Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007

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Photo of Bung
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 6.3 oz. Nearly still red mohoghany pour. Not much more to say.

Aroma, port, sherry. Candied sugar, light brown sugar. It's sweet but very inviting.

Sherry quality very present in the taste. Cassis, actually didn't find the taste nearly sweet as the aroma. Slight fig, roast, very faint dark chocolate.
Just a tad medicinal.

A little boozier than the Raspberry Eis, but still not terrible for 15%. Completely coating, could really use just a bit of carbonation. It was difficult to drink even just the 6 ounces.

Closer to a cordial than a beer. Worth trying, but let someone else foot the bill.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage purchased at Winter Solstice 2011; 187 mL bottle

A - Pours a clear red/brown color with no carbonation to speak of.

S - Smell is mostly a wonderful aroma of currents, with a faint amount of alcohol and tootsie roll thrown in.

T - Taste seems to constantly change within a sip. At times fruity, at times boozy, definitely some tootsie roll. Unfortunately, also some unpleasant medicinal tastes and as others have mentioned, some astringent notes. Also a bit boozy, but pretty mild considering the abv. Definitely a mixed bag that doesn't live up to the aroma, but is still mostly enjoyable.

M - The astringency kills the mouthfeel a bit. Otherwise slightly syrupy.

O - Definitely an interesting one from Kuhnhenn. Haven't had this before, so I have no idea what the aging has been. There are a lot of nice things going on here, but unfortunately some unpleasant flavors prevent this from being great.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for bringing this bottle back about 2 years ago. 6.3oz green nip bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours deep ruby with a thin wisp of head that doesn't last. Some legs but no real lacing.

S: Deep toffee and caramel aromas. Chocolate covered cherries and currants. Plenty of smooth, mellowed alcohol.

T/M: Intense sweetness, but a rich sweetness. Sweet instead of rich chocolate with more of the toffee and caramel. The currents are potent and mix well with the pleasant alcohol. Body is full with just a wisp of carbonation... A touch more would help.

D: Tasty and interesting but not something I'd go to very often. Especially at it's price.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks a ton, Derek!

Vintage 2007

Tenacious Cassis pours a murky, dark brown color. It's definitely hazy. Backlighting shows nice cherry highlights. A thin layer of bubbles briefly appears on the surface, but evaporates quickly. Eh. It's 15% abv. It happens, unfortunately. Lacing was non-existent.

The nose is good. It has a very sweet, malty scent initially. Smells like a mix of caramel and cocoa. A heavy dose of berries and black currants follows. Throw a little cherry in for good measure. It definitely has the 'dessert beer' thing going for it. Surprisingly, the alcohol seems rather tame for 15%. I'm getting a little, but nowhere near that level. Nice job there.

Tenacious Cassis is a good beverage. It's not very reminiscent of beer, but it works pretty well for a fruit/vegetable concoction. It is sweet and malty. The base is a mix of caramel and chocolate malts. Neither seems to overpower the other. The combo works well. Raspberry, black currants, and cherry flavors are strong and work well with the sweet, malty base. Dessert? I believe so. Yeah, there's a bit of alcohol, but what'd you expect? It's most noticeable in flavor. Doesn't feel warm. It finishes sweet and a little fruity.

The body is medium and leans full with some warming. Carbonation is rather light. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. Drinkability is above average. I'm good with one of these smaller bottles, but anymore would be too much. It's damn strong at 15%, too. Gotta be careful with this.

I'm impressed with Tenacious Cassis. Kuhnhenn Brewing does a nice job with fruity dessert beer. It's generally not my favorite style. This one's perfectly packaged in the smaller bottle. It is extreme and certainly a novelty. Not something I could handle much of. Definitely something worth checking out. Thanks, Derek.

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Photo of UTvolFAN16
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Now the consensus on this beer is that it's very good apparently, but in the immortal words of Bill Lumbergh from "Office Space," "Ummm yeeeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there." It's not a bad beer, but there is something a little off with it.

Pours a mostly clear dark brown with purplish hues and a small tannish head.

Aroma is great fresh cassis, spice, and sweet malt. Smells like I'd hope it to.

Flavor is a little cough syrup-like but otherwise good. Lots of cassis, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Fairly boozy on the palate with medium body and low carbonation.

Decent stuff, a little underwhelming though. Sort of tough to drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours deep brown. Smells of strong currant and rich caramel and leathery malt. Tastes of tart currants right up front. Earthy malts and turn sweet. Brown sugar and tart currant finish. Medium body. No way is this 15% ABV. Very tasty and surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage purchased at the brewery. 6.3oz bottle poured into my 10z Double Bastard glass.

A: Pours almost syrupy out of the bottle. A murky, brownish red color. Very Degobah like. No head whatsoever. Some faint bubbles rising to the top, but not many.

S: WOW! Super intense olfactory attack. Big DARK Fruit. Also some sharp candy sweetness. I get a lot of plums, grapes and raisin. There's also almost a medicinal smell to it. I'm really digging it, almost Brandy-ish? By far one of the best smelling beers I think I've come across. I had random smell flashbacks over the next few days...

T: Just like the smell, dark candied fruits really dominate. Currants, plums, raisins, figs, berries, etc... Not as sweet as I though it'd be. Also some caramel malts. Alcohol presence is very noticeable as well as the medicinal taste noted in the smell.

M: Very little carbonation. Pretty viscous and syrupy.

D: The 6.3oz's is actually a perfect serving size for this brew. I don't think I could have anymore in one sitting. A nice brew to wrap up the evening or have after a nice meal.

Kuhnhenn always seems to deliver on some end of the spectrum. This beer is great in many ways, but doesn't feel quite complete. I think another 2 years or so will really do this some good. Looking forward to revisiting this down the road.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one with the group! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured orange-brown with a very minimal cream colored head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, blackberry, and raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, raspberry, and blackberry. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. There was just something about this with how the berries and caramel/toffee aspect worked really well together. I have to say that this one has aged pretty well over the years for the most part. Maybe the carbonation suffered a little as a result, but hey, the flavor made up for this one. Just hate it was in a ~6 oz bottle...

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Photo of dwalters
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these at the brewery, my first was after a Raspberry Eisbock, man do those two go together well! This is my first bottle. Man the aroma is wonderful, I've let it sit for a little and I keep getting a whiff - Wow! The aroma is currants and hints of raspberry. The head was mostly disappearing and the color is a very dark brown. The first taste is raspberry and currants and almost a chocolate (malty?) a little alcohol at the end nothing bad. Drink this slow to appreciate it. I've got seven more bottles to enjoy in the future - maybe every six months. Every sip I feel like I'm at the brewery! Just a damn good beer.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle from Alexsdad06!!). Pours dark brown with red hue-almost cola color when held up to the light. Khaki head dissipates quickly even after a vigorous pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles hug the side of the glass. Aroma has fruit (cassis), ripe dark pit fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet from both the fruit and the malts (caramel flavored), but the malts carry this as the fruit fades. Full bodied with a slick texture. Oh so smooth finish with alcohol noticeable, but pleasant. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep blackish purple body. Head is a light brown even foam standing at an inch and fading fast leaving just a skim. Nose is decisevly grape based and oh so ripe. There are some raspberry notes also. Very very nice. Enters the mouth with brash robust rich dark fruits. There are some tones of ripe grape skins, raspberry jam, black licorice and burnt malt in the flavor profile. All of this is carried by an alchol feel that includes port and cough syrup. Mouthfeel is along the lines of grape meets licorice. At 12oz. you could probably share the bottle with someone as this is quite the sipper. Delecious and very unique.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz provided at a recent tasting by SAS... Thanks Steven for holding this bottle for this long... I'm actually surprised you did.. Jackass!!

Pours cola brown with a thin khaki head.... ABV is very heavy.. no lace and cap... ehhhh.. okay.

Nose is thick and boozy fruit syrup... even after all this time there is still a pretty heavy EtOH burn.... not flammable.. but it would be cool to try.

Thick berry sweetness... tannic tart notes barely balance the thick berry presence.. chewy jammy fruits in a liquid form.. love it.. bits of cocoa/chocolate on later pours helps really push the complexities up and out.. Steven says "Cabernet", I guess? Sam said "jammy zindandel", I guess too?

wonderful... complex beyond nearly every beer to ever cross my palate... the fruits really do mesh and the tannins come in late but hard.. dry and fruity yet I still want another sip.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big, big thanks goes out to gory for sending this my way. I had a growler folks, and entire growler of this wonderful beer which I had the pleasure of enjoying over the course of the last few days. Always served around cellar temperature and consumed via an oversized wine glass. This one was enjoyed from 10/31/2008 until 11/03/2008.

The pour was full and wonderful looking. A deep, reddish brown was all over this one. Very hazy and cloudy look, nearly opaque as I really could make out next to nothing in the glass. Some very small reddish notes coming through around the sides and bottom of the glass. A smallish, off white head creeped up the side to a height of around an inch before settling back down to earth for the remained of the session.

The aroma was most unlike anything I had experienced before. Huge notes of fruit here, deep, dark berry like notes are all over the place. Small hints of caramel, toffee, and some light chocolate start coming through more and more s it warms up. This was amazingly complex I have to admit. Most unlike anything I have had in the past. Deep black currant and alcohol notes just jumping at me from all angles now. Really a very special beer. The flavor was simply amazing to say the least. Rich and beyond full, it transformed time and again as each sip came behind the next. Started with a rush of berries, very fresh, with a very nice tart finish to it. Some nice notes of chocolate and toffee then coming down the pike after that one. Some light notes of alcohol, but nowhere near as strong as I would have thought. Now by the time you reach the bottom of that glass and the flavor is almost at room temperature, well that is where it just starts to all fall together. Huge notes of chocolate covered blackberries, which were dipped in caramel and served with a side of grapes, just sublime. I really and truly have never tasted anything like this one before. It was just that good. Smooth and silk, with a luscious flavor to it that you really just cannot compare and a subtle carbonation that was just absolutely fitting for the style. A superb sipper, I think the most I found myself enjoying in an evening was about 20 ounces of it, which was a heck of a push at the time. But, I cannot think of anything in this high of an ABV that I would find more drinkable.

In the end, blown away. This was just absurd it was soo good. I would have no issue with trying this any day and in any way. It was just wonderfully put together and really just a great beer.

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Photo of tommy5
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rallison
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to northernbrews for this beast!

Pours a murky brownish color with hints of red/orange. Virtually no head at all.

Smells very much what you would expect a black currant syrup to smell like - mostly sweet berry with medicinal qualities. Unfortunately, I could see black currant flavored cough syrup smelling exactly like this. With that said, after a few sips, I am finding this smell much less obnoxious..and, rather, quite nice. Maybe because it reminds me of mixing the concentrated currant syrups with sparkling water in Europe on hot summer days? Quite possibly.

The taste is well...interesting to say the least. This is truly one beer that, given to someone who doesn't like beer, would not be recognized as beer. Overly sweet. Dripping with added fructose. Medicinal in that cough medicine sort of way. Cloying. Slightly alcoholic. Too low carbonation. Too one-dimensional when it comes to the sweet, black currant side. Yes, those are all completely valid criticisms I will hurl at this beer. Yet, with that said, there is a part of me that actually enjoys it immensely (which is odd, since I cannot stand overly sweet beers/drinks/foods in general). Part of it is likely the novelty factor. But yet, after overcoming the initial few unsavory sips, I find myself actually enjoying this combination of flavors.

The mouthfeel is, as stated above, overly cloying with minimal carbonation, but it ends up really working for this beer. Mouthfeel is very much like drinking a nice port.

Drinkability, somehow, also ends up being fine for me.

So, there you go. Upon opening this bottle and having the first sip, I really, really regretted having this one to myself. I figured a few sips and I would drain pour it..and what a waste for a beer this rare - at least a few others share in the misery ;) Then, surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it. Were I to review this by any normal beer standards, I doubt I would rate it well. Rating for my own personal enjoyment, it does just fine. And hey, it's not like you really have a style to rate within for this beer.

Edit: By the way, 15% (or 16.5% according to RB)? That I would have never guessed. The thickness hints at it for sure, but the alcohol bite doesn't.

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