Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
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3.48 | pDev: 18.97%
Aug 29, 2017
Nov 25, 2009
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.83 by jaydoc from Kansas

Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

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.
Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2015
Rated: 2.6 by GregSSSSS

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 3 by zestar from California

Aug 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Jul 20, 2014
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Reviewed by Lothore from California

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.
Apr 27, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by md655321 from Michigan

Mar 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by kirkfrailey from Michigan

Mar 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by WCW from Michigan

Mar 09, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by cadaugherty from Illinois

Oct 27, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by gulogulo from Michigan

Jul 27, 2013
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Reviewed by woosterbill from Kentucky

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.

Jun 01, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Feb 15, 2013
Rated: 4 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

Dec 24, 2012
Rated: 3 by AgentZero from Illinois

Nov 28, 2012
Rated: 4 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Nov 15, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by t0rin0 from California

Oct 19, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Jul 06, 2012
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Reviewed by EnemyWithin from Canada (ON)

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.
May 26, 2012
Rated: 4 by klipper from Michigan

May 14, 2012
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

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.
Mar 23, 2012
Rated: 3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Feb 11, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by bespin15 from Washington

Jan 15, 2012
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Reviewed by WorldWideStout from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I received this as an extra in a trade two or three years ago. At the time, all the reviews were pretty bad, talking about tons of booze, and I decided I'd wait. Well, tonight, the wait is over!

A: A medium, warm brown. Absolutely no head.

S: Lots of fruits. Dates, figs, raisins. A touch of sherry, perhaps from oxidation. Honestly, it smells like an English-style barleywine.

T: ...and tastes like one too! Starts off with some plum and not-quite ripe dark fruits. The middle is where you really get the barleywine characteristics - rum-soaked raisins abound. The dark fruits are sometimes present in the middle as well, so I see why someone decided to call it a BSDA, but there's no Belgian yeast or spiciness here. The taste seems to thin out more than usual at the end. The aftertaste is, oddly enough, an innocuous roasted coffee note that isn't too strong, but does linger for awhile. There are some fusels present in the middle and end, but they're pretty tame.

M: Gentle but definitely present carbonation is there. It dies off halfway through the sip, but I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

O: This beer reminds me of JW Lees, one of my favorite beers. No one knew anything about this beer; the style, the alcohol, so I really didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised!

My guess for abv %: 12
Jan 12, 2012
Rated: 3 by TasteTester from Ohio

Dec 17, 2011
Rated: 5 by Captainren from Michigan

Dec 01, 2011
Rated: 3 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by Amalak from New York

Nov 21, 2011
Rated: 4 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Nov 15, 2011
Rated: 3 by ej285701 from Ohio

Nov 15, 2011
Rated: 2 by ithinkimasofa from Washington

Nov 15, 2011
Rated: 4 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Nov 15, 2011
Rated: 4 by surlytheduff from Tajikistan

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle recived in a trade a while back. Marked 4/2009. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Poured a pretty flat and oily dark amber color. There is some very light carbonation noticeable, but no real head forms at all.

S - Nice fruit aromas here. Figs, prunes, dates, and some berries come out. Lots of cherry notes too and an almost chocolate covered cherry aroma as well. Caramel and some chocolate come out. Nice aromas.

T - Very similar to the nose, although the chocolate covered cherry comes out even more. Is this thing barrel aged? It comes across like a carbonated sherry. Raisins, dates and figs. Some vanilla and plum flavors also come out.

M - Really not much carbionation to speak of. Slick feeling and a medium-heavy bodied beer that is a bit thick.

O - Really wanted to give this a 3.75, but I rounded up. I enjoyed this one except for the mouthfeel. I'm not quite sure why it has received lower marks, but to each their own. Would like to know more about this beer to get an understanding for what it really is.
Jul 28, 2011
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Reviewed by jamie2dope from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I received this as an extra from the very generous mikesgroove, thanks very much for hooking it up. This beer pours out a reddish brown color, with just a small lace for heading. The nose is fruit laden, with strawberry, prune, date and fig. A good amount of alcohol also shows up here. Same as far as flavor, though a nice balance shows up half way through. Mouthfeel is smooth, light on carbonation, and somewhere between medium and heavy body. Booze didn't seem too overwhelming. As a previous reviewer said, I am not sure why this received such poor markings. Oh well, I recommend this beer to anyone who has access to it. Cheers
Jun 27, 2011
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Reviewed by glid02 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a dark amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts and booze-soaked medium and dark fruits – pears and figs. Also present are moderate amounts of breadiness and slight hints of dark toffee.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth and slightly sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-dusted plum and fig flavors – the fruits are darker than in the aroma. Slight buttery toffee flavors make an appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I’m surprised by the poor ratings for this beer – I didn’t think it was quite the bee’s knees but I found it serviceable. Worth a shot, but not worth seeking.
Jun 01, 2011
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Reviewed by thagr81us from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured red-orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, peat, and slight fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, peat, and slight peaches. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma really wasn't doing too much for me on this one if I'm completely honest, but it did make up some ground on the flavor. The subtle touch of fruit on this one made this one quite interesting on the flavor as you only got it on the followthrough of the beer. It kind of seemed out of place in this one if I'm honest. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would seek it out actively.
May 20, 2011
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Reviewed by steve8robin from Massachusetts

2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
Extra in a trade. Have not really enjoyed anything from Kuhnhenn yet, let's see. 12 oz bottle...

A: Kind of a dirty murky brown with no head at all. Hmm...

S: Smells of some caramel and pear upfront with some sweet malt and not much else.

T: A heavy boozy burn with some faint hints of apple and caramel. Very boozy. Not much else.

M: A very good carbonation with a super dry finish. Good.

D: Not very drinkable since it mostly taste like straight booze.

Not worth your time. You might as well just drink straight rum and it would taste similar. Don't bother with this one.
Jan 23, 2011
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