Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #45
Ranked #30,582
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Deep amber in color, this English session bier is roasty and malty on the nose. It has a light mouthfeel with a toasty nutty flavor. Don’t be afraid of it’s dark appearance it is a very drinkable malty beverage.
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SlingerBKLYN from New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet coffee notes yet dry and satisfying. A dark rich brew with hints of toffee and espresso. A good late night brew to cap things off or to enjoy with some good chocolate cake or truffles. Darker and richer than your usual English Bitters. IPA is BS. Save the Hops and Boycott IPA!

Aug 04, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery. My first of the style, so excuse my ignorance.

Appearance: The picture on the menu made this look like it was brown... in person, it looks like a stout. This is basically pitch black. There's a two finger, frothy, tan head on this that just looked really good. An appetizing looking beer right at the drop.

Smell: Stout/porter-esque. I had the Export Stout on this same visit, and as with the taste, this smelled like that with the ashy sort of aromas. The difference here is that this one maybe had a slightly sweeter smell with a bit more chocolate. Very nice.

Taste: Low ABV, relatively low flavor and mouthfeel. That ashy flavor comes through pretty considerably in the flavor as well, but it's not overwhelming... nothing about this is. As mild as it may be, that's probably how it SHOULD be, given the style name and the ABV. The feel is pretty watery thin, but this is an excellent sessionable dark beer, without a doubt. I know this is classified as an English Dark Mild Ale, but this really tastes like a porter to me -- which is not at all a bad thing. I heard that this tasted like "black water", and I don't think that's too far off, even if it's under-explained. If I wanted to have a session at the brewery, this would likely be in the line-up. Not just that, but it's a reasonable price as well at $4.50 a pint. Try it out.

Jun 29, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kuhnhenn. 5oz taster glass.

A - Light tan foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent dark mahogany body.

S - Molasses, caramel, nuts, light roast, mild chocolate note, a bit of yeasty dark bread. Sweeter than the ESB I also have; more of a brown ale profile.

T - The taste is similarly a mix of yeasty bread, molasses, dried fruits, and mild roast. A bit less sweet than the aroma suggests. Finishes toasty and dry.

M - Dry and mildly toasty texture, with pleasant carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Good heft for only 4.5%.

D - A nice lower ABV beer that is quite flavorful and easy to drink. Nice to see Kuhnhenn doing something that isn't in the double digit ABV range, although I'm assuming this is the second runnings of something like 4D or the barleywine base. I've had a pint of this before at HopCat, and I'd certainly have it again if it showed up wherever I was drinking.

May 29, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kuhnhenn. At the time of drinking this (3/30/2013), I believe the ABV was bumped up to about 4.5%, but nevertheless, still fairly low. Pours a color similar to polished wood - a nice, deep brown with copper showing where the light beams through. Decent clarity, capped with a dark beige head made of fine bubbles, leaving decent lacing behind.

The aroma is malty all day with a very solid caramel base. Good initial whiff, pretty robust considering the low alcohol content. After some of the initial caramel malt subsides, I get blasted with a nice little hint of cocoa powder. Opening up, some nuttiness comes out, and the beer even begins to take on a slight woody aroma. Very rustic, sweet, and malty without much to say in terms of hop character.

The taste is a little more bland than the aroma and slightly watered down, almost slightly acceptable and even permissible due to the low ABV. The base is mostly comprised of caramel malt as shown in the nose. I get a touch of cardboard on the back of the tongue, but it's quickly taken over by a bit of cocoa powder and a slight wood-and-nut combo, albeit still a bit muzzled in flavor. Mild grass notes pop out and finally reveal some hoppage in this brew. Finish is lightly bitter and nutty. Body on the thin side with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Very well balanced and certainly easy to drink. The flavor leaves a little something to be desired, however this is still a nice choice to throw back when you're looking to drink for longer periods of time.

Apr 02, 2013
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aasher from Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This growler is courtesy of my boss, who picked this up earlier this week.

This beer pours a light bodied cola brown in color with a one finger off white head that quickly turned to a lacing. The nose is almost pure toffee and definitely malty with no hop aromas or bitterness to speak of. It's very soft and candy esque. The flavors are nice and somewhat roasty. It's very malty with a touch of toffee and is an "off dry" with almost a brown ale type roast with just a hint of coffee. It has more flavor than you'd expect from the style. It is very, very light in body and overly sessionable. This is basically as easy drinking as it comes and has nice flavor as well. This is definitely one of the better representations of the style.

Mar 10, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber color with a mild creamy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite mild. Bitter sweet with some dark fruit and a mild nuttiness.

Taste: Nutty with some roast and caramel. The finish is more of the same but a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: A solid session beer. A lot of flavor given the low abv. Quite easy to drink.

Nov 22, 2011
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