Kuhnhenn Penetration Porter - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.91/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-20-2013 15:47:58 | More by tectactoe
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4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Tørst.
Pours a red-tinged dark brown colour. Head is beige, densely bubbled and retains thin crown with gorgeous swathes of lacing. Pretty amazing.
Chocolatey nose, lots of sweet caramel on there as well. Burnt sugar, toffee, touch of vanilla. Mild, bit subtle, but what's there is nice.
Taste is bit more roasty and meaty (not literally). Chocolate still dominant but with some dry roasted espresso, pepper and a hint of mild dried chilli. Manages to incorporate dry notes into an overall gently sweet palate. Very enjoyable.
Good body, feels it might be thin but then develops a good presence, finishes dry.
Good American porter. Sweet, dry and spicy all held in good balance. Honestly can't wait until my next chance to try more from this brewery, I guess in many, many years' time.
Serving type: on-tap
08-02-2013 06:53:42 | More by laituegonflable
4.11/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-25-2013 20:53:33 | More by TheBrewo
Kuhnhenn Penetration Porter from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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