Kuhnhenn Mayhem | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn MayhemKuhnhenn Mayhem
BA SCORE
41.9%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 93 ratings
Kuhnhenn MayhemKuhnhenn Mayhem
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,963
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
93
Liked:
39
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
18.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jaydoc
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
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 brentk56
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +13.5%
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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +27%
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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -0.6%
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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -21.3%
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 -3.7%
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 -14.7%
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 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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Photo of glid02
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.

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Kuhnhenn Mayhem from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 41.9% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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