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Kuhnhenn Extraneous AleKuhnhenn Extraneous Ale

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Derek on 08-12-2006

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Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. growler, thanks to TempsPerdu for picking this one up and sharing it with me

A-Pours a dark amber with a small light tan head.

S- Smells like candied dark fruits, maybe some figs and raisins, caramel, some booze, but not too bad for a 17% b-wine.

T- The initial flavor is that of the smell, like rum-soaked raisins, but in the finish it gets almost salty and hot, slightly oxidized potentially.

MF-Low carbonation, which is good for the style, some nice heat in the finish.

D- How to rate this one...is it "easy" drinking? Definitely not, but for a 17% barleywine, it goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Served @ approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm to room temp
Had this at the Kuhnhenn brewpub. I was extremely stoked to see that it was on-tap. Especially after an almost 1,000 mile drive to get there.

This glass is filled with a deep, dark, ruby colored liquid. A thin head of slightly off-white colored foam sits on top. This fades to a nice ring around the edge of the surface. Lacing is fairly minimal, but what does form manages to be quite sticky.

Good gravy, that smells good! Loads of deep, rich, dark fruit notes just ooze from this glass. Lots of figs, dates, raisins and plums. I don't even have to lean down to it to enjoy it. When I do though, it becomes much more intense and is obvious that it is mingling with some very nice wood notes. Loads of caramel and brown sugar notes are here. The backside of this has a touch of booziness to it that smells a bit like bourbon. The menu gives no indication of Bourbon-barrel aging, but it has that certain smell to it.
The nose on this is very deep and complex and totally amazing.

The taste follows the quite well. Loads of dark fruit notes are the centerpiece of this brew. They are mostly sweet, but also have a touch of tart/tanginess to them, which gives a nice balance. A big, healthy, dose of caramel/toffee sweetness is also a key component. Nice level of brown sugar sweetness without being overpowering. Hints of oak hang around, giving nice touches of dryness, but never become too big. The light hints of bourbon presence are very nice.
My one-word review of this one would have to be "fuckingodamnedelicious".

This has a medium-to-full body to it, leaning very close to full. The mild carbonation level gives it a slight appearance of thickness, which works very well for this one. A slight viscous quality leaves some wonderful 'legs' on the side of the glass. Very smooth, but would benefit from a touch more creaminess.

The way high octane level of abv in this beer is completely masked by all of the complex and wonderful flavors. Here is yet another beer that should not be as drinkable as it is. So delicious and easy-to-drink, yet it will totally destroy you if you aren't careful. That must be why you are limited to one pour per visit.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 ShadesOfGray
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to henway for picking this up at the Kuhnhenn brewery! Apparently they don't even growler fill this beer...but they had a sweet spot for Rick considering DLD had wiped the majority of their beer out. Poured from a Kuhnhenn growler into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours a brownish color with a small one finger tan head that dissipates slowly into nothing. No lacing to speak of. Appearance is cloudy...solid, but no particles floating around.

Aroma is intense! Fruit, booze...wood...amazing!

Flavor...wow! Tons of sharp fruit, very strong booze...yet extremely drinkable, infact...thick and complex mouthfeel...and the booze only really comes into play very early with a quick bite, and then a long lasting warmth in the throat. All I can say about this beer is it's phenomenal. Carbonation is on the lower side. Great beer Kuhnhenn!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Lothore
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with little to no head. Doesn't seem to be very much carbonation left.

S- I could smell this from the moment the cap came off! Huge raisin, plum, fig smell followed by a stinging alcohol. It reminds me of sam adams triple bock in a good way.

T- Taste was very dark fruit, lots of plum and fig like in the nose, very sweet in the end and fades into alcohol. It warms as it goes down. Theres a very distinct sweet tartness that hits hard in the begining and lingers at the end that I can't quite put my finger on. Definitely tastes nowhere near 17 percent.

M- Thick with very little carbonation. Works well for the style.

D- My overall impression? This was by far the most experimental and extreme brew i've tried by Kuhnhenn and I think they pulled it off nicely. I couldn't see myself coming back to this one much if I had the chance but I loved trying it. This brewery definitely pushes the limit.

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Photo of DrJay
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy, ruddy brown colour, a bit of a reddish hue, with no foam. It did show some legs though and still looks pretty appetizing. Rich, chocolate aroma, malty toffee, boozy alcohol, port, figs, sultana raisins and prunes. Fruity flavour up front, plum and red grapes, a bit vinous, followed by toffee and chocolate. Then some warming alcohol that was a bit spicy, lots of raisin sweetness. Full bodied with low carbonation, very fine bubbles, with lots of warmth that I could feel right down to my belly. Definitely a sipper, but very tasty with lots of flavour.

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Photo of fartingdog
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy dark brown with no head.

S- Date, caramel, fig, pit fruit.

T- Burnt sugar, tobacco, a bit of tartness, pit fruit. Hints of boubon and vanilla.

M- Slight bitterness, rich, not too viscous. Alcohol is very apparent, warms the back of the throat.

D- A sipper for sure, I wouldn't want more than one. The burnt sugar taste lingers. Warming.

Another unique Kuhnhenn offering, very interesting - not my favorite beer of theirs, but a respectable brew. Would be perfect to ward off a winter's chill.

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Photo of Viggo
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for pulling this beast out of the cellar. 6 oz bottle, I believe from 2005.

Pours a very dark brown red, cola like, no head forms, no lace, lots of legs! Smell is absolutely crazy, alcohol, dark fruits, prunes, crazy toffee richness, raisins, the richest smelling beer ever. Taste is tons of toffee, very caramelized, dark fruits, lots of raisins, cherry fruitiness, very complex flavours, very full. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, warming, just amazing. Insane beer, thanks a ton Russ!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. Pours a cola brown, cloudy, a small skirmish of tan foam appears with a vigorous pour and is quickly gone. Aroma is sweet prunes and raisins, aged maltiness, leather, some strong alcohol and fruity port like aromas. Taste shows a very quick flash of sweet prunes and raisins that mix with an aged malty and chocolate aroma. Some cherry and fruity port are also very strong in the taste. Large dose of alcohol warms and drys the palette in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy but does not feel overly heavy with the low levels of carbonation. The alcohol is a major player in the taste in this beer and is at my limit of pleasurable but still stays within bounds. Nice complex taste goes from dark ripe fruits to chocolate maltiness and is very reminiscent of a tawny port. Small serving size is probably right for this I am not sure I could do to much more with the strong alc presence, still a very unique, tasty, and complex beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6 ounce bottle. Brown color, with a head that disappears quickly. Lovely, tremendously expressive nose with hints of chocolate dough and dense toffee. Very impressive initial and mid-palate flavor, it’s chocolatey and very toffee-like and I can’t detect any hint of booze. Finishes like a fine 20 to 40 year tawny port, with hints of butter, lingering mixed nuts and nougat. Truly an amazing, 60 second plus finish that goes on and on.

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Photo of walleye
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is time for me to rate this beer. I have had this a couple of times over the past few months. 1st was at the brewery when Eric brought a couple of glasses out from the keg to try in late sept early oct. don’t remember when. Since than I have had a couple bottle of this. 1st off wow what a big beer aroma the bourbon comes out nice and smooth followed by a big hit of alcohol which is a little bit of a shock since the brothers usually hide it so well, than out came the caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses. flavor was close to the aroma gotta love that alcohol burn and the bourbon flavor

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Photo of grub
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewery dec 27/2006. listed as 17.5%

pours a deep brown, slightly hazy, with a thin ring of fine bubbles on top. no lace. you can almost see the water being driven up the side of the glass.

aroma is crazy. alcohol. bubblegum. tons of malt. loads of toffee and caramel. bit of roast. maple maybe. you can really tell this was boiled for 23 hours. the malt is just so intense and deep.

taste is great. alcohol is prominent, but not unpleasant. light bitterness. bittersweet chocolate. bready malt. light roastyness. toffee. dried cherries. currants. bit of vinous character. vanilla and oak. so many layers. fairly dry finish and nice and warm on the way down.

mouthfeel is good. decent body with a fairly dry finish. nice low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. fairly good balance between the alcohol, malt, and bitterness. still very warm on the way down. definite sipper. reminds me of a nice port. it's one of those beers that sort of defies classification. definitely worth trying and a really great beer. glad i picked up a couple bottles of this one to sample later.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For me this pushes the boundaries of what this brewery does best to a level not really worth visiting. I love how they push the limits generally and I love how malty their stuff tends to be, but this brew just goes too far. Liquid sugar! Color is a very hazy dark brown, reminds of a Belgian dubbel honestly, no head at all. Nose is of stewed fruits and molasses. Taste is a powerful combination of raisins, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and powerful alcohol, this reminds me of some sort of liquor honestly. Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, sticks to the palate, coats the teeth. I feel like I've just drank liquid candy with some alcohol added. I wouldn't pass up another go at this, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out. Too much, too far. I applaud the effort and the experimentation, but for me, this just doesn't work.


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Photo of Derek
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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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