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Kuhnhenn Mayhem - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.88%


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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by blakesell:
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blakesell

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Obtained from the brewery Jan 30 2010. Reasonably fresh.

Appearance- Beer pours reasonably still, not a lot of head at all that quickly is nothing but still manages to leave a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer itself is cloudy and brown amber. I keep trying to make more of the lacing but it just isn't that present.

Smell- Dark cherries and so much malt upfront the biscuit malt and cherry scent are really quite impressive here, showing us Americans what can be done with a Belgian style beer. Rich dexterous sweetness, I really think there's a probability of lactose sugars, but this is not detracting by any means.

Taste- Kuhnhenn does it again. Wow, sweet cherries, an overload of lighter malts in a darker styled beer, no hop presence or bitterness to speak of. Rich berries, I want to say something like a Loganberry or Marion berry. Wow, this is one beer I want to have more of to just savor.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, full bodied, effervescent, lightly carbonated, lightly warming.

Drinkability- I'm tempted to set the drinkability at 5 here, this is one impressive Belgian style, like none I have ever had before. Kuhnhenn shows again why I would love to go back to their brewery and will.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:00:33 | More by blakesell
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md655321

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-17-2014 17:32:05 | More by md655321
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kirkfrailey

Michigan

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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

10-27-2013 05:14:26 | More by cadaugherty
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gulogulo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-27-2013 02:58:11 | More by gulogulo
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from '09 or so, poured into a Fantôme tulip.

A: Dark brown body with almost no head. Weak.

S: Cherry cough syrup, booze-soaked fig newton, and sherry oxidation. Weird, intense, and interesting enough.

T: Sweet toffee and sherry up front, with rich fig and cherry behind. Big boozy finish. Overwhelming, and not in a good way.

M: Pretty still, quite sticky. Meh.

O: Kuhnhenn's hits are off the charts, and so can be their misses. Sadly this is the latter.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:17:52 | More by woosterbill
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-15-2013 03:37:11 | More by Gonzoillini
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-24-2012 12:34:41 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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AgentZero

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-28-2012 05:19:25 | More by AgentZero
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-15-2012 22:43:36 | More by atone315
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-19-2012 02:38:26 | More by t0rin0
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

07-06-2012 02:33:24 | More by bsuedekum
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled April 2009. Bottle into Duvel glass on Feb 10, 2012.

Appearance: 3
Dark rootbeer black-brown body, not fully opaque that pours with a disappointing faint head that barely offers a complete covering. Quickly dissipates into a basically non-existing head that fails to foam with agitation.

Smell: 3.5
Dark rich malt with strong molasses aroma. Mild notes of candy sugar and dark fruit. No real hops aroma present. Overall, a nice aroma, but not too distinct. I wonder the impact the lack of carbonation has.

Taste: 4
Initially, a sweet dense molasses flavor predominates. Midway through also get brighter notes of dark fruit
Finishes with a moderate , crescendo-decrescendo of bitterness from the hops. Ultimately, left with a linger malt presence.

Mouthfeel: 2.5
Difficult decision to rate this given that near complete lack of carbonation; hard to strike a balance between the beer I’m drink versus that beer that way it was intended to be. It would definitely benefit from more carbonation.

Overall: 3.5
Good beer with great potential and enjoyable aroma/flavor profile. But suffer immensely from the lack of carbonation in its current state. I ultimately would not seek out the beer again because of this. However, if this beer did had adequate carbonation, it would be a strong offering. Thus, again I settle for a comprise with my score, as I feel I need to still consider the actual product I have.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 12:52:52 | More by EnemyWithin
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.3%

05-14-2012 00:07:59 | More by klipper
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The last bottle standing in a fantastic trade last year with FlanderNed that brought all manner of Kuhnhenn goodness into my fridge. Not sure why I held this one for a while, but here it is. 12 oz. bottle.

Pigment is 84% black, 16% red, very dark, lovely crimson shading when held up to the light. Hard pour yields minimal visible carbonation. Smell is something to behold, vibrant caramel, light molasses, touch of smoke. The caramel smell is seriously enticing.

Mayhem peaks with the aroma. The swig is nose-wrinkling, with an overdose of prunes firing out of the gate. The caramel is present but overwhelmed, as is everything else: raisins, sherry, beginning of oxidation, cherry skin from Cayauga County. The flat character of the beer, married up with the prune/cherry mix, makes this very winesque; needs some oomph. Heavy, limping close to cough syrup territory. After the nose I was ready to inhale all night, but once it hit the palate, I'm kind of wishing I had someone to split the bottle with.

This beer has brought a new phrase to me: Nose Tease. Nothing that smells this good should be such a letdown. Average in an odd, roundabout way.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:23:52 | More by maximum12
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-11-2012 09:54:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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bespin15

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-15-2012 22:34:45 | More by bespin15
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra in a trade two or three years ago. At the time, all the reviews were pretty bad, talking about tons of booze, and I decided I'd wait. Well, tonight, the wait is over!

A: A medium, warm brown. Absolutely no head.

S: Lots of fruits. Dates, figs, raisins. A touch of sherry, perhaps from oxidation. Honestly, it smells like an English-style barleywine.

T: ...and tastes like one too! Starts off with some plum and not-quite ripe dark fruits. The middle is where you really get the barleywine characteristics - rum-soaked raisins abound. The dark fruits are sometimes present in the middle as well, so I see why someone decided to call it a BSDA, but there's no Belgian yeast or spiciness here. The taste seems to thin out more than usual at the end. The aftertaste is, oddly enough, an innocuous roasted coffee note that isn't too strong, but does linger for awhile. There are some fusels present in the middle and end, but they're pretty tame.

M: Gentle but definitely present carbonation is there. It dies off halfway through the sip, but I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

O: This beer reminds me of JW Lees, one of my favorite beers. No one knew anything about this beer; the style, the alcohol, so I really didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised!

My guess for abv %: 12

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:21:47 | More by WorldWideStout
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-17-2011 00:54:04 | More by TasteTester
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Captainren

Michigan

5/5  rDev +44.1%

12-01-2011 15:06:49 | More by Captainren
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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