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Kuhnhenn Penetration PorterKuhnhenn Penetration Porter

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This black in color porter has a roasty, caramel, low hop aroma. It has a lightly burnt malty taste with a medium dry finish. A clean refreshing porter.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served on draft at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing the deepest brown coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of light brown bubbles, showing nice retention into spotty lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave big roast of coffee malts, with mixing base sweetness of milk chocolates and lightly toasted wheat bread. To balance were notes of vanilla extract coolness, the lightest grassy hops, raw brown sugar, dusty gravel, and general char. With warmth came cereal grain and the acidity of coffee. Our first impression was that the flavoring offered a great, even porter, with robust malt-forward flavoring, acidity, and burn. The taste opened with milky softness, grassy bite, baker’s yeast, burnt coffee, lavender florals, orange rind, white sugars, and roasty, melty toffee sugars. Moving to the peak was lactic sourness, continued raw coffee bite, chocolate malt sweetness, salts, drying yeast, pretzel dough, sesame seed, toffee, and molasses. The end came as a wash of white rice dryness, brown sugars, burnt popcorn, musty dryness, chocolate and tinny metallic bite, and a far off piney hop component. The aftertaste breathed of grassy and citric hops, pear fruitiness, dried straw, crystallized ginger, char of burnt ham skins, and that continued caramel and chalky chocolate and coffee malt base. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with eventual resiny and sticky astringency drying the entire mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. The general graininess alone told us that this guy was a great American porter, offering the right balance of crisp sweetness, roast, dark char, and smoothness. The help the cleanliness of the sip there was a cereal coolness on the back, adding to not only the final mix of taste, but to the evenness and silkiness of the flavoring. The nose showed equally as robust initiative, helping to keep both of the primary sense involved throughout. If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant take on the style, look no further.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown nearly black excep for a tinge of ruby showing thru with a thinner off white head that was gone in a blink.Charred aromas and noticable woodiness and bitter chocolate notes,flavors are chuck full of chocolate somewhat sweet but there a nice drying raw,earthy finish wich was nice.A very well made porter just sweet enough but finishes dry enough to make you want more.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren. Pours nearly jet black, silky and sleek looking with a small, khaki-colored head. The nose is heavy on this one and very pleasing, giving off a huge roasted aromas; roasted malts, char, and light smoke. It hits the palate a little thinner than expected, but still pretty silky and smooth overall. Huge roasted taste covers all corners of the mouth as an intense toasted flavor comes alive. Nice, campfire-like roastiness with a light hint of smoke and charcoal to really send it home. Some sweetness comes into play about halfway through in the form of ripe, red grapes and red apple skins. As this one warms, I start picking up some notes of woodiness as well. Medium carbonation, thin-medium body, silky, but a little more thin than I was expecting based on the style and the appearance.

Very nice porter. Easily drinkable with a nice roasted, campfire profile. Light sweetness brings things around to balance out the slight bitterness from the smoke and char. Hops are hidden, but I don't miss them too much, here.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Shovelbum
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label is full of phallic imagery reinforcing the whole ‘penetration’ theme. It also has a best before and born on date.

Pours with a generous rocky head over a black body. Leaves excellent lace and the head sticks around to the last sip. The aromas are divine. Vinous and chocolate malt mix a with notes of floral hops. A bit of the alcohol comes through a well. The flavors are similar to the aromas, although there are some pleasant blackberry notes here too. A nice hop bitterness and flavor, but not so much that it is dramatically out of style. Medium bodied, but a bit on the lean side for a porter. A flicker of bitterness in the finish, but overall very smooth, and very drinkable.

This porter provides wonderful complexities for both the nose and taste buds. The body could use just a little more oomph, but not a significant detractor from the beauty of its other aspects and certainly not its drinkability. A complex and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter on nitro-tap at the brewery. Deep brown colour. Sourish, as part of the style. Light body. 5.9% was this batch.Molasses, some spices. Well malted, and drinkable. Creaminess, roastiness, bittersweet chocolate,coffee nuttiness, a fine porter. Drying finish.

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Photo of danp14
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Danielr26
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with just a hint of maroon. Fairly large tan head settles down quickly into a skim coat of lace.
Aroma has light chocolate, caramel and cocoa notes with a distinctive floral hop aroma. No roasted notes to speak of come through.
Flavor is brings forht some roasted barley, chocolate and caramel that is finished off with a dry, resiny and herbal hop bittering. Bitters are fairly mild but finish the early sweetness well.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, maybe a tad too much but this is balanced with a lush sweetness and a smooth flowing roasted and bittering.
Drinkability is good. Another solid effort by the brothers K, is there a style that they do not make well ?

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Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Decent porter, nothing really out of the normal, worth trying, but not probably to bring home. There are much better porters out there to try.

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Photo of chrisbokmuller
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and becomes a bit thicker as the beer warms up.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but it doesn’t have an interesting enough taste that would make me want to have another.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, Mi.
Not much of a head by the time it arrived. Typical porter look and feel. Solid but underwhelming. Flavor not complex, actually light in chocolate, no coffee maybe a little spice heat? Overall ok but not a stand out.

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Photo of Rohkey
4/5  rDev +5%

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Kuhnhenn Penetration Porter from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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