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Kuhnhenn Mayhem - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.6%
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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Photo of jt31914
1.35/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. Bottle:

A: Dark brown with no carbonation. None. Nada. Ben Stein is bubblier than this brew. No lacing, just dark brown liquid.

S: Burnt caramel and some weird fruit aromas. I'm not so sure about this brew, it's like they were wanted it to smell like Westy 12 but then put in all the wrong proportions of every ingrediant.

T: OH MY GOD! The initial taste on the palate is horrible! The finish is pretty nice with fruit and caramel flavors, but I can't even hold the beer in my mouth long enough to describe the first taste that hits you.

M/D: Just unbearable... Drainpour after only half a glass!

This was pretty epicly bad, which is unforturtunate cause I like Kuhnhenn and I love Belgian Strong Dark Ales; however, I would rather drink goblin's blood or read all of the Twilight books than ever drink this again.

jt31914, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of antoines15
1.4/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

My first Kuhnhenn beer and overall, very disappointed. Pours dark brown with no head and no lacing. Smells like a barleywine. Raisins, burnt, and boozy as hell. Taste is similar to the smell, just not good at all. It tastes like drinking a shot of cheap booze. I don't know if I've ever drain poured a beer, so we'll say that this was my first. I'm not even going to bother with the rest. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this beer. Glad I only had one bottle, and it was free. Blah! (thumbs down)

antoines15, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.93/5  rDev -44.4%
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
Photo of ithinkimasofa
2/5  rDev -42.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

cadaugherty, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of steve8robin
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Extra in a trade. Have not really enjoyed anything from Kuhnhenn yet, let's see. 12 oz bottle...

A: Kind of a dirty murky brown with no head at all. Hmm...

S: Smells of some caramel and pear upfront with some sweet malt and not much else.

T: A heavy boozy burn with some faint hints of apple and caramel. Very boozy. Not much else.

M: A very good carbonation with a super dry finish. Good.

D: Not very drinkable since it mostly taste like straight booze.

Not worth your time. You might as well just drink straight rum and it would taste similar. Don't bother with this one.

steve8robin, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of GregSSSSS
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%

GregSSSSS, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle shared by chswimmer. Big thanks, Ted.

A: Pours a clear amber body in the glass. Low carbonation; not much head, only a few milky swirls of bubbles on top of the beer. I'm not expecting it to be hugely carbed, as I imagine this is a big beer.

S: Lightly boozy. Molasses or honey (shut up, Arne), some kind of berry tartness.

T: Not a syrupy beer, though it is a little sweet and heavy. Molasses or honey flavors (not sweetness). Grape. Not a ton of flavor overall... Some spice in the finish that could be Belgian yeast-derived.

M: Smooth body, sweet. Low carbonation, nearly flat.

D: Not offensive, but nothing to write home about. I didn't really care about it.

Arbitrator, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with Eyedrinkale. Thanks Mike! The beer pours ruddy brown with a diminutive beige head.

The nose is of prunes, leather, grapes, figs, caramel, raisins, dates, soy sauce, brown sugar, malt, earthiness, and booze. I know nothing of this beer's origins, but the bourbon character is undeniable.

The flavor is raisins, dates, brown sugar, figs, and booze. The sweetness is cloying. The mouthfeel is slick and low on the carbonation. This wasn't very good. I'd prefer not to try it again.

HopHead84, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured hard into my Duvel tulip. Extra from triptens.

Bottle says it is from April 2009. No abv, but I would assume about 8-10%.

Yields no head. A couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Dark brown. No lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits. Plumbs, raisins and figs. Some brown sugar. A whiff of alcohol. Very sweet smelling.

Taste follows smell. Tastes of sweet candied plumbs, raisins and figs. Brown sugar. A bit of rum like booze. Earthy, leafy hops in there as well. Too sweet. Slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. A tiny bit hot.

I wish this were only 6 oz. A good example of an american brewer trying to do a Belgium style and completely blowing it. Reminds me of their Old Ale, but bad.

billshmeinke, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
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.


woosterbill, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/30/2010. Rating #1700! Bottle, 4/2009. Bottle a dark brown with only a small ring of head. Aroma of booze, caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt and caramel; less boozy and raisiny than in the nose. Very rich and sweet. It's not much of a Belgian strong ale at all-- maybe more like a barleywine. In any case, I didn't care much for it.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish brown, hazy, rather unpleasant color. There is no head at all even while trying to obtain it with a vigorous pour. I don't see any carbonation either leading me to believe this beer is off.

I get a lot of red licorice in the smell. Not Twizzlers, but the Red Vines licorice. There is also a dark fruit scent with a lot of heavy malt.

Quite the taste explosion in this one. The dominant flavors are anise, cherries, and plums all combining to make a very thick intense drink. There is a decent amount of alcohol warming at the end. Hidden in the middle is a dose of caramel malt that doesn't really match the beer and contributes to a poor balance.

The mouthfeel is extremely full and syrupy. Not the thickest I've had, but it's up there.

This is not a drinkable beer and I'm not entirely excited about finishing it. Two of these is out of the question.

TCgoalie, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of david131
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A very murky brown liquid with no head. Looks pretty flat and bland.

S- Brown sugar and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Wow. Smells very hot and one-dimensional.

T- Sweet brown sugar with some alcohol. Sweet up front and then nothing at the end. Oddly bland.

M- Flat and smooth. Where is the carbonation?

D- A very odd beer. Not much flavor and no carbonation. The sweetness saves this beer a bit. Not worth seeking out.

david131, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown/purple color without much head. Smell is heavy alcohol, grapes, raisins, and nuts.

Taste is a boozy mix of raisins, grapes, plums, nuts, black licorice, and chocolate. Finish is mostly bitter. Though complex with some pleasant flavors, it can be a little overwhelming and a little tough to drink.

webmanspidey, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 1-26-10
Bottled in April 2009

Pours an extremely cloudy dark brwon color, with no head at all, and very slick, clear lacing.

Smell is surprisingly aged, very sweet, and a little Belgian. There's a cloyingly sweet boozy edge in there too.

Taste is huge booze and sweetness, but after that, nothing. Amazingly bland.

Mouthfeel is very thin, almost flat, and disappointing.

Drinkability is poor, see above.

Overall, lately Kuhnhenn has been hit-and-miss. This is a miss.

BMoney575, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a bare ringlet of a head; no lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, brown sugar, licorice and dates; everything smells a bit burnt, however

Taste: Burnt caramel, up front, with a developing boozy and dark fruit flavor, with burnt sugar undertones; after the swallow, the flavor turns in a molasses sweet direction, the date flavors lingering underneath

Mouthfeel: Thick body but virtually no carbonation

Drinkability: A really disappointing beer from a brewery that I cherish; this should never have been released

brentk56, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown almost plum color with very slight hints of dark leathery brown hues when held to a light source. Completely opaque with only some slight bubbling creating a very thin light beige head that immediately disappears.

Strong estery alcohol aroma with lots of dark fruit notes and a heavy dose of bourbon. Some sweet chocolate malt with hints of prune, fig, raisin and plum along with more alcohol and bourbon.

Medium bodied with a lot of earthy leathery malt, slight bitterness, strong dark fruit and a ton of alcohol heat. Slightly roasted chocolate malt with a lot of sweet dark fruit, especially, grape, raisin, date and plum but this is all overpowered by a very strong alcohol flavor and warmth/burn in the finish. Kind of like an estery fruity Belgian barleywine with way too much of an alcohol presence for my liking.

corby112, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Gmann
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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  rDev -13.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -13.5%

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -13.5%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ej285701
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.