cough syrup for intoxication seem classy.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.3oz bottle from 2007, review #1000 on BA.

Pours cloudy brown with some large bubbles kicked up from a stretch pour. A placid surface with zero lacing throughout the glass. This beer is almost still.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of alcohol laced with dark fruit. Nose-clearing in nature with sweet malt, dark caramel, currants, fusels, and cough syrup.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a syrupy, slick mouthfeel.

Currants, alcohol, carmelized malt, and dark fruit start the palate. Sweet fruit and malt follow through, riding atop a wave of throat-warming alcohol. Low bitterness or other hopping for that matter.

Finishes with lingering alcohol and jammy fruit.

A strong beer for sure, the alcohol is not too fusel-laden and there is plenty of throat warmth, but no burn. Loads of sweet, dark fruit but the beer would benefit greatly from any amount of carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

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Photo of Bung
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 6.3 oz. Nearly still red mohoghany pour. Not much more to say.

Aroma, port, sherry. Candied sugar, light brown sugar. It's sweet but very inviting.

Sherry quality very present in the taste. Cassis, actually didn't find the taste nearly sweet as the aroma. Slight fig, roast, very faint dark chocolate.
Just a tad medicinal.

A little boozier than the Raspberry Eis, but still not terrible for 15%. Completely coating, could really use just a bit of carbonation. It was difficult to drink even just the 6 ounces.

Closer to a cordial than a beer. Worth trying, but let someone else foot the bill.

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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for bringing this bottle back about 2 years ago. 6.3oz green nip bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours deep ruby with a thin wisp of head that doesn't last. Some legs but no real lacing.

S: Deep toffee and caramel aromas. Chocolate covered cherries and currants. Plenty of smooth, mellowed alcohol.

T/M: Intense sweetness, but a rich sweetness. Sweet instead of rich chocolate with more of the toffee and caramel. The currents are potent and mix well with the pleasant alcohol. Body is full with just a wisp of carbonation... A touch more would help.

D: Tasty and interesting but not something I'd go to very often. Especially at it's price.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle from Alexsdad06!!). Pours dark brown with red hue-almost cola color when held up to the light. Khaki head dissipates quickly even after a vigorous pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles hug the side of the glass. Aroma has fruit (cassis), ripe dark pit fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet from both the fruit and the malts (caramel flavored), but the malts carry this as the fruit fades. Full bodied with a slick texture. Oh so smooth finish with alcohol noticeable, but pleasant. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage poured into snifter. Huge thanks to northernbrews for the great extra.

A: Pours nearly flat with a very thin, short lived, light brown head. Color is a woody, dirty sort of rusty brown with a few tiny flecks of sediment at the end of the pour.
S: Big rich syrupy sweet notes of sherry, maraschino cherry juice, black currents (cassis), and a note or two of alcohol. There is also the faintest hint of wet cardboard and molasses.
T: Sweet notes of currents and port hit first followed by malty notes of caramel, toffee, raisins, earthy woody flavors and maybe a touch of chocolate. The finish is sweet and full of cherry and current syrup, and the aftertaste has notes of vanilla, warm alcohol and earthy malt.
M: Luckily there is some tingly carbonation here. Body is thick and syrupy and the mouthfeel is very slick and sweet with a decent amount of warming alcohol burn. For being fairly old this beer is actually quite hot, but for 15% I guess it could be worse.
O: A great sipper that would indeed be great after dinner as the bottle suggests. Amazingly complex and smooth. Thanks again Jeff for this great brew!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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.


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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by brian23456 at our battle of the 12ozers. Thanks Brian! 2007 vintage I do believe. Poured into a snifter:

A - Pours flat with tiny bubbles. Brown core, light caramel color. No lacing but nice legs.

S - Huge raspberries and cherries! Booze and sweet cream. Smells awesome!

T - Cherries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and chocolate. A bit of graham cracker and a small presence of cardboard/slightly bready. Some booze present.

M - Sweet and boozy but really smooth. Little carbonation.

D - A nice treat to drink. I wasn't expecting this at all but it turned out fantastic! Would love to get another bottle of this. It was amazing.

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Photo of Phelps
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting by ejyoung, this was poured into a snifter.

Dark, muddy burgundy in color. No head, no lace.

The nose is CRAZY! Sharp cheddar, currants, raspberry liqueur, figs. Also, dates, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel. Oh, and port and tootsie rolls. Super rich, sweet and decadent.

The flavor, luckily, is exactly like the aroma. Tons of sweet currents, dark chocolate, molasses and sugar as it warms. Like syrup on a cheesecake.

Liqueur-like in viscosity with a velvety medium body, it maintains a light carbonation and tongue-numbing alcohol.

I've never had a beer from Kuhnhenn that didn't blow my mind, and this one's no different. It's definitely a dessert beer for sipping, but one I'd gladly sip until the rapture. Delicious.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2007 vintage. Poured into a CCB snifter glass a reddish hued mahagony brown color with a razor thin head that collars around the glass. Just an outstanding nose! The aromas coming from this very fruity from the cassis; raspberry, cherry, apple, orange, pear, apricot - they are all in the nose smelling very sweet. For being 16.5%, I don't get a strong booze note. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Ok, the booze is pretty evident in the taste. Lots of fruit notes again in the taste with a deeper dark fruit flavor like raisins and dark cherry, some vanilla as well. The heat from the alcohol warms the mouth, throat, and nostrils. The back end is kind of like cough syrup with the fruit, alcohol, and slightly medicinal/bitter flavor. Overall, this is a beer not for the timid. Big and boozy.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.19/5  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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of abuliarose
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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].

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.


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Photo of Reagan1984
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of 7ways
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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