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Kuhnhenn Mayhem - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 11-25-2009)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.93/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. April 2009, no info.

Thanks to sweemzander for this off bottle! :P

A - Uh oh. No carbonation on the pour, it's totally lifeless and not revived by a swirl. The color is a dark chestnut ruby brown with good clarity on the pour. In the glass it's completely black. A teeny ring of tan bubbles sticks around the outside.

S - After a few whiffs I finally figure out the aroma I notice as "off" right away. An industrial freezer in a brewery. Cold and metallic. Strong notes of dark cherries and fig follow up with a merlot-like aroma. Hints of ethanol-like alcohol come out on a swirl and are accompanied by more dark fruitiness and malt, Good parts to the aroma are all overshadowed by bad crap.

T - BLECH! Soy sauce and teriyaki with dark cherry notes and burnt malts. Disgusting. Not good in the least.

M - Medium-bodied and carbonated-feeling with a crisp enough finish, it's definitely there...yet not. The finish lingers for eternity and is most definitely un-wanted.

D - After Sweem said it was off I put off drinking this for a while. Well, down the drain it goes. Age wise, had it been ok to start with, it should have held up. No Belgian notes in this...just grossness.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Label says "April 2009." Dark mahogony and murky pour, no carbonation, no head, no lace...Hmmm not off to a good start here. Alcohol, brandy and dark berries in the nose. Strong alcohol up front, more jammy berries, brandy, vanilla, sweet toffee, a lot going on. Its better as it warms, but not going to make too many top 10 lists. Carbonation would help, more balance would help and perhaps some more time in the bottle to cool things down would help. This one needs some help.

Billolick, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

My first beer from Kuhnhenn. The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar, cherry, oak and alcohol. The flavor is sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, caramel and toffee malts. The alcohol is very present, making this beer very boozy. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a dark amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts and booze-soaked medium and dark fruits – pears and figs. Also present are moderate amounts of breadiness and slight hints of dark toffee.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth and slightly sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-dusted plum and fig flavors – the fruits are darker than in the aroma. Slight buttery toffee flavors make an appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I’m surprised by the poor ratings for this beer – I didn’t think it was quite the bee’s knees but I found it serviceable. Worth a shot, but not worth seeking.

glid02, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at one of the many bottle shops in Ann Arbor, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, no light coming through. Basically no head from a very rough pour. No lacing.

S: Lots of booze. Some Belgian dark candi sugar and dark fruits. A good bit of sweetness.

T/M: Very boozy. More of the Belgian dark candi sugar and dark fruits. Pretty damn sweet. Body is only about medium or medium light with pretty much no carbonation... making it feel watered down.

D: This has got to have a lot of alcohol and the mouthfeel sucks.

pwoods, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of hughesm4
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- Very, very murky dark red/brown with a minimal amount of head.
s- It almost smells like a red wine. It is slighty fruity with a strong booze smell.
t- Tastes a little flat with a very sweet boozy taste. There is also a little bit of a sour aftertaste.
m/d- This is a slow drinker. I am very unsure of what I actually think about it. Some drinks are sweet and enjoyable while others leave a bitter/sour cringe in the mouth. Every drink is a little different and it is an interesting drink.

hughesm4, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010 sample from fresh bottle. Generous head. Pleasant aromas,light brown with one-quarter inch head, and above average mouthfeel. Some citrus flavours, brown sugar and candi, licorice,yeast.Understated carbonation. Pleasant enough. Sweet biased.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Ted!

Pours clear reddish-amber with a small off-white head, big for Kuhnhenn I guess, with good lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt, toffee, red berries and other fruits. Simple but pleasant enough.

Nice flavor but very sweet. Belgian yeast is evident, with big fruity notes - cherry especially. Not terribly much to it but good.

Medium-full body with soft carbonation.

Pretty nice beer overall, but like a lot of Kuhnhenn beers I've had recently, not amazing.

nickd717, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured red-orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, peat, and slight fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, peat, and slight peaches. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma really wasn't doing too much for me on this one if I'm completely honest, but it did make up some ground on the flavor. The subtle touch of fruit on this one made this one quite interesting on the flavor as you only got it on the followthrough of the beer. It kind of seemed out of place in this one if I'm honest. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would seek it out actively.

thagr81us, May 20, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy chocolate brown color with little to no head; slightest of rings around the glass. Label looks like it is made out of tissue paper (this did not factor into the grade). The aroma is big on boozy raisins and prunes. The aroma pretty much stops at that, not much else. The taste is of prunes, clove, pepper, candied cherries and dirt. The flavor doesn't have much life, stale, flat, bleh. The feel is pretty terrible; flat, lifeless, sweet with some metallic bitterness. The brew does have some of the BSDA flavors but there is no life or soul to the beer. It is sweet from the dark fruit which is nice but no carbonation just kills this beer.

Gmann, May 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of md655321
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

md655321, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle reads "April 2009" in tiny print.

Pours out a murky dark brown, not much carbonation, just a few juice like bubbles that string themselves along the rim of the glass, leaving a still, glassy surface. This looks like some of the English old ales i've tried that were way old and oxidized. Turning the glass, I see some tiny trails of super slow carbonation (I think). Never have I seen bubbles rise that slowly...this stuff is thick as gravy. Swirling only kills the larger bubbles that were lingering from earlier.

Aroma is decent, fruit leather, raisin and prune. Sweet and a touch boozy. A little maple syrup and brown sugar shine through.

Whoa, this is strong stuff... Alcohol is upfront, real boozy. I'd guess an ABV in the double digits. Bitter astringency is a little off-putting. Sweet, syrupy, stewed fruit taste. Sort of medicinal with lingering sticky sweet cocoa. Definitely brash and unbalanced, undercarbonated but not quite flat. Finishing this will be a task, but i'll force myself. The taste would be fine if the alcohol was dialed down, it's 10 mo. old at this point and still too hot.

Picked this up on a whim, glad it was only a single. Not recommended.

emerge077, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Has a date on the label of April 2009, making this bottle 1 year old at the time of review.

Appearance: Hazy dark red body. Absolutely no carbonation. Possibly caused by a leaky cap, I don't know. Spots of lacing despite no head.

Smell: Rich and boozy. Very sweet and sugary with raisins, and figs.

Taste: Alcohol isn't as abrasive as I feared it might be. Does have a nice bite from the alcohol, though. If I had to compare this to another beer I would say it is like Avery's "The Beast" due to the alcohol and dark fruit super sweetness.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation really hurts this beer when it comes to mouthfeel and overall enjoyment.

BierFan, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with small foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and dry fruits is enjoyable and more balanced then I was expecting. Taste is also a more complex affair then expected with a nice strong malt backbone with light residual candi sugar with notes of fry fruits and fruity ester. Nice touch of caramel malt and light toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though a fuller body would have been a great addition.

Phyl21ca, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small of of bubbles appearing in my glass. Aromas of raisin, candi sugar, plums, wine grapes, and booze. Tastes of grapes, sweet red wine, and candi sugar. Fairly simple but elegant flavors. Quite an enjoyable flavor here. Moderately full body with a lighter to medium carbonation that avoids being too bubbly and lets the subtle flavors shine. Good beer here, wasn't expecting anything and quite a nice surprise.

vacax, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first Kuhnhenn, and my 100th review. Thanks to Fear025 (Jay) for this beer. April 2009 bottling.

Poured into a New Holland high gravity series glass. Pours a muddy deep brown with no head what so ever. Evidence of carbonation, just no head.

Aromas of dark fruits (raisins, prunes). Smells like an aged, oxidized barleywine. Also some aromas of cherry pits (?).

First sip is alcohol, dark fruits, a little sweetness. Again, reminds me of an aged high gravity beer, barleywine, or a Thomas Hardy from the 90s. Alcohol burn is very harsh. As it warmed, there were some notes of cherries and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full and coating. A little cloying.

Not that drinkable. I'll finish the bottle, but you wouldn't want to drink this all night long. It's more of a sipper.

JamnesCameron, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Aussy - thanks.

Pours a dark brownish amber with just a couple of random bubbles around the edge. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits (raisins, figs, and plums). Taste is sweet, malty and boozy with some faint sherry notes. Mouthfeel is complex, rich, full and thick. A slow sipper and enjoyable. Glad to have tried it. (Makes an interesting blend with 3 parts Victory @ Sea, 1 part Alaskan Smoked Porter and a splash of this).

wethorseblanket, Nov 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bespin15, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this. April 2009 vintage or so the bottle states.

2.5 A: Murky brown color. The bottle hissed during the cap removal, but there isn't any damn head. This is one damn ugly brew.

4.5 S: The nose, however, is wonderful. Smells like a big ol' English barleywine with a touch of Belgian zing to it. Plenty of dark fruitiness with fig, plum, prune, raisin, and maybe some currants too. Malty sweetness with viscous caramel and rich toffee. Somewhat boozy. The Belgian part comes in with a peppery spiciness. It's almost amazing how forceful the aroma is.

4.5 T: The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose, but it tastes just as good as the nose smells. Lots of creamy caramel and toffee with the same dark fruits as in the nose, though raisin and tobacco taking the reins. The taste is more like an old ale than a BSDA. There's hints of Belgian yeast spiciness, but they are minor compared to the other flavors. This is a super rich, great tasting brew. Booze is evident, but doesn't distract from the taste. I wonder how strong it is?

4.5 M: Thick, syruppy body. Carbonation is surprisingly right where it should be. Super smooth with warming alcohol on finish.

5.0 D: I'm pissed that I only have one 12 ouncer of this. This truly is a wonderful brew that just happens to look like shit. It's rich and complex and Kuhnhenn did everything they set out to do. Kuhnhenn is making a decent run at my list of top breweries.

DavoleBomb, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

April 2009

A: Pours into the glass looking like flat, generic "cola". A few bubbles and a tiny tan head pop up before becoming absolutely still again. No lace. Looks like the Cuyahoga River around the time that it caught fire.

S: A bunch of aromas going on here. Tootsie Roll, caramel, chocolate covered cherry, cocoa, cola nut, fudge brownies, and pan roasted nuts.

T: Same as above with a weird hint of melted plastic.

M: Flat. Way too sweet for the (non-existant) level of carbonation.

D: There's a good beer here trying to get out. I'd like to try a fresher example to see if maybe the time in the bottle hurt this beer.

GbVDave, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown- not a faintness of head and therefore no lacing- looks like a rootbeer.

S- Complex, a lot of different flavors: sweet maple, sweet berries, caramel apples, brown sugar.

T- Also quite complex as in the nose. Some sweet citrus- orange and lime. Less sugary than the smell.

M- Basically no carbonation wich really distracts my tastebuds. Slight burn on the tongue (I'm curious as to how much alcohol this has).

D- Super complex but the lack of carbonation is really detracting from the beer.

zdk9, May 02, 2010
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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.