Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Tenacious CassisKuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
22
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of 321jeff
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Fred. Much thanks for this original bottling of this rarity.

Pours a reddish brown with almost no head. It's kind of pretty like some kind of brandy.

Aroma is still very hot with lots of sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Much more like a fruit based spirit than any beer I've ever smelled.

taste is sweet up front, and really all the way through with a finish that kind of reminds me of nyquil, but in a good way...

Mouthfeel is thick all the way through with no carb. Really drinks more like a spirit than a beer. Very interesting...

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Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle shared by Fred.

Beer pours a dark reddish brown with very little head and hardly any lacing. Smell is extremely fruity and fantastic with booze hiding in there. Flavor is certainly unique, berries and tootsie rolls and very big, definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this is very interesting, not a beer you need a whole lot of, but very nice.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark plum color that's completely opaque with a miniscule off-white head that lingers for a minute before disappearing. No lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that's bursting with currant, dark cherry, blueberry, grape and other dark berries. This is countered by a nice malt character with hints of chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but not overpowering and although the ABV is really high, there us little to no booze in the nose. Smells like dessert!

Medium bodied with a very prominent vinous, dark fruit flavor that's countered by dark malt notes and boozy sweetness. Lots of sweet currant flavor along with some grape, blackberry, blueberry and other dark berries before being countered by hints of toffee and chocolate cake. Even with the maltier notes it's still too sweet for my liking. The ABV is decently masked considering its 15% but there still a decent amount of boozy warmth throughout.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby with a fair amount of transparency. Very little head or retention.

S - Sour with hints of dark fruits, including cherry. Alcohol definitely comes through in the aroma.

T - Cough syrup is a perfect description for how this beer feels. The dark fruits provide a very juicy backbone, and there is a cherry edge which gives it an almost artificial tasting bite. It all combines to taste a lot like a cherry cough syrup, which sounds disgusting but tastes quite good. A very all encompassing flavour that mostly drowns out the alcohol, though the booziness comes through partway through the taste and lingers in the finish. Sweet chocolate also comes through in the finish, with an edge of the dark fruit. The finish is a smooth jammy sweetness that is neither too sticky or sweet. Strange but satisfying.

M/D - High carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Never had anything quite like it. A very unique beer that manages to make drinking cough syrup for intoxication seem classy.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.3oz bottle from 2007, review #1000 on BA.

Pours cloudy brown with some large bubbles kicked up from a stretch pour. A placid surface with zero lacing throughout the glass. This beer is almost still.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of alcohol laced with dark fruit. Nose-clearing in nature with sweet malt, dark caramel, currants, fusels, and cough syrup.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a syrupy, slick mouthfeel.

Currants, alcohol, carmelized malt, and dark fruit start the palate. Sweet fruit and malt follow through, riding atop a wave of throat-warming alcohol. Low bitterness or other hopping for that matter.

Finishes with lingering alcohol and jammy fruit.

A strong beer for sure, the alcohol is not too fusel-laden and there is plenty of throat warmth, but no burn. Loads of sweet, dark fruit but the beer would benefit greatly from any amount of carbonation.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ej285701
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of surlytheduff
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thagr81us
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bung
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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 trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 HopHead84
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/8/2011

2007 nip shared by Javier, thanks!

A: The beer is still, with only a few stray bubbles that disappear almost immediately. The color is a brownish magenta. An energetic swirl brings the liquid up the glass and leaves a thick collar. Great color.

S: Caramel, raspberry, toffee, brown sugar, and cassis. It’s like candied currants, resembling a desert beverage. Faint booze notes. Chocolate comes out as the beer opens up. The beer is lightly oxidized, lending sherry notes.

T: Candied sugary sweetness overwhelms the palate. Cassis is immediately evident, accompanied by caramel, toffee, and booze. Oxidation is once again sherry-like and complimentary. The sweetness makes three ounces more than enough. The finish exhibits much warming.

M: Medium in body and still. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with ample alcohol warming.

Overall: A very sweet desert beer. Fantastic nose, but the sweetness is a bit overpowering in the flavor. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage poured into snifter. Huge thanks to northernbrews for the great extra.

A: Pours nearly flat with a very thin, short lived, light brown head. Color is a woody, dirty sort of rusty brown with a few tiny flecks of sediment at the end of the pour.
S: Big rich syrupy sweet notes of sherry, maraschino cherry juice, black currents (cassis), and a note or two of alcohol. There is also the faintest hint of wet cardboard and molasses.
T: Sweet notes of currents and port hit first followed by malty notes of caramel, toffee, raisins, earthy woody flavors and maybe a touch of chocolate. The finish is sweet and full of cherry and current syrup, and the aftertaste has notes of vanilla, warm alcohol and earthy malt.
M: Luckily there is some tingly carbonation here. Body is thick and syrupy and the mouthfeel is very slick and sweet with a decent amount of warming alcohol burn. For being fairly old this beer is actually quite hot, but for 15% I guess it could be worse.
O: A great sipper that would indeed be great after dinner as the bottle suggests. Amazingly complex and smooth. Thanks again Jeff for this great brew!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to both Chris and Tony for supplying yet another Kuhnhenn goody. You guys seem to be keeping this brewery afloat entirely by yourselves. That's a seriously wonderful decision.

A: Brilliant red-amber body; few bubbles, but lovely legs.

S: So rich. Bitter raspberry (which I guess is what cassis tastes like to me) and vanilla, caramel, toffee, and fruity booze. Amazing.

T: Pure, intense, sweet cassis, chocolate, vanilla, and booze. Highly reminiscent of KRE, and also incredibly awesome.

M: Full, sticky body, with surprisingly present carbonation in addition to some spiky alcohol heat.

O: Kuhnhenn has absolutely perfected the high-ABV fruit beer. While this one was clearly more fruit-forward than the Raspberry Eisbock (which very much focused on the chocolate + vanilla richness), it was equally admirable for its ability to pack both huge flavor and huge alcohol into a dangerously drinkable concoction. I'd take either one (or Extraneous Cassis, for that matter) over just about any dessert wine on the market. Fantastic beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by brian23456 at our battle of the 12ozers. Thanks Brian! 2007 vintage I do believe. Poured into a snifter:

A - Pours flat with tiny bubbles. Brown core, light caramel color. No lacing but nice legs.

S - Huge raspberries and cherries! Booze and sweet cream. Smells awesome!

T - Cherries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and chocolate. A bit of graham cracker and a small presence of cardboard/slightly bready. Some booze present.

M - Sweet and boozy but really smooth. Little carbonation.

D - A nice treat to drink. I wasn't expecting this at all but it turned out fantastic! Would love to get another bottle of this. It was amazing.

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Photo of Phelps
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting by ejyoung, this was poured into a snifter.

Dark, muddy burgundy in color. No head, no lace.

The nose is CRAZY! Sharp cheddar, currants, raspberry liqueur, figs. Also, dates, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel. Oh, and port and tootsie rolls. Super rich, sweet and decadent.

The flavor, luckily, is exactly like the aroma. Tons of sweet currents, dark chocolate, molasses and sugar as it warms. Like syrup on a cheesecake.

Liqueur-like in viscosity with a velvety medium body, it maintains a light carbonation and tongue-numbing alcohol.

I've never had a beer from Kuhnhenn that didn't blow my mind, and this one's no different. It's definitely a dessert beer for sipping, but one I'd gladly sip until the rapture. Delicious.

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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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