Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
2007 vintage. Poured into a snifter. Thanks again for sharing Matt!
(A)- Pours a very deep blood red crimson color. Surprisingly, some white bubbles formed.
(S)- Quite a dense array of candied raspberry bramble bush in all. Subtle raisin and earthy sherry-like notes.
(T)- Quite a nice leathery component combined with a sweet sherry-like profile with some cocoa and raisin with sweet raspberry and grape fruits.
(M)- Quite sweet but also a superbly well hidden ABV. Very similar to a dessert wine in my tastes.
(O)- A very big but very successful fruit beer that is best saved for dessert or a nightcap. I definitely understand why they bottled this in those tiny 8oz. bottles since it is actually the perfect amount to enjoy this beer by.
08-01-2013 21:43:23 | More by sweemzander
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
2007 vintage purchased at Winter Solstice 2011; 187 mL bottle
A - Pours a clear red/brown color with no carbonation to speak of.
S - Smell is mostly a wonderful aroma of currents, with a faint amount of alcohol and tootsie roll thrown in.
T - Taste seems to constantly change within a sip. At times fruity, at times boozy, definitely some tootsie roll. Unfortunately, also some unpleasant medicinal tastes and as others have mentioned, some astringent notes. Also a bit boozy, but pretty mild considering the abv. Definitely a mixed bag that doesn't live up to the aroma, but is still mostly enjoyable.
M - The astringency kills the mouthfeel a bit. Otherwise slightly syrupy.
O - Definitely an interesting one from Kuhnhenn. Haven't had this before, so I have no idea what the aging has been. There are a lot of nice things going on here, but unfortunately some unpleasant flavors prevent this from being great.
03-02-2013 02:23:00 | More by warnerry
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
2007 8oz. Bottle courtesy of Rempo, thanks Mark!
This beer pours a syrupy dark brown with purple overtones and no carbonation. The nose is big and syrupy with a lot of blueberry and grape characteristics. It definitely has loads of residual sugar. The flavors are odd. Its medicinal and has loads of blueberry, grape, almost generic sucker like fruit flavors. It's interesting. I don't care for the finish. It has too much sugar and is a little astringent. It is sticky sweet. The astringency definitely takes ahold with more sips. I'm definitely grateful that I could try this but It it just wasn't up my alley.
08-18-2012 04:31:20 | More by aasher
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-30-2012 02:54:07 | More by DefenCorps
1.93/5 rDev -52.5%
Bottle to FredFest taster
From notes. Shared a while back with some excellent dudes one summer night in CO.
A: Dull, dark cranberry. No head on vigorous pour.
S: Yuck. Smells like burnt rubber, rotten veg, and over-ripened mixed berries. Not a good start.
T: The unpleasantness continues...mild fruit/berry sweetness up-front with bitter chocolate and toffee middle. The end is absolutely miserable though and I needed another beer to cleanse my palate. So much going on here, but the ABV overshadows the taste. Not enjoyable whatsoever and I was hard-pressed to finish my 1.5 ounce sample if that says anything. Simply putrid.
M: Full bodied with zero carbonation.
O: I was stoked to get two bottles of this beer in a trade a while back and was waiting for the "right time" to open it. I don't think I waited too long, I just think this beer was off (probably just the bottle). Not sure what the cellaring conditions were prior to it coming into my possession, but I was terribly disappointed with this - so much that I traded my other bottle away. Won't be returning to this anytime soon. A darn shame because I really like a lot of their other beers.
02-16-2012 13:16:15 | More by spdyfire83
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
2007 vintage, obtained at 2011 Winter Solstice. 6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Deep, murky reddish-brown. No head whatsoever. Could certainly be confused with a red wine based upon appearance.
S: Red grapes, black currant, chocolate, and booze. This is a very interesting smell.
T: Red grapes, black currant, raspberries, and oak up front. There is a chocolate-covered raspberry flavor on the finish. Significant amount of booze, which is to be expected for 15%, but it is hidden well. The sweetness lingers, and there is certainly a warming effect. Make no mistake: this is a dessert beer, and an incredibly complex one at that.
M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with no carbonation. Sweet and slick. This really reminds me of a sweet red wine.
O: What a complex beer this is. Fantastic for dessert. I really took my time and savored this one. In all honesty, I probably could have shared this bottle with someone else because a little goes a long way. I prefer the Raspberry Eisbock, but I will be having this again if it is ever released again. Another great experimental brew from Kuhnhenn.
02-15-2012 02:21:49 | More by travMI13
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-25-2012 21:47:30 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-14-2012 17:22:16 | More by yourefragile
Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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