Todd's Michigan Mud
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
122
From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  34
Gots
  15
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: Made by our very own Todd Schwem, this Chocolate Stout was made with cocoa nips from Ghana and vanilla beans from Madagascar. It is quite rich, black in color and complex. It begins with intense chocolate and finishes with vanilla.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Kuhnhenn during the '13 eisbock release. Pours dark and seemingly thin for the style, just about no light getting through this one. Somewhat small head, tan in color, bubbly; dissipates to nothing but a light skin within a minute or two.

Aroma is full of deep cocoa and deep espresso. I know I'm being vague when I say "deep" cocoa, but that's really the best way to describe it. It's not overly sweet or cloying, and at the same time, it's not too dark or insanely bitter. It's a nice mix of bittersweet and it's very pleasing to the nose. The espresso/coffee is a bit stronger than expected, but it's a good addition. I love coffee and it's done moderately enough to not be overdone but enough to compliment the chocolate. The aroma also gives off a creamy and "dairy" feel, delicate and silky.

The nose is a great indication of the way this one is gonna taste - a nice, creamy, dark chocolate is the first thing to hit the senses. Perfect balance of sweetness and roast. The sweetness of the chocolates hit first, and it slowly cascades into a more roasted profile, leaving being the cloying, sweet aftertaste that causes so many other "sweet stouts" to suffer in my opinion. Coffee doesn't come out like it did in the aroma - it's there, but it's pretty far in the background when compared to the cocoa nibs.

Very solid all around - milky, creamy, and savory. No real hop profile that I'm picking up from this one, but luckily it's not so sweet as to need that bitter counterpoint, and this one survives well without it. Aftertaste is a nice 50/50 mix of milk and dark chocolate - perfectly bittersweet. Medium bodied, felt thinner than the appearance would let you believe, moderate carbonation.

With "sweet stouts", you never really know how it's gonna turn out. Oftentimes they end up being a little too over the top with the sweetness and end up being cloying and unenjoyable by the finish (See: ST Creme Brulee). But this chocolate profile was done perfectly. Executed extremely well, this one is drinkable all the way through, giving nice amounts of chocolate without giving you diabetes. Goddamn the one bottle limit, I want more of this stuff.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to BigBadBarrel for this bottle!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of tan head. Drops down to a thin uneven cap.

Smell: milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, lactose note and mild roast.

Taste: mild to moderately sweet milk chocolates. Lactose note, a hint of nuttiness and roasty malts. Cocoa and vanilla notes add to the sweetness of milk chocolates. Finishes with a mildly bitter and dry cocoa note and the vanilla sweetness seems to linger and balance out the cocoa flavor. Really nice!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. Ultra smooth beer that drinks like is 5% abv.

Overall: This milk stout is even a little more enjoyable than both Moo Hoo and Lugene; who are both big names in this beer style. This is probably my 2nd favorite Milk Stout that I have ever drank. Only Surly Four is better! Kuhnhenn another wonderful beer! Wish that this beer didnt have a single bottle limit this would be a great beer to add as a regular offering at Kuhnhenns. It really too bad this beer was such a limited offering, I would like to see more of this beer!

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2013 bottle courtesy of wade5614 into a kuhnhenn tulip.

a - brew opened with a pop...no gushing, but there is a lot of carb. 30% pour of the tulip was filled to the brim with foamy head that seemed to just grown and grow and grow. i poured fairly carefully as well. none-the less, after a LONG time of settling and pouring and whatnot, i got a decent pour. black as night with the grey cream colored head that i already spoke about...which really dominated the beer and the pour.

s - nose is chocolate with some strong char.

t/m - the taste is where this one comes to life. like chocolate milk...smooth and silky and fairly soft. the carbonation shows itself in the mouth on the finish which is a bit harsh and overly charred.

o - overall, not a highlight for me from the kuhnhenn catalog, but far from a bad beer. if the carbonation was more under control, this one could've been a moo hoo killer, but alas the carbonation is intense making the foamy head overbearing at times. as always, glad to have tried it!

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Todd's Michigan Mud from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 122 ratings