Kuhnhenn B-Rad's Banana Stout | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn B-Rad's Banana StoutKuhnhenn B-Rad's Banana Stout

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Lexx:
Photo of Lexx
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this during a stop at Kuhnhenn on the way to Darklord Day. It was just a foreshadow of the wonderful weekend to come.

Dark cola color with thick, creamy head, tight carbonation that clings to the glass in droves.
The scent is salty, banana bread and raisin.
The taste is banana, crackers and coffee. Banana Liquer, in particularly. Some nuts and chocolate as well.
The mouth feel was slightly watery with extremely low carbination, but enjoyable none the less.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a very dark ruby black with little head even on an aggressive pour.

Smell – The lightly-roasted malts and ripe banana support this beer’s name. There is a lot of good sweetness from the banana along with some refined sugar.

Taste – This banana is very brown. It is not so much like eating a banana as it is licking the inside of the peel.

Mouthfeel – A tad lighter than medium in the body with a bit of burpy carbonation.

Drinkability – Sorry, this one didn’t do it for me. The nose wasn’t bad but the flavor left me wanting.

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Photo of Phatz
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub we started by ordering a sample of each of the beers they had on tap. After that we deemed two of the beers on that day to be unique and worthy of a pint. First the Simcoe Silly, and second the Banana Stout on nitro; here goes:

In short: Chocolate covered Banana = interesting beer.

Appearance: Served a dark almost black color with a frothy light chocolate tan head that had the excellent staying power of a nitro-head. nice lacing.

Smell: Banana comes to mind right away followed by bubblegum, chocolate and bit of roastyness through the malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and a bizarre large banana flavor leave me with the chocolate banana shake flavor in my mouth. Not overly sweet but big on overripe banana.

Mouthfeel: The light weight beer feels big and creamy with the nitro. It was definitely the right decision on the direction to take with this beer but it limits the possibility of bottles (at least w/o the widget) and eliminates growler fills.

Drinkability: I am not sure it is a beer I would session but it is certainly is tasty and easy.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body was a very dark brown with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is just chock full of bananas, wow. Sweet chocolate and a light roastiness mix in well with the huge banana aroma. Flavor was just a big with bananas and chocolate. With the nitro tap it really works well almost like a banana chocolate shake, it is oh so smooth. Light roastiness and a bit of banana finish up the taste. I love bananas and was not disappointed with this one. Very silky smooth going down and is very easy drinking. I could have had this all night if it wasn’t for the huge variety Kuhnhenn offers on tap. Too bad there were no bottles. Recommended for those looking for something a little different.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with garthwaite. Thanks for the opportunity...

This one was an over-carbonated bottle, as when I popped it open on the wall-mount, it let out a loud PSSHT. So I looked at it, and saw the foam rising, quickly! Capped the bottle with my mouth, and ran to get a glass. I can gladly say that the pressure was getting high, but I was able to get a glass, and no spillage occurred. I'm sure this activity would have been amusing to watch. Anyways, on with the show.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed tons and tons of head, which was dense-looking, but over a few minutes faded down to an uneven layer of bubbles. Thick, heavy lace from the top of the glass to the surface of this dark brown/black brew. Aroma is, to me, all about stout dark grains, and I smell little if any banana essence, which is ok in my book. Taste is tends toward sweet dark malts, and a slight fruit flavor comes out, which I guess could be construed as banana, and some slight sourness is present as well. Mouthfeel is good, although the sourness could be a bit off-putting to some. Drinkability is good as well.

I liked this brew, even though it didn't seem to live up to the banana advertising to my palate. Ignoring the name, it was a nice sweet stout to my taste buds.

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Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Black is another word. Head is small but has good retention. Thick in the glass. No room for lace as it seems they top off every beer here at Kuhnhenn brew pub instead of leaving room for head.

Hints of roasty chocolate unmalted barley and banana accents. Dark bread as well. Very mellow aromas.

Banana puree, hints of dark chocolate, very dry. Banana follows through to the finish which is long and bitter. More roasty flavors showing through to the mid-palate. Suprised how dry this is.

Mouth is full and creamy. I wish this was served on CO2 instead of nitro but I can't complain. Just happy to have tried it.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub.

Very dark with deep brown highlights and fine, whitish bubbles. Just a bit of spotty lacing. The aroma was quite fruity, with a little banana and nutty malts. The first flavour that hit me was overripe banana and sweetness, but this was soon accompanied by a mild bitterness, nuts, chocolate, and roast. Medium bodied with low carbonation, seemed a little dead on the palate but was still fairly smooth. What a cool experiment, kind of like banana bread with a bit of chocolate/roast character. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another "Superman's Hair" beer -- almost purple-brown around some of the edges. Chocolate dominates the nose with wood chips and a very mild coffee/latte playing second fiddle. Banana taffy adds a well-defined sweetness.

Thin roasted flavors up front. As the name suggests, banana plays a role, but it's much more creamy, almost unnatural, and subdued than I was expecting. Still, in some ways, it's a benefit, providing the distinct impression that the caramel sweetness, the roasted flavors, and the banana are all blended together seemlessly. A bit thin. While I wasn't blown away, and while I do think this is a little more simplistic than some of their other "creative" offerings, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of trbeer; enjoyed with him and his wife Kathy just before going out to take pictures over Lake Superior at the Union Bay campground of the Porcupine Mtns. State Park, Michigan.

Color is a plummy looking brown with caramel edges, thin beige head sits atop; spots of lace stick.

Aroma is slightly oaky on top with a heavenly chocolate covered banana brigade. Solid black malt backing thats a bit dulled but roasted enough for nice mixing. Love that chocolate banana thing.

Taste is captivatingly yummy. Mild black malt roast front, blends into fresh, whole banana peels and mushed baby food bready sweetness thats dipped with cocoa/semi sweet chocolate and drizzled with caramel. Spectacular meld of chewy thick flavors. Its like drinking one of those frozen chocolate covered bananas on-a-stick that you get at the State fair. Add some roast and caramel bits and blam, you've got this concoction of wonderment. The banana is just right I think. Not too much, but definately strong enough in its flavor and character.

Feel is thick and chewy, smooth and rich, mellow and soothing, great above medium body. The thickness itself reminds me of eating an actual banana. Kinda chewy and mushy smooth with that thick creamy banana fruit thickness.

This is a teriffic beer. What a treat. A dessert beer to be sure, but surely can be enjoyed any Ol' time. Fully delightfully yummyness.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the tap at my favorite brewery. poured a nice dark brown to black with a tan head. aroma, brown sugar, honey,sweet chocolate, plums, with just a hint of bananas. flavor, sour fruits, chocolate, over ripe bananas, some bitterness,plums, cherries, finished with a chalkyness. not to bad

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with roasted chocolate malt and bananas. 5% ABV. Dark, near black, forming a modest medium tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is immediate that of pink bubblegum and lots of it. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Tastes of burnt bananas foster, chocolate malt, and bubblegum. Lightly sweet banana flavor in the aftertaste. Complex for the ABV, but also kinda wierd. I'd be hard pressed to finish a pint.

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