Mayhem | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Photo of jaydoc
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hotpipes29 for sending this one as part of our trade! Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador barrel-aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, with minimal visible carbonation and nearly opaque. No true head formation – just a few foamy bubbles at the top. Some big dark chunks came out of the bottle when I rinsed the bottle after pouring - fortunately (I think) I managed to decant these when I poured my glass.

S: Boozy and fusel, and dark fruits that are sticky sweet - plums and raisins and prunes. There are mild fruity apple esters as well. A slight vanilla underneath, reminiscent of a woody/oaky aroma. Some brown sugar and a bit of caramel or molasses.

T: Less "hot" than the nose suggested. Still has the big dark sticky fruits (prunes and raisins) with some dried cherries. It still has some significant alcohol heat and ethanol sweetness, but not the burn that the nose promised. Flavors of brown sugar, malt sweetness, and more mild caramel. Intermittent impression of some background chocolate. The sweet fruit flavors last with the alcohol heat into the hang.

M: A lighter body than most in style. Very low carbonation sensation – this is essentially flat. The alcohol presence seems average for style - though it certainly smelled more than that on the nose.

O: The flavors are there, but the flatness accentuated by the somewhat light body hurts the enjoyment factor. Unless this bottle was off with the carbonation, it's nothing I’d be in a hurry to repeat. But it has some promise.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSSSSS
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Lothore
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -pours a deep ruddy brown hue with little to no head.

S- toffee, booze, burnt caramel, prune, fig, raisin, grape

T- dark fruit, raisin, toasted bread, caramel up front with an untamed alcohol bite on the back end followed by residual sweetness.

M- medium bodied with medium to low carbonation.

D- have been holding on to this for years and there is still deep, untamed alcohol on the back end and a little sweetness that borders on cloying. Very interesting brew that I loved sticking my nose in but ultimately this beer was one that I should have shared.

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Photo of md655321
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of kirkfrailey
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of WCW
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of gulogulo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of woosterbill
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from '09 or so, poured into a Fantôme tulip.

A: Dark brown body with almost no head. Weak.

S: Cherry cough syrup, booze-soaked fig newton, and sherry oxidation. Weird, intense, and interesting enough.

T: Sweet toffee and sherry up front, with rich fig and cherry behind. Big boozy finish. Overwhelming, and not in a good way.

M: Pretty still, quite sticky. Meh.

O: Kuhnhenn's hits are off the charts, and so can be their misses. Sadly this is the latter.


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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled April 2009. Bottle into Duvel glass on Feb 10, 2012.

Appearance: 3
Dark rootbeer black-brown body, not fully opaque that pours with a disappointing faint head that barely offers a complete covering. Quickly dissipates into a basically non-existing head that fails to foam with agitation.

Smell: 3.5
Dark rich malt with strong molasses aroma. Mild notes of candy sugar and dark fruit. No real hops aroma present. Overall, a nice aroma, but not too distinct. I wonder the impact the lack of carbonation has.

Taste: 4
Initially, a sweet dense molasses flavor predominates. Midway through also get brighter notes of dark fruit
Finishes with a moderate , crescendo-decrescendo of bitterness from the hops. Ultimately, left with a linger malt presence.

Mouthfeel: 2.5
Difficult decision to rate this given that near complete lack of carbonation; hard to strike a balance between the beer I’m drink versus that beer that way it was intended to be. It would definitely benefit from more carbonation.

Overall: 3.5
Good beer with great potential and enjoyable aroma/flavor profile. But suffer immensely from the lack of carbonation in its current state. I ultimately would not seek out the beer again because of this. However, if this beer did had adequate carbonation, it would be a strong offering. Thus, again I settle for a comprise with my score, as I feel I need to still consider the actual product I have.

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Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The last bottle standing in a fantastic trade last year with FlanderNed that brought all manner of Kuhnhenn goodness into my fridge. Not sure why I held this one for a while, but here it is. 12 oz. bottle.

Pigment is 84% black, 16% red, very dark, lovely crimson shading when held up to the light. Hard pour yields minimal visible carbonation. Smell is something to behold, vibrant caramel, light molasses, touch of smoke. The caramel smell is seriously enticing.

Mayhem peaks with the aroma. The swig is nose-wrinkling, with an overdose of prunes firing out of the gate. The caramel is present but overwhelmed, as is everything else: raisins, sherry, beginning of oxidation, cherry skin from Cayauga County. The flat character of the beer, married up with the prune/cherry mix, makes this very winesque; needs some oomph. Heavy, limping close to cough syrup territory. After the nose I was ready to inhale all night, but once it hit the palate, I'm kind of wishing I had someone to split the bottle with.

This beer has brought a new phrase to me: Nose Tease. Nothing that smells this good should be such a letdown. Average in an odd, roundabout way.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 93 ratings