Kuhnhenn Extraneous Ale | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Extraneous AleKuhnhenn Extraneous Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Derek on 08-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
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53
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For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish tinge to dark colour, reminded me of an olde ale. This batch was rated at 15.5% abv. Caramel and sweetish, and big almost chewy mouthfeel. In a word, boozy, brown sugar, mollasses, drop of licorice.Booze and some bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark amber in color with no head or visible carbonation.
S: The aroma doesn't really begin to develop until the beer warms up, after which it is filled with notes of brown sugar, molasses, plums, raisins and toffee.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell; there is some overall sweetness and a great deal of complex flavors that are dominated by notes of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, rich and slightly syrupy on the palate. There's not that much carbonation from the growler pour, but this seems to make the beer smoother. There is also some warming from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that needs to be allowed to warm up and then sipped. You have to be careful because the alcohol is relatively well masked and seems like it's more like a beer with 10-11% abv.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrive with a tawny color and an off-white film of a head that leaves a few streaks

Smell: Bubblegum, dark fruit and vanilla

Taste: Dark fruit on the opening with blackberry, fig, bubblegum and a hint of banana; by mid-palate, the caramel and vaniila arrive, only to be joined by a boozy, oaky bourbon flavor; after the swallow, a tart complexity arrives that balances the sweeter flavors and carries through to the finish though there is plenty or residual, vinous sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another astoundingly complex beer from the folks at Kuhnhenn

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Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig.

Clear crimson-amber, nicely carbonated for such a big beer with a small head that settles to a collar.

Smells very fruity, a bit like port. Very sugary, rich and fruity, slightly vinous with a little berry tartness and date sweetness.

The palate is leathery and sweet, port-like, quite oxidized. Full-bodied, almost syrupy on the tongue. It's a bit rough, like the flavors could use some homogenization - a few years of age would probably benefit this beer greatly. Finishes vinous with grainy, malty sweetness. Pretty good, but not my favorite Kuhnhenn beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

Poured into snifter. Pours very little head. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: Rich, sweet, and fruity. Molasses, toffee, cherries, and berries up front. Smells like warm apple cider. A touch of pears show as well. Pretty malty.

Taste: Big barlywine malt flavors up front. Caramel, toffee, and a light hint of chocolate malts. Cherries, berries, molasses, brown sugar, and other sweetness. This beer is a huge booze bomb. Wow, this is intense.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied. This one is massive. A lower amount of
carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this was a really large beer from Kuhnhenn and the heat was a little overpowering. This beer is going straight to my head. Good, but a slow drinker.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark mahogany with some red notes really making their way through in the light. Very thin head and a few legs on the side of the glass. Nose is strong with loads of fruit, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, figs, and certainly a touch of booze. The taste really accentuates some of the sweeter fruits and brown sugar and has quite a bit of booze.

Feel is good with a really nice body to support all the flavors and the hefty amount of alcohol, which is certainly present but doesn't get too much in the way. Drinks well and I'd love to grab a few bottles for aging.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company on 4/24/10. Served in a snifter. ABV was listed as 15.5% for this batch.

Pours deep ruby in the glass, maybe almost a plum color, topped with a cap of off-white foam. This retains mostly around the edges of the glass, staying rich when swirled (which gives the head a bit more of burnt look) and leaving creamy froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick and sweet in the nose with tart dark fruits, vanilla, green herbal hops, burnt sugars, toasted grains, and some green tannic character on the edges. Maybe a touch of bourbon but it's hard to tell with all that is going on. This sits in the nose with some heavy warmth, giving off a bit of a medicinal feel as I sit here and sniff at this.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma for the most part. Burnt cocoa and caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, dark cherries, & other fruity berry flavors galore. Oak hangs on the edges of the profile and there is an earthy bitterness across the back of the profile, which meshes with the more burnt feeling bourbon flavors towards the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with some serious firepower going on behind it. This sits pretty heavy overall but there is also a good bit of creaminess to the carbonation that helps keep this flowing. The heat isn't off the charts or anything in the taste but it's definitely felt with a warm and boozy presence in the throat and chest after each swallow. Honestly, this probably drinks about as good as you can get for almost 16%.

Rich, complex, and almost decadent at times, this was a great night-cap after a great day of drinking. The sweetness and warmth almost get to be too much at times but the flavors here were enough to keep it out of the fire. This is yet another fantastic and flavorful alcohol bomb from Kuhnhenn.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the wonderful BA who sent this one down my way, you know who you are! Vintage 2005, this cute little six ounce bottle was menacing looking with its 17.5% ABV promptly displayed on the front. None the less, I knew this would be the most perfect nightcap for me so I chose to dive right in. Served at a comfortable 50 degrees and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 09/29/2008.

Appearance - The pour on this one was very interesting, typical of the big old ales, no head, no lacing, and no carbonation what so ever. Just a sea of musty brown that was impenetrable to light and still as could be. I would be lying if I said it was not menacing.

Smell - The aroma was to die for, literally as this was one of the most intense smelling beers I have ever come across. At first lots of plums, figs and various dark fruits were dominant. But just wait, as that huge nose of toffee and caramel comes swooping in to take over the scene. Rich, decadent, sweet, beautiful. I literally fall in love with beer when it tastes like this. Simply incredible would be the best way to describe it. Some nice bourbon like alcohol falling into the finish and coming through with a clean, semi sweet smell of oak towards the end.

Taste - The flavor, wow, where to begin on this one. First off, this is just where it's at, if you cannot appreciate beers like this, I really do not know what to tell you. This is just sublime. Started out with a rich note of figs and prunes, very earthy and fleeting in the opening. This rolled over into that sweet, caramel and toffee like flavor that is so hard to describe, but I only ever see it in the best of beers. Rich, like a dessert, this was just perfect. Light notes of spicy and bourbon like alcohol mixing in, not strong though, until the warming notes hit your belly after your final sip, which fades too quickly as I would like nothing more then for this to go on forever.

Mouthfeel - The feel here was medium to full. Not a lot of carbonation here, but it was by no mean dull in anyway. Not slick, or thin, it was just about right, with a thoroughly coating texture that left no room for anything but the delectable flavor to soak in on your tongue.

Drinkability - The quintessential sipper, nothing bad could be said here. For something that is over 17% ABV, this was just spot on. It was so smooth you really just could not stop drinking it.

Overall I was blown away by this one, as I knew I would be, but still, it was just wonderfully complex and complete. Nothing really lacking here at all, as it had to be one of the most well put together beers I have ever had. I would have to recommend this one to anybody, as it was really that good. Too bad it won't be made again.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to Derek. Winter Solstice 2010 release at a modest 15.5%.

A: The pour is a dark brownish amber color with minimal off-white head and carbonation.

S: Smells really strange. There's sort of a funky cheese aroma (sort of like the powdered cheddar cheese from popcorn) up front, but it's quickly cut through by a sharp alcohol aroma. Lots of sugary sweetness and dark fruits like currants and raisins.

T: The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not really all that great. Lots of sweet dark fruits--prunes, currants, and raisins--and dark sugar. A little bit of metal and a super strong alcohol flavor.

M: Definitely full in body with a low carbonation that is somewhat syrupy.

O: Some of these really adventurous beers from Kuhnhenn just don't do much/anything for me and this was one of them.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub - served in a 7oz snifter. This batch was listed at 15.5% and was described as an experimental high-gravity red ale made with a Belgian yeast strain - not sure how that translates to "American" barleywine, but I'm not sure what other category makes sense either.

A - Pours with a thing ring of foam that actually lingers for a while - there's a touch of film haze on the top of the beer, but nothing you could really call a head. The body is a dark woody brown color that displays a hint of transparency when held to the light. Pretty good-looking for a Kuhnhenn beer and considering the ABV.

S - Belgian yeast, bubblegum, raisins, and a wallop of fusel alcohol. I think this batch needs a bit more time to mellow out, because I'm usually immune to booze and this was too much. Surprisingly, it's not super-sweet like 5th Dementia. Usually long boils caramelize everything, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

T - The taste is much, much, better - there's a lot less booze (although it is still there to some degree). Fruity esters, dark fruits and raisins, treacle, and some oaky vanilla. There was some confusion as to whether this was barrel-aged - it is, but I don't pick up a lot of overt whiskey flavors, just some tannic character in the finish. There's also a surprising and welcome bitterness too - I appreciate that this isn't liquid diabetes.

M - The menu says creamy, and they aren't lying. Decadent, sticky, full body, with a tannic and dry finish. Some obvious heat at the back end, but less that you'd anticipate. A touch more carbonation spritz would make this perfect.

D - Shockingly drinkable for what it is - I put it down 7oz surprisingly quickly. It's a sipper, but is a little easier to work through than 5th Dementia (BA or regular), or the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Still, it's probably for the best that there is a one per customer limit.

The Cassis variant is easier to drink, as the currants (and age) blunt the harsh solventy nose. Hopefully I can snag a few bottles at Summer Solstice and sit on them for a while to see if the same occurs with the regular version.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. 2010 vintage with the ABV listed on the bottle as 15.5 percent.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is a mix of caramel and toffee malt, dark fruit (mainly raisins) and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2006 Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

"Boiled for 23 hours, yielding around 30 gallons of beer, extraneous ale was then transferred to a bourbon barrel where it will spend 6 months before being released. Fermented with a lager yeast at ale temperatures. ABV is, at this point, an estimate."

A: Brownish-black, tan head, not much retention, zero lace.

S: Bourbon, candy (like a candy-apple), caramel, bread & figs.

T: Bourbon is up front and also leaves a somewhat harsh, burning finish. Slight acidity. Really over-powered by the boozy bourbon.

M: Moderate to full body, light to moderate carbonation. Well attenuated, with a good sweet-syrup/dry balance.

D: Seriously a sipper.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a deep reddish amber color. Some subtle froth and bubbles formed; very surprising considering the ABV.

(S)- A huge blast of a figgy fruitiness (some cherry & spice too). A touch boozy but not overbearing.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very fruity and sherry-like in profile with a warming spice at the end.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits. Warm sherry-like malts and flavor overall. Not overly boozy, but it does remind you that, yes, this has alcohol in it.

(O)- A uniquely massive barleywine. Its. . very strong to say the least but not necessarily in a booze sense; its just really really strong. You could age this for a decade without having to worry about it.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.9 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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