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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 183
Gots: 23 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007)
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johnd513

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this 2007 vintage on a trip downstate at a gas station/inconvenience store. My eyes got wide as I have never had the opportunity to try any of Kuhnhenn's offerings. My eyes got even larger when I saw the price tag. Pours reddish brown in color with a small amount of carbonation that can barely pass for a head. The smell is a huge berry scent, chocolate and toffee. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with very little carbonation drinks more like wine than beer. The taste is tart and syrupy with dark fruits, blackberries, toffee and caramel. Drinkability is good, too bad this comes in a 6.3 oz bottle. I could have easily enjoyed 12oz of this over the course of an evening and loved every drop.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 02:31:38 | More by johnd513
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, served in a small snifter. Dark purplish color with minimum head. Smell is all grapes and currants, very sweet, smooth, and intoxicating. Taste is the same, overloaded with sweet currant and grape with a nice mix of intense alcohol. Could be considered comparable to a carbonated dessert liqueur. It is delicious. This is a very unique beer that I'd recommend every beer lover try at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 03:46:53 | More by webmanspidey
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david131

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.3 oz bottle
2007 Vintage
16.5% ABV

A- Poured like a soda with a quick to rise head that died off instantly. The liquid is a murky purple that looks kind of like a deep red wine. Pretty bland looking.

S- Oh my god. This is amazing. Loads of berries, some vanilla, alcohol, and a bit of funk. This smells more like candy than beer.

T- Startlingly sweet, lots of berries, vanilla, cinnamon. Oddly enough, it reminds me of waffle crisp cereal with some berries. This has aged kind of nicely, but the alcohol is just a bit hot- not surprising considering the ABV.

M- Very warm and dry. A clean aftertaste, but damn this is hot.

D- A huge sipper. This has blown my mind every time I have had it, but this time it is seeming extraordinarily hot tonight. Would make an excellent desert beer. I do admire this beer way more than this review gives it credit for, I don't really know how to explain it though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:30:39 | More by david131
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seaoflament

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for the opportunity to try this extreme beer. I had this one once before from a 12oz bottle and shared it with a few people. This review is from a small 6.3oz/187ml bottle, perfect amount in my opinion. This is a 2007 vintage.

Sanguine or cherry juice color with very few bubbles. Looks almost flat but the ruby highlight are fascinating.

Strong, sweet, candy, cassis aroma. Very syrupy on the nose with a mixture of red berries, hints of chocolate, hard candy, caramel, and lightly toasted malts. This is an excellent dessert beer. A bit of nail polish remover but the fruitiness hides the alcohol heat fairly well. There is also a strong, cherry-like syrup aroma that makes me want to add this to some vanilla ice-cream. Toffee and chocolate also become more intense as it warms up.

A mixture of sweet and bitter cassis flavor, mild coffee in the aftertaste as well as raisins, roasted malts, and bits of cocoa. Alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. A bit of blueberries upfront, cherry candy near the finish, and toffee as well. There is a bit of a cough flavor in the finish/aftertaste and alcohol heat that I think could settle out with some age. I don't know why but I get an image of roasted nuts with cocoa on top. There is a roasted nutty flavor that works really well with the light chocolate side of the beer. Some bitter chocolate flavors, burnt brown sugar, and cassis linger in the back of the mouth. I opened this one at around cellar temp, it really was just in my closet, but as it warmed up the toffee flavor seems to intensify.

The mouthfeel is not as syrupy as the aroma would lead to believe, there is a good dose of carbonation.

I wish this one was just a little less alcoholic so I could drink more of it!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:59:46 | More by seaoflament
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BMoney575

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-8-09
2007 Vintage

Pours a very deep brown color, with a hint of purple. No head, no lacing, just thick.

Smell is very aged, huge dark fruit in the middle, and a sweet toffee if you look for it. Super strong, complex, and boozy, it really grows on you.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Huge fruity sweetness is kept in check by a strong alcohol character. Surprisingly bitter and super warm on the finish.

Mouthfeel is super thick with almost no carbonation. Very wine like, which suits it.

Drinkability is not good, definitely a sipper.

Overall, a gigantic beer that is not really my style, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:37:32 | More by BMoney575
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toastdog

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the small (approx 7 oz) bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: A murky brown liquid with serious thickness and reddish highlights. The thin head dissipates quickly leaving a few small trails of tiny bubbles rising through the beer.

S: The smell of sugary-sweet currants and dried fruit hits the nose...and the glass is more than 18'' from my nose. Up close, the high sweetness rides currant, cherry and cranberry-juice notes, with a little alcohol heat hiding underneath. Serious, seriously big aromas. Based on the smell, I expect the flavor to be syrupy.

T: And syrupy it is. And tart, tart, tart. Like cherry Nyquil. Loads and loads of cotton-candy sweetness and curranty tartness, with warming alcohol that doesn't quite taste like 15%. A very single-minded beer, just CURRANTS!!!

Tasted with cheese (a two-year cheddar) some of the more outrageous notes fade as the fat coats the tongue. Definitely a dessert beer, the equivalent of a Sauternes. I can't say I love the flavor, but it's pleasurable.

M: Thick, but with more carbonation than I expected hiding in there. That is good; keeps the flavor from cloying.

D: You really only want or need one, to share, after a nice big meal, with the nuts, cheeses and dried fruits. What? You don't do that? You should. It's terribly civillized.

I can't say that I generally love this beer. But it's the right thing for dessert; this or a raspberry eisbock. But if you're going that route, why not a Thomas Hardy's or spring for the $$$ it will cost for a good Sauternes? That being said, this would be a terrific ager, and would DEFINITELY be something that a group of people would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:54:15 | More by toastdog
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urwatuh8

California

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third time having this beer. I've had about a dozen of Kuhnhenn's beers which have ranged from good to outstanding. This is my favorate.

Poured from a 12oz bottle in a Corsendonk tulip. The beer is a dark brown, with maybe a finger of tan head. Held up to the light it is a very cloudy brown, but lets a fair amount of light through at the edges. The ordinary appearance belies the experience that comes next.

The smell is spectacular. I don't know of another beer that smells so seductive. Of course there is a huge smell of currants. But the malts also bring a lot to the smell. The beer *smells* sweet and almost chocolaty.

The taste delivers exactly what the smell promises. The currant taste up front blends perfectly into a *huge* malty taste in the middle. It's not as if one taste stops and the other starts, one flows into the next very fluidly. Bock bock bock bock bock. If you just crank up the flavors of your favorite bock to an obscene level, that's what this tastes like in the middle. And the finish lingers in your mouth beautifully. The sweet, somewhat choclaty taste stays in your mouth forever, begging you to drink more. Though not cloyingly saccharine like a lot of big beers, it is quite sweet. It works best as dessert. Imagine going to a restaurant which has a fantastic fruity, dark chocolate cake. One that's unbelievable rich. That's what this beer tastes like.

Which brings us to mouthfeel. The beer is just so rich and chewy, almost like it should almost be a dessert you're eating rather than drinking. The carbonation level is just right - enough to refresh and clean just a bit.

The drinkability is kind of ridiculous. No beer at 15% or 16% abv should be this easy to drink. The sweetness might stop you eventually, but this is more drinkable than plenty of beers in the 8% to 9% range. OK, maybe by the end of 12oz it is starting to be a bit much. I've been sipping on it for at least an hour, and as it warms the alcohol warming becomes more prominent. The new 7oz bottles probably are the right size. A splendid treat none the less.

Kuhnhenn, I hate you for raising the price of this beer, because it is totally worth the higher price.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:41:43 | More by urwatuh8
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Crosling

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Basically a dark muddy brown color with a thin, quickly diminishing foam. Light wafting reveals some nice aromas of black currant, chocolate, toffee and red licorice, but a strong sniff reveals an awful core of medicinal qualities, like a trip to the pharmacy and a big whiff of antibiotics. Flavor is too fruity and too sweet. I feel like there is a great tasting beer underneath the overly fruity, overly sweet, medicinal mess. There is some very tasty notes of dessert-like malts, but overall, tastes like a handful of pills and sugary sweet black currants. Disappointed. Had higher hopes.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:14:38 | More by Crosling
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep blackish purple body. Head is a light brown even foam standing at an inch and fading fast leaving just a skim. Nose is decisevly grape based and oh so ripe. There are some raspberry notes also. Very very nice. Enters the mouth with brash robust rich dark fruits. There are some tones of ripe grape skins, raspberry jam, black licorice and burnt malt in the flavor profile. All of this is carried by an alchol feel that includes port and cough syrup. Mouthfeel is along the lines of grape meets licorice. At 12oz. you could probably share the bottle with someone as this is quite the sipper. Delecious and very unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:34:48 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with Cooperrip. Thanks John.

Poured into a Chouffe tulip. Murky brown body with minimal head. What head there is is a light beige. Nice amount of carbonation. Immediate musty, earthy, fruity currant aroma with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. Like strongly ripened stone fruit.
Very fruity on the tongue. Alcoholic bite is there, but masked by the fruitiness and mustyness. Definitely not a chugger. The 15% is not overtly apparent, but it does sneak up on you. Once you become used to the complexity of the tastes, a chocolate-covered-cherry taste comes to the forfront. Port like and dense. Very nice beer for one of our colder nights of the year. This would age greatly.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2008 23:07:53 | More by Brewfan
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark, brownish overall with red hues and almost purple. Not much of a head to speak of. Quite the potent brew. Crazy scents of dark fruits. Currant, cassis, raspberry. Loaded with sweetness. Some toasted caramel and chocolate lying underneath. Hazelnut and other spices. Taste is just as pleasing. The chocolate is even more present and helps to tame the fruity sweetness to a degree, along with a little tart finish. Amazing dark fruit flavors as it warms. It never gets too syrupy to me, not quite as full as the Raspberry Tart for some reason, which I'm enjoying. Amazingly drinkable for what it is, though I'm still somewhat happy to have split this bottle.

A big thanks to grub and DrJay for a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 17:47:45 | More by ncvbc
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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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rallison

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to northernbrews for this beast!

Pours a murky brownish color with hints of red/orange. Virtually no head at all.

Smells very much what you would expect a black currant syrup to smell like - mostly sweet berry with medicinal qualities. Unfortunately, I could see black currant flavored cough syrup smelling exactly like this. With that said, after a few sips, I am finding this smell much less obnoxious..and, rather, quite nice. Maybe because it reminds me of mixing the concentrated currant syrups with sparkling water in Europe on hot summer days? Quite possibly.

The taste is well...interesting to say the least. This is truly one beer that, given to someone who doesn't like beer, would not be recognized as beer. Overly sweet. Dripping with added fructose. Medicinal in that cough medicine sort of way. Cloying. Slightly alcoholic. Too low carbonation. Too one-dimensional when it comes to the sweet, black currant side. Yes, those are all completely valid criticisms I will hurl at this beer. Yet, with that said, there is a part of me that actually enjoys it immensely (which is odd, since I cannot stand overly sweet beers/drinks/foods in general). Part of it is likely the novelty factor. But yet, after overcoming the initial few unsavory sips, I find myself actually enjoying this combination of flavors.

The mouthfeel is, as stated above, overly cloying with minimal carbonation, but it ends up really working for this beer. Mouthfeel is very much like drinking a nice port.

Drinkability, somehow, also ends up being fine for me.

So, there you go. Upon opening this bottle and having the first sip, I really, really regretted having this one to myself. I figured a few sips and I would drain pour it..and what a waste for a beer this rare - at least a few others share in the misery ;) Then, surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it. Were I to review this by any normal beer standards, I doubt I would rate it well. Rating for my own personal enjoyment, it does just fine. And hey, it's not like you really have a style to rate within for this beer.

Edit: By the way, 15% (or 16.5% according to RB)? That I would have never guessed. The thickness hints at it for sure, but the alcohol bite doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 05:31:41 | More by rallison
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here we go folks, review #500. First I want to thank northernbrews for this special Kuhnhenn beer, and secondly I'd like to thank everyone else I've traded with for getting me to this milestone. Here's to 500 more!

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter allowed to warm up a bit, not really sure why though...anyway...

Pours a dark molasses with a quick one finger tan head that falls to a thin ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.. Very little stick to it, but I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Smell begins with strong dark berries; blackberries, elderberries, raspberries. A big thick caramel malt scent combines well with the dark fruits. Strong wave of booze graces the nose, but what do you expect with 15% abv? I swear to god I remember a candy as a kid that smelled just like this, it'll come to me at some point. Taste is much like the aroma but with a stronger caramel and chocolate malt presence. Definitely the richest fruit flavored beer I've ever experienced. Surprisingly I don't detect the booze on the tongue that much, pretty scary if you ask me. Medium syrupy feel with a fairly present carbonation sting. There are a lot of fruit beers out there, but nothing like this one. A unique beer that won't soon be forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:27:28 | More by BeerTruth
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color. It poured with a smallish light tan head that faded fairly quickly.

s: I wasn't prepared for this, wave after wave of strong raspberry aromas. At times I thought I smelled some cherry and honey as well. There is also something pungently floral here, along with a bit of heat.

t: Tons of raspberry flavors here as well. Other fruit flavors like cherries, peek out every now and then. There is some gentle alcoholic warmth blanketing everything. The finish has a spicy, almost minty flavor.

m: This is heavy, very viscous. It has gentle foamy carbonation.

d: I was surprised to see 15% listed here, I certainly didn't taste it anywhere. I went into this one completely blind. I'd never heard of this one at all. Thanks to TheBlackMallard for a very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 10:45:03 | More by DIM
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown cola in color, slight amount of sediment sneaks into the glass, mainly still, a vigorous pour shows just a dusting of light cream foam at the surface. Aroma is rich and malty, great cassis berry aroma mixed with some rich dark fruits, prunes and figs. Almost meaty in the aroma, a bit of old worn leather in there as well. Berries are at the forefront of the taste and keep the taste fairly refreshing for a 15 %abv. The dark fruitiness of prunes and figs and the meatiness is there as well, a nice aged malty quality, backing up the sweet berries. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, probably on the heavier side, the dense malty sugars coat the mouth, and the small amount of carbonation helps to rinse it clean before a taste of the alcohol strength warms the throat. Outstanding beer, very much like the extraneous cassis, the berries make this beer, though the aged big rich malty quality that is evident in so many Kuhnhenn beers is stellar as well. Thank god for Kuhnhenn, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 21:33:08 | More by hoppymeal
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tpd975

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Overlord

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thousand and one blessings upon the house of Artusory for the trade.

Pours a cola like dark brown, with a thin crust of off white foam, basically no head. The appearance is the only part of this beer that isn't superb.

The smell is unbelievable. I could carry a small snifter around and take a whiff now and then to cheer me up, if that wouldn't result in me continuously needing to assault those nearby who mock me. Currants, sour raspberries (?)/cherries(?) and chocolate abound.

The flavor is robust and a bit overwhelming. I'd say that one bottle is plenty for two people to split: this be a sipping brew. Reminds me greatly of the Eisbock: tons of dappled currants, some sour fruits (what are those? Raspberries?), and chocolate along with a definite alcohol burn. There's no way this is only 15%. It could pass for a currant flavored port.

Nice thick chewy mouthfeel.

Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 06:54:03 | More by Overlord
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says on the menu here that this one weighs in at 16.5% and not the posted 15.

This beer was a dark cola color with a thin collar. Not too much going on here.

Smells of caramelized sugar, raspberry Jolly Ranchers with a boozy sting. This brings out the tartness of the raspberry and saves the day by adding a last minute balance. I'm also getting hints of banana and blueberry.

Tastes of banana bread muffins, brown sugar and a dry sting of currents, red grapes that add balance again to the sweetness. The currents really come through in the finish had dry out the sides of my tongue.

The body isn't too big, but there's a frothing carbonation that makes this one a little too big for its own good.

16.5%? No way! I wish I would have grabbed a few bottles to age.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 15:51:03 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Pointman

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. I usually am not into fruity beers, but this one is very different. Very dark pour into a tulip - 10 oz, now they are ripping you off and only serving it in a 6 oz snifter - AND charging MORE. RIP OFF - thier beer is already very expensive, as compared to any of the other brewers in Michigan. $6 for 6 oz is flat out rude.

Ok - off my soapbox and into the reivew....

Currants....Currants and Chocolate. Very high alcohol, and at first it is masked by the sweet and over powering Currants, but it starts to come on as the beer opens up.

This is definitely an after dinner beer, and I recommend it being shared.

The 6 oz serving is a good size, but charging a buck an ounce is insane. Cmon Bros., quit being so greedy. I actually spend more at Dragonmead, Black Lotus, Detroit Beer Co., and Atwater because they aren't insanely expensive. You serve a working class community, not a high brow crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 21:22:51 | More by Pointman
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles courtesy of hoppymeal, and Ibrew2or3. Thanks! Pours a rich brownish muddy maroon color. Smell is strong and very aromatic concentrated berries and some alcohol. Taste is rich, sweet berry/grape cassis flavor and alcohol. Somewhat medicinal and liquier like. Warming. Interesting and good in very small increments but can quickly become too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:39:33 | More by JDV
Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.