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Kuhnhenn MayhemKuhnhenn Mayhem

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 92
Photo of jt31914
1.35/5  rDev -61%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. Bottle:

A: Dark brown with no carbonation. None. Nada. Ben Stein is bubblier than this brew. No lacing, just dark brown liquid.

S: Burnt caramel and some weird fruit aromas. I'm not so sure about this brew, it's like they were wanted it to smell like Westy 12 but then put in all the wrong proportions of every ingrediant.

T: OH MY GOD! The initial taste on the palate is horrible! The finish is pretty nice with fruit and caramel flavors, but I can't even hold the beer in my mouth long enough to describe the first taste that hits you.

M/D: Just unbearable... Drainpour after only half a glass!

This was pretty epicly bad, which is unforturtunate cause I like Kuhnhenn and I love Belgian Strong Dark Ales; however, I would rather drink goblin's blood or read all of the Twilight books than ever drink this again.

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Photo of antoines15
1.45/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

My first Kuhnhenn beer and overall, very disappointed. Pours dark brown with no head and no lacing. Smells like a barleywine. Raisins, burnt, and boozy as hell. Taste is similar to the smell, just not good at all. It tastes like drinking a shot of cheap booze. I don't know if I've ever drain poured a beer, so we'll say that this was my first. I'm not even going to bother with the rest. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this beer. Glad I only had one bottle, and it was free. Blah! (thumbs down)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. April 2009, no info.

Thanks to sweemzander for this off bottle! :P

A - Uh oh. No carbonation on the pour, it's totally lifeless and not revived by a swirl. The color is a dark chestnut ruby brown with good clarity on the pour. In the glass it's completely black. A teeny ring of tan bubbles sticks around the outside.

S - After a few whiffs I finally figure out the aroma I notice as "off" right away. An industrial freezer in a brewery. Cold and metallic. Strong notes of dark cherries and fig follow up with a merlot-like aroma. Hints of ethanol-like alcohol come out on a swirl and are accompanied by more dark fruitiness and malt, Good parts to the aroma are all overshadowed by bad crap.

T - BLECH! Soy sauce and teriyaki with dark cherry notes and burnt malts. Disgusting. Not good in the least.

M - Medium-bodied and carbonated-feeling with a crisp enough finish, it's definitely there...yet not. The finish lingers for eternity and is most definitely un-wanted.

D - After Sweem said it was off I put off drinking this for a while. Well, down the drain it goes. Age wise, had it been ok to start with, it should have held up. No Belgian notes in this...just grossness.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle shared by chswimmer. Big thanks, Ted.

A: Pours a clear amber body in the glass. Low carbonation; not much head, only a few milky swirls of bubbles on top of the beer. I'm not expecting it to be hugely carbed, as I imagine this is a big beer.

S: Lightly boozy. Molasses or honey (shut up, Arne), some kind of berry tartness.

T: Not a syrupy beer, though it is a little sweet and heavy. Molasses or honey flavors (not sweetness). Grape. Not a ton of flavor overall... Some spice in the finish that could be Belgian yeast-derived.

M: Smooth body, sweet. Low carbonation, nearly flat.

D: Not offensive, but nothing to write home about. I didn't really care about it.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with Eyedrinkale. Thanks Mike! The beer pours ruddy brown with a diminutive beige head.

The nose is of prunes, leather, grapes, figs, caramel, raisins, dates, soy sauce, brown sugar, malt, earthiness, and booze. I know nothing of this beer's origins, but the bourbon character is undeniable.

The flavor is raisins, dates, brown sugar, figs, and booze. The sweetness is cloying. The mouthfeel is slick and low on the carbonation. This wasn't very good. I'd prefer not to try it again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured hard into my Duvel tulip. Extra from triptens.

Bottle says it is from April 2009. No abv, but I would assume about 8-10%.

Yields no head. A couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Dark brown. No lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits. Plumbs, raisins and figs. Some brown sugar. A whiff of alcohol. Very sweet smelling.

Taste follows smell. Tastes of sweet candied plumbs, raisins and figs. Brown sugar. A bit of rum like booze. Earthy, leafy hops in there as well. Too sweet. Slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. A tiny bit hot.

I wish this were only 6 oz. A good example of an american brewer trying to do a Belgium style and completely blowing it. Reminds me of their Old Ale, but bad.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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 gordavidson
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A very murky brown liquid with no head. Looks pretty flat and bland.

S- Brown sugar and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Wow. Smells very hot and one-dimensional.

T- Sweet brown sugar with some alcohol. Sweet up front and then nothing at the end. Oddly bland.

M- Flat and smooth. Where is the carbonation?

D- A very odd beer. Not much flavor and no carbonation. The sweetness saves this beer a bit. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/30/2010. Rating #1700! Bottle, 4/2009. Bottle a dark brown with only a small ring of head. Aroma of booze, caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt and caramel; less boozy and raisiny than in the nose. Very rich and sweet. It's not much of a Belgian strong ale at all-- maybe more like a barleywine. In any case, I didn't care much for it.

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Photo of TCgoalie
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish brown, hazy, rather unpleasant color. There is no head at all even while trying to obtain it with a vigorous pour. I don't see any carbonation either leading me to believe this beer is off.

I get a lot of red licorice in the smell. Not Twizzlers, but the Red Vines licorice. There is also a dark fruit scent with a lot of heavy malt.

Quite the taste explosion in this one. The dominant flavors are anise, cherries, and plums all combining to make a very thick intense drink. There is a decent amount of alcohol warming at the end. Hidden in the middle is a dose of caramel malt that doesn't really match the beer and contributes to a poor balance.

The mouthfeel is extremely full and syrupy. Not the thickest I've had, but it's up there.

This is not a drinkable beer and I'm not entirely excited about finishing it. Two of these is out of the question.

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Photo of webmanspidey
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown/purple color without much head. Smell is heavy alcohol, grapes, raisins, and nuts.

Taste is a boozy mix of raisins, grapes, plums, nuts, black licorice, and chocolate. Finish is mostly bitter. Though complex with some pleasant flavors, it can be a little overwhelming and a little tough to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a bare ringlet of a head; no lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, brown sugar, licorice and dates; everything smells a bit burnt, however

Taste: Burnt caramel, up front, with a developing boozy and dark fruit flavor, with burnt sugar undertones; after the swallow, the flavor turns in a molasses sweet direction, the date flavors lingering underneath

Mouthfeel: Thick body but virtually no carbonation

Drinkability: A really disappointing beer from a brewery that I cherish; this should never have been released

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Photo of BMoney575
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 1-26-10
Bottled in April 2009

Pours an extremely cloudy dark brwon color, with no head at all, and very slick, clear lacing.

Smell is surprisingly aged, very sweet, and a little Belgian. There's a cloyingly sweet boozy edge in there too.

Taste is huge booze and sweetness, but after that, nothing. Amazingly bland.

Mouthfeel is very thin, almost flat, and disappointing.

Drinkability is poor, see above.

Overall, lately Kuhnhenn has been hit-and-miss. This is a miss.

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Photo of corby112
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown almost plum color with very slight hints of dark leathery brown hues when held to a light source. Completely opaque with only some slight bubbling creating a very thin light beige head that immediately disappears.

Strong estery alcohol aroma with lots of dark fruit notes and a heavy dose of bourbon. Some sweet chocolate malt with hints of prune, fig, raisin and plum along with more alcohol and bourbon.

Medium bodied with a lot of earthy leathery malt, slight bitterness, strong dark fruit and a ton of alcohol heat. Slightly roasted chocolate malt with a lot of sweet dark fruit, especially, grape, raisin, date and plum but this is all overpowered by a very strong alcohol flavor and warmth/burn in the finish. Kind of like an estery fruity Belgian barleywine with way too much of an alcohol presence for my liking.

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Photo of bierenutz
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a glass, even aggressively, yielded absolutely no head with this brown colored brew. Looks like flat rootbeer.
S-Carmels, dark fruits and maple.
T-Sweet carmel, smokiness and figs with some alcohol notes.
M-No carbonation and a thin feel in the mouth. Some bite of the alcohol. There is also dryness without alot of memorable qualities.
D-This is at best an average beer. It tries to go in certain directions but falls short in every way. Somewhat disappointing given the other great brews Kuhnhenn puts out.

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Photo of pwoods
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at one of the many bottle shops in Ann Arbor, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, no light coming through. Basically no head from a very rough pour. No lacing.

S: Lots of booze. Some Belgian dark candi sugar and dark fruits. A good bit of sweetness.

T/M: Very boozy. More of the Belgian dark candi sugar and dark fruits. Pretty damn sweet. Body is only about medium or medium light with pretty much no carbonation... making it feel watered down.

D: This has got to have a lot of alcohol and the mouthfeel sucks.

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Photo of Gmann
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy chocolate brown color with little to no head; slightest of rings around the glass. Label looks like it is made out of tissue paper (this did not factor into the grade). The aroma is big on boozy raisins and prunes. The aroma pretty much stops at that, not much else. The taste is of prunes, clove, pepper, candied cherries and dirt. The flavor doesn't have much life, stale, flat, bleh. The feel is pretty terrible; flat, lifeless, sweet with some metallic bitterness. The brew does have some of the BSDA flavors but there is no life or soul to the beer. It is sweet from the dark fruit which is nice but no carbonation just kills this beer.

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Photo of BierFan
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Has a date on the label of April 2009, making this bottle 1 year old at the time of review.

Appearance: Hazy dark red body. Absolutely no carbonation. Possibly caused by a leaky cap, I don't know. Spots of lacing despite no head.

Smell: Rich and boozy. Very sweet and sugary with raisins, and figs.

Taste: Alcohol isn't as abrasive as I feared it might be. Does have a nice bite from the alcohol, though. If I had to compare this to another beer I would say it is like Avery's "The Beast" due to the alcohol and dark fruit super sweetness.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation really hurts this beer when it comes to mouthfeel and overall enjoyment.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first Kuhnhenn, and my 100th review. Thanks to Fear025 (Jay) for this beer. April 2009 bottling.

Poured into a New Holland high gravity series glass. Pours a muddy deep brown with no head what so ever. Evidence of carbonation, just no head.

Aromas of dark fruits (raisins, prunes). Smells like an aged, oxidized barleywine. Also some aromas of cherry pits (?).

First sip is alcohol, dark fruits, a little sweetness. Again, reminds me of an aged high gravity beer, barleywine, or a Thomas Hardy from the 90s. Alcohol burn is very harsh. As it warmed, there were some notes of cherries and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full and coating. A little cloying.

Not that drinkable. I'll finish the bottle, but you wouldn't want to drink this all night long. It's more of a sipper.

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Photo of alexgash
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Label says "April 2009."

Pours a murky dark maple syrup brown. Virtually no head, even with a slightly vigorous pour. A few ring-y bubbles is all I get. Hmmm. Boozy toffee, with hints of pears, madeira, and vanilla on the nose. Big caramel and toffee malt flavors start things off and don't back off. Light roastiness around the edges. Earthy, oaky, and a little vanilla-y. Sweet, boozy fruit plays a big part as well. Concord grapes, pears, and fruit cocktail. Quite warming. Some vegetal bitterness in the finish, but this is a very malt/sweetness heavy beer. Medium-bodied with an almost flat mouthfeel. The result is a bit watery and under-bodied for the strength and maltiness. Some carbonation would help, but this beer is still a little too lopsided and hot.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle reads "April 2009" in tiny print.

Pours out a murky dark brown, not much carbonation, just a few juice like bubbles that string themselves along the rim of the glass, leaving a still, glassy surface. This looks like some of the English old ales i've tried that were way old and oxidized. Turning the glass, I see some tiny trails of super slow carbonation (I think). Never have I seen bubbles rise that slowly...this stuff is thick as gravy. Swirling only kills the larger bubbles that were lingering from earlier.

Aroma is decent, fruit leather, raisin and prune. Sweet and a touch boozy. A little maple syrup and brown sugar shine through.

Whoa, this is strong stuff... Alcohol is upfront, real boozy. I'd guess an ABV in the double digits. Bitter astringency is a little off-putting. Sweet, syrupy, stewed fruit taste. Sort of medicinal with lingering sticky sweet cocoa. Definitely brash and unbalanced, undercarbonated but not quite flat. Finishing this will be a task, but i'll force myself. The taste would be fine if the alcohol was dialed down, it's 10 mo. old at this point and still too hot.

Picked this up on a whim, glad it was only a single. Not recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy, murky reddish brown liquid. An aggressive pour produces very little head that is tan in color and thin.

S-the nose is fairly big and sweet. Tons of raisins lightly soaked in rum. Sweet plums and figs with a touch of chocolate in the very back

T-the flavor is huge and slightly overpowering. Very boozy in taste, rums soaked raisins seem to dominate heavily on the rum. Notes of plums with a touch of cherry. Chocolate in the back with faint notes of floral hops and a touch of bitterness. Lots of warming and booziness in the finish

M-this is full bodied, chewy, smooth and creamy. Low in carbonation, it seems to fall off in the back. Somewhat syrupy throughout and it coats the mouth.

D-this is quite boozy but has some nice flavors around the alcohol. The creaminess and body are nice but it seems to lack carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of GbVDave
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

April 2009

A: Pours into the glass looking like flat, generic "cola". A few bubbles and a tiny tan head pop up before becoming absolutely still again. No lace. Looks like the Cuyahoga River around the time that it caught fire.

S: A bunch of aromas going on here. Tootsie Roll, caramel, chocolate covered cherry, cocoa, cola nut, fudge brownies, and pan roasted nuts.

T: Same as above with a weird hint of melted plastic.

M: Flat. Way too sweet for the (non-existant) level of carbonation.

D: There's a good beer here trying to get out. I'd like to try a fresher example to see if maybe the time in the bottle hurt this beer.

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