Kuhnhenn Penetration Porter - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Penetration PorterKuhnhenn Penetration Porter

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

This black in color porter has a roasty, caramel, low hop aroma. It has a lightly burnt malty taste with a medium dry finish. A clean refreshing porter.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren. Pours nearly jet black, silky and sleek looking with a small, khaki-colored head. The nose is heavy on this one and very pleasing, giving off a huge roasted aromas; roasted malts, char, and light smoke. It hits the palate a little thinner than expected, but still pretty silky and smooth overall. Huge roasted taste covers all corners of the mouth as an intense toasted flavor comes alive. Nice, campfire-like roastiness with a light hint of smoke and charcoal to really send it home. Some sweetness comes into play about halfway through in the form of ripe, red grapes and red apple skins. As this one warms, I start picking up some notes of woodiness as well. Medium carbonation, thin-medium body, silky, but a little more thin than I was expecting based on the style and the appearance.

Very nice porter. Easily drinkable with a nice roasted, campfire profile. Light sweetness brings things around to balance out the slight bitterness from the smoke and char. Hops are hidden, but I don't miss them too much, here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown nearly black excep for a tinge of ruby showing thru with a thinner off white head that was gone in a blink.Charred aromas and noticable woodiness and bitter chocolate notes,flavors are chuck full of chocolate somewhat sweet but there a nice drying raw,earthy finish wich was nice.A very well made porter just sweet enough but finishes dry enough to make you want more.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label is full of phallic imagery reinforcing the whole ‘penetration’ theme. It also has a best before and born on date.

Pours with a generous rocky head over a black body. Leaves excellent lace and the head sticks around to the last sip. The aromas are divine. Vinous and chocolate malt mix a with notes of floral hops. A bit of the alcohol comes through a well. The flavors are similar to the aromas, although there are some pleasant blackberry notes here too. A nice hop bitterness and flavor, but not so much that it is dramatically out of style. Medium bodied, but a bit on the lean side for a porter. A flicker of bitterness in the finish, but overall very smooth, and very drinkable.

This porter provides wonderful complexities for both the nose and taste buds. The body could use just a little more oomph, but not a significant detractor from the beauty of its other aspects and certainly not its drinkability. A complex and enjoyable porter.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter on nitro-tap at the brewery. Deep brown colour. Sourish, as part of the style. Light body. 5.9% was this batch.Molasses, some spices. Well malted, and drinkable. Creaminess, roastiness, bittersweet chocolate,coffee nuttiness, a fine porter. Drying finish.

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with just a hint of maroon. Fairly large tan head settles down quickly into a skim coat of lace.
Aroma has light chocolate, caramel and cocoa notes with a distinctive floral hop aroma. No roasted notes to speak of come through.
Flavor is brings forht some roasted barley, chocolate and caramel that is finished off with a dry, resiny and herbal hop bittering. Bitters are fairly mild but finish the early sweetness well.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, maybe a tad too much but this is balanced with a lush sweetness and a smooth flowing roasted and bittering.
Drinkability is good. Another solid effort by the brothers K, is there a style that they do not make well ?

Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Decent porter, nothing really out of the normal, worth trying, but not probably to bring home. There are much better porters out there to try.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and becomes a bit thicker as the beer warms up.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but it doesn’t have an interesting enough taste that would make me want to have another.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted malt with some sweetness and a touch of smoke.

The taste was a bot overly sweet for my taste in porters. Some roasted barley detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and creamier side of the style.

Overall a good and hearty porter. Just a bit too sweet however.

Photo of weeare138
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with lots of huge carbonation bubbles and a completely perfct lacing ring left around from the nice tan head.
Smell is of chocolate but it is slightly faint and weak.
Taste is of caramel, chocolate, and hops with cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is sweet and slightly cloying.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frozensoul327 for the brew. Great trade, several Kuhnhenn and Bell's, which we don't get out this way.

This beer was a nice dark brown, with a thin tan head. It didn't fade away too much, and left a little lacing.

Aroma was of dark malts, with almost no roasted character. There was a hint of hops and some light chocolate.

The taste was quite different, however. Roasted malt was quite prominent. So was a big burst of chocolate. It was also, oddly, slightly vinous. I liked the combination.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, quite excellent.

I'd get this one again in a heartbeat.

Photo of ppoitras
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... December 2004 bottling.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the almost opaque dark caramel brew. Lacing is nice, and the head fades still leaves something for the entire experience. Aroma is heavy dark fruits and sweet dark malts, which is pervasive even before the glass is lifted to the mouth. Taste is dominated byt he somewhat sour dark fruits, with some underlying sweetness trying to make its presence known. Weird flavor for a porter, not what I was expecting or particularly looking for, I don't think. Mouthfeel and drinkability okay, but I expected so much more here. I'll have to revisit another sample along the way and see if I was led astray with this tasting.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler serving from my last trip to MI.

Pour is dark chocolate brown. Small amount of tan head, maybe half a finger.

Nose is rich and kind of coffee-like. Also a hint of nuttiness.

Flavor is really good, rich and filled with flavors. Coffee and chocolate in balance, mocha like. Caramel flavor, and plenty of nuttiness here too.

Mouthfeel is mildly thick and chewy.

Great drinkability. I am amazed how easy a pint of this stuff can go down, for such a rich and complex brew.

Another hit from Kuhnhenn's.

Photo of semibaked
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at the brewery into a pint glass

A - Pitch Black, virtually no head, looks almost flat.

S - Slight whiff of coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate

T - Surprised at how tasty this is given the fact the smell was ok, it has great sweetness mixed with roasted malts, great hoppiness in the middle, very well balanced.

M - Lighter than I thought it would be but not unpleasant at all.

D - Very High on the Drinkable scale, this is just a great tasting porter, right amount of everything, I wish I could have this more often.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark brown with a very slight off-white head that persists throughout. The nose is coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malt, leaning a bit toward the roast character in each. The taste is a bit over-roasted but has a nice dose of coffee. Same goes for the feel. Drinks fairly well in the end, as the flavors do meld a bit.

Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay I don't know if the glass was messed up or the bottle was bad first but I had the other two and they were spectacular! Great lively carbonation. Smooth roasted coffee, nice dark chocolate, great hop hit afterwards. Beautifully clean flavors and beautifully balanced. Shit, this is an all night drinker! I'm going with the ratings on the two great bottles as opposed to the one average bottle.

Original Ratings: a-3.5 s-4 t-3.5 m-3 d-3.5
My first beer from Kuhnhenn!

This beer poured a dark black color with medium red highlights showing all around. I did a hard pour and got very little life or sign of carbonation. This may be my glass but I try to keep them sanitized in an appropriate way. I got lots of shit to do tomorrow so I'll check and see if its the glass or the beer tomorrow night. Anyways, the rating for appearance will probably change b/c the color was quite nice.

Aroma is very, very hoppy. Looking at the color I would have never expected this intense hops. Must be dry hopped up the ass! I'm also getting some dark bittersweet chocolate syrup in there and maybe some figs.

Taste doesn't match the aroma. The flavors just are not as flavorful as I would like. There's a bit of roasted grains in there but the malts are lacking. Hops are nice and provide a good amount of bitterness but they almost overtake the roasted malt character here. A noticeable acidity creates for an abrupt finish despite the hops. Also there's a slight burn of the side of my tongue, but that might not be bad, it gives it character.

Body seems a little lifeless from lack of carbonation and also a bit thin. Becomes medium as it warms but the mouthfeel is hurting in this beer.

Drinkable-yes, the abv is 6%, and that's about what I'd expect, the flavors aren't bad but rather enjoyable. But it's nothing to seek out considering all the other porters and Kuhnhenn beers (or so I'm told) that are so good out there. This might actually improve with a few more months of age. I still liked it, I'm just being a bit harsh considering their rep.

Thanks Mike for obtaining me some Kuhnhenn! I guess I can't bitch anymore.

Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub on friday.

pours deep reddish brown with a big dense tan head that drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is good. roasty. bit of yeast. big bread and biscuit malts. hint of alcohol. bit of dark chocolate. grapefruit and oranges.

taste is nice. roast. bittersweet chocolate. cocoa. light toffee sweetness. yeast. med-low bitterness level. a bit nutty. grapefruit and orange.

mouthfeel is good. when it was cold it felt a bit thin, but it filled out nicely as it warmed. medium carbonation level feels a bit high. i think this was better in my growler sample the next day, since it was a little warmer and a touch ligher carbonated.

drinkability is good. the citrus from the PNW hops is something different. it was a little odd at first, but i kind of liked it. well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid example of the style, very flavorful and full.

Pours a deep dark brown with light penetrating only around the sides of the mug it was served in. Poured with a nice tan head that left a crown all throughout the pint. Nose is quite roasty, smells like stout honestly, hints of coffee and baker's chocolate. Taste is quite full, roasty with a dry mouthfeel.

A nice porter and slightly different than what is typical for an American craft brewer.


Photo of garthwaite
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12 oz mug at the brewpub. Poured a deep, dull brown with huge bubbles, but a pretty thin head. The aroma of this bad boy shocked me. Had to sniff this brew about 4 times to come to terms with the fact that yes - it smells as though it has been massively dry hopped. Hell of an aroma though...an assault of huge floral hops with loads of sweet caramel malt & hints of cocoa. In the mouth this is not as intensely bitter as the nose would indicate, but rather ridiculously smooth & balanced, but still carrying massive hop flavor. I've never tasted a porter anything like this. This brew has more hop flavor & aroma than 90% of IPA's, but still miraculously gives the best of both worlds as it carries a full, long lasting toffee & bittersweet chocolate flavor through to the end. This porter has active carbonation & coats the mouth fully with its goodness. Finishes with a delightful hop burst & a layer of roasted malt, and just plain leaves you wanting more. Never had a porter quite like this one & damn - I've really been missing out.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served on draft at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing the deepest brown coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of light brown bubbles, showing nice retention into spotty lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave big roast of coffee malts, with mixing base sweetness of milk chocolates and lightly toasted wheat bread. To balance were notes of vanilla extract coolness, the lightest grassy hops, raw brown sugar, dusty gravel, and general char. With warmth came cereal grain and the acidity of coffee. Our first impression was that the flavoring offered a great, even porter, with robust malt-forward flavoring, acidity, and burn. The taste opened with milky softness, grassy bite, baker’s yeast, burnt coffee, lavender florals, orange rind, white sugars, and roasty, melty toffee sugars. Moving to the peak was lactic sourness, continued raw coffee bite, chocolate malt sweetness, salts, drying yeast, pretzel dough, sesame seed, toffee, and molasses. The end came as a wash of white rice dryness, brown sugars, burnt popcorn, musty dryness, chocolate and tinny metallic bite, and a far off piney hop component. The aftertaste breathed of grassy and citric hops, pear fruitiness, dried straw, crystallized ginger, char of burnt ham skins, and that continued caramel and chalky chocolate and coffee malt base. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with eventual resiny and sticky astringency drying the entire mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The general graininess alone told us that this guy was a great American porter, offering the right balance of crisp sweetness, roast, dark char, and smoothness. The help the cleanliness of the sip there was a cereal coolness on the back, adding to not only the final mix of taste, but to the evenness and silkiness of the flavoring. The nose showed equally as robust initiative, helping to keep both of the primary sense involved throughout. If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant take on the style, look no further.

Photo of Derek
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Black with plenty of off-white head, leaves lots of lace.

S: Strangely sour aroma.

T: Chocolate, sour cherries, nice rounded fruityness but too sour. Alcohol was very subtle, didn't seem very 'Baltic'.

M: Creamy, moderate to full body; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Average.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good brew from Kuhnhenn. Poured out to a black color with a tan colored head, that was rather short lived. Medium low carbonation. Odors of roasted nuts and cocoa were noted. Taste was a bit different than what I had expected. Flavors of hops, sour plums and burnt chocolate were most noted, with hints of grain and herbs. Overtones of coffee were present as well, giving the brew a "toasted" kind of character. Finish was smooth, with a balanced mouthfeel. I would drink this again. Recommended for Porter fans.

Photo of ahking
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark. Big and tan head that laces nicely. Incredibly rich smoky flavor, stradling the line on being burnt. Good amount of American hops lends citrusy, rough hewn quality. Super creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dark chocolate flavor. Not your average porter.

Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brewpub on the way down to Dark Lord Day.

Pours a hazy red/brown, more red, thick tan head, nice lacing, good retention, I thought a bit light in colour for a porter. Smell is sweet, lots of caramel, citrus, some chocolate roast, some coffee, bit of sourness in the finish, not too bad. Taste is vanilla and caramel, roasty chocolate, cherry, kind of nutty, bit light. Mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly thinner than I like, medium carbonation, a tad too high. Not a bad porter, pretty drinkable, but not ideal.

Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Brewed on 6-25-05 Best Before 9-25-05, poured into a pint. What the hell is going on with the label? Naval battle? Merrimack .vs Monitor?

Damn near black with a small head that is light tan and falls into a bubbly, veiled ring in a minute. Spotty lace left behind.

Lots of nutty roasted malt and some coffee in the nose. A splash of heavy cream underneath.

The taste is very roasted and nutty. The malts turn slightly sweet in the middle and are joined by hops and nuts for the finish. Tasty. The roasted notes threaten to take over, but are kept in check by the nuts and hops. Nice stout like mouthfeel. Almost oily in the finish, but its swept clean by the hop profile. If I'm in Porter mode, I could ride this crazy battleship all night.

Photo of frazbri
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, deep brown, almost black with a cream colored head that fell too soon. Chocolate, fruit, coffee, and maple sugar aromas. Semi sweet chocolate, balanced between sweet and bitter. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a chalky finish.

A good flavored porter, but the mediocre head and chalky mouthfeel detracted from the overall product. As it is, it's not bad, but it could be better.

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Kuhnhenn Penetration Porter from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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