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Kuhnhenn Mayhem | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by corby112 on 11-25-2009

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63
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
19.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 91
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2010 sample from fresh bottle. Generous head. Pleasant aromas,light brown with one-quarter inch head, and above average mouthfeel. Some citrus flavours, brown sugar and candi, licorice,yeast.Understated carbonation. Pleasant enough. Sweet biased.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with small foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and dry fruits is enjoyable and more balanced then I was expecting. Taste is also a more complex affair then expected with a nice strong malt backbone with light residual candi sugar with notes of fry fruits and fruity ester. Nice touch of caramel malt and light toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though a fuller body would have been a great addition.

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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 Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerWorld for sending this my way as an extra. Bottle dated April 2009.

A: A dark mahogany with a tiny bit of crimson coming through. Not too much of a head or lacing.

S: Loads of dark fruit, cherries, bits of chocolate, and sweet malt. Almost reminds me of a barrel-aged imperial stout. There's not much in the way of Belgian yeast.

T: Very sweet caramel malt along with chocolate, dark fruits, bits of cherry, and a slight woodiness. Very complex and very nicely blended.

M: A little bit on the light side, but a bit creamy and very smooth with no alcohol presence.

D: Very complex, keeping me always wanting more. Can't believe how low the average score is on this one, as I am really, really enjoying. Thanks again, Alex.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Aussy - thanks.

Pours a dark brownish amber with just a couple of random bubbles around the edge. Smells of brown sugar and candied dark fruits (raisins, figs, and plums). Taste is sweet, malty and boozy with some faint sherry notes. Mouthfeel is complex, rich, full and thick. A slow sipper and enjoyable. Glad to have tried it. (Makes an interesting blend with 3 parts Victory @ Sea, 1 part Alaskan Smoked Porter and a splash of this).

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for opening this (apparently) rather obscure bottle last night.

A: The pour is a hazy dark amber color with very little in terms of carbonation, but a thin off-white head.

S: I was disappointed by the nose on this beer. It is intensely alcoholic and hot (almost like bourbon), to the point where it begins to cover up the fruit and malt aromas.

T: Surprisingly, the heat that is present on the nose really dies down on the palate. The dark fruit flavors give an almost red wine like feel to the beer and go well with the caramel malts.

M: The beer is very full bodied, but the low carbonation does not work all that well with this beer (and this beer style).

D: Although the nose is quite boozy, the flavors of the beer are actually nice. The low carbonation (leading to a lackluster mouthfeel) knock down the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2009

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours no head at all. As a result, no lace. Color is a dark bark brown.

Aroma: Dark malts, raisins, molasses, dark fruits, cranberries, dried cherries. Very malty, but packs a huge flavor. Awesome.

Taste: Huge malt profile. Reminds me of a quad. Raisins, cherries, plums, chocolate, caramel. Big and malty but lots of flavor. Some grapes, molasses and more big malt flavor. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this beer is pretty massive and I am enjoying it. It has a huge flavor and is pretty tasty. I really am enjoying this beer. Drinkable and I want more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Label says "April 2009." Dark mahogony and murky pour, no carbonation, no head, no lace...Hmmm not off to a good start here. Alcohol, brandy and dark berries in the nose. Strong alcohol up front, more jammy berries, brandy, vanilla, sweet toffee, a lot going on. Its better as it warms, but not going to make too many top 10 lists. Carbonation would help, more balance would help and perhaps some more time in the bottle to cool things down would help. This one needs some help.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

My first beer from Kuhnhenn. The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar, cherry, oak and alcohol. The flavor is sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, caramel and toffee malts. The alcohol is very present, making this beer very boozy. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at De Cicco's in Ardsley, NY and drank at the compound into some regular kitchen glasses, my first from this brewery, excited to say the least. There's about a year on this bottle.

A small mouse whimper when the cap was pryed, Mayhem has a bold dark mahagony red with plum juice added. A semi hard pour yielded no head at all not even a cap just some loose dying bubbles, no lace.

Mayhem smells straight up like a 10 year old bottle of JW Lees harvest ale. It may have some Thomas Hardy in there but I'm thinking JW. Needless to say, it does not resemble a BSDA at all, more of a old ale with booze. Getting alot of booze, light bread from the yeast, plum, berries, booze soaked grape, you get the picture.

Mayhem does not reach an old ale in taste, more of a mix of that and a BSDA. Red grapes and plums with apple skins and a caramel backing that's candi like with some toffee hints. A bit of cherry and even less chocolate In the middle some burnt sugars and in the end a booze blast, This is a little bit hot but not burning, noticable.

Well, this is well above medium bodied, it's quite bulky and strong, although it's flat as hell, no carbonation what so ever, making me think old ale even more, as i've found this in some aged versions of the style. Either way mayhem is dead to the world. A bit of heat in the mouth after a few ounces or so, coating yet not syrupy.

I'm glad this comes in 12oz bottles, and i'm glad I shared those 12oz's with a friend. Not sure where they were going with this one, but it's a bit big for a Belgian Strong Dark. It's not bad by any means, it's just not all that drinkable. Laying one down may work out that heat, but what's the point of cellaring a knowingly flat beer.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought a New Beer Distributors in New York. Being the first and only Kuhnhenn beer I've seen in my limited operations in the US.

Pours a pretty viscous and murky dark mahogany colour, with very little head - just a mashed conglomeration of large bubbles that are more likely to do with aeration during the pour than carbonation. Head is certainly disappointing, but it seems this is a pretty heavy brew - the colour is great though, and the weight in the body is quite exciting.

Huge port aromas on the nose - certainly big booze notes, and sweet rich malt or fortified wine characters. A little tannic aroma around the edges too - some leather and turned earth, almost hinting at crushed black pepper, although the spicy alcohol phenols could be responsible for this. Overall, it's a mellow and sweet but darkly captivating aroma. I approve.

Taste is initially smooth, hinting at big plummy Belgian characteristics, but this rapidly shifts to a rather potent estery heat that soon evaporates off the tongue, leaving bitter dark notes residual. The alcohol note is pronounced, leaving a solvent-like sharpness on the palate. The bottle gives no hint as to its ABV, but I'm guessing high, and what's more, it feels it. The initial sweetness is ripped away by the alcohol, leaving a beer that requires sipping, and even then requires some discipline to get through.

It's a pretty robust and confronting brew, and it does have layers of complexity. But it also has some brash and dominant characters which aren't entirely pleasant. I found it difficult to get through, although perhaps sharing a bottle with a friend or three might make the experience more enjoyable.

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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 glid02
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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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 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 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 thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours a deep, clear amber, almost copper with a small off-white head that recedes to a small collar with some spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet and fairly one-dimensional with the candi sugar dominating from the outset. Caramel malts and hints of dark fruit and spices.

The taste is a bit more complex but still has the big candi sugar backbone. Lots of big juicy dark fruits with raisins and figs before the finish delivers a sweet but boozy punch.

The mouthfeel is medium to full and very sticky with candi sugar dominance throughout.

Boozy but still fairly drinkable, this is a really sweet Belgian dark. It's all about the candi sugar and dark fruits on this one.

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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 DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this. April 2009 vintage or so the bottle states.

2.5 A: Murky brown color. The bottle hissed during the cap removal, but there isn't any damn head. This is one damn ugly brew.

4.5 S: The nose, however, is wonderful. Smells like a big ol' English barleywine with a touch of Belgian zing to it. Plenty of dark fruitiness with fig, plum, prune, raisin, and maybe some currants too. Malty sweetness with viscous caramel and rich toffee. Somewhat boozy. The Belgian part comes in with a peppery spiciness. It's almost amazing how forceful the aroma is.

4.5 T: The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose, but it tastes just as good as the nose smells. Lots of creamy caramel and toffee with the same dark fruits as in the nose, though raisin and tobacco taking the reins. The taste is more like an old ale than a BSDA. There's hints of Belgian yeast spiciness, but they are minor compared to the other flavors. This is a super rich, great tasting brew. Booze is evident, but doesn't distract from the taste. I wonder how strong it is?

4.5 M: Thick, syruppy body. Carbonation is surprisingly right where it should be. Super smooth with warming alcohol on finish.

5.0 D: I'm pissed that I only have one 12 ouncer of this. This truly is a wonderful brew that just happens to look like shit. It's rich and complex and Kuhnhenn did everything they set out to do. Kuhnhenn is making a decent run at my list of top breweries.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of tpd975
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice nutty brown. Zip zero for a head.

S: A bit boozy, gooey raisins and figs for sure. Lots of malty sweetness, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T: Rich, sweet, and boozy. Tons of rich over ripe dark fruit. Sweet candy malts, molasses, and stinging alcohol.

M: Flat, sweet, bold, and boozy.

D: Not real drinkable, but not bad either.

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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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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.
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