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Kuhnhenn Mayhem - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -pours a deep ruddy brown hue with little to no head.

S- toffee, booze, burnt caramel, prune, fig, raisin, grape

T- dark fruit, raisin, toasted bread, caramel up front with an untamed alcohol bite on the back end followed by residual sweetness.

M- medium bodied with medium to low carbonation.

D- have been holding on to this for years and there is still deep, untamed alcohol on the back end and a little sweetness that borders on cloying. Very interesting brew that I loved sticking my nose in but ultimately this beer was one that I should have shared.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.